How To: Make a Colorful String-Wrapped Branch Wreath!

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Simple, easy, and a bit like a friendship bracelet for your door, this DIY branch wreath from Duo Fiberworks is my new favorite thing.  Ye Olde Twig Wreath just got an awesome and colorful update, y’all!     

All you need is an assortment of embroidery floss in your favorite colors and a wreath (they made this one from grapevines but I’ve seen similar ones in craft stores).  Check out the full how-to right here.

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Meanwhile, let’s talk color.   Continue Reading

Make It: DIY Tree Stump Coasters

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Sure, we’ve shown you how to make actual tree stump coasters, but isn’t everything better in cozy cutesy felt form??  At the very least, this won’t require a saw or have any potential for serious bodily injuries (unless accidentally poking your finger with a fat embroidery needle counts).  So, ready to get the faux tree stump party started?  Read on!  


Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess shares this easy tutorial for making your own fabric tree stump coasters.   Continue Reading

DIY Roundup: 10 Stylish, Budget-Friendly Lights to Make This Weekend!

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Well, you probably can’t make all ten this weekend (if you somehow manage to actually accomplish that feat, well, let’s say I owe you a lollipop).  But, if you’re itchin’ for a new light fixture that’s both stylish and easy on the wallet, here are ten separate weekend projects for your consideration!  (Pick and choose, people.  We don’t want anyone getting hurt.)  

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1.) Modern Paper Lamp Shade

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2.) Fractal Chandelier

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3.) Tree Stump Table Lamp

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4.) Minimalist Swing Arm Lamp

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5.) Industrial Pendant Lamp

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6.) Hemp Globe Lamp

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7.) Straw Cluster Chandelier

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8.) Hemma Light Chandelier

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9.) Stir Stick Pendant Lamp

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10.) Mod Chandelier

There you have it, Curbliers!   Continue Reading

How To: Turn Logs into a Natural Raised Garden Bed!

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So… let’s say you just finished up an epic weekend of tree pruning and yard clearing, or just happen to have a pile of sticks and logs hanging around.  If you’re a resourceful Curblier, you know there’s something to be done with all that yard waste besides tossing it or turning it into a giant bonfire.  But what?  We have the answer below!  

After clearing his yard for a garden makeover, Instructables user “Jamieicecream” had two dilemmas: 1) What to do with all that yard waste? Continue Reading

How To: Turn Logs into Affordable Wall Art!

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Last week, we shared a budget-friendly wall art idea that used doilies and cupcake liners.  This week, we’re back in log land (What can we say?  We love logs!) with this super simple, super affordable art project!  

I spotted this log wall installation piece in Liv and Jeff McMillan‘s house tour over on Apartment Therapy.  It’s a pretty simple project that anyone could make!  In the comments, Liv shared some info behind the project: “I made the log piece in the living room out of the birch logs we used at our wedding as the table number holders. Continue Reading

Stumped? Log Some Inspiration With These DIY Lights!

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Oh snap!  Looks like we’ve got stumps on the brain.  Stump stools, stump tables, and now stump lights!  If you’re ready and willing to embrace the stump craze, we have not one but two DIY lighting projects for your consideration.  

I was going to make a comment about how these lights are TREE-ific… but decided against it.  (See what I did there?)  Instead, I’ll just get right on down to business and show you a sweet table lamp and an awesomely rustic/modern* pendant light.   Continue Reading

How to: Make a Tree Stump Coffee Table

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We’ve seen stumps and branches turned into stools and side tables, as well as accessories like desk organizers, magnets, and napkin rings, but can a hunk o’ tree stand it’s own as a room-centering piece like a coffee table?



When Alicia saw a local tree company moving a buncha stumps around, she immediately stopped and asked to buy a few. Her cost? A mere $4.00 each.

So, she busted out the sanding paper and paint, and the results are pretty fantastic:

Pretty fantastic, right? Continue Reading

How To: Make Upholstered Tree Stumps (No Sewing Required)

The mix of natural and manufactured materials is a look that’ll never get old. A balance between handmade and nature-made can give your outdoor (or indoor) spaces a sense of playfulness and air of just-thoughtful-enough without seeming fussy.

Like these DIY upholstered tree stumps, created with a found bough,  and some fabric and batting. No sewing or complex measuring required.   Smaller limbs will make great little toadstools for kids, and using a larger stump should make for fun seating for anyone. Continue Reading

DIY Idea: Make a Whimsical Wood Pencil Holder!

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Whether you’ve got some branches left over from making a few tree limb coasters or you’re just looking to add a few rustic embellishments to your abode, this whimsical pencil holder is just the DIY project you need!  

Andrea Hudson of the blog Strawberry Chic shares this simple DIY accessory that’ll add a perfect touch of rustic, organic charm to your office, kitchen nook, or craft areas.  To get started, all you’ll need is:

  • Hand saw
  • Small slice of wood from a large branch or tree base, about 6″ diameter
  • Drill (drill bit size of about 7/16″)
  • Sand paper

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, check out Strawberry Chic for the full tutorial – and more pretty photos!

How To: Make Tree Branch Magnets


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Last summer, in the midst of the August showers, a neighboring building lost a beautiful maple tree in a major thunderstorm. It was quickly disassembled by the electric company, presumably so it wouldn’t fall onto the power lines. And there it sat. For weeks.

Then, a month or so later, I heard a loud grind out of my open windows (horray for open window weather!), and spied a big truck with a wood chipper in their yard. Continue Reading