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My Favorite How-To Originals Out of 4000 Posts

by on Mar 10, 2014

This, my friends, marks my 4000th post on Curbly. To celebrate, I thought I’d cull through my how-to originals and round up some of my favorites and tell you what became of them.

I turned an old (and heavy) tripod into floor lamp for my office back in 2007. It’s still here, and I still love it. Although it’s sporting a new shade these days.

"Black night lamp is on the corner of the room."Curbly

A dark shady area shows a lamp next to a plant.

When I made my tile coasters back in 2009, the idea was more unique than it is nowadays. Still, I love the idea and use the black and white one every day, also in my office. (Looks as good as new, by the way.) The colorful, floral set I donated to my local Animal Humane Society as a supplement to a silent auction basket. As it turned out, my dear friend Kay bought them. (She does stuff like that.)

created on: 02/16/09Curbly

Several blue coasters with rich flower patterns on them.Curbly

This next one was inspired by a breadbasket from Teloforma. I played around with paper and pencil until I had a template that would work for a little gift box. Honestly, I haven’t made many since, but I still love the idea.

Red color fabric gift box with red spotted ribbon on top.Curbly

The DIY Paper Cherry Blossoms project was tons of fun and is still a perfect way to usher in spring. I took the picture below using a homemade light box. I happened to be taking a photography class at the time and took the picture in for review. My fellow students loved the how-to aspect, but my instructor pointed out that my photograph was under-lit on the upper left. Thanks, Carl. 

"Paper Cherry blossoms is in the glass pot."Curbly

The newest of the group is the geometric trivet. When came up with this idea, I thought it had possibilities, but when it was done I actually impressed myself. (Don’t you love that when you impress yourself?) Anyway, it came out totally ‘pro.’

Textured wood pot holder with a brown teapot on top of it.Curbly

The Moroccan-inspired bench makeover gets on the list for a couple of reasons. First, my pop made the bench, and, second, I love the way it turned out. Although I had intended to use the bench outside, I decided to keep it indoors in my craft room. 

Side table with a yellow and white cross pattern on the top.Curbly

And, finally, the rain chain. It’s going on 3 years old, but it’s still holding strong. The chain has rusted a bit, but the buckets are as shiny as ever. Being under a very large pine tree, I have to fish needles out of the buckets every now and then in the summertime, but I still love it.

Flower plants in the home backyard.Curbly

I’m sure I’ve forgotten some, but these are the projects that still top my list after all this time. If any of you have used them to make your own creations, I hope you love them as much as I do! 

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