Don't ask me how I came up with this project... it's a long story. Basically, my dog Charlie can jump really high and will eat anything, so I needed to make a wall-mounted planter that I could place out of his reach. So the Vurm indoor herb garden planter was born!
Our neighborhood preschool is a goldmine of childhood magic. It's a special place that brings families together; an emblem of our community's commitment to children.
This year, for National Painting Week, our friends at Sherwin-Williams encouraged us to seek out a community-based project. We were thrilled, because doing more of this sort of work has long been one of our goals. We instantly knew our beloved preschool would be the perfect candidate. The power of paint would be transformative, helping improve a space that does so much for children and families. Read on to hear all about it.
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.
2. Make a computer screensaver slideshow. It will make you smile every time you see it, and friends will love to watch it too!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Photo: Scandinavian Designs
1. It's important to start thinking from the ground up when planning a perfect dinner party...
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.
- 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
MAKING YOUR PLANTER:
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.
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.
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.
Slip the washer onto the cotter pin’s legs and bend them open.
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.
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.
I have an an obsession with interior design books and magazines. There are stacks of them all over my house. I wanted to make a simple magazine holder for the ones I'm currently reading to keep them easily accessible. Read on to see my leather magazine holder tutorial!
I've always loved to travel, and I've started to hone my packing skills over the years. So now I have a list of items that I wouldn't dare leave home without. And I'm sharing them with you today! Keep reading to check 'em out.
Recently Stacy made over her friend Taralyn's laundry room, and the results are nothing less than dramatic. The room, or rather, passageway, as it is just off the garage and functions as an entry of sorts to the rest of the home, was well-defined as "builder grade." After its makeover, the
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...
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.
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.
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
I'm a big believer in the uplifting qualities of listening to music. When I'm in the car, cleaning the house, catching up on some work, or just laying on the couch, I love listening to some tunes. Here are 10 great speakers - portable and/or stationary - that would look great and sound great anywhere!
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
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
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 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
- Washi tape or painter’s tape
- Felt pads, Home Depot
Cut and tape one sheet of tissue paper to an 8x10 piece of cardstock paper.
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.
Remove the tissue from the paper, trace the outline of the tile over the leaves and cut it.
Add a moderate amount of Mod Podge to the tile and evenly spread it out with the brush.
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.
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.
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.
Interested in learning more about tropical DIY projects? Check out some more project ideas here
Cassie had the fantastic opportunity to partner up with the IKEA Home Tour Squad recently in an effort to breathe new life into her bonus room (aka: kids' space). The room was already anchored by her IKEA sectional. A LIATORP t.v. storage cabinet was added to tame the entertainment area (featured in the video
You know that your pets sleep better when they have a designated space to call there own. We only have dogs in our house, but this super cool cat bed is enough to make me go out and pick up a cat JUST so I have a good reason to make one of these!
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