Macrame has recently made a comeback, so I was excited to learn some of the basics for making macrame pieces myself at home. It's surprisingly easy to make these twisted macrame keychains with colored beads and a fringe bottom, and you can whip one up in as little as 15 minutes. Customize them with colorful wooden beads and make this beautiful twisted look simply by repeating the same knot!
Living in a rental means I'm stuck with a few things I don't like, including vertical blinds, ugly ceiling fans and popcorn ceiling. While some things are more difficult to swap out (whether you're renting or just on a budget), it doesn't have to completely limit you. Upgrade a fan or ceiling lamp with a simple beaded fan pull to replace an ugly, boring chain in about 10 minutes.
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'm guessing my fellow Curbliers love colored pencils as much as I do. So why not show our love by wearing them? Granted, the original how-to was a back-to-school project challenge, but those beads are so cute, they really shouldn't be limited to the classroom. Also, what a great way to use up 'nubs?!' To see how to make each of these items
Check out this starburst mirror. It might not look like it, but it's made out of 78 steel rulers. Don't believe me? Take a closer look.
In my review yesterday of Sasha Duerr's new work, The Handbook of Natural Dyes, I mentioned that the publisher gave me permission to share one of the projects in the book. I found one perfect for those who are new to natural dyeing: dyeing beads with blackberries.
After you've made your Book Planter, you're going to have some book innards leftover. And since we don't like to waste ANYTHING here at Curbly--especially books or any parts of them--how about making some book beads
So you've downloaded an eBook. Now what? Well, if you're a bibliophile like me, you might want to print out the ones you love. Like Curbly's new Make It! Secondhand Chic, for example. I'm lucky enough have the new edition to the Curbly Library in perfect-bound, so I'm set for hard copy. However, I had a copy of David duChemin's wonderful photography book '10' on my hard drive that needed to be birthed onto paper.
Now, I could have printed it at home and rammed a staple into one of its corners, but that would have been barbaric. I could have taken it to my local Kinkos and had them print and bind it, but that would have been uninspired. Instead, I printed it at home, bound it myself and included its own beaded bookmark into the binding. Here's how I did it:
A few weeks ago, after seeing a show at my local art center and coming home completely inspired, I tried my hand at mixed media collage. Yeah, the outcome was mixed alright. It was a mixed-up mess. I'm talkin' fugly. I nearly pitched the entire idea of collage when it occurred to me that paper might not be the best choice for me.
It all started with a $3.50 thrift store spice rack and ended in artful bead storage.
I’d have to file this in the ‘who knew?’ department. Seriously, I can make beads out of rose petals???
A great way to bring a little outdoors in is by making one of these beaded wood door curtains. Materials you’ll need include:
6 or 7 branches about 3 feet long and a few inches thick
pruning shears, a lopping tool or a saw
a vise or a pair of adjustable lockjaw pliers
drill and 1/8 inch bit
60-pound test fishing line
For the entire tutorial, jump to Natural Home Magazine. Via.
The only thing cooler than a wicked craft project is a wicked craft project that recycles. The process is similar to the "papermaking" you did in second grade: Rip up small pieces of newspaper, mix with water to break down the paper fibers, shape and squeeze out the water.
I wonder what would happen if you put these in a rock tumbler?
Garland isn’t just for holidays anymore. Here’s a very easy, fast and economical way to make custom-made decorative garland.
What I used.
24 gauge beading wire
Large and small glass beads (The thing to keep in mind for this project is that the holes in your beads have to be large enough to accommodate TWO widths of your wire.)
What I did.
1. Using my wire cutter, I cut a length of wire–about 2 feet long, in this case.
2. I threaded a...
Basically, this is just a version of the sanded light bulb for people who don’t like sand. Or light bulbs. Anyway, I had a night light that seemed to have some hidden potential. I thought beading the shade with caulk might be a good way to give it some style.
High temperature clear caulk. (Found in the plumbing and heating departments of your big box and hardware stores. If you’re beading something that will not be...
Until I was about 10 years old we lived in a home that had bare light bulb light fixtures. You know, 100 watts of incandescent glare screaming down from the center of the ceiling? If these Chandelier Bulbs from Kyouei Design would have been around, we could have transformed our heinous fixtures into something kind of spectacular. The ‘chandeliers’ are simple little glass rings that slip over bare light bulbs. Hanging from the glass hooks on the...
When we were kids, my sister Joyce and I rolled paper beads; little did we know we were doing something girls a hundred years earlier had done. Although Joyce and I made funky necklaces with our beads, our Victorian counterparts used the fruits of their labor to fashion curtains for doorways. Nowadays, I like to use paper beads to create 3D art, including greeting cards.
The great thing about this craft project is that you probably already have...
Lion Brand has a tutorial on their website for easy-to-construct ‘beaded’ yarn curtains. The ‘beads’ are made of alternating strings of Lion Boulce and Fun-Fur yarn, although any specialty, textured yarn would work. To keep the strands taut, I’d probably knot beads at the ends of the individual strings of yarn or tie the strings to a tension rod for window applications. A unique dressing to a window or doorway, to be sure, but only if privacy is...
In the world of beaded curtains, the Gothic Faery Store is the poo. Their impressive list of customers include Nieman Marcus, Universal Pictures, MTV and the Pussy Cat Dolls. Yeah, that’s right, the PCDs.
Gothic Faery offers 330 styles of beaded and bamboo curtains/panels starting as little as 15 bucks for a standard 36" x 72" curtain. Here are some samplings.
Iridescent Red Champagne Bubbles
Orange Creamsicle Hip Circles
Big Retro Squares Panel
After living with my paint can lid coaster for a few days, I realized it only looked like a coaster when my coffee cup was sitting on it. Otherwise, it looked as if, somewhere, a paint can was missing its lid. So, in the spirit of beautification, I held the lid. I let it speak to me.
"Beads," it said.
"Perfect," I said.
I flooded the lid’s rim with my favorite tacky glue.
I sprinkled into the glue ring leftover silver and black...