DIY Articles

YouTube DIY roundup

Well, it’s been a while since my last roundup of DIY videos on YouTube, and sure enough, there’s some good stuff out there I missed the last time around.  Let’s get started… No one know how to not do things better than Mr. Bean. Here, he shows how not to do a few simple home […]

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Switched On: Renter’s Switch plates

Ok so you’re renting your apartment and can’t paint, wallpaper, or make any major changes. Why not have a bit of fun with your switchplates and outlet covers? TOOLS NEEDED: Scissors Magazines, calendars, maps, post cards, or newspapers with interesting images Tape (double sided or regular, it don’t matter!) Pin or needle Screwdriver (the metal kind. Not […]

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Plumbing–Replacing Galvanized Pipe

Hi, Wanted to tell you what I have done this week.  I am starting the renovations for my house, which I affectionately call my “Foreclosed Palace” (colonial revival cape cod, I think.  The former owner was a crackhead carnie.  His loss, my gain, I guess. I replaced the original galvanized piping to the 2nd floor […]

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Chalk it Up to 2007

Ok confession time. I’m a massive stickler for organization. Like HUGE. Ask my husband; he’s quite used to my rants and raves when our gift cards aren’t alphabetized in their correct file folders, complete with the running total of amounts, dated in the mm/dd/yyyy format. Sad, but true. So you can imagine my excitement when […]

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DIY USB Powered Christmas Tree…

Well its that time of year again the streets of Lyon are awash with bodies running here and there doing as many errands as they can before the whole country closes up for the Holiday. The local Franprix is packed with people buying booze and food so they can celebrate the weekend with a fuzzy […]

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Wrapping Alternative with Japanese Cloth Wrapping

Maybe it’s because I watch far too much anime and see this technique used to wrap lunch boxes all the time, but when I saw this post on the Make Magazine blog about instructions for Japanese fabric wrapping (aka  Furoshiki)  I wanted to try it. Cut to a few days later when I found some […]

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Countertop Greenhouse

    It all started when I decided to get my mother a herb garden for Christmas.  I had a vague memory of a countertop greenhouse I saw at an Ikea store about 5 years ago.  It was made of thin wood and thin plastic.  I decided that a plain old herb garden starter kit […]

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Get your contest entry in before it’s too late!

Curbly’s Cheap is the New Black contest is almost over! With only five entries so far, your chances of winning some kick-ass t-shirts are pretty good. The challenge? Give us your best sub-$20 DIY project. Here’s what you’re up against:  magnet door Posted by jrysavy Sorry, this topic has two posts, but thanks to ben, […]

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The Fix Its: On The Road at No Coast Craft-O-Rama

Well, it was a busy weekend for Alicia and me with a disappointing trip to the Target Center and a not-disappointing trip to the No Coast Craft-O-Rama, the Midwest’s premier independent craft extravaganza! Ben joined us as we browsed the amazing assortment of local crafty vendors and got the low-down on this grassroots gathering (see […]

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Revitalizing an Old Rocking Chair

B E F O R E   This past weekend, I decided to experiment with modernizing an old traditional rocking chair. Here’s the chair that I found at a garage sale for $25! The style of the chair – early American – was not to my typical liking. Then, I started envisioning ways of revitalizing its […]

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