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DIY Easter Egg Planters

by Alicia Lacy

DIY Easter Egg Planters

Plastic Easter eggs are abundant this time of year. You can find them in a variety of colors and sizes, and with a medley of super-heroes and princesses plastered across their round bellies. But when you strip Batman and Cinderella away, you're left with a beautiful shape - the incredible egg. And, it turns out, it's the perfect vessel for lovely arrangements of spring flowers!

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Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall: Which is Our Favorite IKEA Hack of them All?

by M.E. Gray
IKEA Mirrors round-up - Hacked!
Photo via IKEA Hackers

Hanging a mirror is a painless way to add depth and interest to a wall. Mirrors reflect light and movement in a room, they're eye-catching, and they can make a space appear bigger than it is. If you know us here at Curbly, you know we LOVE a good IKEA hack. Today we're reflecting (sorry!) on some of our favorite IKEA mirror hacks and transformations, all in uniquely awesome ways. Keep reading!        

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Conquer Clutter with 44 DIY Jewelry Organizers and Displays You Can Make Yourself

by Rachel Jacks

Display your jewelry with these DIY jewelry organizers and storage ideas you can make yourself. #DIY #jewelry #jewelrystorage #organization

As fun as jewelry is to collect and wear, it can be tricky to figure out how to store all your pieces. If you're not careful, it can too easily turn into clutter. Home organization stores would love to convince you to run out and spend tons of money on jewelry organizers and storage. But if you're willing to get a bit crafty, you can easily make your own DIY jewelry organizer or holder to store your jewelry in style.               

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How to Furnish Your Walls at the Thrift Store

by M.E. Gray

Gallery wall made from thrifted items!

I have a hard time spending a lot of money on wall art. I feel horrible saying that. I got my Bachelor's degree in art, so I - of all people - totally understand the effort and talent that's required to create good art. Honestly, I'm just cheap. While I might occasionally splurge for a print or photo I really love, my home is hardly a museum. I can't afford to fill my walls top to bottom with one-of-a-kind art pieces. So yeah, I might be cheap, but I'm pretty dang thrifty, too! Whether it's sprucing up some existing wall art, or creating my own with found items, I can fill a wall for under $40. The best place to find forgotten and dirt-cheap wall decor is your local second-hand store (think Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army, etc.). I set out to create a cheap gallery wall using only things I found at the thrift store, and here's how it worked out.          

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10 Beautiful & Creative DIY Planter Projects

by Faith Provencher
10 Gorgeous DIY Planters
Photo: paulsvera

Now that summer is in full swing, I can't stop thinking about plants... and my indoor garden needs a bit of sprucing up. So I did a little Pinterest searching, and came up with tons of great DIY ideas to add some character to my succulents, cacti and other greenery. And today I'm sharing them with you. Find out how to dress up your plant babies with these ten gorgeous DIY planter ideas.   

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Make These! La Croix Can Succulent Planters

by M.E. Gray

La Croix Planter DIY | Succulents + Sparkling Water = AWESOME

There are two things that I'm currently obsessing over: plants and sparkling water. My love of greenery has been ramping up since the springtime, but my La Croix crush is still pretty fresh. I don't know how it happened - I've never cared for carbonated, unsweetened beverages before this, but I'm literally poppin' a can of La Croix every day now. To combine these two trends, I present to you the La Croix planter project. If you have five minutes to spare, this is the craft for you!       

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60 Unique DIY Hostess Gifts For Every Occasion

by Faith Provencher
60 Unique DIY Hostess Gifts For Every Occasion | By Curbly #diy #hostess #gifts
Photo: Ruffled Blog

Although it's hard to believe, it's almost that time of year when holiday parties start occupying most weekends. Most people's go-to gift for these kinds of events is usually a bottle of wine, but sometimes it's nice to surprise your hostess with something different. Here are 60 fantastic DIY hostess gifts that you can start thinking about ahead of time to avoid excessive holiday stress.   

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150+ Do-It-Yourself Ornaments You Can Make Before Christmas

by M.E. Gray

A mega roundup of DIY ornaments for your Christmas tree, whatever the theme may be!

Can you believe it? Christmas is coming up quick! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret - there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few - over 150!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.       

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5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Brown kraft paper is one of those materials that I always keep on hand because it's both cheap and versatile. It can be used for so many different things... including wrapping gifts. Today I'm sharing five creative ways to customize kraft paper to make your gifts look like they came straight from Pinterest. Click through to check them out.   

 

1. Stamp It

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

For this first idea, you'll use paint to add a pattern to your kraft paper. Grab a sponge from the kitchen, cut it into a shape and dip it in a thin layer of acrylic craft paint to create your gift wrap. Be sure to dampen the sponge a bit for best results.

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I also added a small paper pom pom to the top of this gift... check out the tutorial for it here.

 

2. Embellish It

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

For this one, use a hole punch to cut out polka dots from a few different pieces of colored paper. Then glue them randomly on to the kraft paper using a hot glue gun.  

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Tie with a piece of jute twine, and voila - a Pinterest-worthy gift!

 

3. Transform It

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

To wrap an awkwardly shaped item that's relatively flat, you can create a pouch with a sewing machine. Measure your item, add 1 inch to each measurement, and then mark it lightly on two layers of kraft paper. Sew three sides, then slip the item in and sew the fourth and final side.

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Trim around the edges to make them even. Add a bow and a tag and you're finished!

 

4. Spray Paint It

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Grab some washi tape and create a stripe pattern on your paper. Spray paint it whatever color you like, let it dry, then peel off the tape. 

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

The diagonal gold stripes look quite glamorous here - you might also try other colors or patterns for a different look.

 

5. Personalize It

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

This is the easiest of them all - just pick up a set of metallic adhesive letters at the craft store and place one in the corner of your wrapped gift.

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Add metallic baker's twine and a small evergreen branch to finish the look. There are so many other ways to wrap using kraft, these are just a few of my favorites. Head over here to see a roundup of others from around the web, and feel free to share your ideas in the comments section!

 

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
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How to: Make a Super Easy DIY Terrarium Ready for Fall!

by Lidy Dipert

DIY Seasonal Terrarium | Hello Lidy for Curbly

I'm trying to find ways to decorate my home seasonally without having to store more decor away for the year or reorganize an entire room for one holiday! As a busy mom, I'm finding less time to devote myself to redecorating the entire house. As much as I love it, it's nice to have a few pieces that can stay out year round and maybe save me a bit more time. A terrarium is the perfect solution to this problem! 

 

 

DIY Seasonal Terrarium | Hello Lidy for Curbly

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4 Home Decor DIYs Salvaged from the Recycling Bin

by Faith Towers
4 Home Decor DIYs Salvaged from the Recycling Bin
Photo: Faith Towers

I've been making a concerted effort lately to remember to recycle as much as possible, and it's been working... we have double the amount of recycling as we do trash lately. And then I got to thinking - there must be all kinds of fun DIYs that I could do using all those empty vessels. Keep reading to check out four easy ones that I tried out.   

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5 DIYs To Help You Get Organized Using Things You Already Have

by Faith Provencher
5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

One of the (many) things that deters me from super getting organized is not wanting to spend a ton of money on storage containers and other organizational items. But then it dawned on me - why don't I use things that I already have make some storage containers? So today I'm sharing five of my favorite upcycled organizational DIYs that you can make from things you probably already have lying around the house.   

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

1. Egg Carton Jewelry Storage - For this project, simply spray paint the outside of the plastic type of egg carton. I cut mine into two pieces and painted each one a different color. Easy peasy!

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

2. Plastic Bag Dispenser - This one is made out of a disinfecting wipe container. Cut the label off, spray paint the top, wrap contact paper around the outside and then stuff your plastic bags inside. You'll never have a mess of bags again!

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

3. Salsa Jar Canisters - For these apothecary style jars, I spray painted the tops of empty salsa jars and then glued knobs to the top using E6000 glue. These are great for holding bathroom items like I've done, or also things like beads or other crafting supplies.

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

4. Contact Paper Storage Box - This catch-all storage box is simply a shoe box covered with marble contact paper. You could also cover it in wrapping paper, gluing it to the box with Mod Podge.

 

5 DIYs To Help Get Organized Using Things You Already Have
Photo: Faith Towers

5. Mason Jar String Organizer - For this one, remove the inside part of the mason jar cap and replace it with decorative card stock of the same size and shape. Punch a hold in the center before you screw it on, and thread the string through the hole. No more runaway string or yarn!

 

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20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized

by Faith Towers
20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: The Casual Craftlete

Who else is in need of some help in the storage department? I know I am, so today we're sharing some attractive DIY storage projects... because it's way easier to get yourself organized when you have cute storage, right?!   

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Erin Spain

1. Add some colorful personality to plain old baskets with this awesome tutorial. [Photo: Erin Spain]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Passion Shake

2. Hide unsightly items like remotes and magazines under the sofa with this clever rolling tray. Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Passion Shake]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo:
 We Can Make Anything

3. Add some extra style and functionality to a wire basket with this DIY fabric liner. Check out the instructions here. [Photo: We Can Make Anything]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: All Crafts Channel

4. If you like to crochet, then this basket might be the perfect project for you. Watch the video tutorial here. [Photo: All Crafts Channel]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: The Navage Patch

5. These herb-alicious boxes are made from scratch and then letter stencils are used to create the text. Get the how-to here. [Photo: The Navage Patch]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Revamperate

6. Here's a unique project that involves some dip dying and a glue gun. Learn more here. [Photo: Revamperate]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Erin Spain

7. Tin cans get a makeover in this easy little tutorial. Check it out here. [Photo: Erin Spain]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Lydi Out Loud

8. Rope is a great material for DIY storage! Find out how to make this ombré rope basket here. [Photo: Lydi Out Loud]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Kristi Murphy

9. Add some serious style to a boring tote, and use it as a storage basket... here's the tutorial. [Photo: Kristi Murphy]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: The Casual Craftlete

10. Paint is the star in this super colorful little trinket box tutorial. Learn more  here. [Photo: The Casual Craftlete]

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Little House of Four

11. Believe it or not, this began as one of those ugly plastic drawer sets! Find out all the details  here. [Photo: Little House of Four]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo:  Bang On Style

12. Upcycle some old jars into these adorable animal-topped storage containers! Here's the how-to. [Photo:  Bang On Style]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Faith Towers

13. This industrial chic storage container was made by yours truly. Check out the tutorial  here. [Photo: Faith Towers]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo:  A Piece of Rainbow

14. These fun storage boxes are made from old cardboard boxes and burlap. Find out how to make your own  here. [Photo:  A Piece of Rainbow]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Akamatra

15. Organize the yarn for your next knitting project using this genius idea. [Photo: Akamatra]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Better Homes and Gardens

16. Who knew PVC piping could be so handy? Find out how to make this laundry organizer here. [Photo: Better Homes and Gardens]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: An Exercise In Frugality

17. Channel your inner Kate Spade with these fun storage boxes. Learn more  here. [Photo: An Exercise In Frugality]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Haberdashery Fun

18. This reversible fabric box would be useful for so many different purposes. Get the tutorial here. [Photo: Haberdashery Fun]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Homey Oh My

19. Learn how to cover boxes the right way with this easy tutorial. [Photo: Homey Oh My]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
Photo: Pretty Neat Organizer

20. Turn wine crates into vertical storage using this clever tutorial. [Photo: Pretty Neat Organizer]

 

20 DIY Bins, Boxes and Baskets To Help You Get Organized
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10 Creative Alternatives To Store-Bought Gift Wrap

by Faith Provencher
10 Creative Gift Wrap Alternatives
Photo: Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Still working on wrapping holiday gifts? Or maybe you aren't finished shopping yet? Today we have some gift wrapping ideas that are a little outside the box - literally and figuratively. We're sharing ten creative alternatives to basic, store-bought gift wrap... which will in turn save you some money, and be a little friendlier to the environment. Keep reading to check them out!   

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40 Scandinavian-Style Christmas Decor Ideas You Will Adore

by Capree K

40+ Scandinavian Christmas decorations

What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!      

1. Simple Black and White Scandinavian Christmas decorations

2. White Christmas Kitchen Decor

3. Elegant Bathroom Christmas Decor

4. Rustic Bedroom Decor with DIY Branch Garland

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How To: Turn an Outdoor Light Fixture Into an Indoor Industrial Modern Wall Sconce

by Lidy Dipert

How To: Turn an Outdoor Light Fixture Into an Indoor Industrial Modern Wall Sconce

A few months ago, as we began our kitchen makeover, we were thinking about what kind of lighting we would like to put into our revamped space. So, we purchased a couple new pendant lights to replace the builder-grade fixtures that were up on our ceilings.

But we really wanted to do something fresh and handmade, something customized to the space with serious style. Then, we ended up finding an ordinary outdoor light fixture at a rummage...

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