Capturing Memories: Cork Memory Box Decor

Years ago, my boyfriend and I decided to begin collecting corks from special moments in our lives and writing short notes on them to remember the occasions. There came a point when we realized we had to actually DO something with all of the corks we were collecting, so I started moving them to a plain shadow box that has (until now) remained untouched. Finally, it was time to show off these memories we’d made! Our DIY cork memory box contains corks from big milestones, special occasions and holidays over the past few years and sits proudly on a bookshelf to remind us of the things we’ve celebrated together. Continue Reading

Print These! Minimal Bathroom Wall Art

Printable bathroom wall art: Scrub-a-dub

Decorating a bathroom can be tricky business. Not only is wall mostly space occupied by unmovable objects (like towel racks, shelving, or the tub) making the space tricky to decorate, but the washroom is also the most humid room in the house! When it comes to hanging wall art, you have to find pieces that are either moisture-resistant (like metal or acrylic), or pieces that don’t need to stand up to the test of time. This is where printable bathroom wall art comes in. Continue Reading

How to: Make a DIY “Vintage Pull-Down Map” Style Frame for Your Posters and Artwork

Simple wood trim poster frame
Photo: Chris Gardner

I like a properly matted and framed piece of artwork as much as anyone, but sometimes, it can be a little overkill. First off, it’s expensive, especially for large pieces, and secondly, it doesn’t always fit the style of the art. Framing a poster or screen print can often make the space feel more like a weird movie or record exec’s office, rather that a home filled with awesome art.

Whenever I find any large, vintage art, I’m especially struck by the bold graphic design and aged colors and texture. Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own Oversized Picture Frames — For Cheap!

Having artwork or photography custom framed is expensive — there’s no way around it. Having a giant piece of art framed? Well, you may just have to sell your first born. With this simple DIY framing project, though, you can save your progeny and your pennies and still have some fantastically framed artwork!      

Kim and Scott from Yellow Brick Home put together this awesome tutorial for building your own custom wood frames that will work no matter what size you need. Continue Reading

DIY Holiday Idea: Framed Christmas Ornaments

Mike at Shelterness found some great and unique ways to display Christmas ornaments, but these two, which involve frames, caught my eye. The one pictured above is from cindecor. It would be super simple to replicate with a frame, ornaments, ribbon, staple gun. The one below from BHG would require the same materials, with the addition of something to stabilize the ornaments, otherwise I could see them slipping down the ribbon. To see the rest of Mike’s list, click here. Continue Reading

How To: DIY Frames for Panorama Pics

created at: 02/28/2011

I have far too many would-be-awesome-if-they-were-pieced-together panorama photos.  I’ve done a few great treks and when I’m standing in front of an amazing vista, I can’t help myself – despite knowing that these have always ended up hidden away, not put together, and unappreciated.  They’re difficult to frame and not terribly attractive due to the odd shape of the final product.

After some contemplation and planning, I framed these panoramic wonderments to look streamlined and orderly using cotton twill tape, which has such a beautiful grosgrain ribbon look yet is incredibly cheap.  Continue Reading

How To: Create Wall Art Using a Vintage Flag

created at: 11/09/2010

When my husband and I moved from Chicago to Houston last year one of the things we looked forward to was trading our small condo for a larger home. Now we have double the space and lots of rooms to decorate. In the living room I really wanted to find a piece that was original, interesting and would make a big statement. Ultimately I was inspired by photo I found of designer (and HGTV Design Star winner) Emily Henderson’s home  on Apartment Therapy that featured a large flag stretched on a wooden frame. Continue Reading

Hardware Store Decor: DIY Frame Project for Posters and Art

To celebrate the release of Make It! Hardware Store Decor, we decided to look back into the Curbly archives to find some great hardware store-inspired posts. First stop, this Curbly video showing you how to make an easy and inexpensive custom poster frame.

created at: 2009-07-21

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. Continue Reading