Iconic mid-century designer Alexander Calder’s background in engineering and mathematics inspired him to make art that was three-dimensional and kinetic. But you don’t need a degree to make your own DIY Calder mobile! It just takes a little imagination and a lot of balance. In this project, you’ll learn how basic shapes can come together to create a spinning, swaying, stunning work of art for any room. For less than $10.00, you'll have your own version of this sculpture, inspired by the great Alexander Calder.
Photo: Rachel Jacks
Spring and summer is growing season, but that also means it's time to trim your yard. Trees, bushes, and shrubs need to be kept in shape, and to do that, it really helps to have sharp tools. It's faster and easier to cut with a sharp blade, plus it's better for the plant. In just a few minutes, you can actually sharpen garden tools yourself.
Yard work is hard enough without trying to do it with dull tools...
Wintertime is in full swing here in Minnesota. Early in the week we experienced a few rounds of snow and ice, resulting in the outdoors being treacherous and uninviting. While I definitely have holiday-related errands to run this weekend, staying off the roads and keeping indoors is pretty tempting. I'm a homebody for certain, and I've learned how to keep the stir-crazies away during these colder months. Part of staying sane while being stuck inside has to do with how you light your home. Coziness is a must, and these DIY holiday luminaries are just that - cozy!
I've had a minor obsession with metallics this holiday season. Okay, a major one. So when I spotted these textured scrapbook pages at the craft store, I knew I had to have them. I began experimenting with a pencil compass, and I came up with a fun metallic Christmas tree.
I have been loving brass metalwork hurricanes lately, especially the ones from Anthropologie. While trolling the lighting aisles of the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store the light bulb went off...the one in my head that is. I could use a brass and glass 1980s light fixtures to make a brass hurricane. Here is how I made my knock off metal work hurricane.
DIY projects that are made of wood are daunting to many... talk of table saws and other power tools can be intimidating. Which is why we decided to share some DIYs that don't require multiple power tools and hours and hours of your time. And keep in mind that if you ever do need to have wood cut, your local home improvement store may be able to cut it for you for free. Just ask someone in the lumber section. Here are ten of our favorite easy wood projects for your home.
Halloween can get cheesy fast. Just look around your local craft stores, and you'll see ghosts and goblins and witches galore. But there are ways to decorate your home for the holiday in a more sophisticated way... and we set out to find 15 of the very best. Click through to check them out.
You know what they say: "When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." But what about if you have a bunch of different kinds of hammers? The truth is, like any other tool, hammers are specialized for many different tasks, and having the right one can be the difference between doing a job correctly and not finishing it at all. Here's a little guide to hammers on the different types we think...
Every now and then, I like to browse through IKEA's website to see if they have anything new and amazing (did you know they sell pet accessories now, for example?!). So last time, when I ran across the Västerön stool, I had this idea. What would happen if I flipped it upside down? Click through to find out.
I'm a big-time IKEA fan, but I like to put my own individual spin on their products. One of the best (and easiest) ways to update IKEA furniture is by swapping out the legs. You wouldn't believe the difference it makes! In this case, you can use an IKEA tabletop of any size to make a 10-minute side table that looks beautiful, and no one would even know it's IKEA.
I'm currently living in a home that has most likely been painted at least every 2 years since the 50s. The paint-history totally shows on all the door knobs, playing out in accidental swipe marks and drips. If you were to peek behind the knobs you could literally see the years play out in paint layers, with many of those layers ending up on the hardware itself. They say it's the details that create the big picture, and after seeing how sleeker my hardware looks after stripping it, I have to agree. While you might not feel like painted-over hinges and handles are worth the effort of restoring, it's amazing how fresh and new your home will feel. I tried out three different methods of removing old paint from hardware, and am here to tell you what worked. I'll walk you through what I did, what I learned, and what the pros and cons are of each method.
Save money on expensive pots and planters with this quick and easy project that will conceal any ugly plastic container in about five minutes, for less than $1 a piece.
Using some leftover contact paper, you can whip up some faux metal containers to hide the ugly plastic ones your store-bought houseplants came in.
- Scrap Cardboard
- Copper Contact Paper
- Small Plants or succulents
I've been making a concerted effort lately to remember to recycle as much as possible, and it's been working... we have double the amount of recycling as we do trash lately. And then I got to thinking - there must be all kinds of fun DIYs that I could do using all those empty vessels. Keep reading to check out four easy ones that I tried out.
There's nothing worse then renter-white walls. That dingy, dirty white that's not quite cream but not quite white either. But there's an easy way to fix it - add an accent wall and nobody will notice the rest of the walls! Here are twenty renter-friendly accent wall ideas that won't damage your walls (or they can be easily fixed when you move). Click through to read on.
The moment I ran across the Hyllis shelf on IKEA's website, I knew I had to hack it. My dining room was crying out for a shelf upgrade, so I drove down to IKEA immediately and bought three of them. You guys... they're only $15 apiece! My resulting hack has a glamorous vibe with a bit of rustic appeal, and it's super simple to do. Click through to check it out.
One of the (many) things that deters me from super getting organized is not wanting to spend a ton of money on storage containers and other organizational items. But then it dawned on me - why don't I use things that I already have make some storage containers? So today I'm sharing five of my favorite upcycled organizational DIYs that you can make from things you probably already have lying around the house.
Add some serious character to your bar area with this easy DIY wall mounted bottle opener! It won't take long to make, and it's sure to elicit all kinds of oohs and aahs from your friends. Click through to check out the full photo tutorial.
Who else is in need of some help in the storage department? I know I am, so today we're sharing some attractive DIY storage projects... because it's way easier to get yourself organized when you have cute storage, right?!
Our basement family room was recently given a much needed makeover! The space was totally out of date, dark and uninviting. I started with giving the walls a fresh coat of white paint and brought in some new pieces for the room. Still, the space was asking for something a little more modern and one-of-a-kind. Since I love plants SO much and I try to have one in every room possible, I created a fun this super simple plant wall to show off my little green collection and add some serious life to the space!
We all have at least one junk drawer, right? The drawer in my kitchen that holds all of the large utensils is a bit of a mess. And when I say "bit", that is the understatement of the year. I'm desperately in need of some organization and this quick project is definitely on my weekend to-do list!