How to: Make a DIY Modern, Minimalist Nutcracker

By: Chrisjob Nov 29, 2011

created at: 11/29/2011

I feel sorta bad for the nutcracker as an object... I mean, people like to eat nuts during other, non-holiday times of the year, right? But then, some German Romantic fantasy writer decided it made a pretty good gift from a crazy, creepy uncle, and then good old Pyotr Ilyich thought that adventure made a mostly awesome subject for a ballet, and now, any glimpse of those wide-jawed wooden soldiers simply screams, "It's Christmas! It's Christmas!"

Or, perhaps, I feel bad for most actual nutcrackers...cause they're, well, kinda tacky. I mean, I know there are really quality, beautiful, carved wooden ones, especially the handcrafted ones from the German forrest tradition. But the ones sold nowadays in discount stores are low-quality, poorly sanded and hastily glued pieces of mass-produced junk.

Which means they're perfect, inexpensive opportunity for a modern, minimalist makeover.… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Awesome Paper Cut Coasters!

By: Capreek Nov 24, 2011

created at: 11/23/2011

At Curbly, we've got a little thing for paper cutting and coasters. But a project that combines two of our loves in one??  Well, that's what I like to call a… Continue Reading

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How to Make Faux Mercury Glass Ornaments

By: Diy maven Nov 23, 2011

I'm sure you've seen them: inexpensive silvery glass ornaments whose finish is starting to look a little peaked. Maybe the color is fading or even peeling off the inside of the glass. Well....Stephanie Lynn tells us how to turn those old has-beens into new faux mercury glass. And because… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a "Totally Tubular" Mod Wine Rack Side Table

By: Al40yearoldintern Nov 14, 2011

created at: 11/14/2011

So, how awesome is the really cool piece above? I wish I could take credit, but I can't - it was invented by my friend Jimmy. He's a prop master working on Hollywood films and TV shows and crafty by nature. When I saw this really cool piece in his home I had to know all about it! It looks like a mod piece of art that could be sold in a museum gift shop. It can be constructed with items found at the local home improvement store, and Jimmy was kind enough to share the full how-to with Curbly. So, read… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Colorful Vintage Ornament Wreaths!

By: Capreek Nov 14, 2011
created at: 11/10/2011 

There's one thing that every estate sale has: boxes and boxes of old Christmas decorations and ornaments.  I've even been to a house where every room was decorated, floor to ceiling (we're talking hoarder territory, people), for a different holiday... but that's another story for another day.  When you DO happen upon one of these stashes, though, you can usually snag the whole lot for a few bucks.  And then... then you make on of… Continue Reading

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Test Lab: Work Sharp 3000 Tool Sharpener Review

By: Chrisjob Nov 10, 2011

After hanging out in the DIY scene for a few years, I've realized something: a lot of creative projects are simply involve cutting or shaping raw materials and then putting them back together again. Of course, there are "from the ground up" projects, like painting or crochet, but sewing, cooking, woodworking, paper crafting, and many more require means to break down materials like wood, fabric, or vegetables into specific shapes before putting them back together in the way you want.

created at: 11/09/2011And that, friends, requires sharp tools. Any time you use a blade, you break down the edge, twisting the metal out, dulling it and making it less useful. Even cutting regular paper with scissors. created at: 11/09/2011But here's the thing - not only are sharp blades more effective, they're actually safer. So, having sharp tools, like scissors, kitchen knives, carving tools, saw blades, chisels, and paper cutters allows you to work faster, and cut yourself less. 

Enter the Work… Continue Reading

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Roundup: 7 Awesome DIY Plastic Animal Projects!

By: Capreek Nov 09, 2011

created at: 11/09/2011

I don't know if you've noticed, but it's a regular ol' animal invasion on the DIY front!  Yes, 2011 is the year plastic animals finally got their due.  From dinosaur planters to, um, jungle-themed 'derriere' magnets, we've rounded up a few of our favorite plastic animal projects.… Continue Reading

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How To: Make Your Own Scented Pine Cone Fire Starters!

By: Capreek Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011

I love the scents of fall: all that cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves and, oh my, pumpkin!  And nothing beats warming up by a fire... except maybe warming up by a scented fire!  Am I right?  Turns out, turning your fire into a magical scent-producing machine is super easy and super… Continue Reading

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How to: Make Golden Super Starburst Wall Art (for under $10.00)

By: Al40yearoldintern Nov 07, 2011

created at: 11/07/2011Can you guess from what inexpensive material this starburst was made?

Hi, I'm Holly.First, let me say that I am super excited to be here on Curbly today for my very first guest blog post ever! Fingers crossed it all goes well....

So, I am a little obsessed (ok more like, a lot) with vintage sunbursts, starbursts, whatever you like to call them, wall art. I own some brass urchins that hang on my home office wall as well as a funky vintage starburst hanging planter that hangs on my bedroom wall. Oh, and a West Elm mirrored starburst hangs above my stove.  I even collect a certain brand of vintage mid-century dinnerware in a pattern called Franciscan… Continue Reading

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Make It: Vintage Ruler Wall Art

By: Capreek Nov 02, 2011

created at: 11/02/2011

Bring a little schoolhouse charm to your decor with this inexpensive and simple wall art… Continue Reading

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How to Make a Rock Bowl Flame

By: Diy maven Oct 31, 2011

The flaming rock bowls pictured above are actually a product that Restoration Hardware used to sell. Although they're no longer available, knowing RH, I'm sure they weren't cheap. Enter ManMade, who got all fancy with the concrete and made a DIY concrete fire pit for about $40 in… Continue Reading

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10 Creative Ways to Display Art and Photos

By: Chrisjob Oct 27, 2011

Don't get us wrong. Frames are great. Bulldog clips work just fine. But sometimes, you just need that extra detail to really make your photos or wall art something special.

Well, how… Continue Reading

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Before & After: A High Style, Low Cost Living Room Makeover!

By: Capreek Oct 24, 2011

created at: 10/24/2011

Big brown rooms: they happen to the best of us.  But with a little elbow grease, creativity, and inspiration (see below!), you can banish those boring browns for… Continue Reading

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How to Turn Washers into Cheap Wall Art

By: Diy maven Oct 19, 2011

Kristy wanted some big cheap art for her studio. Her solution was a 24" x 32" canvas and 6-25 count packs of washers in various sizes. She tired quite a few dry runs, as far as designs were concerned. She nixed the giant scissors, a peace… Continue Reading

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Make It: Festive No-Sew Bunting!

By: Capreek Oct 18, 2011

created at: 10/17/2011

Add a pop of color and a good dose of cheer to your next celebration with this easy, no-sew… Continue Reading

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