Curbly Recession Busters: 5 Gifts for a Buy-Nothing Christmas

By: Diy maven Dec 16, 2008

Still haven't gotten around to your Christmas or Hanukkah shopping yet? Don't. Instead, you might want to consider opting for a recession-busting, buy-nothing holiday. However, just because you don't buy anything doesn't mean you wouldn’t be giving your loved-ones gifts. For example...

  1. For Mom: Make housework coupons. (Here's a free printable that could work.)
  2. For Dad: Paint a picture of something meaningful.
  3. For YourContinue Reading
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Sweater Stockings

By: Lilybee Dec 16, 2008

We've had upcycled sweater cushion covers here on Curbly before, and very fabulous they were too. These Christmas stockings from Martha may be their second cousins.created on: 12/16/08

To make them you need

  • A sweater (cardigans or Henley tops seem to be simplest)
  • Thread
  • The downloadable stocking template included in the instructions.

Head over for the full skinny. You could felt the sweater before you made the stocking, IContinue Reading

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How to beat the holiday blues the Curbly way.

By: Diy maven Dec 15, 2008

created on: 12/15/08

The internets are replete with articles on how to beat the winter blues, but I noticed the series of tubes are lacking the beat-the-blues Curbly slant. So here it is, a few ways to make your pad make you feel better.

1. Skip the gingerbread smells and try aromatherapy. Here’s a handy list of those that can raise your spirits.

2. Do NOT fill your home with sappy Christmas music! As a matter of fact, go anti-holiday with your musicContinue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Hand-Printed Fleece Scarves.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2008

created on: 12/14/08

This easy no-sew, no-knit hand-printed scarf project makes a perfect and perfectly easy gift for everyone on your list. And since they cost under $2.00 to make, you can create one to match every coat and outfit in their closet.

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Mod No-Sew Quilt Ornament

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 14, 2008

created on: 12/14/08

Tie a little extra LOVE onto the gifts you're giving this year. If you have scrap fabric piled up, pull out some bright, happy prints and go to town. You can design and create one-of-a-kind, no sew, modern quilt ornaments in no time flat by following these quick and easy steps posted over on Whip Up....Continue Reading

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Stocking Stuffer: Safety Glasses You'll Want to Wear Everywhere

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 13, 2008

created on: 12/13/08

Gone are the days of face-encompassing safety goggles. No need to look nerdy while buzzing through a 4 x 8 piece of plywood anymore. Safety glasses have gone cool.  Hardly resembling their frumpy older sister, safety goggles, hip safety glasses have their own market, and they're hot.  Check out some of the latest looks after the jump...Continue Reading

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An Environmentally Conscious Christmas tree.

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2008

This tree and the company, Cloud Gate Design LLC,  that designed it gets major props for environmentalism. First, the very modern tree and its packaging are made from recycled cardboard which is also 100% recyclable. In addition, a portion of the profit from the sale of each cardboard tree is being donated to the Arbor Day Foundation’s Trees for America. And to top it off, The Cardboard Tree’s website is delightful; just click ‘decorate’Continue Reading

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Very Geeky Wrapping Paper

By: Diy maven Dec 12, 2008

Yes, store bought wrapping paper is sort of a waste of money and it's not eco-friendly, but these wrapping papers from Think Geek are hilarious. Four sheets of 20" x 30" paper will set you back $5.99. Also, if you do go for store bought wrapping paper, there are always ways to conserve it, like this.Continue Reading

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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 bin.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

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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.

Via.

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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 choose.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 pinchingContinue 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 baublesContinue 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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