Curbly Video Podcast: How to Turn a Take-Away Container into a Decorative Storage Box

by DIY Maven

created on: 06/06/08

Tarting up a take-away container with paper is a fun, fast and easy project. They make beautiful gift boxes, but equally pretty storage boxes as well!

The supplies you’ll need:

A clean takeaway container (to forego the lingering scent of vegetable lo-mein, you can buy new takeaway containers at your local craft store for about a dollar.)
Decorative paper
Spray adhesive
Craft knife
2 metal brads
One large needle
A cutting mat and...

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Glow in the Dark Moon Table.

by Chris Gardner

Houston, we have storage!

Glow in the Dark Moon Table.

"This design by Sotirios Papadopoulos for ENNEZERO is one heavenly creation...Created using ecologically safe paint (ELI ecolightinside), this “Fullmoon” sideboard furniture has the ability to “create special effects” in the dark. I assume that means it glows in the dark or maybe it shoots laser beams. The “Fullmoon” will be on-view at the SOHO temporary gallery in Milan during the “dEMOsign” exhibition April...

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The Ultimate Bed

by DIY Maven

The Ultimate Bed

The Ultimate Bed comes with options galore–including a ton of drawers and even bedside tables. Billed as a ‘complete bedroom suite in one product’, this arrangement might be the answer to meager square footage. On the manufacturer’s website, you pick your desired options–which may include a headboard and a Perfect Number Mattress (like a Select Comfort). After which, you’ll be given your quote. I mocked up my perfect Ultimate Bed in a queen size...

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Unfinished Armoires, Four Ways

by DIY Maven

What do you get when you take four unfinished armories and Curbly them up? Inspirational photos like you wouldn’t believe.

Potential bar.

Unfinished Armoires, Four Ways

Bar realized.

Potential craft cubby.

Craft cubby realized.

Potential garden ‘shed’.

Garden ‘shed’ realized.

Potential laundry center.

Laundry center realized.

 

For individual components of each project, visit BHG, but be advised, there is an inordinate amount of advertisement pop-ups on this site!

 

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How To Fold A Paper Box.

by Chris Gardner

Use these adorable handmade paper boxes for storing small parts, office and craft supplies, or for gifts.

 

How To Fold A Paper Box.

 

1. Fold the paper in half, extend it back out and then fold each half inwards again to end up in the middle line.
2. Turn paper sideways and do the same exact thing as in step 1. But this time after the second fold, fold back out again and straighten the paper.
3. Fold the four corners inwards but do not exceed the lines that appeared after...

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A No Cost, Tangle Free Way to Store Holiday Lights.

by Chris Gardner

Tree lights are notoriously nefarious. They get twisted and tangled and knotted, and the bulbs burn and short out. Some folks even avoid the frustration and purchase new sets each year. But with a little planning 'round New Years, your lights can be in perfect shape come tree time.

A No Cost, Tangle Free Way to Store Holiday Lights.

 
Materials 

  • Rectangle of cardboard or shirt box lid/base
  • Utility knife
  • Cutting surface:scrap plywood, healing cutting mat, or workbench
  • String of lights

...

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DIY-able Grid Wall Pockets?

by DIY Maven

DIY-able Grid Wall Pockets?

Mio Culture is featuring these storage pockets, which serve as ‘vertical real estate’ for life’s flotsam and jetsam. Particularly good for the office to clear space on your desk, the 21" wide by 26.75" long grid wall is made of ‘a combination of wool felt, polyester and rayon.’ At 65 bucks it isn’t crazy expensive, however, it looks DIY-able to me. Some felt, a sewing machine, a scissors or craft knife–to cut out the slots–and three grommets to...

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How to store your warm weather clothes.

by DIY Maven

How to store your warm weather clothes.

Now that Mother Nature has turned her attention to fall, you might be thinking about swapping your summer clothes for something a bit more toasty. But what’s the best way to store all those warm weather togs? Real Simple breaks it down like this:

1. Empty the pockets and wash and dry or dry clean everything you plan to store.

2. Of those items coming back from the dry cleaner, make sure to remove the dry-cleaner bags.

3. Store your clothes in cool...

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Pottery Barn Goes Hi-Tech

by DIY Maven

Pottery Barn Goes Hi-Tech

Pottery Barn is now offering furniture outfitted with Smart Technology. What is Smart Technology? It is a collection of furniture with a dual purpose that blends ‘the tradition of comfort and style’. Each piece ‘seamlessly connects you to high-tech accessories by keeping electronics and cords discreet while also organizing and holding household items’. Some of the highlights of the collection include the Bedford Smart Linen Pinboard ($295), which...

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Find Extra Storage Space for Bulk Items.

by Chris Gardner

A few weeks ago, we won a one-year membership to a discount club at a charity event. (Thankfully, not the one owned by WalMart.) So, to be appreciative of our 'luck', we redeemed the membership, got some fancy photo IDs, and made a few purchases. With only two people in our home, we haven't much use for perishable products, like a five gallon jug of mayonnaise or a gross of Bubbletape, but we did pick up some paper products, cause there's nothing...

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Cubby Wall

by DIY Maven

Cubby Wall

B & B Italia’s Soft Wall, designed by Gerhards & Glücker, is a room divider, space definer, sculpture and storage unit. How’s that for multi-functionalism? Crafted of felt on a metal frame, the wall provides pockets for all those magazines, brochures, invitations and such. An added bit of news: B & B Italia has taken up shop in the U.S. in SoHo at 138 Greene Street as of March 07.

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Answer: Iplop

by DIY Maven

Question: What sound would be created if an iPod could pinch off a dookie?

Okay, not really. The Iplop happens to be a miniature beanbag chair for your accessories such as iPods, PDAs, keys and such. A waste of cash? Probably. But at $4.99 each, they aren't THAT big of a waste.

Ipod not included

You can find Iplops, available in a variety of colors, at your local Officemax stores and online at Senario.com.

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