How to: Make a DIY Mod, Op Art White Wreath

By: Chrisjob Dec 20, 2007

I first saw this mod white wreath on someone's Curbly clippings over the summer, and I vowed to make a DIY version this holiday season. Yet, I neglected to borrow the circle cutter from my sister, and I kept putting it off, and somehow I don't think I'll be able to create one this holiday season. Luckily, another clever cat, Mirtha the Antibride, had the same idea and offers this how-to.


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How To Make a Sparkly Snowflake.

By: Chrisjob Dec 20, 2007

This is a very simple craft, requiring no artistic skill, that looks elegant and professional when completed. It's perfect for attaching to gifts or hanging up for a little winter sparkle of your own.



  • String
  • glue
  • Wax paper
  • scissors
  • glitter

1.Cut the piece of string into three 3-inch (7.5cm) pieces, one 4-inch (10cm) piece, one 8-inch (20cm) piece and six 1.5-inch (3.8cm) pieces.


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How To Make 3D Stars.

By: Chrisjob Dec 18, 2007

Making these beautiful 3D stars is as easy as drawing a straight line and cutting it. (Don't worry, you can use a straight edge). They can be easily transformed into ornaments, placecards, or simply adorn your flat surfaces 'round the holidays.


  • Scrap paper
  • Foam board (Don't use polystyrene, it's bad for the environment)
  • Utility or craft knife
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Paint, glitter, markers, etc for decorating.
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Make a Peppermint Stick Pot

By: Diy maven Dec 18, 2007

Remember making pencil cups by gluing popsicle sticks to empty soup cans? This easy how-to is basically the same thing; only instead of using popsicle sticks, the floral artist uses peppermint sticks. Supplies are minimal and include:

  • an empty coffee can,
  • two large and one medium-sized rubber bands,
  • a brick of floral foam,
  • a handful of wrapped peppermint candies,
  • a couple of yards of red velvet ribbon,
  • 20 to 30 straight candy canes,
  • a dozen… Continue Reading
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How To Make Easy Plush Ornaments

By: Chrisjob Dec 18, 2007

Don't let the availability of ornaments at Hallmark determine what you can put on your tree. Want a komodo dragon or headless gingerbread man dripping from your boughs? Make one! (Note: this project was a lesson in the whip-stitch for my young friend. We worked on this project together, and she did all the handstitching on the edges.)


  • Craft felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Buttons, beads, ribbons, and other… Continue Reading
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Free Paper Snowflake Templates

By: Chrisjob Dec 17, 2007

created at: 03/29/2013

Dig on some free and easy paper holiday decorations this winter season. Not enough snow flakes on the ground? Make some paper snowflakes of your own!   

Try making the Modern Paper Snowflake Garland above.

Or try this 3D Downloadable paper snowflake pattern #1 pictured above.

Downloadable paper snowflake pattern #2

created at: 12/17/2012
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Top 5 Ways to DE-STRESS the Holidays

By: Diy maven Dec 17, 2007

Are you in a holiday tizzy? Do you want the festivities to be over so you can take a deep breath? Are you dreading spending hours with in-laws? If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any or all of these questions, you are NOT ALONE. There are, however, some things you can do to put yourself at ease during the holidays. Life coach Mary Rosendale has assembled a list of five excellent ideas to help you survive–and maybe even… Continue Reading

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A Merry Talk Box Christmas.

By: Chrisjob Dec 17, 2007

Check out this marvelous video, "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" via the Talkbox. A talkbox is a device that takes the music generated by an instrument, and feeds it through a tube into one's mouth, wherein one "mouths" or whispers the lyrics, allowing the shape of the mouth to affect the timbre of the instrument. The most famous example of this effect is Peter Frampton's "making the guitar talk." (This was also responsible for the vocal… Continue Reading

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How to Fold a Paper Santa

By: Diy maven Dec 17, 2007

This paper Santa is great for embellishing Christmas cards and gifts. Because he can stand on his own, he makes a sweet place setting. You could also add a tie to his hat and use him as an ornament. So versatile is this easy-to-fold little guy, you might want to make a bunch! Here’s how we do it:

I’m using a square of paper that’s white on one side and red on the other. Also, I used light weight scrapbook type paper,… Continue Reading

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Eleven Handmade Gifts to Make in the Ten Days Before Christmas.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2007

Okay, so this worked better yesterday (when the article was published), as there were eleven days and eleven gifts to make. Still, if you step it up a notch, you could get all eleven done in the next ten days, for sure.


1. Bejeweled Domino Magnets

2. Good Dog Bowl and Bones

3. Hand-colored oven mitts

4. Button Hair Ornaments

5. Printed Memo Blocks

6. Decorative tacks

7.  Candy-filled gifts

8. Salt Shaker Ornaments

9. Tasty trio

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Create Your Own Frosty the Snowman Puppet!

By: Chrisjob Dec 14, 2007

Puppet master Sean Johnson offers a very complete tutorial to make a snow man puppet like you see in the photo above. If you need a bit of adorable motivation, check out Frosty in action in the Frosty's 12 Days of Christmas video podcast.


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Pop-up Card Designer

By: Bruno Dec 14, 2007


pop up card designer software
Need a little help coming up with the next great holiday card to send out to your friends and family?


The Pop-up Card Designer is a Windows application, which generates unfolded patterns of pop up cards. Using this software, you can print out a pattern and use it to create your own pop-up card.

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The Mid-Century Modern Gingerbread House

By: Diy maven Dec 13, 2007

Move over graham cracker cottages; there’s a new architect on the block and she’s a mid-century modern fan. From Red Envelope, this unique twist to that old favorite features a garage and a rock garden. The 18" x 13" x 5 ½" high structure can be personalized and is 100% edible–within 30 days of unwrapping, that is. Comes fully assembled for $78 - $88, or just use the pics as inspiration to build your own. Via The GreenContinue Reading

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How To Make Cereal Gift Boxes!

By: Chrisjob Dec 13, 2007

Make gift boxes from your trash! Take advantage of your brightly colored recyclables, and they'll be no need for gift wrap.


  • Gift
  • Cereal box, or other clean food packaging
  • Cutting mat or scrap wood cutting surface
  • Ultility or craft knife (like a box cutter or X-acto blade)
  • Straight edge
  • Bone folder or large spoon
  • Pencil
  • Glue

1. Find the glued joint of your box and use the knife to open it, so that the box lies flat as one piece of cardboard.

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Addicted to Ornaments

By: Bruno Dec 13, 2007
Cindy Johnson never decorates her Lyndon Township home for Halloween or Valentine's Day or Easter. How could she?

During that time span, she's busy putting up or taking down Christmas decorations. She decks the halls with 42 trees, as well as a large collection of other decorations, in what amounts to a six-month challenge.

"It just got out of control," admits Johnson, who works as an IT operations supervisor at the Borders Group corporate… Continue Reading

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