Heavenly Plywood Stars

Diy Maven

Presented at this year's Burning Man, this installation of 7-12 foot stars arranged in the shape of Orion was meant to bring a sense of heaven to earth. They were constructed to look as lovely in the daytime as night. Check out the

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Naked Alcove Gets Faux Mantle Makeover

Diy Maven

Whatever you call them alcoves, niches or cubby holes, they can give rise to some major decor conundrums. What proved to be the perfect way to fill this empty alcove was a faux mantle. It started with some lumber at Home Depot and about a half hour of construction. Some caulk and paint later, this

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The Best Furniture Paint You're Not Using

Diy Maven

created at: 12/12/2012

A few weeks ago, I visited a local unpainted furniture store and was immediately drawn to their DIY stains, varnishes and paint. While examining the stock, one of the shop's finishers happened by and asked if I had any questions. I immediately went in to 'quiz the expert' mode. I felt so guilty at accosting the poor guy, I bought one of the paints

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How to: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Menorah

Bruno Bornsztein


A few weeks ago, our editor, Chris Gardner, posted a sweet woodworking tutorial over on our 'brother' site, ManMadeDIY. In it, he explained the steps he took to make a beautiful hardwood modern menorah. If you're in the market for a new one for Hanukkah this year, or you're not Jewish but you just want a candle-holder with room for nine lights, then I suggest you check it out. Chris shipped us the finished product, and we were thrilled to...

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How To: Make A Craft Stick Snowflake

Matt Allison

created at: 12/05/2012

I'm a father to two little people. Since my eldest is only 2.5 years old, this limits a lot of the craft projects out there that require power tools (though the man in me can't wait till he comes of age to enjoy them!).  This simple project is something we can tackle together and relatively safe (look, no scissors!) and particularly festive.     


It's suggested that you use a hotglue gun, but you can...

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Set

Capree K

created at: 12/02/2012

Things are starting to get real festive around these parts! If you're looking for some fun tabletop trees that lean a bit towards the modern side, I've got just the project for you! These wooden trees are super easy to make and can be left plain or customized to your heart's content. Check 'em out!     

created at: 12/02/2012

Materials:

  • (1) 6x36" sheet of Balsa wood
  • tree templates (create and print out a big triangle...

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How to: Make a DIY Mid-Century Modern Sofa Table

Chris Gardner

created at: 11/29/2012

This week, Curbly is excited to be teaming up with Storey Publishing to share original how-to projects from the newly released PlyDesign: 73 Distinct Projects in Plywood (and Other Sheet Goods) by Phillip Schmidt.

 

The sofa table exists primarily because no one wants to look at the back of a couch. And granted, it’s a handy place for reading lamps and perhaps some photos or display-worthy books. But the problem, for some of us at least, is that a sofa table feels a little too traditional and grown-up, sort of like joining a country club or driving an automatic.

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How to: Build a DIY Modern Toy Box or Storage Unit from Plywood

Chris Gardner

created at: 11/29/2012

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting your house into Metropolitan Home or Architectural Digest but then screwed it all up by having kids, modBOX 2010 might just be your salvation. It is, in the words of its designer, “a modernist toy box for the hipster tyke.” Yet as cool as it looks on the outside, modBOX is all about the kid experience. It has a big catchall chest (perfect for emergency cleanups), plus two drawers that pull out, two book...

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Roundup: 14 Modern DIY Advent Calendars and Holiday Countdown Projects

Capree K

created at: 11/28/2012

I'll be honest, I prefer that my DIY projects and crafts be heavy on the modern side of things. Sometimes it's hard to find ideas that are easy to make, affordable, and super contemporary. BUT! It can be done! Even the most ubiquitous Christmas craft, the advent calendar, can be turned into an aesthetically pleasing design object. Here are 14 examples that are sure to fit in with modern homes of all types!     

created at: 11/28/2012

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How to: Make a DIY Modern Headboard from One Sheet of Plywood

Chris Gardner

created at: 11/27/2012

This week, Curbly is excited to be teaming up with Storey Publishing to share original how-to projects from the newly released PlyDesign: 73 Distinct Projects in Plywood (and Other Sheet Goods) by Phillip Schmidt.
 

Groovy Headboard...as in lots of grooves, see? It was the express intention of the designers of this piece not to have a monolithic hulk of a headboard, so they decorated it with negative space. The grooves also highlight the edge strata of the plywood, adding depth and interest that change with your viewing angle. And if you really want to get groovy, you can install some hidden lighting in the back (letting the glow play through the slats or throwing bars of light onto the ceiling).

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