Curbly Pumpkin Challenge: How to Make a Painted Peephole Pumpkin

By: Faith-towers Oct 06, 2015

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create a series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We'll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each day this week. Happy Fall.   

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How to: DIY Typographic Concrete Garden Art

By: Jeran Sep 29, 2015

I am having so much fun playing with cement. It's such an inexpensive material and there are so many possibilities for projects. I also love the durable, rough nature of cement. Something about it's raw look and feel adds a cool, relaxed feeling to your decor. It's definitely not a pretentious material.  

I love having a little splash of decor outside my home to give folks an idea of what might be going on inside. These fun BOO garden stakes add just a hint of fright to my yard for Halloween. I'm not big of the gory and super scary this time of year, so these playful letters are just right for me.

Click through to see the full how-to, so you can create some custom cement garden stakes for your yard.                  

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Roundup: 12 Projects that Prove Spray Paint is the Best DIY Material EVER

By: Diy maven Sep 29, 2015

I used to be afraid of spray paint. Not the paint, really, but the potential for globs and drips. But spray paint has come a long way in just the past five years or so, and continued practice using it has alleviated those fears entirely. I'm guessing millions of others feel the same, which is just one reason spray paint has become the best DIY material every invented. (Okay, maybe ONE of the best DIY materials ever invented.) And our roundup proves it. From the expected to the totally UN-expected, sprayContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Rustic Fall Decor Ideas to DIY

By: Diy maven Sep 23, 2015

It's that time of year to shift into cozy mode. And, for me, cozy goes hand in hand with rustic, so that's the thread that runs through all these fall decor ideas toContinue Reading

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How To: Make Ethereal Floating Head Ghosts

By: Diy maven Sep 15, 2015
Photo Simply Designing

Now that September is half over, I think I'm in my right to start getting giddy for Halloween. Oh yes, my pretties, it is a most wonderful holiday. Costumes, candy, and ghosts. Creepy, ethereal ghosts. That's where this amazing trio of faux ectoplasm comes in. MadeContinue Reading

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How To: Make a Sheet Music Planter

By: Diy maven Sep 09, 2015
Photo: Eclectically Vintage

Can you guess what this planter used to be? The shape coupled with the fall mums tucked inside should give it away. Have a guess? Continue Reading

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20 Reasons We Love DIY Concrete Projects

By: Faith-towers Sep 03, 2015
Concrete DIY
Photo: A Piece of Rainbow

Concrete seems to be the hot new material these days... it's being used to make everything from planters to candle holders to door stops. Here are twenty gorgeous concrete projects for your home.   

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Roundup: 10 Stylish Bike Storage Ideas that Double as Decor

By: Jennifer farley Sep 01, 2015
Photo: House and Garden

We live in the Midwest where everyone drives, yet my husband chooses to ride his bicycle to work whenever he can. Our garage is too small to accommodate it, and I get a little frustrated when he parks it right inside the front door and we have to maneuver around it all evening.

Bicycles are architecturally stylish, and often valuable, so why not create storage that puts them on display?  Here are some creative ways to incorporate bicycle storage into a room's design.   

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Make It: Hexi Concrete Candle Holders

By: Diy maven Aug 26, 2015

Even without the handy "translate" button, we can easily decipher the technique used to create these delightful hexi concrete candle holders. Plasticware--one of the cylindrical 'shot' variety andContinue Reading

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This Garden Shed is NOT What it Looks Like.

By: Diy maven Aug 25, 2015
Photo: The Torii Cinema Co.

It might LOOK like a garden shed, but it's not. Not by a long shot! Can you guess what might be inside? A child's playhouse, perhaps? Nope. How about a studio space? Not that either. Give up? Take aContinue Reading

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Before and After: A DIY Playhouse that Adults will Envy

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 20, 2015
Photo: Little Green Notebook

Occasionally, I'll see a kid's backyard playhouse and think about how it would make a cool office, but it's rare. So, when I saw the after version of this basic playhouse, I had to a double take to make sure it wasn't an actual house. Want to see how it turned out?

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Eye Candy: 10 Colorful Backyards Perfect For Entertaining

By: Faith-towers Jul 30, 2015
Eye Candy: 10 Colorful Backyards Perfect For Entertaining
Photo: Houzz

The backyard is a great place to experiment with color - outdoor pillows, tablecloths and chair cushions can all be switched out relatively inexpensively. So go for it... give color a try for your next BBQ or backyard party! Here are ten of our favorite colorful backyards to inspire you.   

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Tips For Throwing An Alfresco Dinner Party

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 29, 2015
Tips For Throwing An Alfresco Dinner Party
photo: Lexy Ward

Growing up, it seemed as if my parents were always entertaining. A couple of times a month, they and their friends would gather around the table outside in our backyard for quality food and quality conversation. My sisters and I would always help with the prep, but then we never got to join in the fun. Those adults and their rules! Now that I'm older, I've tried to follow in my mom's footsteps when it comes to the Alfresco dining situation. Here are a few of my fave simple tips on how to pull off your own Alfresco dinner party!       

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Roundup: Cool Backyard Projects Using Cinder Blocks, Pavers, and Concrete

By: Diy maven Jul 28, 2015

In our on-going effort to help concrete and it's cousins pavers and cinder blocks maintain their incredible popularity, we've put together 10 projectsContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Beautiful DIY Backyard Shade Projects

By: Faith-towers Jul 27, 2015
Roundup: 10 DIY Backyard Shade Projects and Ideas
Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle

I don't have a lot of tree cover in my backyard, so I've been in hot pursuit of a way to create shade... and I thought I'd share my findings with you in case you're in the same boat! Keep reading to check out ten of my favorite DIY ways to create backyard shade.   

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11 Fun DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties

By: Lexy.b.ward Jul 24, 2015
11 Fun DIY Lawn Games For Summer Parties

Whenever my husband and I are entertaining outside (which is a lot!), we like to have games to keep our guests having a good time. There are the classics like frisbee and football, but how fun are these game ideas? The giant Jenga? I'm sure that's a crowd-pleaser!      

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How To: Make Paper Lantern Jellyfish

By: Diy maven Jul 24, 2015
Photo: Make Life Lovely

The idea of paper lantern jellyfish might sound weird, but, seriously, they are beautifully ethereal. And they're also be super-easy to make thanks to Laura's ingenious way of creating their rufflyContinue Reading

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Eye Candy: 10 Droolworthy Porches And Patios

By: Faith-towers Jul 23, 2015
Eye Candy: 10 Droolworthy Porches And Patios
Photo: Via DigsDigs

I'm in the midst of outfitting my patio with furniture and accents, so I've been drooling over beautiful images of outdoor spaces. And although my budget won't allow for anything quite so fancy, there are some useful takeaways from these gorgeous porches and patios. And I thought I'd share my favorites with you so you can get inspired too!   

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Roundup: 8 DIY Outdoor Swings for Summer

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 23, 2015
Photo: The Merrythought

There's something about an outdoor swing that brings back all those warm, fuzzy feelings from childhood. Don't you think? Feeling the wind running through your hair, aimlessly swinging in place. It was all so simple back then. So, to bring back a small piece of that playful kid-like side in all of us, I've rounded up some of the coolest DIY outdoor swings for summer.

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Roundup: 12 Clever Ways to Serve Food and Drinks at Your Next Backyard Get-together

By: Diy maven Jul 22, 2015

Deciding what to serve at a backyard party can be easier than deciding how to serve it. Where do we put the drinks? Do we have enough serving dishes for all this stuff? How do we set up a buffet table if we don't have a buffet table??? Yeah, there are a lot ofContinue Reading

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