How to Take Great Sparkler Pictures with Your Phone

Sparkler pictures - writing with light
Photo: Amber Dickson

Sparklers pictures are a fun and festive part of any 4th of July gathering.  Find out how you can document the day by taking long exposure photographs on your smartphone.  Your Instagram feed is going to shine!           


Sparklers in hands
Photo: Amber Dickson

Safety First When Creating Sparkler Pictures

The most important step is insuring your safety and that of the people around you.  Always make sure any children are closely supervised.  Sparklers can reach temperatures above 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and need to be handled carefully.  Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: Photo Display From A Coat Rack!

IKEA Hack: Photo Display From A Coat Rack!
Photo: Faith Towers

It you’ve been a Curbly reader for a while, then you probably know that we love IKEA hacks. And if you’re new around here, then you’ll just have to take my word for it – we love IKEA hacks. Today we have a new one for you, and it’s super easy. Just grab a Kubbis coat rack and you’ll have a fun photo display in no time.   


IKEA Hack: Photo Display From A Coat Rack!
Photo: Faith Towers

The Kubbis is tilted back instead of mounted on the wall… the photos lean up against the hooks, and are held in place by filing tabs – so easy!  Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Faux Photo Feature Wall

created at: 01/22/2013

When I first saw the photos for this DIY, all I could think about was how long it must have taken and how expensive all that film would be. Then, I actually read through the tutorial and realized I had been duped. This project is way easier than it looks, and a lot less expensive than I thought too. Why?   

Well, all those Instax photos you see hanging on the wall are actually copies of the originals – it’s wallpaper. Continue Reading

DIY: Biggie Size Photos for Under $20

created at: 01/16/2012
We all know how cute miniature photos are, but let’s talk about how awesome BIG can be.  If you want to really make a visual impact with your photos, but don’t want to pay beaucoup bucks for a 48″ x 36″ print (plus the cost of a frame), this is the way to go.   Mandy wanted a focal point above her girls’ dresser, and found a solution through an Engineer Print from her local print shop.  Continue Reading

How To: Make Scandinavian-Inspired Hanging Photo Frames!

created at: 08/05/2011

We’ve featured a few Scandinavian-inspired DIY projects here in the past (remember this gorgeous coat stand?  Or this rag rug-inspired light?), but this may be the simplest and most universally appealing of them all (no Scandinavian cabin required).  

This hanging photo frame project is the creation of brilliant blogger and DIYer Annaleena Karlsson as part of her ongoing series with Emmas Designblogg.  I love how the asymmetrical frames work together to create an unexpected (and truly unique) display.   Continue Reading

iPhone App to Picture New Furniture in Your Space

created at: 01/04/2011

Have you ever picked out a piece of furniture that you imagine will look great in your space and then once you get it home and situated, you think to yourself “What the heck was I thinking?”  Well, I’ve discovered an iPhone app that will give you a good idea of what a piece will look like in your very own space. I chose the above chair, took a photo of the blank space in my office, emailed this to myself so I could show you.  Continue Reading

DIY: Photo Lampshades

created at: 12/21/2010

Marie Darby tells us how to make these absolutely wonderful photo lampshades. The supplies she uses are really basic and readily available, if we don’t have them all on hand already. Check ’em out:

  • lampshade/s, simple in shape
  • glue, hot or otherwise
  • vellum, clear or not
  • craft knife or scissors, pencil & ruler
  • photos and photo editor; Marie used Picasa for her collage lamp and also Picnik for the tall lamp pictured below.
  • this link to the tutorial at Under the Sycamore

Via. Continue Reading

How to make a photo kaleidoscope.

(Get ready to have too much fun!) Fold Play shows how to make a photo kaleidoscope (either hex or oct), which just might be one of the coolest–and free–ways to display your photos ever. Make one or a dozen and you’ll amaze not only your friends but yourself as well with your cleverness.

To make one, you’ll need:

  • Photos of your choice 
  • An 8 1/2 x 11 piece of printer paper or lightweight card stock
  • A ruler
  • A boning tool (optional, but I’d highly recommend it)
  • Glue (PVA works but rubber cement would be a better choice)
  • This template at Fold Play

To put it all together, you’ll need to do this:

  • Upload the photos of your choice
  • Print the results 
  • Follow the directions on how to put it together. 
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How To Keep Your Pictures Level

created at: 2009-04-17

Another handy, simple and very needed trick to keep pictures and light mirrors hanging straight and staying straight.

created at: 2009-04-17

Again, Mike at How I DIY solves a problem I’ve had forever.

All you do is add those little soft, rubbery bumpers to the backs of the pictures and mirrors. The bumpers grip the wall to eliminate swings and shifts and they keep the frame from scratching the paint. BRILLIANT! Click here for the entire post.

created at: 2009-04-17