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How to: Give Old Candles New Life

Ashley Lee
Feature Candle Tins
Photo: Ashley Lee

The glow of a candle in a pretty tin brings an instant coziness factor to hanging out at home; no Lazy Sunday is complete without TV binges on the couch and a sweet scent burning away. Throwing away the containers feels wasteful, but repurposing an un-light-able, waxy mess doesn’t seem too fun either - but here is where the good news comes in. With boiling water, paper towels, and a little bit of ingenuity, these tins are easily repurposed.

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Christmas of the Quirky

by DIY Maven

Christmas of the Quirky

Christmas might bring out the best in some people, but it can also bring out the quirky. And as a big fan of quirk, I bring you these seasonal acts of oddness.  

The Christmas tree pictured above is located in a popular shopping district, The Rocks, in Sydney Australia. It's made of 100 bicycles that were 'borrowed' from a junkyard, which will be returned after Christmas. 

This next tree, located in the atrium of the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi, has been

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Why Ms. Plastic Bag, You're Beautiful!

by Lilybee

I don't know if Martha would approve, or even how they would look in the cold light of day. But at night? Pretty magical.

Why Ms. Plastic Bag, You're Beautiful!

 

created at: 2009-04-30

These 80 bags o' light were a temporary art installation outside of the Museo Del Prado in Madrid. They would prob'ly be super-easy to recreate, even if you just jammed a few

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2 Ways to Make a Doormat Cooler

by Lilybee

created on: 01/30/09

Doormats, they're the first thing most folks will see as they step into your house, and in the winter they are the front line between horrid mud-melty-snowy boots and the rest of your place. So why aren't they more awesome? Well they CAN be.... Martha has not one but TWO techniques to give a bog-standard mat a little va-va-voom (sure they're relatively similar, but still...)

First a technique for adding a door number or lettering,

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Recycled DIY Robot!

by Lilybee

Some questions are timeless and all important, for example, Beatles or Stones? Batman or Superman? Pirates or Ninjas? And perhaps the most important of all, 'would you rather have a Monkey or a Robot?' Well, for folks coming down on the robot side, there is this fellow:

created on: 12/19/08

The blurb says "Turn any empty metal can into a walking, wobbling bug-eyed robot! This Tin Can Robot Kit comes with pretty much everything you'll need to take recycling to a...

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Faux Fire

by Lilybee

When the weather turns rubbish nothing beats snuggling up in front of a fire, possibly with trashy fiction and preferably with some kind of chocolaty beverage. It's just what winter should be all about. Unfortunately our apartment doesn't have a fireplace so I was forced to improvise...

created on: 11/20/08

While technically it wont keep me warm, (except in a cockles-of-my-heart way) it was super easy to make and it makes me smile, and my baby scream with...

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E is for Eames

by Lilybee

This poster rather occupies the space between curbly and weebabystuff, sure it's an alphabet poster, but WHAT an alphabet poster.

 

created on: 11/19/08

While most of us are pretty familiar with our ABC's it's nice to have a visual reminder of our Aalto, Bertoia and Castiglioni's complete with a silhouette of their iconic pieces.

The handprinted poster measures 11" x 17" and will set you back a very reasonable $35 find it here

 

 

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Art and Government

by Lilybee

Gussying up Parliament buildings in weird ways seems to be a uniquely European pastime, (though I'd love to know if I'm wrong about that). The most recent seat of power to get a funky art treatment is the Flemish Parliament building in Brussels. Artist Arne Quinze has created The Sequence a 80 meter long and 15 meter high sculpture, in Brussels.

created on: 11/12/08

The blurb about it says "The symbolic and physical connection between the neighbors, the Flemish Parliament and the House of Flemish Representatives, reflects a possible connection between all people in Brussels. Cross-culture connections, a connection with Europe, its diversity and entity." Which is nice and all, but mostly I was thinking OOOOOOh, pretty red trees.

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Noguchi Style Table, With Books!

by Lilybee

I spotted this Coffee Table at an open house this afternoon.

created on: 10/11/08

It has that Noguchi Table vibe but would cost considerably less than $1,299. I like the quirky humour that uses coffee table books as, well, coffee table books.

The staging company who did the house just stacked up books that the homeowner already had then jammed the tempered glass on top. I'm not completely convinced by the dead cow rug (I like my dead cow lightly seasoned and...

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How To Make a 'Sham-delier' With PDF Template

by Lilybee

created on: 08/26/08

created on: 08/26/08

I made this 'Sham-delier' to give my balcony a little indoor/outdoor ooh la la. It was inspired in part by Philippe Starck's Ghost Chairs, I love the whole classic shape/modern material juxtaposition. Anyway, if you want to make your own here's what you'll need:

  • Two Flexible plastic chopping boards, mine came from the Dollar Store but Ikea does them too.
  • Two flameless tea lights, again, Dollar Store finds, but you could try here
  • Some...

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Make a Little Birdhouse (Lamp) in Your Soul....

by Lilybee

Ahhhh *nostalgic sigh*, They Might Be Giants.

Avians seem to be a theme with me this week. Inke Heiland, the dutch designer whose wallpaper birds I just posted about, is also the creator of this bird house lamp.

created on: 08/05/08

It's very cute and would look good in a small persons room or a hallway but $325 is a lot of money for 'quirky'. I figure it has to be DIY-able with say, a MYO Birdhouse Kit ($12.95) and the Hemma cord set ($3.99)  from Ikea.  Or...

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Fish Tank Coffee Table.

by Chris Gardner

Fish Tank Coffee Table.
 
Have a look at this excellent coffee-table shaped aquarium from Clear-Seal. Each coffee table comes with a "toughened glass top" with polished, rounded edges for safety, a light diffuser, a progressive filter system. In your choice of finishes: Dark Oak, Light Oak, Limed Oak, Medium Oak, Yew, Mahogany or Mirrored glass, and in several size.
 
But, with the tips offered by these guys, one could surely come up with a DIY version customized to fit...

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