Eye Candy: 15 Totally DIYable Wooden Furniture Ideas

By: Diy maven Aug 08, 2014

Ever since I wrote my first post on Curbly back in '06, some of my favorite finds have been products that are totally DIYable. Especially wood working products. Shelves, tables, light fixtures, cubbies, I'm not choosy. The items just have to be stylish yet simple enough to reproduce just by looking at them. Going through Curbly's coffers, I found no less than 15 of these gems justContinue Reading

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How To: Make a Modern DIY Plant Stand

By: Capreek Aug 05, 2014

Chances are, you've seen a Case Study planter before -- it's the quintessential modern planter that's been in magazines and stylish entryways since the end of WWII. Nowadays, though, it goes to the tune of $150 -- and up (way up) depending on the style and size. If you like the look but not the price, here's a DIY version you can make for a fraction of the cost.     Continue Reading

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A Guide to Packing the Perfect Picnic + A DIY Blanket

By: Alicia Aug 05, 2014

Packing the Perfect Picnic + A DIY Picnic Blanket

The dog days of summer are here and it's only matter of time before the heat becomes a distant memory. This time of year is fleeting, and we've been taking advantage of the sunlit evenings by eating almost all of our dinner picnic-style.

Picnics are a great way to enjoy the outdoors; they're easy to pack, and even easier to clean up. We're rounded up a few tips and recipes to inspire your next picnic in the park. Read on for our guide to the perfect picnic.

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Before and After: A Bare Outdoor Patio Becomes a Cheerful Spot for Entertaining

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 01, 2014

If you're looking for a little outdoor inspiration for a weekend project, this before and after is a good one to check out. This practically bare patio is transformed into a colorful, eclectic place to entertain. It even includes a hand painted outdoor rug inspired by the popular kilim-style of late. Click through to check out this outdoor makeover.   Continue Reading

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10 Fun DIY Home Decor Projects Using Rope

By: Faith-towers Jul 31, 2014

10 DIY Rope Projects For Your Home

Rope is one of those materials that is primarily used in a utilitarian sort of way, but if you look hard enough online you can find some pretty great DIY projects using different types of rope. I've rounded up my favorites for you, so you don't have to go searching for them!   

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Pictorial: How To Make a Moss Bathmat

By: Diy maven Jul 30, 2014

I'm not entirely sure about the efficacy of a moss bathmat. I mean, seriously, how long would moss (or grass) set in a foam substrate live in indoors in a bathroom? But be that as it may, it looks really cool. The process seemsContinue Reading

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How To: Turn a Ceramic Cup into a DIY Wind Chime

By: Capreek Jul 23, 2014

A quick scan of just about any thrift store, estate sale, or yard sale will reveal an abundance of interesting ceramic vessels: mugs, vases, pottery, and more. Take advantage of these affordable pieces and turn them into simple or striking (or simply striking) outdoor wind chimes!      Continue Reading

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Before and After: From Small, Grassy Alcove to Perfect Summer Patio

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 18, 2014

Hoping to tackle some kind of outdoor project this weekend? Check out this outdoor patio makeover for inspiration. This tiny backyard cove, that was once covered in grass, is now a cozy outdoor retreat perfect for weekend entertaining.   Continue Reading

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How To: Make DIY All-Natural Citronella Candles

By: Capreek Jul 15, 2014

The mosquitoes are out in full force, making it difficult (but not impossible!) to enjoy certain outdoor activities. Fret not, though. These DIY citronella candles will keep those little suckers at bay!       Continue Reading

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Nondescript Picnic Table Gets a Personality Makeover

By: Diy maven Jul 14, 2014

With a sander, a t-square, some masking tape, and Minwax, Jamie was able to give a traditional, nondescript picnic table some needed personality. The processContinue Reading

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Weekend Project: DIY Hanging Lounge Chair

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 11, 2014

Looking for a weekend project to try? Take a look at this tutorial for a hanging lounge chair. It's a great addition to a front or back porch, and would even work as a more grown up version of a swing, hanging from a tree branch in the yard.   Continue Reading

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Roundup: 20 DIY Planter Ideas to Try This Summer

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 08, 2014

This year, I feel like I've been collecting plants, succulents, and cacti like nobody's business. Far more plants than I care to mention, however, are still in the plastic containers that I bought them in though. Whoops. Are you in the same boat as me? If so, I have you covered with this DIY planter roundup, that includes everything from dip dyed planters to clever recycled containers and more.   Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Palm Springs Patio Goes from Good to Great

By: Brittni mehlhoff Jul 03, 2014

If you're looking for some backyard patio inspiration before the Fourth of July weekend hits, this makeover is one you'll definitely want to check out. Of course, the space looked good before, but the after is even better. I promise.   Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Thrift Store Curio Cabinet Becomes a Vertical Greenhouse

By: Capreek Jul 01, 2014

What do you do with an outdated curio cabinet you found on Craigslist? Turn it into something no one would even suspect: a modern hexagon greenhouse!      Continue Reading

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How To: Easy DIY Summer Hammock

By: Faith-towers Jun 30, 2014

Easy DIY Hammock

What's better than a nap on a lazy summer afternoon? A nap in a hammock that you made yourself! This is a really fun project that can be completed in an afternoon. Click through to find out how to make one of these colorful hammocks for your backyard.   

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Roundup: Gorgeous Outdoor Curtain Ideas and Tutorials

By: Diy maven Jun 30, 2014

Sweetie Pie and I are putting the finishing touches on a pergola which we've incorporated onto our existing deck. It's looking great as is, but I'm thinking I might want to add some outdoor curtains to the space. I'm not sure what kind of a hassle they are. You know, damp, mold, bugs, etc.  (If anyone has experience with outdoor curtains, PLEASE share your experiences in the comments below!) Even thoughContinue Reading

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10 Creative DIY Flower Arrangements For Your Next Barbecue or Party

By: Faith-towers Jun 26, 2014

10 Creative DIY Flower Arrangements For Your Next Barbecue or Party

My flower arrangements always tend to look the same. Multiple stems of the same type of flower in a generic glass vase. Maybe some of you have the same habit? Well, in the hopes of solving that problem, I've collected some inspirational centerpiece ideas that would be perfect for the picnic table at your next family barbecue.   

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Shopping Guide: Affordable Outdoor Accessories for Entertaining

By: Capreek Jun 25, 2014

It's officially summer now (hooray), which means you're practically required to spend as much time as possible outdoors. To celebrate, we've rounded up some super colorful and totally affordable outdoor accessories that are perfect for entertaining guests all summer long!         Continue Reading

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How To: Make Mod Solar Lamps for the Garden

By: Diy maven Jun 25, 2014

My girl Shelly never ceases to amaze me. Usually my amazement stems from her fabulous upholstery projects, but, in this case, it comes from inflatable balls and string. This particular project started with DIY salvageContinue Reading

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How To: Make Pool Noodle Garland

By: Diy maven Jun 24, 2014

I confess: part of my desire to post a link to a pool noodle garland tutorial is because I love the sound of "pool noodle garland", which in my mouth kinda wants to come out as "poodle noodle garland", which is even more awesome. But be that as it may, it's a reallyContinue Reading

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