I don't know about you, but once summer hits I'm constantly craving tacos. Taco Tuesday, sure... but also taco Wednesday, taco Thursday and taco every-day-of-the-week. The only thing that bugs me is how difficult it is to handle them. How can you serve them without them flopping all over the place? So I decided to craft a simple taco holder out of wood to solve the problem. Keep reading to check out my full photo tutorial!
Ideas pop up in the most random of situations, don't they? The inspiration for this project came to me the other day when I was at the airport. I was standing in line at a Wendy's, preparing to pay $15 for a small frosty and fries (why is airport food so expensive?!), and I was absent-mindedly staring at this wall that divided the checkout lane from the seating area. The wall was made of two layered panels of glass, frosted. Each panel was painted with lots of abstract green brushstrokes, making the wall look like an ethereal field of grass. Maybe it was the jet-lag that made me zone in on this wall for so long. For some reason or another, the grassy glass stuck with me. And I decided I wanted to make some glass wall art of my own in the same style.
One of the easiest ways to change up a piece of furniture is to switch out the hardware - but what happens when the hardware is abandoned completely? When my wife found this nightstand during a recent trip to IKEA, she immediately drew inspiration from a different piece of furniture in our house - our hardware-less credenza. Could we replicate the cutout drawer handle on her new nightstand? Turns out, we could! Trading a little extra work for the extra cost of new hardware, here's how this IKEA nightstand hack worked out.
Eye spy a trend popping up all over the internet lately, on everything from textiles to phone cases to kitchen accessories... the all-seeing eye! Inspired by historical designs like the Eye of Providence and Olle Eksell's One Eye, it's a bold motif with a lot of fun variations so it really lends itself to DIY projects. So today I'm sharing ten of my favorite eye-covered products and DIYs... click through to check them out.
It's a problem that a lot of homes suffer from, whether their owners know it or not - boringness. Does your house lack personality? Or maybe it has plenty and you want to add even more? Well today we have ten easy ways to add serious personality to your home. Click through to check 'em out.
1. Make some typographical wall art.
Adding letters, words and phrases is a super easy way to give your walls some serious pizzazz... get the tutorial for this DIY wall decal here.
2. Add peel-and-stick floor tiles.
This floor started out in bad shape. But with the addition of cheap peel and stick floor tiles arranged in a stripe pattern, the new look is beautiful - and completely memorable. Get the full tutorial here.
3. Add a faux backsplash.
Does your kitchen backsplash leave something to be desired? Well even if you're a renter, there is hope... just grab a few sheets of removable wallpaper in a backsplash-style pattern and follow these instructions.
4. Give a piece of furniture a makeover.
There are so many great ways to upgrade an existing piece of furniture... this one started out as a black IKEA Malm, and now it's a white and wood campaign style dresser. Get the how-to here.
5. Transform your throw pillows.
Give your existing throw pillows a makeover with new fabric and some unique trim. This pom pom pillow was made using a shirt from the thrift store! Get the how-to here.
6. Paint your front door a fun color.
Ah, the power of paint. Grab a pint or two of exterior paint in a bright color and you'll have a personality-filled entrance which will set the tone for the rest of your home. Get the instructions here.
7. Make a set of colorful coasters.
Add some character to your tabletop with these fun patterned cork coasters. Get the tutorial here.
8. DIY your way to new lighting.
Who says you can't make your own sconces? Find out how to make this fantastic hanging pulley bulb lamp here.
9. Put some textiles on the wall.
Do you have leftover yarn from old knitting projects lying around? Make yourself a piece of wall art out of the remnants. Get the simple tutorial here.
10. Add an accent wall.
If you're not ready to commit to a unique wall treatment throughout an entire room, try it as an accent wall! This peel and stick wooden accent wall is a great option, or you might also consider a bright paint color or a fun wallpaper pattern. Get the tutorial for this wooden accent wall here.
As you can see, there are so many great ways to add character to your space without spending a huge amount of money or time... Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below!
There may still be snow on the ground in some places (I’m looking at you, Boston), but spring will be here before you know it. And that means -- patio season!
New England winters have trained me to take advantage of every available moment of spring and summer weather, so I am always looking for easy ways to make my tiny driveway patio cuter. That’s where these DIY Mud Cloth Paper Lanterns come in. They’re on-trend, inexpensive, and wicked easy. Keep reading to see how to make them for yourself!
A napkin holder is one of those (usually) mundane dining items that you never think about until you need it. And typically, napkin holders aren't exactly visually exciting. Unless you make one yourself! Today I have a fun, super simple project that will up your napkin game exponentially. Click through to find out how to make this trendy snowy mountain motif napkin holder.
Every now and then, a particular shape or design takes the internet by storm (think pineapples) and lately I've been noticing these all-seeing eye shapes everywhere. So I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and do a fun DIY all-seeing eye mirror. Keep reading to check out the easy tutorial!
Before we know it, Easter will be upon us... which means that it's high time to get some Easter eggs in a basket! (Or in this case, a white tray). Today we're sharing a quick and easy way to decorate eggs using spray paint and few adhesive stickers. Click through to check out the full tutorial.
I've had these ottomans for a while, but I've never quite loved them. I recently updated my bedroom, and realized that they would be perfect at the foot of the bed... if only they were a different color. So I painted and reupholstered them and now they're perfect! Click through to check out the whole process.
It's almost Valentine's Day! I love this holiday because: A. love is a lovely thing, B. exchanging cards or little gifts is always fun, and C. chocolate! What's not to enjoy? You know what else I'm totally loving right now? Enamel pins (hello 90s fashion - it's nice to see you again!). If you're looking for a cute gift to give to your friends, coworkers, or gal-pals, these faux enamel pins are quick and easy to make.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means we have another great excuse to decorate our mantels (as if we even need an excuse!). Today I'm sharing an easy mantel setup using x's and o's... and lots of 'em. Click through to find out how to make the different elements of this fun display.
Does your home office or cubicle need some character? Spice it up with this easy hand-printed fabric memo board that you can easily make yourself with a piece of white material and some fabric paint. Click through to check out the easy tutorial.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm ALL about organization. When you live in small spaces, organization is the key to maximizing space and keeping your home feeling decluttered. One of the most cluttered areas of my home tends to be my entryway, so I decorated a simple box to create this wood box hook display for catching keys, sunglasses and other small items that normally end up cluttering the table!
January is a time for getting organized and making resolutions to STAY organized. Easier said than done, right? To start small, try making this simple DIY chalkboard calendar that you can reuse every month to keep your dates straight. Store it in your office or use it as a command central for your family. The great thing about a chalkboard calendar is that it's easy to use and erase when plans change because they always do!
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!
Can you believe it? Christmas is coming up quick! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret - there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few - over 150!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.
Brown kraft paper is one of those materials that I always keep on hand because it's both cheap and versatile. It can be used for so many different things... including wrapping gifts. Today I'm sharing five creative ways to customize kraft paper to make your gifts look like they came straight from Pinterest. Click through to check them out.
I love the holidays for many reasons, but my favorite is that they give you a good excuse to get super crafty. So when I walked by the balsa wood section at my local craft store, the wheels started turning. I came up with a fun project that uses paint and metallic tape to create totally unique color blocked triangular ornaments. Keep reading to find out how to make them yourself!
One of the greatest things about this project is that it uses wood but no saw. And while I have plenty of saws, I'm aware that not everybody does. So we'll use a plain old pair of scissors for this one.
Here's what you'll need for your ornaments:
- Thin balsa wood, 1/16" thick works well
- Acrylic craft paint
- Bakers twine
- Washi tape or blue painter's tape
- Metalized polyester film tape (not pictured)
- Hot glue gun
Begin by measuring out equilateral triangles on your balsa wood. Each edge of mine was 3.5 inches long.
Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the triangles. Be gentle, because wood this thin can easily split along the grain.
Trim off the tops so they resemble trapezoids as shown above, and mask off sections using washi or blue painter's tape. Paint one section a darker color and let it dry.
Remove the first piece of tape and place another one across that section to mask off another area to paint a different color. Let that area dry too and remove the tape.
Next, add a piece of metalized film tape across the area where the two colors meet. Trim the ends of the tape, leaving a bit of excess to fold onto the back side.
Put a small line of hot glue across the top of the ornament, as neatly as you can. Quickly attach a piece of twine and let it dry. Then tie a knot at the top so the twine creates a triangle shape that completes the triangle formed by the wood.
And you're finished! I love the way the hanger integrates into the ornament, forming the top part of the triangle.
The tape gives them a fun pop of metallic color, giving them some serious style. You could try making these with other paint colors too, for a completely different look. Have fun with it!
I think it's safe to say Christmas is upon us, and holiday decorating is my favorite time of year! As fun as it is to decorate my home, I tend to stray away from traditional reds and greens for Christmas, so I incorporated pink and a light green color into my decorating with this DIY dipped ornament display that fits in perfectly to my dining room gallery wall. Using lightweight plastic ornaments and twine, this almost-rustic piece of decor...