School is out for the summer, and that means loads of down time. Need a kids craft idea to keep little hands busy? Making a mini fish tank is inexpensive and fun (even if you're a grown up!). I actually pulled the idea for this project from my own childhood. When I was a kid, I made one of these mini fish tanks for my dollhouse. I remember being so pleased with myself, because it looked so real with the tinted water, and the fish could actually float! This kid-friendly craft project is easy to execute, and with drying time included can be completed in about an hour.
I've been practicing macrame a lot recently and even though I'm still a beginner, I love creating unique projects with this basic twisted macrame pattern (as you may have seen in my DIY twisted macrame keychains earlier this week). Because I have a love for Edison light bulbs, I'd planned to create my own dangling wall light in our living room for months, and this simple macrame wrapped wall light DIY was the perfect solution.
There's no shortage of organizers for earrings on the internet - that is, if you only wear dangling earrings. Me? I'm more of a stud woman. And since stud earrings are so tiny, it's even more frustrating when they get disorganized! Oh, the hours I have lost trying to find the other half of a pair of earrings. There aren't a slew of attractive organization options out there for purchase, which is exactly why I set to work making this stud earring organizer myself - and you can too!
I remember making a coil bowl from scrap fabric as a kid -- it turned out terribly. Now that my dexterity and attention to detail and general craftin' skillz have increased, I really want to give this trendy neon version a go.
Sure, there are earbuds available with a few pops of color on the ends, but the cords are always white or black. BORING. Add some personality and flair (and help keep them tangle-free) with this easy DIY project -- you may even find yourself wrapping all your gadgets in string!
Garden light season is right around the corner, and I spotted a great DIY project to kick this off. Michelle made her string of lights using twine, but to give them variety in the color department, she shot them with Rustoleum. To check out the entire tutorial, head on over to Pocketful of Dreams.
In case you hadn't noticed, I am totally into DIY vase projects lately! From paper polygons to faux milk glass, I can't get enough of 'em. So, of course I was excited when I spotted this easy string-wrapped vase project -- the pops of neon are perfect for spring!
It's no secret, we love a good DIY lighting project here at Curbly. Whether that's building your own from scratch or simply giving that old shade a makeover, we love lamps. This particular project, though, is hands down the easiest one we've ever seen! If you can tie a knot, you can make this (feathers optional).
Simple, easy, and a bit like a friendship bracelet for your door, this DIY branch wreath from Duo Fiberworks is my new favorite thing. Ye Olde Twig Wreath just got an awesome and colorful update, y'all!
Over at ManMade, Chris has a sweet tutorial on making hip, colorful typographic string art:
It's easy enough to do with your kids, and cool-looking enough to actually hang on the wall.
...or whatever character your heart desires. Love the letter "C"? The number "5"? This easy DIY decor project is customizable, great looking, and practically free!
The only thing I love more than when readers share projects they've done inspired by something I've posted is posting the pictures of the projects themselves. Here are three that were sparked by the String Gardens.
Last week we shared a roundup of (awesome) modern tea towels, but if your priority is to 'make do', I say you may as well make it pretty, too!
Creations of Fedor van der Falk, these String Gardens are made using "a three-dimensional crochet filled with plaster, soil, moss, and grass." I assume the combination of these
Who doesn’t love the twinkle of string lights? They lend oodles of atmosphere to any environment.
Good News: String lights are on clearance right now! You can save some major cheese by stocking up right now.
Bad News: When displayed plain and lonely, string lights tend to read a little too HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Or worse, WELCOME TO MY DORM ROOM.
Solution: Get creative. With the addition of a few inexpensive items you probably already have around...
Jessica took the string ball idea and ran with it, creating a gorgeous string ball chandelier. The chandeliers were the perfect addition to the outdoor dining experience, but they would be equally pretty inside as well.
Way back when, I knew how to tie a few fancy knots. My weekend workshops reminded me that I need to brush up on knot tying for lots of crafty reasons. Here's a handy post on one of those know-it-all sites (20-20 Site) that has illustrated tied knots as well as the coordinating You Tube video to really drive the point home. Did someone say Visual Learner?
Artist Kathryn Anderson makes impressive wall murals with the most mundane things. A tree like the one pictured above, would cost--this is just a guess--around ten bucks. What do you need to make one? This stuff:
Hearts-on-a-string...Super quick, super easy, and a great use of scrap paper. AND! This stands out as the kinda project you can do while in a meeting or class, and make it look like you're totally paying attention!
All I want for Christmas is some extreme holiday bokeh! Though not always easy to capture (here's some tips), when one gets it right, string lights are simple some of the most amazing things to place (or not!) in one's depth of field.
Gizmodo has assembled 107 beautiful photos of the phenomenon.