Have you noticed that when something is billed as 'hand-crafted' it's often code for diy-able? Take these beer bottle pendant lights from Kix Studio for example. Entitled Flaschenlampe, the lights were constructed out of beer and soda bottles found in the streets of Berlin. To do a diy version, we'd need
If you are like me, you have a few postcards around. What do you do with them? Nothing much except move them from shoe box to shoe box or...
Craft Passion has a passion for woven rag rugs. They're not only beautiful, but they're a GREAT way to recycle old linens and things. Here's the supplies you'll need to give it a try:
Last Monday I was a little ga ga over the barn door Boots and Totty built to close off their nursery from the master bedroom. Today, I'm a full-blown groupie of barn doors used functionally, and as interior design elements. Rustic in nature, but very modern in application. I love that. Next up is my favorite.
One lonely glove + PDF = Chipmunk.
For many, books, as physical objects, can be central to one's home decor. While some store their collections in spare rooms, offices, and spaces out of sight for company; many of us proudly display our libraries as focal points, providing the opportunity to start conversations with guests, family, and friends. Often, looking at one's bookshelves, like peering into one's home, can teach us a lot about who someone is and the things they love. We've grown used to seeing books on coffee tables, night stands, and even in bathrooms. They indicate that someone actually lives in a space, and can always serve as great conversation starters.
So, we wanted to honor the book's place in the home by elevating a single volume into a home design element. And there's no better way to draw attention than to put something living inside of it. And so...the upcycled book planter.
A hide-a-bed was my first paying upholstery job. The funny thing was that I was putting a big blue plaid back on the sofa sized hide-a-bed. You can only imagine how I agonized over the plaid matching nightmare. When I met my husband, he owned this same type of Herculon plaid sofa hide-a-bed. I used to say you could drop a cheeseburger onto it and it would disappear. I mean this stuff NEVER showed the dirt. The downside was you had to live with the ugliness, unless you were willing pay an arm-and-a-leg, or tackle the reupholstery yourself. Local blogger and online bud, Beckie of Infarrantly Creative, just sent me over a fully photographed tutorial of her reupholstered hide-a-bed project.
No one would guess that this cute summery top started out as a man's shirt! CommonThreads keeps the button-up front and adds straps and a bit of elastic to top it off. I particularly like the supplies list
IMO, all pallets are waiting to be made into something beautiful, like this outdoor lounge chair for instance. Simple, yet stylish in its construction, the materials and tools to make one are minimal. Here they are:
- Four pallets of the same size, preferably rectangular
- One pallet slightly wider than your other pallets, more square than rectangular
- Scrap 2x4s or pallet scraps of the 2x4 kind
- Hammer and nails
For the entire...
This is a familiar site at just about any salvage yard. A collection of paint-peeling-windows can be a huge turnoff, unless you hit the jackpot and find one or two that have not been painted. You can use painted windows for this makeover, but the stained wood has a certain outdoor charm, in my opinion. See how the clever folks at Sunset.com converted an old storm window...
Designer Rui Pereira's melts stuff. Rescued from the recycle bin, he took a heat gun to a bunch of detergent bottles and fashioned them into a vivid lampshade. Two things: 1. Can the off-gasses of melting plastic be good for the environment? and 2.
This stool (pictured in the next photo) made its debut in the 30 Minute Stool Makeover on Apartment Therapy-LA in June of 2008. The fabric reviews were harsh. My retort was that since I know how to reupholster, and I'm showing the reader how to reupholster, fabric can be changed whenver the mood strikes. That's the beauty of it.
It's not a big surprise to see chopsticks used to make obvious items like placemats, trivets, earrings, even a dress, but this was a surprise. A former city employee of the Japanese town of Koriyama collected thousands of used, disposable chopsticks from the city hall cafeteria and crafted a 4 foot long canoe.
This little tutorial over on Instructables is helpful for reupholstering an old, old footstool, but the best part is how to turn cardboard tack strip into flat welting to hide the staples. Otherwise, you would glue on gimp or hard-to-make double welt cord. This gives you a slick, low profile finish around the edge. See the full, step-by-step tutorial.
They might not look like it now, but all of these lamp shades began their existence as plastic drinking bottles. Eco-designer Sarah Turner is the talent behind them. Thirty 500 ml are used to make Cola 30, pictured above. The Lily lamps are constructed of 2-liter drink bottles. (Sprite, to be specific.)
Gingerbread Snowflakes plucked cans out of the recycling bin and made the most extraordinary things out of them. Caution needs to be taken when attempting such projects, which includes wearing leather gloves and goggles. Other things she used to make them:
If you're trying to achieve that modern, textural, wood wall look, here are some scrap wood walls to consider for your nature loving self. Here, the woodworker has made good use of scrap wood, even though the project was a bit labor intense. But look at the results! It wouldn't be nearly as attractive if the room was overfilled with furniture and dust catching tchotkes. The sparse furnishings complement the dynamic wall.
Artist Paul Villinski's butterfly creations are not only beautiful but they'll make you look at the contents of your recycling bin in a new way. Constructed out of beer cans, the butterflies are remarkably realistic. I'm not sure which part