Curbly Gift Guide: DIY and Home Improvement Tools

by Bruno Bornsztein

created at: 12/15/2010

Making your home a better place doesn't take a lot of money, and you should never let a lack of supplies or tools intimidate you from trying a home improvement project. Remember, you can always rent or borrow any special tools you might need (a drywall jack, for example, is one of those things you probably don't need to own, but comes in really, really handy when the time is right).

That said, having the right tool for the job can be...

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How To: Super Easy Mod, Hand Drawn Snowflake Gift Wrap

by Chris Gardner

created at: 12/13/2010

I love the idea of hand drawn wrapping paper. Each little gift, with a different motif designed especially for the recipient , all lovingly created by hand...

Of course, I can't really draw. And I certainly can't draw well enough to risk just creating original artwork directly on a wrapped package. So, I came up with this very easy handmade gift wrap idea that even those of us without the skills can whip up in under ten...

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Snowboard Accident Santa Ornament

by DIY Maven

created at: 12/02/2010

This just in: Santa has been involved in a snowboarding accident. Reports suggest an altercation between Father Christmas and a still-resentful Rudolph resulted in the former taking a tumble down a rather steep run. After gathering much speed--and snow--St. Nick's bowl full of jelly now looks more like shaved ice. Mrs. Kringle says her husband

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Our Christmas Table

by Alicia Lacy

Setting our Christmas Table

Whew! We've been setting a lot of tables around here. It all started with our Thanksgiving table, followed a week later by our Hanukkah table, and now we're gearing up for a Christmas table. We wanted to do something simple, with the traditional red and green. We will have many friends in town in the coming weeks, and impromptu entertaining will certainly happen. We put together this Christmas table in about 15 minutes. Here's the play-by-play...

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How-To: Make Borax Crystal Snowflake Ornaments

by Capree K

created at: 12/09/2010

Bust out your lab coat and goggles, because we're about to get down with some science.  Making your own borax crystal ornaments is not only super cool, it's a fun project to do with kids (and keep the education going during that extra long holiday break)!  

First, I have to thank my friend Megan for sharing this with me.  She knows I'm a kid at heart and, well, easily amused.  If you're the same way, or actually have kids...

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How to Make Folded Paper (Kirigami) Christmas Trees

by Bruno Bornsztein

Kirigami paper Christmas trees are a quick and easy way to add a festive decor to your home.

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law, Lin, showed me how to make these really cool Kirigami (which, unlike Origami, includes cutting) paper trees. They're super easy, once you get the hang of them, and look really nice in bunches. Plus, you can get creative with the paper you use (Lin's incredible hand-marbled paper is a good place to start) for different effects. 

There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make these...

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Embossed Soda Can Snowsicles

by DIY Maven

created at: 12/02/2010

Twinkling icicles are lovely and romantic, but like romance, they can also be downright dangerous! First, they can be a sign that something is very wrong in your attic (like not enough insulation or ventilation) and second, they can poke your eye out, kid. My snowsicle, on the other hand, provides all the twinkling romance of the real thing without the menace. So why not make one for your boo this holiday season? 

First, the...

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Gift Wrapped Switch Plates

by DIY Maven

created at: 12/02/2010

created at: 12/06/2010

A couple dec'd (as in decoupaged!) wrapped switch plates would be great little somethings for dads and grandfathers this Christmas. Installed at the front and back doors and in guest rooms, they're a lovely greeting for holiday company. And best of all...they're super fast and easy to make!

Here's the ingredients you'll need to whip 'em up:

  • light switch covers, old icky ones work great for this
  • mod podge, matte...

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Curbly Gift Guide: The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer Round-Up

by Alicia Lacy

Curbly's Stocking Stuffers Gift Guide
If Christmas gifts consisted only of stockings and the goodies therein, I'd be one very happy gal. While I absolutely adore the tradition of gift-giving, I find gathering the little things most exciting.

Below is my list of favorite "stocking stuffer" gifts (and yes, Julie Andrews' "My Favorite Things" ran through my head as I put it together). For a gift to make it on this list, it had to be wonderful, and it had to cost under $20.

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Roundup: Modern Holiday Decor

by Jill W

The holidays are approaching, but many of us haven't even found the time to dust off the old classics from our basements and attics, let alone research the latest in contemporary holiday decor. But as always, Curbly is here to help. Here are plenty of options that'll add a modern touch to the traditional holiday season. 

ORNAMENTS

Credit: Urban Outftters [http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=18973388&itemdescription=true&navAction=jump&search=true&isProduct=true&parentid=SEARCH+RESULTS]

"Love" is a sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana. The image was originally designed as a Christmas card for the Museum of Modern Art in 1964, and first exhibited as a sculpture in New York City in 1970. Here is a miniature version of the modern sculpture sold as an ornament from Urban Outfitters.   

Credit: CB2 [http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=581&f=5274]

We like these Mod ornaments made of a combo of polished/brushed metal from CB2.  

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