I am pretty good about remembering to bring my reusable shopping bags with me when I pick up groceries. I walk in the store with my canvas bags, and I leave with my groceries and only those bags (and usually a pint of Ben & Jerry's - don't judge me). No matter how hard I try, plastic shopping bags still seem to magically appear under my kitchen sink. While tiny bags are handy to have around (fellow pet owners may agree with me here), keeping them from looking like a literal wad of trash is tricky. I'm here to share with you a folding technique to beat all others. It's by far the fastest, and definitely the easiest, way to fold a plastic shopping bag.
Bruno and I have some big news brewing - we're having a baby! Our first, Ayla, was born in 2009, and has been our greatest joy. So we're ridiculously excited to add to the family. Of course, a new baby means a new nursery, so for the last few months I've been dreaming up color schemes and pinning favorites left and right. Turns out, the third week in April is National Painting Week, so it's a perfect time for a paint-inspired redo!
We decided not to find out the baby's gender this time around, and knew we wanted to go with a neutral and gentle palette in the nursery. I have been in love with the combination of gray and yellow for the last few years, and it seemed like the right combination for our new nursery.
Read on to find out how we turned a ho-hum office space into a happy home for a new baby.
This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:
Over the last month, we've been giving some love to our favorite room in the house ... our porch. Earlier this month we spruced up our porch coffee tables and a rocking chair. Then we kept the momentum going and re-did some candle-holders. This week's project was both functional and fun, and we were thrilled with the results.
In the summer, we spend a lot of time on...
This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.
This is a really fun and effective way to make a little photo album--all without using glue or adhesive in its construction. It’s a great way to showcase your photography. It also makes a great ‘brag book’ for images of your favorite children--furry or otherwise.
Here’s some of the things you’ll need to make one:
- Medium weight poster board
- Card stock, two different colors
- 1/4” wide elastic or ribbon
- Small hole punch
- Decorative brad
- Craft knife
- Cutting mat
- Flat-bed cutter, optional but very handy
For many, books, as physical objects, can be central to one's home decor. While some store their collections in spare rooms, offices, and spaces out of sight for company; many of us proudly display our libraries as focal points, providing the opportunity to start conversations with guests, family, and friends. Often, looking at one's bookshelves, like peering into one's home, can teach us a lot about who someone is and the things they love. We've grown used to seeing books on coffee tables, night stands, and even in bathrooms. They indicate that someone actually lives in a space, and can always serve as great conversation starters.
So, we wanted to honor the book's place in the home by elevating a single volume into a home design element. And there's no better way to draw attention than to put something living inside of it. And so...the upcycled book planter.
This holiday season, go one step beyond giving handmade gifts. Give the gift of creativity and empower the recipients with these five DIY Gift Kits. It's like handmade-squared!
An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.
So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.
Upon visiting my local FreeGeek space, I noted the bubbling pile of e-scrap...techno goodies that will never be much use for a frankensteined personal computer. Did I see a potential resource of microchips, LEDs, and switches? Of course, but I wouldn't know what to do with 'em. So, instead, I started slicing, and came up with this very easy, customizable, and essentially cost-free picture frame.
With the help of some 4" square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy.
To make a set of 4 coasters, you’ll need:
A splash of wine, or deglazing with a broth or stock, can take an average home dish to saucy deliciousness. But, it's impractical to open a new bottle or carton just for a few tablespoons. So watch this video for a fresh idea.
Brrrr... We're certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel's surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.
To keep the shovel slick and (mostly) ice...
This easy no-sew, no-knit hand-printed scarf project makes a perfect and perfectly easy gift for everyone on your list. And since they cost under $2.00 to make, you can create one to match every coat and outfit in their closet.
Danish woven hearts are part of every kid's childhood. (Or they should be.) If you were like me, your hearts ripped as you wove them or as you filled them. Either way, they lead to heart ache. Making them out of fabric, however, will save you countless tears. They'll last for many Christmases and Valentine's days to come and they'll never break your heart. (Over use of puns intended.)
What you need to make 'em:
- fabric, calico works...
A piece of paper. A scissors. A scant five minutes. The results?
The paper snowflake is nearly everyone's first Christmastide craft, and its elegant aesthetic keeps folks creating 'em, year after year. But my elementary-school snowflakes never really captured nature's precise geometry and symmetry...they really looked more like crude doilies than lilting crystalline water.
As it turns out, the magic doesn't...
If you have a bin of nuts and washers and things, you’re half-way to turning a wine bottle into an oil lamp. (And even if you don’t have a nut and washer bin, you can pick a few up–plus the other items you’ll need to complete this project–at the hardware store for pennies!)
The supplies you’ll want to gather:
- An empty wine bottle
- A 1 ½" or so long threaded nipple–I used one from an old lamp kit
- Two ½" to 5/8" nuts–one wide, one...
I have a thing about windows. Especially barn sash windows, one of which just happened to be lying around. It was too good not to turn into something, so kicked around some ideas and came up with a wall art/light fixture idea and went to work.
What we used:
an old barn sash window
scrap 1" x 3" pine
a piece of handy board
frosted glass spray
scissor and paper punch
LED light strip
table saw, screws, drill, nails hammer, etc.
What we did:
My sister Barbara was shopping for a zen rake, and it occurred to her that I should make a zen garden for Curbly. Well, here it is...a zen garden on a budget. (Thanks for the idea, sis!)
Stuff you’ll need:
A thick-ish picture frame; 8" x 10" works well. (I found the perfect specimen at the thrift store for $2.80. Sweet.)
A glue gun and glue sticks
Beach sand (Since I don’t live in an area notorious for its lovely beach sand, I had to buy some at...
Skreened.com fulfills not only the American, but the ultimate, international dream of all humankind: to have anything you could ever desire printed on a t-shirt.
Tarting up a take-away container with paper is a fun, fast and easy project. They make beautiful gift boxes, but equally pretty storage boxes as well!
The supplies you’ll need:
A clean takeaway container (to forego the lingering scent of vegetable lo-mein, you can buy new takeaway containers at your local craft store for about a dollar.)
2 metal brads
One large needle
A cutting mat and scissors