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...
With materials ranging from paper straws to actual living plants, we've rounded up 15 of our favorite festive DIY wreaths! Happy hand-crafted holidays!
7. Holiday Light...
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....
Who doesn't want to eat a party mix filled with adorable Santa hats?? That is, if you aren't making one of these edible Santa bread heads... which isn't to say you can't do both, because you totally can. The more Santas the merrier, yes? Anyway, party mixes--filled with Santa hats!
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!
Those kids over at The Purl Bee never cease to get my creative juices flowing! This DIY project is a super easy and super awesome and involves everyone's favorite material: felt!
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!
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
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.
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:
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!
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...
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 Fridays!
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...
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 table.
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 behind.
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...
These felt trees are crafty, kitschy, quirky, and fun. Also? They're easy as pie--you'll have your own mini forest in no time!