Decorator's Folder

by Lilybee

Martha has a 'Doh! That's-so-obvious-why-didn't-I think-of-it' idea for keeping track of your decorating stuff. The decorator's folder. What you do is keep swatches of paint, fabric and carpet in a folder. Revolutionary! Martha suggests a small accordion file but you could go crazy and have a file for each room.

Decorator's Folder

Taking the idea and running with it I have added:

  • Window measurements in both metric and imperial (cause my maths is lousy)
  • ...

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Turn vintage suitcases into side tables.

by DIY Maven

Turn vintage suitcases into side tables.

You know how sometimes you see an idea on the internets and think, ‘of course!’? Well...this is one of those times. Not only do these old suitcases make adorable and interesting side tables, they also provide storage for magazines, books, remotes and all that other flotsam and jetsam that  clutter our lives. They couldn’t be too hard to make either. Four legs and perhaps a plywood base–for added structure–onto which you attach the suitcase...

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How To: Make a Pocket Sized Floorplan.

by Chris Gardner

Apartment Therapy, Chicago-version, offers this clever take-along floorplan. The goal is to be able to account for all the components of your room, particularly scale, arrangement in color: "You will want to include basic information like the size and layout of your rooms, color choices (fabric swatches are perfect for this!) and sizes of existing pieces of furniture. Other things that might be helpful are window heights (in case you are...

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How To: Attach Stuff to Walls without Drilling Holes.

by Chris Gardner

How To: Attach Stuff to Walls without Drilling Holes.

Instructables user HighwayKind wanted to keep his kitchen a little more organized: "I didn't want to ruin my

kitchen tiles and wall by drilling a giant hole through it, but I did want to hang my knife and paper/foil thing to the wall. Solution: superglue and magnets."

Check out the process here...I'm not quite sure whether it's any more wiser to superglue stuff to the wall than to drill into it, but clever, nonetheless.

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Make an Oil Burning Light Bulb Lamp

by DIY Maven

Make an Oil Burning Light Bulb Lamp

Bumpus at instructables set out to do a DIY version of a fancy designer–aka ridiculously expensive–light bulb lamp. Using seemingly odds and ends that included ‘a clean light bulb, a shoe lace, a metal bottle cap, a rather large washer/spacer, [and] two little magnets’ he accomplished this feat admirably. Delicate, yes. Leave it unattended, never. Clever, absolutely. Via.

The $650 for a set of two fancy designer model.

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10 cool things to make out of dish towels.

by DIY Maven

created on: 06/09/08

Dish towels aren't just for drying dishes anymore. Case in point, TipNut has put together a list of ten clever craft projects using the familiar rectangular cloths.

1. Dishtowel tote bags

2. Dishtowel bibs.

3. Dishtowel chair slip covers.

4. Dishtowl window Valance.

5. Dishtowel potholder.

6. Dishtowel teatime accessories.

7. Dishtowel picnic rolls.

8. Dishtowel Grocery bag holder.

9. Dishtowel dog rope toy.

10. Dishtowel sewing...

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The Bug Vacuum

by DIY Maven

The Bug Vacuum

Do you feel bad when you nab a bug in a tissue, pinch together and hear that distinct crunch? Do you wave goodbye to spiders as they’re sent off spinning down the toilet vortex? If so, maybe you should just vacuum them up. Oh, sure, you could use a Dust Buster to take care of those pesky box elder bugs and silver fish, but this Bug Vacuum would be waaaaaay more fun. Using pneumatics, the little sucker doesn’t even need electricity. If you think...

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How To Customize Conversation Hearts.

by Chris Gardner
How To Customize Conversation Hearts.

Of course, you'll never actually eat them, but that doesn't mean they can't say exactly what you feel. Just follow this brief how-to:

Ingredients:

  • Store-bought conversation hearts
  • Rasp-style grater (like a Microplane)
  • Rubber-stamp kit
  • Food-writing pens

1. Remove the original message by shaving away the top layer with the grater.

2. Arrange your words in your stamp, and ink them with the food-writing pens. Alternatively, create your own stamp from the...

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The Pizza Fork

by DIY Maven

The Pizza Fork

To eat your slice with your hands or not to eat your slice with your hands, that is the question. Me, I use a fork. Not because I’m an etiquette freak or anything. It’s mostly due to the fact that I have a thing about germs, and hands, as we all know, are notorious harbingers of cooties. Plus, using a fork helps prevent mouth roof burnage. Anywho, for those of us who use forks, also known as ‘forkers’, this cool little gadget just might tempt...

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Book Shelf...Made From A Book.

by Chris Gardner

There's been several DIY versions of these floating 'round the net, and they're now available en masse for approximately 20 GBP from I Want One of Those!

"Bookshelves whilst being terribly useful, have never really managed the style leap into cool. They are after all just shelves. Well not so the Book Shelf however. For this tome is (of course) not a book at all, but a shelf that looks just like one. Simply attach it to your wall (all the bits are...

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Mobile Device Charging Holder Shelf Thing-y

by DIY Maven

Mobile Device Charging Holder Shelf Thing-y

New from The Spoon Sisters is this clever little charging holder shelf thing. The Drinn hangs between the battery charger of your mobile device and the electric outlet. Excess cord is wrapped around the holder to keep it neat and out of the way. At 10 bucks a pop, it might be a good thing to keep in mind for holiday gift giving. Available in black, lime green and red orange.

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Fish Tank Coffee Table.

by Chris Gardner

Fish Tank Coffee Table.
 
Have a look at this excellent coffee-table shaped aquarium from Clear-Seal. Each coffee table comes with a "toughened glass top" with polished, rounded edges for safety, a light diffuser, a progressive filter system. In your choice of finishes: Dark Oak, Light Oak, Limed Oak, Medium Oak, Yew, Mahogany or Mirrored glass, and in several size.
 
But, with the tips offered by these guys, one could surely come up with a DIY version customized to fit...

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