Hardware Store Decor: DIY Frame Project for Posters and Art

By: Chrisjob Sep 15, 2010

To celebrate the release of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, we decided to look back into the Curbly archives to find some great hardware store-inspired posts. First stop, this Curbly video showing you how to make an easy and inexpensive custom poster frame.

created at: 2009-07-21

An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster. So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.

Don't dig on the industrial look of the exposed plywood? No worries. Just cut your substrate to the same size as your art, and you're as clean and contemporary as can be.

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How to: Make Life-Size DIY Birch Tree Trunk Wall Art

By: Elizabethabernathy Aug 30, 2010

created at: 08/26/2010

 These life-size birch trunks are made from cut-up cereal boxes and left-over house paints. This is an excellent way to utilize packaging that usually ends up in the bin and  

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An Amazing Collection of Free Printables

By: Chrisjob Aug 30, 2010

printable bunting and cupcake topper template

Jen from Indie Fixx has assembled an exhaustive and totally awesome collection of DIY free printable art, cards, gift boxes, labels, and more!oil and vinegar free printable labels

owl gift box free printable

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How To Do a Refrigerator Makeover

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 24, 2010

created at: 08/24/2010

It's a commitment unless you've got an ugly, boxy white refrigerator you need to disguise. Look here what you can do with black matte contact paper.  ApartmentTherapy Continue Reading

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DIY: 3D Wall Art

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 20, 2010

Mandy from Vintage Revivals is one industrious DIY-er. I just love this 3D, three panel wall art she created out of wood panels and branches. I'm a sucker for trees and branches. She even admits her first attempt at painting the wood panels was a flop. A true DIY-er always has some mishaps along the way. Her final product is wunderbar! Continue Reading

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DIY Weekend Project: Bold Dot Serving Trays

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 19, 2010

I happened to come across this large red and white polka dot serving tray for $34.50 from Vitrine.com. Honestly, if you knew how many round birch laminate serving trays I've picked up throughout the years at Goodwill, you may think I'm a kook. Enough about collection addiction issues. This is a super easy DIY functional project you can start today, finish tomorrow and use on Saturday night. Here's how to make a knock off version of these.Continue Reading

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Turn a Retro Sony Into an Electronically Mod Picture Frame

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 13, 2010

created at: 08/13/2010

Baz (Papa to Atomic Indy blog) and crew sometimes cruise around town looking for mid-century cast-offs. When he comes across a find, he quickly posts it on Facebook and it's usually grabbed up within the hour. This time he scooped up a 1972 Sony TV-750 for himself and got to tinkering with the little bugger. Continue Reading

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Make Pretty Bird Wall Art

By: Diy maven Aug 12, 2010

Becca from Blue Cricket Design shows us how to make pretty bird wall art using, I might add, some of my favoriteContinue Reading

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Make Animal Photo Holders

By: Diy maven Aug 11, 2010

A little strange, a lotta fun, these animal photo holders are a snap to make, thanks to Ohdeedoh for deciphering PhotoJoJo's ready-made variety. They're also a fraction of the cost of the latter too!Continue Reading

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Hoverboard is a Reality

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 10, 2010

Remember this image? Seemed out of the question. Well, it may not hold weight yet, but french artist Nils Guadagnin has engineered a Marty McFly-inspired, electromagnetic, stabilized, levitating hoverboard. See more.Continue Reading

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Boys Love Tree Forts

By: Modhomeecteacher Aug 06, 2010

Sean Orlando and crew decided to build a Steampunk treehouse at The Burning Man Festival. Aside from all of the artistic implications, who could them for going to a little extra trouble in order to have some 'downtime' from the chaos of 25,000 artsy partiers? Continue Reading

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Learn How to Turn Wood

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 22, 2010

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If you see really beautifully turned wooden bowls, like at an art fair, stop and take a look. It's easy to overlook how much time goes into making a wood bowl on a lathe. This has to be due to the abundance of mass-produced, zero personality wooden bowls on the market. Continue Reading

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Origami Up the Wall

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 15, 2010


What could be cheaper than using beautifully colored origami paper to make perfect wall art? It's geometric, it adds texture and, if you can make it look this good, it's practically free. A series of designs could be hung to give your wall an art gallery feel. But you need that wall for storage? Well, look what we have here - a giant sized origami wall unit that can multi-task as both art and storage...Continue Reading

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Mosaic-ed Blues

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 08, 2010

created at: 07/08/2010

Who would have thought of taking 'blues guitar' literally?  Artist Nancy Keating of Mosaics Garden must have rummaged through every last piece of her stash of Italian cut glass and tile to find enough blue to cover her acoustic guitar. Continue Reading

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Cubist Paper (?) Art

By: Diy maven Jul 07, 2010

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This piece by Rob Bailey of cubist horses reminds me of stuff I tried to make as a kid in art class using cut bits of paper. (Emphasis on 'tried'. My versions never turned out quite this striking.) The website where the artist's work is featured doesn't sayContinue Reading

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