How to: Make a Festive Lighted Sign

By: Alicia Nov 17, 2014
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

Halloween is behind us, Thanksgiving is upon us, and Christmas is less than 6 weeks away! While it may still be too early to deck all the halls, now is the perfect time to start thinking about some simple, beautiful holiday DIYs to try this winter. 

The undisputed queen of beautiful holiday decor is Martha Stewart, and we've partnered with her team to complete easy, festive DIY projects that anyone can do. 

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How to: Make a Fun and Festive Space-Saving Christmas Tree

By: Brittni mehlhoff Nov 28, 2012

created at: 11/27/2012

If you live in a smaller home, you know that Christmas trees take up a lot of valuable space during the holidays. Space that you may not have to spare. Right? So why not try this fun and fringy DIY alternative Christmas tree idea, that towers over 6 feet tall, but takes up virtually no space at all. Oh, and by the way, it also makes the perfect holiday photo backdrop. Pretty cool, huh? Here's how to make your own giant wall art Christmas tree at home.   Continue Reading

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DIY Shamrock Shake

By: Mollymc Mar 16, 2012

created at: 03/16/2012

If green beer isn't your thing, then maybe green milkshakes are! Every March, McDonald's rolls out the elusive Shamrock Shake. They haven't always been available at every restaurant, so here's a DIY version that might even be better. Read on for the recipe...

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Roundup: 10 Other Places to Hang Your Christmas Stockings

By: Diy maven Dec 08, 2011

Okay, so you have TONS of  Christmas stocking tutorials that you could tackle between now and Christmas, but you don't have a mantel on which to hang them. Not to worry! Santa doesn't really care where the stockings are hung. (He has an uncanny ability to find them wherever they are.) What I've heard, is that he actually LIKES to find them hanging in less prosaic places. If true, these 10 ideas will surely please him.

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DIY Sugar Cubes

By: Diy maven Oct 07, 2011

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Just in time for the holidays are these oh so sweet sugar cubes. Perfect for the table or even for gift giving, the supplies to make them are minimal as are the instructions! Here's what we'll need toContinue Reading

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How to: Genius Wrapping Idea for Cupcakes & Cookies

By: Diy maven Sep 30, 2011

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means we are on the lookout for new and clever ways to package gifts and bakesale items. In this case the items are cookies and cupcakes, and the packaging is nothing less than genius. Jeromina used plain old plastic bottlesContinue Reading

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Curbly Gift Guide: The Best Toys for Creative Thinking

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 17, 2010

If you're serious about raising creative, imaginative, problem solving kids, you need to focus on toys that are open ended and not prescribed by a toy developer. Thoughtful consideration about the quality of play can result in toys that provide the delicious opportunity for kids to use their own noggin' to develop stories, build structures, paint pictures, role play and problem solve. Toys that spoon feed a set start-to-finish experience rob kids of the chance to discover some very interesting side roads that can provide lessons and knowledge no one else could manufacture for them. Let's see here...Continue Reading

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Make Jute JOY Wall Art on The Cheap

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 08, 2010

I'll admit it, most crafts lose me. However, this craft-ish wall decor is right up my alley. A small  investment of time and money yields an eye popping payoff on your wall or mantel. (Inexpensive way to cover up big nail holes in a blank wall too.) Grace, from Sense and Simplicity, made this this textural joy (ha!), as well as divulging insider tips for not screwing it up.  Look at those letter ends! All you need isContinue Reading

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How To Make Recyclable Sheet Metal Gift Bows

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 06, 2010

Positively Splendid shows you how to make blossoms out of sheet metal. These little flowers are magnets, but I'm thinking metal gift bows, or even Christmas tree ornaments.  A little creative metal may offer a welcome relief as I come down off my cheap-white-twinkly-lights from hell decorating weekend.  Continue Reading

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Killer Turkey Sandwich Recipe Roundup

By: Diy maven Nov 26, 2010

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Got leftovers? Here are some turkey sandwich recipes that just might top Thanksgiving's dinner. Heck, they might make you want to forget the roasted turkey next year and just go straight to the sandwiches!Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Super Simple Paper Wreath

By: Capreek Nov 25, 2010

created at: 11/21/2010

It's wreath time, friends!  Are you ready for this?  I think you are.  I think you were born ready, so let's do this!

First things first.  This wreath is freaking awesome.  Also, it's deceptively simple.  Two good things for any DIY project, as far as I'm concerned.  If you agree, let's see what we'll need to bring this colorful creature to life.   Continue Reading

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"Once upon a time, there were two Black Fridays [and Thanksgivings]"

By: Diy maven Nov 24, 2010

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Do you know the reason we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second to the last Thursday of November? Would you believe it's because FDR capitulated merchants' appeal in 1939, thereby extending their Christmas advertising period by one week? That's right, President Roosevelt MOVED Thanksgiving from November 30th because of the Christmas shopping season. Some people were so outragedContinue Reading

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House Prep Checklist for Holiday Entertaining

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 24, 2010

Here you go, a combined checklist of simple things you can do to ensure your guests are comfortable, safe and happy (ha!) while feasting away at your house. Continue Reading

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Coffee and Donuts Cake

By: Modhomeecteacher Nov 12, 2010

Right off the bat I like this girl's style. Heather from SprinkleBakes just combined everything delicious into this one fantasmagoriasmic cake. She found a Gourmet magazine chocolate cake recipe (which includes its fair share of brewed coffee), Swiss buttercream icing, cake donuts with a chocolate glaze, sprinkled it with espresso powder and silver sugar crystals. No more need for that 5-Hour Energy Drink, eh?Continue Reading

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Holiday How-To: Illuminated Snowflake Ornament.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2009

Dateline: Monroe United Methodist Church, Early December, 1986-1992. Tiny Chris is bent over a folding table in the Fellowship Hall, making beaded snowflake ornaments. And they looked NOTHING like this.DIY Illuminated Snowflake Ornament Tutoria

From FashioningTechnology: "I'm unusually enthusiastic about this holiday season. I've already started making gifts and holiday decorations. I made a few handmade LED snowflake ornaments that I would like to share with the community. They areContinue Reading

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Alternative Gift Wrap: Free Printable Pillow Box.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2009

Julie from UpUp Creative is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her excellent Etsy shop UpUp.

And to celebrate? Why, this free, printable pillow gift box in a delightful Etsy orange. Just in time for the holidays, it looks as if it would add a little handcrafted touch to those not as personal gifts, like gift cards or that rolled twenty bones.

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From the Curbly Holiday Archives: Mid-Century Modern Ornament for Under $1.00.

By: Chrisjob Dec 14, 2009

Try translating all those MCM tricks you learned from the new Curby MCM e-book into something a little more seasonal. Originally from December 2007:

I came across these charming ceramic ornaments a few weeks ago, and I instantly fell in love with there playful spacey-ness and simple elegance. $35 for the pair isn't prohibitively expensive, but as usual, I reckoned a DIY attempt was worth a shot.

Total cost: $0.73, plus a bit of spray paint.

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$200 Sears Gift List Challenge (plus a giveaway!)

By: Alicia Dec 10, 2009

(Scroll down for details on how to win a $50 gift card!)

This month, Sears came to the folks at Curbly headquarters and challenged us to find gifts for everyone on our gift list for $200 or less. My first thought was, "Crafty goods at Sears. Huh?"

But I love a good challenge, and after doing a little searching, it turns out that Sears has everything. EVERYTHING! Shopping there on-line was a breeze, and I was able to find something forContinue Reading

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Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make a Mod Paper Snowflake Garland

By: Chrisjob Dec 09, 2009

created at: 2009/11/30

There's something about elegantly cut white paper that simply captures the holidays.

So this season, grab your scissors and hang up some comfort and joy with this retro-inspired, mod paper snowflake garland. You could wrap it around your tree, drape across your mantle, or simple let it flow on a wall or from the ceiling. In the spirit of giving, we're offering a free, downloadable and infinitely printable pattern to enableContinue Reading

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DIY: Tiger's Advent Calendar Golf Bag

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 08, 2009

created at: 2009/12/08

Well, somebody had to do it.

Read on to see what lurks behind the flaps of Tiger's golfbag to date...Continue Reading

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