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Make A (Non-Chocolaty) Advent Calender

By: Lilybee Nov 22, 2008

There's something kind of irresistible about advent calenders, even for those of us who are jaded and bah-humbuggy by the 5th of December (maybe especially for us).

Here's one that doesn't have that horrible plastic 'chocolate' in it.

created on: 11/22/08

To make it you'll need:

  • a (cheap) cookie sheet
  • a few sheets of decorative paper
  • acrylic paint
  • 25 teeny magnetsContinue Reading
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Give Gifts That Give Back.

By: Chrisjob Nov 22, 2008

You can show your friends and family you care AND bring all of creation tiding and joy. CNN (or Oprah...it's not really clear) has assembled a collection of retailers offering Christmas gift ideas, the proceeds of which go to charity.

Shop for change.

One-stop shop
WorldofGood.com

Not just a pretty package
PangeaOrganics.com

Buy a gift, fund a business
GlobalGoodsPartners.org, BuildaNest.com

For pets
HoorayContinue Reading

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Homemade Household Recipes to Keep Money in Your Pocket During a Recession.

By: Chrisjob Nov 22, 2008

Clamping down on spending during tough economic times often means letting go of some extras, particularly some pleasant, but technically unnecessary, personal care products. So Gomestic offers this solution: don't buy them at all. Make 'em.

With recipes from DIY facial astringent to playdough and houseplant fertilizer, you can continue to have the things that make your life a little more beautiful.

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Craft a Lamp from Traffic Cones.

By: Chrisjob Nov 22, 2008

"If you're looking for a cheap mood lighting— and you really love orange— then you're only a few traffic cones away from all the modernist day-glo orange ambiance you can handle." With just a few zip ties, six mini plastic cones, and a $2.00 Ikea lamp kit, Henrique from Let's Evo built this atomic lamp. The process was so simple, that his included how-to doesn't even need words....it's just a few easy photos.

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How To: Chewing Gum Pocket Advent Calendar.

By: Chrisjob Nov 22, 2008

It's rare that a craft project without a purpose other than being insanely adorable inspires me to completely geek out, but my goodness, this chewing gum pocket advent calendar is a brilliant and cheerful testament to human creativity. Head over to My Little Moochi, grabbing some Dentene and your red and green Sharpies on the way, and make these by the dozens.

Open book

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20+ DIY Tree Toppers

By: Chrisjob Nov 21, 2008

Toss out your hand-me-down angel from the early eighties or your dime-store brass Victorian star and throw your own artwork atop your Christmas tree this year. From atomic pop to country to deco glam, BHG offers twenty how-tos to create your own tree topper.

Via Whip Up

Looking for more seasonal DIY projects and ideas?

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McDonald's Goes Minimalist.

By: Chrisjob Nov 21, 2008

From Pica+Pixel "McDonalds' has created one of the recognizable brands in the world, but that doesn't seem to matter in their two new Quarter Pounder stores in Tokyo. The stores, packaging, and advertising are all devoid of the classic golden arches and red-headed Ronald."

Quarter Pounder - check your clowns at the door

About this curious switch, Investor Spot says:"Generic packaging, minimalist decor, a two-item menu - and not a clown in sight! That goes for the website as well.Continue Reading

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A New Twist on the Recycled Jewel Case Lamp.

By: Chrisjob Nov 21, 2008

Over the past two years, Curbly has featured plenty of clever reuses for CD Jewel Cases: from a mini-greenhouse to a calendar or wall art (and 13 other ideas).

And certainly, if you've been about the DIY blogosphere at all, you've run into a fair share of how-tos for creating lamps out of jewel cases, or even used CDs themselves. So, here's another simple and beautiful entry from Make Grow Gather.

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How To Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes.

By: Chrisjob Nov 21, 2008

I gotta admit: I appreciate the smells of sage-infused dressings and carmelized sweet potatoes and spiced cranberries, but every year at Thanksgiving, it's the mashed potatoes which occupy at least half of my very-stretch stomach.

So whether they'll fill up the vegetarians in your family, or you just need a place to use up all that gravy, perfect mashed potatoes are easy and obtainable for any home cook.

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DIY Holiday Gift Wrapping and Mail Station.

By: Chrisjob Nov 21, 2008

With the extra cheer of trees, menorahs, wreaths, and other decor comes the extra clutter of wrapping paper, catalogs, Christmas cards, reciepts, and all the noise, noise, Noise, NOISE!

So, Organized Christmas offers a DIY control-your-Christmas-clutter solution. Using readymade materials, this how-to keeps your stuff where you want it, available when you need it, and away when you don't.

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