Roundup: 15 Festive DIY Holiday Wreaths to Make This Year!

By: Capreek Dec 05, 2011

created at: 12/04/2011

With materials ranging from paper straws to actual living plants, we've rounded up 15 of our favorite festive DIY wreaths!  Happy hand-crafted holidays!   

created at: 12/04/2011

1. Ruffled Felt Poinsettia Wreath

2. Felt Ball Wreath

3. Felt Rosette Wreath

4. Paper Circle Wreath

5. Felt Flower Wreath

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6. Vintage Ornament Wreath

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Roundup: 18 DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make This Season

By: Craftmel Dec 02, 2011

18 DIY Ornaments Roundup

Growing up, we had a tradition in my family where every member of the family received a new ornament on Christmas Eve, usually based on something eventful from the past year.  When I moved out and got married, I had 19 years worth (yes, I married young!) of ornaments.  My husband's family had the same tradition, so our sad Charlie Brown-esque tree was quickly full and made us feel right at home for our first Christmas together.

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Make It, Dip It, Eat It: Santa Hat Party Mix!

By: Capreek Dec 02, 2011

created at: 12/01/2011

Who doesn't want to eat a party mix filled with adorable Santa hats??  That is, if you aren't making one of these edible Santa bread heads... which isn't to say you can't do both, because you totally can.  The more Santas the merrier, yes?  Anyway, party mixes--filled with Santa hats!   Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Contemporary, Glittery Holiday Tree Centerpiece

By: Chrisjob Dec 01, 2011

created at: 12/01/2011

Truth be told, I've never actually owned, made, or utilized a dining table "centerpiece." See, I'm lucky enough to have any dining area at all in my urban apartment, in which I barely manage to fit a small table big enough for four. Once the table is set, filled with glasses, place mats, and the like, there's no room for extra decor. I would need an actual dining room, with an actual dining table.

But, this holiday season, I decided to make one anyway. Small space concerns be darned, my table deserves to be as decked as my halls. (I don't have a hallway either...) And since I've decided to embrace the glitter, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to get sparkly. 

This project took less than ten minutes of work, and cost me well under $10.00 in materials. That's a lot of glittery cheer for the effort, in my book.  So, there's no reason not to make one yourself!Continue Reading

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Make It: Colorful Double-Sided Felt Snowflake Ornaments!

By: Capreek Dec 01, 2011

created at: 12/01/2011

Those kids over at The Purl Bee never cease to get my creative juices flowing!  This DIY project is a super easy and super awesome and involves everyone's favorite material: felt!   Continue Reading

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Design Blogger Wish List: Christopher Jobson of Colossal

By: Chrisjob Dec 01, 2011
created at: 12/01/2011

created at: 12/01/2011This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome Christopher Jobson of one of our favorite art and design blogs, Colossal.  

My picks are an assorted list of beautifully designed things I've seen over the past week. Each is fun and somewhat unexpected in its own right, and I would do a little dance to find any one of them in my stocking this year!      

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Design Blogger Wish List: Brittni Mehlhoff of papernstitch

By: Chrisjob Nov 30, 2011

created at: 11/30/2011

created at: 11/30/2011This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome Brittni Mehlhoff, of papernstitch.

Just a couple of months ago, my husband and I packed up everything we owned and drove across the country, with our dog and cat in-tow, to a new place in Seattle. Its been a big adjustment moving from our old home in Florida to a loft in the city, but we love it here so far. Now all we need to do is finish up with the decorating. So this holiday, I'll be asking for playful, modern gifts to dress up our new space and make it feel like home.    Continue Reading

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From Metal Hanger to Beautiful Holiday Wreath

By: Diy maven Nov 30, 2011
created at: 11/30/2011

Friend-of-Martha-Stewart Eddie Ross made something really beautiful out of an ugly wire coat hanger. It's a wreath fit for Miss Martha herself! He used some hot glue, but not the way you might think, and a bunch of glass ornaments to turn the nasty hanger into this:   Continue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

By: Chrisjob Nov 29, 2011

created at: 11/29/2011

I feel sorta bad for the nutcracker as an object... I mean, people like to eat nuts during other, non-holiday times of the year, right? But then, some German Romantic fantasy writer decided it made a pretty good gift from a crazy, creepy uncle, and then good old Pyotr Ilyich thought that adventure made a mostly awesome subject for a ballet, and now, any glimpse of those wide-jawed wooden soldiers simply screams, "It's Christmas! It's Christmas!"

Or, perhaps, I feel bad for most actual nutcrackers...cause they're, well, kinda tacky. I mean, I know there are really quality, beautiful, carved wooden ones, especially the handcrafted ones from the German forrest tradition. But the ones sold nowadays in discount stores are low-quality, poorly sanded and hastily glued pieces of mass-produced junk.

Which means they're perfect, inexpensive opportunity for a modern, minimalist makeover. Like this:   Continue Reading

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Design Blogger Wish List: Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind

By: Chrisjob Nov 29, 2011

created at: 11/14/2011

created at: 11/14/2011This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome Erin Loechner, of Design for Mankind and


Hi, friends, and happy early holidays! You might notice a bit of a monochromatic hue to my holiday wish list -- this year, I'm craving black, white and wood tones in all shapes, sizes and (eek!) price ranges. Here's hoping I've been very good this year!Continue Reading

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Roundup: 12 DIY Christmas Tree Ideas You Should Make This Year

By: Diy maven Nov 28, 2011

created at: 11/28/2011

We love DIY Christmas trees here on Curbly for lots of reasons: for one thing, they're incredibly creative, and, for another thing, they can cost very little to nothing to make. They also make great alternatives for apartment dwellers and other small space-rs. So, to share our favorite ideas and inspiration this holiday season, here's our 2011 guide to DIYable and other handmade Christmas trees. We'll start with small options and endContinue Reading

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How to Make Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments

By: Diy maven Nov 23, 2011

I'm sure you've seen them: inexpensive silvery glass ornaments whose finish is starting to look a little peaked. Maybe the color is fading or even peeling off the inside of the glass. Well....Stephanie Lynn tells us how to turn those old has-beens into new faux mercury glass. And because the Continue Reading

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How to: Make Sparkly Christmas Trees

By: Craftmel Nov 22, 2011

created at: 11/21/2011

Since Chris' reindeer has me thinking in glitter recently, my eyes were drawn to these simple-and-sparkly trees that could probably double as a photo-op backdrop for that reindeer when it isn't relaxing at the Aluminum Arbre.  This easy glitter tree project involves 4 supply items and won't leave glittery messes behind.   Continue Reading

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Roundup: 20+ Inexpensive DIY Gift Basket Ideas We Love

By: Diy maven Nov 22, 2011

created at: 11/22/2011

Who likes getting gift baskets during the holidays? The better question is: who doesn't? But only if they're filled with stuff we love. The problem with giving gift baskets, of course, is the expense. Costs can rack up quickly when you fill a big, beautiful basket with a little of this and a little of that. When all is said and done, that stuffed basket might blow your Christmas gift-giving budget to the moon. There are, however, someContinue Reading

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How To: Make Felt Holiday Trees!

By: Capreek Nov 21, 2011

created at: 11/21/2011

These felt trees are crafty, kitschy, quirky, and fun.  Also?  They're easy as pie--you'll have your own mini forest in no time!   Continue Reading

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