How to: Turn a Tacky Glitter Reindeer into an AWESOME Glitter Reindeer

By: Chrisjob Nov 16, 2011

created at: 11/16/2011

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 festiveContinue Reading

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How to: Easy Hand-Drawn Gift Wrap!

By: Capreek Nov 16, 2011

created at: 11/16/2011

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!

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Make It: 3 Easy Holiday Candle Crafts!

By: Capreek Nov 15, 2011

created at: 11/15/2011

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… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Easy Custom Gift Tags with Ribbon

By: Craftmel Nov 15, 2011

created at: 11/14/2011

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… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Colorful Vintage Ornament Wreaths!

By: Capreek Nov 14, 2011
created at: 11/10/2011 

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… Continue Reading

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Test Lab: Work Sharp 3000 Tool Sharpener Review

By: Chrisjob Nov 10, 2011

After hanging out in the DIY scene for a few years, I've realized something: a lot of creative projects are simply involve cutting or shaping raw materials and then putting them back together again. Of course, there are "from the ground up" projects, like painting or crochet, but sewing, cooking, woodworking, paper crafting, and many more require means to break down materials like wood, fabric, or vegetables into specific shapes before putting them back together in the way you want.

created at: 11/09/2011And that, friends, requires sharp tools. Any time you use a blade, you break down the edge, twisting the metal out, dulling it and making it less useful. Even cutting regular paper with scissors. created at: 11/09/2011But here's the thing - not only are sharp blades more effective, they're actually safer. So, having sharp tools, like scissors, kitchen knives, carving tools, saw blades, chisels, and paper cutters allows you to work faster, and cut yourself less. 

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Roundup: 7 Awesome DIY Plastic Animal Projects!

By: Capreek Nov 09, 2011

created at: 11/09/2011

I don't know if you've noticed, but it's a regular ol' animal invasion on the DIY front!  Yes, 2011 is the year plastic animals finally got their due.  From dinosaur planters to, um, jungle-themed 'derriere' magnets, we've rounded up a few of our favorite plastic animal projects.… Continue Reading

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How To: Make DIY Urchin Starburst Sculptures for Under $5.00!

By: Al40yearoldintern Nov 09, 2011

created at: 11/09/2011

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!

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How To: Make Your Own Scented Pine Cone Fire Starters!

By: Capreek Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011

I love the scents of fall: all that cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves and, oh my, pumpkin!  And nothing beats warming up by a fire... except maybe warming up by a scented fire!  Am I right?  Turns out, turning your fire into a magical scent-producing machine is super easy and super… Continue Reading

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How to: Make Golden Super Starburst Wall Art (for under $10.00)

By: Al40yearoldintern Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011Can you guess from what inexpensive material this starburst was made?

Hi, I'm Holly.First, let me say that I am super excited to be here on Curbly today for my very first guest blog post ever! Fingers crossed it all goes well....

So, I am a little obsessed (ok more like, a lot) with vintage sunbursts, starbursts, whatever you like to call them, wall art. I own some brass urchins that hang on my home office wall as well as a funky vintage starburst hanging planter that hangs on my bedroom wall. Oh, and a West Elm mirrored starburst hangs above my stove.  I even collect a certain brand of vintage mid-century dinnerware in a pattern called Franciscan… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Fall Leaf Table Runner for Thanksgiving

By: Craftmel Nov 02, 2011

This fall, FabricDirect.com is sponsoring a series of fabric-based DIY projects on Curbly!

I've been a fan of the whole leaves-on-the-table decor for Fall decorating, and have wanted to incorporate it in my home for a while.  Unfortuately, just collecting leaves outside isn't an option, since all we've got are cacti and Mesquite trees 'round these parts.  This is where some deliciously soft faux leather came into my life, and now I've got exactly what I wanted.  Want to make one too?  Read on to find out how, and get a 20% discount on the fabrics used in… Continue Reading

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How to: Make DIY Ombre Glowing Hurricane Glasses

By: Chrisjob Nov 02, 2011

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… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Vintage Suitcase Dog Bed

By: Capreek Nov 01, 2011

created at: 11/01/2011

We've shown you how to turn suitcases into chairs and even picnic kits, but this might be my favorite vintage suitcase repurposing project… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Faux Leather Autumn Napkin Rings

By: Craftmel Nov 01, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

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… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Cozy DIY Felted Patchwork Throw!

By: Capreek Oct 31, 2011

created at: 10/31/2011

A spectrum of soft, felted wool offers up a quick, easy, and absolutely stunning patchwork… Continue Reading

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