How To: Make Your Own Modern Sled for Under $60

By: Capreek Dec 16, 2014
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When it comes to snow, I'm firmly in the "No thank you, lady Nature" camp. It looks pretty in photos and that's about as close as I want to get to the stuff. But I do enjoy a good thrill as much as the next person, so the idea of shooting down the side of a snow-covered hill on nothing but a tiny piece of wood or plastic is undeniably appealing. If you also enjoy a good sled ride, check out this ridiculously cool one you can make yourself!      Continue Reading

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How To: Make a Floating Winter Terrarium

By: Capreek Dec 14, 2012

created at: 12/12/2012

Add a bit of magic to your decor this winter with a scenic, floating terrarium!     Continue Reading

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How To: Make Frozen Ice Lanterns

By: Capreek Oct 29, 2012

created at: 10/28/2012

I woke up to the first snow of the season last week and couldn't help but get a little excited for the magical, wintery days ahead. It's still a bit warm to line the walks with these crystal-like beauties, but come December, you better believe I'm making a whole bunch of DIY ice lanterns!     Continue Reading

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From Humble to Grand: Magical Places in Snow

By: Diy maven Nov 16, 2011

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Have you ever noticed that snow is a great equalizer? Covered in a fresh, frosty blanket of white, the most humble structure can be as breathtaking as the most majestic. Here's a collection of photos that recently caught my eye that seem to illustrate my point. 

The blue home above and the one pictured below were spotted on Pinterest's "Magical Abodes" page. They may be worlds away in locale and square footage, but they're equallyContinue 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 inexpensive.   Continue Reading

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Easy Art Idea: Make Framed Branches

By: Craftmel Sep 07, 2011

created at: 09/06/2011

With the cooler weather moving into most parts of the continent, it is a good time to tackle all those tree branch projects we've seen here on Curbly.  Today I've got an easy and eye-pleasing project to add to your to-make list.   Continue Reading

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How to Make a Rock Candy Chandy

By: Diy maven Aug 24, 2011

created at: 08/24/2011

Yup, this little chandelier is made out of candy. Not sure of its longevity or if it would attract wee beasties, but for temporary applications, it doesn't get much more charming. Laura is ourContinue Reading

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Little Distractions: A Leaky Ceiling

By: Bruno Jan 25, 2011

On my to-do list this afternoon: answer e-mails, pay bills, eat lunch. Not on the list: spend 45 minutes plowing three feet of snow off my roof.

I was just getting comfy on the couch with my laptop and a bowl of soup when I thought I heard a faint tip-tapping sound. After eliminating a few other options (The joists creaking? My left big toe cracking?), my fearful suspicions were confirmed: it's the old, familiar drip in the living roomContinue Reading

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Roundup: 10 Best Blankets Under $50

By: Capreek Dec 22, 2010

created at: 12/21/2010

In a few days, after the eggnog has worn off and all the stresses of holiday entertaining have subsided, all you're going to want to do is curl up and hibernate for a few days.  Lucky for you, we've rounded up ten cozy blankets that'll be a comfort to you and your wallet.   Continue Reading

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Our Christmas Table

By: Alicia Dec 10, 2010

Setting our Christmas Table
Whew! We've been setting a lot of tables around here. It all started with our Thanksgiving table, followed a week later by our Hanukkah table, and now we're gearing up for a Christmas table. We wanted to do something simple, with the traditional red and green. We will have many friends in town in the coming weeks, and impromptu entertaining will certainly happen. We put together this Christmas table in about 15 minutes. Here's the play-by-play.Continue Reading

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Bruno & Alicia's Hanukkah Table

By: Alicia Dec 01, 2010

Our Hanukkah table setting.

We're a Christmukkah house (or a Hanumas house, if you prefer). I love the fact that we celebrate both holidays, because it provides us the opportunity spend time with loved ones, share traditions, enjoy amazing eats, and decorate.

Hanukkah begins at sundown this evening, and our table is already set. We assembled a simple table incorporating the colors blue, silver, and white. Using a vase we had on hand, and our everyday dishes, we sprucedContinue Reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

By: Bruno Nov 24, 2010

It's amazing to think that this is the FOURTH Thanksgiving since Curbly was founded! Now's my chance to say THANKS to all of you who visit us every day and make Curbly a possibility. I also want to thank all our great regular contributors, Chris, JoAnn, Shelly, Capree, Alicia, and Jill.

I hope you're all settling in to spend some time with friends, family and food. We're getting hit with a perfect Thanksgiving storm here in Minnesota, so we'll have a white Thanksgiving (which is how it should be, as far as I'm concerned). Here's the view out my front door this afternoon:

Snowy pre-Thanksgiving afternoon

For those of you still looking for some last-minute Thanksgiving entertaining or recipe advice, don't miss our Thanksgiving section (which is full of excellent tips and roundups). Have a great, safe and fun Thanksgiving!

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How-To: Make a Festive and Rustic Paper Garland

By: Capreek Nov 09, 2010

created at: 11/08/2010

During the Fall and Winter months, I tend to embrace my rustic side a bit more.  The idea of logs and woodsy things in my home no longer seems borderline-tacky, but slightly charming and a semi-effective way of bringing nature indoors in an attempt to fight the winter blues.  And speaking of fighting the winter blues, I think making this paper garland would be a great way to spend a drizzly and snowy afternoon (like today).  Are you with me?  Great!  Let's see what we'll need for a day of November crafting.   Continue Reading

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How To Make Easy Snow Ice Cream

By: Modhomeecteacher Feb 16, 2010

created at: 2010/02/16

Alas, more snow. Can February be any longer??? What to do with all this snow, and feeling all Jack Nicholson (The Shining)? One tasty little distraction would be to run outside, gather up some snow and whip up some, almost free, snow ice cream. With all the desserts that are baked around here, a little refreshing ice cream on the side will round out a hot apple crisp or double, nay triple, fudge brownie.

All you need:

  • 4 cups of fresh, clean snow
  • 1/2 cup of milk or half and half
  • 1/4 cup of sugarContinue Reading
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Let the Holiday Posts Begin!

By: Chrisjob Nov 02, 2009

Friends, it is November 2nd, Halloween is over, and it's time to begin the wintertide holiday festivities.

Half of you reading this will say, "Duh, Chris, my tree's/menorah's been up for weeks, and my shopping was done months ago, and Bing's on the old hi-fi right now!" And the other half will say, "Are you kidding me?! Just because the corporations say its time to start selling doesn't mean it's December already...Quit being a slave toContinue 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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Curbly Video Quick Tip: Keep Your Shovel De-Iced for Easy Snow Removal.

By: Chrisjob Jan 28, 2009

created on: 01/28/09

Brrrr... We're certainly in the dead center of winter, and for those of us north of the Mason-Dixon line (and for many of you below it), that means lots and lots of shoveling to keep sidewalks, porches, and driveways clean. But, as any 12-year-old kid can tell you, after the first few minutes, snow and ice start to build up on the shovel's surface, and it becomes heavy and more difficult to use.

To keep the shovel slick and (mostly)Continue Reading

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Ice House

By: Diy maven Jan 13, 2009

Where I live, it's cold outside. Really cold. Like -18 (-27.8C) ambient temperature cold. Seeing an image like this reminds me things could be worse. Much worse. Back in ‘05 the wind blew sea spray, which froze on contact, leaving this house in Plymouth, MA, cocooned in ice. Source. Image by Bill Peaslee via Weather Underground.



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Ice Hotels... Cool

By: Lilybee Jan 07, 2009

Have a peek at the pretty that is the ICEHOTEL in Sweden. Different every year, it's built from ice taken from the nearby river and from snice (Snow. Ice. SNICE!) sprayed on huge metal forms. Once the basic shape is in place a BUNCH of different designers, artists and clever folks are shipped in from around the world to make each room unique. And, you know, mind-blowingly beautiful.

Here are a few of the highlights of this winter's Hotel.

created on: 01/06/09

Milky Way the exterior light/art installation. The lighting this year has been designed Continue Reading

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