Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home

by Faith Provencher
Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Sugar & Cloth

Love to decorate with bright colors? I'm with you. There's something about color that just brings a smile to your face. So today we're sharing ten bold DIYs that are filled with practically every color under the sun. Read on to get inspired.   

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: A Kailo Chic Life

1. These glass vases are all dressed up in their colorful best. Learn about this DIY here. [Photo: A Kailo Chic Life]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
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2. Add some pizzazz to those boring old terra cotta plant pots with this tutorial. [Photo: PB Teen Blog]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Damask Love

3. Display all those family photos that are collecting dust using these fun neon photo holders. [Photo: Damask Love]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: A Kailo Chic Life

 

4. Set your cocktail on top of something nice! Check out the tutorial for these colorful coasters here. [Photo: A Kailo Chic Life]

 

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
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5. Serve drinks in style on this colorful brush stroke tray. Get the how-to here. [Photo: Enthralling Gumption]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Rachel Mae Smith

6. This painted welcome mat will add some color to your entryway. Find out how to do it here. [Photo: Rachel Mae Smith]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Tell Love and Party

7. Decorate a plain basket with some acrylic paint and a couple of pom poms. Learn more here. [Photo: Tell Love and Party]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: A Beautiful Mess

8. Add pom poms to your throw pillows to infuse them with some extra color. Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: A Beautiful Mess]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Hello Glow

9. Cover an old clock with a pretty pattern using this easy, colorful DIY. [Photo: Hello Glow]

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
Photo: Sugar & Cloth

10. Who knew candles could look so darn pretty?! Check out the tutorial here. [Photo: Sugar & Cloth]

 

Roundup: 10 Bright, Bold DIYs For Your Home
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Curbly Original
Curiousity Planter: How to Make a Simple DIY "Bone" Vase

by Kayla Domeyer

Hello everyone in Curbly world! My name is Kayla and I can't really say just how excited I am to be guest posting for Curbly. I've been a fan for a long time, and just recently reached out in hopes of being able to share something beautiful with you. The response was more than I asked for, and I'm going to be sharing FOUR posts with you all this week.

DIY Bone Vase using Air Dry Clay
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

One of my favorite things to work on when in art class in high school was clay projects, and this DIY Bone Vase takes me back to those days. It's got the vibe of one of those old "curiousity shoppes," but you don't have to source any unusual animal parts.

 There is something really satisfying about the weight and cold feeling of wet clay as you manipulate it into shapes and textures. It is just like a squishy stress ball that you can eventually turn into something beautiful. I've toyed a lot with making salt dough projects (like DIY baby hand dish), but it just isn't the same as wet clay.

 

For this project, you'll need a plastic planter that you'll build your piece around, some white air dry clay, and some glue. You may or may not want to paint it when you are done. I personally like the look and feel of the rough clay.

Materials

  • Plastic Planter
  • Air Dry Clay (I got this on  Amazon)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Knife (optional)
Materials needed for this project
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

Step

Roll a chunk of the clay to be 1/4 inch thick
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

Use a chunk of your clay and roll it out to about 1/4 inch thick. It doesn't need to be perfectly smooth, and a cracking surface is actually a really nice effect.

 

Step

Loop the coil around the pot
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

Take your clay rope and loop it around your pot. Repeat until the whole rope is coiled up the surface of the pot and the whole pot is covered in clay ropes. 

Loop the coil all the way up to the top
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

Step

It looks great right!? Well, the bad news is it is going to break in a bit. You see, clay shrinks a bit as it dries, and since we've wrapped it around an object that won't budge, our clay ropes are going to break as they dry. Prepare yourself for heart ache and let the clay dry thoroughly (in the sun maybe 12 hours, or in the house 24-48 hours).

Retrieve the broken bits of your clay rope, which are now dry and oddly reminiscent of an elephant graveyard, and wipe off the surface of your planter. Repeat steps 1 - 3, saving the second set of broken "bones" with the first.

The pot of going to break, but that's okay.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

Step

Now you are ready to assemble. Remember what I mentioned about shrinkage? Because of that, the total dried "bones" from our first go around won't be enough to cover the planter. Since you made the ropes twice, however, you now have plenty of ropes to cover your planter. Clean and dry the planter's surface, and get your hot glue gun heating up.

Begin placing the broken pieces onto the planter.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

Starting at the bottom of your planter, glue your "bones" onto the surface with the hot glue. If your planter is like mine, some of your "bones" will have a tighter curl than others. The best way I found to assemble the vase is to simply test fit each piece before gluing it down. If a piece doesn't fit, save it and try it again in another place. For variation, you might want to break apart some of the "bones" so that you have smaller bits as well as large ones. Be sure to clean up any hot glue strands at the end.

Continue layering the broken pieces.
Photo: Kayla Domeyer
Carefully shave any pieces you need to make a smooth top lip
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

Step

Spiral the clay pieces up the planter. You might have to use a knife to shave down a few pieces as you near the top. Remember - untreated, this air dry clay is likely not water resistant, so we don't want it in contact with the plant's soil.


That's it!  A succulent makes a great match for this look, since it doesn't require a lot of water, and it plays well off the porous texture from the clay. This curious and unique vase is already one of my favorites. For some reason the rawness of the materials really looks great against my other bright shiny porcelain pieces. I hope you check back tomorrow for more goodies from me!

Beautiful DIY Bone Vase - a unique and elegant home decor piece
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

 

Beautiful DIY Bone Vase - a perfect and unique addition to any home's decor!
Photo: Kayla Domeyer

 

A little about Kayla: I'm a Creative Director for an international crafting company full time in addition to having my own crafting blog at SayNotSweetAnne.com. I'm a wife and a mother, and I work really hard so that I can spend my down time in the warm company of my 15 month old son and amazingly supportive husband. I love to make printables, jewelry, decor items, and I especially adore making DIY gifts. Don't forget to stop by and say hello on Instagram!
 

 

Interested in learning more about DIY planters? Check out some more project ideas here.

 

 

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Curbly Original
How To: DIY Hanging Clay Planter

by Lidy Dipert

DIY Hanging Clay Planter

Plants are everywhere these day it seems- don't you think? Just browse Pinterest and before long, you will see the influx of images where plants are the star of the show. Bringing plants into the home, big or small, are a sure way to add warmth and interest into any space. And this simple DIY Hanging Clay Planter is a fun option for displaying small plants! 

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10 DIY Mid-Century Modern Projects to Give Your Home Some Serious Personality

by Jennifer Farley

DIY Mid Century Modern Accessories

Mid-century modern decor is striking, timeless, and a little funky. Here are some DIYs to try to add some MCM flair to your home.    

1.  Popsicle Stick Honeycomb Shelves

These are awesome and so easy. Grab some sticks and glue and this "how-to" to make them.

2. Patterned Cork Coasters

These colorful cork coasters are an easy and fun way to bring in a little mid-century vibe to your decor. Click here for the "how-to".

3. Mid Century Plant Stand

This modern plant stand requires a few tools but it's not too difficult. Here are the instructions.

4. DIY Starburst Wall Clock

Starburst clocks can be expensive, but this DIY version is affordable and looks pretty spot on. Here's the "how-to".

5.  Paul McCobb Wine Rack

This DIY is so much more affordable than the original.

 

6. DIY Boomerang Coffee Table

I know this technically isn't an accessory, but it's just too awesome to leave out. The table is adorable and looks expensive. Check out the tutorial here.

7.  Mid-century Plant Hanger

All you need is wood and a jigsaw to make this plant hanger happen. 

 

 

8. Large Sphere Paper Pendant Light

Remember those fortune tellers you used to fold as a kid? To get this MCM pendant you simply make a ton and glue them to a paper lantern. Here's the full tutorial.

9.  DIY Mid-Mod Drinking Glasses

These glasses might be my favorite of them all. Check out the tutorial here.

10. MCM Candle Holders

These colorful candle holders are so easy to make!

DIY Mid Century Modern Accessories

 

Want more mid-century? Check out this roundup of handmade MCM gifts and this guide to finding MCM furniture.

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Curbly Original
Turn a Shoe Organizer into a Vertical Garden Planter

by Lidy Dipert

Turn a Shoe Organizer into a Vertical Planter

When it comes to plants, there is a common stigma that they are hard to care for and that you need a super green thumb in order to have them in your home or outdoor space. The truth is, there are all kinds of sizes and species to suit your schedule and needs so that caring for them comes as natural as possible. And this vertical planter (made from a SHOE ORGANIZER!) is a genius way to keep your plants all in one place so that you have no...

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Curbly Original
How to: Give Old Candles New Life

Ashley Lee
Feature Candle Tins
Photo: Ashley Lee

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.

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Roundup: 7 Bright and Modern Pieces You'll Love for Outdoor Living

by Lidy Dipert

Roundup: 7 Bright and Modern Pieces for Outdoor Living

 

The first day of summer might still be a couple months away, but that hasn't stopped us from getting prepared for those relaxing afternoons lounging in the sun or evenings winding down with a tasty cocktail in hand. Afterall, it's never too early to get out and enjoy this incredible weather, so here are some must-have pieces to really brighten up your day...and patio!  

Roundup: 7 Bright and Modern Pieces for Outdoor Living

1. There's nothing wrong with having fun in the sun, but too...

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EYE CANDY: Ways To Bring The Garden Indoors

by Lexy Ward

It's a proven fact that plants just make a person feel happier. In my own home, there are several large plants in the main gathering spots and people tend to gravitate toward those spaces naturally. Whether you live in a large home or a tiny apartment, there are ways to bring the garden indoors! From wall plants to a mini succulent garden, you can totally enjoy all that plants have to offer in almost any space! 

 

 

1. Brighten up your space with a literal wall of plants! via Lana Red Studio

EYE CANDY: Ways To Bring The Garden Indoors 
Photo: Garden Matter

2. Hang a moss ball string garden in front of a window! via Garden Matter 

EYE CANDY: Ways To Bring The Garden Indoors 
Photo: We Are Scout

3. Turn a mini candle holder into a mini moss garden! via We Are Scout

4. A crystal succulent garden is a great desk accessory! via Adventures In Making

5. This bright mini bucket would look great in a window! via Tell Love And Party

6. Stack these on your desk or on the wall! via A Piece of Rainbow

EYE CANDY: Ways To Bring The Garden Indoors 
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7. A perfect accessory for a bathroom or window, this is called a shower buddy! You guessed it; The creator made this one specifically for her shower! via Instructables

EYE CANDY: Ways To Bring The Garden Indoors 

8. Use a shipping pallet to create a large wall of herbs! via The Brew Photo: The Brew

EYE CANDY: Ways To Bring The Garden Indoors 
Photo: BHG

9. Fill an empty frame with an assortment of succulents and put it on display! via BHG

10. Create a mini shelf to hang and display small pots! via By Brittany Goldwyn 

10 Ways To Bring The Garden Indoors

 

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Round Up: 8 Clever Ways to Repurpose Items for use in your Garden

by Stephanie Lee
8 Clever Ways to Repurpose Items for use in your Garden
Photo: Creative Savings

I've been looking to do a bit of work on my garden lately - it's one of the areas of our house that gets largely neglected with weeds and trees running rampant everywhere (shh, don't tell anyone; we don't even have any garden furniture!).

And since I started researching garden DIYs, I noticed there were a lot of really clever ways to repurpose old unwanted items and give them new life as planters, furniture or general garden decoration. Curious to know more? See below for some of my top picks!

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Herb Gardens 101

by Lexy Ward
herb gardens 101
Photo: Farm Fresh Therapy

It's the season of gardening! If you haven't had a chance to start, now's your chance. Herb gardens are the perfect way to dip your toes into gardening, and enjoy all the rewards that come along from planting and growing your own herbs. It's easier than you think to do, so if you're a novice, or just need some help, check out these tips! 

 

START WITH BASIL - If you're not truly a novice, go ahead and move ahead to growing more than one herb. Basil is an excellent plant to help you learn how to properly prune, water, and harvest. It's also a resilient plant that can stand up to a beginner who is still learning their herbing ways. When you pull your first batch of basil, that rewarding feeling will make you want to keep gardening and grow (pun intended) to bigger and better. 

READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY - There are so many types of herbs like Mexican Oregano vs. Mediterranean Oregano. The same thing goes for mint; Spearmint vs. Applemint. Take caution to read the label and know exactly what it is you will be planting. It would be an awful shame to spend all that time caring for and watering your plant, only to find out you bought the wrong one! 

herb gardens 101
Photo: Garden Matter

KEEP IT SIMPLE - Whether you decide to have a row of herbs or a few small planters, start with the basics. A combo of 3-6 herbs is a great way to use the most common herbs for cooking, etc. To save on space, this "vertical garden" above uses a large strawberry pot to grow different herbs like rosemary, basil, oregano, and thyme. 

USE POTTING SOIL - Give your herbs the good stuff by picking a nutrient-packed soil to promote growth and overall plant health. Avoid using soil from your yard (if you have one) as it typically tends to be old, dry, and grey. 

herb gardens 101
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START WITH SEEDLINGS - Instead of starting your herb garden with actual seeds, give yourself a headstart by planting seedlings instead. These have already made it through the seed to seedling transition and will be much easier for you to space out when planting or potting than if you were to use actual seeds. These can be found at many big box plant and/or home improvement stores. 

 

herb gardens 101
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WATER MODERATELY - Instead of giving these plants a once over each week, water them all moderately every day. They're growing plants (that grow very quickly!), and they need a small amount of water each day to survive. Many new gardeners make a mistake when it comes to watering, so pay attention to the dryness of your soil! 

 

PRUNE REGULARLY - It may seem like your little plants aren't ready to be trimmed, but you want to prune often. Pruning encourages and promotes growth and will help your plants reach their full potential. Basil is an excellent example of an herb that needs regular trimming. A general rule of thumb is to cut just above a set of new growing leaves. New stems will grow around the trimmed stems and prevent bushy herbs like basil from growing straight up and becoming top-heavy.

 

HERBS NEED SUN - Whether you are herbing outdoors or indoors, herbs need a good amount of sun each day, about 6 hours or so. If growing indoors, be sure to place the pots by a sunny window!

herb gardens 101
Photo: Farm Fresh Therapy


PULL LEAVES FROM THE TOP - It may seem counterintuitive to pull the small leaves from the top and leave the big leaves at the bottom alone, but it's the way to go. The leaves at the base of the plant are the plant's foundation. They'll help the herb to grow healthy and full. Pull from the top to enjoy those new and tender herbs, and let those bottom leaves do their thing. 

 

MOVE THE PLANTS TO A GARDEN - Some plants have a tendency to grow too large to keep in a windowsill and that's great! Good job getting them to that place! Once they're too large, consider repotting them to your garden in the ground. Use a pot that can be planted with them to control the root and prevent it from taking over and strangling neighboring plants! 

Herb gardens are a great way to save money and introduce someone to gardening. Anyone can do it, just take the time and pay attention to your plants. Before you know it, you'll be reaping the flavor-packed rewards! 

Herb Gardens 101
Photo: Farm Fresh Therapy

 

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ROUNDUP: Outdoor Entertaining Ideas To Get You In The Mood For Spring

by Lexy Ward

Once the weather warms up, it's impossible to not want to be outside all the time. Have friends and family over for a little get together watching movies, playing games, or eating a nice meal, and do it all outdoors! Here are a few ideas for outdoor entertaining that are bound to make anyone happy!

 

 

1. Light up your the backyard or patio with a bunch of these cool DIY torches! See more on Build House Home.

 

outdoor entertaining ideas
Photo: Lexy Ward

2. Spend an afternoon laying a few bricks to create an easy and modern fire pit! See more on Momtastic.

 

outdoor entertaining ideas
Photo: Wit & Whistle

3. Put your grade school origami skills to the test with these DIY string lights! See more on Wit & Whistle.

4. Remember how much fun JENGA was?! Create a lifesize version to play at your next outdoor soiree! See more on Used Everywhere.

5. Designate a spot outdoors to mix drinks with this DIY serving station! See more on Live Laugh Rowe.

outdoor entertaining ideas

 

6. Build your own outdoor movie theater! See more on June Bug Photography.

7. Paint a whimsical pattern on a dropcloth to create your own chic picnic blanket! See more on The House That Lars Built.

outdoor entertaining ideas
Photo: Lexy Ward

8. Pull off an al fresco dining situation without a hitch! See more on Curbly.

outdoor entertaining ideas
Photo: Studio DIY

9. I'm a sucker for lifesize lawn games. This matching version looks like tons of fun! See more on Studio DIY.

10. Getting a space ready for outdoor entertaining doesn't have to be hard. Give metal chairs a colorful makeover with a little spray paint to get you on your way! See more on The Moon And Me.

Did any of these spark your interest to round up a group of pals and head outside for some fun?!

 

 

 

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