How to: Make DIY Shrinky Dinks

by Chris Gardner

Easy DIY for making your own shrinky dinks and shrinky dink paper.

My parents are both science teachers: which means they always ruined the secrets to magic tricks, they forced me to identify every tree by leaf and bark type, and we always created our own versions of ‘science-y’ toys. We used to cook our Easy-Bake Oven meals with foil and a light bulb, and created our own slime with cornstarch and food coloring. Which brings me to our homemade shrinky dinks.

And, when we wanted our own shrinkable art, did...

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DIY Paper Wall Lamp

by DIY Maven

DIY Paper Wall Lamp

Instructables is featuring this Paper Wall Lamp by naedhi, who used everyday materials, such as sketchbook paper, stapler, scissors and Elmer’s glue, to construct it. The lights themselves are the very versatile LED rope variety, which produce very little heat, making the project not only beautiful but non-flammable too. (Good to know.)

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Five Easy DIY Home Projects Under $50 (Almost)

by Chris Gardner

"Wendy Bounds, author of The Wall Street Journal's home improvement column, Did It Myself, has five simple projects you can do yourself, most of which will cost less than $50. Bounds says if she can do these projects, anyone can. 'You can definitely do all of these by yourself, using the Internet if you get stuck, ' Bounds said."

 

Five Easy DIY Home Projects Under $50 (Almost)
 

 

  • Fix Wall Flaws                                             $3-10
  • Tidy Up...

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How to pick out the perfect mattress.

by DIY Maven

How to pick out the perfect mattress.

In furnishing a home, there might not be anything more frustrating than shopping of a new mattress. Just because it feels marvelous for the ten to fifteen minutes you stretched out upon it in the store doesn’t mean it’s going to feel marvelous for eight hours. And if you’re planning on sharing your bed with another human, your frustration can easily double. Maybe even triple. To help alleviate the stress of choosing a new mattress, you may want...

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Simple Tips to Turn Your Cramped Bathroom Into a Cozy Retreat.

by Chris Gardner

"Don’t worry if you just have a small space for your bathroom, by saving physical space or by using design techniques to increase the perception of space you will get your small bathroom look more larger...follow these steps" from Momoy.com

 

Simple Tips to Turn Your Cramped Bathroom Into a Cozy Retreat.

 

1. Change your toilet.

2. Switch up your countertop.

3. Hang cabinets at a comfortable height.

4. Install a pedestal or wall-mounted sink.

5. Install a flat tub with lower walls.

6. Simple shower door or shower...

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How to Bead with Clear Caulk

by DIY Maven

How to Bead with Clear Caulk

Basically, this is just a version of the sanded light bulb for people who don’t like sand. Or light bulbs. Anyway, I had a night light that seemed to have some hidden potential. I thought beading the shade with caulk might be a good way to give it some style.

The Supplies

High temperature clear caulk. (Found in the plumbing and heating departments of your big box and hardware stores. If you’re beading something that will not be...

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How To Free a Stuck Garbage Disposal.

by Chris Gardner

Our garbage disposal jams at least three or four times a month...partially because my wife tries to overextend it, and partially because it sucks. So last time, I ask the maintance man to show me how to do fix it so they wouldn't have to come so often. He refused, citing some legal ramifications. So I told him no thanks, and that I'd just figure it out myself.

So, I did.

How To Free a Stuck Garbage Disposal.
 
Materials:
    Kitchen Tongs
    Flashlight
    1/4” Allen wrench (hex key)

 1...

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15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

by Chris Gardner

Proper care of hardwood floors can be difficult under the everyday trample of a family and pets. Preserving the natural beauty of hardwood keeps your home looking crisp and is a crucial part of maintaining your investment and your home's value.

15 Tips For Caring For Hardwood Floors

1. Get to know your specific type of flooring and finish, and rely on the manufacturers instructions whenever available.

2. Research the proper care for your particular finish. For example, never use paste...

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Clean Your Closet and Make Space for More 'Good'.

by Chris Gardner

Blogger Edith Yeung offers sound advice for cleaning not only your storage closet, but your mental/emotional 'closet' as well.

Clean Your Closet and Make Space for More 'Good'.
Edith suggests:

Throw it away when: 

  1. You don’t feel good about it.

  2. You don’t like it.

  3. You don’t feel comfortable wearing it.

  4. You don’t remember you had it.

  5. You have not worn it even once in the past 12 months.

  6. It doesn’t fit you anymore. 

  7. The only reason you keep because it is expensive.

Change the "throw it away"...

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Power Tools 101: Circular Saws.

by Chris Gardner

The circular saw is perfect when portability is crucial. At home, provided it you use it safely, it makes an ideal first power saw, as it can do both rip cuts and cross cuts, and will continue to find uses in woodworking and DIY applications.

 

Power Tools 101: Circular Saws.

 


Size and Blades.
The standard blade size for a corded circular saw is 7 1/4”, though there’s at least one 9 5/8” model. Cordless saws are generally smaller, and come in 5 3/8” and 6 1/2”. The choice is up...

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How to make a lamp out of old CDs.

by DIY Maven

This is one of the reasons why I LOVE Curbly! The other day I wrote up a top ten list about using old CD’s to make stuff. Meg over at The Consumerist picked up the post and one of their readers posted a link in THAT post to this how-to post which I’m now posting here. Okay, maybe that explanation was unnecessary and a bit confusing....but how absolutely cool is this DIY CD lamp??????

How to make a lamp out of old CDs.

Also check out Jim's C.D. Lamp #2 for an alternative.

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How to clean your light fixtures and save money.

by DIY Maven

How to clean your light fixtures and save money.

If our light bulbs and fixtures are covered in blankets of dust, we’re wasting energy and money. Instead of simply adding light to a dreary room, we should first clean our existing light fixtures and bulbs. For suggestions on how to clean light bulbs and fixtures, go to Cristalier’s tutorial on how to clean a crystal chandelier, which includes tips applicable to most lighting sources.

And before replacing those grimy, light-blocking lamp shades...

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Top 10 Creative Ways to Recycle CDs

by DIY Maven

Top 10 Creative Ways to Recycle CDs

10. Reflectors. Attach old CDs to your mailbox or attach them to stakes to mark the end of your driveway.

9. Candle decor. Set small candles on CDs–shiny side up; it will reflect the flames and double your ambiance.

8. Clocks. Use old CDs to make funky clocks. Use this how-to as inspiration.

7. Postcards. Glue paper over the printed side of the CD–decorate as desired–and then address the reflective side with a Sharpie, attach a 44 cent stamp for a...

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Make a Paper Towel Dispenser for Your Workspace or Craftroom.

by Chris Gardner

I've eliminated wasteful use of paper towels in nearly every aspect of my life- except in a few instances when working on projects...if anyone has a better way to clean up oil-based stains or epoxy spills, please let me know.

So, one the rare occassions that they're necessary, they might as well look sharp and be available, so I built this paper towel dispenser. I used wood from my scrap bin, so it didn't cost me anything, but it could definately...

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You Tube DIY Roundup!

by DIY Maven

You Tube DIY Roundup!

Hey buckaroos, today’s roundup includes how-to’s galore! First out of the shoot is Big Lou telling us how to keep our refrigerators cold by maintaining our gaskets.

 



Need a new floor that’s pliable, durable and diy-able? Take a look at this rubber floor installation.

 

 




And finally, under the icky-but-educational category, comes unclogging drains using the Zip-It, which looks like it might just work. 

 

 

 

 

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How To Make A Butterfly Garden.

by Chris Gardner

Materials:Builder's or playground sand, flat rocks, shallow dishes, local and seasonal plants

Using only the few materials listed above, follow EHow's instructions to bring butterflies to your own backyard. The emphasis lies on using local plants to bring local butterflies to your garden, emphasizing the special contributions of your little area of the world. Two years ago, I used a very similar approach to help my mom create a butterfly garden in...

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Power Tools 101: The Cordless Drill/Driver

by Chris Gardner

No matter which sort of DIY projects are your forte, eventually you’ll need to drill a hole in them and screw them to something else. Enter the Cordless Drill/Driver, the telltale trophy of the true Do-It-Yourselfer, and most people’s entrance into the world of power tools.

Power Tools 101: The Cordless Drill/Driver

    When looking to purchase your first drill, or when updating or augmenting an old standby, the number one rule is to buy what you need, or what you think you might need...

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Top 10 Uses for Bar Soap (Besides the Obvious)

by DIY Maven

Top 10 Uses for Bar Soap (Besides the Obvious)

10. Lubricant. Stuck drawers or windows? Rub a bar of soap on your drawer glides and the bottoms of the sides to ease sticky drawers. For windows, rub the soap on the sliding elements.

9. Deodorizer. Place a bar of your favorite soap inside your suitcase or your drawers to keep them smelling fresh. The same goes for your car; a bar of pleasingly scented soap might be just the thing after that new car smell has faded–or never was.

8. Repellant. ...

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Power Tools 101: The Right Tool for the Job.

by Chris Gardner

Types of Power Tools. Some say there are two basic groups of power tools: professional and homeowner. It’s more helpful to think of power tools in four categories: light use, DIY, contractor, and high-end. Of course, there’s plenty of overlap, and no particular manufacturer makes tools in only one category.

 

Power Tools 101: The Right Tool for the Job.

 

    • Light use tools are those designed for light-duty, occasional use around the home: assembling furniture, hanging blinds or artwork, minor...

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