baby's first upholstery project!

by Melodienelson

The most important things I learned at university were largely concerned with intellect, philosophy, and reasoning. I love academics and the blood-boiling excitement of all its theories and abstractions, but their intangible nature can often be incredibly unsatisfying. I discovered that I need to work with my hands sometimes, to give me something physical that I can point to and say, "I created that".

With that in mind, I enrolled in an upholstery...

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Does anybody actually watch the DIY network?

by Chris Gardner

I don't do TV much, but when I watch, I like to at least pretend that I'm learning something.

So, our cable company just introduced its new "2.0" package, in which you can upgrade your package for an extra $12.49 a month.

There's a bunch of sports channels I won't watch, and some foreign news channels I probably should watch, and the Sundance Channel and the Independent Film Channel which I will DEFINATELY watch. 

And the DIY Network is included. I...

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DIY Plans for Bar Stools from Plywood

by Plan Canvas

DIY Plans for Bar Stools from Plywood

A perfect match for Plan Canvas's Bar 00001, these stools are very easy to build.

4 stools can be made from one piece of 4x8 plywood, or 2 stools from a 4x4 piece of plywood.

Dowel construction and colored panels allow these stools to match any setting you have in mind.

Size:

Width 12"
Depth 12"
Height 30"

Main Tools: Jig Saw, Drill

Main Supplies

Plywood - 4' by 8' 3/4" thick ~$20
Dowel Pins - Pack of 50 ~$3

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Lightbulb Greenhouse from Recycled Materials

by Chris Gardner

 

 

Lightbulb Greenhouse from Recycled Materials

 

Everything must simply be better when its small, and/or under glass. Cats are selfish; kittens? ADORable! Likewise, boats are totally boring, but a ship-in-a-bottle?! None cooler.

Set atop a more aesthetically pleasing 'cradle', a series of these 'greenhouses' would look delightful along a windowsill- perfectly playful and exuding life.

(Instructions and photos via tearsoffire.org)

1. Hollow out a lightbulb, following these instructions and being...

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Build a Raised Garden Bed via Readymade Videos

by Chris Gardner

Don't sleep on Readymade Magazine's new online videos. (Sleep...garden bed...get it?)

The first installment is from Andrian Van Allen, whom writes the excellently informative (but questionably named) "Martha Lives" column towards the end of the magazine. She details creating a raised garden bed from readily availiable dimensional lumber, and with a few easy cuts, spring will come to your home in no time. (Well, as soon as the weather cooperates.)

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Print Your Own T-Shirts Using Homemade Stencils

by Chris Gardner

Print Your Own T-Shirts Using Homemade Stencils

Though screen printing is the most efficient way of printing on textiles (check out my how-to here), it’s a lot of work to print a one-of-a-kind t-shirt. Here’s a cool way to create a stencil on the computer, and handprint it upon your shirt. It produces a different aesthetic than silk screening, as your completed shirt won’t look brand new, but nicely broken-in.

Ingredients:

  • Computer with image editing software (the instructions here are...

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YouTube DIY Roundup

by DIY Maven

YouTube DIY Roundup

Today's video roundup is nothing but fun. We'll look at some new products, an easy way to add some style to ordinary glass and a very low tech--and funny--DIY security system.

First, take a look at some products featured at the 2007 International Builders Show. (Who wouldn't want a refridgerator with a remote?)

Ask the Decorator shows us how to etch glass with our own home made stencils. 

And finally, Big Lou--who sounds like she could be in...

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Where do you DIY?

by Chris Gardner

 

Where do you DIY?

Some of us are lucky to have spare rooms in which to work on our projects. Others convert basements, garages, utility rooms into their creative headquarters. And some must make do on their kitchen tables.

So, show us your space! In which room do you best DIY? Is it more of a woodshop, sewing room, or artist studio? What are your essential tools and supplies? How do you keep it organized? Do you even keep it organized? What are its limitations? If...

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