How To: Turn Logs into a Natural Raised Garden Bed!

By: Capreek Jul 20, 2011

created at: 07/20/2011

So... let's say you just finished up an epic weekend of tree pruning and yard clearing, or just happen to have a pile of sticks and logs hanging around.  If you're a resourceful Curblier, you know there's something to be done with all that yard waste besides tossing it or turning it into a giant bonfire.  But what?  We have the answer below!   Continue Reading

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From This to That: More Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

By: Bruno Jul 20, 2011

This July, we're focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. Last week, I rounded up a bunch of cool repurposed projects, and this week, well, I'm doing it again (notice a trend?).

First up: DIY-Maven's craft room arty abacus uses spools of thread in a creative way:

Art abacus using spools of thread

Have a spare wine barrel lying around? How about turning it into a delicious-smelling coffee table (or, better yet, a wine table, if that weren't aContinue Reading

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DIY Idea: Recycled Paint Can Planters!

By: Capreek Jul 19, 2011

created at: 07/19/2011

Okay you guys.  If there was ever a "Why didn't I think of that?!" project, this is it!  I mean, we're talking beyond brilliant, beyond clever, and beyond EASY.  This DIY idea is just plain smart.   Continue Reading

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Alternative Uses for Olive Oil: Free Cheat Sheet Download

By: Bruno Jul 19, 2011

Alternative Uses for Olive Oil - Cheat Sheet

As part of this month's emphasis on thrift, recycling, and creative re-use, we're giving away a series of alternative uses cheat sheets. These are simple, smartly-designed PDFs based on some of our most popular alternative uses blog posts. Print them out and put one on your pantry door, fridge, or in your junk drawer for easy access. 

Today's download: Alternative uses for Olive Oil

There are two ways to access today's download:

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How To: Turn Logs into Affordable Wall Art!

By: Capreek Jul 18, 2011

created at: 07/18/2011

Last week, we shared a budget-friendly wall art idea that used doilies and cupcake liners.  This week, we're back in log land (What can we say?  We love logs!) with this super simple, super affordable art project!   Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Colorful Baker's Twine for Cheap!

By: Capreek Jul 14, 2011

created at: 07/14/2011

It's no secret that I'm obsessed with wrapping paper and ribbon (Remember my closet? And yes, it still looks the same, only now it has even more wrapping paper... and about three times as much ribbon!).  One of my favorite go-to, wrap-it-in-a-pinch, easy peasy gift wrapping strategies is the no-fail "brown paper package tied up with string" approach.  The best string to use in such a case?  Baker's twine.  It's got just enough pizazz to keep things looking pulled together and charming.  There's only one problem: it can get pretty dang expensive.  So, what's a crafty gift wrapping fiend to do?  Make her own!   Continue Reading

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Make: Toilet Paper Roll Owls

By: Diy maven Jul 14, 2011

Remember the toilet paper roll sculpture from awhile back? Here's another arty idea using the same medium: Owls (and a very disinterested cat). If I'd diy 'em,Continue Reading

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DIY Idea: High-Impact, Low-Cost Wall Art!

By: Capreek Jul 13, 2011

created at: 07/12/2011

When I first spotted this image on Flickr, I fell in love with the idea immediately.  What a beautiful installation this would make in a guest room, living room, or even the master bedroom!  It's soft and whimsical, crafty and nostalgic all at the same time.  Can you guess what it's made of?   Continue Reading

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From This to That: More Clever Repurposing DIY Projects

By: Bruno Jul 13, 2011

This July, we're focusing on all things thrifty, recycle-y, and makeover-y. Last week, Chris rounded up eight cool repurposing projects, and this week, I'm bringing you six more!

First up: our tricked-out tricycle makeover:

A shabby secondhand trike gets a facelift

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Shopping Your Backyard: Garden Bench Makeover

By: Craftmel Jul 13, 2011


created at: 07/12/2011

This eyesore of a bench had seen its day.  The outdoors had done its work on the poor thing, and it was showing it.  But one DIY-er could see the beauty within this beast and went to work, creating a new garden bench from her old, splintered one.   Continue Reading

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Make It: An Easy DIY Crisscross Ribbon Lampshade!

By: Capreek Jul 12, 2011
Images removed at the request of MidwestLiving. Sorry, everyone!

Last week, we showed you how to give a thrift store lamp base a quick and easy update but what if it's not the base that needs help?  If you have a lamp with a shade that's seen better days consider treating it to this easy no-sew makeover!   Continue Reading

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Make a Plastic Cup Lamp

By: Diy maven Jul 12, 2011

created at: 07/12/2011

After your next kegger (do kids these days still have keggers?) gather up all the plastic cups and make one of these:Continue Reading

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Repurpose: Salvaged Window to Awesome Mirror

By: Craftmel Jul 12, 2011


created at: 07/12/2011

Thrift stores and Estate sales aren't the only places for a great find: Monica brought home this boring multi-paned window from a salvage yard and transformed it using everyone's favorite space enhancers: mirrors.   Continue Reading

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MORE DIYable Tree Stump Furniture

By: Diy maven Jul 12, 2011

Last summer we had a TON of tree maintenance done. One white pine needed to be taken out completely. The trimmers dropped the tree and trimmed up the limbs, leaving the trunk for us, as we requested. We cut it up into manageable stumps and then split them. Except for one lone section. It was too pretty to split. The bark was amazing. I saved the stump because I imagined doing something with it. So far that hasn't happened. A couple of weekends ago, while taking a break from yard work, I eyed the stump again. I still love it, but the gild was off the lily. THEN a very serendipitous thing occurred: a couple of my cohorts here on The Curb posted some great ideas to get the gild back (specifically, this and this). Those tutorials got me wondering if I could find even more cool ideas for my stump. Of course that the internets! Here's what I found:Continue Reading

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Turning Plastic Bags Into Mandala Art

By: Diy maven Jul 11, 2011

created at: 07/11/2011

Artist Virginia Fleck has found a most beautiful use for discarded plastic bags: she turns them into mandalas. I'm guessing that there's some fusing going on here. The results are quite amazing, and even more soContinue Reading

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