Roundup: 14 Handmade Holiday Projects Using Candles

By: Rachel mae smith Dec 12, 2014
14 DIY Holiday Candle Projects

With winter storms on their way, it's always a good idea to have extra candles on hand in case of a power outage. But of course, nobody said those candles have to be plain or boring! Here are 14 DIY candle projects that you can make for part of your holiday decor :

1. Cookie Cutter Candles via Pop Sugar

2. Clay Gingerbread House by La chica de a casa del Caramelo (tutorial in Spanish)

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Curbly Ornament Challenge: DIY Color Dipped Ornament Bulbs

By: Rachel mae smith Dec 08, 2014

DIY Color Dipped Ornament

This holiday season, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create a series of DIY ornament projects. We'll be sharing our creations each day this week.   

For my contribution to the Curbly Ornament Challenge, I decided to take the festive route. And boy do I mean festive. Because after all, what are the holidays without a little color and sparkle?Continue Reading

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How to: Make Simple Glowing Cloches in Minutes

By: Alicia Dec 02, 2014
DIY lighted cloches are easy to make and affordable.


Tiny twinkly lights on bendable wires may be the best invention ever. They're star-like, and whimsical, and they make everything they touch immediately festive and delightful.

While you can wrap these bendy little strands around everything from branches to ceramic figurines, my favorite use for them is to cloche them, alá Restoration Hardware:

Restoration Hardware's cloched starlights are DIYable.
Photo: Restoration Hardware

Do you see how those beauties are like magic captured under glass?Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Modern Advent Village

By: Alicia Nov 15, 2014
DIY Wood Block & Test Tube Advent Village
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

It's advent calendar time! As I write this post, the Midwest is being walloped by a snow storm. Nothing inspires holiday decorating like many inches of snow, and to stave off decking all the halls, I created a little advent village for our children. Read on for the full tutorial.

Using blocks of wood and test tubes, I assembled a village full of tiny treasures to help our family celebrate the season. The greatContinue Reading

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Halloween How To: Modern DIY Ghost Figurines

By: Capreek Oct 23, 2014

If you're looking for some subtle (but oh-so-cute) DIY Halloween decor this year, look no further! These modern ghost figurines are an easy project and a fun way to celebrate the season.     Continue Reading

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Make It: Dia De Los Muertos Terracotta Cactus Pots

By: Matt allison Oct 22, 2014

Dia De Los Muertos Terracotta Cactus Pots

How adorable are these little Dia De Los Muertos terracotta cactus pots! With a handful of supplies and a bit of creativity you can bring your own creation into being. Full instructions at the link below.

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How To: Make Enchanting Halloween Lanterns

By: Diy maven Oct 21, 2014

Liska used random pickle and jam jars, some gloss purple spray paint, and a paint marker to make these incredible enchanting lanterns. To make it even easier for us, she providesContinue Reading

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Decor Disputes: Is Dip-Dying (And 9 Other DIY Trends) REALLY Past Its Prime?

By: Diy maven Oct 14, 2014

Has dip-dying overstayed its welcome? Yes, according to Elle Decor. They say its meteoric rise in popularity has put it firmly on the 'cliche' list. If you DO want to do the dip, they suggest keeping the subjects small, like bowls and wooden spoons. (Although they laud the project pictured above as having been 'done properly.') The other 9 DIYContinue Reading

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Make It: Repurposed DIY Lightbulb Star Lamp

By: Capreek Oct 07, 2014

Oh, snap. Did a light bulb just burn out? Before you toss it, take a look at this statement piece lighting project!      Continue Reading

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How-To: Easy Candle Holder Makeover

By: Rachel mae smith Oct 03, 2014

DIY COpper Striped Candle Holders by Homey Oh My!If you're still trying to ease your way into fall (talking to you here summer lovers), then why not start with an simple diy project? Amy of Homey Oh My shows you how to make basic candle holders look modern and chic just by adding copper tape.Continue Reading

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It's Finished! A Complete Tour of The Curbly House

By: Alicia Oct 02, 2014

This house tour is a long time coming. We've officially been in our "finished" house for one year, and we thought we'd celebrate with a big old fashioned house tour. So we're going to show you the super-clean, polished, sparkly version of The Curbly House...which looked like this exactly once, before we, you know, started living in it again!

Of course, no tour would be complete without a nod to one's roots, so we're postingContinue Reading

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Make It: Old Lantern Becomes New Greenhouse

By: Lexy.b.ward Sep 26, 2014

diy lantern greenhouse

Just because Summer is over doesn't mean that you can't still plant to your heart's content. Bring the garden inside with this simple DIY!      

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How-To: Organize your Kitchen with DIY Dipped Jars

By: Rachel mae smith Sep 17, 2014

DIY Dipped Jars

If there's one thing I dislike about my kitchen, it's this inside of my cabinets.  No matter how careful I am moving ingredients back and forth, I can never keep my shelves organized!Continue Reading

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Eye Candy: 11 Totally Unique DIY Kitchen Backsplash Ideas

By: Capreek Sep 15, 2014

Ceramic, stone, and glass tiles are the go-to materials of choice for most kitchen backsplashes. If you're looking for something a little more unique than your typical white subway tile, though, take a peek at these 11 DIYable backsplash ideas!      Continue Reading

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Make It: Hanging Storage With Vintage Yardsticks

By: Lexy.b.ward Sep 10, 2014

diy hanging mason jar storageWe all want to be a bit more organized, right? The thing is, storage systems don't always jive with the home aesthetic we've got going on. This DIY is inspired as it incorporates wood and glass, and I can see it in my home for a long time!      

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How To: Make a Mason Jar Vanity Light

By: Diy maven Sep 09, 2014

Lauren used a builder-grade fixture to make a fabulous Mason jar vanity light, and it only cost her $6 and 20 minutes of her time to do it! Besides the materials pictured above, we'll also need some spray paint and primer IF we want to change the color of the fixture, that is. If not, well, then we're good to go. Check outContinue Reading

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Weekend Project: How To Marble Surfaces with Gold Leaf

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 29, 2014

Nail polish marbling is neat and all, but gold leaf marbling? That sounds even better. Learn how you can recreate this technique and transform household items, like pencil cups, into golden marbled looking pieces.   Continue Reading

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Before and After: Cramped 50's Kitchen Gets Major Makeover on a Minor Budget

By: Diy maven Aug 15, 2014

Dark and dated. That about sums up this 1950's California kitchen. For the budget redo, the cabinets stayed, with a little modification. That being the removal of those separating the working area from the breakfast nook and applying paint (soft green-gray on the bottom and crisp white on the uppers). Ceasarstone "Blizzard" countertopsContinue Reading

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How To: Get the Subway Tile Look without Remodeling

By: Brittni mehlhoff Aug 12, 2014

If you love the look of subway tile, but aren't in the position to start covering bathroom walls or kitchen backsplashes with it just yet (i.e. you're in a rental or don't have the budget to renovate), this project is worth taking a look at.   Continue Reading

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For Sale: The Upper Midwest's Most Expensive Condo

By: Diy maven Aug 12, 2014

In late 2011, Aveda founder, Horst Rechelbacher, bought the top two unfinished floors of the Phoenix on the River, a luxury high-rise that overlooks the Mississippi River and pretty much all of downtown Minneapolis. Mr. Rechelbacher's vision for the 12,000 square foot space was not only to create a stunning home but also a backdrop for his extensive midcentury art collection. The three bedroom, five bathroom condo featuresContinue Reading

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