Curbly Video: How to Make Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

by Chris Gardner

How to Naturally Dye Easter Eggs Using Fruits and Vegetables


This Easter season, head to the produce aisle and dye your eggs with nature.

 
 
Materials

 

 

  • Free-range eggs
  • Alum powder (available at the supermarket in the spice aisle)
  • White Vinegar
  • Vegetables and spices, see step one
  • Cooktop
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
  • Vegetable oil, wax, electrical tape, leaves, stickers, etc (optional)
     
Step

Choose which colors you’d...

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How to Clean Tile Grout

by Chris Gardner

 How To Clean Dirty Grout

Dirty grout is a common problem. But with so many cleaning tips floating around on the internet, it's hard to know what to believe. So I decided to take the guess work out of it by testing a few methods and reporting back to you. Read on to see what I discovered...  

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How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

I have lots of great holiday memories from when I was a kid: listening to the Merry Christmas from Sesame Street cassette while driving downtown to pick up the ham with my dad, waking my parents up with my sister after totally having scoped the presents, and warming the handheld candles to make funny shapes with my cousins and uncle during Christmas Eve service. But nothing stands out more than this silly little wooden nativity set I set up...

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How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know...that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google "sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament". No results. Surprised?

At some point that day, I decided I couldn't bear to live in a world where there were glittery platypus ornaments didn't exist.  So, I figured I'd have to make one myself.      

First I thought, "Stencil?" No, not nearly as cool. "Paint it on a bulb?" Nope, don't trust my drawing skills enough. So, I headed to the craft store, and, to my surprise...there it was. A plastic toy platypus. And a shark, rhino, pig, octopus, and stegosaurus. Merry Christmas to Me. 

Tools and Materials

  • Plastic animals - check your local toy or craft store. I scored mine at Michael's for 40% off each! 
  • Small screw eyelets
  • Electric drill and small drill bits
  • Colored spray paint - I used Krylon Dual paint and primer in one, very helpful with the smooth surface of the plastic animals
  • Krylon Glitterblast paint - I used "Cherry Bomb," "Posh Pink," "Lucky Green," and "Sparkling Waters"
  • Krylon Glitterblast clear sealer
  • String, embroidery floss, or ornament hooks

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1. Remove any tags and stickers from your animals, then use some soap and water to clean off any craft or toy store grime, so that the paint will adhere well.

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2. Begin by drilling a hole that's a bit small than your screw eyelet into the back of your creature. (Or the head, or whatever makes sense. That sounds more violent than it is.) Try to drill in the center of piece's weight, as opposed to it's length, so that the creature will hang evenly.

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3. Use your fingers to screw in the eyelet, turning the animal onto the threads.

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4. Give the whole thing a solid basecoat of colored primer or paint. Since the Glitterblast is (understandably) a bit more pricey than normal spray paint, its a great way to get a deep saturated color without using too much of the sparkly stuff. I hung mine from the eyelet from some monofilament/fishing line, using a loose knot to prevent the thread from blocking the paint.

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5. Allow to dry, and cover with Glitterblast. Be sure to shake the can for a full two minutes, then use short spurts of sparkle to cover the whole thing - back, front, and belly.

Then, give it a coat of Glitterblast clear sealer, which'll keep the sparkle on your critters and off your Christmas tree.

There you go. My dreams have literally come true. And that's what the holiday season is all about. :)

Happy Glitterdays!

Thanks to Krylon for sponsoring this project! 
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Got your own awesome DIY holiday project using spray paint? Show us! 

 

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25 Alternative Olive Oil Uses

by Chris Gardner

There are many olive oil uses beyond what you might normally think of (cooking!). It's an incredibly versatile substance that you can put to good use in a lot of interesting situations. Here's how ... 

olive oil uses

Nutritionists will continue to tout olive oil for its high content of healthful, monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid, and polyphenols. The fruit oil practically propelled the entire Western world in antiquity, and is mentioned in nearly every sacred text this side of the Tigris and Euphrates.   

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How To Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse

by Chris Gardner

In this post, you'll learn how to make a birdhouse two different ways ...

How to make a birdhouse - modern and MCM design plans

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it's still very strong and holding up wonderfully.

But, of course I know that most folks, even other creative-types and DIYsters, don't have access to all these tools. So, I wondered: is it possible to come up with a modern, handmade birdhouse that doesn't required bunches of power tools and knowledge of complex joinery?

Of course it is. So, here's a DIY mod birdhouse that requires only an electric drill and a few toolbox staples. The whole thing can be made for around $10 in materials, and in just an hour or two.  

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How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

by Chris Gardner

Here's a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design. 

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Make these mid-century modern house numbers

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism's iconic artists. He's best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own...

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