13 DIY Ways to Use Wooden Dowel Rods

by Brittni Mehlhoff

There have been quite a few cool DIY projects popping up lately with one material in common: dowel rods. They're such a versatile item for craft projects, with DIYs ranging from expandable trivets and minimal coat racks to Eames-inspired mobiles and unique wall art. So, grab some dowel rods and let's get to it. Here are 13 DIY ways to use dowel rods in your home.

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Make It: Pine and Balsa Wood Tealight Holders

by Stephanie Lee
DIY wood tea light holders

I don't know about you, but the change in seasons always inspires me to pull out my candles for a little outdoor entertaining. In Australia it's now spring, but I'm just the same come autumn - I love being outside in the evenings during the milder months when the weather isn't too hot or cold; the night air is fresh and the sun goes down at just the right time for us to enjoy a candlelit dinner (ha, I'm such a romantic). If you love candles as much as I do, click through to make some tealight holders of your own!

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How To: Make a DIY Plywood Floor Mirror with Open Shelving

by Brittni Mehlhoff
Photo: Fox

Plywood is a modern DIYers dream material for it's industrial, hip vibe and no-frills attitude. So, it's no surprise that there are loads of cool projects that utilize the material, like these DIY rolling storage bins, a minimalistic DIY daybed, and now a DIY plywood floor mirror with open shelving for beauty products, accessories and more. Want to see how this project turned out?

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How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table

by Faith Towers
How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table
Photo: Faith Towers

The bed in our guest room is very tall. And if you've ever tried to find a tall end table, you know that they aren't easy to come by. So I decided to make one... and my version of the C-table was born. This is not one of those time intensive woodworking projects - in fact, it didn't even involve power tools. Click through to check out this incredibly easy little project.   

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10 Wood DIYs That Don't Require Major Power Tools

by Faith Towers
10 Wood DIYs That Don't Require Major Power Tools
Photo: Historias de Casa

DIY projects that are made of wood are daunting to many... talk of table saws and other power tools can be intimidating. Which is why we decided to share some DIYs that don't require multiple power tools and hours and hours of your time. And keep in mind that if you ever do need to have wood cut, your local home improvement store may be able to cut it for you for free. Just ask someone in the lumber section. Here are ten of our favorite easy wood projects for your home.   

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Make It: Add a Big Burst of Color with this DIY Giant Modern Clock

by Lidy Dipert
DIY Giant Modern Clock | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I love to add emphasis and a little drama to decor pieces  that are otherwise mundane and a little boring. We all have clocks in our home, but I'm sure we buy them with functionality in mind, rather than style. I decided to create this Giant Modern Clock, because it not only serves a purpose (as clocks always do), but also it adds that great burst of color and a geometric touch to the space in a big and bold way! 

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How to: Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter

by Lidy Dipert
Turn a Sewing Basket into a Playful Planter | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I love those cute and quirky vintage pieces that are truly unique, but sadly no longer serve a purpose that they once did. Take for example this darling sewing basket that was given to me. I couldn't say no, it had way too much potential - but I don't sew and I had no actual use for it. So, I decided to turn this sewing basket into a 4-legged llama planter. Yes, llama planter. Just bare with me for a minute! 

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How to: Simple and Modern DIY Magnetic Poster Frame

by Lidy Dipert
DIY Magnetic Poster Frame

I inherited a love for art from my grandmother. Her home was seriously a museum that I loved to peruse and take in. It was full of beautiful decor and art; some she brought into Canada with her after she immigrated from Holland. Some, she picked up along the way. I always thought she spent a fortune on most of her collections. But it turns out, they were affordable prints that simply spoke to her, which she collected over time. And that is exactly how I seem to collect the many pieces of art in our home. The problem is, I'm running out of frames to hang them in, so I decided to create a minimal and modern magnetic poster frame! 

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How To: DIY Ladder Garden With Hanging Succulents

by Lexy Ward
How To: DIY Ladder Garden With Hanging Succulents
photo: Lexy Ward

Raise your hand if you own a succulent or two. Or seven. I have a budding (pun intended!) succulent garden and have been in need of a way to put them on display without sacrificing precious and limited counter space. This simple DIY ladder is the perfect way to hang as many or as few as you like! Not to mention its cool throwback to the 90's!      

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