How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

By: Chrisjob Dec 07, 2011

created at: 12/07/2011

It's not surprising that I spend quite a bit of time at the craft store. As a full-time craft, design, and art blogger, I've grown quite familiar with my looped route of hardware store/craft store/art supply shop/other craft store/supermarket...in that order.

So, it's always a pleasant surprise when I find some new material or media I've never seen before, and to think of all kinds of cool stuff to do with it.Continue Reading

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Make It: A Space-Saving DIY Twig Christmas Tree!

By: Capreek Dec 07, 2011

created at: 12/07/2011

The always awesome and incredibly clever Karen Bertelsen from The Art of Doing Stuff came up with one of the best alternative Christmas tree ideas I've seen in a long time: a space-saving, wall-mounted twig tree!  Want to make one yourself?  Here's what you'll need!   

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Our Living Room Curtain Makeover (Part 1)

By: Alicia Dec 07, 2011

Our DIY curtains before

Several years ago when we first moved in our house, the "back room" (as it was not-so-fondly called) was the most problematic room in our house. It had shipboard linoleum floors, dark wooden walls that blended into equally dark and heavy built-in shelving, fluorescent-lit window valances (yep, you read that correctly), and the heaviest, most-allergy provoking drapes you have ever encountered. The day we removed the drapes and valance, theContinue Reading

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Roundup: How to Make 15+ Christmas Stockings for the Holidays

By: Diy maven Dec 07, 2011

created at: 12/06/2011

Young, old, cat, dog, everybody enjoys a discovering a filled stocking on Christmas morning. The BEST stockings have always been and will ever be homemade. From machine sewn to no-sew, from knit to crochet, in this round up, we've amassed hundreds--yes hundreds--of stocking tutorials to help you make this Christmas joyful and bright!

To ease ourselves into things, we're going to start with a super-simple  stocking-makingContinue Reading

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How to: Make DIY Cathrineholm Candle Holders

By: Craftmel Dec 07, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011

I don't know about you, but whenever I go thrifting, I keep my eyes open for a Cathrineholm enamelware ANYTHING.  I love it, but sadly have never scored such a find.  That's why I had a "DUH" moment when I saw this DIY project with the coveted Lotus likeness.   Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Gold Paint-Dipped, Faux-Porcelain Bowl (from Scratch!)

By: Capreek Dec 06, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011

Metallics have been all the rage for the last few years, but 2011 was the year they really shined (heh).  So, like any dutiful design blogger, I decided to apply the trend to a simple DIY project and even mixed in some paint dipping shenanigans to boot!  It's a regular ol' trend explosion up in this joint--but classy, of course.  Always classy.   

This faux-porcelain, (faux) gold-dipped bowl (well, it's more of a dish, really), is capital E-A-S-Y.  My clay molding skills haven't been put to much use since I was about the age of 7, and even I could pull this off.  If you're ready to dive in and start DIYing your way to trend heaven, here's what you'll need!

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How to: Make a DIY Holiday Door Mat

By: Craftmel Dec 06, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011Outdoor holiday decorations aren't limited to just lights and wreaths- sometimes the festivities are found right below your feet!   Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Simple DIY Leather Journal

By: Capreek Dec 05, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011

These simple leather journals or sketchbooks would make great holiday gifts for the writers, doodlers, list-makers, or note-takers in your life.  I don't know about you but I want to make a hundred of these and give them to everyone I know!   Continue Reading

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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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How to: Steampunk Light Switch Plates

By: Diy maven Dec 05, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011

We have a 'no brass' rule in this house, so I have no brass switch plates on hand. If I did, however, I'd be steampunking them up using The Steampunk Workshop's tutorial. The transformation from what they looked like before to what they look like now is rather shocking. Continue Reading

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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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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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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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Curbly Bookworm: DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide

By: Diy maven Nov 30, 2011

created at: 11/30/2011

Don't let the unassuming title or cover of industrial designer and artist Christopher Stuart's new book, DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide fool you. The work is filled with some of the most interesting DIY furniture I've ever seen--and I've seen a lot. Chris collected 30 projects from the best designer-makers out there and put them into the collection that includes projects for every room in your home, and they're all constructed ofContinue Reading

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