How To: Make a DIY Geodesic Dome Gingerbread House!

By: Capreek Dec 09, 2011

created at: 12/08/2011

We've shared quite a few architectural gingerbread houses over the years (including a couple modernist ones and even a book titled "The Gingerbread Architect"), so it was only a matter of time before someone pulled out a Buckminster Fuller reference and made a geodesic gingerbread… Continue Reading

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How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

By: Chrisjob Dec 08, 2011

created at: 12/08/2011

The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know...that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google "sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament". No results. Surprised?

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Make It: A Minimal and Modern DIY Wall Clock!

By: Capreek Dec 08, 2011

created at: 12/08/2011

I love everything about this clock.  Everything.  It appeals to my inner minimalist in ways I can't describe!  It's also one of the easiest DIY projects ever created--and that's not just hyperbole, folks!  It really is.  The trick is in the clock face: can you guess what it's made… Continue Reading

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Our Living Room Curtain Makeover (Part 2)

By: Alicia Dec 08, 2011

Living Room Curtain Makeover (before)

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

Ok, so yesterday I showed you the unfavorable conditions of our previous living room curtains. When the folks folks at FabricDirect.com kindly offered to supply us with some new drapery fabric, we jumped at the chance (click here to see all the other FabricDirect projects we've done this fall).

After checking out samples (we looked at patterns, different textures, and several different materials) we decided on a white cotton duck. This is a medium-weight, sturdy cotton fabric often used for drapery, canvases, and even sneakers. Although we were tempted to go with a bolder pattern, we feared we'd miss the airy feel of our old curtains. But since we like to think of ourselves as living on the drapery-edge, we also feared that plain white might be a little ho-hum. So we made a… Continue Reading

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How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

By: Chrisjob Dec 07, 2011

created at: 12/07/2011

It's not surprising that I spend quite a bit of time at the craft store. As a full-time craft, design, and art blogger, I've grown quite familiar with my looped route of hardware store/craft store/art supply shop/other craft store/supermarket...in that order.

So, it's always a pleasant surprise when I find some new material or media I've never seen before, and to think of all kinds of cool stuff to do with it.… Continue Reading

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Make It: A Space-Saving DIY Twig Christmas Tree!

By: Capreek Dec 07, 2011

created at: 12/07/2011

The always awesome and incredibly clever Karen Bertelsen from The Art of Doing Stuff came up with one of the best alternative Christmas tree ideas I've seen in a long time: a space-saving, wall-mounted twig tree!  Want to make one yourself?  Here's what you'll need!… Continue Reading

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Our Living Room Curtain Makeover (Part 1)

By: Alicia Dec 07, 2011

Our DIY curtains before

Several years ago when we first moved in our house, the "back room" (as it was not-so-fondly called) was the most problematic room in our house. It had shipboard linoleum floors, dark wooden walls that blended into equally dark and heavy built-in shelving, fluorescent-lit window valances (yep, you read that correctly), and the heaviest, most-allergy provoking drapes you have ever encountered. The day we removed the drapes and valance, the… Continue Reading

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Roundup: How to Make 15+ Christmas Stockings for the Holidays

By: Diy maven Dec 07, 2011

created at: 12/06/2011

Young, old, cat, dog, everybody enjoys a discovering a filled stocking on Christmas morning. The BEST stockings have always been and will ever be homemade. From machine sewn to no-sew, from knit to crochet, in this round up, we've amassed hundreds--yes hundreds--of stocking tutorials to help you make this Christmas joyful and bright!

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How to: Make DIY Cathrineholm Candle Holders

By: Craftmel Dec 07, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011

I don't know about you, but whenever I go thrifting, I keep my eyes open for a Cathrineholm enamelware ANYTHING.  I love it, but sadly have never scored such a find.  That's why I had a "DUH" moment when I saw this DIY project with the coveted Lotus… Continue Reading

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How To: Make a DIY Gold Paint-Dipped, Faux-Porcelain Bowl (from Scratch!)

By: Capreek Dec 06, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011

Metallics have been all the rage for the last few years, but 2011 was the year they really shined (heh).  So, like any dutiful design blogger, I decided to apply the trend to a simple DIY project and even mixed in some paint dipping shenanigans to boot!  It's a regular ol' trend explosion up in this joint--but classy, of course.  Always classy.   

This faux-porcelain, (faux) gold-dipped bowl (well, it's more of a dish, really), is capital E-A-S-Y.  My clay molding skills haven't been put to much use since I was about the age of 7, and even I could pull this off.  If you're ready to dive in and start DIYing your way to trend heaven, here's what you'll… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Holiday Door Mat

By: Craftmel Dec 06, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011Outdoor holiday decorations aren't limited to just lights and wreaths- sometimes the festivities are found right below your feet!  … Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Simple DIY Leather Journal

By: Capreek Dec 05, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011

These simple leather journals or sketchbooks would make great holiday gifts for the writers, doodlers, list-makers, or note-takers in your life.  I don't know about you but I want to make a hundred of these and give them to everyone I… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 15 Festive DIY Holiday Wreaths to Make This Year!

By: Capreek Dec 05, 2011

created at: 12/04/2011

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!   

created at: 12/04/2011

1. Ruffled Felt Poinsettia Wreath

2. Felt Ball Wreath

3. Felt Rosette Wreath

4. Paper Circle Wreath

5. Felt Flower Wreath

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6. Vintage Ornament Wreath

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How to: Steampunk Light Switch Plates

By: Diy maven Dec 05, 2011

created at: 12/05/2011

We have a 'no brass' rule in this house, so I have no brass switch plates on hand. If I did, however, I'd be steampunking them up using The Steampunk Workshop's tutorial. The transformation from what they looked like before to what they look like now is rather… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 18 DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make This Season

By: Craftmel Dec 02, 2011

18 DIY Ornaments Roundup

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.

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