Curbly Video Quick Tip: Keep Your Shovel De-Iced for Easy Snow Removal.

Brrrr… We’re certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel’s surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.

created on: 01/28/09

To keep the shovel slick and (mostly) ice free, spray both sides with non-stick cooking spray, and dig away.

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Hand-Printed Fleece Scarves.

created on: 12/14/08

This easy no-sew, no-knit hand-printed scarf project makes a perfect and perfectly easy gift for everyone on your list. And since they cost under $2.00 to make, you can create one to match every coat and outfit in their closet.

Click play to watch the video, or check it out here.

Materials:

  • 1/8′ yard fleece
  • Long straight edge/yard stick
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Contact paper
  • Craft knife and sharp blade
  • Pencil
  • Fabric paint
  • Stencil brush

Here’s a quick run down:

  1. Doing your best to keep everything square, cut out your scarf shape.
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Curbly Video Podcast: How to make woven fabric hearts.

Danish woven hearts are part of every kid’s childhood. (Or they should be.) If you were like me, your hearts ripped as you wove them or as you filled them. Either way, they lead to heart ache.  Making them out of fabric, however, will save you countless tears. They’ll last for many Christmases and Valentine’s days to come and they’ll never break your heart. (Over use of puns intended.)

What you need to make ’em:

  • fabric, calico works perfectly
  • fabric stiffener or white glue, like Elmers
  • tin foil or waxed paper
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • buttons, each heart requires two
  • needle and thread

 

Curbly Video Podcast: How To Make Picture Perfect Paper Snowflakes.






A piece of paper. A scissors. A scant five minutes. The results?

Holiday magic!

 

The paper snowflake is nearly everyone’s first Christmastide craft, and its elegant aesthetic keeps folks creating ’em, year after year. But my elementary-school snowflakes never really captured nature’s precise geometry and symmetry…they really looked more like crude doilies than lilting crystalline water.

As it turns out, the magic doesn’t lie in obsessive, intricate scissorwork…but rather in starting in the right place: folding technique. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: How to turn a wine bottle into an oil lamp with found objects.

created on: 11/17/08

If you have a bin of nuts and washers and things, you’re half-way to turning a wine bottle into an oil lamp. (And even if you don’t have a nut and washer bin, you can pick a few up–plus the other items you’ll need to complete this project–at the hardware store for pennies!)

The supplies you’ll want to gather:

  • An empty wine bottle
  • A 1 ½” or so long threaded nipple–I used one from an old lamp kit
  • Two ½” to 5/8″ nuts–one wide, one skinny–that will thread onto the nipple
  • A 1″ washer that fits onto the nipple
  • Oil lamp wick (I bought some at my local hardware store.
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Curbly Video Podcast: How to turn an old window into illuminated wall art.

created on: 08/27/08

I have a thing about windows. Especially barn sash windows, one of which just happened to be lying around. It was too good not to turn into something, so kicked around some ideas and came up with a wall art/light fixture idea and went to work.

What we used:

an old barn sash window
scrap 1″ x 3″ pine
a piece of handy board
frosted glass spray
Contact paper
scissor and paper punch
LED light strip
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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Zen Garden on a Budget

created on: 07/25/08

My sister Barbara was shopping for a zen rake, and it occurred to her that I should make a zen garden for Curbly. Well, here it is…a zen garden on a budget. (Thanks for the idea, sis!)

Stuff you’ll need:

A thick-ish picture frame; 8″ x 10″ works well. (I found the perfect specimen at the thrift store for $2.80. Sweet.)

A glue gun and glue sticks

Beach sand (Since I don’t live in an area notorious for its lovely beach sand, I had to buy some at the craft store for $2.99)

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Curbly Video Podcast: How To Print Custom, One-of-a-Kind Apparel with Skreened.com.

created on: 07/22/08

Skreened.com fulfills not only the American, but the ultimate, international dream of all humankind: to have anything you could ever desire printed on a t-shirt.

created on: 07/22/08Skreened’s technique is efficient and durable full-color process that lays soft, water-based prints right onto the garment. So you can get just one, just for you, with no setup fees, or minimal orders. Plus, Skreened’s approach uses sweatshop-free apparel, prints without harmful chemicals, and avoids corporate retailers, allowing independent artists to distribute their work in ways everyone can feel good about. Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Turn a Take-Away Container into a Decorative Storage Box

created on: 06/06/08

Tarting up a take-away container with paper is a fun, fast and easy project. They make beautiful gift boxes, but equally pretty storage boxes as well!

The supplies you’ll need:

A clean takeaway container (to forego the lingering scent of vegetable lo-mein, you can buy new takeaway containers at your local craft store for about a dollar.)
Decorative paper
Spray adhesive
Craft knife
2 metal brads
One large needle
A cutting mat and scissors
And newspaper

 

What you’ll do:

  1. Remove the container’s handle.
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