How To: Make DIY Mini Gift Box Garland!

By: Capreek Dec 13, 2011

created at: 12/13/2011

It's a fact: tiny, mini things are completely irresistible.  From mini polaroids to mini terrariums to mini balloon vases, it seems no one can suppress their squeals at the sight of pint-sized objects.  Mix that elation in with a good dose of vintage charm and you've got yourself the ultimate Mini-Induced Mind Melt.  So, if you think you can handle that kind of raw, so-cute-your-brain-just-exploded power, I've got the tutorial for you!   Continue Reading

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How to: Make an Apothecary Jar Snow Village

By: Craftmel Dec 13, 2011

created at: 12/13/2011

I always stop by the little Christmas village displays in craft stores and look at them for a while, wondering how I could use bits and pieces of it in my holiday decorating without being tacky.  It turns out I wasn't thinking creatively enough, because this simple solution is absolutely perfect for me.   Continue Reading

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DIY Holiday Idea: Framed Christmas Ornaments

By: Diy maven Dec 13, 2011

Mike at Shelterness found some great and unique ways to display Christmas ornaments, but these two, which involve frames, caught my eye. The one pictured above is fromContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Easy DIY Mini Tabletop Trees!

By: Capreek Dec 12, 2011

created at: 12/12/2011

So you've decked the halls with handmade wreaths, creative stockings, and DIY ornaments galore.  Now it's time to take that same crafty passion to the table!  Here are a few of our favorite mini tabletop Christmas trees you can make yourself--happy crafting!   Continue Reading

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How To: Make DIY Leather Strap Cabinet Pulls

By: Capreek Dec 12, 2011

created at: 12/12/2011

These leather strap cabinet pulls are a gorgeous--not to mention highly clever--DIY alternative to run-of-the-mill, big box hardware.  All you need are a few simple materials!   Continue Reading

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$10 Washer & Dryer Makeover

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2011

created at: 12/12/2011

It's rare that a washer and dryer go on the fritz at the same time, which is why there are so many miss-matched duos in the world. Brooke has the antidote for such odd couples as well as those old, boring sets too. The prescription isContinue Reading

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Roundup: 15 Semi-Homemade Christmas Cookie/Treats

By: Diy maven Dec 09, 2011

Some of us don't have the time or the inclination to roll out cookie dough come Christmas time. If you fall in to that category I'm here to absolve you of any guilt you might be feeling. Stop it! Not all of us are Just Desserts contestant wannabes. SO, for this Christmas cookie/treat roundup, I found ideas that require MINIMAL work on our part as they start with store bought cookies, snacks and candies. 

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How To: Make a DIY Geodesic Dome Gingerbread House!

By: Capreek Dec 09, 2011

created at: 12/08/2011

We've shared quite a few architectural gingerbread houses over the years (including a couple modernist ones and even a book titled "The Gingerbread Architect"), so it was only a matter of time before someone pulled out a Buckminster Fuller reference and made a geodesic gingerbread dome!   Continue Reading

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How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

By: Chrisjob Dec 08, 2011

created at: 12/08/2011

The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know...that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google "sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament". No results. Surprised?

At some point that day, I decided IContinue Reading

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Make It: A Minimal and Modern DIY Wall Clock!

By: Capreek Dec 08, 2011

created at: 12/08/2011

I love everything about this clock.  Everything.  It appeals to my inner minimalist in ways I can't describe!  It's also one of the easiest DIY projects ever created--and that's not just hyperbole, folks!  It really is.  The trick is in the clock face: can you guess what it's made from?   Continue Reading

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Our Living Room Curtain Makeover (Part 2)

By: Alicia Dec 08, 2011

Living Room Curtain Makeover (before)

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

Ok, so yesterday I showed you the unfavorable conditions of our previous living room curtains. When the folks folks at FabricDirect.com kindly offered to supply us with some new drapery fabric, we jumped at the chance (click here to see all the other FabricDirect projects we've done this fall).

After checking out samples (we looked at patterns, different textures, and several different materials) we decided on a white cotton duck. This is a medium-weight, sturdy cotton fabric often used for drapery, canvases, and even sneakers. Although we were tempted to go with a bolder pattern, we feared we'd miss the airy feel of our old curtains. But since we like to think of ourselves as living on the drapery-edge, we also feared that plain white might be a little ho-hum. So we made a plan...Continue Reading

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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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