How to: Give Boring Closet Doors an Inexpensive, Architectural Makeover

by Chris Gardner

How to: Give Boring Closet Doors an Inexpensive, Architectural Makeover

When Janet Lee first moved into her tiny studio apartment, it was a blank box of white walls and neutral parquet floors. As a renter, she wasn't able to add any actual architectural details for visual interest, so she faked the look by bringing plenty of depth to her bland folding closet doors, creating an inexpensive and removable solution that anyone can do at home.   

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Cushy, Comfy, and Definitely Not Lumpy: Our Favorite DIY Pillows from the Curbly Archives

by M.E. Russell

Curbly's favorite pillow projects from the archives

If you're ever looking to change up a room in a way that doesn't cost a lot of money and doesn't require a lot of commitment, then pillows are certainly the way to go. They're interchangeable, they immediately add something to the room (whether it's color, texture, or both), and they're snuggly. So what's not to love? We're looking back at some of our own favorite pillow projects from the archives; because while store-bought is fine, it doesn't require a lot of effort or previous experience to create a one-of-a-kind cushy masterpiece. Now, on with the pillow talk!              

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Capturing Memories: Cork Memory Box Decor

by Holly Wade

Capturing Memories: Cork Memory Box Decor

Years ago, my boyfriend and I decided to begin collecting corks from special moments in our lives and writing short notes on them to remember the occasions. There came a point when we realized we had to actually DO something with all of the corks we were collecting, so I started moving them to a plain shadow box that has (until now) remained untouched. Finally, it was time to show off these memories we'd made! Our DIY cork memory box contains corks from big milestones, special occasions and holidays over the past few years and sits proudly on a bookshelf to remind us of the things we've celebrated together. Best of all, it's easy to make yourself! 

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How to Update a Throw Pillow Using Only a Marker

by Holly Wade

How to Update a Throw Pillow Using Only a Marker

I'm a self-proclaimed pillow hoarder. Because of this, I tend to drive my boyfriend crazy, so I try to limit my pillow purchases, but since I love swapping out my couch pillows often, I like to try DIY techniques that can help me save money. When I stumbled upon this Urban Outfitters typographic pillow, I instantly thought "I can make that." It's easy to update a throw pillow with marker to create this abstract typographic look! 

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How to Update a Throw Pillow Using Only a Marker

by Holly Wade

How to Update a Throw Pillow Using Only a Marker

I'm a self-proclaimed pillow hoarder. Because of this, I tend to drive my boyfriend crazy, so I try to limit my pillow purchases, but since I love swapping out my couch pillows often, I like to try DIY techniques that can help me save money. When I stumbled upon this Urban Outfitters typographic pillow, I instantly thought "I can make that." It's easy to update a throw pillow with marker to create this abstract typographic look! 

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10 Drool-Worthy Decor Ideas You Should Borrow from Coffee Shops

by Faith Provencher
Droolworthy Coffee Shop Décor Inspiration
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Coffee shops tend to be well designed... they are trying to draw you in to sit and drink their product, after all. So today we're going to talk about ways to translate those ideas into decor for your own home. Here are photos of ten coffee shops I've visited paired with real world ways to achieve a similar effect in your own home.   

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How High Should I Hang A Picture: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet

by Jesica Versichele

How high should I actually hang my pictures?

Should I hang this picture at eye level? Does that mean my eye level or the eye level of the average person? What if I have very high ceilings? What about those gallery walls everyone is posting Pinterest pictures of? It's a lot to think about, right? Sometimes it seems as if there are as many answers to this question as there are different kinds of houses. This quick cheat sheet is designed to help you make this decision based on your own interior.            

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5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Brown kraft paper is one of those materials that I always keep on hand because it's both cheap and versatile. It can be used for so many different things... including wrapping gifts. Today I'm sharing five creative ways to customize kraft paper to make your gifts look like they came straight from Pinterest. Click through to check them out.   

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DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments

by Faith Provencher
DIY Color Blocked Balsa Wood Ornaments
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I love the holidays for many reasons, but my favorite is that they give you a good excuse to get super crafty. So when I walked by the balsa wood section at my local craft store, the wheels started turning. I came up with a fun project that uses paint and metallic tape to create totally unique color blocked triangular ornaments. Keep reading to find out how to make them yourself!   

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How to: 3 Elegant Tree Decorations You Can Make from Recycled Paper

Three DIY Recycled Paper Tree Decorations
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

December is one of my favorite times of the year, but there is something about all of the spending and consequent waste (shipping boxes, gift wrap, etc.) that rubs me the wrong way. So I thought it would be fun to decorate a tree using recycled paper and cardboard, and I'm sharing three mini tutorials with you today. Click through to check it out.      

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Roundup: 16 Other Places to Hang Your Christmas Stockings

by DIY Maven
Roundup: 16 Other Places to Hang Your Christmas Stockings
Source: Coco Kelley

Okay, so you have TONS of Christmas stocking tutorials that you could tackle between now and Christmas, but you don't have a mantel on which to hang them. Not to worry! Santa doesn't really care where the stockings are hung (he has an uncanny ability to find them wherever they are). What I've heard is that he actually LIKES to find them hanging in less prosaic places. If true, these 10 ideas will surely please him.       

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How To: Make Standing, Folded Paper Christmas Trees

by DIY Maven

How To: Make Standing, Folded Paper Christmas Trees

Get this...when I was putting together my recent roundup for folded paper Christmas Tree Christmas cards, I happened across this picture :

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Because it didn't include instructions was one of the reasons it didn't make the roundup. However, I couldn't get past the clever cut/fold technique. This led to a quick sketch on a scrap piece of paper, which I used to create three templates of varying sizes. I thought they'd be perfect for some...

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IKEA Hack: Giant DIY Lazy Susan

by Faith Provencher
IKEA Hack: Giant DIY Lazy Susan
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I've been thinking about ways to up my entertaining game... so when I walked by the Snudda at IKEA I had an idea. Why not turn the humble wooden lazy susan into a glorified, beautiful serving piece with more space for snacks and a way to label them too? Well, I turned this idea into a reality. Click through to check out the full tutorial!   

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DIY Leather Earrings - The Perfect Christmas Gift That Won't Break the Bank

by Stephanie Lee

DIY leather earrings - the perfect Christmas gift that won't break the bank

Stylish jewelry usually comes with a matching price tag, which can be disheartening if you’re shopping for a Christmas gift on a budget. 

But that doesn't mean you need to forgo the thoughtful present that you had your heart set on! There are plenty of ways to DIY pretty accessories that’ll wow your friends, and I’ll share one with you today using one of my favorite materials - leather. Keep reading to see how I made these affordable DIY leather earrings.           

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