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!
I spotted this a w e s o m e reclaimed wood planter box idea on Pinterest today (Are you following us? We're pinning like mad!) and I couldn't wait another second to share it!
I don't know about you, but my craft supplies tend to find themselves shoved into boxes and bins without any rhyme or reason. One of the items on my ever-growing list of things to do is to tackle this organizational mess. I mean, it's utter chaos! Applying a few (or all) of these brilliant craft room storage ideas would definitely be a step in the right direction. If your craft supply situation is similar, read on!
Our family of five lives in a small condo here in Arizona, and after our latest adorable addition came 3 months ago we've had to get really creative with our space. I have to utilize every square inch of real estate here and that means that there is no room for monsters under our beds- we've got too much crammed under there for them to move in. The need to keep things at a controlled chaos has caused me to search for creative storage solutions like the under-the-bed rolling storage bins above by That's My Letter, and I thought I'd share a few!
Sure, you can toss thousands of dollars at a bedroom makeover and it'll probably look pretty great. But today we're celebrating the unique creativity of DIYers who make their spaces look like a million bucks on a budget. Check out our ten favorite budget-friendly bedroom makeovers from the Curbly archives--they're full of thrifty inspiration and clever DIY projects!
I love fun and easy repurposed decor projects and these colorful string-wrapped vases certainly fit that bill! So save up those empty glass bottles, Curbliers. It's time to turn them into something pretty (and useful)!
One of my main challenges as a creative person (I like to think of myself as such!) is the mess that comes along with it. It seems to me like a good solution to the constant moving of project piles would be a good storage solution, like this DIY desk.
With our warm winters, we don't have a need for a coat rack. In fact, the coat closet in our condo is home to our camping gear because the very idea of having designated square footage for coats is silly when it is 72 degrees outside (which did make for an awkward situation when we had people over for dinner and they handed me their light jackets... I just stood there like an idiot holding them instead). Even so, this fun idea doesn't take up storage space, and is pretty fun to look at too.
I have a starburst mirror hanging in my bedroom above the bed, and my husband is always making some comment on how he is sure he will die from being impaled by one of the "rays" in the middle of the night. He's so supportive of my home decorating. I also love utensil art, as we've seen in my kitchen before. You can imagine, then, that I'd appreciate this DIY utensil starburst mirror!
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 tray?
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 in!
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 handiwork!
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 on!
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 art!
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 notepads!
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 done!
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 lighting.
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 bedroom.