Maven’s Original Mother’s and Father’s Day How-To Round-up

created at: 05/05/2010

I recently scrounged through all my original how-to’s and thought I’d compile a roundup of all those appropriate for Mother’s/Father’s Day gifts…or gifts for yourself! Some would make great wedding/shower favors too.

A Designer Key Rack  would be great for Dad.   

created at: 05/05/2010

A DIY Wooden Tea Light Candle Holder is always popular.

The Roach Clip Memo/Picture Clips is a quick and easy project.

created at: 05/05/2010

I still love my Wine Bottle Turned Oil Lamp.

For $1.50, you can’t beat the Vasemaker. Continue Reading

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)

Smallish stones, a votive candle, etc. 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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The Fix Its: Make Fabric Stencils Out of Address Labels

One of the quickest and easiest ways to embellish fabric is by stenciling it. But instead of buying fabric stencils, I decided to make my own using one of my paper punches, and some address labels. The supplies include:

Take a look at the project in action! Continue Reading