How To: Turn Cardboard Boxes into Colorful DIY Shelving!

created at: 11/28/2011

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, chances are your cardboard box collection has grown exponentially.  Before you start tossing boxes out (or recycling them, hopefully), consider this clever reuse project: colorful DIY shelves!   


created at: 11/28/2011

This idea is perfect for kids rooms, craft rooms, or any small space that needs a little oomph and extra storage.  The creative minds behind Danish magazine Bolig Living share their process for creating these DIY shelves right here.   Continue Reading

Clever Foldable Cardboard Furniture

created at: 07/06/2011

Sometimes temporary is just what the doctor ordered, but that doesn’t mean this line of cardboard furniture from KARTON isn’t sturdy and durable. Lightweight? Yes. Easy to assemble? You bet. Poor quality? No such luck.

created at: 07/06/2011

You can sit, sleep, store, and live with the entire line of impossibly strong pieces of furniture. They show up at your door flat-packed and ready to assemble through a series of slots and tabs. No tools or glue are required, just your own two hands. Continue Reading

How-To: Make Your Own Faux-Zinc Letters

created at: 03/28/2011

Typography in home decor has been a big trend for a while now, but those over-sized zinc letters you see tend to be pretty dang expensive.  Thankfully, we spotted this great tutorial for making your own realistic looking (and cheap) DIY version.  

created at: 03/28/2011

This simple project comes from Sugar and Charm, a blog that shares fabulous recipes and crafts that’ll make your heart go pitter-patter.  It’s easy, inexpensive, and on-trend, so let’s get crafting!

To make your own faux-zinc letters you’ll need:

Once you’re ready to get down with some fake zinc-age, head on over to Sugar and Charm for the full tutorial!

Ask Curbly: Cardboard Hoarders, Beastly Tables, and Painted Hardwood

created at: 10/08/2010

As usual, there’s a lot of great discussions going on in the Q&A section this month. Here’s a quick roundup in case you haven’t been paying attention:

How do I upcycle cardboard boxes to make something useful or beautiful?

Nidhi was wondering what to do with all the cardboard boxes she’d been hoarding. Her cry for help prompted some great responses, least of which was my suggestion:

Then Gilboonet chimed in with some professional carboard-furniture-making advice:


Ugly Table Needs Makeover ASAP

aaragon0902 picked up a free dining set, but needs help figuring out how to make it over. Continue Reading

How to: Make Life-Size DIY Birch Tree Trunk Wall Art

created at: 08/26/2010

 These life-size birch trunks are made from cut-up cereal boxes and left-over house paints. This is an excellent way to utilize packaging that usually ends up in the bin and  

some of those half empty buckets of paint that seem to perpetually lurk in the corners of every garage.

You will need:

Cereal Boxes (or Similar Packaging)

Left-over House or Wall Paint

White Glue

Packing Tape

Poster Gum

How To:

#1: Cut boxes into flat sections, arrange with wider sections at the base of trunk and narrower pieces at the top. Continue Reading

How to Turn Toilet Paper Rolls into Flower Wall Art


This project from Growing Up Creative was written as a craft for kids, but calling it a ‘kid craft’ sort of suggests that it’s on par with gluing pasta onto paper, which it is not. I mean, I guess it could be, but in the right hands, the outcome is a lovely and sophisticated-looking art installation. To make your own toilet-paper-roll-flower wall art, you’ll need this stuff:

  • toilet paper rolls (I’m guessing paper towel rolls would work too)
  • scissors
  • white glue
  • stapler
  • paint & brushes
  • glitter (for the kid version)
  • clothes pins
  • (I’m thinking shooting the assembled shape with acrylic spray paint might provide a nice finish)

For the entire tute, follow this link to Growing Up Creative. Continue Reading

How To: Make an Easy Circular Bookshelf for Under $6.00.

One contractor grade cardboard tube + a bit of time = nearly instant bookshelf.

From Kootoyoo: “I had originally purchased only 1 tube to make a toy box for the smallest…it kicked around the floor of the craft room for a while & I’d done nothing with it.All the while I’d been enjoying posts from this tumblr.

…then I got to thinking how they’d be wonderful as a bookshelf & that’s what I’ve done. Continue Reading

How To: Giant Altoids Lunch Box.

Clever reuse of the all-purpose Altoids tin is a rite of passage for any DIYster, but turning something else entirely INTO an Altoids tin? Well, that’s just plain fun.DSCF3311.JPG

“Whether you’re off to school or work, you need something to pack your lunch or snack. Just
like the Flintstones, don’t forget your lunch pail. There is a mini-Altoids lunch box but that will not do if you have a hero, grinder, po’boy or submarine sandwich. Make a custom giant Altoids “tin” lunchbox from cardboard to fit anything you want.”

The design is a simple cardboard box covered in duct tape with a hinged lid. Continue Reading