Sometimes when I scan the aisles of Target, things catch my eye that I don't have an actual use for...like placemats. I use placemats for just about anything other than their intended purpose. (I am millennial after all, and we probably killed placemats like we did everything else, ha!) In this case, I turned a placemat into a clutch by adding a zipper and a tassel zipper pull. Even the beginner sewist should be able to conquer this project in less than 30 minutes.
If you love drinking wine as much as you love crafting, then we've got some good news for you! Those natural corks that you might otherwise throw out can be re-purposed in a lot of different ways. Here are four wine cork projects that you can easily complete in 10 minutes or less each.
Spring is in the air! To me, spring is always, first and foremost, about color. It's also my favorite time of year to keep flowers in the house, but this can be a very expensive habit. Instead, I've committed to getting my flower fix by picking one or two flowers from my daily walks to display in small bud vases. To honor each bloom, I wanted to whip some special bud vases to give them just-the-right place to live.
I found these...
I love a good bargain! With Easter coming up, it's time to start shopping for Easter gifts and treats to fill Easter eggs, but that can get expensive fast. My family hosts an Easter egg hunt every year, and I think these simple dollar DIY Easter baskets made from Dollar Store plastic pots are the perfect way to get a homemade touch without a lot of money or work. Use them to hunt for eggs or fill with grass and goodies for a homemade gift!...
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it's time to start making plans. Nothing screams Valentine's Day quite like conversation hearts. They're colorful, they're graphic, and they say something (sorta) meaningful in ten characters or less. But, they taste kinda icky, so this year, I'm combing the classic conversation heart with something we all actually want to eat: chocolate.
I don't know about you but I hate spending money on lamps. Don't get me wrong, I love a good lamp... they bring function, balance, and style to a space. I just don't understand why they're so expensive? The good news is that there are plenty of lamps taking up shelf space at your local thrift store for super cheap. Hopefully these projects will inspire you to make a stylish lamp for a fraction of the cost!
There's nothing like an iconic mid-century classic to set your home apart. Your home can be as contemporary as can be, but add even one Saarinen or Eames piece to your space, and you've connected with a movement. You've invested in a piece that, fifty or sixty years later, looks as elegant, playful, and amazing as it did when it was first unveiled.
'Cept, here's the deal: these guys can be expensive. While you're paying for comfort and style, you're also paying for the time of some of the most talented artists of the 20th century, quality materials, and, true, some copyright.
So, get creative, and make your own mid-century classic!
If you're cleaning out your closet as part of an organizing resolution, then here's an idea for all those t-shirts you'll be getting rid of!
I always say it, but it really is amazing what a coat of paint can do. The color possibilities are endless and a new paint job just breaths life into anything! We've been needing some dining chairs for about a year now, and I found some old yellow ones at a yard sale for $3 each! Needless to say, I scooped those up and gave them some DIY lovin'!
Sometimes I come across an idea online and am so smitten. I then slap the side of my head for not thinking of it first! That's exactly what I did when I stumbled upon this genius light garland idea. How fun for a backyard party, am I right?!
Sometimes those really ugly pieces of furniture CAN serve a purpose! This old coffee table got a trendy makeover and is now a gorgeous piece that the owners can display proudly!
Bar carts aren't just for beverages anymore. Pick up an inexpensive cart and bring the garden inside!
Well... THIS is cool! Before you think to toss an ill-fitting belt into the trash (or donation bin), check out this awesome DIY idea!
I've got a joke for ya. When is a door not a door? When it's ajar! Also? When it's an awesome DIY coffee table! Read on to see how a $10 door became this fantastically upcycled piece of furniture.
Update: We've tested two new techniques for dyeing glass jars. Check them out here!
Remember the Mod Podge + food coloring technique for painting clear glass? That was cool and all, but I spotted another method using Vitrail glass paint and acetone (nail polish remover) that allows the bottles and jars to be used as actual vases, as the finish is waterproof! This treatment provides for more depth of color as...
This week we're giving ourselves a bit of a break after a hectic and awesome finish to 2011. We've dug out some oldies but goodies from the Curbly archives that you may have missed. Today; check out this fun upcycling idea: making a purse from a secondhand book!
Click here to read the original blog post! And make sure to check back tomorrow for another blast from the past.
A great up-cycle project that results in cute storage bins? Perfection! Betz White is the mastermind behind the project, which includes instruction on how to make a large, medium