We're fully on board with Galentine's Day and we whipped up a sweet and simple DIY project you can complete in a matter of hours. Start brainstorming nicknames for your dynamic duo, your terrific trio, and your fantastic foursome, because once you start this project, you won't want to stop.
Hanging a mirror is a painless way to add depth and interest to a wall. Mirrors reflect light and movement in a room, they're eye-catching, and they can make a space appear bigger than it is. If you know us here at Curbly, you know we LOVE a good IKEA hack. Today we're reflecting (sorry!) on some of our favorite IKEA mirror hacks and transformations, all in uniquely awesome ways. Keep reading!
Dirty grout is a common problem. But with so many cleaning tips floating around on the internet, it's hard to know what to believe. So I decided to take the guess work out of it by testing a few methods and reporting back to you. Read on to see what I discovered...
On my New Year's Resolutions list, there are always some standards: Drink more water, eat out less, exercise more, and save money. I have gotten pretty good at most of these things (with the exception of eating out less - does ordering more takeout count?), but I could always stand to save more money. Holding onto loose change is my go-to method for putting a little bit of dough away every day, but there's always the question of what to keep all those loose pennies in. If you don't feel like buying a porcelain piggy, you can turn any vase, jar, or container into a DIY savings bank in a few quick steps.
I'm not sure about the healing power of crystals, but I am sure enchanted by their beauty. Thanks to their weight, these shining amethyst crystals are a natural fit for great bookends. Purchased from a high-end boutique, you're in for $300+ for a pair. But crafted at home, you can make a beautiful set for around $50, and a couple hours of your time.
Add them to your shelf, or wrap them up as a holiday gift. Either way, they'll bring some serious style to any bookshelf.
The widespread appeal of nautical and coastal decor makes a lot of sense when you consider the primal and ancient connection humans have to the sea. Being attracted to the water is hardwired into our very cells. Scientific studies have proven what we already know anecdotally: spending time near, on, or in lakes and oceans make us happier and healthier. It's no wonder that so many of us respond to the colors, clean lines, and natural elements of coastal, beach, and nautical decor. It makes us feel good to be reminded of the sea.
If your initial reaction to the term "coastal decor" is negative, it's probably from witnessing too many cutesy and heavy-handed thematic rooms. We are not advocating buying and displaying any and all items that have a sailboat or seahorse on them. Good decorating never grows out of an overly simplistic theme, and, "Put an anchor on it" is not a valid design philosophy!
One of my favorite things about the autumn months is coming home at night and snuggling by the heater under warm blankets with candles or incense burning in the background. The heavenly scents help me to unwind after a long day at work, and incense holders are so easy to make that there's no excuse not to have a stick or two burning away while you cozy up and get stuck into that good book. Click through to learn how to make your own DIY incense holder, and head to the bottom of the post for more information about the benefits of incense!
Watch our video to see how easy it is to make this DIY incense holder, and keep reading for all the details.
Roll your clay out until it's around 1/4 inch thick.
Place a small bowl face down on the clay and using a scalpel, cut around it to create a clay circle. Then place the circle into your bowl, pressing down lightly to mold it into a bowl shape.
Use a knife to neaten the edges of your incense holder, and then dip your fingers in a bit of water and smooth out the surface so it's free of cracks and ditches.
Leave your bowl to air dry according to the clay manufacturer's instructions. While you're waiting for that to happen, roll some of your leftover clay into a small ball.
Use a skewer to poke a hole in the top of the ball. Get one of your incense sticks and make sure it fits in the hole you created. Then leave the clay ball to air dry, preferably overnight.
Once your clay bowl and ball have both air dried, use strong craft glue or super glue to affix the ball to the bowl.
Dip a paintbrush in black acrylic paint and start splattering your incense holder by flinging downwards with your brush over the clay. I didn't want my splatter drops to be too big, so I didn't put too much paint on my brush and I tried to splatter from up high so the drops were smaller. This gets messy so its best to do this outdoors or somewhere where you don't mind getting paint everywhere!
Once the paint has dried, give your incense holder a couple of coats of varnish to protect the paint work and give it a gloss shine.
Incense comes in a variety of scents and blends. Of course, you can burn incense for the pleasant odor and aesthetic -- however, if you're looking to reap specific benefits from your incense, here's what to seek out:
Sandalwood, frankincense, and cedarwood | Warm and woody, these scents are great for meditation, as they have a calming aroma.
Nag Champa | It's the kind in the blue box that we all know well, and it's actually a combination of ingredients. Sandalwood mixed with frangipani (a type of flower) will help you relax and find clarity.
Lavender, chamomile, and vetiver | These three aromas provide relief for those with insomnia or problems resting, as they are relaxing and can make you drowsy.
Rosemary | This sharp, woodsy scent also aids in relaxation, but additionally can help with muscle tension as it increases circulation.
Citrus, lemongrass, and ylang-ylang | These bright scents are uplifting, bringing focus and clarity while inspiring creativity.
Rose and patchouli | These two heavy scents have been known to raise serotonin levels in the brain, which causes feelings of happiness and lessens depression and anxiety.
Our Favorite DIY Incense Holders
If you are on the hunt for a heartfelt gift to give a friend or family member, or if you want to burn incense in your own home, a handmade incense stick display is a great option. Here are some of our favorites:
So, are you ready to hop on board the aromatherapy-train? If so, you'll have to start by getting your hands on some incense sticks! There are plenty of big box stores that will likely have them in stock: Walgreens, Whole Foods, The Dollar Store, Fred Meyer, and Wal-Mart, to name a few.
If you're looking for unique scents and lots of options, try your local food cooperative, natural foods store, or gift boutique.
Of course, the internet is going to provide your biggest selection of options. Check Etsy for every scent you could ever imagine, and even create your own combination packs. P.F. Candle Co., known for their outstanding and one-of-a-kind scents, also offers their fragrances incense-stick form.
And finally, stores like Urban Outfitters and Free People have joined in on the incense bandwagon, offering lots of scents in their stores and online.
Now that summer is in full swing, I can't stop thinking about plants... and my indoor garden needs a bit of sprucing up. So I did a little Pinterest searching, and came up with tons of great DIY ideas to add some character to my succulents, cacti and other greenery. And today I'm sharing them with you. Find out how to dress up your plant babies with these ten gorgeous DIY planter ideas.
If you're like me, you want to be more eco-friendly but you're not quite sure what the next step would be after recycling and turning off the lights when you leave the room. Here are 11 DIY projects from around the web that will help you live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Summer is right around the corner, which means it's time to step up our patio game... and lighting is one of the most important elements of a functional outdoor space. So today we're sharing 23 of our very favorite outdoor lighting projects. Click through to check 'em out!
1. Upgrade any solar light with some wood to create this gorgeous path light. Get the how-to here. [Photo: Build-Basic]
2. Give string lights a colorful makeover using water bottles and spray paint! Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Bob Vila]
Spring is just around the corner (hopefully), so we're getting in the spirit with pretty florals and lots of spring-like colors. Today we're sharing some DIYs that will help you get in the springtime frame of mind too. Keep reading to check out 16 of our favorite floral DIYs for your home.
Growing your own herbs is incredibly satisfying. Not only do they take up very little space, they take your cooking to new heights as you start experiment with different flavor profiles, you can even read our guide to choosing your own here.
Although it's hard to believe, it's almost that time of year when holiday parties start occupying most weekends. Most people's go-to gift for these kinds of events is usually a bottle of wine, but sometimes it's nice to surprise your hostess with something different. Here are 60 fantastic DIY hostess gifts that you can start thinking about ahead of time to avoid excessive holiday stress.
It's advent calendar time! As I write this post, the Midwest is being walloped by a snow storm. Nothing inspires holiday decorating like many inches of snow, and to stave off decking all the halls, I created a little diy advent calendar village for our children. Read on for the full tutorial.
Using blocks of wood and test tubes, I assembled a village full of tiny treasures to help our family celebrate the season...
If you've ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you'd have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here's how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways.
I'm a big collector of costume jewelry, so I'm always trying to find great ways to store it. A while back, I did this project so I have plenty of space for my necklaces and most of my dangly earrings. But I was still left wondering where to put all of my stud earrings, bracelets and other accessories. Until now. Keep reading to check out my incredibly easy, functional solution.
Mother's Day is right around the corner, which means that it's time to start thinking about a thoughtful gift for mom. So today we're sharing a fun DIY succulent planter using that terrazzo pattern that is oh-so-popular lately. Keep reading to check out the full tutorial!
Four years ago, I threw out the question: "What is the best bottle cutter on the market?" A lot of readers weighed in. Some gave recommendations for their favorite glass bottle cutter, others just wanted a definitive answer, which is what I wanted. Finally, FINALLY, we decided to get to the bottom of the bottle cutter question and have a product shoot out between four popular models. Our competition has not been without a...
There are no two ways about it... I'm a plant person. And my obsession has gotten so bad that I'm running out of places to put my greenery. So today I'm sharing a fun project that will give you another spot to display your beloved succulents - on the wall!