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

by 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 large!

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The Ultimate DIY Christmas Wreath Roundup

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Christmas decor reassessment is underway at our place. I've grown so tired of the same tree, decorations, mantle lights and wreaths we've used year after year. Instead of buying new versions of our old stuff, I've decided to design and make our new holiday decor. Mr. Mod loves the traditional. Sorry, but he'll have to adjust to the new look of Christmas around here. First project: wreaths. As an appetizer, I've rounded up some not so ordinary...

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How To: Create an Art Easel from a Pair of Recycled Crutches

by Chris Gardner

I know this is weird, but when I was a kid, I longed to break my ankle or a foot so I could walk around on crutches. I know, I know, but the kids always got to leave class early, and everyone did all these nice things like carry their lunch tray....

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Had I broken something, and were there a pair of 12-year-old crutches in my parents' basment, I'd probably make one of these: an easel. And even though I don't have a pair, the technique could...

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Talk and Live Like a Pirate!

by Lilybee

In honour of International Talk Like A Pirate Day here's a few ways you could cease to be a landlubber and move your ah, booty onto the open seas.

Starting with a real Pirate Ship.

 

This 47' Ketch by Vagabond looks the part, it sleeps 6 and has 2, 'heads'. (I think that means loos). It's berthed in Spain and can be yours for only 139,000 euro... or possibly some gold doubloons.

Don't know how to sail? How about a 56' motor yacht?

 

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Are Wind Farms an Eyesore?

by DIY Maven

Yesterday, while traveling through southwestern Minnesota, we came upon several clusters of wind generators nestled in among red barns and stands of maple and pine. The scene reminded me of Jason Jones’s report last month on The Daily Show in which he investigated the brouhaha over the proposed wind farm off the shore of Cape Cod. (Opponents claim it would ruin their view of the cape; although, if I remember correctly, in an artist rendering of...

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Corn Fed Furnaces

by DIY Maven

Sometimes, in exploring alternative energies, one must look back to look forward. Case in point: The biomass stove. It all started with Ben Franklin, who invented the iron furnace stove. Then, in 1973, Mike Haefner tweaked Ben’s baby and created the first certified biomass fuel stove. The improvement lay in the fact that Mike’s creation burned biomass.

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Question #1

What’s biomass? Biomass itself is the process of turning trees and plant material...

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