Hit List: Recapping Our 2011 Holiday Content (Gift Guides, DIYs and more!)

by Bruno Bornsztein

2011 Holiday Hit List - the best posts of the 2011 holiday season


We've made a real effort this year to ramp up our original content and roundups for the holiday season. Believe it or not, we actually started planning this stuff out in August! As a result, I think we have a collection of gift guides, roundups, and original content that is really superb (I admit, even I was shocked by how many posts it turned out to be).

In case you've missed any of it, or just want an easy way to see it all laid out, I'm going to list it all below! Come along!

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How To: Make a Christmas Tree Pizza!

by Capree K

created at: 12/15/2011

Okay, true story: I was invited to a White Elephant party last weekend and, in the spirit of absurdity, I brought a giant cheese ball in the shape of a Christmas tree.  It was rolled in parsley, with almond slivers as garland, and red bell peppers as ornaments.  It was a hit.  It also looked like it was ripped straight out of a Betty Crocker magazine from the 1950s--oddly reproduced (and incredibly unappetizing) colors and all.  THIS Christmas tree-shaped treat looks incredibly delectable on the other hand.   

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Design Blogger Wish List: Joel Pirela of Blue Ant Studio

by Chris Gardner
created at: 12/14/2011

created at: 12/14/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome artist, designer, and master of all things modern design, Joel Pirela.

From decoration to organization, my wish list tries to cover everything... Once a year I really splurge on myself and this season is not an exception. I think that vintage and natural materials are here to stay.   

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How To: Make DIY Mini Gift Box Garland!

by Capree K

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!   

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Design Blogger Wish List: Cambria Bold, Managing Editor of Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest

by Chris Gardner

created at: 12/09/2011

created at: 12/09/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome Cambria Bold, the managing editor of our favorite green and sustainable design blog, Apartment Therapy's Re-Nest.

As they say, coziness is next to godliness. (Wait? Is that not what they say?) This time of year I like nothing better than a stout evergreen tree (complete with kitschy ornaments and twinkle lights), something toasty sweet baking in the oven, Sufjan Stevens' Christmas album, and a free Saturday to enjoy it all with my husband.   

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Curbly Essentials: Free Printable Paper Snowflake Garland

by Bruno Bornsztein

 

Curbly Essentials Download: Paper Snowflake Garland

This month, we're giving away a free series of useful PDF tutorials that are perfect for the holiday season. We're calling it "Curbly Essentials", and today's download is a great paper snowflake template and tutorial. You'll be able to make beautiful garlands like the one below in no time at all!

Preview of snowflake garland

Read on to see how to get today's download: Curbly Essentials: Paper Snowflake Garland

There are two ways...

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How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

by Chris Gardner

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 I...

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Design Blogger Wish List: Ez Pudewa of Creature Comforts

by Chris Gardner
created at: 12/08/2011

created at: 12/08/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome Ez Pudewa, the founder and editor of Creature Comforts, one of our favorite handmade lifestyle and design blogs.

Hi there! My name is Ez (pronounced ee-zee) and I am most often found on my blog Creature Comforts where I write about DIY craftiness, share my photography, and post design inspirations...as well as any other thing that strikes my fancy. For me the holidays are all about the time you spend making memories with your friends and loved ones. It's fun to dream about presents under the tree, but even more than the gifts that will be unwrapped, the laughter and craziness of my huge family squeezed into one small house are what I look forward to most of all this holiday season. (Okay...and an iPhone. I'm hoping someone in my family will grant that one holiday wish for me). ;-)   

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How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

by Chris Gardner

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...

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Design Blogger Wish List: Tyler Goodro of Plastolux

by Chris Gardner
created at: 12/07/2011

created at: 12/07/2011
This holiday season, Curbly asked our friends, peers, and favorite design bloggers to stop by, have some hot cocoa, and tell us what gifts they'd like to receive this year. Today, we're excited to welcome Tyler Goodro, an excellent graphic designer and founder of the awesome design blog, Plastolux.

To me a wish list is just that, a wish. In my mind it would be items that most likely, I would not be able to afford, but maybe some day. On that note my list is sort of a "go big or go home". if anyone is feeling frisky with your wallet I would love for one of these to show up at my doorstep!   

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