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How To: Fuse Plastic Bags + Make a Sunglasses Case!

by M.E. Russell

Reuse and recycle: Make fabric from old plastic bags

As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I've been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don't need in my life anymore. I'm pretty good about recycling what I can - cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. If you don't have access to a plastic bag recycling bin, you can reuse your plastic bags by fusing them together to create a waterproof, flexible fabric!       

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$1 DIY: How to Make Fun + Colorful Easter Baskets from Dollar Store Pots

by Holly Wade

Dollar DIY: How to Make Easter Baskets from Dollar Store Pots

I love a good bargain! With Easter coming up, it's time to start shopping for Easter gifts and treats to fill Easter eggs, but that can get expensive fast. My family hosts an Easter egg hunt every year, and I think these simple dollar DIY Easter baskets made from Dollar Store plastic pots are the perfect way to get a homemade touch without a lot of money or work. Use them to hunt for eggs or fill with grass and goodies for a homemade...

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How To: Make a Faux Fused Glass Geometric Christmas Ornament

by DIY Maven

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

I've been iffy about the longevity of geometric everything for awhile now, but it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere. Uncle, I cry! The simple lines and representative shapes are fairly easy to recreate and the result looks clean and crisp, especially at a small size. So, I decided to embrace the trend by marrying it with the classic look of fused glass and a holiday 

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How to: Elegant and Oh-So-Simple Himmeli-Inspired Christmas Trees

by Jennifer Farley

DIY Tabletop Himmeli Christmas Tree

When it comes to stylish Christmas decor, I always love the classic and elegant look of Scandinavian simplicity. I'm especially into the Finnish Himmeli craft, and dig all the ornaments, stars, and wreathes made from them. So, I wanted to add to that trend by making a Himmeli tabletop Christmas tree design to use as decor around my house and in my Christmas tablescapes.

Sometimes, Himmeli projects are known for getting a little complicated. Believe me, I know. I have tried and failed at many. So, I made these Himmeli trees to be easy, modern, and adaptable to create a variety of tree designs. To pull off the look, you only need to know how to make one simple Himmeli triangle. 

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Inspiration: Amazing Melt Bead Art

by DIY Maven
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Melt beads to the right; future melt bead masterpiece to the left.

 

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for melt beads, often known by brand names Perler, Hama, Fuse, Melty, Nabbi & Pyssla beads. But after seeing a darling greeting card made with melt beads, that soft spot turned into a bit of an obsession. Their inherent pixilated, cartoon-y effect would be perfect for kiddos' birthdays and baby shower cards, right?? Since realizing this, I've been binging on Pinterest ever since. In addition

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Kid-Friendly DIY Project: Back to School Pencil Cases

by Alicia Lacy

DIY back to school pencil case

Our oldest daughter begins school after Labor Day, and at the moment there is much anticipation buzzing around our house because their teacher and class placements will be mailed in the coming weeks.

This year, our girl wanted to come up with a gift she could share with her friends to celebrate the start of school. After a walk through the 'Back to School' section of Target, we came up with a simple DIY pencil case embellishment that she's excited to share with her friends. Read on to find out what we did!

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DIY Easter Egg Planters

by Alicia Lacy

Plastic Easter eggs are abundant this time of year. You can find them in a variety of colors and sizes, and with a medley of super-heroes and princesses plastered across their round bellies. But when you strip Batman and Cinderella away, you're left with a beautiful shape - the incredible egg. And, it turns out, it's the perfect vessel for lovely arrangements of spring flowers!

Here's everything you need to know about how...

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How to: Make a Modern and Sleek Holiday Sign

by Lidy Dipert

Modern and Sleek Christmas Sign | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I've been looking for a fun graphic piece for our home that has some sort of cute little holiday message or countdown to Christmas day, but I'm finding it hard to find one that suits our style and aesthetic. So, I created a modern and sleek Chrismas sign that is versatile, functional and one-of-a-kind! 

Modern and Sleek Christmas Sign | Hello Lidy for Curbly

Materials
  • 1/4" Birch Plywood  (ours was 8  1/2"  x  10  1/2")
  • Plexi glass (8" x  10"...

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Life-Size Teardrop Trailer Made of LEGO

by DIY Maven
Photo: Truck Trend

How cool would it be to be a professional LEGO builder? Fun? Probably. Easy? Probably not. That's because companies like Bright Bricks ("THE professional LEGO building company") have to keep topping themselves, building whatever is floating around in a customer's imagination like a full-size Santa, sleigh and reindeer and even a working--yes, working--jet engine. In comparison, a

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