Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Which is Our Favorite IKEA Hack of them All?

by M.E. Gray
IKEA Mirrors round-up - Hacked!
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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!        

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How to Clean Tile Grout

by Chris Gardner

 How To Clean Dirty Grout

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...  

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Home Decor Hack: How to Transform Any Vase into a Savings Bank

by M.E. Gray

 

Transform any vase or jar into a coin bank.

 

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.    

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How to: Make Gorgeous and Glam DIY Amethyst Bookends

by Marwa Hayat

How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60

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.  

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Forget What You Know About Nautical Decor: The Complete Guide to Coastal Design

by Amber Dickson
Nautical Decor Design Guide
Photo: Chipper Hatter for CM Natural Design

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!           

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Make This: DIY Incense Holder, Plus the Lowdown on Aromatherapy

DIY clay incense holder

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!       

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10 Beautiful & Creative DIY Planter Projects

by Faith Provencher
10 Gorgeous DIY Planters
Photo: paulsvera

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.   

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60 Unique DIY Hostess Gifts For Every Occasion

by Faith Provencher
60 Unique DIY Hostess Gifts For Every Occasion | By Curbly #diy #hostess #gifts
Photo: Ruffled Blog

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.   

 

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Photo:  Faith Towers Provencher

 

When To Bring A Hostess Gift

Any time you are invited to a formal gathering of any kind, you should consider bringing a hostess gift. Think about it this way... if the hostess has invested a lot of time and money into the event, you'll probably want to bring a small token of your appreciation. The size and cost of the item will vary depending on the gathering (for example, if you're visiting someone's new home for the first time for a housewarming party, you may want to put a bit of extra effort into your gift), but as a general rule you should plan to bring something to parties, showers and holiday gatherings. Read more about hostess gift etiquette here.

 

Thanksgiving Hostess Gift Ideas

1. DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board

2. DIY Dip-Dye Place Mats

 

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3. Sweet Caramel Sauce 

4. DIY Modern Succulent Planter

 

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5. Hand Stamped Wooden Utensils 

 

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6. Homemade Vanilla Extract 

7. Cinnamon Stick Votive Candle

 

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8. Simmering Potpourri Mix Hostess Gift

 

Christmas Hostess Gift Ideas

 

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9. DIY Coffee Candle 

10. DIY Wood Slice Serving Board

 

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Photo: Centsational Girl

11. DIY Stamped Tea Towels

12. DIY Flavor-Infused Vodka

 

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13. DIY Simple Linen Apron  

14. DIY Lavender-Infused Sugar Hostess Gift

 

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15. DIY Leather Coasters   

16. DIY "Goodies" Tote Bag

 

New Years Eve Hostess Gift Ideas

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17. DIY Copper Grid Votives 

18. DIY Chalkboard Serving Platter

 

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19. Homemade Limoncello 

20. DIY Labeled Bar Bottles

 

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21. DIY Geometric Leather Garland  

22. DIY Painted Tile Coaster Hostess Gift

 

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Photo: Ruth Eileen

23. DIY Mini Mint Julep Mix 

 

Bridal Shower Hostess Gifts

 

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24. DIY Tassel Wine Stopper 

25. DIY Wood Ring Trivet

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26. No-Sew Plant Wrap 

27. DIY Wood Plank Wine Rack

 

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28. DIY Marble Tray 

29. DIY Indigo Dyed Tea Towels

 

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30. Monogrammed Hand Towels 

Baby Shower Hostess Gifts

 

 

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31. Lavender Bath Salts 

32. DIY Bath Bomb Hostess Gift

 

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33. DIY Shibori Tea Towels 

34. DIY Beeswax Candles

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35. Gilded Agate Coaster Hostess Gift 

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36. Marbled Clay Trinket Dish 

 

Best Housewarming Gifts

 

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37. DIY Hand Trinket Dish

38. DIY Chalkboard Canisters

39. DIY Dip-Dyed Wooden Vases

40. DIY Mini Copper Planters and Desktop Organizers

 

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41. DIY Sisal Rope Bowl 

42. DIY Monogram Mug Hostess Gift

43. DIY Typographic Cork Coasters

 

Inexpensive Hostess Gifts

44. Tassel Wine Charms 

45. Geometric Wine Bottle Stoppers

46. DIY Mable Bacon Marshmallows

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47. Homemade Croutons 

48. Grapefruit Epsom Salts  

 

Last Minute Ideas 

49. Mason Jar Tea Time Kit 

50. Organic Olive Oil and Lavender Sugar Scrub

51. DIY Burlap-Wrapped Herbs

 

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52. Tea Towel Wrapped Flower Bouquet

53. Hand Soap Wrapped In A Hand Towel 

54. Six-Pack of Beer Reindeer Hostess Gift

 

Best Hostess Gifts of 2018

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55. Terrazzo Tile Wall Hanging 

56. Upcycled Container Candle Holders 

57. Rainbow Painted Grid Napkins

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58. Easy DIY Pumpkin Spice Soap 

59. Alphabet Terracotta Pots 

60. Rope Wall Hanging 

 

What are some of your go-to hostess gifts? Share your faves in the comments!

 

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How to Make a Sweet Modern Advent Calendar Village

by Alicia Lacy
Wood Block & Test Tube DIY Advent Calendar Village
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

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...

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3 Ways to Give Plain Ornaments a Stylish, Scandi Makeover

by Rachel Jacks
Scandi Christmas ornament makeover
Photo: Rachel Jacks

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. 

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How-To: Simple 3-Tiered Jewelry Organizer

by Faith Provencher
How-To: Simple 3-Tiered Jewelry Organizer
Photo: Faith Towers

 

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.    

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What's the Best Bottle Cutter on the Market? We Find Out

by DIY Maven
We review the top five glass bottle cutters to find out which is best.
Photo: DIY Maven

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...

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