Alexis's DIY embroidered canvas art is about the sweetest art DIY art project I've seen in ages. Not only is it a snap to make, it's fool-proof. To replicate her creation, all we need is some stretched canvas, embroidery floss or craft thread, a needle, scissors, ruler and a pencil and eraser. To see how Alexis put it all together, please visit Persia Lou.
These tools and gadgets are not those of the too-good-to-be-true variety. They're totally legit and they just might make your next DIY project a snap. Because they might be flying under the radar for some, we decided to profile them here. In no order of spectacularness
I don't know about your favorite thrift store, buy mine is LOADED with wooden bowls and canisters and stuff. Honestly, I don't spend much time in that aisle. After seeing Amy's wooden bowl makeover I just might be making a beeline for that particular aisle on my next visit. Some inexpensive gold leaf, glue, Martha's patterning tape, and a soft-bristle brush is all you need. And, not surprising, I happen...
My husband and I regularly fight over the cable management system (or lack thereof) in our home. It's bad. Cords are everywhere. We just haven't made our way to storing everything in "the cloud", and even still, some things will always need a cord. Here are 10 solutions for the inevitable cord clutter!
I've been on the fence with the shiplap trend. Part of me feels it has a tendency to look like the walls you hang racks on in retail stores, but part of me also feels that, if done right, it can take on a beautiful and beachy-calm (new style phrase) look. And that's just how this room turned out! For less than $150! Read on to see the final look!
The glow of a candle in a pretty tin brings an instant coziness factor to hanging out at home; no Lazy Sunday is complete without TV binges on the couch and a sweet scent burning away. Throwing away the containers feels wasteful, but repurposing an un-light-able, waxy mess doesn’t seem too fun either - but here is where the good news comes in. With boiling water, paper towels, and a little bit of ingenuity, these tins are easily repurposed.
I have a serious soft spot in my heart for fairy gardens. I mean, who wouldn't? Miniature oases filled with teeny-tiny enchanted objects?? The 7-year-old girl in me gets a little giddy just thinking about it. Jamielyn's take on the DIY fairy garden includes some
This post is brought to you by Bill Murray and the movie 'Groundhog Day' because here we go again. One year ago, I was writing a post about the big move into our own studio space. It was a huge step for us, for in moving we made the decision to find a space that allowed us to create more work-life balance (less emailing/preparing dinner/managing homework, more intentional family time at home).
Now, here we go again! Through a series of unforeseen - but maybe also fortuitous - events, the organization in charge of our space has decided to do major work on the building and cease rentals.
Ever see a project using wood slices and wonder how the maker gets them all so evenly sliced? (If you've ever tried to get an even cut on a round tree limb, you know what I'm talking about.) In the case of this project, their uniformity has everything to do
When Amy spotted West Elm's Plank Coffee Table--pictured above--on their website ($999), she had to have one. But she also realized she could make one using pallet wood for a fraction of the cost. With her detailed tutorial, we can easily build one too. (By the way, even if we didn't use pallet wood, the DIY version would STILL be a fraction of the cost of the original.) So here is Amy's version:
Our friends over at Dremel Weekends feature this absolutely lovely trio of uplights made of PVC. They look great with white interiors, but I'm wondering what they might've looked like sprayed on the inside, perhaps with something metallic like gold.
Besides the PVC pipe and a roto tool and bits (preferably Dremel, of course), other things we'll need to make them include spotlights, clamps, and masking tape. For...
Courtney and her husband cleverly turned an IKEA Gulliver Changing Table into a much-needed bookcase. Although they used a very specific changing table, I can imagine something quite similar could be done
HGTV has a new digital series starring Meg Allan Cole entitled, Cube Takeover. Why it took this long for somebody to come up with an idea for make-over show devoted to the corporate cube, we will never know. But it's finally here and it's super fun. Meg has a lot to do with that, but so
When Jessica spotted Anthropologie's Swing Shelf ($108), she knew she could DIY one for a fraction of the cost. She did...and for only $25. Supplies were minimal and included some sisal rope, some copper
Is your office in need of a little bit of TLC? Well, with spring on its way, it is the perfect time to get organized. Here are ten of our favorite DIY projects that will help you get your workspace in order.
If you've been following along with this series, you'll know that this project wasn't just a room makeover. It also involved some room swapping. My home office was going to be where my guest room was and vice versa. And my craft room was going to be a dedicated workout area. And my craft room was going to become a craft cubby located in the closet of the guest room. I'll admit it, I didn't think it was going to be possible to cram all my books, printers, and office and craft supplies into one room and make it make sense. BUT...after much planning, painting, and paring back, the room swapping experiment
If you've been following along on Curbly, you may have noticed that we're big fans of IKEA hacks. And this week we have another hack for you, something a little different... a handy under bed storage case that rolls right underneath your fram and out of the way. So keep reading to find out how you can make your own under bed storage!
As my new office space started coming together, I realized I had a very large blank wall that needed some major artwork. On the opposing wall, I have a small trio of frames, so I didn't want to do the same on the big wall. But I didn't want just one big image either. So I did what we all do, I searched the internets for some inspiration. One product popped up from Umbra (pictured above) that caught my attention immediately. The 30" x 26 1/2" configuration would be perfect photographs that hold a special place in my heart but have yet found a special place enlarged on my walls.
The store-bought version costs a very reasonable $20, but I knew I could make one for next to nothing. Which I did. Actually, I made two
This shelf might be the smartest little addition to a workspace or bedroom that I've seen in a while! Its versatility is truly inspirational and I can think of one million and one ways that I could use one in my own home! Just look at all the different uses!
Embracing Simplicity: DIY Ceiling Light Fixture Revamp Using Earth Magnets and a Barrel Shade
There are just a few incidentals left to complete, and then my home office will be finished. (I get a little giddy just thinking about it.) The hard stuff-building, painting, staining, and sanding is done. Now it's just a matter of making things look pretty.
One of those things is the room's ceiling fixture. I haven't seen any (excuse the expression, but it fits) boob light revamps on the interweb that hides their appearance.
Although I did see one project that suggested making a pretty bra (made of beads) for the thing. Yeah, that wasn't going to happen. It still looked like a boob light--just ready for some action. Okay, I'm getting off track.
So! I had also seen a bunch of projects where the makers removed the glass part of the fixture and wired up a barrel shade to the original flange of the old fixture through which they drilled holes.
The outcome looked okay, but, because they had to leave room for their fingers to do the wire-twisting, the shades couldn't be flush to the ceiling--something I wanted. However, if the makers