‘Slim’ Bookcase Turns Books Into Art



As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the covers are so pretty. For the amount of effort that goes into producing such things, it really is a shame to hide them on traditional book shelves. With the clear acrylic Slim bookcase, available at Yanko Design, we can now flaunt all those covers. Yes, it’s a bookcase, but it displays titles in a way that transforms them into wall art. Continue Reading

How to Make a Magnetic Picture Frame

created at: 2009-10-05

Show of hands. Who uses their refrigerator to hold the latest pics? (I do.) This little project takes its cue from that handy catch-all, the fridge door, for a very stylish result. To make a magnetic picture frame of your very own, you’ll need some stuff. Here’s a list:

  • an 8″ x 10″ picture frame
  • LoRan magnetic board
  • an 8″ x 10″ (or so) fabric scrap
  • tape
  • primer
  • paint
  • one small and one medium paintbrush
  • drop cloth/news paper
  • rare-earth magnets

To see how the project went together, follow this jump to Crafty Nest.  Continue Reading

How to make a Magnetic Photo Board for Under $15

The only thing you’ll  need to buy to make this project is the piece of 3′ x 4′ sheet of galvanized steel, which the Jo’s at Photojojo found at Home Depot for 14 bucks. You probably already have on hand the rest of the supplies, which include the following:

  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Drill and 1/4″ or smaller bit
  • Piece of scrap wood
  • Hammer
  • Small nails or screws
  • Assorted magnets
  • Your favorite photos

Follow this jump to see the entire how-to. Continue Reading

How to Make a Magnetic Art/Photo Display

Another installment in the art/photo display gallery here at Curbly is this option from Wendy at Wisdom of the Moon. 

Supplies she used:

a strip of flat metal with holes in it
metal primer
Clear protective enamel

What she did:

You can probably figure out, just by the list of materials, what Wendy did. Although she opted to paint the washers and metal strip, leaving them ‘raw’ for an industrial look would be a great-looking and easier option. Continue Reading

My New Craft Room: Art display track and how to make one

I’m a paper freak. Primarily, I like to fold it and make greeting cards out of it. The problem is, when I complete a paper project, oftentimes it gets slipped into a drawer, only to be forgotten. When planning my new craft room workspace, I decided I wanted a way to display my recent folds and, more importantly, a place to keep my cards until they’re needed.

Inspired by Alltext’s photo wall, but on a much smaller scale, I had MWT rip a piece of 3/4 MDF down to 1 ½” x 48″, which I then painted with 3 coats of semi-gloss latex, again, sanding between coats. Continue Reading

To hang or to prop?

AllPosters poses the question of hanging or propping art in their latest newsletter. They point out the flexibility of propping, as it’s easily changed. They also suggest interspersing your propped objects with ‘sculpture, floral-filled vases, or flea market finds’ to add interest. Along with this increasingly popular trend, AllPosters passes along hints for hanging, blocking and framing your pieces as well.

Holiday Card Round-Up

I few years ago, I saw Martha Stewart fashion a greeting card wreath using a wooden embroidery hoop, miniature clothes pins, a glue gun and a bit of ribbon. I tried it, and although it looked lovely, as all of Martha’s creations generally do, it didn’t hold up well. The hoop was too big and the little clothes pins kept falling off as they lacked surface area for proper gluing. Plus, it was a little too genteel. Continue Reading