Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Mod Paper Snowflake Garland

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Mod Paper Snowflake Garland

There's something about elegantly cut white paper that simply captures the holidays.

So this season, grab your scissors and hang up some comfort and joy with this retro-inspired, mod paper snowflake garland. You could wrap it around your tree, drape across your mantle, or simple let it flow on a wall or from the ceiling. In the spirit of giving, we're offering a free, downloadable and infinitely printable pattern to enable you to keep...

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Before and After: $4.99 Goodwill Chair Upholstery Demo

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Before and After: $4.99 Goodwill Chair Upholstery Demo

Remember the stress of doing a demonstration speech in Speech 101? Reupholstering this chair in front of a classroom full of interior design students gave me the opportunity to sweat through this lovely experience one more time. Cutting foam, adding natural cotton batting (very fluffy and clumpy), and upholstering this mod side chair in front of a young, design hungry group made me vow to get better at these demos so I might take this show on the road. See what you think.

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Top 10 Ikea Furniture Mods.

by Chris Gardner

Lifehacker, collector of all these to make your life smoother and more productive, has assembled their top ten Ikea hacks and other mods. From the clever drill-mountable free allen wrench to several custom charging stations to a wall-mountable bike rack, these ought to keep you busy as the weather continues to cool.

Top 10 Ikea Furniture Mods.

10. Make an Allen wrench drill bit. 9. Make your workspace cordless. 8. Embed a scraps bowl into your counter top. 7. Create ...

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Swiss Army Keys!

by Chris Gardner

No more jangles: this brilliant hack from Pyro222 (inspired thusly here) custom fits all your keys into a compact Leatherman/multitool. The design even allows you to leave in a few tools and bits in the case for when the time arises.

Materials.

Leatherman Micra - find an inexpensive copy at the hardware store
Keys - Make copies!
Drill
Something to cut the keys with, like a Dremel with a cutoff wheel.

Swiss Army Keys!

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Dog Days of Summer Makeover: How To Show Off Your Legs

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 07/17/08

If you find yourself flea-marketing, Goodwill Hunting or garage sale-ing in the dog days of July and August, be on the lookout for the unassuming beauty hiding behind a frumpy skirt.  I'm talking about modern furniture legs, of course.  One easy way to re-vamp a vintage chair or sofa is to rid it of its leg-hiding skirt.  Of course you need to take a peek underneath to make sure you have some attractive gams to work with.  Here are some tips to...

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Awesome DIY Projects from Recycled Disposable Cameras.

by Chris Gardner

Photo labs have boxes of disposable cameras, waiting to be recycled. If you ask nicely, and they'll share them by the dozens. Check out the ideas below for some clever and amazing projects for the sake of art and recycling.

  • Create a Ring Flash: This Instructable shows you how to make a DIY ring flash from six disposable camera flashes and a couple metal bowls. The project requires a bit of electronics knowledge, but the results look awesome.
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How To: Handmade Hardwood Bookmark.

by Chris Gardner
How To: Handmade Hardwood Bookmark.

I was squaring up a block of mahogany, and I shaved off several “scrap” strips: thin, almost flexible sheets of hardwood. I couldn’t let something so interesting go to waste. “Business cards?” I thought… No, I don’t really have a business. “Name plaque for my office door?” No, I don’t really have an office. "A bookmark, perhaps?"

Perfect.


Materials

o Thin sheet of wood (see below for ideas)
o Small 1x1x1/4ish” wood block
o Permanent markers or
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How to: Make a DIY Mod, Op Art White Wreath

by Chris Gardner

I first saw this mod white wreath on someone's Curbly clippings over the summer, and I vowed to make a DIY version this holiday season. Yet, I neglected to borrow the circle cutter from my sister, and I kept putting it off, and somehow I don't think I'll be able to create one this holiday season. Luckily, another clever cat, Mirtha the Antibride, had the same idea and offers this how-to.

How to: Make a DIY Mod, Op Art White Wreath

Materials 

-illustration board (bread board or...

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