11 Cheap & Easy Fix-Its from ShopSmart;)

by DIY Maven

11 Cheap & Easy Fix-Its from ShopSmart;)

In 1942, a little but influential magazine known as Consumers Union changed its name to Consumer Reports and a trusted powerhouse was borne. Now, some sixty-eight years later, a new offspring from the same organization has appeared. It's called ShopSmart;), a magazine that's billed as 'A new women's shopping magazine with the BEST brands to buy.' Honestly, though, I think that's selling the magazine short because there really is something for e...

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How to: Make an Easy and Inexpensive DIY Frame for Posters and Art (Video Tutorial)

by Chris Gardner

An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.

So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.

How to: Make an Easy and Inexpensive DIY Frame for Posters and Art (Video Tutorial)

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Curbly Video: Using Paper Napkins to Make Decorative Tile Coasters

by DIY Maven

With the help of some 4" square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy.

created on: 02/16/09

To make a set of 4 coasters, you’ll need:

  • 4-4" square ceramic tiles (you can find these at your big box store for about 15 cents a piece)
  • Mod Podge 
  • small paint brush
  • polyurethane (I used Aqua-Zar in satin, but glossy would look great too)
  • decorative paper napkins
  • Squares of thin cork or...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to turn a wine bottle into an oil lamp with found objects.

by DIY Maven

created on: 11/17/08

If you have a bin of nuts and washers and things, you’re half-way to turning a wine bottle into an oil lamp. (And even if you don’t have a nut and washer bin, you can pick a few up–plus the other items you’ll need to complete this project–at the hardware store for pennies!)

The supplies you’ll want to gather:

  • An empty wine bottle
  • A 1 ½" or so long threaded nipple–I used one from an old lamp kit
  • Two ½" to 5/8" nuts–one wide, one...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Zen Garden on a Budget

by DIY Maven

created on: 07/25/08

My sister Barbara was shopping for a zen rake, and it occurred to her that I should make a zen garden for Curbly. Well, here it is...a zen garden on a budget. (Thanks for the idea, sis!)

Stuff you’ll need:

A thick-ish picture frame; 8" x 10" works well. (I found the perfect specimen at the thrift store for $2.80. Sweet.)

A glue gun and glue sticks

Beach sand (Since I don’t live in an area notorious for its lovely beach sand, I had to buy some at...

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Maven's Mosaic Flower Pot

by DIY Maven

 

created on: 04/23/08

Several years ago I made a mosaic flower pot as a shower gift. Everyone at the shower went a little ga-ga over it. Their enthusiasm got me thinking. Would people actually like to learn how to make such things and pay me to teach them how to do it? Apparently so, because a few months later I was teaching the technique at several local adult education programs. Here, my fellow Curblians, is a complimentary tutorial, just for you!

 

 

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to make aromatherapy 'sweets'

by DIY Maven

created on: 04/14/08

Aromatherapy 'sweets' are fun and easy to make. Great for your mom or mom-equivalent on Mother's Day or as bridal or baby shower favors, they would make a great addition to any lingerie drawer!

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 What you need:

  • a candy mold (2 bucks at Michaels)
  • acrylic craft paints and paint sealer
  • paint brush
  • 1/4" fabric ribbon
  • craft glue
  • aromatherapy oil (I used lavender oil)
  • Plaster of Paris
  • ...

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The Fix Its: Make Fabric Stencils Out of Address Labels

by DIY Maven

The Fix Its: Make Fabric Stencils Out of Address Labels

One of the quickest and easiest ways to embellish fabric is by stenciling it. But instead of buying fabric stencils, I decided to make my own using one of my paper punches, and some address labels. The supplies include:

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