The 12 Days of CRAFTSmas!

Diy Maven

created at: 12/02/2010

The 12 Days of Christmas has gotten the Curbly treatment. It's now known as The 12 Days of CRAFTSmas! That's right, I'm going to post crafty how-tos every day for 12 days straight. Forget about laying geese and swimming swans, for my 12 Days of Christmas we're talking yarns a' felting and guns a' gluing! Because they're quick and easy projects, you'll still have time to make any or all of them as gifts. Or, even better, make them for...

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How To: Make Modern Paper Ornaments

Chris Gardner

created at: 11/30/2010

Having completed yards of modern paper holiday garland, I wanted to create some more paper decorations to maintain the look and colors throughout my home. I tried making paper snowflakes from the colored cardstock, but they didn't really work. Then I recalled an old trick I learned in Sunday school as a kid which we called "onion bulbs" and put all over the Chrismas trees. We used paper strips to create the shape of teardrops and...

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Curbly Gift Guide: Best Crafty Gifts for Fabric and Yarn Junkies

Diy Maven

created at: 12/02/2010

Crafts. There are SO many to choose from, it would be virtually IMPOSSIBLE to put together a gift guide to cover them all. So, for the sake of space (and my sanity), we've pared 'crafts' down to the big three: Knitting, crocheting and sewing. 

Now, gift cards for yarn shops, craft stores and fabric boutiques make great gifts for knitters, crocheters and seamsters, but for something a bit more personal, check out these ideas we've amassed for the fiber junkies on your Christmas list.  

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The Ultimate DIY Christmas Wreath Roundup

Mod Home Ec Teacher

Christmas decor reassessment is underway at our place. I've grown so tired of the same tree, decorations, mantle lights and wreaths we've used year after year. Instead of buying new versions of our old stuff, I've decided to design and make our new holiday decor. Mr. Mod loves the traditional. Sorry, but he'll have to adjust to the new look of Christmas around here. First project: wreaths. As an appetizer, I've rounded up some not so...

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Roundup: 12 Unconventional Christmas Trees That Will Have You Re-Thinking The Fir

Capree K

created at: 12/01/2010

As a tradition, my husband and I usually go on the day after Thanksgiving to pick out a tree with his family.  There's a special lot that has our preferred species (Balsam Firs - I love how skinny and open they are, which is great for showcasing ornaments.  Take a peek at our tree from last year to see what I mean).  This year, though, we were out of town and to this day are still treeless, which is nearly blasphemous.  I am dying to...

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Handmade Hanukkah: DIY Gelt/Gift Pouches

Creativejewishmom

Hi, it's me Sara of creativejewishmom.com- I'm back, and a bit out of breath since Hanukkah starts tonight! I've still got some last minute things to take care of, mostly because it also happens to be my husband's birthday. Realistically, since Hanukkah is eight nights, there's still time to pull out all the bangs and whistles even if you can't get it together for the first night. In my house as long as there are chocolate coins, like lots...

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Bruno & Alicia's Hanukkah Table

Alicia Lacy

Our Hanukkah table setting.

We're a Christmukkah house (or a Hanumas house, if you prefer). I love the fact that we celebrate both holidays, because it provides us the opportunity spend time with loved ones, share traditions, enjoy amazing eats, and decorate.

Hanukkah begins at sundown this evening, and our table is already set. We assembled a simple table incorporating the colors blue, silver, and white. Using a vase we had on hand, and our everyday dishes, we spruced...

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How-To: Make Your Own Mod Holiday Tree Cards

Capree K

created at: 11/30/2010

This how-to comes from one of my favorite designers (and favorite people), the very talented Paige Russell.  She's known for her awesome ceramic work, but it's clear that she's creative no matter what material she uses!  Fortunately, she's eager to spread some holiday cheer and the DIY spirit, so check out her step-by-step tutorial below for details on how to make your own mod tree cards!  

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Handmade Hanukkah: Inspiring DIY Hanukkah Decorations

Creativejewishmom

created at: 11/30/2010

Hi everyone, it's me Sara of creativejewishmom.com back again with some inspiring ideas for DIY Hanukkah decorations. If you'd like to read a little about the history of Hanukkah, please see my post from yesterday here. Or continue reading for a bunch of crafty DIY ideas that could easily keep you busy all year!

Hanukkah decorations? What would that be exactly? Between you and me, it could be anything that brings you joy! Not to pop...

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Handmade Hanukkah : Awesome DIY Hanukkiah Ideas

Creativejewishmom

Hi everyone, I'm so happy to be here at Curbly.com guest blogging about Hanukkah. I'm Sara of creativejewishmom.com, so if I can't tell you about Hanukkah, who can? As I know from my own blogging experience, most of us love the chance to learn about cultures and customs that aren't our own, so I hope that the information and ideas that I will be sharing here will be inspiring for everyone!

Before I get started with the crafty portion...

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How To: Make Graphic Tree Limb Coasters

Mod Home Ec Teacher

created at: 11/29/2010
This holiday season, I just can't  get limbs, stumps and branches out of my system. I've been out in the wood pile again so I decided to slice up some more tree limbs to create a set of great big graphic number coasters with whitewashed bark. The numbers allow you to keep track of your drink, and add an awesome punch of type. It's so easy to set up the assembly line and start cranking out these always useful handmade coaster sets for gifts!

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The Gingerbread Architect

Diy Maven

This year, take your gingerbread construction to a new level with The Gingerbread Architect. Choose from 12 classic American home designs, including a Cape, brownstone and even a southwest style*. 

Co-written by an architect who loves to bake and a 'house-obsessed pastry chef', the book includes detailed instructions that will take us from blue prints, to manufacture (baking), to construction ('gluing' it together), to exterior...

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