How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know...that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google "sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament". No results. Surprised?

At some point that day, I decided I couldn't bear to live...

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How to Fold a Christmas Money Tree

by M.E. Gray

How to make a Money Tree for Christmas from a Dollar Bill

Giving cash this Christmas? (We still think it's better than a gift card.) Instead of just sticking the bills in a card, how about festively folding them into a Christmas money tree shape? With this simple technique, you’ll have the whole project done in less than five minutes. Here's how to make a money tree for the holidays this year...

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130+ Halloween Costume Ideas If You Have No Idea What You're Going to Be Yet

by M.E. Gray

128 Ideas on What to Be for Halloween

As an adult, you've got a lot of important decisions to make every year, but one of the most important is what to be for Halloween! We're only kidding - but sometimes it does seem like an overwhelming responsibility! If you're still scratching your head as to what to be, take a scroll down this list and see if anything tickles your fancy. We have costume ideas for couples, whole families and groups, or for a party-of-one. Asking yourself, "What should I be for Halloween?" Look no further. Happy Halloween!        

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Make This! Crafter's Tool Belt With Detachable Apron

by Faith Provencher
Make This! Crafter's Tool Belt With Detachable Apron | Curbly #diy #sewing
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

As a serious crafter, I always have two recurring problems: I ruin my clothing (thanks to paint/stain/glue splatters), and I'm also always running around the house looking for tools as I'm trying to finish my project. So I made a crafting tool belt with detachable apron, and it solved both of these problems! Now I can gather all my tools at the start of the project and literally keep them on me as I work. I don't know why I didn't make one of these ten years ago! Click through to check out the sewing tutorial.      

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Glue Gun Shootout: What's the Best Glue Gun on the Market? We Find Out.

by DIY Maven
Glue Gun Review
Photo: JoAnn Moser

 

Sure, your glue gun melts glue sticks, but does it drip glue all over the place when sitting on its "kickstand"? Does it seem to spontaneously tip over when sitting on said kickstand? Does it take forever to reach maximum heat? 

If your glue gun does any or all of these things, it might be time to break up with it and find a new model. After hours and hours of testing 6 models—4 corded and 2 cordless—of wildly varying prices, we've pinned down our favorites. Let's introduce our contenders (and our recommendations): 

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Need a Super Last-Minute Mother's Day Gift Your Mom will Love? Here's What to Do

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Mini Bouquets by Homey oh My
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So Mother's Day is days away, and you're empty-handed.

Procrastinate much?

JK! There's no judgment here - I am the absolute worst at planning ahead.

But, let's not leave our moms thinking we don't care about them. Instead of panicking and grabbing the first tchotchke that catches your eye on the way home and playing it off as totally intentional, try one of these last-minute gifts your mom will love.

We've got you covered with gifts you can order online, simple ways to make a gift of flowers more special, and experiences you can share with your mom that will really make her day.

Ready, set, go - you got this!         

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How To Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse

by Chris Gardner

In this post, you'll learn how to make a birdhouse two different ways ...

How to make a birdhouse - modern and MCM design plans

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it's still very strong and holding up wonderfully.

But, of course I know that most folks, even other creative-types and DIYsters, don't have access to all these tools. So, I wondered: is it possible to come up with a modern, handmade birdhouse that doesn't required bunches of power tools and knowledge of complex joinery?

Of course it is. So, here's a DIY mod birdhouse that requires only an electric drill and a few toolbox staples. The whole thing can be made for around $10 in materials, and in just an hour or two.  

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Tried And Tested: Do These 10 Pinterest Organization Hacks Actually Work?

by Faith Provencher
10 Pinterest Organizational Hacks Tried And Tested
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Pinterest is filled with organizing hacks, promising to help you achieve your wildest organizational dreams. But just how good are they? I set out to test 10 of them, and today I'm sharing the results with you. Click through to compare their versions with mine, and to read my thoughts on the functionality of each one.   

 

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How To: Fuse Plastic Bags + Make a Sunglasses Case!

by M.E. Gray

Reuse and recycle: Make fabric from old plastic bags

As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I've been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don't need in my life anymore. I'm pretty good about recycling what I can - cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. If you don't have access to a plastic bag recycling bin, you can reuse your plastic bags by fusing them together to create a waterproof, flexible fabric!       

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Best Of: 15 of Our Favorite DIY Projects from 2017

by M.E. Gray

Best of! We're taking a look back at some of our favorite DIY projects to come out of 2017

2017 has been an exciting year, and we here at Curbly have had the opportunity to do some pretty cool stuff over the past twelve months (I don't know if you heard, but we flipped a freaking house!). In addition to making over the original Curbly home, hosting an art show for a bunch of 2nd graders, going to and speaking at Alt Summit, and painting all the things - the Curbly team created a bunch of fun, original projects, too. Today we're taking a look back at the best DIY projects of the year. These are the projects that you, our readers, visited and liked the most, in addition to some that we just think are real spiffy. Let's go!          

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: IKEA Hacked Shelf

1. IKEA Hack: A Utilitarian Shelf Goes Rustic Glam: We're going to start our list off with this shelf project, because we love a good IKEA hack (who doesn't? It's like the story of Cinderella, but for furniture). This tutorial shows how to turn the Hyllis shelf's look from plain brushed steel to fancy brass and wood.

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Custom Vinyl Wall Decals

2. Custom Vinyl Wall Decal: Next up is this tutorial for making your own wall decals. Pony boys aside, we get that inexpensive wall art is desirable. This method for filling blank spaces fast also leaves plenty of room for creativity through customization.

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Minimal Grid Organizer

3. Baking Rack Turned Modern Grid Organizer: The best DIY projects always start with a great idea. The winning thought here? Mounting a cooling rack to the wall. Simple, yet effective!

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Abstract Patterned Pillow

4. Simple Abstract Patterned Pillow: 2017 saw a resurgence in all things 90s. Neck chokers are back, denim jackets are all the rage, and if you're feeling extra nostalgic, you can actually buy newly released albums on cassette tape. This do-it-yourself pillow fits right in by revisiting the fun and funky patterns of the early 90s.

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Spinning Serving Tray

5. IKEA Hack: Spinning Tiered Serving Tray: IKEA gets hacked again in the 5th spot on our Best DIY Projects of the Year list. This project actually combines two IKEA products together, making one awesome serving tray that's sure to impress your house guests. Keep those snacks a'spinnin'!

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Paint Scrape Art

6. Simple Paint Scrape Art: This year we saw a great need for easy, yet unique wall art. While we covered a lot of affordable wall art solutions over the past twelve months, this is one of our favorites because of how effortless and effective it is! 

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: IKEA Hack Hanging Baskets

7. IKEA Hack: Hanging Planter Basket Set: The last IKEA hack on this list is a two-tiered beauty that houses happy houseplants. One in every room, please!

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Concrete Soy Candles

8. Modern Industrial Concrete Soy Candles: Candles have been around forever and there are a hundred and one ways to dress them up. This is our favorite method of 2017, because we love the bright colors mixed with the industrial look of concrete. 

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Magnetic Knife Rack

9. Wall-Mounted Magnetic Knife Rack: As interior design trends shift towards smaller living, the need for smarter organization grows - hence why we picked this magnetic knife rack for our #9 spot!

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: The Half-Hour Half Apron

10. The Half-Hour Half Apron: The best DIY projects are uncomplicated. For non-sewers, or for those just getting introduced to their sewing machines, any sewing project is going to feel overwhelmingly complicated (we've all been there). This project is easy enough for beginners, and you don't have to invest a ton of time into it. 

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Leather Dangle Earrings

11. DIY Leather Dangling Earrings: Our readers loved these earrings, and so do we! They're a great gift idea, and they're a snap to make. 

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: La Croix Can Planters

12. La Croix Can Planters: This year the U.S. reached new levels in its love affair with La Croix sparkling water (let's not forget about that song that happened this summer). Curbly HQ is fueled by the stuff, and with all those empty cans laying around, we thought we'd put them to good use as planters. 

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Waterproof Picnic Blanket

13. Waterproof Picnic Blanket: We spent a lot of time outside this past summer (it was essentially an average of 71 °F the entire time), which is why this picnic blanket with a water-resistant backing makes our 13 spot on this Best DIY list.

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Modern Planter Box

14. Modern Planter Box: We have a love-affair with outdoor projects here at Curbly. This planter fits the bill, and thanks to its strong, modern look, you guys loved it too!

 

Curbly's Best DIY Projects of 2017: Outdoor Bistro Lights

15. Outdoor Bistro Lights: And last but certainly not least, these bistro lights finish out our best-of list. Why do we love them? Because A.) Outdoor lighting is transformative and amazing, and B.) We love any tutorial that features Contributor Faith's puggle, Charlie


To note the end of another year, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite DIY projects to come out of 2017!
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2017 has been a good year, but we can't wait to see what 2018 has in store! See you next year! ;)

Our love of IKEA hacks didn't start in 2017 - we love them so much, we compiled our favorites into one mega list last year (100, to be exact!).

100 Best IKEA Hacks of All Time

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How to Make a Dress from Scratch in 15 Minutes!

by Faith Provencher

Today I'm going to teach you how to make a dress that's stylish and convertible, in just fifteen minutes. Really. It requires only four seams, and looks deceptively simple before you put it on; the success of the dress lies in the way you wrap the ribbon around your body. This project is easy enough for almost anyone to do - all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line.  

How to make a dress from scratch - sewing tutorial

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How to Make Authentic Oilcloth

by M.E. Gray

Learn how to make oilcloth fabric

Why do they call it oil cloth? What is currently being sold in stores as oilcloth is actually made from cotton fabric covered with a petroleum-based coating. However, genuine oilcloth (the real thing grandma had on her kitchen table) is made from cotton, canvas, or linen fabric coated in linseed oil. The fabric can be dyed or printed before the linseed treatment, and the oil gives it a water-resistant surface. Genuine oilcloth (also known as oilskin) is biodegradable in a landfill. The "real" oilcloth sold in stores today is made from PVC or polyvinyl chloride, and as such does not break down in a landfill.       

 

Here's how to make oilcloth, the old-fashioned way: 

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How To: Make a Bridal Bouquet That'll Last Forever

by M.E. Gray

Learn how to make this life-like floral bouquet - perfect for the bride who wants to plan ahead

Why hello there, wedding season! If you're currently planning or have planned a wedding before, you know that there are a million little details to consider. Centerpieces, wedding favors, planning a menu that is considerate of everyone's dietary needs, seating arrangements that keep peace in the family - the list could go on forever. Flowers are a huge part of weddings, but fresh flowers generally need to be picked up day of, adding to your already huge to-do list. If you're DIY-ing your upcoming nuptials, making a faux bouquet ahead of time can help you tackle your checklist in a timely fashion. Plus you'll be able to keep the bouquet forever as a memento of the special occasion.            

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Don't Only Spend Mother's Day with Your Kids - This DIY Get-Together with Besties is a Special Treat

by Lidy Dipert

How to: Host a Mother's Day workshop for friends

On Mother's Day, it's lovely to be the recipient of a nice gift or thoughtful activity from your child or partner. But why limit the awesomeness to a single morning? This Mother's Day, we vote to celebrate not just once, but as much as you possibly can. To start, why not have all your nearest and dearest mama friends over for a fun workshop and tasty treats? It doesn't have to be complicated or super fancy. Like all things related to the holiday, it's the thought that counts. Here's a sure way to throw a successful little celebration in honor of all those gals that need a little extra "me" time along with an afternoon of fun.

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Make It: DIY Metallic Geometric Planters in 5 Minutes

by Brittni Mehlhoff

Make It: DIY Metallic Geometric Planters in 5 Minutes

 

Save money on expensive pots and planters with this quick and easy project that will conceal any ugly plastic container in about five minutes, for less than $1 a piece.   

Using some leftover contact paper, you can whip up some faux metal containers to hide the ugly plastic ones your store-bought houseplants came in. 

Materials
  • Scrap Cardboard
  • Copper Contact Paper
  • Small Plants or succulents
Tools
  • Scis...

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