Make It: Watertight Plastic Bag Containers

created at: 09/28/2011

I have a soft spot for DIYs that have the ability to look like art installations but are also functional. Such is the case with these watertight plastic bag containers that serve a million and one purposes!  

created at: 09/28/2011

There’s not a whole lot to them, but the results are impressive – don’t you think? Because they’re watertight I think a group of the cups or bowls would make for great seed starters come spring. I’m also entertaining visions of a rainbow of organizational containers on my desk. Continue Reading

Colorful Candy Corn Bottle Vases

created at: 09/28/2011

I always make a habit of hanging onto empty glass bottles from beer, sauces, etc. I just can’t shake the feeling that there’s going to be a project right around the corner when they’ll come in handy, and I don’t want to be caught without! My latest bottle-saving spree is about to come in handy for these colorful candy corn bottle vases.  

created at: 09/28/2011

These festive containers couldn’t be easier to create and only require the most basic of materials. Continue Reading

Make It: Mod Paper Pumpkins for Fall

created at: 09/18/2011

As soon as Labor Day has passed fall decorations are fair game! These paper pumpkins can be as classic or as funky as you’d like and take about five minutes each to whip up.  

created at: 09/18/2011

Cut, cut, cut. Punch, punch, punch. I’ve got big plans to make six in varying sizes for my mantle this weekend, some solids and some patterns. You can also string a few together vertically for a great mobile!

Click over to Craftiness is Not Optional for the full list of materials and directions and you’ll be in the fall spirit in no time flat. Continue Reading

DIY Faux Zinc Letters

created at: 09/18/2011

Tutorials on faux finishes abound in the world of the internet, but this is the first I’ve come across for faux zinc. I have a few pieces crying out for a little TLC and updating, and I think this is just what the doctor ordered.  

created at: 09/18/2011

I love the way head above water turned hers into these rad bookends. All it takes are some select paints, a few easy steps and you’ve given some old pieces new life and some new love in your home. Continue Reading

Make It: Crafty Newspaper Gift Bags

created at: 09/18/2011

September through December are prime gift-giving months for me, so I always have my eyes open for new ways to present the things I spend so much time looking for. I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to the art of giving, and presentation is no place to slack!   

I’m completely intrigued by these newspaper gift bags I saw the other day. Now no, I don’t subscribe to the paper anymore (the internet!) but it would certainly be worth buying one issue. Continue Reading

Make a Modern Bamboo Windchime

Where I live we are experiencing an unexpectedly early fall. Days are filled with soft breezes, the occasional gentle rain, and overcast skies. And I love it. The kids are back in school, so there are no neighborhood noises to fill the void. Enter this DIY modern bamboo windchime.  

Everyone has their preference when it comes to windchimes it seems. Wood or metal, dinging or ringing. It seems to be a really personal experience, maybe because it becomes part of the soundtrack of your life once hung. Continue Reading

Make It: An Upcycled ‘Laurel’ Wreath

created at: 09/15/2011

Care to venture a guess as to what these clever upcycled faux laurel wreaths are made out of?  

If you guesses plastic spoons you’re spot on! casasugar actually spotted them as part of a window display at Camille in Los Angeles and I can’t get over how genius they are.

After gathering the spoons of your choice you can work around a circular form, or freehand it by joining neck to heel with hot glue until your circle is complete. Continue Reading

DIY Customized Painted Wood Art

created at: 09/14/2011

Ever finish up a project only to have a ton of scraps left? You don’t want to waste them, but you don’t really want them tucked away in some dusty corner of your house either. Well, if wood scraps are what you’ve got, I have the solution.  
There’s a chance you might need to buy some wood, but most home stores have lots of scraps they’re willing to part with for a small fee if you don’t already have a stash at home ready and waiting.
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DIY Punched Brass Pendant Light

created at: 09/04/2011

Ever see a DIY project and think THERE IS NO WAY because it’s just so brilliant and so good that you can hardly believe it? That was this punched brass pendant light for me.  

I mean look at it! Shiny and beautiful and beckoning. But it’s true, someone made it and you can too. All it takes are a few materials, a little metal smithing know how, and time tempered with patience. (That last one is where I struggle!) Continue Reading

Make a Recycled Can Wine Rack

created at: 09/04/2011

I have a wine rack. It’s okay, but matches my taste from about a decade ago as opposed to now. While perusing the shops for a new one I came across this industrial chic version that can be DIYed with only a few materials.  

I love the geometric look and bold color of this wine rack constructed out of aluminum cans. I think I would opt for leaving mine unpainted so as to achieve to most industrial look possible. Continue Reading