Curbly Original
How To: Make a DIY Geometric Brass Pendant Light

by Alicia Lacy
DIY geometric brass pendant


This easy, gorgeous DIY pendant light echoes the projects in our Make It! Hardware Store Decor eBook, so we're excited to share it with you, and hope you'll also check out the eBook!

 

Ok, on to the DIY: 

 

 

Materials

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DIY Shamrock Shake

by Molly Mc

DIY Shamrock Shake

If green beer isn't your thing, then maybe green milkshakes are! Every March, McDonald's rolls out the elusive Shamrock Shake. They haven't always been available at every restaurant, so here's a DIY version that might even be better. Read on for the recipe...

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How To: Bind eBooks or Your Own Printed Documents

by Chris Gardner

This week marks Curbly's fourth birthday! We're pretty excited, and so we're bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one's from Curbly's most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.

How To: Bind eBooks or Your Own Printed Documents

So you've downloaded an eBook. Now what? Well, if you're a bibliophile like me, you might want to print out the ones you love. Like Curbly's Make It! series, for example. I'm lucky enough have the new edition to the Curbly Library in perfect-bound, so I'm set for hard copy. However, I had a copy of David duChemin's wonderful photography book '10' on my hard drive that needed to be birthed onto paper. 

 

Now, I could have printed it at home and rammed a staple into one of its corners, but that would have been barbaric. I could have taken it to my local Kinkos and had them print and bind it, but that would have been uninspired. Instead, I printed it at home, bound it myself and included its own beaded bookmark into the binding. Here's how I did it:       

First, the supplies

  • 2 pieces of card stock, the same size as the format in which you'll be printing your eBook and as heavy as your printer can handle
  • string or pearl cotton
  • a few beads, large and small to coordinate with your string/cotton
  • a ruler
  • an awl or nail
  • an embroidery needle 
  • Dremel/roto tool or drill and a 1/16" or so drill bit
  • 2 hinged paper clips

 

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Curbly Giveaway: Win One of Five Free Copies of Make It! Hardware Store Decor

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Giveaway: Win One of Five Free Copies of Make It! Hardware Store Decor

Hello, hello, friends of Curbly. We are super-excited to announce that our third publication, Make It! Hardware Store Decor is now available!

Cover of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, coming soon from the Curbly Library

This time, we're showing you how to make amazing interior decor pieces from stuff you can buy at any big box hardware store. It's organized by department (paint, plumbing, etc.), so you'll find budget-friendly makeover projects from every corner of the hardware store.

These twelve how-to projects...

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Hardware Store Decor: Toilet Plunger Lamp

by DIY Maven

Upcycled glowing Toilet plunger Lamp!

And here we thought plungers were only good for one thing! Cityup uses the ubiquitous toilet unclogger to make a modern and--dare I say?--stylish lamp. Cityup has identified the project as an 'up-cycled' one, but I'd probably opt for a new plunger if I were going to make it, because the idea of repurposing a previously-used plunger makes me gag.

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DIYable Pipe Bookshelf

by DIY Maven

DIYable Pipe Bookshelf

Roommates Jeremy and Ralph's bachelor pad is made up of a little bit of IKEA, Eames and DIY. As for the latter, some things were restored, whereas others were made, like the pipe bookshelf pictured above. It looks like the hardware store had everything

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Curbly Giveaway: Win a Free Copy of Nuno Magazine AND Curbly's New Publication, Make It! Hardware Store Decor

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Giveaway: Win a Free Copy of Nuno Magazine AND Curbly's New Publication, Make It! Hardware Store Decor

My friends, do we have a giveaway for you.

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This week's guest blogger Elizabeth Abernathy Graham has been generous enough to share five copies of the first issue of Nuno Magazine, a 150-page e-publication full of handmade goodness, including thirty how-to projects!

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Ready for the other best part? Each winner will also recieve a free electronic copy of Curbly's latest publication, Make It! Hardware Store Decor, which features twelve in-depth tutorials that show you how to make amazing interior decor pieces from stuff you can buy at any big box hardware store.

Cover of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, coming soon from the Curbly Library

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Alexander Girard Nativity Set.

by Chris Gardner

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The new Curbly "Make It! Mid-Century Modern" publication features a fun how-to to create Alexander Girard-inspired wooden characters. Since it's the holidays, go grab a copy, and then apply the technique to something a little more seasonal, like this Nativity Set by Girard. "It's a new design based on a Girard illustration that hangs in his son’s house and in homage to man who apparently amassed a huge collection of nativities in his later years...The set has 13  solid maple (and non-toxic) pieces, ranging from 1-inch to 7.75-inch tall, along with an 11.75-inch stable and a special reusable storage box."

I know what I'm doing this four-day weekend.

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