Turn Soda Cans into Christmas Balls

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2008

It really doesn't get much more eco-friendly than turning empty soda cans into Christmas ornaments! According to Esprit Cabane, it only takes a few supplies too, and the soda cans are probably in your or your office's recycling… Continue Reading

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DIY: LED Christmas Cards.

By: Chrisjob Dec 11, 2008

Those geeky geniuses at EvilMadScientist don't post nearly enough...but everytime they do, they nail it.

Combining an LED throwie, a square of acrylic, and some Christmas cheer, they've created these edge-lit holiday cards that glow and leap off their background.

And it's the kind of tech-y project that should scare ya. Really, I think I'm going to try this one.

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How To: Celery Stamped Gift Wrap.

By: Chrisjob Dec 11, 2008


Potato pirnts are fabulous and super fun, but their big blocky, starchy selves mean either a huge block of color, or your own, carved design.

But, give mother a nature a chance to pick the pattern this time with making prints with celery. A little wispy, a little floral and a whole buncha cool. Pair with some scrap paper for an excellent homemade gift wrap option.


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Wood, Drill and Yarn Christmas Ornaments

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 11, 2008

created on: 12/11/08

Wood, fiber and a drill-why didn't I think of these ADORABLE tree decorations? These are so delicously simple, I can't think of any way to improve on them except maybe to make sure to sign and date them on the back side.   You know those anxious two or three days before Christmas with kids?  Decorate cookies or drill some holes?  You know what I'd… Continue Reading

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Will you be giving hand-crafted gifts for the holidays?

By: Diy maven Dec 11, 2008

created on: 12/11/08

In our local paper this weekend, there was an article entitled "GIFT TRIMMING: No money for gifts? No Problem. Here are some ways to fulfill your holiday gift list without resorting to stealing or crafting" complete with a picture of a cute, little, hand-knitted cell phone cozy. My first and only thought was resorting to crafting? I immediately copped an attitude and turned the page. I didn't even want to read the author's penny… Continue Reading

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Dress Up the Kitchen

By: Lilybee Dec 11, 2008

My (very brave) mum is hosting a dinner party for 35 this month. There will be a ginormous tree and a roaring fire, carefully grouped seating and good music. Of course the guests probably won't hear or see any of that, they'll be hanging out in the kitchen, all 35 of them.

Here are a few ways to extend your decorating in to the most used space in the house


created on: 12/10/08

Artfully arrange (or carelessly toss) a few… Continue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to make woven fabric hearts.

By: Diy maven Dec 10, 2008

Danish woven hearts are part of every kid's childhood. (Or they should be.) If you were like me, your hearts ripped as you wove them or as you filled them. Either way, they lead to heart ache.  Making them out of fabric, however, will save you countless tears. They'll last for many Christmases and Valentine's days to come and they'll never break your heart. (Over use of puns intended.)

What you need to make 'em:

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Have The Greenest Tree Around

By: Lilybee Dec 09, 2008

Cookies, berries and popcorn. Yummy. And the most ecologically sound way to decorate your tree. If your decorations are not eaten straight off the tree by naughty pooches (you know who you are... Dilly) then you can use them later to feed birds or pop them in the compost.

created on: 12/09/08

Popcorn, thread, needle and voila! A festive afternoon filled with… Continue Reading

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How To: Three Contemporary Paper Garlands.

By: Chrisjob Dec 09, 2008

Paper rings are very fine things, but why not try something a little more ambitious this year. Design*Sponge offers three twists on the classic paper garland, with quite impressive results, indeed.

Faux Bois Rectangular Chain

Folded Paper "Chewing Gum" Chain

No-Glue 2D Ring Garland


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Caution! Christmas Light Safety Tips.

By: Chrisjob Dec 09, 2008

Whether they're outside, inside, or perhaps a bit of both, Christmas lights are connected to your home circuit, and as with anything, especially those outside, you gots to be safe.

Here's a few tips from Suite101 to keep the fires in the yule logs and the shocks on your face when you open the perfect gift.

•    Leaving lights on while not at home
•    Christmas Tree Advice
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Recycled Bike Tire Wreath: Mock Tutorial

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 09, 2008

created on: 12/09/08

This recycled wreath project (super easy and cheap) is only a reenactment of one of the very first DIY homeowner projects I pulled off… Continue Reading

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How to have yourself a tacky little Christmas.

By: Diy maven Dec 09, 2008

Christmas gives everyone the license to be tacky, even if they aren’t the other 364 days of the year. So, if you’d like to wallow in the inelegant side of the holiday, here’s some perfect how-to’s that’ll have your friends wonder what the heck has happened to your taste level. (By the way, the authors of these how-to’s have labeled them ‘tacky’ themselves, so no aspersions are being cast here.)

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How To: Whip Up a Minimalist Christmas Star

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 08, 2008

created on: 12/09/08

It could be an expensive work of art, but it's not. Read about the origin of this star and how simply you can make your own Minimalist Christmas star at OunoDesign, the blog of two very creative designers from British Columbia.  Once you see their work, you'll understand why they consider themselves artisans with modern sensiblity.  And just look at the modern patchwork throws they've made with silk scarves from the 60's and… Continue Reading

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2 Cheap, Stealable Holiday Ideas From Domino

By: Lilybee Dec 08, 2008

created on: 12/08/08

A bauble chandelier; cheap, pretty and super effective. Actually, my dining room light may have to stay like this year… Continue Reading

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Do a Mountain Dew Christmas Tree

By: Diy maven Dec 08, 2008

Start saving your 'Dew cans and next year you could have enough to make this very unique Christmas tree. It comes to us courtesy of Quiltville's in-box. They have no idea who the maker is or how, specifically, it was made, but the pictures show the process fairly well. The guess is you'd need some PVC pipe, wire, a drill, a Christmas tree stand, about 379 Mountain Dew cans, some lights--of course--and a 2 liter bottle for the angle on top.

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