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10 Inspiring Ways To Use Your Travel Photos Once You Get Home

by Faith Provencher
Ten ways to use your travel photos once you get home.
Photo: Artifact Uprising

It's a common problem... you get back from a big trip with a ton of gorgeous photos, but you don't know what to do them. Well, there's good news - there are lots of things you can do with them! Here are ten of our favorite ways to use those travel photos once you get home.   


10 Ways To Use Your Travel Photos Once You Get Home
Photo: Artifact Uprising

1. Create a photo book with Artifact Uprising. This company has a clean, modern feel with a handful of gorgeous customizable products in their inventory. Head over here to check them out.


2. Make a computer screensaver slideshow. It will make you smile every time you see it, and friends will love to watch it too! 


10 Ways To Use Your Travel Photos Once You Get Home
Photo: Polka Dot Chair

3. Make your own travel scrapbook. This adorable book is made from scrapbook paper, adhesive letters, washi tape and all kinds of other creative materials. Check out the tutorial here.


4. Start a blog! Not every blog has to be a professional money-maker... you can make one just for fun too. If your friends and family are always asking to see your travel photos, you might consider this idea. It's also a great way to keep them safe forever. 


10 ways to use your travel photos when you get home
Photo: Granny Girls

5. Turn them into Polaroid-style coasters. This is a super easy project that transforms your photos into functional works of art. Get the how-to here.


10 Ways To Use Your Travel Photos Once You Get Home
Photo: Social Print Studio

6. Have a calendar printed through Social Print Studio. This site specializes in preserving Instagram photos, so if you tend to take photos with your phone then this might be the solution for you. Check it out here.


7. Create a video of your photos using Animoto. This website makes it easy to combine photos and video clips into a beautiful video that you can share and save. Head over here to learn more.


10 Ways To Use Your Travel Photos Once You Get Home
Photo: Decor Adventures

8. Create a gallery wall. This one is a classic with a twist. She adds small labels to each photo to give the viewer a bit of extra information. Find out how to do this yourself here.


9. Make a rotating display using clipboards. Get your photos printed as 8x10s and display them on clipboards - this gives you the flexibility to swap them out every time you come home from a new trip!


10 Ways To Use Travel Photos When You Get Home
Photo: Why Don't You Make Me

10. Make this 3D travel photo shape. Do something three-dimensional with your photos! This is an easy project that is sure to wow your guests. Get the tutorial here.


10 Ways To Use Travel Photos Once You're Home
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Roundup: 10 Outdoor Party Essentials

by Lidy Dipert

10 Outdoor Party Essentials

Photo: West Elm

Hosting those summer dinner parties are always a must - it's where you share and make lasting memories with close friends and family. Here are 10 must-have outdoor party essentials to help you plan the perfect evening with your loved ones. Think minimal and modern with lots of great textures! 


10 Outdoor Party Essentials

Photo: Scandinavian Designs

1. It's important to start thinking from the ground up when planning a perfect dinner party...

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How To: Make a Mason Jar Hanging Air Plant Planter

by DIY Maven
Mason Jar Hanging Air Plant Planter Feature Image
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

So psyched to be able to share the first of two projects from my recently released book, MASON JAR NATION (Cool Springs Press, 2016)! This DIY hanging air plant (tillandsia) planter is found in the "Crafts" section of the book and it's one of my favorites. (Although, to be honest, there are a lot of favorites in the book--as it should be, otherwise they wouldn't have made it into the book!) This project ranks medium on the  easy to hard scale, but that's only because it requires a bottle cutter (Click here to read my reviews of some popular bottle cutters. Long story short: Ephrem's is the best out there). Because my publisher, Cool Springs, is so very accommodating, they've agreed to let me share the project in its entirety straight from the book. 

Educated types will tell you Tillandsia, also known as “air plants,” are an epiphyte. No need to remember that as there isn’t going to be a quiz at the end of this project. What you do need to know is that epiphytes don’t require dirt to grow. They siphon the nutrients they need from the air, and as for watering, a one-hour dunk every couple of weeks, or a spritz every couple of days is just what the horticulturist orders. The best water to use is of the rain variety, of course, but distilled works well as does tap water that’s been sitting for 12 hours “off-gassing.” For sunlight, these virtually indestructible darlings prefer that which is bright filtered. Tillandsia’s unique growing requirements make them the perfect plants to grow in Mason jars, as each humble form highlights the other.  -----From MASON JAR NATION, by JoAnn Moser, Cool Springs Press 2016                                       


  • 1 clear, quart-size Mason jar
  • Bottle cutter and finishing equipment (We recommend Ephrem's Deluxe Bottle Cutter, $37)
  • Painter's tape
  • Small paintbrush
  • Etching cream
  • Metal hole punch or drill and small bit
  • 1 lid and band or 1 reproduction lid to fit the Mason jar used
  • 1 small cotter pin
  • 2’  of #16 single jack electro-galvanized chain requirements
  • Small washer with small a hole 
  • 18-gauge wire (about 8" or so)
  • 1 tillandsia


Cut approximately 1” off the bottom of the jar and finish the cut edge according to the technical instructions in MASON JAR NATION or according to the bottle cutter’s instructions. 

Hanging air plant planter etching cream
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Apply painter’s tape about 1/2” up from bottom edge of the jar.

With a small paint brush, apply etching cream to the exposed area. Keep in mind that a thick, even coat works best. Leave the etching cream in place for as long as the product’s recommendations stipulate. After that, rinse off the etching cream and remove the tape.

Hanging air plant planter hole and chain
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Next, punch or drill a small hole in jar’s lid. Thread the cotter pin through the last link in the chain, then feed the cotter pin through the hole in the lid. 

Hanging air plant planter cotter pin
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Slip the washer onto the cotter pin’s legs and bend them open. 

Hanging air plant planter wire
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Using a length of 18-gauge wire, gently wire up the Tillandsia. Then, feed one end of the wire through the top of the jar and screw on the jar’s lid. Note that 18 gauge wire is small enough that the band will screw on. 

When it’s time to water the Tillandsia, simply remove the lid and ease the plant out from the bottom of the jar. Just remember, after the plant’s soak, allow it to dry before re-inserting it into the jar. 

Hanging air plant planter for Pinterest
Photo: by JoAnn Moser via MASON JAR NATION, courtesy of Cool Springs Press

Feel free to share this tutorial from MASON JAR NATION on Pinterest!

If you love Mason jars, you just might want to see the other 49 more projects featured in MASON JAR NATION. You can order it today from Amazon or Barnes & Noble ($15). And to read more about my road to publication, check out this post right here on Curbly. 

Image: Courtesy of Cool Springs Press


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My Favorite Styling Accessories

by Alicia Lacy
My Favorite Styling Accessories
Photo: Melissa Oholendt

Room makeovers are my bread and butter. On Curbly, we feature lots of DIYs and small projects, but the most satisfying work Bruno and I do are makeovers. And – if I can just run with the bread and butter analogy  – I will add that the jam to the room makeover is the styling, staging, and photographing of the space. With that, my friends, comes the need for accessories.

It occurred to me that we have a rather...

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How-To: Boho Chic Crystal Necklace Display

by Faith Provencher
How-To: Boho Chic Crystal Necklace Display
Photo: Julep

This is one of those gorgeous projects that you wish you had thought of before - easy, functional and pretty. This crystal necklace display has a stylish behemian flair, modernized by the unique colors. Click through to check out the final product, and to find out how to do it.   


How-To: Boho Chic Crystal Necklace Display
Photo: Julep

What a pretty way to keep your necklaces tangle-free! Make your way over to Minted's blog Julep to check out the full tutorial.

DIY: Raw Crystal Necklace Display [Julep]

DIY Crystal Necklace Display
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How To: Make DIY Concrete Ring Cones

by DIY Maven


concrete ring cones feature image
Photo: DIY in PDX

First, a bit of a digression just for shiggles... A few weeks ago I was at my local Goodwill and I spotted a crystal ring holder. Now, I'm not one for crystal, but there was something about this particular piece that caught my eye, even though it was in need of a good wash. I picked it up, checked the bottom, and, yowza, it sported a Waterford stamp. A quick

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How To: Make Your Own Fairy Garden Fairies

by DIY Maven
DIY Fairy Garden Fairies Supplies
Photo: Crafts Unleashed

Does this sound familiar? You're at your favorite garden center and the fairy garden supplies call to you. (They're miniatures thus making them irresistible.) As you're considering the sweet teeny tiny benches and birdbaths and such, you cast your gaze upon the namesakes of such gardens and you recoil. Why? Because--DANG--those fairies can look creepy!! Like horror movie

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Quick and Simple Guest Room Makeover

by DIY Maven
Emily Henderson guest room makeover before
Photo: Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson recently took her friend and client Susanne's ho-hum guest room to new heights with a few simple changes that didn't break the bank. New curtains, linen, and bed (courtesy of World Market) add much-needed personality, yet the room still maintains the neutral vibe Susanne

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How To: Give an Old Wooden Bowl a Gold Leaf Makeover

by DIY Maven


supplies for wood bowl goldleaf makeover
Photo: Delineate Your Dwelling

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...

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How To: These DIY Tropical Leaf Coasters Are Simple and Stunning

by Jessica Gregg

tropical leaf coasters and a cup of coffee with a yellow background

My family and I just returned from a sunny, beach trip to Florida. My kids packed an abundance of shells to bring a piece of the beach home with us, but the tropical plants and trees I longed to bring home were too big and deeply rooted to pack in my suitcase. Plus, the dry, cooler climate of Colorado (combined with my lack of growing skills) would have doomed the plants upon their arrival.

So naturally I went to the next best thing for tropical vibes in my home - DIY tropical leaf coasters. Now, I can enjoy my cup of coffee in the morning, or a cocktail in the evening with a touch of the tropics on my table.


This project is so easy to do, and also makes for a wonderful hostess gift. Here’s how I did it.



  • White 4x4 tiles, Home Depot
  • White tissue paper
  • Mod Podge and Mod Podge Sealer Spray
  • Sponge brush
  • Cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape or painter’s tape
  • Felt pads, Home Depot

Materials needed for this project


Alt text always!

Cut and tape one sheet of tissue paper to an 8x10 piece of cardstock paper.


Alt text!

Find photos of tropical leaves online. I copy and pasted the leaves into Microsoft Word, and formatted the image to fit a 4x4 tile. Insert the paper with tissue into the printer tray, and print the leaves onto the side with the tissue.

What's your favorite tropical leaf? I love the Split Leaf Philodendrum, Areca Palm and Fan Palm.


tropical leaf and white tile coaster

Remove the tissue from the paper, trace the outline of the tile over the leaves and cut it.


white tile and foam brush

Add a moderate amount of Mod Podge to the tile and evenly spread it out with the brush.


tropical leaf coaster

Place the tissue with the leaf on the tile and press it down gently. Press out all the wrinkles in the tissue with your fingers, but be careful not to rip the tissue.


tropical leaf coaster and foam brush

Let the coasters dry for about 10 minutes, and then spray them with the Mod Podge sealer. If you don’t have the sealer spray, you can seal the coasters with the sponge brush and a light coat of regular Mod Podge. It may show lines, so do your best to apply it evenly. 


felt coaster pads

Once the coasters are sealed and dry, add the felt pads on the bottom of each coaster in all four corners.


Repeat steps 1 through 7 for a complete set of tropical leaf coasters, and then put the coasters to good use. Imagine you're sitting on a beach, sipping something strong with the warm breeze blowing through your hair. 

tropical leaf coasters on a yellow background

DIY tropical leaf coasters

tropical leaf coasters and a cup of coffee

Tropical leaf coasters are not only on-trend, they are a visual escape to paradise.

diy tropical leaf coasters and pink flower

diy tropical leaf coasters for the home

Interested in learning more about tropical DIY projects? Check out some more project ideas here

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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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