How To: Make Glittering Sandwich Cookies!

By: Capreek Nov 25, 2011

created at: 11/23/2011

It's been a regular ol' glitter fest up in here recently, so I thought it only appropriate to extend our new obsession into Foodie… Continue Reading

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Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

By: Bruno Nov 24, 2011

I've made a bit of a custom of checking in on Thanksgiving morning and saying thank you to all our readers (see 2010, 2006!). November and December are our busiest months of the year, and we work really hard to make sure we do a great job keeping you informed about the best gifts, decor ideas, and DIY projects for the holidays. It's a lot of work, and Thanksgiving day is one of the few we 'take off'.

So, I just wanted to say thanks. To our… Continue Reading

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How to Make Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments

By: Diy maven Nov 23, 2011

I'm sure you've seen them: inexpensive silvery glass ornaments whose finish is starting to look a little peaked. Maybe the color is fading or even peeling off the inside of the glass. Well....Stephanie Lynn tells us how to turn those old has-beens into new faux mercury glass. And because… Continue Reading

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Napkin Folding 101: Style Up Your Thanksgiving Table

By: Craftmel Nov 23, 2011

created at: 11/21/2011

By now, most Thanksgiving dinner plans have been made and we're all working on finishing touches, like how to make our Thanksgiving tables look their best.  If you aren't going to go the napkin/napkin ring route, you can always use some creative folding to add a little extra wow to the… Continue Reading

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How to: Make Sparkly Christmas Trees

By: Craftmel Nov 22, 2011

created at: 11/21/2011

Since Chris' reindeer has me thinking in glitter recently, my eyes were drawn to these simple-and-sparkly trees that could probably double as a photo-op backdrop for that reindeer when it isn't relaxing at the Aluminum Arbre.  This easy glitter tree project involves 4 supply items and won't leave glittery messes… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 20+ Inexpensive DIY Gift Basket Ideas We Love

By: Diy maven Nov 22, 2011

created at: 11/22/2011

Who likes getting gift baskets during the holidays? The better question is: who doesn't? But only if they're filled with stuff we love. The problem with giving gift baskets, of course, is the expense. Costs can rack up quickly when you fill a big, beautiful basket with a little of this and a little of that. When all is said and done, that stuffed basket might blow your Christmas gift-giving budget to the moon. There are, however, some… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Felt Holiday Trees!

By: Capreek Nov 21, 2011

created at: 11/21/2011

These felt trees are crafty, kitschy, quirky, and fun.  Also?  They're easy as pie--you'll have your own mini forest in no… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 12 Stylish Modern Holiday Greeting Cards

By: Chrisjob Nov 18, 2011

created at: 11/18/2011

Sure, it's the era of electronic invites, and online parties, and hashtag events, but, there's simply no replacement for sending a holiday greeting - on paper, in the mail - to your friends and family to let them know you care, and if you'd like, what you've been up to this year.
To help find some of the coolest, most stylish holiday greeting cards of 2011, Curbly asked our friend and resident stationery expert… Continue Reading
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Curbly Gift Guide: 23 Fine and Fabulous Hand-Crafted Gifts!

By: Capreek Nov 17, 2011

created at: 11/17/2011

If your DIY skills aren't quite up to snuff, but you're still wanting to give handmade gifts to loved ones and friends, you're in luck!  We've rounded up 23 fabulous hand-crafted items from talented artists, craftsmen, and creators across the Internet.… Continue Reading

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Make It: Candy Cane Wreath

By: Craftmel Nov 17, 2011

created at: 11/16/2011
I've never actually had a wreath on my door, for any season or occasion.  Ever.  I'll probably be voted out of the craft community for admitting such a thing, but it is true.  Still, I love looking at what other people come up with for their doors, like this candy cane-inspired wreath.  … Continue Reading

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How to: Turn a Tacky Glitter Reindeer into an AWESOME Glitter Reindeer

By: Chrisjob Nov 16, 2011

created at: 11/16/2011

I'll be honest. I'm not really into glitter. Maybe it's because I'm a guy, or perhaps because my taste lean towards the clean and contemporary. Mostly, it's cause, as my memories of summer camp and Sunday school taught me, it's messy to deal with. Open that bottle, and it's on you for life. It is, as  Demetri Martin remarks, "the herpes of craft supplies."

But this holiday season...I don't know...I'm kinda feeling it. Perhaps it's sparkles will match my beloved aluminum Christmas tree, or maybe cause the holidays always allow for going a little over the top, but they're feeling festiveContinue Reading

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How to: Easy Hand-Drawn Gift Wrap!

By: Capreek Nov 16, 2011

created at: 11/16/2011

While brown paper packages tied up with string are classic and timeless, we love this modernized, hand-crafted approach!   

Kate Lilley of Mini-Eco created these stunning and simple gift wrap designs using silver pens and, well, her imagination!  The metallic ink and brown paper combo keeps things looking classy, while the faceted designs keep everything up-to-the-minute fresh.  Check out more over on Mini-Eco!

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Roundup: 5 Button Christmas Ornament Projects

By: Diy maven Nov 16, 2011

Buttons. So sweet and colorful, they're just aching to be turned into Christmas ornaments. The one pictured above is from Leslie Ashe. There isn't a tutorial, but it looks like the maker used a styrofoam ball and white ball head stick pins. I particularly like the layering of the buttons. 

These next ones are perfect for a table top tree.    

See:

This snowflake ornament is made… Continue Reading

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Make It: 3 Easy Holiday Candle Crafts!

By: Capreek Nov 15, 2011

created at: 11/15/2011

Oh snap.  Did somebody say "glitter stripes"?!  You won't believe how easy this is!  Pretty soon you're going to be glitter-striping everything you own... that's a… Continue Reading

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How to: Prep Your Kitchen Pantry and Closets for the Holiday Season

By: Chrisjob Nov 15, 2011
created at: 11/14/2011
This guest blog post was written by The Stow Company, which designs and manufactures intelligent home organization solutions for all areas of the home, ranging from full-service, dealer supplied solutions to do-it-yourself storage systems available online and in retail stores. Solutions include closet organizers, garage cabinets, and organization systems for home offices, kitchen pantries, laundry rooms, mudrooms and more. Join the conversation on Twitter and connect with The Stow Company on Facebook.

As the holidays quickly approach, people everywhere scramble to get their homes ready to entertain friends and host out-of-town guests. It is important to have the high traffic areas such as the living room, kitchen and bathroom clean and tidy, but make sure not to overlook two easily forgotten areas: the kitchen pantry and guest closet.

Make your visitors feel right at home with these tips for creating clean and organized… Continue Reading

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