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My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Custom, DIY Desk (IKEA Hack!)

by Chris Gardner

My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Custom, DIY Desk (IKEA Hack!)

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly's editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he'd better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

created at: 01/11/2011

Part III: The Custom Desk

(Read Part II here) Having figured out a functional floorplan, I busted out the hex-key and got things assembled. I chose a basic rectangular desk top with basic legs for my media workstation, and weeded my collection of gear down the essentials. It was still very apparent, however, that I needed more space:  

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How To: Print Your Own DIY Wrapping Paper

by Chris Gardner

How To: Print Your Own DIY Wrapping Paper

This year, I'm all over making my own wrapping paper. I've made bold, graphic paper using type, drawn a subtle handmade snowflake design, and adorned plain paper with DIY stamps, but I wanted to do a full-on printed pattern over an entire sheet.   I do know how to screen print, but it's a lot of work for a couple sheets, so I turned to another classic printmaking technique: a carved linoleum block. A contemporary update to woodblock printing...

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How To: Super Easy Mod, Hand Drawn Snowflake Gift Wrap

by Chris Gardner

How To: Super Easy Mod, Hand Drawn Snowflake Gift Wrap

I love the idea of hand drawn wrapping paper. Each little gift, with a different motif designed especially for the recipient , all lovingly created by hand...

Of course, I can't really draw. And I certainly can't draw well enough to risk just creating original artwork directly on a wrapped package. So, I came up with this very easy handmade gift wrap idea that even those of us without the skills can whip up in under ten minutes.  The...

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How to Make Folded Paper (Kirigami) Christmas Trees

by Bruno Bornsztein

Kirigami paper Christmas trees are a quick and easy way to add a festive decor to your home.

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law, Lin, showed me how to make these really cool Kirigami (which, unlike Origami, includes cutting) paper trees. They're super easy, once you get the hang of them, and look really nice in bunches. Plus, you can get creative with the paper you use (Lin's incredible hand-marbled paper is a good place to start) for different effects. 

There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make these, but they all...

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How To: Make Modern Paper Holiday Garland (on the Cheap!)

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Modern Paper Holiday Garland (on the Cheap!)

When I first saw David Stark's holiday line for West Elm this year, it immediately put me into the holiday spirit. It's got a papercraft-y look that jives with my absolute love of Christmas and all things handmade. I even made the trip across town to the awful outdoor yuppie shopping center to check it out in person, resulting in my first visit to an actual West Elm retail store. (It's actually pretty cool; glad to know about it). I was...

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How To: Make Graphic Tree Limb Coasters

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Make Graphic Tree Limb Coasters
This holiday season, I just can't  get limbs, stumps and branches out of my system. I've been out in the wood pile again so I decided to slice up some more tree limbs to create a set of great big graphic number coasters with whitewashed bark. The numbers allow you to keep track of your drink, and add an awesome punch of type. It's so easy to set up the assembly line and start cranking out these always useful handmade coaster sets for gifts!

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How To: Make Tree Branch Napkin Rings

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Tree Branch Napkin Rings

This year, I wanted to bring some natural, but still contemporary, elements to my Thanksgiving table. I figured out how to create these adorable little place card holders from a small fallen branch, and I wanted something else round and wooden to coordinate. Coasters? No, not necessary. Wine glass charm indicators? Not quite. Serving utensils? Cool, but time consuming. And then...of course! Napkin rings. They're round, and just the right size...

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How To: Make Easy, Natural Place Card Stands from Twigs (Free Printables Included)

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Easy, Natural Place Card Stands from Twigs (Free Printables Included)

I love the idea of bringing in found, natural elements for Thanksgiving decor; maybe some drift wood, or smooth river rocks. But where I live, all I can find are dead, brown oak leaves, some leftover dried corn stalks at the nursery, and twigs that get knocked down during windstorms. Crunchy foliage doesn't do much for me, but I like some of the branches and twigs that get blown into the corners of my block, and figured there must be something...

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How To: Bind eBooks or Your Own Printed Documents

by Chris Gardner

This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.

How To: Bind eBooks or Your Own Printed Documents

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 Make It! series, 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:       

First, the supplies

  • 2 pieces of card stock, the same size as the format in which you'll be printing your eBook and as heavy as your printer can handle
  • string or pearl cotton
  • a few beads, large and small to coordinate with your string/cotton
  • a ruler
  • an awl or nail
  • an embroidery needle 
  • Dremel/roto tool or drill and a 1/16" or so drill bit
  • 2 hinged paper clips

 

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Curbly Video How To: Make an Accordion Photo Album

by Chris Gardner

This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.

This is a really fun and effective way to make a little photo album--all without using glue or adhesive in its construction. It’s a great way to showcase your photography. It also makes a great ‘brag book’ for images of your favorite children--furry or otherwise.

 

Curbly Video How To: Make an Accordion Photo Album

Here’s some of the things you’ll need to make one:

  • Medium weight poster board
  • Card stock, two different colors
  • 1/4” wide elastic or ribbon
  • Small hole punch
  • Decorative brad
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Flat-bed cutter, optional but very handy  

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Upholstered Dining Chairs in the Living Room: A review

by DIY Maven

For the last several months MWT and I have been looking for one+ new chairs for our living room. After more consideration than the situation demands, we decided to get two upholstered dining armchairs. Why? Well, they take up less room, and we haven't found any 'accent' living room chairs that measure up to the tailored styling of an upholstered dining chair.

Grayson Chair

However, just because we finally decided what kinds of chairs we want, doesn't mean...

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