Spring is here! And whether you're entertaining on the back patio or just want to give your front porch a little colorful update, here are 13 spaces that are filled with inspiration for a fun a colorful look!
Driftwood is one of those wonderful things that suits just about any decor, and it came be used as effortlessly inside as outside. To celebrate our favorite "found" wood, we've gathered together 15 ways to use them in our homes. We hope you love them as much as we do!
1. Erlend's DIY driftwood photo display is so simple and yet so stylish. Visit Morning Creativity to see how to make one of your own.
2. Jellybean's votive holders remind us of romantic fires on the beach. If the flame + old wood combination makes you nervous, battery operated votives could work too. Check out the tutorial at The Gold Jellybean.
3. This driftwood shelf was available to purchase for $79 at Scoutmob, but we think it would be a breeze to DIY.
4. These bookends were made by a member of Folksy. They're currently sold out, but what lovely inspiration to make our own driftwood bookends.
5. This bowl was another purchased item. But if we look on the inside, we can see how it was put together. A lot of patience and some nails! Visit Unskinny Boppy for more information and pictures of the bow.
6. If you're wondering how to keep the shape of a bowl made out of driftwood, check out Marji's driftwood nest/basket project. It could be perfect for an Easter/spring centerpiece.
7. This jewelry holder couldn't be easier to make. The trick is to finding an appropriately shaped piece of driftwood. Visit Storage and Glee for more information.
8. For a more challenging project, check out this rustic table. We particularly love the "Y" leg in the background! Visit Esprit Cabane to see how to make one for yourself.
9. A simple construction of driftwood can make for lovely wall art that would be as comfortable hung behind a sofa as on a garden shed. See Cut Out & Keep for all the DIY details.
10. Driftwood and tillandsia go together like PB&J. This particular creation would look lovely as a centerpiece on a table or a statement piece on a mantle. (P.S. Imagine the wall art above couple with some tillandsia.) To read how it was constructed, visit Save On Crafts.
11. This driftwood mobile was created by artist Reba Stewart, and we adore it. We also think it serves as inspiration for a DIY version. We particularly like the refinement of the added chain. To attach the chains to the individual pieces of driftwood, small threaded eyelets are the way to go. To find out more about Ms. Stewart and her work, visit MIT.edu.
12. Speaking of dangling driftwood, Susan Castor created this driftwood curtain for the Cinnamon Shore Beach House. According to Apartment Therapy, Susan drilled small holes in each of the driftwood pieces, then strung them on wires which she attached to a boards, one affixed to the ceiling and the other the floor.
13. No driftwood roundup would be complete without a couple of mirror projects, so here we go. This first one of the starburst variety comes from City Farmhouse.
14. For you more linear types, this rectangular option could be a perfect addition to your decor. Visit The Wood Grain Cottage to see how to make one.
15. And, finally, this oh-so-sweet sail boat art piece. Kay from White Gun Powder tells us how she made it. As a matter of fact, it's so cute and easy to make, you might want to make a trio like Kay did!
For more ways to add natural elements to your decor, check out this recent Curbly post!
Have you heard? The new Star Wars movie is out and is currently on everyone's fave list. Pay homage to the films with your own death star concrete planter! I want about twenty of these hanging out around my house now!
Airplants might just be the ultimate when it comes to plant etiquette. Similar to cactus, they require very little water making them *almost* indestructable. I am always on the look out for unique ways to hang and display your plants and this copper and clay DIY doesn't disappoint!
I am having so much fun playing with cement. It's such an inexpensive material and there are so many possibilities for projects. I also love the durable, rough nature of cement. Something about it's raw look and feel adds a cool, relaxed feeling to your decor. It's definitely not a pretentious material.
I love having a little splash of decor outside my home to give folks an idea of what might be going on inside. These fun BOO garden stakes add just a hint of fright to my yard for Halloween. I'm not big of the gory and super scary this time of year, so these playful letters are just right for me.
Click through to see the full how-to, so you can create some custom cement garden stakes for your yard.
September is Exploring Creative Materials month, here on Curbly, and the material that I love experimenting with more than any other is concrete. So when I discovered this new concrete product that essentially turns concrete into shapeable clay, I decided to put it to the test to see exactly what kind of projects can be made with this stuff. And that's where the PVC fittings come into play. Want to see what I made? Click through to check it out.
We don't really need to forgive the varying light conditions in this living room's before and after images to fully appreciate its dramatic transformation. Whether its blinds are closed or open, it's apparent that the layering of
If I have the choice between placing a plant on a shelf or suspending that plant in the air, I'm going to suspend it. Save the precious shelf room! This beaded plant hanger is a cool and unique way to get those plants in the air!
I love those cute and quirky vintage pieces that are truly unique, but sadly no longer serve a purpose that they once did. Take for example this darling sewing basket that was given to me. I couldn't say no, it had way too much potential - but I don't sew and I had no actual use for it. So, I decided to turn this sewing basket into a 4-legged llama planter. Yes, llama planter. Just bare with me for a minute!
If you're in the mood for a quick DIY project, this one's for you. Learn how to make a super fun, colorful fabric hanging planter in under 30 minutes! Click through to find out more.
In our on-going effort to help concrete and it's cousins pavers and cinder blocks maintain their incredible popularity, we've put together 10 projects
Raise your hand if you own a succulent or two. Or seven. I have a budding (pun intended!) succulent garden and have been in need of a way to put them on display without sacrificing precious and limited counter space. This simple DIY ladder is the perfect way to hang as many or as few as you like! Not to mention its cool throwback to the 90's!
If you have an hour to spare, how about making this wooden wall planter? Whitney says it cost her less than $20 to fabricate, but I'm guessing a lot of us already have the materials on hand to make one. Leftover
It's the season for outdoor soirees. And before you go crazy purchasing new decorations for all the parties you plan to have, take a look in your backyard. Some of those accessories can actually double as decor!
I love summer - it's my favorite season! Says everyone, I'm sure. But here in Canada, I really mean it!! When you come from a country that has winter almost eight months out of the year, you don't take one second of summer for granted. Which is why I'm obsessed with filling my house with fresh plants to bring that summery vibe indoors and to also carry me through those cold winters! And this DIY hanging shelf project is a really fun way to display those plants!
Believe it or not, we're already almost halfway through the summer... but there's still plenty of time to take advantage of the sunny weather! We've rounded up ten DIY projects to help you do just that. Keep reading to find out how to craft your way to the best summer ever.
Copper is getting its 15 minutes of fame right now. I see it everywhere. Actual copper items can be pricey, especially copper planters. This tutorial shares some great tips for getting a faux aged copper look to anything!
Hanging plants from the ceiling can be a great solution for those of us without a ton of space, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a stylish planter. Well search no more, because we've found a super chic one that you can make yourself.
Sure, you could throw a few plants in a pot and call it a day - or you could take it a step further and make your backyard landscape truly unique. Here are some super unusual ideas that are sure to get your creative wheels turning.
First impressions are important. The exterior of your home is the first thing a person sees when they visit your home and the last thing they see when they leave. These 5 easy tips will have the outside of your home in excellent shape in no time.
PAINT YOUR DOOR
ADD INTERESTING HOUSE NUMBERS
DRESS UP YOUR MAILBOX
7. Even small changes can make a big difference. Paint your mailbox flag a bright color that coordinates with your front door like Erin did. See other curb appeal ideas using paint here. [Photo: HGTV]
ADD FLOWERS, SHRUBS AND PLANTS
9. This homeowner has planted flowers and shrubbery in a strategic way to lead the eye from one side of the house to the other. Find more landscaping tips here. [Photo: Lebopilisy]
10. Hanging plants are an easy and effective way to dress up your home's exterior without breaking the bank. Don't they look beautiful? [Photo: The House That Built Us] (Check out these examples on Etsy!)
This Curbly post was originally published in May 2013.