It's hard to believe, but a new year (and decade!) are here... which means that it's time for new calendars! There are tons of gorgeous, free printable calendar downloads available online, so we've rounded up our favorites in a variety of different styles. Click through to check them out and download your favorite.
Are you in the mood to make some DIY gifts this holiday season? Then you'll want to peruse and pin our DIY gift guide. In it, we highlight 75 tutorials that cover just about everyone on your gift-giving list; mom, dad, girls, guys, tweens, kids, babies, fur-babies (that's cats and dogs to the uninitiated), hostess gifts and even teacher gifts. We've got it all covered. Take a look!
Drinking wine and crafting are two of my favorite pastimes, and today I'm combining them into one fun, super simple DIY project. I'm sharing an easy no-sew felt wine coaster project that functions as both a coaster and a wine marker so you don't drink someone else's wine by mistake. Win win! Keep reading to check out the full tutorial... it's surprisingly easy!
After the hustle and bustle of the season, I find myself going into this weird funk. Our home felt like it was going to burst at the seams with all the stuff we had accumulated. The last couple weeks I've been on major purge mode to help get things feeling peaceful once more. Plus it doesn't hurt to be more organized! This simple project is all about making life easier when it comes to rearranging the home. And all it takes is breathing a...
If you've ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you'd have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here's how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways.
Though real Christmas trees are wonderful, not all of us have the time, space, or energy to deal with them. So if your tastes lean to the more industrial, minimalist side of things, you can make your own little Christmas trees out of cement. These concrete Christmas trees are reusable, require no maintenance, and you don't have to worry about ornaments or lights. Of course, there's no reason you can't have both a real tree and some of these mini ones. They're pretty quick and addictive to make, so go ahead and make a whole forest.
- CementAll, or other quick-setting cement or concrete
- Hot glue gun
- Card stock or poster board
- Duct tape
- Mixing container
- Stir stick
- Paper cups
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Tree cone templates
Print out templates, place on poster board or card stock, and cut out.
Gently roll up each template with the shiny, coated side in, and carefully tape closed. Any creases will show in the final tree cones, so try not to crease the molds. Place in an overturned paper cup with a hole punched in the bottom.
Mix cement or concrete according to the instructions on the package. Quickly spoon into the cones, shaking them as you fill to eliminate air bubbles. Let cure according to the package instructions.
After the cement has set, peel the tape off of the cones to reveal your mini cement trees. If the paper has stuck to your trees, you can soak them in water to remove any residue. You can also wet sand to buff out lines and imperfections.
Trace around the bottom of the tree cones on felt, cut out the circles slightly smaller, and hot glue onto the bottom of the cones.
Want to know how to care for a real Christmas tree? Check out our Christmas tree maintenance guide.
I am a huge fan of simple, clean shapes, and triangle are my all time favorite. This little alternative Christmas tree was inspired by a tree I saw in a shop window in Sweden a couple years ago.
Perusing online tours of beautiful Scandinavian homes can be an addictive, and envy-inducing, pastime. Though you may not be able to import their high ceilings, period features, or masonry heaters (those cylindrical white corner fireplaces that I endlessly covet), you can certainly create your own replica of the Scandinavian look with the right furnishings. Figuring out where to find certain pieces can be tricky, so I'll round up some popular Scandinavian-style pieces, and tell you where you can buy them in the US.
With the recent resurgence of bohemian style, it's no wonder that rattan is also making a comeback. But you might be surprised to discover that rattan can look surprisingly chic. Context is everything, and mixing a rattan piece or two in with more modern elements can make all the difference between a room that looks like the revenge of the '70s, and one that looks like you just added in a bit of natural rattan flair. If you're ready to give it a chance, check out our modern rattan finds (no papasan chairs included).
If you're ready to re-create the above look for yourself, you can buy a similar rattan daybed here.
This rattan headboard is a lower-commitment, less expensive way to get a similar look.
Target also has a rattan headboard at a similar price point, as well as that cute little ottoman at the end of the bed. It would make a great plant stand or side table.
If the natural blond color of rattan doesn't work with your decor, the black paint color on this Ikea armchair might be a better fit.
I have to admit that I've had a soft spot for rattan hanging chairs ever since I sat in my grandparents' when I was a child. A few years ago I hunted one down at vintage shops, but if you're not having any luck with that approach, this one is a great alternative.
This simple rattan arm chair looks perfect for that awkward corner in your bedroom or living room.
Surprisingly considering the source, this stylish rattan chair beats both of the above on price.
This curvy take on a rattan chair almost reads more like sleek black metal.
The woven pattern makes this rattan side table an especially cool piece.
This black rattan globe light easily fits in with sleek and modern decor.
This rattan basket would be perfect for holding cozy winter blankets and throws.
If you don't have a spot for a hanging globe light, this rattan floor lamp is another cool option.
Not ready to go for a full rattan chair? Add just a touch with this loopy rattan mirror.
These rattan baskets are another stylish way to incorporate the trend in a small dose.
Ready to add some rattan to your decor?
Need more rattan in your life? Learn how to make a rattan jewelry organizer.
This just in... the '70s are back! Okay not exactly, but we've noticed a major trend lately - modern '70s style textiles are popping up all over the blogosphere. Think vintage but with a modern twist. We're loving this boho chic look, so today we're sharing ten of our favorite picks.
I'm a big collector of costume jewelry, so I'm always trying to find great ways to store it. A while back, I did this project so I have plenty of space for my necklaces and most of my dangly earrings. But I was still left wondering where to put all of my stud earrings, bracelets and other accessories. Until now. Keep reading to check out my incredibly easy, functional solution.
Have you ever tried to shop for a decorative bathroom mirror? The process can be frustrating... it's tough to find something that works well with your decor, while also staying within your budget. That was my experience when I tried to find the perfect bathroom mirror. So, of course, I made one! Keep reading to find out how to make this DIY vanity mirror using wooden dowel rods.
I'll be the first to say that I adore those earring and necklace holders that are shaped like cacti or little porcelain animals. But they don't always hold a lot of jewelry, which means my vast collection of pendants ends up overflowing onto my dresser. So instead of using a whole bunch of little bowls that take up space, I thought I'd go down a different route and make myself a jewelry organizer that's hidden in plain sight. Best of all, I got a brand new piece of wall art to brighten up my walls in the process!
Want to know how to make your own piece of art that doubles as a jewelry organizer? Follow along below for the DIY.
- Wood shadow box frame
- Saw and sandpaper
- Primer and white paint
- Two small hinges
- A jewelry box clasp
- Patterned contact paper
- Hooks and/or small doorknobs
Remove the glass from your shadow box frame.
Give the frame and MDF a quick sand and a coat of primer, then paint both pieces white.
Attach the piece of MDF to the front of your shadow box frame with 2 small hinges so that it forms a door.
Add a jewelry box clasp on the opposite side to hold the door closed. Your cabinet is now complete!
Measure and cut out a piece of decorative contact paper that is the same size as the front of your cabinet, then stick it to the cabinet door.
Attach a few hooks and/or some decorative doorknobs to the inside of your cabinet so you have a spot to hang your jewelry. I chose to use three doorknobs, which I glued in place towards the top of the cabinet, but you can use small picture hooks instead if you prefer.
Once that's done, simply hang your pendants, close the door and no-one will be any the wiser that your new piece of art also doubles as your jewelry organizer!
On the hunt for a different type of jewelry organizer? Check out this mega roundup of over 40 great DIY ideas!
Every now and then we like to share a necklace tutorial over here at Curbly... and today is one of those days! This is no ordinary necklace tutorial though - this clay pendant tassel necklace is a bold, in-your-face statement piece that will surely garner compliments over and over again. And it's really quite easy to make! So let's get started.
Since I'm a self-diagnosed lazy person, I'll admit it's really nice to look at things on my phone without having to pick it up. It's just soooo much work, after all! To prop up your phone while you work, sleep or browse, it's nice to have a phone stand, but it's better to have one with a bit of personality. This bright pink acrylic project definitely stands out as a modest but bright, statement-making DIY phone stand, and you can use any colored acrylic or plexiglass to make your own that fits your phone!
When I was in high school, I was obsessed with stackable bracelets made out of leather, hemp and other cording materials. Since all things do make a comeback, I wanted to return to my roots and make a set of stackable knotted bracelets that weren't macrame. I didn't think it was possible, but I may actually be getting sick of macrame (I know, crazy!) but these simple infinity knotted bracelets were a welcome change! Make a set of simple knotted bracelets with any cording material and use a sliding knot to adjust it to your wrist size, and they're great for stacking on your wrist.
As you can probably guess, these infinity knots get their name because they look like an infinity symbol. They're simple to make in about 5 minutes, and if you want to dress them up more, you can easily add beads or use bright colored cording. For a more simple, nautical look, use a basic rope-like cording.
A square macrame knot holds both sides of the bracelet together and allows it to adjust in size so that you don't have to tie your bracelets on each time. I like this method because they're easy to secure yourself in case you don't have someone around to help you tie bracelets!
- Thick cording
- Clear glue (heavy duty)
Measure a piece of cording about the length of your arm, then double it and cut the piece in half so that you have two long pieces.
Double up the pieces, and starting in the middle, curve it in half and wrap the working side around like an infinity symbol. Then use the working end to pull through the loop to create an "infinity knot." Adjust as needed so that you have approximately equal amount of cording on either side of the knot.
Wrap around your wrist to determine size. Add some space (about 2 inches) and tie knots at either end of the bracelet.
To make a sliding knot, wrap the bracelet around itself as it would be if it were on your wrist. Cut one extra piece of string or cording about 5 inches long and thread it underneath all 4 pieces of cording in the bracelet.
Use a macrame square knot (2 knots) around all of the pieces to secure it in a bracelet form. The knot will allow it to easily slide.
Cut the excess cording from the macrame knot. Dab glue on the area to prevent the knot from unraveling. (The importance of this step varies based on the cording you use, but it's still recommended.)
Put on the bracelet again to check the sizing and adjust the knots if needed. Cut excess cording from the knots at either end of the bracelet.
To wear it, simply pull the sides of the bracelet until the knots catch. Slip it on your wrist. Pull the knots to tighten.
Make them with various colors and cording, and you can mix them, match them and stack them!
It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year when college kids are starting to think about packing up to head back to campus... which means it's also time for a dorm decor shopping guide! Infuse your space with some extra style this semester with these über trendy, character-packed picks that will make you the envy of all of your friends.
Wood bead garland is receiving a lot of love at the moment, and for good reason! It introduces texture and interest, but is neutral enough not to clutter your space. It's suitable decor for minimalists and maximailists alike! One way to update this trend is to play with scale and supersize your beads.
I love using letters and words in my house... it's such an easy way to infuse a space with some serious personality. And when I saw these gold metal letters at my local craft store, I knew immediately what I'd do with them. Click through to check out my crazy easy tutorial for a set of monogram letter hooks.
For as long as I can remember, I have gravitated toward Scandinavian design. Seeing images of homes that had that clean aesthetic made me want to transform my entire house into a peaceful and airy retreat. It's easy to believe that Scandinavian design means you have to be a purest: black, white, and grey spaces with very little clutter and furniture. But that's not necessarily true. There are all kinds of amazing styles that can mix well with...