Fireworks Projector

By: Diy maven Jan 27, 2010

created at: 2010/01/27

The new fireworks projector ($126) from Sega Toys simulates a fireworks display worthy of the 4th of July. Five projection lenses throw the images, which are accompanied by appropriate sound effects. Although, the oohs and aahs Continue Reading

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Super Bowl Party Time!

By: Diy maven Jan 21, 2010

By nature, I'm a baseball fan. But this year, with the addition of Brett Favre to the Viking's roster...well, I must admit, I've taken notice of the goings on on the gridiron. And what's happened to my fellow Minnesotan Packer-fan friends has been is quite entertaining. So, I'm hoping for a Super Bowl appearance for the 'old man' and the Vikes--if for nothing else to see the veins pop in Cheeseheads' temples everywhere. Continue Reading

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How To: LED Wine Charms

By: Chrisjob Dec 29, 2009

LED Wine Charms

In the flu-riddled winter of the year of the H1N1 breakout, you simply can't afford to accidentally swap champagne flutes this New Year's Eve.

And, of course, we're headed to the second decade of the millenium, so the standard wine glass charm - which really do work to individuate glasses - should get an update. Enter these clever LED Glass Charms, perfect for a little added festivity.


  • 1.7V to 3V red, orange, green, white/clear LED.
  • 100 & 200 ohm resistors
  • 25mm Beading Hoops
  • 3V lithium-ion batteries (Mouser part #658- BR2032-1GU,mfr part #BR2032-1GU @ $2.32 ea).

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20 Ways to Pump Up a Party

By: Diy maven Dec 29, 2009

created at: 2009/12/29

Are you planning a new year's eve bash? If so, you don't want to start off '10 with a dud of a party, so here's some tips to help pump it up. Continue Reading

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How to Make Your own Christmas Crackers

By: Diy maven Dec 18, 2009

Mid Victorian

If you haven't tugged on a Christmas Cracker you haven't lived. The silly joke, the equally silly hat, the Cracker-Jack-Style prize, they're great! And they're not just for Christmas anymore*. You can make them for parties of any variety, but I think crackers on New Years Eve with wishes/predictions for the new year would be a great fun. The tiny prizes could even be a bit more 'adult' for your adult party guests. 

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Holiday How-To: Make Your Holiday Lights Dance to Music.

By: Chrisjob Dec 11, 2009

Nope, no fancy DJ gear required...apparently, you can simply strip the wires from your Christmas lights, and plug them into the speaker wire terminals on your stereo reciever. Don't be afraid if electricity makes you feel uncomfortable: the amount of current running through this setup is nothing to fear.

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How to Host a Wine Tasting Party--The Ultimate Guide

By: Diy maven Nov 18, 2009

Do you want to host a wine tasting party but don't know the first thing about wine tasting parties? If so, all you need is Tuscany Tonight's totally awesome 'Hosting a Wine Tasting Party' guide and your guests will think you've just come back from a tour of wine country. The guide is incredibly comprehensive and includes the following topics:Continue Reading

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How to Make a Dry Ice Crystal Ball

By: Diy maven Oct 15, 2009

created at: 2009-10-15

Part science experiment, part magic this dry ice crystal ball could be the highlight of your Halloween party. The 'ball' itself is actually a soap film filled with water vapor and carbon dioxide. Here are the materials you'll need to make one of your own:Continue Reading

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Literally, Dumpster Diving

By: Modhomeecteacher Jul 10, 2009

created at: 2009-07-10

Macro Sea, a group whose mission is to "do projects we find interesting" has gone outside the box in their quest to reclaim urban spaces. Mindfully providing an antitdote to the hot summer heat, they've gone to Brooklyn and converted old dumpsters and an abandoned strip mall into an urban oasis for Friday pool parties.Continue Reading

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My Party Ideas on Celebrations!

By: Diy maven Jul 08, 2009

created at: 2009-07-08

If you've never heard of Celebrations, they're the go-to site when you're thinking about planning a party. From decor to food to drinks to invitations and everything else you hadn't thought of yet. SO you can imagine my pleasure when they asked me to contribute some ideas to their already amazing collection.Continue Reading

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How to Make a "Fry Box"

By: Diy maven Jun 29, 2009


fry box favor by Jaime Ward

Perfect for party favors or small gifts, these fry boxes are a snap to whip up!

  • heavier weight scrapbook paper, sized 8.5" x 11"
  • a printer
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How to Make a Paper 'Lantern' Centerpiece

By: Diy maven Apr 20, 2009

Although made specifically for a wedding, these paper lantern centerpieces would be a lovely addition to any large gathering. To make them, assemble the following:Continue Reading

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Celebrate Earth Day and Win Great Prizes!

By: Diy maven Apr 09, 2009

Celebrations is sponsoring a fun giveaway in celebration of Earth Day. Just visit the site and tell them 'in 500 words or less about an eco-friendly party activity or game idea that you'd organize at your Earth Day celebration.'

To prime your party-planning pump, some examples of such activities might include 'organizing a community clean-up or having guests bring old, white T-shirts to tie-dye and decorate with their own "Save OurContinue Reading

How-to: St. Paddy's Day Eye Makeup on YouTube

By: Modhomeecteacher Mar 16, 2009

created at: 2009-03-16

Don't just slap on bright green eyeshadow for tomorrow's shamrock celebration. Learn step-by-step (and I mean comprehensively and thoroughly) from Continue Reading

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How to: Sew a Custom Drawstring Favor Bag

By: Chrisjob Feb 26, 2009

Vane Becidyan, the Brooklyn Bride, in collaboration with Etsy's How-Tuesday, offers this video tutorial for making fabric drawstring bags for big impact for party/wedding/shower favors. And when they've pulled the string and discovered their goodies, the wrapping still remains part of the gift: a reusable, handmade, colorful gift.



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How to Bring Mardi Gras Home

By: Diy maven Feb 23, 2009

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday which means, for some people, it's the last day to party. Until after Easter, that is. If you're not able to make it to the Big Easy to celebrate the carnival properly, you can bring the festivities home with sights, tastes and sounds of New Orleans. First, cook up some tasty dishes, courtesy of Epicurious. From Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo to Oyster Po'boys to Vegetarian Red Beans and King's Cake, there's something for everyone.Continue Reading

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Oscar Party Ideas PLUS Print Your Own Oscar Ballot.

By: Diy maven Feb 20, 2009

How does making a 'The Wrestler' music mix sound? Or maybe setting up a Slum Hot Dog Station for you and your friends? No? Well, then could I interest you in a Sean Penn Honey Berry MILK Shake? Continue Reading

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Three Hot Drink Recipes to Warm Your Toes (and Cloud Your Brain...)

By: Chrisjob Feb 06, 2009

It's still cold outside... So, this weekend, embrace the fact that your stuck inside with these recipes for a few hot cocktails that'll cure your winter blues...


  • Hot Toddy: Steamy Tea, Bourbon, and Lemon
  • Hot Buttery Rum: Rum, Butter, and's like a cookie that'll give you a hangover
  • Hot Cocoa and Schnapps: A Peppermint Patty worth the calories..
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How to throw a great Super Bowl party that won't blow your budget.

By: Diy maven Jan 29, 2009

We only watch one football game a year around here and that's the Super Bowl*. And it's for the commercials. Whichever you're a fan of, you can still throw a party to celebrate. That is, if budget allows. To save some bucks and still get your party on, consider these tips from Celebrations:

  1. Throw a pot luck party.
  2. Get your decorations at the 99-cent store.
  3. Don’t buy hard–expensive–liquor and stick to soda and beer.
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Winter Rx: Grillin' Out

By: Modhomeecteacher Dec 19, 2008

created on: 12/19/08 

Around my house, nothing lifts our spirits more than a tasty, healthy meal cooked out on a smokin' hot grill.  We've adopted an untraditional tradition of grilling out on Christmas Eve. Whether it's burgers and brats, or a pork tenderloin, we feel like we've broken the rules a little bit.....Continue Reading

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