What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

Backyard Solstice Party

While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don’t get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there’s no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!                

 For these summer solstice party ideas, I wanted to spotlight some of the things that are better in summer than any other part of the year. Continue Reading

Fun Outdoor Games and DIY Entertainment Ideas

Outdoor games for kids, families and adults

It’s finally that time of year when people start to fix up their yards and spend their spare time outside. The grill comes out, the patio furniture emerges, and the neighbors stop by. Which means it’s also time to get creative and find some fun things to do out there in the backyard. Here’s a collection of our favorite outdoor games that are fun and easy to put together.         

 

DIY Giant Jenga Set Tutorials

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How to: Make an Easy + Colorful Hanging Air Plant Holder

DIY Hanging Air plant Pod
by Rachel Mae Smith

 

 

If you happen to kill every plant you’ve ever had, I have a trick for you: hang them at eye level! Sure, it’s not much, but having your plants at eye level is a great way to remember to water them. And if you’re new to plant ownership, there’s no better place to start than with an air plant and this 15 minute DIY! 

What you’ll need

– bell cup
– hammer & nail
– cord
– wooden beads (you can order faceted wooden beads on Etsy)
– acrylic paint

DIY Hanging Air Plant Holder
by Rachel Mae Smith

On the bottom on your bell cup, hammer a nail into the center to create a hole. Continue Reading

How to: DIY Embroidered Monstera Leaf Wall Art (with Printable Template)

DIY Embroidered Monstera Leaf Art
Photo: Marlene Sauer

Urban jungle fever is still going strong in the design world, and I don’t mind one bit!

From hanging air plants in every way imaginable, to covering a room with plants of all sizes, this decorating trend has us all “bringing the outdoors in” in ever-inspiring ways.

To pay tribute to the uncontested queen of stunning indoor plants, the monstera deliciosa, also known as the split-leaf philodendron, I created this embroidered monstera leaf art print.         Continue Reading

How to: Make Your Own DIY Spa-Inspired Pebble Bath Mat

Learn to make a pebble bath mat with simple materials and techniques.  

DIY Pebble Bath Mat  | Bath rug with river stones
Photo: Lidy Dipert

 

For all those stay-at-home moms who have very busy lives, this DIY is for you! Or anyone who loves an excuse to be pampered just a bit every day. 

Unfortunately, going to the spa isn’t a realistic or practical option for many of us. Which is why something as simple as this DIY Pebble Bath Mat can make the world of difference, turning an everyday shower into a treat. Continue Reading

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box
Photo: Faith Towers

If you've been following along on Curbly, you may have noticed that we're big fans of IKEA hacks. And this week we have another hack for you, something a little different… a handy under bed storage case that rolls right underneath your fram and out of the way. So keep reading to find out how you can make your own under bed storage!

 

IKEA Hack: Rolling Under Bed Storage Box
Photo: Faith Towers

The finished piece is simple, functional and well…. Continue Reading

DIY Moon Phase Wind Chime

DIY clay lunar wind chime

I think we can all agree that moon phases continue to be all the rage. Not wanting to pass up on this bohemian trend, I brought moon symbols into my home with a lunar wind chime – keep reading to see how!          

Materials

What you'll need to make a moon phase wind chime

 

Step

Lay down some parchment paper over your workspace. Continue Reading

Modern Industrial DIY: How to Make Concrete Soy Candles

DIY Concrete Candles

As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to love burning candles at home. I now enjoy buying seasonal scents in pretty containers, and I’ve learned to love making my own candles. With industrial-style accents becoming increasingly popular, I made a set of concrete soy candles with beautiful wood wicks using rose, one of my favorite scents.

 

DIY Concrete Candles

Candles can be quite easy to make if you use traditional kitchen items like pots and spoons, or you can invest in high quality candle making materials like a metal candle pitcher and wick holder. Continue Reading

How to: Easy & Elegant DIY Wood Veneer Box

Everyone loves to receive gifts, but I like giving them just as much. And by making a  reusable box to place items in, you can make the giving experience that much more beautiful. This wood veneer gift box is easy to make, and your recipient will be able to continue to use it. Or, just whip up several of these for your own personal storage. They look amazing on a desk or shelf, and are a great way to store craft and office supplies!    Continue Reading

Welcome the New Year with Good Vibes | DIY Motivational Banner for 2019

2019 felt banner

Hold onto your hats, because it’s almost 2019! Even though the passing of another year signals that we’re all getting a little bit older (*groan*), I very much enjoy celebrating New Years. It’s an excuse to start fresh, a good reason to celebrate the future, and a time to reflect on all the awesome things that happened in 2018. To ring in the new year, I made a cute little banner to hang in my home. Continue Reading