How to Make Duct Tape Flowers

Posted by: on February 2nd, 2012 | One Comment

It’s amazing the many things you can make from duct tape. Here, we’ll show you how to make duct tape flowers.

In this video ChristineClaret, our very own Home Depot expert associate, will walk you through all the steps it takes to complete this project. All you need is a straw, duct tape, scissors and this video, and you’ll be well on your way to making this a very memorable Valentine’s Day. For even more cool and unique project ideas, visit Christine and our other associates at The Home Depot How-To Community Forum.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Meet The Material: Chicken Wire

Posted by: on February 2nd, 2012 | 2 Comments

 Chicken Wire Chandelier image

What is chicken wire? Chicken wire, also called poultry netting, is a mesh of thin, flexible galvanized wire with hexagonal gaps [Wikipedia]. The wire is woven together by a massive loom called a Gambion machine, which makes oddly musical, hypnotically rhythmic sounds as it weave its magic.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #2 Wood Block Photo

Posted by: on February 2nd, 2012 | 3 Comments
Day 2 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s edition, Shaina shows Craig a do-it-yourself way to make a photo extra special without testing his sketchy tool skills. 

 

Craig:  I hear that giving your sweetie a photo of yourself is a great gift for Valentine’s Day. I know my wife loves me, but a photo of my ugly mug? That seems more appropriate for Halloween.

Shaina:  She probably married you because of your mug, Craig. But why don’t you make it a little more interesting and personal by mounting it on a cool wood block?

Trust me, she’ll love it.  It’s a unique DIY Valentine’s gift, and it’s easy to make.

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DIY Valentine’s Gifts for Your Sweetheart: #1 Getting a Grip

Posted by: on February 1st, 2012 | 10 Comments

Day 1 of 14: DIY Valentine’s Gifts for your Sweetheart finds our writers discussing great Home Depot products or projects for gift ideas. In today’s segment, Caroline and Jae find romance in a red goo.

 

Champagne Glasses with red plasti-dip coating

 

Caroline:  I was wandering around in Home Depot the other day when I ran across this really cool stuff that could make a great DIY Valentine’s gift. It’s a rubberized protective coating product called Plasti Dip.

Jae: That doesn’t sound as good as a Get Out of Valentine’s Day Free card, but I’m intrigued. You found this rubber stuff called Plasti Dip, and it made you think of Valentine’s Day? OK, Cupid what’s the idea?

Caroline: The idea is to buy some Plasti Dip in red—for Valentine’s Day—and use it to upgrade the handles of your sweetheart’s pliers and socket wrenches. It’s a really easy do-it-yourself project. Just dip the handles in the Plasti Dip, let them dry, and then give them a second application to give the grips an extra layer of comfort. The tools will handle like new, with a nice non-slip grip.

Jae: I don’t know if I’d want you dipping my tools in plastic goo. This DIY Valentine’s Gift sounds like a honey-do-Valentine’s-Day surprise gone wrong to me. And I’m thinking there might be something even more interesting we could do with this stuff.

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Make Storage Solutions Pretty

Posted by: on January 31st, 2012 | 2 Comments

Day 31 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: My final organizing tip of the month is not clever, just important. When you’re organizing, make storage solutions look pretty! When you’re organizing your linen closet or kitchen pantry, keep the style of the rest of your home in mind and do your best to make sure that function and frills work together. 

Pretty closet

Image from Houzz

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

How to Install a Bath Fan

Posted by: on January 31st, 2012 | Make A Comment

Sufficient airflow is extremely important to maintaining a healthy home, especially in the bathroom. The proper flow of air can prevent harmful mold and mildew from growing as a result of water and humidity. Airflow also has the added benefit of keeping your bathroom beautiful by preventing warped doors and peeling paint and wallpaper.

Watch this video for great tips on how to easily install a bath fan so you can keep that air moving and your bathroom safe. You will learn about important issues like whether you need to fully replace your fan or whether it just needs an upgrade, as well as how to calculate the proper cubic foot per minute for sufficient airflow. Visit homedepot.com where you can find everything you need for your bathroom, including bath fans, vanities, tubs and showere, and much more!

If you have any questions about product selection, installation, or anything home improvement-related for that matter, be sure to ask our expert associates at The Home Depot How-To Community Forum.

See more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Create a Built-in for your TV

Posted by: on January 30th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Day 30 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If you’re looking for a better way to store your TV and television components, consider having a built-in space specifically designed for your electronics. This home takes the useless space from a staircase and turns it into a hard-working media cabinet!

Built-in media cabinet

Image from MyHomeIdeas

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Here’s What You Need to Get Your TV Set Up Right

Posted by: on January 30th, 2012 | Make A Comment

Whether you’re hosting your own football watching party, or just planning to watch a game at home with a few family members or friends, you need to get your TV squared away.

Here’s what you need to make your TV viewing the best it can be.

The Home Depot carries three essential products that will put your TV in prime position and deliver a crystal clear high definition picture with theater-like sound quality:

Let’s begin by addressing the picture and sound quality. GE’s 4-Piece HDMI Installation Kit includes a 15 ft. HDMI high-speed internet cable, a 15 ft. RG-6 quad-shield coaxial cable and 2 single-gang brush wall plates. This kit is a $100 value for only $39.97.

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How To Store Dishes in Pot Drawers

Posted by: on January 29th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Day 29 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If you have deep pot drawers that you’d like to use to store dishes, use pegboard and simple wooden dowels to make sure your dishes don’t move in the drawer.

Safely store dishes in pot drawers

Image from BHG

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]

Install a Hidden Cutting Board

Posted by: on January 28th, 2012 | One Comment

Day 28 of 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized: If you’ve love the functionality of a kitchen island but don’t have room for one, consider installing a pull-out butcher-block chopping station right over your trash can. You can chop straight on the cutting board and easily whip discards into the trash can. 

Chopping station over the trash can

Image from The Farm Chicks

[Editor's Note: 31 Days, 31 Ways to Get Organized is a series featuring clever storage and organization tips that will help you clean house in the new year]