Make It! eBooks on Sale During December!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Now through December 31, our whole series of Make It! how-to manuals is on sale. You can get all three of the Make It! PDFs for just $20, or get one of the printed versions for 25% off
These books make great gifts for the DIY-ers in your family, just in time for the holidays!

Make It! PDFs on sale now. 3 for $20 until December 31st, 2010.


Make It! print versions 25% off until December 31st, 2010

Some of the projects from the awesome Make It! series.

The Make It! series of how-to manuals, offering in-depth, beautifully photographed tutorials on how to make inspiring DIY projects for your home. So far, we have released three issues:

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Modern Doll Houses

by Alicia Lacy

created at: 11/21/2010

Recently, I stumbled upon these amazing doll houses (read: works of art) by Brinca Dada. Not only would I love to have one of them for our daughter Ayla, but I'd love to live inside one of them. They are simple and stunning. 

The company's philosophy is that "toys should be beautiful and fun." They believe they should be athestically pleasing to parents and inviting to children. They pride themselves on skipping the flash and noise, in favor...

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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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Curbly Original
How To: Make Easy, Natural Place Card Stands from Twigs (Free Printables Included)

by Chris Gardner

created at: 11/15/2010

I love the idea of bringing in found, natural elements for Thanksgiving decor; maybe some drift wood, or smooth river rocks. But where I live, all I can find are dead, brown oak leaves, some leftover dried corn stalks at the nursery, and twigs that get knocked down during windstorms. Crunchy foliage doesn't do much for me, but I like some of the branches and twigs that get blown into the corners of my block, and figured there must be something...

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Roundup: 12 Cozy Scandinavian Modern Cabins

by Capree K

created at: 11/09/2010

If you liked last week's Scandinavian Modern kitchen makeover, you're in for a treat!  As I mentioned yesterday, around this time of year I always get that rustic itch (which sounds like a virus, but I swear it's not).  I seek out and take inspiration from cozy spaces - move over shiny minimalist houses, I want wood and textiles!  So, what's the ultimate winter abode?  A Scandinavian Modern Cabin.  I'll take two!  

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How To: Make a Mod Chandelier (for under $10.00!)

by Chris Gardner

My friend and Curbly team member Capree has an amazing dining room, where she created this awesome hand painted branch wall. Her hard work is accented by her spectacular light fixture, which is a single bulb surrounded by thin metal rods that jut out at artfully random angles, the Twig Light by Fire Farm.

I loved it so much, I decided to take a stab at recreating it myself. And I did! I don't know how to weld, so I knew I couldn't make one...

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Before & After: Scandinavian Modern Kitchen Makeover

by Capree K

created at: 11/04/2010

First things first: I love, LOOOVE a good before and after!  It's the dangling carrot that keeps me going and feeling inspired.  If someone can turn that into that, then my projects don't seem so intimidating and I get a tingling "I can do anything" sensation.  And you know what?  It feels good... So good, I want to spread the joy to everyone.  If you'd like that same tingly feel-goodery, then follow the carrot to this awesome Scandinavian Modern kitchen renovation!  

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Make a Mid-Century-Inspired Dove Wreath

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Breaking my own "No Christmas before Thanksgiving" rule, I had to resurrect this mod wreath project from from the archives. Not my archives, but a project by Mid Century Modern Utah. As any fan of modern design knows, it can be a challenge to come up with a mod wreath. Maybe because wreaths just drip "traditional?"  But it is the season, and it seems timely to share this fantastic DIY, unusual, MCM design. Here's what I need from Michael's: (Don't forget the coupon.)

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Build a Mad Men Bar with Vintage Cocktail Ware and Classic Recipes

by Meg Allan Cole
created at: 10/26/2010


If all of this talk of fall entertaining drives you to drink, never fear, that's all you really need to be a great host. Building a stylish & chic bar can be your biggest asset during the cold and cozy seasons. Nothing welcomes someone into your home more than a freshly-poured drink on the rocks in a classic highball glass.

created at: 10/26/2010

I've assembled most of our barware from Etsy. Vintage highballs, drinks carts and ice buckets that would fit nicely in Don Draper's office create an air of elegance we're sorely missing these days. I say we bring the classic five o'clock cocktail hour back with finds like these.

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Dramatic Mid-Century Makeover

by DIY Maven

SDC11348  Before & After a Dramatic Mid-Century Modern Renovation!

Dramatic, stunning, excellent, awesome...pick your adjective and be prepared for it to fall short of describing the makeover of this mid-century modern home located in Atlanta, GA. A lot of very bad things happened to its interior since its birth, but in the right hands, she's back

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Inside and Out Dumpy Dresser Makeover

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

It's not Monday so I hope Curbly doesn't ground me, but I just HAVE to share this makeover with you. Why the hurry, you ask? Because on Tuesday I read a comment left on a big important design blog in which a disgruntled commenter got his undies in a bunch over not being privy to the writer's step by step re-do process. To soothe some unnecessary DIY angst, I hope he finds his way to this very thorough tutorial by Mrs. Adventure.

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