How To Make Mid-Century Modern House Numbers

Here’s a great tutorial on making your own modern house numbers, inspired by the clean lines of mid-century design. 

modern house numbers diy project
Make these mid-century modern house numbers

The architect Richard Neutra is one of modernism’s iconic artists. He’s best known for his integration of both his residential and commercial buildings into their landscape, and for his care in matching his work with the lifestyles of his clients, rather than imposing his own vision over their needs. His attention to detail extended into every element of his buildings, including signage and house numbers. Continue Reading

DIY Creepy-Crawly Halloween Snake Wreath

DIY Halloween wreath with snakes
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Maybe it's my childhood spent catching garter snakes, but I've never been afraid of snakes. I know I'm in the minority in thinking that some of them are even downright cute, so I won't be surprised to hear that this snake wreath might evoke slithery nightmares for many. If plastic snakes don't creep you out too much, you can whip up this DIY Halloween wreath in no time.          

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How to make your DIY Halloween Wreath 

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Lay your plastic snakes out on the wreath, then glue them in place with hot glue. Continue Reading

Put the “Boo” in Bookends With This DIY Halloween Decor (with Video)

DIY This: High-gloss bookends for Halloween
In partnership with The Home Depot

I have boxes upon boxes of Christmas decor, but do you know what I always wish I had more of? Halloween decorations! Most of the spooky decor associated with this ghoulish of holidays doesn't last for more than one season (I'm talking to you, weird bag of spider webs!). Rather than buying stuff to throw it away on November 1st, I wanted to make something I can decorate with this year and the years after. Continue Reading

How to: Make This DIY Glam-O-Ween Skull Wreath (With Video)

Classy Halloween Decor: Make this Glam Skull Wreath

I don't know about you, but I've been basically looking forward to Halloween since New Year's Eve. It's such a fun holiday! Candy, ghosts, and ghouls – oh my! Even though I absolutely adore All Hallow's Eve, I'll be the first to admit that the decor can end up on the tackier side of things. Ever on the hunt for classy Halloween decor, I decided to go glam instead. Ditch the traditional black and orange in favor of gold and glitz!      Continue Reading

How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

created at: 12/08/2011

The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know…that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google “sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament”. No results. Surprised?

At some point that day, I decided I couldn't bear to live in a world where there were glittery platypus ornaments didn't exist.   Continue Reading

How to: Give a Secondhand Chair a Golden Glam Makeover

created at: 03/19/2012This Curbly guest post is written by Dale Mackey

This weekend my friend Steph and I made this chair together. Well, to be completely accurate, we took an old chair and turned it into this vision in white and gold. Inspired by a chair I’d seen at Anthropolgie, we took a free swivel chair I’d been given by my sweetheart’s parents and transformed into a modern glam masterpiece in about four hours for exactly $4.71.    

created at: 03/19/2012

I’d seen this chair in the Anthropologie catalog and thought it was pretty effing sharp. Continue Reading

How to: Make Easy DIY Branch Coat Hangers

created at: 02/21/2012

Although coat season is going to be winding down soon (or is it?), purse and accessory season has no end!  Ideas for clever coat/purse hangers are in season, and this one is no exception.  

created at: 02/20/2012

This tree branch hanger project form Garden Therapy uses small but sturdy branches simply spray painted white and screwed onto a board.  How’s that for an easy solution to the  misplaced purse problem??  I know we’ve all done it a time or two… or fifteen. Continue Reading

How to: Give a Wine Bottle a Custom Typographic Makeover

created at: 02/07/2012

At this point in my relationship, we’re sorta past making a big deal for Valentine’s Day. As I look back, we never really did much, but these days, it’s simply a reminder that we’re a pretty great fit for each other, and that every day feels special. I’m grateful that I don’t have show up with gems and jewelry, but can we’ll likely just stay in, make a thoughtful dinner together and treat ourselves…perhaps with a bottle of champagne. Continue Reading

How To: Make New Year’s Resolutions Subway Art

created at: 12/26/2011
Whether it is spending more time at the gym to get rid of that last bit of baby weight (hey, it is a little harder after the third baby!) or organizing your photos, we all tend to make resolutions at this time of year.  But how good are we at keeping them?   Here’s an idea to help us in the making and KEEPING of our resolutions.    Ashley wanted her family to see their new year’s resolutions on a daily basis so they would remember to actually keep them, and her solution was simply to display their goals on a tastefully painted piece of wood in their home.  Continue Reading

How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

created at: 12/07/2011

It’s not surprising that I spend quite a bit of time at the craft store. As a full-time craft, design, and art blogger, I’ve grown quite familiar with my looped route of hardware store/craft store/art supply shop/other craft store/supermarket…in that order.

So, it’s always a pleasant surprise when I find some new material or media I’ve never seen before, and to think of all kinds of cool stuff to do with it. This holiday season, it was the papier-mache cone. Continue Reading