2017 has been an exciting year, and we here at Curbly have had the opportunity to do some pretty cool stuff over the past twelve months (I don't know if you heard, but we flipped a freaking house!). In addition to making over the original Curbly home, hosting an art show for a bunch of 2nd graders, going to and speaking at Alt Summit, and painting all the things - the Curbly team created a bunch of fun, original projects, too. Today we're taking a look back at the best DIY projects of the year. These are the projects that you, our readers, visited and liked the most, in addition to some that we just think are real spiffy. Let's go!
September is National Sewing Month, and in honor of the occasion, we're taking a deep look at one of the most versatile materials out there: fabric! From sewing pillows to creating statement wall pieces, there's no limit to the way you can use fabric in the world of interior design. Here are 99 of our favorite tips on how to use fabric to decorate every room of your home. You don't have to be a tailor to use textiles in your space. From no-sew curtains to fabric as wallpaper, there's a project out there for everybody!
Blooming flowers and fresh rain can only mean one thing: spring has definitely sprung! That means summer will be here before you know it. If getting your backyard in order is on your to-do list but you're having trouble getting started - don't fret! You don't need a total landscaping overhaul for your yard to feel refreshed and inviting. Sometimes it's just a matter of hanging up some string lights or creating a simple fire pit. We've rounded...
Organization: you either love it or hate it. No matter your stance, having a good system of organizing is the key to a clean, calm living space. And who doesn't want that? We've rounded up our favorite organization tips and DIY projects to help turn your home into the oasis it should be.What are your favorite organization tips? Let us know in the comments!
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Outdoor dining season is upon us and if your setup is anything like mine (aka nonexistent) or you'd just like to have some fresh outdoor decor, here's a simple DIY project that'll have you hosting summer soirées in no time.
I say it's time to bring a little more fun and games into our DIY projects, anyone else? Fortunately, here's one that won't cause you to lose an eye. (Get it? It's all fun and games until... No? Bad pun? Okay, moving on...)
Sunburst mirrors have seemingly been around and in-style since the beginning of time and odds are that that fact isn't changing any time soon. The iconic decorative accent is available in a wide range of styles and an even wider range of price points. If you're looking to add this stylish piece to your decor, we've got two DIY versions that'll set you back less than dinner and a movie.
As far as unconventional Christmas trees go, this one takes the cake! Forget trying to DIY a giant plywood tannenbaum, keep things simple with an easy-to-make mini balsa wood tree.
Fellow Curblians, forgive me if these DIY decorating tips from Better Homes & Garden are mere child's play for you. Most of the "get the look for less" projects we see all around are fairly obvious by now. It's getting harder to discover new DIY tricks as everyone with an ounce of creativity is doing it themselves these days. The upside is that it's challenging the old noggin' to be more masterful. In this bedroom project, however, two simple projects caught my eye. Click over to DIY'd version to see which two you think lean towards "Ah! That's a great idea." Here are my picks...
Ladies and Gentlemen! Presenting the Most Popular Do-It-Yourself Projects of the year of our Lord, Two Thousand, Double-Aught, and Nine.
Okay, well, the most popular projects picked by productivity and technology site Lifehacker. Oh, and only featuring projects highlighted by Lifehacker. And viewed in popularity on Lifehacker.
Still, it's a pretty good list, and a great year-end tribute to 365 days of creativity.
My faves are the secret...
Don't get caught like this--table centerpiece is ready and the wall is still being painted--Yikes!
We're not even to Halloween and, from past experience, it's time get my Thanksgiving (House Projects) To Do list in order. Every year I'm caught at the last minute trying to spruce up the joint and make the most outstanding tablescapes (in the words of Sandra Lee) the world has ever seen.
We're five weeks out. There's plenty of time, if well planned, to whip the house into an entertaining mecca that will meet even your highest expectations.
Some of us fear a painting project, but experience has shown me that once you get your method down, it can really be quite therapeutic. You don't have to purchase tricky rollers, gadgets, different tapes and throws. Keep it simple or you won't want to return to the project.
Here are 5 pared down tips from DIY Guy at Popular Mechanics. Simple is best and the short list says it all.
Crafty Chica Kathy Cano-Murillo has assembled some insider tips, shortcuts, and secrets for craft projects.
- Use a crayon to pick up small items (like jewels or crystals) for gluing. (See photo)
- Use a heat gun to give Velveteen paint a suede-like texture.
- Use an empty squeeze bottle to blow away excess glitter.
- Drain a glod glue gun in an old mug.
- Cure resin pieces on wax paper.
- Clean 'crafted' hands with baby wipes.