Roundup: 15 Awesome Things to Make with Tree Branches and Limbs!

created at: 10/28/2012

Branches, twigs, and logs — oh my! Turn this readily available material into stylish decor accessories. Stumped? Here are 15 awesome projects to get the creative juices flowing.     


1. DIY Wood Pencil Holder

2. DIY Painted Driftwood Coat Rack

3. DIY Typographic Tree Limb Coasters

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4. DIY Log Centerpiece Votive Holder

5. DIY Tree Stump Side Table

6. DIY Tree Branch Napkin Rings

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7. DIY Tree Stump Table Lamp

8. DIY Tree Stump Coffee Table

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Roundup: 7 Awesome DIY Plastic Animal Projects!

created at: 11/09/2011

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s a regular ol’ animal invasion on the DIY front!  Yes, 2011 is the year plastic animals finally got their due.  From dinosaur planters to, um, jungle-themed ‘derriere’ magnets, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite plastic animal projects.  Enjoy!  


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Gilded party animal candle holders from The Sweetest Occasion are festive and fun! Kelly suggests snagging your materials for cheap from Target’s dollar bin.

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No “butts” about it, these animal magnets from Steph Mantis are pure silliness… and totally awesome. Continue Reading

Make It: Kid-Friendly Popsicle Stick Magnets!

created at: 08/23/2011

Here at Curbly, we love a good magnet, especially if we can make a bunch and make ’em ourselves.  What could possibly be better than that?  Super colorful magnets made from recycled materials that allow for spontaneous creativity and fun in the kitchen!  Sold?  Read on!  

Brooke Fish, the blogger and crafty designer behind Pure and Noble, came up with this clever solution to use up old popsicle sticks and those ubiquitous, local business refrigerator magnets that arrive in every mailer or are attached to every phone book in the world.   Continue Reading

Make It: Easy DIY Glitter Magnets!

created at: 08/01/2011

It’s no secret, we love magnets here at Curbly: mini polaroid magnets, branch magnets, terrarium magnets, and vintage jewelry magnets – oh my!  But, hands down, these glitter magnets are the easiest and sparkliest of them all!  

Katrina from Pugly Pixel shares this super simple tutorial for making your own DIY glitter magnets.  I love that a) they take about 2 seconds per magnet and b) the colors are completely customizable.  Also?  It’s kind of brilliant and did I mention SPARKLY?   Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Magnetic Silly Putty!

created at: 06/14/2011

Just because school is out for the summer doesn’t mean you can’t enlighten some minds with science!  I mean c’mon, kids of all ages are fascinated by silly putty, add some magnetism to that equation and BAM!  You’ve just blown a few minds.  What more coud you ask for?    

If blowing minds and tossing some education into the mix of summer activities sounds like a good idea, here’s the DIY project for you.  Instructables user mikeasaurus aka Mike Warren shows us how to turn regular old silly putty into a mind-melding magnetic toy.   Continue Reading

DIY Terrarium Magnets: Make Your Own Tiny Vertical Garden!

created at: 05/02/2011

Oh my goodness.  This may be one of the coolest DIY terrarium / vertical garden / house plant projects I’ve ever seen.  I don’t know about you, but the thought of making my own tiny magnetic vertical garden is enough to make me want to cover every surface in my house in a magnetic material (or, at the very least, have one giant magnetic wall)!    

These mini garden tins were created by the clever folks at Ruffled for use as wedding favors.   Continue Reading

DIY: Mid-Century Modern Clock Magnets

created at: 04/07/2011

You’ve probably seen bottle cap magnets before or maybe even made a few yourself.  (I have one of a Miniature Schnauzer on my fridge that my nephew lovingly picked out for me from the local craft fair.  It’s awesome.)  But, have you seen MCM-inspired bottle cap magnets??  Yeah, that’s what I thought!  

Our fave mod DIYer Jessica Jones from How About Orange came up with this easy DIY project – and even provided the clock graphics as a free download.   Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Pantone Magnets

created at: 03/22/2011

I have a not-so-secret obsession with all things colorful and design-related, so when I saw these Pantone magnets my little heart did a cart wheel.  I mean, why didn’t I think of this?  It just makes so much sense.  Not to mention this may be the easiest DIY project we’ve ever posted.  

created at: 03/22/2011

Graphic and textile designer Jessica Jones of the blog How About Orange came up with this project as a way to use up loose Pantone chips.  Continue Reading

Blinged: Dress Up Your Fridge!

created at: 01/17/2011

Megan, whose thriftastic office we featured last week, has created some of the most clever – and prettiest – magnets you’ve ever seen!  

created at: 01/17/2011

If you’ve ever been to a thrift store or an estate sale, chances are you’ve seen some pretty sweet clip-on earrings.  Costume jewelry was all the rage at some point in time, apparently, and lucky for you Megan Jeyifo, of Urban Casita and ReadyMade fame, has figured out a new use for these sparkly baubles: super fancy magnets! Continue Reading