Curbly Video: How to Make a Planter from a Recycled Book

created at: 07/28/2010



For many, books, as physical objects, can be central to one’s home decor. While some store their collections in spare rooms, offices, and spaces out of sight for company; many of us proudly display our libraries as focal points, providing the opportunity to start conversations with guests, family, and friends. Often, looking at one’s bookshelves, like peering into one’s home, can teach us a lot about who someone is and the things they love. We’ve grown used to seeing books on coffee tables, night stands, and even in bathrooms. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Mod Paper Snowflake Garland

created at: 2009/11/30

There’s something about elegantly cut white paper that simply captures the holidays.

So this season, grab your scissors and hang up some comfort and joy with this retro-inspired, mod paper snowflake garland. You could wrap it around your tree, drape across your mantle, or simple let it flow on a wall or from the ceiling. In the spirit of giving, we’re offering a free, downloadable and infinitely printable pattern to enable you to keep whipping these up all season long. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Quick Tip: Create a Crosscut Sled on the Cheap.

created at: 2009-07-06

The table saw is the most versatile option for the DIYster, equally successful at making rip cuts (with the grain) and crosscuts (across the grain). When making crosscuts, it’s much better to rely on support which holds the workpiece at a 90-degree angle to the blade, rather than the rip fence, which is parrallel to the blade.

Enter the crosscut sled, an extremely easy homemade option for safe and accurate crosscuts on any table saw. This option uses materials that you probably have on hand, but can easily be purchased for under $5.00. 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.


Curbly Video: Using Paper Napkins to Make Decorative Tile Coasters

With the help of some 4″ square ceramic tiles, turning decorative paper napkins into a set of very polished-looking coasters is easy.

created on: 02/16/09

To make a set of 4 coasters, you’ll need:

  • 4-4″ square ceramic tiles (you can find these at your big box store for about 15 cents a piece)
  • Mod Podge 
  • small paint brush
  • polyurethane (I used Aqua-Zar in satin, but glossy would look great too)
  • decorative paper napkins
  • Squares of thin cork or felt, both available at your local craft store
  • Water-proof glue, like E-6000
  • A foam or stiff bristle brush to apply the water-proof glue

 First, brush the tile tops and their edges with a coat of Mod Podge. Continue Reading