How To Make a Plastic Bag Keeper

by DIY Maven

How To Make a Plastic Bag Keeper

In an effort to reduce and reuse plastic bags, how about making a plastic bag keeper? Chances are you already have everything you need to make one for free. Or you can buy one at The Container Store for 4.99 plus 6.50 s & h. Your choice.

The Props

  • A 2 quart plastic bottle (I used a Juicy Juice bottle, which worked particularly well.)
  • Box cutter and/or scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Durable tape
  • Excess plastic bags

The Procedure

Mark...

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License Plate Map

by DIY Maven

Much more interesting than a refrigerator magnet collection of every state in the union, how about assembling a license plate from every state in the union and making a map of them?

License Plate Map

This limited edition piece, created by Aaron Forster, is approximately 57" W x 33" H, and at 3,500 bucks, it isn’t cheap. But hey, we’re DIYers, right? A pair of tin snips or, better yet, an oxycetaline blow torch, a map for reference and some plane tickets and you’re...

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DIY Vinyl Record Coasters From Old LPs

by Chris Gardner

Here's how to make vinyl record coasters from all those old LPs you have lying around (assuming, of course, that they're not worth listening to anymore) ... 

 

DIY vinyl record coasters

These are by no means an original idea. I saw them on all sorts of websites when shopping for unique Christmas gifts. However, $20-45 for six or eight coasters seems like a bit much. For the same investment [for the hole saw], you can make these guys by the thousands, and by picking...

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How to Make a To-go Coffee Cup Tissue Pop-up

by DIY Maven

How to Make a To-go Coffee Cup Tissue Pop-up

There’s a company out there called WeGo, that sells facial tissues in a take-away coffee cup. In the interest of DIY-ism, I bought one of these cups of 50 sand-paper-rough tissues for 3 bucks so I could pop off the top, rip the guts out and figure out how to make them. Here’s my easy, no-cost version.

What You Need

A cleaned, small to-go coffee cup and appropriately-sized lid to fit (the cup in the example is 4 ½" high with a 3 ½" top diameter)

A...

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Soup Can Label = Wrapping Paper

by DIY Maven

Soup Can Label = Wrapping Paper

If you’ve found yourself with a little something to wrap for a Valentine’s gift but have no wrapping paper in the house, try using a Campbell’s soup can label.

And for those of you who think this is a stupid idea, check out the Warhol Store where you can buy 12 sheets of 20" x 30" tomato soup wrapping paper--based on Warhol's 32 Campbell's Soup Cans--for 30 bucks.

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How to Make a "Sanded" Light Bulb

by DIY Maven

How to Make a "Sanded" Light Bulb

With some high-temperature clear caulk and a little sand, you can put an interesting finish on clear light bulbs. A nice addition to your bar strip-light bathroom fixture or Potted Light Bulb Lamp perhaps?

What You Need

Clear light bulb (I’d stick with lower wattage. The bulb in the example was 40 watt.)

Hight temperature clear caulk (I found this at Menards for about $6.50 in the heating department.)

Caulking gun

Sand (Any kind will do, but finer...

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Avery Labels = Magnetic Poetry Words

by DIY Maven

Avery Labels = Magnetic <strike>Poetry</strike> Words

Grab a sheet of Avery Labels, one of those thin magnetic calendars you received in the mail over the holidays--generally from a mortgage company or a realtor--and make your own magnetic words.

For my Curbly-themed terms, I used Avery return address labels, #5267. I formatted them using Times New Roman, size 19 font, and aligned the text both vertically and horizontally. Although the #5267's were the perfect height, any size would work. As would...

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Wrapping Paper and Bow Conservation

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Wrapping Paper and Bow Conservation

Running out of wrapping paper and bows and need more FAST? I saw this on Martha yesterday and put the Curbly spin to it.

Supplies

Newspaper

What little wrapping paper you have left

Scissors

Tape

Martha’s Wrap

Wrap your present in newsprint. I like the stock quotes as they make a nice, uniform background.

Cut a strip of wrapping paper to circumference the present, fold in edges, wrap around package, tape strip together in back of present.

Maven’s Bow

Cut...

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Greeting Card Gift “Pillows”

by DIY Maven

Greeting Card Gift “Pillows”

This is a great and easy way to recycle greeting cards (Christmas or otherwise) into gift card holders or small gift boxes.

 

The Supplies:

Greeting cards

Scissors

Pencil

Straight edge blade

Glue

Ruler

The Procedure:

1. Print out figure below as template, adjusting size to 7 ½" by 6 ½" to fit standard gift card, if necessary.

2. Position template over greeting card, as shown, aligning card’s fold to template’s center fold.

3. Trace around template.

4. Cut out...

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Paint Can Glam

by DIY Maven

Paint Can Glam
What You Need

Empty, cleaned paint cans. I used a quart sized can, but gallon sized cans will work too. (If you don’t have an empty paint can laying around, most hardware stores sell new, unused paint cans. A quart size will cost you about a buck.)

Drill

1/8" drill bit

A Sharpie

Metal or wood block to support the inside of the can

Sandpaper. Any grit will do.

Small jelly-jar-sized-jar (or larger jar for gallon sized can)

Votive candle (or larger pillar...

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