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Try these Easy Twisted Macrame Keychains

by Holly Wade

Try these Easy Twisted Macrame Keychains

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! 

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Upgrade your Space with a Simple Beaded Fan Pull

by Holly Wade

Upgrade your Space with a Simple Beaded Fan Pull

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.

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Make It: Colored Pencil Jewelry

by DIY Maven

Make It: Colored Pencil Jewelry

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

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How to bind your favorite eBooks

by DIY Maven

How to bind your favorite eBooks

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:

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Bead & Wire Collage

by DIY Maven

 

Bead & Wire Collage

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.  

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How to make beaded wire garland.

by DIY Maven

How to make beaded wire garland.

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

Wire cutter

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...

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How to Bead with Clear Caulk

by DIY Maven

How to Bead with Clear Caulk

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.

The Supplies

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...

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DIYable Light Bulb Chandelier Ring?

by DIY Maven

DIYable Light Bulb Chandelier Ring?

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...

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Paper Bead Art

by DIY Maven

Paper Bead Art

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...

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Yarn Curtains: Good Idea?

by DIY Maven

Yarn Curtains: Good Idea?

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...

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Bead Me Up, Scotty

by DIY Maven

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.

Bead Me Up, Scotty

Iridescent Red Champagne Bubbles

Orange Creamsicle Hip Circles

Big Retro Squares Panel

Sun...

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Paint Can Lid Conservation Continued

by DIY Maven

Paint Can Lid Conservation Continued
 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Tarting it Up

I flooded the lid’s rim with my favorite tacky glue.

I sprinkled into the glue ring leftover silver and black...

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