Make This: Easy DIY Origami Wall Art in Under 30 Minutes!

Make this: Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

While I’m a firm believer that everyone is creative, I understand that many people aren't comfortable with the idea of painting or drawing their own wall art. Heck, I’ve worked with paint all my life and sometimes I still don’t feel completely at ease with a paintbrush in hand!

Make this: Easy DIY origami wall art in under half an hour!

The wonderful thing about art is that you can make it out of pretty much anything. So if you're looking for a way to decorate your walls, instead of going down the traditional painterly route, why not think outside the box and craft your way to beautiful art instead? Continue Reading

IKEA Hack! Turn a Shower Curtain into an Outdoor Rug

Have you ever struggled to find the perfect pattern for something? Then you see it…but it's the wrong product? That happened to me when I was searching for an outdoor rug, so actually decided I used an IKEA shower curtain to recover an outdoor rug, making a simple statement rug that was exactly what I wanted! Because shower curtains are already waterproof, you can makeover any rug with the pattern from a simple shower curtain. 

 

Shower curtains made with a plastic-like material are perfect for this project, but keep in mind the size of your rug compared to the size of a shower curtain. Continue Reading

Try This! Simple Paint Scrape Art

Simple Paint Scrape Art

I love a quick art project! As I was preparing to (finally) hang some art on my walls, I was thinking of ways to keep my costs low and make my own wall art and the answer was as simple as making this paint scrape art with a few colors that matched the scheme of my home. Within 5 minutes, I had a colorful piece of art that I love. 

 

Simple Paint Scrape Art

Playing with paint never gets old, and this is a fun project for adults who want to make a quick piece of art or for parents who want to make something with their kids.  Continue Reading

Make This: The Half Hour Half Apron

Easy half apron tutorial (no pattern needed!)

Are you ready for a crazy-quick sewing project? I’m calling this the “half hour half apron” because it’s one of the fastest sewing projects I think I’ve ever completed. Honestly, if I busted out a few more of these half aprons, I believe I could get my time down to 15 minutes. No sweat. My point is, this half apron is a breeze to make. This is a perfect project for beginner sewers. Plus, who doesn’t need an adorable handmade apron in their kitchen?    Continue Reading

You’re Never Too Old to Make a Flower Press

Make this DIY flower press from wood and bolts

I received my first flower press when I turned nine years old – maybe eight? The point is it was forever ago. I got it as a birthday gift from my best friend. The flower press came with a small instructional booklet on how to collect and preserve colorful wildflowers. On the front of the press was an illustration of Anne of Green Gables, happily picking florals and putting them into a giant basket. I still have that flower press, all these years later, with flowers wedged between the pages that are as old as the press itself. Continue Reading

Make It: Easy 5 Minute Pillows!

created at: 10/10/2011

Curbliers, I promise, these are the easiest pillows you’ll ever make!  I mean, you’ve got five minutes, right?  Let’s do this!  

Kathleen Dougherty from the amazing blog Grosgrain Fabulous shares this clever method for making simple pillows in a matter of minutes.  It’s a great way to freshen up your decor and, if you reuse old pillows, extremely cost-effective, too!

You will need:

  • an old pillow or a new pillow form
  • fabric
  • pins
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

To see how these simple, easy-sew pillows come together, head on over to Grosgrain Fabulous!

Drawer Front Wall Art

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Spotted this great idea over at Ikea Hacker today. The maker used recycled drawer fronts from Akurum drawers. Of course, you wouldn’t even need drawer fronts, just hunks of scrap wood, maybe 1″ x 3″s or 1″ x 4″s stained a dark, rich color and some sleek hardware. Add interest to the bottom bits by gluing on a mosaic tile. See more simple wall art ideas over at Ikea Hacker.

How To: Paper Silhouette Art

From TimeOut New York, these lively framed paper silhouette in series interact with each other and the wall. A perfect use for a collection of thrifted frames (paint ’em black), and a great way to honor your friends that hate to be photographed, just print ’em, trace ’em, cut and frame!

created at: 2009-10-26

Materials

• Old photographs or a camera and printer to make new ones
• Black construction paper
• Scissors
• Tape
• An assortment of picture frames

Sweater Stockings

We’ve had upcycled sweater cushion covers here on Curbly before, and
very fabulous they were too. These Christmas stockings from Martha may
be their second cousins.created on: 12/16/08

To make them you need

  • A sweater (cardigans or Henley tops seem to be simplest)
  • Thread
  • The downloadable stocking template included in the instructions.

Head over for the full skinny.
You could felt the sweater before you made the stocking, I reckon that
would give more of a structured look. Continue Reading