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.
There's going to be a full moon this weekend. Do you believe the hype about how full moons bring the crazy out in people? In addition to that, Mercury is also in Retrograde, so maybe just plan for having a chill weekend. Whether or not you care about the solar system and its effect on your personal life, I think we can all agree that moon phases all the rage. Not wanting to pass up on this bohemian trend, I brought moon symbols into my home with a lunar wind chime - keep reading to see how!
As nursery trends change, the traditional pinks and blues are slowly being pushed out in favor of current, updated looks. Parents are experimenting more and more with bolder hues, playful patterns, or simply less of it all. It's easy to see why the minimal nursery look is gaining in popularity. There are fewer elements to worry about, there aren't any color-related gender-indicators (which makes styling ahead of time a breeze), and the color palette is almost non-existent. If you're looking to decorate a minimal nursery or want to give a gift to a no-fuss parent-to-be, you can craft this sweet planetary mobile quickly and easily.
Cloud-shaped decor has been a quietly growing trend for the past few years and, considering how easy (and adorable) most of these projects are, it's no wonder! Check out some of our favorite DIY cloud ideas below!
Add a little bling to your decor with this fun and easy mobile you can make yourself!
I've professed my love of mobiles many a time, so when I see a particularly awesome one, I can't help sharing it!
As 2012 rolls to a close, we're paying tribute to a year full of awesome DIY ideas with roundups of our most-loved projects and posts! First up, our ten favorite art and art-inspired decor projects. Enjoy!
This is by far one of the coolest DIY mobiles I've ever seen. It helps that it's in über-on-trend copper, of course, but it would look awesome in any color or finish! Check out how to make it below.
Branches, twigs, and logs -- oh my! Turn this readily available material into stylish decor accessories. Stumped? Here are 15 awesome projects to get the creative juices flowing.
I looooooove mobiles. Love 'em. I love the energy they bring into a space, the visual interest, and the fact that they're not too terribly difficult to make yourself. And this DIY paper version? Easy peasy!
I'll admit it: I'm an excitable guy. I get really energized by surrounding myself with inspiring things. And this DIY geometric mobile project combines three of my favorites: the combination of natural wood grain and solid color, kinetic, evolving art, and really inexpensive materials that come together to look like something I'd paid bundles for.
I love mobiles. LOVE 'em. We have one in our guest room and will be adding another to our office (if we ever finish making it over!). There's something soothing yet infinitely interesting about them -- their kinetic energy just does it for me, y'know? So, when I see a unique take on a DIY mobile, I get pretty excited.
How cute is this little wood veneer mobile?? I kind of want to make a million of them... and then, I guess, give them away? I don't know what I'd do with a million adorable mobiles. But, gosh darnit, I want to make 'em!
Part installation piece, part upcycling genius, this DIY water bottle chandelier is a cinch to make!
Got a web designer girlfriend? A graphic designer brother? We've rounded up our favorite gifts for the aesthetically inclined... and all for under $25!
I know that pumpkin carving is a significant tradition for many on Halloween, as is cleaning up all the goopy leftovers after the event (which is no fun when cleaning said goop off of small toddling people). While it would be almost blasphemous to not carve a pumpkin at our house, it wouldn't hurt to try some of these non-carving ideas!
Artist, illustrator, painter and blogger, Joel Henriques of Made by Joel shows us how to make a bird mobile. We're told that it's a kid-friendly project, but in more experienced hands, it
Not Martha's Megan shows us, step by step, how to make this amazing Christmas Tree Ornament Mobile. Might not have time to make it for this Christmas, but definitely worth the to-do list
You're definitely getting a big (atomic) bang for your buck with this ridiculously cool and easy DIY mobile. And when I say easy, I mean E-A-S-Y!
Cabins should be small. And they could look like cabins...inside and out. Otherwise they really aren't 'cabins' are they? So now that I've gotten that decree out of the way, check out this little gem from Montana Mobile Cabins. It's a tidy little 14' x 20' and