Years ago, my boyfriend and I decided to begin collecting corks from special moments in our lives and writing short notes on them to remember the occasions. There came a point when we realized we had to actually DO something with all of the corks we were collecting, so I started moving them to a plain shadow box that has (until now) remained untouched. Finally, it was time to show off these memories we'd made! Our DIY cork memory box contains corks from big milestones, special occasions and holidays over the past few years and sits proudly on a bookshelf to remind us of the things we've celebrated together. Best of all, it's easy to make yourself!
Decorating a bathroom can be tricky business. Not only is wall mostly space occupied by unmovable objects (like towel racks, shelving, or the tub) making the space tricky to decorate, but the washroom is also the most humid room in the house! When it comes to hanging wall art, you have to find pieces that are either moisture-resistant (like metal or acrylic), or pieces that don't need to stand up to the test of time. This is where printable bathroom wall art comes in. Talk about non-committal decor! Here are two, free designs to choose from, or to hang as a pair.
I like a properly matted and framed piece of artwork as much as anyone, but sometimes, it can be a little overkill. First off, it's expensive, especially for large pieces, and secondly, it doesn't always fit the style of the art. Framing a poster or screen print can often make the space feel more like a weird movie or record exec's office, rather that a home filled with awesome art.
Whenever I find any large, vintage art, I'm especially struck by the bold graphic design and aged colors and texture. For something like this, a classic frame would be way too expensive, and not the right fit, design-wise.
So, I took a cue from the classic pull-down maps of my elementary school classrooms, and created a simple way to hang it on the wall with a lot more character. This month we've been teaming up with our friends at True Value, my local neighborhood hardware store, and I think this project shows off how you can come up with a great, stylish-looking final project using simple materials and just a few tools.
Having artwork or photography custom framed is expensive -- there's no way around it. Having a giant piece of art framed? Well, you may just have to sell your first born. With this simple DIY framing project, though, you can save your progeny and your pennies and still have some fantastically framed artwork!
Mike at Shelterness found some great and unique ways to display Christmas ornaments, but these two, which involve frames, caught my eye. The one pictured above is from
Ashley Ann transformed an old mirror into a memory board using some of our favorite spray paint and chicken wire. It would also make a
When one gal had spare PVC in her backyard after installing a sprinkler system, she turned excess into success.
I have far too many would-be-awesome-if-they-were-pieced-together panorama photos. I’ve done a few great treks and when I’m standing in front of an amazing vista, I can’t help myself - despite knowing that these have always ended up hidden away, not put together, and unappreciated. They’re difficult to frame and not terribly attractive due to the odd shape of the final product.
After some contemplation and planning, I framed these panoramic...
When my husband and I moved from Chicago to Houston last year one of the things we looked forward to was trading our small condo for a larger home. Now we have double the space and lots of rooms to decorate. In the living room I really wanted to find a piece that was original, interesting and would make a big statement. Ultimately I was inspired by photo I found of designer (and HGTV Design Star winner) Emily Henderson’s home on Apartment Therapy that featured a large flag stretched on a wooden frame.
To celebrate the release of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, we decided to look back into the Curbly archives to find some great hardware store-inspired posts. First stop, this Curbly video showing you how to make an easy and inexpensive custom poster frame.
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.
Don't dig on the industrial look of the exposed plywood? No worries. Just cut your substrate to the same size as your art, and you're as clean and contemporary as can be.
Last week I posted a Super Simple Floating Frames tute that resulted in a leftover frame sans glass. Then, this week, I posted about my adventure at my local surplus store and mentioned something I'd found there that inspired a how-to. Today I combine the two and show you how to make a Frame Vase.
When living in a small space, it can be tough to give up valuable floor real estate for a dining table, especially when you can just eat on the floor. Or the couch. Or in bed. Or, admit it, over the kitchen sink.
But don't give up so quickly:
"For private habitations, hotel rooms, coffeehouses, lounges, multifunctional spaces,...A usually space consuming, functional piece of furniture can be turned easily into a decorative, space saving object...
Candy over on Junk Market Style scored a vintage ceiling tile at a flea market for 2 bucks. She decided to frame it with the help of rummage sale frame and some snot dots. The result is a very easy floating frame installation.
From TimeOut New York, these lively framed paper silhouette in series interact with each other and the wall. A perfect use for a collection of thrifted frames (paint 'em black), and a great way to honor your friends that hate to be photographed, just print 'em, trace 'em, cut and frame!
• Old photographs or a camera and printer to make new ones
• Black construction paper
• An assortment of picture frames
I don't know how it happened, but somehow, I ended up on the HappyTape blog, subtitled "pretty, pretty tape, imported from Japan." Apparently, some cats in Japan are making some amazing patterned, re-stickable tape, and it's going by the name...you guessed it, Japanese tape.
Show of hands. Who uses their refrigerator to hold the latest pics? (I do.) This little project takes its cue from that handy catch-all, the fridge door, for a very stylish result. To make a magnetic picture frame of your very own, you'll need some stuff. Here's a list:
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.
Shannon Quimby was ruminating over some windowpanes leftover from a French door and came up with this slick framing project, the cost of which set her back about a dollar.
What you'll need:
- Two pieces of leftover glass--either from an old French door, windowpane or even from unloved picture frames.
- 4 heavy-duty rubber bands (!)
- Something to frame.
- Epoxy glue.
- An eyelet picture frame hook.
The proceedure is so simple, you can...