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How To: Make a Wooden Designer Key Rack

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: Make a Wooden Designer Key Rack

So last week I was searching for cool things to post on Curbly, when I came across the Marvelous Key Rack by Tomke Biallas and Grisella Kreiterling. The designer version is made out of a slab of oak (15" x 2.3" x 2") that has a cavity the width of a key plunged down the middle. A quick measurement of my keys told me most are about 1/16" to 1/8" thick, about the same thickness as a saw blade. You know what that meant....to the table saw!

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How To: Create Wall Art Using a Vintage Flag

by Alicia Di Rago

How To: Create Wall Art Using a Vintage Flag

When my husband and I moved from Chicago to Houston last year one of the things we looked forward to was trading our small condo for a larger home. Now we have double the space and lots of rooms to decorate. In the living room I really wanted to find a piece that was original, interesting and would make a big statement. Ultimately I was inspired by photo I found of designer (and HGTV Design Star winner) Emily Henderson’s home  on Apartment Therapy that featured a large flag stretched on a wooden frame.

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How To: Set Up a DIY Photo Booth Using Your Computer (Free Software Download Included)

by Bruno Bornsztein

A DIY MacBook photo booth (use a colorful shower curtain or table cloth as a backdrop)

If you have a computer and a printer, then you also have a DIY photo booth just waiting awesome-ize the next birthday party, wedding, or celebration you attend. In this post, I'll show you how to create your own photo booth software that you can use at your next party. Some people think photo booths are lame or cheesy; I assure you, they are not. They're a ton of...

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How To: Make a Mod Chandelier (for under $10.00!)

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Mod Chandelier (for under $10.00!)

My friend and Curbly team member Capree has an amazing dining room, where she created this awesome hand painted branch wall. Her hard work is accented by her spectacular light fixture, which is a single bulb surrounded by thin metal rods that jut out at artfully random angles, the Twig Light by Fire Farm.

I loved it so much, I decided to take a stab at recreating it myself. And I did! I don't know how to weld, so I knew I couldn't make one...

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Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

by DIY Maven

Make a Folded Felt Gift Box

So a few months ago I spotted these DARLING felt, flatpack breadbaskets from Teroforma, and I thought, "Dude, you can totally make that." My idea, however, was not a breadbasket, but a little gift basket. So I grabbed paper and pencil and came up with plan.

First, the supplies:

  • one 8" x 11" piece of heavy felt from the craft store, NOT the flimsy kind
  • a scissors
  • craft knife and cutting mat, optional but helpful
  • doo-dads to...

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How To: Green Thanksgiving Clean Up Tips

by Jill W

How To: Green Thanksgiving Clean Up Tips

Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for everything we have. And this year, we hope the resources of our ecosystem are at the top of everyone's list. In order to celebrate these good gifts, check out these sustainable cleanup tips, which are easy to apply to everyone's feast.

  • Your dishwasher uses about half the energy, 1/6 of the water, and way less soap than you might use during hand dishwashing. If you have lots of dishes to wash, load your dishwasher with an eco-friendly detergent and air-dry the dishes rather than heat drying them.

Credit: Gary Gary [http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/200501523-001/Photographers-Choice]
   

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Ultimate Thanksgiving: Turkey Recipe Round-Up

by Bruno Bornsztein
Ultimate Thanksgiving: Turkey Recipe Round-Up

It's still early, but we wanted to get this one out there early to give serious Thanksgiving aficionados plan-ahead time. What follows is a swift stroll through the thicket of turkey techniques you'll find on the Web. We'll keep this post updated with new ones we find over the next month (send suggestions to tips@curbly.com or leave them in the comments).

Oh, and be sure to check out all of our Ultimate Thanksgiving posts. Nothing will...

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How to: Make Boutique-Inspired Butterfly Wall Art on the Cheap!

by Dkazan

How to: Make Boutique-Inspired Butterfly Wall Art on the Cheap!

Here is a clever project to add character to your space without taking a lot of cash out of your pocket: paper butterfly wall art.

The back story: my daughter and I were shopping for accessories for her college dorm and went to a high end women’s clothing store in downtown Franklin, Tennessee. We love that store, as they are stylists for country music artists so they always have a great selection of women’s fashion. We saw “flutters” of...

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DIY Wedding Gift: A Gift Card Recipe Box

by Alicia Lacy

DIY Wedding Gift: A Gift Card Recipe Box

Our dearest friends got married last weekend, and we were tickled to pieces. We've known them for years and years and when they decided to take the leap, we replied, "Well it's about time." These two people belong together, and we wanted to commemorate the start of their journey as a wedded couple in a special way. But, we had a hard time coming up with an appropriate gift to mark the occasion.

The gift they gave us when we got married was...

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6 MORE Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

by DIY Maven

6 MORE Ways to Use Your Digital Camera for DIY

Last week I posted 6 ways to use your digital camera for DIY, however, if you include the GREAT TIPS in the comments section of the post, it was more like 12 ways. With such a wonderful response, I thought I'd add a few more ways I use my digi for DIY. 

1. You can get some wonderful design ideas from public spaces such as hotels, restaurants and, yes, even bars, where proprietors are used to camera flashes. (I'm often inspired by their...

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