DIY Gift Idea: Make This Wood Cutting Board (in Under a Day!)

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A few weeks ago I took a woodworking class to familiarize myself with some new power tools. The class involved making a simple wood cutting board, much like this one. I was so excited with how mine turned out, and with how quick it was to make! Since it's the holidays and everyone could use a little help coming up with gift ideas, I'm sharing this DIY wood cutting board tutorial with you today. Continue Reading

How to: Make an Easy Hashtag Message Board

How-To: Easy DIY Hashtag Message Board
Photo: Faith Towers

Hashtags. They're everywhere. And now, you can use 'em in your decor, too! This super easy project will make a fun addition to your office or kitchen. Or living room. Or entryway. And the best part? It's dry erase so it can be changed depending on your mood. Click through for a full photo tutorial.   

 

How-To: Easy DIY Hashtag Message Board
Photo: Faith Towers

The hashtag is behind a piece of glass to keep it protected, but the message is written on the surface of the glass using a dry erase marker… so you can customize it according to the space in which it's hanging.  Continue Reading

How To: Make a Memo Board from Upcycled Wine Corks

My mom has been “saving” wine corks since the mid-90s. She puts them in a basket on her countertop, and says,she’ll make a wreath out them. “For Christmas?” I’ll ask. “No, for every day. Someday.”

My mom will not be making a wreath out of wine corks.

But since she’s got a whole heap of them, I’m thinking we need to create one of these upcycled wine cork bulletin boards.  

Construction seems pretty easy: Cut corks in half with that big red tool in this picture (what is that thing?!), and use wood glue to attach them to an old door or a simple piece of plywood:

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How to: Make Large-Scale Inspiration Boards on the Cheap (My Total Office Makeover)

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly’s editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he’d better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

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Part VI: Inspiration, Inspiration, Inspiration As a design writer and maker, I spend my days swimming in a sea of image heaviness: photos of incredible rooms, beautiful handmade objects, clever logos and typography, and just awesome looking goodies. Continue Reading

My Total Office Makeover: How to Make a Woodgrain Magnetic Memo Board

Welcome to our newest blog series, My Total Office Makeover, in which Curbly’s editor-in-chief, Chris Gardner, realizes that as a full-time design and craft blogger working from home, he’d better transform his second bedroom into an inspiring space where work can actually get done.

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Part IV: Getting Organized

I need a clean desktop to stay focused, so I knew I would need a memo board to keep current projects, notes, ideas, and “don’t lose me” documents. Continue Reading

How To: Bungee Cord Memo Board

I’ve always been jealous of the flexibility of the french memo board – you can organize paper without poking holes, and include other items among the ribbons that can’t normally be supported by cork boards or magnets.

But, they do have a particular aesthetic, and one that doesn’t much work for my home office…or the fact that I’m a guy. But this bungee-cord take certainly solves that problem, doesn’t it? It’s sculptural, interesting, and, from the looks of things, seems like it will actually work! Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Create a Photo Frame from a Recycled Circuit Board

Upon visiting my local FreeGeek space, I noted the bubbling pile of e-scrap…techno goodies that will never be much use for a frankensteined personal computer. Did I see a potential resource of microchips, LEDs, and switches? Of course, but I wouldn’t know what to do with ’em. So, instead, I started slicing, and came up with this very easy, customizable, and essentially cost-free picture frame.