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How to: Make Gorgeous and Glam DIY Amethyst Bookends

by Marwa Hayat

How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60
How To: Make Amethyst Bookends under $60
I'm not sure about the healing power of crystals, but I am sure enchanted by their beauty. Thanks to their weight, these shining amethyst crystals are a natural fit for great bookends. Purchased from a high-end boutique, you're in for $300+ for a pair. But crafted at home, you can make a beautiful set for around $50, and a couple hours of your time.

Add them to your shelf, or wrap them up as a holiday gift. Either way, they'll bring some serious style to any bookshelf.  

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10 Creative Alternatives To Store-Bought Gift Wrap

by Faith Towers
10 Creative Gift Wrap Alternatives
Photo: Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Still working on wrapping holiday gifts? Or maybe you aren't finished shopping yet? Today we have some gift wrapping ideas that are a little outside the box - literally and figuratively. We're sharing ten creative alternatives to basic, store-bought gift wrap... which will in turn save you some money, and be a little friendlier to the environment. Keep reading to check them out!   

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How To: Make a Faux Fused Glass Geometric Christmas Ornament

by DIY Maven

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

I've been iffy about the longevity of geometric everything for awhile now, but it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere. Uncle, I cry! The simple lines and representative shapes are fairly easy to recreate and the result looks clean and crisp, especially at a small size. So, I decided to embrace the trend by marrying it with the classic look of fused glass and a holiday 

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How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

by Chris Gardner

created at: 12/18/2012

I have lots of great holiday memories from when I was a kid: listening to the Merry Christmas from Sesame Street cassette while driving downtown to pick up the ham with my dad, waking my parents up with my sister after totally having scoped the presents, and warming the handheld candles to make funny shapes with my cousins and uncle during Christmas Eve service. But nothing stands out more than this silly little wooden nativity set I...

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A Magical, Modern Bedroom for Our Growing Girl

by Alicia Lacy

Not so long ago - four years, to be exact - we moved into the Curbly House with one room complete. It was Ayla's room, and it was dunzo, styled, and cozy because she was 3-years-old and going through the double-whammy transition of moving into a new house, and having a new baby brother (all in the span of 10 days!). 

Ayla's Room Before
Ayla's Original Curbly House Room


Her room was adorable and comfortable, and...

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How-To: Gold Thumb Tack Ornament

by Faith Towers
How-To: Gold Thumb Tack Ornament
Photo: Faith Towers

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

 

During the busy holiday season there's always less time for complicated DIYs, so simple down-and-dirty projects are much more feasible. In that vein, today we're sharing a fun tutorial which will show you how to create a gold Christmas ornament using thumb tacks! Click through to check it out.   

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Easy DIY Geometric Paper Ornament (With Free Printable!)

by Faith Towers
Easy DIY Geometric Paper Ornament (With Free Printable!)
Photo: Faith Towers

If you're on the hunt for a fun, contemporary ornament for your tree, then you've come to the right place. Today we're showing you how to make a unique geometric ornament out of card stock and bakers twine (which means it won't break when the dog inevitably runs into the tree). And best of all, we've included a free printable file (with two color schemes), so this project will take all of 15 minutes to make. Read on to check it out!   

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Upgrade Furniture with Bold DIY Faceted Handles

by Holly Wade

DIY Clay Faceted Drawer Handles

I don't know about you, but I can't afford expensive furniture. I've grown accustomed to cheaper options like IKEA and Target, where I've found pieces that I absolutely love with one problem - the hardware is very plain. After my latest furniture purchase of a new media unit with two cabinet doors, I decided to upgrade the hardware myself and make DIY faceted handles out of clay. 

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Eye Candy: 10 Unique Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

by Faith Towers
Eye Candy: 10 Unique Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas
Photo: Luella & June

First off, happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate! And if you're like me, you're probably already thinking about Christmas. Why not get creative with your Christmas tree this year and try a new color scheme? And before you go and say it's too expensive, keep in mind that you could always spray paint some of your old ornaments or make your own new ones (but that's a whole other post). So without further adieu, here are ten beautiful, unique Christmas tree decorating ideas.   

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How to: Origami-Inspired Paper Star Garland

by Chris Gardner


My favorite aspect of the holiday season is most certainly the decorating. It puts a festive spirit in your heart and a big smile on your face – the perfect recipe for holiday cheer. 

And while holiday decor can mean a variety of different things to different people, I think we can all agree that the best holiday decorations are both beautiful and inexpensive! This is Linda from A Sweet Afternoon here to show you how to make an easy, origami-inspired paper star garland that’s as festive as can be, and that you can make with any paper you have and just a few basic craft items.  By the end of this, you’ll know how to make two different types of folded stars for all your decorating needs!

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