DIY Snow Globes

Diy Maven

Readymade has a fast and so-easy-a-kid-could-do-it tutorial showing us how to make our own custom snow globes. Start with a recycled glass jar--they suggest using a Grey Poupon empty--then use epoxy or glue that won't dissolve in water to attach figures to the underside of its lid. Fill the jar with water and a couple of pinches of glitter. When the glue has fully dried, replace the lid and make it leak-proof by applying a bead of glue or...

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Give Gifts That Give Back.

Chris Gardner

You can show your friends and family you care AND bring all of creation tiding and joy. CNN (or Oprah...it's not really clear) has assembled a collection of retailers offering Christmas gift ideas, the proceeds of which go to charity.

Shop for change.

One-stop shop
WorldofGood.com

Not just a pretty package
PangeaOrganics.com

Buy a gift, fund a business
GlobalGoodsPartners.org, BuildaNest.com

For pets
Ho...

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How To Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes.

Chris Gardner

I gotta admit: I appreciate the smells of sage-infused dressings and carmelized sweet potatoes and spiced cranberries, but every year at Thanksgiving, it's the mashed potatoes which occupy at least half of my very-stretch stomach.

So whether they'll fill up the vegetarians in your family, or you just need a place to use up all that gravy, perfect mashed potatoes are easy and obtainable for any home cook.

  • Proper Preparation
  • ...

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Curbly's Guide to 2008 Holiday Gift Guides

Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/20/08

Delight.com's fun 2008 Holiday Gift Guide got us thinking about how to get through all the Holiday Gift Guides out there. So here's a comprehensive summary to the best 2008 Holiday Gift Guides we could find, organized by topic, just for you!

Use it as a "guide to gift guides", to help find what you're looking for. I've started with the obvious interests of Curbly readers. If you're looking for foo-foo-y girly gifts or a nice warm robe for Grandma, you'll need to do a little online research. 

If you have other obvious categories you'd like to have reviewed, feel free to leave a comment for consideration. 

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Make a Modern Paper Chain

Diy Maven

Conventional paper chains are so last century. Heck, they’re so two centuries ago! (Not to mention so second grade.) Jeffery over at CraftStylish has reinterpreted this classic, putting a completely modern and grown-up, not to mention GORGEOUS, spin to it. The materials you need to replicate Jeffery’s design are minimal enough and include:

  • Medium weight paper
  • Two circle punches, one smaller than the other (Jeff used one 1"...

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DIY: Flaxseed and Lavender Eye Pillows

Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 11/17/08

Who doesn't bend and stretch their way through yoga class for the promise of final relaxation and the eye pillow?  Its' sheer goodness should never be underestimated. This experience is so relaxing, everyone should have one of these next to their bed. It has never failed to soothe and calm my tension and fatigue. The fresh lavender scent and the weight of the pillow feel like a cool breeze in a dark room.  Ahhhhh.....

These are so easy...

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Peace Wreath

Diy Maven

The peace sign turned 50 years old this year. To celebrate the occasion--and spread a little peace as well--you might want to opt of a peace wreath this holiday season. Available through Gardener's Supply Company, the 18" diameter wreath ($30) is 'hand-tied on a northern Vermont farm, using fresh-cut balsam fir.' Hmm. I can smell it already!

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Make Your Own Geek Christmas Ornaments.

Chris Gardner

This year, make your e-waste into something celebratory with this collection of handmade geek tree ornaments from GEEKWARE. Currently in five parts (though expect some updates, as apparently, there's 100!!!), these how-tos include everything from ribbon cable Stars of Bethlehem to santa mice to my fave, keyboard key word ornaments.

Check them out here. The contrast between the techno-recyclables and the natural Canadian greenery is...

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Snowflake Lights.

Chris Gardner

Nothing sets a festive mood like a fresh lighting scheme. From tiki torches at a summer BBQ to a full-on romantic candlelit dinner on Valentine's day, there's always something incredible about the unique glow at special occasions.

But such an investment for once-a-year is a bit wasteful...well, at least it used to be. Requiring only a scissors and some completely reusable L.E.D. votives, Design*Sponge offers this project: snowflake...

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Sixteen Recycled Handmade Gift Ideas

Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 11/10/08

  If you're condsidering handmade gifts this holiday season, you most likely have some creative genes already in place.  For that reason, this is a quick "off the top of my head" list of found objects you could artistically and lovingly incorporate into your own sweet handmade offerings.  Feel free to expand this as the ideas start flowing. Don't be tempted to buy used and re-give in the same condition.  Your family and friends will...

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Using Goodwill Materials in Your Handmade Holiday Gifts

Mod Home Ec Teacher

 

created on: 11/09/08

created on: 11/09/08

There are no hard and fast rules on re-gifting Goodwill treasures or merely using "gently used" materials as building blocks for your handmade, made with love, tremendously creative holiday gifts. Most people aren't tickled to have your  oodwill bargain passed along to them, however, if you've commited to giving HANDMADE this season AND you are the one hand making the gifts, where you buy your materials is up to you. You can...

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DIY: Fabric Party Garland.

Chris Gardner

created on: 09/01/08

Everyone loves the festive touch of hanging stuff from the ceiling. But the premade, disposable options are, well, disposable, and well, ugly. Handmade paper garlands are a much better option, but if you're making the effort, why not go all out and create a fabric option, which can be used again and again with no tearing, ripping, or crinking...well, maybe a little crinkling, but nothing a hot iron and a few seconds can't fix. And what a...

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Will You Wear Green on St. Patrick's Day?

Chris Gardner

Most folks have given up on the Christmas necktie, and thankfully, we left interactive holiday sweaters back in the 90s. So wearing green on St. Patrick's Day seems to be the only holiday-themed wardrobe choice in which anyone seems to participate. (And, perhaps wearing a US flag t-shirt on July 4th, if you happen to own one)

Whether it's to avoid pinching, an excuse to drink green beer, or just for fun, do you don your emerald come March...

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How To Customize Conversation Hearts.

Chris Gardner

Of course, you'll never actually eat them, but that doesn't mean they can't say exactly what you feel. Just follow this brief how-to:

Ingredients:

  • Store-bought conversation hearts
  • Rasp-style grater (like a Microplane)
  • Rubber-stamp kit
  • Food-writing pens

1. Remove the original message by shaving away the top layer with the grater.

2. Arrange your words in your stamp, and ink them with the food-writing pens. Alternatively, create your own stamp from the...

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Valentine's Day Photo Ideas.

Chris Gardner

From Photojojo:

"Here it is almost Valentine’s Day, and once again you’re searching for that grand romantic gesture (GRG).How, you ask yourself, how can I impress my one and only Schmoopy armed with only a camera and my boundless creativity?

Not to worry dear chum, Photojojo’s got your back.

We’ve got some great ideas to save the day and leave your S.O. positively chuffed. (Plus a little something for the anti-Valentines among us.)"

Idea 1: A Day...

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