How To: Make a Kid's DIY Backyard Retreat

By: Brittni mehlhoff Mar 04, 2014

Believe it or not, this two-story backyard playhouse is a DIY project, built from scratch. Which means, you can make one too.   Continue Reading

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How to: Turn an Unsightly Propane Tank into a LEGO Head

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2014

We put so much into our backyards–greenery, pots, cushions, umbrellas, furniture–and yet, those of us with gas barbecues are forced to live with nasty-looking propaneContinue Reading

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Make It: Modular Planters from Scratch

By: Brittni mehlhoff Feb 20, 2014

I've seen a lot of planter DIYs over the last few months, but never one that I felt like I needed to drop everything for and make right away. That is, until I found this modular planter project.   Continue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Clever DIY Ideas for Your Next Party or Event

By: Faith-towers Feb 04, 2014

This month on Curbly we're focusing on parties and entertaining... so I wanted to share some of my favorite "why didn't I think of that?" ideas that I've run across lately. Click through to check out these super genius (and easy) DIY party ideas.   

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How to Build a Swedish Fire Torch

By: Diy maven Jan 22, 2014


Whether it's for camping or enjoying in the back yard, a Swedish Fire Torch is a lovely way to enjoy a flame and maybe make a S'more or two. The editors of Smart Bushcraft explain that it only takes a small of space and, because of its vertical construction, it's a great fire to buildContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Reclaimed Wood Card Table Makeover

By: Capreek Jan 06, 2014

When you're expecting guests, an extra table or two always comes in handy. The go-to solution is typically a card table, which can easily be folded and stored away, but sometimes (okay, most of the time) they're just plain ugly.

Check out what this clever DIYer did to up the style ante while still maintaining all the functionality of the original table:       Continue Reading

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Before and After: A Stylish and Thrifty Back Patio Makeover

By: Capreek Dec 09, 2013

Sure, it's cold and snowy and completely freezing right about now, so featuring a patio makeover might seem a little weird. But I say, think of this as something to look forward to while you're bundled up and shivering: a warm, outdoor entertaining space that's easy on the eyes and budget!       Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Natural Wreath for the Holidays

By: Brittni mehlhoff Dec 03, 2013

I've seen my fair share of wreath tutorials over the years, but this one is definitely my new favorite. It's the perfect (asymmetrical) holiday wreath for a front door or over the fireplace. Want to make your own?   Continue Reading

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How To Make an Ornament Christmas Tree

By: Diy maven Nov 26, 2013

With the help of an old framed screen, Melissa crafted an ornament Christmas tree that will be adorning her porch this holiday season. She used a star ornament for the top, 35 or so plastic ornaments, wireContinue Reading

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How To: Turn Old Trampolines Into New Suspended Beds

By: Diy maven Nov 26, 2013

Our next door neighbor erected a trampoline in their backyard last summer. It was pretty popular. For two days. Another yard in the neighborhood has one. I've never seen anybody actually use it, but their big black dog loves to lounge on it. Not sure what the 'interest' lifespan of a trampolineContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Ways To Use Pinecones in Your Holiday Decor

By: Faith-towers Nov 18, 2013

They're free. They're versatile. They're everywhere right now. In my mind, pinecones signal the transition from fall into winter, making them the perfect decorative element for your home this time of year. Click through to see all the clever ways you can utilize pinecones during the upcoming holiday season.   

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How To: Make Homemade Fire Starters with Household Items

By: Brittni mehlhoff Nov 08, 2013

Help to get a fire started on a chilly day with this homemade spice and herb fire starter. Not only will it get your fire going in a pinch, it smells delicious too, and would be perfect to bring along to a bonfire or on a camping trip.   Continue Reading

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How to Make a Modern Succulent Planter for $2 or Less

By: Brittni mehlhoff Nov 05, 2013

Using plumbing pieces in unique shapes, you can create inexpensive planters and vases just in time for the holidays. Great for centerpieces on a dining room table, sitting on a decorative shelf, or as hostess’ gifts for holiday parties and alike. The best part of this DIY though, is the cost, with each finished planter coming in under $2 (or around $5 if you include the succulent in the cost), this easy craft project won’t break the bank. Click through to find out how to make your own.

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Make It: DIY Typographic Welcome Mat

By: Capreek Oct 29, 2013

Give a plain welcome mat a colorful makeover with this easy idea from A Beautiful Mess!     Continue Reading

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Can You Guess What These Pumpkins Are Made Out Of?

By: Diy maven Oct 28, 2013

Misplaced preposition aside, can you guess what these pumpkins are made out of? Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: Attractive Outdoor Decor For Fall

By: Faith-towers Oct 23, 2013

Fall decor isn't necessarily synonymous with Halloween decor; there are many creative ways to add a touch of autumn to your porch or patio without using witches and spider webs. Check out these ten beautiful outdoor spaces that are decorated specifically for this colorful season.   

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Roundup: Budget Fall Decor From The Backyard

By: Faith-towers Oct 17, 2013

The days of fall are getting shorter and chillier here in New England, signaling the approach of a long, cold winter - and inspiring me to get outside and make stuff! It's amazing what you can do with pinecones, branches, rocks and all the natural materials hiding in plain sight in the backyard.   

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Roundup: 10 Functional Pumpkin And Gourd Ideas

By: Faith-towers Oct 17, 2013

Pumpkins and gourds are fun to decorate with, but are usually just that - decorations. Why not use them for something at the same time? Here are ten creative ways to use pumpkins and gourds as functional decor in your home.   

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How to: Super Simple DIY Confetti Pumpkin

By: Faith-towers Oct 16, 2013

You'll never guess what material was used for this colorful confetti pumpkin... and once you know, you'll wonder why you didn't think of it yourself! Click through to find out what the secret item is, and how you can make your own vibrant confetti pumpkin.   

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Roundup: 10 Clever No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas

By: Faith-towers Oct 14, 2013

The minute you carve into a pumpkin it will begin decomposing... and will be in the trash before you know it. So we wanted to share some great no-carve ideas that will last a bit longer. Recently we showed you how to create your own typographic pumpkins, and this week we have ten other great no-carve pumpkin projects to share with you.   

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