What’s the Best Bottle Cutter on the Market? We Find Out

We review the top five glass bottle cutters to find out which is best.
Photo: DIY Maven

Four years ago, I threw out the question: “What is the best bottle cutter on the market?” A lot of readers weighed in. Some gave recommendations for their favorite glass bottle cutter, others just wanted a definitive answer, which is what I wanted. Finally, FINALLY, we decided to get to the bottom of the bottle cutter question and have a product shoot out between four popular models. Our competition has not been without a little drama, as one of the bottle cutter makers has, apparently, gone out of business since the inception of this review. Continue Reading

11 Eco-Friendly DIYs to Help You Create a Zero-Waste Home

11 Eco-Friendly DIYs to Help You Create a Zero-Waste Home
Photo: Purl Soho

If you're like me, you want to be more eco-friendly but you're not quite sure what the next step would be after recycling and turning off the lights when you leave the room. Here are 11 DIY projects from around the web that will help you live a more environmentally conscious lifestyle.   

 

11 Eco-Friendly DIYs to Help You Create a Zero-Waste Home
Photo: Sugar and Charm

1. Nix that wasteful plastic wrap and make a set of these oilcloth bowl covers instead. 

 

11 Eco-Friendly DIYs to Help You Create a Zero-Waste Home
Photo: BH&G

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Easy DIY: Wall-Mounted Plant Pocket

DIY Wall-Mounted Polymer Clay Plant Pocket
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

There are no two ways about it… I'm a plant person. And my obsession has gotten so bad that I'm running out of places to put my greenery. So today I'm sharing a fun project that will give you another spot to display your beloved succulents – on the wall!   

 

DIY Wall-Mounted Polymer Clay Plant Pocket
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Materials

  • Polymer clay in three colors
  • Rolling pin
  • Plate (the size you want the back of your plant pocket to be)
  • 3 feet of cotton rope
  • Scissors
  • Knife
  • Rock (not pictured… should be the size you want your pocket to be)
DIY Wall-Mounted Polymer Clay Plant Pocket
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Begin by rolling out a large piece of clay to create the back of your plant pocket. Continue Reading

81 Do-It-Yourself Christmas Decorations That Are Actually Stylish

A mega roundup of do-it-yourself holiday projects that are actually cute

Christmas decor comes in a wide range of styles. Some decorations are cute, some are classy, and some are, well… I'll say it: ugly. Sadly a lot of do-it-yourself decorations can fall into this last category, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. I've found 81 examples of stylish Christmas decor that you can make yourself (and proudly display when you're done).           

What's your favorite decor style for the holidays? 

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How To: DIY Knock-Off Anthropologie Metalwork Hurricane

Anthropologie Metal Hurricane Knock Off

I have been loving brass metalwork hurricanes lately, especially the ones from Anthropologie. While trolling the lighting aisles of the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store the light bulb went off…the one in my head that is. I could use a brass and glass 1980s light fixtures to make a brass hurricane. Here is how I made my knock off metal work hurricane.   

 

 

Just in case you haven't seen them, the above photo is the inspiration for the knock-off. Continue Reading

15 Sophisticated Halloween DIY Ideas For Your Home

15 Sophisticated Halloween DIY Ideas For Your Home
Photo: Honestly Yum

Halloween can get cheesy fast. Just look around your local craft stores, and you'll see ghosts and goblins and witches galore. But there are ways to decorate your home for the holiday in a more sophisticated way… and we set out to find 15 of the very best. Click through to check them out.   

 

15 Sophisticated Halloween DIY Ideas For Your Home
Photo: Let's Mingle

1. This candelabra is one part spooky, one part beautiful… find out how to make it out of pipes here. Continue Reading

No Campfire? No Problem! Make a Portable S’mores Fire Pot

No Campfire? No Problem! Make a Portable S'mores Fire Pot

I grew up as a Girl Scout and did my fair share of camping, and the s'mores were always my favorite part. Even as an adult, I would toast s'mores on my gas stove, but sadly my current home has an electric stove, leaving me without a makeshift campire to make s'mores. Rather than letting that stop me, I made this portable s'mores fire pot with Sterno ethanol gel canisters and a planter pot! 

 This is an incredibly easy project to whip up with a pot and rocks, but it's the perfect way to enjoy homemade s'mores with the same feeling of a campfire. Continue Reading

DIY “Balloon-Dipped” Pantone Vases

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

For those of you who love color as much as I do, then you probably love PANTONE too. (If you’re not sure what it is, here ya go). And in my opinion, those swatches really lend themselves to fun DIY projects. So today I’m sharing a quick and easy tutorial for “balloon-dipped” PANTONE vases. Read on to check ’em out.   

 

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

The resulting vases are completely adorable – and totally simple to make. Continue Reading

23 Clever DIY Outdoor Lighting Projects

23 Clever DIY Outdoor Lighting Projects
Photo: Sugar and Charm

Summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to step up our patio game… and lighting is one of the most important elements of a functional outdoor space. So today we’re sharing 23 of our very favorite outdoor lighting projects. Click through to check ’em out!   

 

23 Clever DIY Outdoor Lighting Projects
Photo: Build-Basic

1. Upgrade any solar light with some wood to create this gorgeous path light. Get the how-to here. [Photo: Build-Basic]

 

23 Super Fun DIY Outdoor Lighting Projects
Photo: Bob Vila

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Simple Spring Decor: DIY Pastel Gold Splatted Bud Vases

DIY Pastel Gold Leaf Bud Vases

Spring is in the air! To me, spring is always, first and foremost, about color. It’s also my favorite time of year to keep flowers in the house, but this can be a very expensive habit. Instead, I’ve committed to getting my flower fix by picking one or two flowers from my daily walks to display in small bud vases. To honor each bloom, I wanted to whip some special bud vases to give them just-the-right place to live. Continue Reading