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Fish Bowl Succulent Terrarium

Written on August 28, 2015 at 10:01 am, by

DIY Fish Bowl Succulent Terrarium | The Nerd Nest

Lately all of my projects are involved and time consuming, so I really wanted something I could do in an afternoon with the kids. The hardware store in our neighborhood has a fun collection of succulents and the kids love them.

Even though it’s just about the most stereotypical blogger … Continue

DIY Periodic Table Mirrors | 5/52 Projects

Written on February 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm, by

DIY Periodic Table Mirrors: a little bathroom humor from The Nerd Nest

Our downstairs bathroom happens to be science themed–The Nerd Nest isn’t just a blog name. It’s also a pretty accurate description of our house. I had an idea awhile back to use periodic table tiles to spell out a little bathroom humor, but I wasn’t sure how I should work … Continue

Pillow Covers | 3/52 Projects

Written on February 1, 2014 at 5:00 am, by


Some projects take me FOREVER to complete from idea to execution. I’m totally okay with that: it gives me the time to save up for projects or change my mind for the better. But sometimes, the waiting is just silly. These pillow covers were a little on the ridiculous side … Continue

ROYGBIV Pipe Bookshelves

Written on July 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm, by

ROYGBIV Pipe Bookshelves by the Nerd Nest

Now that we’ve shared how we built the pipe bookshelves, I’m going to show you how we filled ’em up!

These bookshelves really are the focal point of our whole house, so we were very intentional about how they look. We’ve long organized at least some of our books … Continue

Building the Pipe Bookshelves

Written on July 12, 2013 at 8:31 am, by

Building the Pipe Bookshelves at the Nerd Nest

Pipe bookshelves!!! Watch the video below to see us put them together and then read all about how we made them.

It was a long time from idea to execution for our full wall bookshelves: we’ve wanted our own personal library for years (and Megan has the books to prove … Continue

Planning Our Bookshelf DIY

Written on February 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm, by

Bookshelves Draft

One of our big Make It Happen, Cap’n goals for the year is to get our first floor decorated and cleanish. We’ve done a lot so far: painted our living room, bought a rug and new-to-us couch, got rid of the giant piano that didn’t work and was just taking … Continue

Jonas’s Space Shelf DIY

Written on April 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm, by

Jonas's Space Shelf

Jonas now has an awesome shelf in his room to hold some of his cool space stuff. We’re so excited to finally have it up! One step closer to a room tour.

Jonas's Space Shelf

Having this cool display really brightens up Jonas’s room and we’re glad to not have everything crammed onto … Continue

Cafe Curtain with Ruffle from a Thrifted Pillowcase + Ruffle Video Tutorial

Written on April 20, 2012 at 4:23 pm, by

Cafe Curtain from a Thrifted Pillowcase

Today I’m going to show you how to make these awesome cafe curtains out of a pillowcase. There’s even a video tutorial for the most difficult part: the ruffle.

There are a lot of pretty leaded glass windows in our old house, and I hate covering up the awesome design … Continue

DIY Typography Art Part 2

Written on March 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm, by

DIY Typography Art

Last year on our anniversary, we shared a DIY Typography Tutorial. The resulting art was supposed to be one of two, but it took me all year to get to the above sister piece. Hah!

The messages on the art are our love notes to each other. The above … Continue

12 Days of christmas: Day 5 – Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Written on December 18, 2011 at 6:54 pm, by

Tree Trunk Candle Holder

Here at the Nerd Nest we’re teaming up with Allie from Alexandra Rae Designs to bring you 12 Days of Christmas (Projects)! It’s our goal to create 12 projects each for Christmas decor, gifts, and memory keeping by the 25th. That means you’ll get 24 DIY tutorials this month! Continue