How to: Make a Colorful Bottle Cap Tray

By: Craftmel Nov 08, 2011

created at: 11/08/2011

I'm sure there are some of you out there with a great bottle cap stash, or could easily accumulate caps after a party of some kind.  So, what can you do with so many caps?  How about your own custom serving… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Vintage Suitcase Dog Bed

By: Capreek Nov 01, 2011

created at: 11/01/2011

We've shown you how to turn suitcases into chairs and even picnic kits, but this might be my favorite vintage suitcase repurposing project… Continue Reading

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Eye-Catching House Numbers

By: Craftmel Oct 19, 2011

created at: 10/18/2011

One of my biggest pet peeves when I'm visiting someone for the first time is trying to find the miniscule house numbers next to the front door, garage, or wherever.  The frustration alone is enough to scrap the trip altogether.  Here's a unique idea for displaying house numbers that would draw even me right… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Simple Wool Blanket Window Shade!

By: Capreek Oct 04, 2011

created at: 10/03/2011

It's time to cozy up for fall!  Turn wool blankets into repurposed window shades in a few easy steps--then sit back and bask in the warmth of your… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Picture Frames for $5 a Pop!

By: Capreek Sep 21, 2011

created at: 09/20/2011

I love art, lovelovelove it.  If I could cover all my walls and even the back of my eyelids in art, I would.  Instead, I have an ever-growing stack of prints and drawings that aren't seeing the light of day.  Why??  Because framing those bad boys is EXPENSIVE.  So, when I spotted this simple DIY framing solution that brings the price to around $5 a piece, I kid you not, I could hear my stack of art rejoicing.  Their time has finally… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Solar-Powered "Sun Jars"!

By: Capreek Sep 05, 2011

created at: 09/04/2011

We've shared quite a few mason jar projects here on Curbly (did you see our roundup of 15 awesome uses for mason jars?) and we've even highlighted a purchasable sun jar, too.  Of course, it couldn't be too long before we found a DIYable version, right?  Well, at least not if the industrious people of the Internet have their way.  So, if you haven't yet exhausted your supply of jars from all those other rad projects and are looking for a fun, eco-friendly lighting solution, read… Continue Reading

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How To: Fix Ugly Thrift Store Paintings!

By: Capreek Sep 01, 2011

created at: 08/31/2011

We've all seen them: hideous paintings that look to have come from a dentist's office circa 1991.  Thrift store specialties!  But before you pass by these massive works of, um, art, consider their inherent value.  A new canvas is expensive.  A sad thrift store painting is not.  Are you thinking what I'm thinking?  Let's fix this thing with some DIY… Continue Reading

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DIY Paint Chip Matchbook Notepads

By: Craftmel Aug 30, 2011

Photo: Capital B [http://ssbuffat.blogspot.com/2011/08/paint-chip-matchbooks.html]

We've established an infatuation with paint chips on Curbly, it just can't be avoided!  Here's another great idea for paint chips: little matchbook-style… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Faux Transom for Under $10

By: Craftmel Aug 25, 2011

Faux Transom

I'm all about inexpensive updates around the house. They are far more justifiable and brag-worthy, in my opinion! Take this faux transom as an example- more light, more architectural detail, and more brownie points. See how easily it was… Continue Reading

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Playing Card Pendant Light

By: Craftmel Aug 23, 2011

created at: 08/22/2011

When you thought you have seen them all, another pendant light takes the spotlight.  This one, made of playing cards, really ups the ante when it comes to DIY… Continue Reading

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How to: Make an Inexpensive Repurposed Placemat Lamp

By: Craftmel Aug 17, 2011

created at: 08/16/2011

All this talk of kitchens and cooking spaces and whatnot has me looking around at all the ways to spruce up my dining room.  I got a little sidetracked when I saw this alternate use for a cheap plastic placemat.  Forget the kitchen, we're headed to the… Continue Reading

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Paprika For Your Peas: Baby Food Jars Repurposed

By: Craftmel Aug 16, 2011

created at: 08/16/2011

I'm a mother.  And we've been through the baby food stage twice, so far.  If I had saved all the baby food jars from our kiddos, we could have an entire room dedicated to Baby Food Jar Spice Racks.  Thankfully, I'm not that crazy, but I did find a few interesting ways to use the finished jar of peas in a new way.  Take, for instance, the colorful and magnetic jars above, from Dav.i.son.  Which one of these ideas is your… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A Colorful DIY Play Kitchen!

By: Capreek Aug 15, 2011

created at: 08/15/2011

Breathe new life into thrift store or garage sale finds all while making little ones happy with this easy DIY play kitchen… Continue Reading

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Yard Sticks in the Kitchen? Yessiree.

By: Craftmel Aug 10, 2011

created at: 08/09/2011

I don't know about you, but I grew up with a few of these (except the sewing version) floating around the house, due to my mom being a professional seamstress.  Now that she's upgraded to fancy metal ones, I almost wish we would have kept some of her old wood yard sticks so I could use them for a project... in the… Continue Reading

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T-cycle: T-shirt to Produce Tote

By: Craftmel Aug 09, 2011

created at: 08/04/2011

We are all doing our best to avoid the plastic bags at grocery stores, right?  Instead of buying a reuseable bag at the check-out line, how about thumbing through the closet to bring new purpose to an old wardrobe… Continue Reading

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