An Easy Way to Make Beautiful Wall Art Without Breaking the Bank

Stretched fabric wall art: An easy way to make beautiful art without breaking the bank!

One of the best things about beautiful artwork is how it can instantly transform the look and feel of a room. Sadly, large scale wall art is often expensive, placing it out of many people's budgets (mine included!).

That doesn't mean we have to go without, though. Using just a piece of fabric and some wood, you can whip up your own statement piece of art in the space of an afternoon. And the best part of all? Continue Reading

59 DIY Landscaping Ideas and Tips to Improve Your Outdoor Space

The Curbly House 2017 | DIY landscaping ideas
The Curbly House 2017

Being a homeowner is a big responsibility, and while there’s plenty to take care of inside you home, don’t forget about the outside, either. If you’ve ever looked into the cost of hiring a professional landscaper, you know they’re not cheap. Fortunately, there are a slew of inexpensive and affordable DIY landscaping ideas at your disposal, so long as you’re willing to get your hands a little dirty. From the front yard to the back, barbeque pits to bistro lights, here are 59 ways you can affordably improve your outdoor space.              Continue Reading

Fun Outdoor Games and DIY Entertainment Ideas

Outdoor games for kids, families and adults

It’s finally that time of year when people start to fix up their yards and spend their spare time outside. The grill comes out, the patio furniture emerges, and the neighbors stop by. Which means it’s also time to get creative and find some fun things to do out there in the backyard. Here’s a collection of our favorite outdoor games that are fun and easy to put together.         

 

DIY Giant Jenga Set Tutorials

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How To Make a DIY Modern Birdhouse

In this post, you’ll learn how to make a birdhouse two different ways …

How to make a birdhouse - modern and MCM design plans

A few years ago, I made a mid-century inspired birdhouse, modeled after the iconic Case Study houses. I created it using my growing collection of woodworking tools, like a table saw and router table, cutting complex angles, and using joints like rabbets and dadoes. It was fun and challenging, and nearly three years outside later, it’s still very strong and holding up wonderfully. Continue Reading

10 Small Space Container and Herb Garden Ideas

Growing your own herbs is incredibly satisfying. Not only do they take up very little space, they take your cooking to new heights as you start experiment with different flavor profiles, you can even read our guide to choosing your own here.

 

Here are 10 ideas for planting up your own, small space herb garden.

Indoor Herb Garden

1. DIY Indoor Herb Planter via Design Sponge

BBQ Herb Planter

2. How to Turn a Dingy Old BBQ into an Herb Container Garden via Life on the Balcony

HANGING POTS WITH DRAINAGE

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Make It: DIY Stylish Mountain Bookends

Make it: Sweet DIY mountain bookends for your little one's nursery

Now that I have a little one to care for, I’ve come to realize just how wonderful story time can be. Sharing books with Lauren is one of my favorite pastimes… especially the books that I used to read when I was a kid (those are my favorites!). Of course, with a well-stocked bookshelf comes the need for some nice bookends to hold everything in place. So I decided to whip up these pretties for bubba’s room, and they’re so easy to make, I just had to share these DIY mountain bookends with you too!               Continue Reading

How to: Easy & Elegant DIY Wood Veneer Box

Everyone loves to receive gifts, but I like giving them just as much. And by making a  reusable box to place items in, you can make the giving experience that much more beautiful. This wood veneer gift box is easy to make, and your recipient will be able to continue to use it. Or, just whip up several of these for your own personal storage. They look amazing on a desk or shelf, and are a great way to store craft and office supplies!    Continue Reading

How to Get Great Results from Your Random-Orbit Sander

Random-orbit sander 101
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Everyone likes a smooth, sanded surface on a project, but no one (and I mean absolutely no one) like the tedious process of getting it done. Motorized sanding machines speed up the process greatly, but many of them can be hard to control, or wind up leave swirl marks in the finished surface.

Not so with the random-orbit sander. As the name suggests, its pad follows an entirely random pattern, so you can control the amount of wood removed, and leave your surface free of spirals. Continue Reading

DIY Gift Idea: Make This Wood Cutting Board (in Under a Day!)

wood cutting board
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

A few weeks ago I took a woodworking class to familiarize myself with some new power tools. The class involved making a simple wood cutting board, much like this one. I was so excited with how mine turned out, and with how quick it was to make! Since it's the holidays and everyone could use a little help coming up with gift ideas, I'm sharing this DIY wood cutting board tutorial with you today. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Modern, Scandinavian-Inspired Wooden Christmas Tree

I am a huge fan of simple, clean shapes, and triangle are my all time favorite. This little alternative Christmas tree was inspired by a tree I saw in a shop window in Sweden a couple years ago.        

                     

 

 I’m loving this little graphic tree in my bedroom. Most of the rooms in our house have a touch of Christmas here and there, but our room had nothing. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a small piece of 1/4″ plywood (about 30″x20″)
  • a jigsaw, table saw, or hand saw
  • painter’s tape
  • pencil, ruler, and straight edge
  • small paint brush
  • black craft paint
  • sand paper

    Start by drawing out your tree shape.

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