New Premium Tutorial: Make a Smart Bar Cart from an Upcycled Baby Changing Table

by Chris Gardner

New Premium Tutorial: Make a Smart Bar Cart from an Upcycled Baby Changing Table

Hi Curbliers - We're still stocking our premium membership section with lots of fun, original how-tos. Now that the little ones have all grown up, its time to create some adult fun by transforming an old baby changing table into a smart bar cart.

"An old, outdated, three-tiered baby changing table seems like a perfect candidate for a makeover. Although the shelves are a bit too deep for a book shelf and the design doesn’t lend itself to a...

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Ugly Lamp Upgrade

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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Finally, here's a way to reuse those ugly, shiny ceramic lamps from the thrift store. See how Erin of Lemon Tree Creations cleverly upcycled these two ugly dogs into two sweet nursery lamps with raffia and spray paint.  The design is modern and grown up enough to use in any room of the house.

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Make an Itty Bitty Bunny from Little Socks

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Make an Itty Bitty Bunny from Little Socks

Bunnies are adorable and bunnies made out of little baby socks are even cuter. You can wow the kids and adults alike at Easter dinner by pulling out a pint sized bunny for each guest, your little Easter present to all.

Elsiemarley makes this look so easy. You only need a few items to whip up a

lil basket o' bunnies from itty bitty leftover baby socks. Hey, it's a green craft too.

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Design with Kids in Mind

by DIY Maven

Design with Kids in Mind

Is kid stuff taking over your place? Do you feel as if you're living in the middle of a Toys R' Us? Does it look as if your decorator is a seven foot tall yellow bird? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you might want to check out these very inspiring interiors from Design is Mine. They're proof that you CAN keep your stylish sensibilities while living the kid-centric life.

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DIYable Santa-Clues

by DIY Maven

<i>Santa</i>-Clues – For proof of Santa’s visit

Do you have an offspring in the house that is having doubts about some tubby guy dressed in a red suit shimmying down fireplaces all over the world and leaving presents under Christmas trees for good boys and girls everywhere? Perhaps the little skeptic needs some clues to help extend the magic of the season.For 15 bucks, you can order a Santa Clues kit, which contains everything you need to make Santa's visit seem a bit more plausible. Although...you could probably put together some DIY clues for a fraction of the cost. 

Here's what the kit, available from Spoon Sisters, contains, with suggestions for DIY substitutes:

  • round wire glasses (you can actually find these at your local craft store)
  • a torn piece  of red suit (found at the fabric store)
  • a large coat button (also found at the fabric store)
  • a boot print (although the kit includes a stencil and fake snow to achieve Santa's prints, I'd probably opt for mud + boot = prints in the foyer, or just boot prints in the snow)
  • a sleigh bell on a red ribbon (also at the craft store)
  • a toy list (printed off the computer and then distressed for a well-traveled look)
  • reindeer hoof prints (again, the kit uses the stencil and magic snow route, however, as they land on the roof where we can't see their hoof prints, you could skip it)
  • Santa's glove (I'd probably head to the dollar store for this one)

 

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DIY Starscape Ceiling.

by Chris Gardner

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It's 2009, and glow-in-the-dark stick-em-up stars simply won't do any more. In the era of accessibility to LEDs, fiber optics, a quite accurate (albeit 2D) home planetarium can be had with a bit of wiring and alot of holes.

From Hack-a-Day: "[Mike Galloway] set out to install a lighted starscape in the ceiling of the baby room...This setup involves an LED based illuminator and bundles of fiber optics. [Mike] first mounted the illuminator in the...

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DIY Halloween Costumes: Start Early

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

DIY Halloween Costumes: Start Early

The ladies are getting a jump start on Thursday nights creatively stitching up costumes for their little candy mongers. We always seem to be rushed due to so many early October high faluttin' Halloween parties these kids have to attend. My rule is that these are the ONLY kids in the enitire world wearing that costume, i.e., be an individual. 

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