Make It: Colorful DIY Thumbtacks

by Capree K

Make It: Colorful DIY Thumbtacks

You may be wondering who has time to hand-paint a bunch of thumbtacks. I don't... but after seeing how awesome these look (and being a sucker for adding color and pattern everywhere I possibly can), I think I just might make time for this little project!     

Grab some Sharpies, paint pens, nail polish, or even acrylic paints, then go crazy with patterns and colors! According to ModCloth, the trick to keeping your designs from simply...

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How to: Make a DIY Faceted Wooden Gem Paperweight...or Decorative Object...or Whatever This Is

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make a DIY Faceted Wooden Gem Paperweight...or Decorative Object...or Whatever This Is

I do as much as I can to stay paperless in my office. With online bill pay, shared online documents, lots of apps and software, and a general goal of wasting less, I can get pretty close, save for my trusty notebook and craft supplies. I've even moved my multi-tiered tray off my desk to create more working room.

But, no matter how I try, there's always a small pile of 8 1/2x11"s that I just can't seem to shake. And without an inbox/outbox setup, they just won't stay still. So, I decided I needed a paperweight. You know, to weigh down actual papers.   

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How To: Make DIY Faceted Wooden Wall Hooks

by Capree K

How To: Make DIY Faceted Wooden Wall Hooks

My facet-loving heart nearly exploded when these wall hooks showed up on my doorstep a few weeks ago. Always up to a DIY challenge, my good friend (and Curbly Editor-in-Chief) Chris was kind enough to create these from scratch when I asked him if he thought it was something he could pull off. Not only did he rise to the challenge, but he did it in a way that anyone with some basic woodworking skills could re-create for themselves!     

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How To: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Set

by Capree K

How To: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Set

Things are starting to get real festive around these parts! If you're looking for some fun tabletop trees that lean a bit towards the modern side, I've got just the project for you! These wooden trees are super easy to make and can be left plain or customized to your heart's content. Check 'em out!     

created at: 12/02/2012

Materials:

  • (1) 6x36" sheet of Balsa wood
  • tree templates (create and print out a big triangle and a little triangle)
  • acrylic...

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How To: Make a DIY Geometric Pipe Pendant Light

by Capree K

How To: Make a DIY Geometric Pipe Pendant Light

We've been seeing brass, gold, and copper making a big splash in home decor for the last few years, but these metallic pieces usually carry a hefty price tag, especially in the lighting department (um, have you seen the prices of Lindsay Adelman chandeliers??). It's always exciting, then, to see people get creative with inexpensive materials and come up with something super stylish and on-trend, like this brass and copper pipe light!      

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Make It: DIY Potato Print Textiles

by Capree K

Make It: DIY Potato Print Textiles

Making your own printed textiles couldn't be easier (or more fun)! So, grab a potato or two and let's start stampin'.    

Just like with that awesome potato print wall art, this project involves carving the desired shape into a potato and then stamping to your heart's content. But this time, you'll use acrylic craft paint on a clean tea towel. Easy, right?

I love the simple geometric pattern Lexy from The Proper Pinwheel used here. What shape...

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Felt Wall Tiles: Crazy or Cool?

by Capree K

Felt Wall Tiles: Crazy or Cool?

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably noticed the wool felt craze that's been going on the last year or two.  People are using it to make pretty much everything imaginable, from simple circular coasters to laser-cut rugs and now: geometric wall tiles!    

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Kapow! Upholstery With a Bang!

by Capree K

Kapow! Upholstery With a Bang!

Did you hear that?  That was the sound of my mind exploding at the awesomeness of these upholstery designs by Eleanor Young.  This UK-based textile artist and upholsterer creates striking contemporary pieces inspired by architecture and fragmented shapes.  I love her bold patterns and color combos, especially!  

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