Showing posts with label interior. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interior. Show all posts

10 Ways to Upcycle a Suitcase

On: Monday, April 15, 2013

Everyone should have a good piece of luggage, even if they only travel occasionally. But what happens when you no longer need a particular set? Maybe you got something new, or you went a little suitcase crazy and picked up too many at a second hand shop. Or you might just have worn it through and need to do something with the old luggage.

Don't be so quick to throw it out. Instead, check out these awesome and creative upcycling ideas for old suitcases.

1. Storage Ottoman

Storage Ottoman

Upcycle Books into Book Couch!

On: Thursday, March 7, 2013


Book Couch!

Turn an Old Crib into a Craft Shelf, Art Table, Wall Decor + 7 More DIY Ideas

On: Friday, January 4, 2013

There are a lot of cribs out there these days that act as a full sleep system. They go from a crib to a toddler bed, and sometimes even to a base for a full twin later on. But not all of them do this, or live long enough to make it into all three incarnations.

I know both of my kids brother their cribs long before they could become even a toddler bed. Which should tell you something about my children.

For those leftover pieces, you might not know what to do with them. If the crib is intact you can always try and sell it, or maybe offer it in freecycle. But most are leery about taking a used crib, especially with all the recalls to hit the baby industry in recent years. You may not have as much success as you hope for.

Instead, why not get creative? Pinterest, home of all things DIY, has a ton of awesome ideas for upcycling cribs. Stylish, interesting and functional additions to your home are just a project away.

1. Wall Decor

Wall Decor
You could do a lot with this idea, because it is entirely based around your personal tastes for decor and art. I like the concept of converting the grip springs into a canvas board, because it is light weight and yet would easily hold different items. You could probably come up with some other ways based on this principle.

Why Haven't I Thought about That: DIY Photo and Postcard Organizer

On: Wednesday, November 28, 2012

You are most likely to have lots of photos, lots of memories. You like entering your home and being met by those memories. That's what make us feel at home!

However there's never a good way to organize them: Photo frames are boring (you can't often change photos in them) and they don't always fit. Besides, they cannot have too many photos inside...

DIY Photo and Postcard Organizer

 But how about this idea: You can use this DIY shelf  to store postcards and photos. You can re-arrange them as often as you want even daily always creating a new mood! How brilliant!

Plus with some paint and creativity you can make this shelf look cute!

DIY Photo and Postcard Organizer

Wine Bottle + NY Times = Stylish Vase

On: Monday, July 30, 2012

If you have been inspired by our previous DIY project and created a geeky dictionary lamp, you will find this vase simply awesome.

It looks awesome and will complement any geeky interior perfectly!

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A Mason Jar + a Shelf = "Fresh Cut Flower" Shelf

On: Monday, January 16, 2012

A Mason Jar Fresh Cut Flower Shelf

We love having lots fresh herbs, plants and flowers at home. They freshen up our interior and make us feel comfortable and uplifted.

We have already shared a few unique upcycling ideas on indoor plants: here's a cool upside-down planting hack and here's an awesome light bulb mini-greenhouse.

Today we share another cool idea: "Fresh Cut Flower" Shelf. Here's a detailed instruction to print out.

It is a great way to turn your boring wooden shelf into something unique and fun!

Enjoy!

A Mason Jar Fresh Cut Flower Shelf

Wine Corks into the Bulletin Board

On: Sunday, August 21, 2011

If I ever knew you could do so many useful and awesome things using wine corks, I would have never thrown away a single one!

Today's idea is fun and useful: create a Bulletin Board for your in-family communication or for your to-do list using wine corks!

You will need is glue, canvas to keep the whole thing today and about 40 wine corks! Super easy DIY!

Wine Corks into the Bulletin Board

Here are more fun DIY ideas with wine corks:  bath mat out of wine corks, wine cork serving tray, wine bottle corks armchair as well as one of these 3 eco-friendly DIY Christmas wreaths. Also, read about being an eco-friendly parent here. Get greener and more creative!


Plastic Bottles into Upside Down Herb Planters

On: Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Plastic Bottles into Upside Down Herb Planters

If you love planting and adore original designs and ideas, you will find this idea simply awesome! Plant herbs upside down and use old plastic bottles for this!
  • These save plenty of space;
  • They look amazing and fun (your guests and friends will love it!)
  • That's an awesome way to reuse old plastic bottles.

Plastic Bottles into Upside Down Herb Planters

Here's the detailed instruction as well as another way to implement the idea.

More ways to re-use those plastic bottles:

Light Bulb into a Mini Green House

On: Monday, July 18, 2011

lightbulb plant
If you are into in-house planting, you'll love this fun idea: turn a light bulb into a tiny greenhouse.
Here's the detailed instruction (and make sure to look though the comments as well).

I am not sure what happens if / when a plant outgrows the bulb - but I guess there's a way to find a really tiny plant for it to grow inside for a long time.

Ideas?

lightbulb greenhouse
Here are a few interesting takeaways from the comments:
  • Will the plant need air?

    If you give the plants an airtight house, you create a mini ecosystem and the water that's inside will eventually evaporate to the top, condensate on the glass, and fall back down like rain.  It will keep doing that over and over, and you end up hardly ever having to water
  • Do the plant grow, and does it stop growing?

    The plants don't really grow much- a little bit, but they have stayed small enough to not outgrow the terrarium.  A few of the little fern babies have doubled or tripled in size over the course of many months, but they were very tiny to begin with.
More plants in a bulb:

lightbulb plant
lightbulb plant
lightbulb greenhouse 


More greenhouse and planting gadgets:

Vinyl Record Covers into a Box

On: Thursday, July 14, 2011

Vinyl record cover box

We have had quite few DIY ideas on how to recycle vinyl records including several projects in upcycling them into check bags and purses (Stylish vinyl records purse and cool vinyl records bags) as well as other, more creative ideas (like cool vinyl records bags and vinyl record into a cool necklace).

But how about the vinyl record covers we all store at home? How can we reuse them as well?

Here's a fun and very useful idea: vinyl record cover box (find the full tutorial here).

Gotta love the stylish design that would make a perfect match into a retro interior! And it looks like a useful storage utility too! On top of all, it looks easy to do and is absolutely free.

Vinyl record cover box
Thanks to Kate of Silver Prices Today for sending this cool tip!

Rolled Recycled Magazine Pages into the Mirror Frame

On: Sunday, July 10, 2011

Recycled magazine mirror
We have already covered a few fun DIY projects based on rolled magazine pages: rolled magazine table and magazine paper photo frame.

Today's idea is another brilliant one! The radiant rolled magazine wall mirror looks fantastic!

I don't know what all the pieces are attached to, but use it for inspiration!
Recycled magazine mirror

DIY Stone Bath Mat

On: Sunday, May 1, 2011

Do you want to feel yourself at the seaside each time you step down from your bath? Here's an awesome idea for you: a stone bath mat.

It looks very easy to create: just make a wooden frame and feel it with sea stones the way it is comfortable to stand on. You may have to go to the sea to collect nice-looking pebbles with smooth edges to create this thing.

There are a couple of advantages of this DIY project:
  • It is visually very appealing;
  • It is really unique and will make your bathroom your home most interesting place;
  • It should be very good for health: my mom has always taught me that standing and walking barefooted on the sea pebbles helps in conditions like flat foot and is generally very useful for health.

Stone Bath Mat

Here's another cool floor idea for your bathroom: Bath Mat out of Wine Corks

This is a DIY guest tip by Aimee, a creative home-maker and frugal mom blogging for HomeLoanFinder, the best free mortgage comparison tool and informative money-saving resource.

Most Bizarre DIY Magazine Rack Designs

On: Wednesday, November 24, 2010

First, a few inspiring examples:

A cheap wire hanger into a magazine rack:

DIY magazine rack
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Magazine magazine rack (click the image to go to the original post):


Fancy mags (or anything similar) into the tube magazine rack:

DIY magazine rack
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Bizarre Magazine Racks?

What the heck? Why would anyone be interested in magazine racks, much less bizarre ones? Of course, people read magazines, and they probably need a place to put them when they are not reading, but still...magazine racks?

Well, after searching around for some really offbeat magazine racks, you may come to the conclusion that these rather unnoticed and un-thought of household items can actually be really cool! In fact, there are some magazine racks that are incredible artistic achievements in beauty and sculpture, with a value to match the artwork.

A World of Unique Magazine Racks

Magazine racks aren't only for professional offices. There are decorative magazine racks that look like suns, moons, or stars. Some designs look like an assortment of cute puppies or kittens. Some handmade racks are actually cup holders or plastic water bottles that hold rolled up magazines. There are even magazine racks made out of magazines!

Professional magazine racks range from the plain to the decorative to the sublime. Some racks are virtually invisible; the only way one can tell it is a magazine rack is because of the magazines that seem to be holding each other in place. Some of the racks are huge and are actually a real and beautiful piece of furniture. Some are antique in look, made with beautiful woods or metal; others are fancy baskets woven into special shapes as magazine holders.

Magazine Racks are Part of a Winning Atmosphere

The most professional businesses in the country decorate with beautifully designed, and admittedly bizarre, magazine racks. Places, from bank lobbies to doctor’s offices and from television stations to classy modeling agencies, all sport the best in magazine racks. Not only do people use the racks to hold magazines, but they also use them as display shelves. The racks are extremely eye-catching for promotions materials and upcoming events.

A Special Magazine Rack for Your Home


Until you begin searching for bizarre and out-there magazine racks, you may have no idea how fun and useful they are. Not only that, but they truly can be a work of art. Just think of one of your primary interest in life and then picture a rack that expresses that.

You could have magazine racks that look like the following items:
  • Music Stands
  • Art Palates
  • Fine China
  • Oriental Fans
  • Peacocks
  • Gold Fish
  • Rainbows
  • Ships
  • Model T’s
You see? The list is endless. And, this list doesn’t begin to account for the beautiful and well-designed modern magazine racks that can also grace one’s home or personal office.

Find the Design of Your Dreams

Whether you decide to find one of those bizarre magazine racks, or you prefer an elegant style, there are enumerable choices literally at your fingertips. Your computer search engine will take you to some of the most artistic and fun sites, all for magazine racks.

And, if you are really inventive, you might just come up with a design all your own. Who would have thought that a magazine rack could be so exciting?

10 Cool Computer Clocks - Geeky Days

On: Tuesday, November 16, 2010

If you have successfully scored a great Dell deal and purchased a brand new computer (congrats!), you may be in desperate need to re-use your old one. So here you go: 10 great ideas for you to get inspired!

I know, I know, most of these are too hard to make yourself - but hey! It's holiday and gift-season. You'd better think about the presents now and these clocks can be huge source of inspiration!

Besides, if you manage to make something like this with your own hands, you'll be so proud of yourself (and so will your beloved ones)!

1. iClock: Apple Keyboard Clock


Clock dial is a former Apple iBook G3 Clamshell laptop computer keyboard section.

iClock: Apple Keyboard Clock

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2. Mac Keyboard Clock


Is anything made out of Apple keyboards look so awesome, I wonder?

Mac keyboard clock

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3. Mac G4 Clock


The side panel of an old Mac G4 recycled into a stylish clock! Simply awesome!

Mac computer clock

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4. Windows 2000 Holographic CD Desk Clock


This clock is made from a recycled working copy microsoft windows 2000 Professional CD.

Windows 2000 holographic cd desk clock

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5. Laptop Keyboard into a Wall Clock


At the base of the clock hands is a stator from a computer hard drive motor.

Computer keyboard clock

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6. Recycled Circuit Board into a Vintage Clock


Awesome vintage look would be a perfect fit for some interiors: A round lemon yellow circuit board with concentric circles of shiny copper sits on top of this chartreuse green circuit board.

Computer clock

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7. Apple G3 Computer Front Cover into a Clock


This minimal-design clock could    make a great conversation piece on your wall or great present for your geeky friend:

Computer clock

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8. Apple Laptop Computer Clock


A real 12" Apple laptop converted into a clock with a real working pendulum mouse!

Apple Laptop Computer Clock

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9. Hard Drive Clock


The face of the clock is the 5 inch platter of a former hard drive. Overall, the clock sports awesome minimalist design:

Computer hard drive clock

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10.  A Hard Drive CAT Clock


Can it both fun and geeky?! For sure!

Computer cat clock

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Rolled Magazine Table

On: Monday, October 4, 2010

We have already profiled a rolled newspaper stool and here's another great way to reuse old newspapers and magazines: rolled newspaper table! I am sure the two would also make a great match:

Rolled Magazine Table

Turn Tape into Amazing Interior Decorations

On: Monday, September 20, 2010

Most of us have plenty of tape stored in the garage for no reason. No, actually there is the reason: too many feelings and memories are tied to that old tape you do not have the heart to throw away.

But maybe you don't need to. Here are some truly amazing and inspirational examples of DIY interior artworks made of tape: let your memories go real!

Tape Interior Decorations
Tape Interior Decorations
Tape Interior Decorations