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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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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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