As Earth Day approaches (mark your calendars! April 22nd!), I’ve been thinking about ways to reduce and reuse the things I don’t need in my life anymore. I’m pretty good about recycling what I can – cardboard, papers, and bottles go in the curbside recycling, and compost I take to the local natural foods store. Plastic bags go to grocery stores with those plastic bag bins up front, along with other random thinner plastics like cereal bags, plastic wrap, and bread bags. Continue Reading
We're getting into chilly season here in the Midwest. I'm being lazy about the transition this year – I've pulled out all my jackets and coats, but have yet to put away my shorts and sandals (this means my place is a mess with clothing everywhere). Whether you're part of the four-seasons crew like me, or you just want extra space to hang hats and outerwear, a well-placed coat rack is a thing of organizational beauty. Continue Reading
If you love drinking wine as much as you love crafting, then we’ve got some good news for you! Those natural corks that you might otherwise throw out can be re-purposed in a lot of different ways. Here are four wine cork projects that you can easily complete in 10 minutes or less each.
Project #1: Succulent Planters
Pallet projects are an entire internet subculture of their own. We've been covering pallet projects on Curbly for more than ten years, but this incredibly versatile and affordable DIY technique never gets old. Here are some of our all time favorites.
Not only do these pallets have a new life, but they ADD life to this living space. The orange 'frame' is a perfect touch too. The installation on the left has an artistic quality about it as well, no? Continue Reading
These teacup planters would look absolutely adorable on a kitchen windowsill or even on your desk in a sunny office!
A trip to any thrift store will yield teacups by-the-dozen and for CHEAP. You can also snag new ones from IKEA for not a whole lot more. After that, it’s all about using those porcelain paint pens (from that awesome painted plate project), and going to town with a custom design! Check out how Whitney from SewTrashy created her cute teacup planters right here.
Curbly reader Chrissann sent me a link to her awesome DIY pillow idea recently and I am SO glad she did! It is the single most creative (and cute) repurposing project I have ever seen. Also? Her “before and after” photos totally cracked me up:
See? Ha! Anyway, Chrissann had the most brilliant idea of turning her husband’s worn out shirts into these perfectly quirky throw pillows. Aren’t they adorable? Here’s what you’ll need:
- clean, ironed button-up shirts (one per pillow)
- pillow forms
- sewing machine or handheld stitcher
My mom and dad–and grandma and grandpa–all shared the same obsession with empty coffee cans. They didn’t meet one with which they could part. It’s rubbed off on me, I’m afraid. Conversations surrounding the topic in my house go something like this:
Him, while holding up an old coffee can stashed in some corner of the basement or garage: “I’m recycling this.”
Her: “No! That’s a good can.”
Him, while rolling his eyes: “Fine.”
But, seriously, a good coffee can or two can translate into some really cool stuff. Continue Reading
After under-ordering the wallpaper for our little half bath a few years ago, I was super paranoid about not having enough when we put up this bold, colorful pattern in our guest room. Turns out, I completely over-ordered and now we have practically a whole roll sitting unused in a closet somewhere. I’ve been itching to put it to use in a fun and creative way–and I think I may have hit the jackpot with these five DIY ideas! Continue Reading