Starburst Mirror DIY Starburst mirrors are so chic in metallics and I'm really loving gold accents lately. I wanted to create something for our bedroom that replaced an old art piece that wasn't really working and that also added more light to a dark corner in that space. I kind of held my breath while I was working on this, because I honestly wasn't sure if it was going to look really handmade or not. I was thrilled with the end result once I had it hung. It's just become of of my favorite finished projects! 1. It ended up being about 26" in diameter which makes it plenty substantial to hang on a wall by itself without feeling like it's floating. Starburst mirrors are so chic in metallics and I'm really loving gold accents lately. 1.
Song Lyric Wall Art / D.I.Y. Project A couple weeks ago, I found a paint-by-number at an unbeatable price. I can't pass these things up even though I already owned this particular design. I thought that I could maybe use it to make a fun D.I.Y., but my new rule is that all thrifts that I purchase with the intent of restyling need to get done right away. I have way too many half finished projects in my life. With that little bit of motivation I came up with a fun D.I.Y. to display some of my favorite song lyrcis in our newlywed home. Here's how I did it... I displayed our piece in our bedroom, on Jeremy's side of the bed.
MintyBoost! - Small battery-powered USB charger This project details a small & simple, but very powerful USB charger for your mp3 player, camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge! The charger circuitry and 2 AA batteries fit into an Altoids gum tin, and will run your iPod for hours: 2.5x more than you'd get from a 9V USB charger! You can use rechargable batteries too. Some numbers... iPod video (tested, using alkaline batteries): 3hrs more video (1 full recharge) iPod mini (tested w/rechargeables): 25 hours more (1.5 full recharges) iPod shuffle (unverified): 60 hours more (5 full recharges) Weight (with 2xAA): 3.5oz This project is suitable for beginners, some soldering tools are necessary but even if you've never soldered before it should be pretty easy. You can etch a circuitboard and/or breadboard this up, or simply buy the kit from the adafruit webshop. This project was developed under support from EYEBEAM, thanks! NOTICE!!!
Branch Clothing Rack If you read yesterday’s post, then you caught a glimpse of the branch clothing rack I made. In my book, the branch is way cooler than any clothing I own, not to mention there is almost always a funny story to go along with hunting for pretty branches, although they’re normally not conversation starters if you’re going for witty and sane. Nonetheless, this project is so easy that it makes finding a branch look like rocket science… To make your own, all you’ll need is 40lb. picture wire, a branch, wire cutters, and optionally an “S” hook. Like this: Like Loading...
D.I.Y. Oversized Fabric Garland Chandelier Make a statement piece in your home out of supplies you already have on hand! I designed my oversized fabric garland chandelier to fit over our table but you could also use it in a corner that needs a little more excitement, above a reading nook in a child's bedroom, or as the backdrop for your next holiday party. You'll need: 1 wire cooling rack, 2-3 yards of fabric in different shades, 1 strand of twinkle lights, 1 white extension cord, lace, chenille, embroidery thread, a needle, two hooks that screw into a wall, a drill. 1. cut strips of fabric in varying widths (1/2" - 2") for depth. 2. create texture with strips by stitching loosely through them with embroidery thread and then bunching them up before tying a knot. 3. 5. 7. 9. Drill a pilot hole in your ceiling and hang a strong hook where you'd like to hang your chandelier. During the day it works as a statement piece and softens up the dining area.
Confessions 2012 Las Vegas, NV Interactive gallery installation in The Cosmopolitan that invites people to anonymously share their confessions and see the confessions of the people around them in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. Amidst casinos, restaurants and bars, Chang invited passersby to write confessions on wooden plaques in the privacy of confession booths. Chang arranged the anonymous plaques on the gallery walls like a Shinto shrine prayer wall, painted select responses on 4’x4’ canvases, and orchestrated the space with an original score by Oliver Blank. The project explored the design of safe spaces for anonymity, vulnerability, understanding, and consolation. Inspired by Japanese Shinto shrines, Post Secret, and Catholicism. 2012, Las Vegas, NV.
made with love: pressed botanical specimens Wow, I’m truly overwhelmed at the response to my first stab at my living in: column yesterday. When I hatched the idea to do roundups based on books and movies, I just thought it would be a fun way to find stuff online. I didn’t really comprehend that it would open a whole world of inspiration for all of us! I am SO excited to go through each and every suggestion and start some good old fashioned movie watching. That is, after I run to the corner store to pick up some more popcorn, of course. Wednesdays here on D*S I’m going to be cooking up fresh DIY projects (called “Made with Love”) in my Brooklyn apartment to share with you. Creating a collection of madcap botanical specimens is about as easy as it gets. CLICK HERE for the full post (with instructions and additional images) after the jump! What you’ll need: - a large pile of heavy books, including a phonebook or something similar - frames - several fronds from ferns or other flat leafed plants - rubber cement 1. 2. 3. 4.
Heart Blanket DIY I love this blanket! I'm always looking for new ways to decorate our living room without spending too much. This design is bold, but still cute. You can make one too, here's how... 1. Supplies: throw blanket (we picked up a simple blanket at Target), Martha Stewart All Surface Paint , paintbrush, scissors, cardboard, and cork. 2. I'm not the only one who likes our new blanket.... When I walked by several hours later, this is what I found! 50 Useful Kitchen Gadgets You Didn’t Know Existed I’ve been doing this with my daughter for a few months now, only we’ve been using those cheap plastic ketchup squeeze bottles. They work ok, but the batter tends to get stuck in the small opening, so I have to make it thinner than preferred. This bottle is made specifically for pancake art! This handy gadget not only holds the onion for you (no more stinky hands), but also guides your knife for perfectly even slices. Get it here: Amazon Spray fresh lemon juice right out of a lemon? Get it here: Amazon Use a corn zipper to effortlessly and cleanly remove kernels off of the cob! Get it here: Amazon With a single swift motion, this kitchen gadget evenly chops onions and other vegetables. Get it here: Amazon Easy to use and easy to clean! Get it here: Amazon What a great concept! Get it here: Amazon Advertisement What to do with that dripping spoon. Get it here: Amazon It’s two essential tools in one sleek design! Get it here: Amazon Get it here: Amazon Get it here: Amazon Get it here: Amazon
DIY Project: Pretty Cat Toys Every winter, my cat, JFK, who is usually an outdoor cat, gets a little bit crankier . . . well, a lot crankier. When he’s not sleeping directly in front of the heater or scarfing food, he’s begging me for attention. On my last trip to New York, I learned a lot of great tips from Grace and Amy, both experts at owning indoor cats, for keeping your cat happy. It essentially boils down to the following: keep them warm and cozy, give them plenty of affection and make sure they receive a sufficient amount of entertainment and exercise daily. After scouring my local pet shops, I realized that nothing was quite up to snuff for me visually. JFK loves wand toys and scratch pads, so I decided to make my own versions of these toys. Read the full how-to after the jump . . . Materials two 1″ x 3″ x 24″ pieces of woodmitre box and saw1/4″ sisal ropehot glue gunneon pink stringscissorsleather corddrill with 3/8″ bitwood glueyarn and embroidery thread in a variety of colorswood beadswood dowel 1. 2. 3.
Tree Stump Coaster D.I.Y. This next super cute D.I.Y. was Kinsey's idea! We stitched them up together on a sunny afternoon. If you choose to hand stitch each coaster takes about an hour. 1. This project is a little time consuming, but also incredibly relaxing to create! Check out our b-e-a-utiful mess in my living room making D.I.Y. projects together! 20+ Surprisingly Useful Inventions The World Didn’t Know It Needed You may never eat Pringles in the same way again. Advertisement 1. The chair that has a notch cut into it for your bag. 2. The radio that doesn’t play until your seatbelt is buckled. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. Via reddit.com Source: BuzzFeed