How to Fold that Hoard of Plastic Bags that Lives Under Your Kitchen Sink

Life Hack: The quickest and easiest way to fold plastic shopping bags

I am pretty good about remembering to bring my reusable shopping bags with me when I pick up groceries. I walk in the store with my canvas bags, and I leave with my groceries and only those bags (and usually a pint of Ben & Jerry’s – don’t judge me). No matter how hard I try, plastic shopping bags still seem to magically appear under my kitchen sink. While tiny bags are handy to have around (fellow pet owners may agree with me here), keeping them from looking like a literal wad of trash is tricky. Continue Reading

A Bright, Colorful Nursery Makeover for Our New Baby!

Bruno and I have some big news brewing – we’re having a baby! Our first, Ayla, was born in 2009, and has been our greatest joy. So we’re ridiculously excited to add to the family. Of course, a new baby means a new nursery, so for the last few months I’ve been dreaming up color schemes and pinning favorites left and right. Turns out, the third week in April is National Painting Week, so it’s a perfect time for a paint-inspired redo! Continue Reading

IKEA Table Gets a Natural Modern Makeover

This month, Krylon is sponsoring a series of thrifty, creative DIY projects:

Over the last month, we’ve been giving some love to our favorite room in the house … our porch. Earlier this month we spruced up our porch coffee tables and a rocking chair. Then we kept the momentum going and re-did some candle-holders. This week’s project was both functional and fun, and we were thrilled with the results. 

IKEA table makeover - before
In the summer, we spend a lot of time on the front porch, relaxing, eating, and winding down with friends. Continue Reading

Curbly Video How To: Make an Accordion Photo Album

This week marks Curbly’s fourth birthday! We’re pretty excited, and so we’re bringing you some of our favorite original DIY projects and how-to posts from the last four years. This one’s from Curbly’s most established Featured Writer, DIYMaven.

This is a really fun and effective way to make a little photo album–all without using glue or adhesive in its construction. It’s a great way to showcase your photography. It also makes a great ‘brag book’ for images of your favorite children–furry or otherwise. Continue Reading

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

How to: Make an Easy and Inexpensive DIY Frame for Posters and Art (Video Tutorial)

An attractive frame for artwork always beats thumbtacks or the sticky stuff, but custom jobs at the framing shop come with sky-high prices, often more than you paid for that wonderful screen print from Etsy or the perfect vintage concert tour poster.

So, skip the frame shop altogether, and head to the hardware store for this easy and customizable DIY to protect and showcase your favorite pieces.

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to make an accordion photo album.

 

 

This is a really fun and effective way to make a little photo album–all without using glue or adhesive in its construction. It’s a great way to showcase your photography. It also makes a great ‘brag book’ for images of your favorite children–furry or otherwise.created at: 2009-07-14

Here’s some of the things you’ll need to make one:

  • Medium weight poster board
  • Card stock, two different colors
  • 1/4” wide elastic or ribbon
  • Small hole punch
  • Decorative brad
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Flat-bed cutter, optional but very handy

Additional hints just for Curbly readers:

Of course you can make your album any size, but I find smaller ones, like this one, are more sturdy. 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