How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

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

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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Curbly Essentials: Free Printable Vintage Holiday Ephemera

Bruno Bornsztein

 

Vintage Holiday Ephemera Download

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 5 pages of unique printable vintage graphical elements (ok, fine, call it 'clip art' if you must).

Can't picture what I'm talking about? Here's a preview (the download contains the full-size images):

Ephemera preview

Read on to see how to get today's download: Curbly Essentials: Vintage Holiday Ephemera

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Roundup: How to Make 15+ Christmas Stockings for the Holidays

Diy Maven

created at: 12/06/2011

Young, old, cat, dog, everybody enjoys a discovering a filled stocking on Christmas morning. The BEST stockings have always been and will ever be homemade. From machine sewn to no-sew, from knit to crochet, in this round up, we've amassed hundreds--yes hundreds--of stocking tutorials to help you make this Christmas joyful and bright!

To ease ourselves into things, we're going to start with a super-simple  stocking-making...

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Design Blogger Wish List: Jaime Derringer of Design Milk

Chris Gardner
created at: 12/06/2011

created at: 12/06/2011
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 Jaime Derringer, the founder and editor of one of our favorite modern design blogs, Design Milk.

Having moved into a new home and had a baby, I don't know that I can ask for anything more this year, but I've rounded up a few items...

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Design Blogger Wish List: Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove

Chris Gardner
created at: 12/05/2011

created at: 12/05/2011
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 interior stylist, furniture builder, and wonderful design blogger, Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove. 

Every year I get more and more excited for Christmas.  I thought that the older you got, the less excitement came with the holidays. Not me!  I am right there with my kids, staring at the Christmas tree, watching White Christmas, drinking cocoa and singing carols at the top of my lungs.  I heart Christmas.   

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Roundup: 18 DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make This Season

Craftmel

18 DIY Ornaments Roundup

Growing up, we had a tradition in my family where every member of the family received a new ornament on Christmas Eve, usually based on something eventful from the past year.  When I moved out and got married, I had 19 years worth (yes, I married young!) of ornaments.  My husband's family had the same tradition, so our sad Charlie Brown-esque tree was quickly full and made us feel right at home for our first Christmas together.

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How to: Make a Contemporary, Glittery Holiday Tree Centerpiece

Chris Gardner

created at: 12/01/2011

Truth be told, I've never actually owned, made, or utilized a dining table "centerpiece." See, I'm lucky enough to have any dining area at all in my urban apartment, in which I barely manage to fit a small table big enough for four. Once the table is set, filled with glasses, place mats, and the like, there's no room for extra decor. I would need an actual dining room, with an actual dining table.

But, this holiday season, I decided to make one anyway. Small space concerns be darned, my table deserves to be as decked as my halls. (I don't have a hallway either...) And since I've decided to embrace the glitter, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to get sparkly. 

This project took less than ten minutes of work, and cost me well under $10.00 in materials. That's a lot of glittery cheer for the effort, in my book.  So, there's no reason not to make one yourself!

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Design Blogger Wish List: Christopher Jobson of Colossal

Chris Gardner
created at: 12/01/2011

created at: 12/01/2011
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 Christopher Jobson of one of our favorite art and design blogs, Colossal.  

My picks are an assorted list of beautifully designed things I've seen over the past week. Each is fun and somewhat unexpected in its own right, and I would do a little dance to find any one of them in my stocking this year!      

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Curbly Essentials: How to Make A Paper Holiday Garland (Free Download!)

Bruno Bornsztein

 

Curbly Essentials: Holiday Paper 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 quick, easy DIY project that can add a lot of cheer to your home in no time at all: a paper garland!

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

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Design Blogger Wish List: Brittni Mehlhoff of papernstitch

Chris Gardner

created at: 11/30/2011

created at: 11/30/2011
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 Brittni Mehlhoff, of papernstitch.

Just a couple of months ago, my husband and I packed up everything we owned and drove across the country, with our dog and cat in-tow, to a new place in Seattle. Its been a big adjustment moving from our old home in Florida to a loft in the city, but we love it here so far. Now all we need to do is finish up with the decorating. So this holiday, I'll be asking for playful, modern gifts to dress up our new space and make it feel like home.    

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How to: Make a DIY Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

Chris Gardner

created at: 11/29/2011

I feel sorta bad for the nutcracker as an object... I mean, people like to eat nuts during other, non-holiday times of the year, right? But then, some German Romantic fantasy writer decided it made a pretty good gift from a crazy, creepy uncle, and then good old Pyotr Ilyich thought that adventure made a mostly awesome subject for a ballet, and now, any glimpse of those wide-jawed wooden soldiers simply screams, "It's Christmas! It's Christmas!"

Or, perhaps, I feel bad for most actual nutcrackers...cause they're, well, kinda tacky. I mean, I know there are really quality, beautiful, carved wooden ones, especially the handcrafted ones from the German forrest tradition. But the ones sold nowadays in discount stores are low-quality, poorly sanded and hastily glued pieces of mass-produced junk.

Which means they're perfect, inexpensive opportunity for a modern, minimalist makeover. Like this:   

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Design Blogger Wish List: Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind

Chris Gardner

created at: 11/14/2011

created at: 11/14/2011
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 Erin Loechner, of Design for Mankind and HGTV.com.

 

Hi, friends, and happy early holidays! You might notice a bit of a monochromatic hue to my holiday wish list -- this year, I'm craving black, white and wood tones in all shapes, sizes and (eek!) price ranges. Here's hoping I've been very good this year!

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Roundup: 12 DIY Christmas Tree Ideas You Should Make This Year

Diy Maven

created at: 11/28/2011

We love DIY Christmas trees here on Curbly for lots of reasons: for one thing, they're incredibly creative, and, for another thing, they can cost very little to nothing to make. They also make great alternatives for apartment dwellers and other small space-rs. So, to share our favorite ideas and inspiration this holiday season, here's our 2011 guide to DIYable and other handmade Christmas trees. We'll start with small options and end...

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