Roundup: 14 Modern DIY Advent Calendars and Holiday Countdown Projects

by Capree K

created at: 11/28/2012

I'll be honest, I prefer that my DIY projects and crafts be heavy on the modern side of things. Sometimes it's hard to find ideas that are easy to make, affordable, and super contemporary. BUT! It can be done! Even the most ubiquitous Christmas craft, the advent calendar, can be turned into an aesthetically pleasing design object. Here are 14 examples that are sure to fit in with modern homes of all types!     

created at: 11/28/2012

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How To: Make Pretty Dough Ornaments

by Craftmel

created at: 11/26/2012

I think the first time I made a dough ornament was way back in first grade, at least, and the result was a yellowed, rough, and very... salty piece of handiwork.  Because I haven't been all too fond of the yellowed and rough look, the salt dough ornaments haven't made their way into my own home.  After seeing these ornaments, however, I think it is time to give dough ornaments another chance- especially since these do NOT include salt or flour, making them a beautiful creamy white canvas.    

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How to: Make a DIY Modern Headboard from One Sheet of Plywood

by Chris Gardner

created at: 11/27/2012

This week, Curbly is excited to be teaming up with Storey Publishing to share original how-to projects from the newly released PlyDesign: 73 Distinct Projects in Plywood (and Other Sheet Goods) by Phillip Schmidt.
 

Groovy Headboard...as in lots of grooves, see? It was the express intention of the designers of this piece not to have a monolithic hulk of a headboard, so they decorated it with negative space. The grooves also highlight the edge strata of the plywood, adding depth and interest that change with your viewing angle. And if you really want to get groovy, you can install some hidden lighting in the back (letting the glow play through the slats or throwing bars of light onto the ceiling).

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Make It: DIY Postcard Wall Art

by Capree K

created at: 11/21/2012

This is such a cool wall art idea and easily customizable with what you have on hand! No postcards? Try using greeting cards (there are SO many amazing handmade/letter pressed/screen printed cards these days), gift wrap, patterned scrapbook paper, etc. -- the sky's the limit!     

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DIY-able Geometric Garland

by Craftmel

created at: 11/19/2012

As I was winding lights around my tree this week (Yes, we have the tree up already) I was thinking of fun garlands I could have my kids help me with.  Or that I could mindlessly make while watching a movie and thinking of all the million things I should be doing instead.  I am thinking something like this fits the bill perfectly, wouldn't you say?   

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