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How to: Make a Festive Lighted Sign

by Alicia Lacy
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

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...

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DIY Shamrock Shake

by Molly Mc

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

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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Curbly Gift Guide: The Best Toys for Creative Thinking

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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...

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Make Jute JOY Wall Art on The Cheap

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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 is

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How To: Make a Super Simple Paper Wreath

by Capree K

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.  

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

by DIY Maven

Black Friday crowd

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 outraged

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Coffee and Donuts Cake

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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?

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Holiday How-To: Illuminated Snowflake Ornament.

by Chris Gardner

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 are...

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

by Chris Gardner

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 Lacy

(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 for...

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

by Chris Gardner

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 enable...

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