The Dremel Multi-Max is All Kinds of Cool

By: Chrisjob Dec 07, 2010

created at: 12/07/2010

This week, Curbly is giving away a Dremel Multimax oscillating tool kit, so we thought we'd try one out and share our thoughts. I've had a Dremel rotary tool for years, and even though I have a whole basement full of big, fancy power tools, I still reach for my Dremel for all sorts of tasks. So, I was excited to try out Dremel's new offering, the Multi-Max. Whereas the original Dremel is a high-speed rotary tool, meaning it spins around at… Continue Reading

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Turn a Pine Dresser Into a Silver Leaf Bedside Table

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 07, 2010

You know how it goes. Family's coming in town for the holidays, you've thrown your junk into the sparsely furnished spare bedroom and now you're scurrying to spruce up the joint. One thing you'll need to win over your mother-in-law is a bedside table instead of a t.v. tray. Grab an old junker at Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a thrift store and quickly get to work. Here's what you… Continue Reading

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How to: Holiday Light Bottles

By: Jill w Dec 06, 2010

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  I love the idea of bottled light. These lights can create a soft glow and enhance the warm feel in your home during these winter… Continue Reading

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The 12 Days of CRAFTSmas!

By: Diy maven Dec 06, 2010

created at: 12/02/2010

The 12 Days of Christmas has gotten the Curbly treatment. It's now known as The 12 Days of CRAFTSmas! That's right, I'm going to post crafty how-tos every day for 12 days straight. Forget about laying geese and swimming swans, for my 12 Days of Christmas we're talking yarns a' felting and guns a' gluing! Because they're quick and easy projects, you'll still have time to make any or all of them as gifts. Or, even better, make them for… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Modern Paper Ornaments

By: Chrisjob Dec 03, 2010

created at: 11/30/2010

Having completed yards of modern paper holiday garland, I wanted to create some more paper decorations to maintain the look and colors throughout my home. I tried making paper snowflakes from the colored cardstock, but they didn't really work. Then I recalled an old trick I learned in Sunday school as a kid which we called "onion bulbs" and put them all over the Chrismon trees. They used paper strips to create the shape of teardrops… Continue Reading

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Make a 'Cozy Cocoa Gift Basket'

By: Diy maven Dec 03, 2010


'Tis the season of cocoa and gift baskets, so there couldn't be anything more appropriate to combine them. The marriage? Dee-light-ful! The folks at Fiskars tell us how they did it, using Fiskars products, of course, but a bit of free hand cutting could produce equally cute results if you don't have all the suggested tools on hand. Here's a few things you'll need to start construction:

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How-To: Make Your Own Bedroom Dress Boys

By: Capreek Dec 02, 2010

created at: 12/02/2010

Okay, show of hands.  Who actually knows what "dress boys" are?  Admittedly, I had never heard of them but apparently they're a 'thing'... and people use them.  Basically, you take an old chair, saw it in half, and attach it to the wall.  Presto!  A new place to drape your… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Modern Paper Holiday Garland (on the Cheap!)

By: Chrisjob Dec 02, 2010

created at: 11/30/2010

When I first saw David Stark's holiday line for West Elm this year, it immediately put me into the holiday spirit. It's got a papercraft-y look that jives with my absolute love of Christmas and all things handmade. I even made the trip across town to the awful outdoor yuppie shopping center to check it out in person, resulting in my first visit to an actual West Elm retail store. (It's actually pretty cool; glad to know about it). I… Continue Reading

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How To: Paper Dreidel Garland

By: Jill w Dec 02, 2010

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Happy Hanukkah Everyone! In the midst of entertaining for the holiday you can liven up a mantel, doorway, window, or banister during Hanukkah with this festive modern dreidal… Continue Reading

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The Ultimate DIY Christmas Wreath Roundup

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 02, 2010

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… Continue Reading

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Make Origami-esque Photo Ornaments

By: Diy maven Dec 02, 2010

created at: 12/02/2010

It might seem blasphemous to take a scissors (and then FOLD) a perfectly good photo to make an ornament, but the outcome is perfectly… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 12 Unconventional Christmas Trees That Will Have You Re-Thinking The Fir

By: Capreek Dec 01, 2010

created at: 12/01/2010

As a tradition, my husband and I usually go on the day after Thanksgiving to pick out a tree with his family.  There's a special lot that has our preferred species (Balsam Firs - I love how skinny and open they are, which is great for showcasing ornaments.  Take a peek at our tree from last year to see what I mean).  This year, though, we were out of town and to this day are still treeless, which is nearly blasphemous.  I am dying to… Continue Reading

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Handmade Hanukkah: DIY Gelt/Gift Pouches

By: Creativejewishmom Dec 01, 2010

Hi, it's me Sara of I'm back, and a bit out of breath since Hanukkah starts tonight! I've still got some last minute things to take care of, mostly because it also happens to be my husband's birthday. Realistically, since Hanukkah is eight nights, there's still time to pull out all the bangs and whistles even if you can't get it together for the first night. In my house as long as there are chocolate coins, like lots… Continue Reading

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How-To: Make Your Own Mod Holiday Tree Cards

By: Capreek Nov 30, 2010

created at: 11/30/2010

This how-to comes from one of my favorite designers (and favorite people), the very talented Paige Russell.  She's known for her awesome ceramic work, but it's clear that she's creative no matter what material she uses!  Fortunately, she's eager to spread some holiday cheer and the DIY spirit, so check out her step-by-step tutorial below for details on how to make your own mod tree cards!  

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Handmade Hanukkah: Inspiring DIY Hanukkah Decorations

By: Creativejewishmom Nov 30, 2010

created at: 11/30/2010

Hi everyone, it's me Sara of back again with some inspiring ideas for DIY Hanukkah decorations. If you'd like to read a little about the history of Hanukkah, please see my post from yesterday here. Or continue reading for a bunch of crafty DIY ideas that could easily keep you busy all year!

Hanukkah decorations? What would that be exactly? Between you and me, it could be anything that brings you joy! Not to pop… Continue Reading

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