Help Us Choose Curbly's New eBook Topic!

By: Chrisjob Jan 08, 2010


created at: 2010/01/06

In December, released its first publication - Make It! Mid-Century Modern, a how-to manual with twelve original projects and design inspiration from some of the greatest designers of the 20th century.

We had such a great time creating the projects and have received such positive feedback from the design community (click here to see some of the reviews), that we're ready to create the next installment in the Curbly Make It! series.

And so, we're interested in your thoughts! We've come up with three ideas that we think would all make great publications, and we'd love to know how you feel. Check out the options below, and then… Continue Reading

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How to Easily Art with Two Anchors.

By: Chrisjob Dec 30, 2009

It's a legitimate problem - keeping a frame photo or piece of art level while balancing on two points of support. And it becomes especially important when hanging in a series.

Turns out - there's a trick. And as in many DIY projects, you've got to make yourself a… Continue Reading

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A Mad Itch to Redecorate

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 15, 2009

created at: 2009/12/15

Image: Re-Nest

It can't be avoided.  Working from home gets to you after awhile. I'm uninterested in Christmas for some reason, so I'm daydreaming about what the wall in front of me could be. That has captured my attention. It's inspiration time and I've found two blog posts that have caught my eye. See what you think.

One involves wallpaper from Angela Adams while the other is a large damask gray and black wall or a gray and black striped wall, both posted by… Continue Reading

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'Leggo My Eggo!' and More Creative Pancakes from The Pancake Project.

By: Chrisjob Dec 14, 2009



The Pancake Project is exactly what it sounds like: some creative dude in Las Vegas making amazing things from pancakes. It's great to watch his progress throughout the blog. More fun and detail with every post! No sharing of technique yet, but hopefully soon? Please?

See them all here.

Via SeriousEats.


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How to Turn Toilet Paper Rolls into Flower Wall Art

By: Diy maven Dec 14, 2009


This project from Growing Up Creative was written as a craft for kids, but calling it a 'kid craft' sort of suggests that it's on par with gluing pasta onto paper, which it is not. I mean, I guess it could be, but in the right hands, the outcome is a lovely and sophisticated-looking art installation. To make your own toilet-paper-roll-flower wall art, you'll need this… Continue Reading

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How to: Photograph Holiday Light Displays

By: Chrisjob Dec 13, 2009

On Friday, I'm headed to the infamous Dyker Heights Light Display in Brooklyn, and will be taking my new Nikon D90 in tow.

But, no matter how carried away these holidaysters get - one Clark Griswold-disciple reportedly pays more than $5,000 in electricity each season - there's still a whole lotta black, and very little light, making for some tough shutterbugging.

Thankfully, plenty of master photographers have already thought through… Continue Reading

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Holiday How-To: Cranberry Dye for Holiday Cards.

By: Chrisjob Dec 11, 2009


What's better than sending a handmade card for the holidays?

Sending a handmade card with ink you made yourself, of course.

From Katherine Sharpe at Readymade: "Britt Browne’s materials are just as essential to her art as her designs. She makes her own ink using homegrown plants, then prints on handmade paper. Here, Britt shares the secret to making greeting-card-ready paper or fabric using the season’s most ubiquitous berry. Learn more about Britt and her work at The Paper Moon Project, and if you’re not in the mood to make your own cranberry dye, you can shop her limited-edition cranberry dyed cards… Continue Reading

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How to Make Folded-Paper-CD-Case Art

By: Diy maven Dec 07, 2009

decor de foret

These folded CD cases come to us from Studio Lo. The paper is provided, and you do the folding and arranging. As Studio Lo's site is primarily in French, I'm not sure if the cd cases are available for sale. 

decor imprimée

HOWEVER, I found a 6-sided folded paper CD holder how-to for a DIY attempt that… Continue Reading

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Ran Hwang's Button and Push-Pin Art

By: Diy maven Dec 07, 2009

created at: 2009/12/07

Artist Ran Hwang uses 'materials related to the fashion industry' to create her expansive wall installations. As you can imagine, their assembly takes vast amounts of patience, but Ran uses the process as a meditative practice that brings her 'inner peace'.… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Eco-hip Paper Ornaments

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 23, 2009

created at: 2009/11/23

STOP!! Don't even go down the cheapy Christmas ornament aisle. Look what you can make from paper. One is done by quilling, rolling and gluing pieces of… Continue Reading

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Turn Tin Cans into Wall Art/Organizer

By: Diy maven Nov 20, 2009

created at: 2009/11/20

Tin cans are pretty. Especially when they're grouped together, as evidenced in the picture above. The maker saved a bunch of them up, peeled off their labels, arranged them into a pleasing… Continue Reading

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Students of Architecture See Marvelous in the Mundane

By: Diy maven Nov 17, 2009

These are perfect examples of utilizing the mundane for extraordinary effect. First up, architecture student Michelle Nicholls saved up foam vegetable trays and turned them into 3D… Continue Reading

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Hang Can Vases for Art

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 11, 2009

created at: 2009/11/11

Photo Image: Easy DiY at Home

Blank walls sometimes make us so nervous that we run out to Pier One or World Market and buy generic pictures to cover the blankness. Ick! If you're scared to pick up a paintbrush and a blank canvas, this simple idea from Easy DiY at Home  shows you a simple way how to add metallic shine and bright repetitive pops (sorry, I swore I wouldn't say that anymore)… Continue Reading

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16 Pixelated Home Decor Items.

By: Chrisjob Nov 11, 2009


Ladies and Gentlemen! Presenting sixteen digitalized, geometricized, fabulously pixelated home decor and interior design creations.


  • Pixelated Wooden Walls
  • Pixelated Seats
  • Pixelated Graffiti
  • Scattered Accomodation
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DIY Coffee Stencil

By: Diy maven Nov 11, 2009

Since my first whiff of coffee art, I've been hooked. I don't aspire to be as talented as my local barista, but THIS I could manage. Jessica over at How About Orange tells us how we can make stencils to decorate our… Continue Reading

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