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How to: Make DIY Pumpkin Cups and Mugs for Tasty Fall Beverages

By: Chrisjob Oct 14, 2014

This year, a group of Curbly contributors and editors got together to create an series of DIY decor and entertaining projects using that iconic symbol of the season: the pumpkin. We'll be sharing our creations for the Curbly Pumpkin Challenge each day this week. Happy Fall.

I'll admit it: I don't really like carving pumpkins. I always have grand plans, but by the time you head to the patch, select just the right one, gorge on popcorn balls, look for the carving tools, spread the newspaper, and begin the epic cleanout process...I'm… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Modern Raised Dog Bowl

By: Chrisjob Sep 10, 2014
DIY Modern Raised Dog Bowls

My friend (and Curbly blogger extraordinaire) Capree loves dogs. I, myself, being hopelessly allergic to them... have a like-them-from-afar kinda relationship. But I love Capree, and I love making stuff out of wood. So! Knowing I couldn't show my affection in the the normal way - like, you know, petting them - I set out to make a cool-looking, modern dog-feeding station as a gift to her pups Smash and Wrigley, 

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Wanna Learn How to Be a Better, More Organized Blogger? Curbly is Teaching a Workshop!

By: Chrisjob Oct 01, 2013

Perhaps you've got your own design, craft, or lifestyle blog and would like to see it grow. Or maybe, you're interested in starting your own and you'd like to do things well from the get go. Or maybe, you really just love Curbly and would like to know a little more about how things work behind theContinue Reading

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Before and After: A Worn, Dated Chair Gets a Bright and Colorful Makeover

By: Chrisjob Aug 22, 2013


My friend Britany has a hard time getting rid of things. She's not a hoarder by any means, and her home is actually quite clean and clutter-free. But it is full of beat up, hand-me-down pieces of furniture that she got in college. (And, though I wasn't there, likely weren't all that attractive when they were new). Case in point? This chair, in all its early 90s green-and-cranberry… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a Simple, Inexpensive DIY Wooden Jewelry Organizer

By: Chrisjob Mar 27, 2013

created at: 03/26/2013When it comes to home organization, we generally do pretty well. Nearly everything in our house has a dedicated space, and is neatly stored close to where we actually use them. Long term storage goes in one place, all seasonal goods have a spot, as well as weekly items that see more action. Our real problem is: where do we put the stuff we use every day? 

When items get touched multiple times during a twenty-four hour period, where do… Continue Reading

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Free Download: How to Keep Your Home Organized and Clutter-Free Cheat Sheet

By: Chrisjob Mar 20, 2013

created at: 03/20/2013Spring cleaning is all about airing scrubbing away the sediment of the winter, airing out your home, and getting things all nice and tidy for a whole spring and summer's worth of welcoming guests and entertaining, staying efficient, and just enjoying a wonderful, clean home.

Of course, once you've gotten everything all tidy and fresh, you've got to keep it that way. So, we're offering a free, downloadable cheat sheet to help you keep… Continue Reading

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How to: Stylish Wooden Arrow Art You Can Make This Weekend

By: Chrisjob Feb 20, 2013

created at: 02/20/2013Last weekend, I whipped up these fun, graphic wooden arrows, made from some scrap walnut and maple I had lying around. The whole project took me about thirty minutes, and I love… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Faceted Wooden Gem Paperweight...or Decorative Object...or Whatever This Is

By: Chrisjob Jan 26, 2013

created at: 01/22/2013

I do as much as I can to stay paperless in my office. With online bill pay, shared online documents, lots of apps and software, and a general goal of wasting less, I can get pretty close, save for my trusty notebook and craft supplies. I've even moved my multi-tiered tray off my desk to create more working room.

But, no matter how I try, there's always a small pile of 8 1/2x11"s that I just can't seem to shake. And without an inbox/outbox setup, they just won't stay still. So, I decided I needed a paperweight. You know, to weigh down actual… Continue Reading

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How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

By: Chrisjob Dec 18, 2012

created at: 12/18/2012

I have lots of great holiday memories from when I was a kid: listening to the Merry Christmas from Sesame Street cassette while driving downtown to pick up the ham with my dad, waking my parents up with my sister after totally having scoped the presents, and warming the handheld candles to make funny shapes with my cousins and uncle during Christmas Eve service. But nothing stands out more than this silly little wooden nativity set I… Continue Reading

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How to: Give a Gaudy Glitter Reindeer a Classy Papier-Mache Makeover

By: Chrisjob Dec 13, 2012

created at: 12/13/2012

'Twas a few weeks before Christmas 2011, when I discovered the might glory of the craft store glitter reindeer. I had so much fun hacking these glam-covered beasts into something a little less insane, that I wanted to rescue this elegant species from their harsh coats of coarse, uneven glitz again this year. Last year, I came up with a trick for removing the factory glitter and replacing it with something more refined. This year, I… Continue Reading

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