We are always on the hunt for new and interesting ways to display all our leafy friends over at the Curbly office. With spring finally showing up this past weekend (Midwesterners rejoice!), all our office plants are looking more alive than they have in almost 8 months. We think they deserve a new look. Want to take your houseplants to the another level (no pun intended) too, but you're short on time? This DIY plant stand can be completed in roughly thirty minutes.
To start, drill three holes in the wood round. Before you start drilling, you'll need to divide the wood round into thirds. Check out this graph from our tree stump side table project for help on the math. If thirds seems too daunting, create a plant stand with four legs.
Once you've divided the wood into thirds, measure 1.25" in from the edges of the round, and mark the drill points. Clamp the wood round to a sturdy surface. Using a 5/8ths forstner bit, create three holes in the wood round.
This Dewalt 20-volt MAX drill made quick work of these holes! And that was after we had run the battery on another project for almost 10 minutes of drill time.
Next, clamp the 3/4" dowel to a sturdy surface, and cut into thirds (unless you're creating a plant stand with four legs, then cut into fourths). Sand any rough edges.
Attach felt pads to the bottom of each dowel.
Feed each dowel through drilled holes of the wood round. If they stick on the way down, use a soft mallet to hammer the wood slab down.
Use a level to ensure each leg is sitting at an equal place in the wood round. To keep the dowels from slipping out of the wood round, drill a small screw under each leg. These screws will act as a stop.
Tape the wood round to protect it, then paint! While it may seem like painting the legs first would've been easier, we didn't want to scratch the paint feeding it through the wood round.
Let the paint dry completely, then your 30-minute plant stand is ready to use!
I'm so happy spring is back. With the warmer weather moving in, it's time all the office plants get their yearly shakeup. Overgrown ones will get moved to bigger pots, dead leaves will get snipped, and everyone will get a new round of dirt and fertilizer. Happy spring!
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Eye spy a trend popping up all over the internet lately, on everything from textiles to phone cases to kitchen accessories... the all-seeing eye! Inspired by historical designs like the Eye of Providence and Olle Eksell's One Eye, it's a bold motif with a lot of fun variations so it really lends itself to DIY projects. So today I'm sharing ten of my favorite eye-covered products and DIYs... click through to check them out.
It's a problem that a lot of homes suffer from, whether their owners know it or not - boringness. Does your house lack personality? Or maybe it has plenty and you want to add even more? Well today we have ten easy ways to add serious personality to your home. Click through to check 'em out.
1. Make some typographical wall art.
Adding letters, words and phrases is a super easy way to give your walls some serious pizzazz... get the tutorial for this DIY wall decal here.
2. Add peel-and-stick floor tiles.
This floor started out in bad shape. But with the addition of cheap peel and stick floor tiles arranged in a stripe pattern, the new look is beautiful - and completely memorable. Get the full tutorial here.
3. Add a faux backsplash.
Does your kitchen backsplash leave something to be desired? Well even if you're a renter, there is hope... just grab a few sheets of removable wallpaper in a backsplash-style pattern and follow these instructions.
4. Give a piece of furniture a makeover.
There are so many great ways to upgrade an existing piece of furniture... this one started out as a black IKEA Malm, and now it's a white and wood campaign style dresser. Get the how-to here.
5. Transform your throw pillows.
Give your existing throw pillows a makeover with new fabric and some unique trim. This pom pom pillow was made using a shirt from the thrift store! Get the how-to here.
6. Paint your front door a fun color.
Ah, the power of paint. Grab a pint or two of exterior paint in a bright color and you'll have a personality-filled entrance which will set the tone for the rest of your home. Get the instructions here.
7. Make a set of colorful coasters.
Add some character to your tabletop with these fun patterned cork coasters. Get the tutorial here.
8. DIY your way to new lighting.
Who says you can't make your own sconces? Find out how to make this fantastic hanging pulley bulb lamp here.
9. Put some textiles on the wall.
Do you have leftover yarn from old knitting projects lying around? Make yourself a piece of wall art out of the remnants. Get the simple tutorial here.
10. Add an accent wall.
If you're not ready to commit to a unique wall treatment throughout an entire room, try it as an accent wall! This peel and stick wooden accent wall is a great option, or you might also consider a bright paint color or a fun wallpaper pattern. Get the tutorial for this wooden accent wall here.
As you can see, there are so many great ways to add character to your space without spending a huge amount of money or time... Please feel free to share your ideas in the comments section below!
A napkin holder is one of those (usually) mundane dining items that you never think about until you need it. And typically, napkin holders aren't exactly visually exciting. Unless you make one yourself! Today I have a fun, super simple project that will up your napkin game exponentially. Click through to find out how to make this trendy snowy mountain motif napkin holder.
Every now and then, a particular shape or design takes the internet by storm (think pineapples) and lately I've been noticing these all-seeing eye shapes everywhere. So I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and do a fun DIY all-seeing eye mirror. Keep reading to check out the easy tutorial!
When Janet Lee first moved into her tiny studio apartment, it was a blank box of white walls and neutral parquet floors. As a renter, she wasn't able to add any actual architectural details for visual interest, so she faked the look by bringing plenty of depth to her bland folding closet doors, creating an inexpensive and removable solution that anyone can do at home.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means we have another great excuse to decorate our mantels (as if we even need an excuse!). Today I'm sharing an easy mantel setup using x's and o's... and lots of 'em. Click through to find out how to make the different elements of this fun display.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm ALL about organization. When you live in small spaces, organization is the key to maximizing space and keeping your home feeling decluttered. One of the most cluttered areas of my home tends to be my entryway, so I decorated a simple box to create this wood box hook display for catching keys, sunglasses and other small items that normally end up cluttering the table!
Everyone I know is on an organizing kick, myself included, now that the new year has rolled around. And one of the places that I have the hardest time keeping clean is my home office and craft space. So I thought it would be fun to create a wall-mounted organizer for my office supplies and share it with you guys. Keep reading to check it out.
January is a time for getting organized and making resolutions to STAY organized. Easier said than done, right? To start small, try making this simple DIY chalkboard calendar that you can reuse every month to keep your dates straight. Store it in your office or use it as a command central for your family. The great thing about a chalkboard calendar is that it's easy to use and erase when plans change because they always do!
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.
There's something about the holidays that invites silliness, right? Am I alone in this thinking? I enjoy a good pun any time of year, but I especially love and appreciate the Christmas-y ones. There's no shortage of groan-inducing jokes out there either (a quick internet search will show you that). A couple silly decorations will fit right in on your Christmas tree, plus they'll provide a nice chuckle. Keep reading to see how to make these punny Christmas ornaments, with printable designs!
I love the holidays for many reasons, but my favorite is that they give you a good excuse to get super crafty. So when I walked by the balsa wood section at my local craft store, the wheels started turning. I came up with a fun project that uses paint and metallic tape to create totally unique color blocked triangular ornaments. Keep reading to find out how to make them yourself!
One of the greatest things about this project is that it uses wood but no saw. And while I have plenty of saws, I'm aware that not everybody does. So we'll use a plain old pair of scissors for this one.
Here's what you'll need for your ornaments:
Thin balsa wood, 1/16" thick works well
Acrylic craft paint
Washi tape or blue painter's tape
Metalized polyester film tape (not pictured)
Hot glue gun
Begin by measuring out equilateral triangles on your balsa wood. Each edge of mine was 3.5 inches long.
Using a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the triangles. Be gentle, because wood this thin can easily split along the grain.
Trim off the tops so they resemble trapezoids as shown above, and mask off sections using washi or blue painter's tape. Paint one section a darker color and let it dry.
Remove the first piece of tape and place another one across that section to mask off another area to paint a different color. Let that area dry too and remove the tape.
Next, add a piece of metalized film tape across the area where the two colors meet. Trim the ends of the tape, leaving a bit of excess to fold onto the back side.
Put a small line of hot glue across the top of the ornament, as neatly as you can. Quickly attach a piece of twine and let it dry. Then tie a knot at the top so the twine creates a triangle shape that completes the triangle formed by the wood.
And you're finished! I love the way the hanger integrates into the ornament, forming the top part of the triangle.
The tape gives them a fun pop of metallic color, giving them some serious style. You could try making these with other paint colors too, for a completely different look. Have fun with it!
Although I love having a traditional Christmas tree in my home, that's not the case for everyone. Whether a traditional tree it doesn't fit your Christmas style or you don't have the space for one, this simple wooden dowel tree is a great Christmas decor alternative that still allows you to hang ornaments. This minimalist-style DIY will still brighten up a space of your home and fit perfectly in a corner or even on a tabletop!
Banners are a fun way to add some festive style to a room, but they aren't used quite as much during the Christmas holiday season.... until now! Today I'm sharing how to create a fun message banner which you can customize with any text you like. Click through to check it out.
We'd had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.
One of the more practical issues we faced with our current kitchen was inadequate storage. Because installing more cabinets was a bit out of our budget, we decided to make a simple built-in bench for a two-for-one punch: a place to sit AND a place to put things. Bonus!
2x4s (we used 6)
One sheet 1/2" Plywood
Kreg pocket hole jig
Kreg right angle clamp
Round-over router bit
Palm sander (in medium and fine grit)
2.5” Wood screws
Pocket hole drill
Paint (same as walls)
Hinges (including accessories)
A note before we begin: The finished dimensions of the bench were 18”X18”X60”, since the 2x4 frame needed to be slightly shorter due to the 1/2” plywood on the sides, front, and top (actual dimensions of a 2X4 are 1.5X3.5”).
First, using your miter saw, cut the 2x4s to length. You will need:
4 X 59”
6 X 10.5”
5 X 14.5”
Using a Kreg pocket hole jig, drill holes for assembly.
Use a kreg right angle clamp to stabilize the 2x4.
Attach with pocket hole screws to construct the frame of the bench (refer to picture below).
Repeat until complete.
Using 1/2” Plywood for the walls of the bench, cut with table saw accordingly:
Sides: 2 X 17.5X17.5"
Front: 1 X 17.5X60”
Top: 1 X 62X19” (1” overhang on sides and front)
Cut a 3/4” strip off the top with table saw to accommodate hinges. We chose 3/4” hinges so that both sides of the joint are supported by the 2X4 underneath. Trim the overhang off of this thin strip so that the ends are flush to sides of the bench (60”).
Use wood glue and a brad nailer to attach the plywood front, sides, and 3/4” hinge strip.
Use a round-over router bit and rout all edges of the bench and lid to prevent splintering.
Use a palm sander to sand entire project. Medium grit first, then fine grit. Wipe down with tack cloth.
Use a stud finder to mark studs in the walls. Place the bench where it belongs and mark and drill pilot holes for the screws to anchor the bench to the wall studs and the sub-floor. We used 2.5” wood screws and the pocket hole drill bit for pilot holes.
Caulk seams and nail holes and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Allow to dry.
Paint bench and lid separately, allowing to fully dry between coats.
Mark holes for attaching hinges to bench and lid.
Drill pilot holes.
Use screwdriver to fasten (avoid stripping, tear-out).
Finish off bottom of bench with painted baseboards in conjunction to the rest of the wall using a brad nailer. Caulk seams and nail holes and touch up with paint.
Having a built-in bench is a game changer for our little kitchen nook. It provides enough extra seating for 2-3 people and plenty of storage for all our many pots, pans and more. Just one more little DIY that you don't want to miss before the big reveal, so stick around!
I think it's safe to say Christmas is upon us, and holiday decorating is my favorite time of year! As fun as it is to decorate my home, I tend to stray away from traditional reds and greens for Christmas, so I incorporated pink and a light green color into my decorating with this DIY dipped ornament display that fits in perfectly to my dining room gallery wall. Using lightweight plastic ornaments and twine, this almost-rustic piece of decor...
How soon is too soon to put up a Christmas tree? Because I wanted to put mine up at 12:00 am on November 1st. We usually do a live pine tree at my house, so we have a few more weeks to go until we can put one up and not have it be a fire hazard by December 25th. In the meantime, however, I've been scrounging up ornaments, garlands, and lights to decorate with. Maybe this is a little extra, but I like to change up the theme of my tree every year! This year I made three different Christmas ornaments, each using a different Dremel tool from our oh-so-handy combo kit.
Christmas decor comes in a wide range of styles. Some decorations are cute, some are classy, and some are, well... I'll say it: ugly. Sadly a lot of do-it-yourself decorations can fall into this last category, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. I've found 81 examples of stylish Christmas decor that you can make yourself (and proudly display when you're done).
What's your favorite decor style for the holidays? Let us know in the comments!