Now Available: Make It! Mid-Century Modern

by Bruno Bornsztein

"Make It! Mid-Century Modern", Curbly's mid-century how-to manual, is finally here! You can buy it right now in PDF or print format ($9.99 and $18, respectively)

I'm really proud of this publication, and our writers (DIY-Maven, ChrisJob, and ModHomeEcTeacher) have done a fantastic job putting it together. We sweated every detail in every paragraph and photograph in this book, and I think it shows.

Hopefully, you'll think so too, and...

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DIY: Wine Bottle Light.

by Chris Gardner

wine bottle light

With string lights readily available everywhere from 6-week only holiday emporiums to the corner gas station, grab a few to create this deceptively simple but elegant wine bottle light. The trick lies in the technology - a 1/2" drill bit made for drilling into glass, and, of course, the proper safety gear, just in case.

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LED Motherboard Menorah.

by Chris Gardner

battery operated menorah, eco-friendly menorah, green menorah, kid-friendly menorah, led lit menorah, menorah, LED motherboard menorah, roni kabessa, green kids, eco kids, green hanukkah, menorahs

How fascinating..."A group of Israeli environmentalists has launched an Internet campaign encouraging Jews around the world to light at least one fewer candle this Hannukah.

The effort, aimed at curbing climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, has been criticized by some Jewish leaders, who say the candles play a sacred role in the Hanukkah observance.

The founders of the Green Hanukkia campaign say each candle burning all the way down...

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Alternative Gift Wrap: Thrift-Store Sewing Patterns.

by Chris Gardner

Rikkianne from Chakra Pennywhistle has a fine idea, indeed: wrap your handmade gifts in a paper a bit more suitable to their contents - thrifted sewing patterns.

Don't worry - these aren't the vintage patterns featuring classic designs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s... if your thrift store features those, you, my friend, are in luck and should buy them all up quickly.

Nope. In 2010, most shelves are graced with McCalls from the late 70s through...

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Holiday How-To: Mini Xmas Gift Parcels.

by Chris Gardner

Traditional gift wrapping technique places this gift in tissue paper, then a box, then paper around the box, then tape to secure it, a ribbon for some extra fun, then a bow, a gift tag to determine the recipient, and sometimes, even an extra bauble or ornament dangling from the finished product.


This year - try something else, like these folded mini-gift parcels. Yoke Bakery has created a fully prepped option from a...

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