I love a quick art project! As I was preparing to (finally) hang some art on my walls, I was thinking of ways to keep my costs low and make my own wall art and the answer was as simple as making this paint scrape art with a few colors that matched the scheme of my home. Within 5 minutes, I had a colorful piece of art that I love.
Are you ready for a crazy-quick sewing project? I'm calling this the "half hour half apron" because it's one of the fastest sewing projects I think I've ever completed. Honestly, if I busted out a few more of these half aprons, I believe I could get my time down to 15 minutes. No sweat. My point is, this half apron is a breeze to make. This is a perfect project for beginner sewers. Plus, who doesn't need an adorable handmade apron in their kitchen?
I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old - maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. It was a fantastic gift that had me hunting for leaves and petals to collect and keep forever. Whether you're making one as a gift for a kid who loves getting outside, or you want to give yourself an excuse to explore the outdoors, a DIY flower press is a quick and easy project to make.
Curbliers, I promise, these are the easiest pillows you'll ever make! I mean, you've got five minutes, right? Let's do this!
Spotted this great idea over at Ikea Hacker today. The maker used recycled drawer fronts from Akurum drawers. Of course, you wouldn't even need
From TimeOut New York, these lively framed paper silhouette in series interact with each other and the wall. A perfect use for a collection of thrifted frames (paint 'em black), and a great way to honor your friends that hate to be photographed, just print 'em, trace 'em, cut and frame!
• Old photographs or a camera and printer to make new ones
• Black construction paper
• An assortment of picture frames
Jim Lahey has adapted his popular no-knead bread recipe for the New York Times for an easy pizza crust. Simply make it the day before, or the morning of, let it rise, roll it out, and bake atop a flaming hot stone!
We've had upcycled sweater cushion covers here on Curbly before, and very fabulous they were too. These Christmas stockings from Martha may be their second cousins.
To make them you need
- A sweater (cardigans or Henley tops seem to be simplest)
- The downloadable stocking template included in the instructions.
Head over for the full skinny. You could felt the sweater before you made the stocking, I reckon that would give more...
Tie a little extra LOVE onto the gifts you're giving this year. If you have scrap fabric piled up, pull out some bright, happy prints and go to town. You can design and create one-of-a-kind, no sew, modern quilt ornaments in no time flat by following these quick and easy steps posted over on Whip Up....
Snowflakes that are fuzzy and soft are so much better than the real thing. Look how pretty these Two Sided Felt Snowflakes are:
creator, Molly at The Purl Bee says that you can 'You can create your
own blizzard in a snap!' A pretty felt blizzard sounds lovely and way
better than the real kind that stops you wearing your brand new boots
and makes your nose do that dribbly snot thing.
Here's what you'll need:
- 2 pieces of felt one...
This recycled wreath project (super easy and cheap) is only a reenactment of one of the very first DIY homeowner projects I pulled off successfully.
A bauble chandelier; cheap, pretty and super effective. Actually, my dining room light may have to stay like this year 'round.
When the weather turns rubbish nothing beats snuggling up in front of a fire, possibly with trashy fiction and preferably with some kind of chocolaty beverage. It's just what winter should be all about. Unfortunately our apartment doesn't have a fireplace so I was forced to improvise...
While technically it wont keep me warm, (except in a cockles-of-my-heart way) it was super easy to make and it makes me smile, and my baby scream with...
According to both Coco Chanel and my Grandma Generoux "EVERYTHING is chicer in black, Darlink". Take for example, this fellow, the nicest thing you can say about him is that he's 'festive'. Check out his makeover after the jump.
Forget about ordering a floral arrangement for Thanksgiving. Look around your house, in the pantry, at your bowls to find simple and pretty vessels to fill with fruit, water, river rocks, flowers or even a branch from a leaf-barren tree. This arrangement allows everyone to see across the table while either enjoying the family, or self-righteously analyzing each other. We do a little of both.
What you need:
- large shallow bowl
- river rocks ...
Realsimple has a cute way to use up the squillion meters of ribbon that you might happen to have tucked away. (Compulsive ribbon buyer? Moi?)
Whip your old shower curtain hooks off and replace them with lengths of ribbon, tie them off and snip the ends at an angle. Practical? Maybe, maybe not, but it's cheap, has big impact and it's super easy to change when you get bored.
A spot of the same ribbon sewn onto the bottom of a few hand towels...
This can barely even be described as an Ikea Hack, as essentially I just slapped a bit of something on the back board of a slightly disreputable Billy bookcase that a friend passed along to me.
I took the back of the Billy off and taped a large map onto it, I didn't even cut it to size, just folded the corners over and taped, then tacked it back on with new nails. An alternative would be to print out some images from google maps...
I can't (or shouldn't) even wear skirts, and this has even got me excited. Create a custom and perfectly summery skirt with just a bit of clever measuring and an elastic waistband. These can seemingly be made in under a half an hour with no wasted fabric.
Step 1: Measure yourself.
Step 2: Calculate the fabric.
Step 3: Cut!
Step 4: Side seam.
Step 5: Finish your edges.
Step 6: Press!
Step 7: Elastic waist time!
Here's ten excellent ideas to cut down on major house and life-cleaning projects. I especially like the leaving the dishwasher open while cooking, provided it's not a safety hazard.
- Keep the dishwasher open and fill with dirty dishes as you cook. Have a sink full of hot soapy water to hold the hand wash items so they can soak and be easily cleaned.
- Sort the silverware as you fill the dishwasher, each type of utensil getting its own...
BHG has some very clever ideas for making easy and economical wall art. Here's three of the most ingenious.
First up, place mat art.
Next, shutter art.
And finally, tin can art...?!