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How To: Make a Jewelry Organizer from a Secondhand Table

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make a Jewelry Organizer from a Secondhand Table

Anyone who lives near a university or remembers their own college days can attest to the massive amounts of furniture that sit curbside during early summer. I happen to live near one of the country's biggest, which possesses a huge post-graduate population, and thus lots of transitions year round. On any given week, you can expect to find an entire room's worth of furnishing within a few blocks.

Of course, most of it is trashed and cheap laminate covered particleboard, but every once in a while, there are the gems. I found this foldable outdoor table (and the mirror in the photo next to it!) atop a pile of trashbags...with the price tag still on. It was a tiny bit bent, but no worries...I had other plans.

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Curbly Video Podcast: Build Your Own Mid-Century Modern Birdhouse

by Chris Gardner

Anyone interested in design and architecture can appreciate the brilliant combination of modern materials and contemporary lifestyle patterns inhabitated in the classic mid-century modern ranch home. But rare is the lucky individual that'll every live in an Eichler or an iconic Case Study House. Heck, most of us will never even live in California.

Curbly Video Podcast: Build Your Own Mid-Century Modern Birdhouse

So bring some modernism to your house, whatever its era, by creating a home for your native...

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Making Wall Art out of Styrofoam

by DIY Maven

Making Wall Art out of Styrofoam

Recently, I received a promotional package in the mail from Dow Chemical with all the supplies needed to make modular wall decor.

 

The box included:

 

four 12" x 12" x 15/16" pieces of Styrofoam,

four 12" x 12" sheets of black and white scrapbook paper,

several yards of 7/8" wide black grosgrain ribbon,

a bottle of Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue,

a bottle of Tombo Mono Aqua Liquid Glue,

and four wall hangers.

The instructions were as...

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How To: Fuse Plastic Bags + Make a Sunglasses Case!

by M.E. Gray

Reuse and recycle: Make fabric from old plastic bags

As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I've been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don't need in my life anymore. I'm pretty good about recycling what I can - cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. If you don't have access to a plastic bag recycling bin, you can reuse your plastic bags by fusing them together to create a waterproof, flexible fabric!       

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