Giving cash this Christmas? (We still think it's better than a gift card.) Instead of just sticking the bills in a card, how about festively folding them into a Christmas money tree shape? With this simple technique, you’ll have the whole project done in less than five minutes.
Christmas trees aren't for everyone. They can be pricey when you're on a budget, tricky in a small apartment, and nearly impossible with pets.
This year we came up with a super affordable, easy to assemble, clever tree that only requires a wall, a roll of tape, a stapler, dexterous fingers, and about an hour of your time. Right? Right! Let's make one.
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!...
Before winding up the Wine Bottle Roundup, you may want to quickly put together a mod puffy snowman gift tag/ornament. Made from a houndstooth remnant, dacron, felt and a silver 1/2" grommet, he's a cute little touch of MOD anyone would love. This is fast and easy if you have the materials in your craft stash.
Turn your shredded mail and catalogues into a festive wreath to hang above your mantle or on a mirror. The giant festive bow adds a fancy contrast to the shredded paper. Here's all you need:
Considering how much time some people spend in their cars every day, it makes sense to bring a little Christmas cheer to your commute. The winking Wee Tree would do just that. Available through
Today I was going to buy a bouquet of Christmas-y flowers to use as a centerpiece for my kitchen table, but I've changed my mind. I'm going to make one of these curly Christmas trees instead. Why? Because it'll last longer than the flowers and I'm pretty sure I already have everything on hand to make one. Here's what I'll need to scrounge up:
Finally--a Christmas tree that costs nothing, takes up no room, and incorporates books in its design...what more could you want?
This tree and the company, Cloud Gate Design LLC, that designed it gets major props for environmentalism. First, the very modern tree and its packaging are made from recycled cardboard which is also 100% recyclable. In addition, a portion of the profit from the sale of each cardboard tree is being donated to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America. And to top it off, The Cardboard Tree’s website is delightful; just click ‘decorate’ and...
Wood, fiber and a drill-why didn't I think of these ADORABLE tree decorations? These are so delicously simple, I can't think of any way to improve on them except maybe to make sure to sign and date them on the back side. You know those anxious two or three days before Christmas with kids? Decorate cookies or drill some holes? You know what I'd choose.
Cookies, berries and popcorn. Yummy. And the most ecologically sound way to decorate your tree. If your decorations are not eaten straight off the tree by naughty pooches (you know who you are... Dilly) then you can use them later to feed birds or pop them in the compost.
Popcorn, thread, needle and voila! A festive afternoon filled with delicious smells and a full tummy.
It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia. Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity. And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and 70's.....
Start saving your 'Dew cans and next year you could have enough to make this very unique Christmas tree. It comes to us courtesy of Quiltville's in-box. They have no idea who the maker is or how, specifically, it was made, but the pictures show the process fairly well. The guess is you'd need some PVC pipe, wire, a drill, a Christmas tree stand, about 379 Mountain Dew cans, some lights--of course--and a 2 liter bottle for the angle on top.
It's arguably the biggest Christmas decoration you'll put up and it'll be around for weeks, so how do you choose a good one? Well, according to professional forester Steve Nix, like this:
Perform a "freshness test"
Take hold of a branch and pull your hand toward you, allowing the
branch to slip through your fingers. Most, if not all, of the needles
should stay on the tree.
Lifting and dropping the tree on a hard surface should not result in
I am a big fan of real Christmas trees (see here for an article about real V fake) but I could be swayed by something that looks like this:
Charles Eames' Chair Leg Christmas tree (check out the man himself hanging out beside it) the picture's from here.
Or this fellow, The Possibilitree, by Richard Babcock is $360 (yikes) from DWR.
They beat green plastic any day!
Made from 100% recycled cardboard, Pop Deluxe's new laser-cut Snowflake Tree puzzle ($17) comes is kraft brown or white. It measures 10 x 10 x 13, and although they can be decorated with paint, glitter and such it seems unnecessary. Their simplicity is rather elegant.
This year, make your e-waste into something celebratory with this collection of handmade geek tree ornaments from GEEKWARE. Currently in five parts (though expect some updates, as apparently, there's 100!!!), these how-tos include everything from ribbon cable Stars of Bethlehem to santa mice to my fave, keyboard key word ornaments.
Check them out here. The contrast between the techno-recyclables and the natural Canadian greenery is stunning.
According to ATOM (the Aluminum Tree and Ornament Museum), occasionally an aluminum tree can be found in the wild. This rare specimen was spotted at the lip of the Grand Canyon in 2004. Extraordinary!!!!
(Photo by Ayn Claybome).
Well, the Curbly holiday posts have officially begun, so thought I may as well solicit the ideas of the Curbly geniuses before the pre-Holiday sales are over
The blue-spruce-alike Christmas tree and cutesy country ornaments and tree skirt I inherited from my family totally clash with my wish-it-was-space-age-modernism decor in our living room. And I love Christmas...I mean love Christmas, so it's pretty problematic, as our tree is up ASAP, and...