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. Enjoy!
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.
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 festive this year.
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!...
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 promise.
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 spaces.
The season of gift-giving is fast approaching, and if your family is anything like mine, we like to make sure all the out-of-towners get their Christmas gifts while they are visiting for Thanksgiving. And since a drive/flight home usually results in crushed boxes and torn gift tags, I thought I'd make some that were a little more suitcase friendly while being easy enough for any gift-giving occasion.
Somehow I managed to score this gift guide assignment again this year (see my post from 2010), even though Chris is clearly the more qualified person to do it (I mean, c'mon, he makes stuff all the time, like donuts and romesco sauce).
Nevertheless, I am nothing if not a shameless amateur, and I like to think of myself as food-literate. So, fueled by this decidedly non-gourmet turkey sandwich I whipped up for lunch and a string of INXS...
There's one thing that every estate sale has: boxes and boxes of old Christmas decorations and ornaments. I've even been to a house where every room was decorated, floor to ceiling (we're talking hoarder territory, people), for a different holiday... but that's another story for another day. When you DO happen upon one of these stashes, though, you can usually snag the whole lot for a few bucks. And then... then you make on of THESE!
Something about mid-November stirs my holiday spirit and revs up my gift-list-making muscles. Stocking stuffers are my favorite gifts to buy; there's something magical about tiny, great things. As a child, waking up on Christmas morning was exciting because our house rules allowed for going through our stockings' contents without parents (I now realize this was a total ploy to buy my dear old parents another snoozy 45 minutes).
Hi Curbly! I'm excited to be back again for the 3rd day in a row! OK so as the above photo suggests, Monday's successful wall art diy has made me even more obsessed with creating complimenting pieces in the starburst/urchin genre... and a recent visit to my local $.99 store made it easy for me to just go with it! I found the most amazingly shaped crystal picks (they have a very cool graduated triangular shape at the ends that adds so much more dimension than your usual bamboo skewer!). And you can't beat the fab price of ninety-nine cents for a pack of one hundred. I think my little vignette (above) looks pretty awesome!
Here's what you need to create the same look:
Groddy wire hanging baskets. I had a rusted white one. I think my boo tossed it during a 'purge' earlier this year. Now I wish I had it. (Isn't that the way it always goes?) Of course, for this project I'd need two. Other than that, the supplies are minimal and include some small zip ties (got 'em), a can of silver spray paint (got it), a strand of fairy/Christmas lights (got those too) and some
Got a web designer girlfriend? A graphic designer brother? We've rounded up our favorite gifts for the aesthetically inclined... and all for under $25!
Heads up, cool kids: ombre is all the rage these days. The term is French, simply meaning "shaded" or "dark," and the look was all over New York Fashion Week this year. So now, of course, it's time to bring it into your home with a little DIY ombre decorness.
To start, how about these glowing fall-inspired and very Thanksgiving-ready ombre hurricane glasses?
I know that the time to host family and friends for cozy dinners and parties is upon us, so I thought it would be a good idea to make some napkin rings to make place settings a little more festive. Read on to make this VERY easy project!
It's about time to rock and roll with some pumpkin carving shenanigans! If you're hard up for ideas, don't fret. We found the perfect tool to get your creative juices flowing--and it's free!
These pretty painted patterned pumpkins (say that ten times fast!) are inspired by bold textiles like Suzani fabrics, Missoni, and traditional Indonesian Ikat. While the source material may be classic, these pumpkins are anything but!
Add a pop of color and a good dose of cheer to your next celebration with this easy, no-sew bunting!