Science has shown that our sense of smell is strongly tied to memory and emotion, so creating a beautifully scented home is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Today we're sharing ten ways to give your house that Christmas aroma, using things like simmering stovetop mixtures, candles and even scented pinecones. Read on to check them out!
As I’ve grown older, I’ve learned to love burning candles at home. I now enjoy buying seasonal scents in pretty containers, and I’ve learned to love making my own candles. With industrial-style accents becoming increasingly popular, I made a set of concrete soy candles with beautiful wood wicks using rose, one of my favorite scents.
Wintertime is in full swing here in Minnesota. Early in the week we experienced a few rounds of snow and ice, resulting in the outdoors being treacherous and uninviting. While I definitely have holiday-related errands to run this weekend, staying off the roads and keeping indoors is pretty tempting. I'm a homebody for certain, and I've learned how to keep the stir-crazies away during these colder months. Part of staying sane while being stuck inside has to do with how you light your home. Coziness is a must, and these DIY holiday luminaries are just that - cozy!
Scandinavian designers have a distinctive way of lighting their interiors. This unique lighting method emphasizes a sense of warm coziness. They light interiors to create a pleasant atmosphere, not just to be able to see clearly. Light and shadow are equally important elements, as they contribute to a feeling of warmth and naturalness. By follow a few of these easy tips, you can recreate that cozy Scandinavian lighting effect in your own home.
It's a bit of an unspoken rule that our homes should smell delicious during the fall and winter. You've gotta have those berries. You should smell the pumpkin. We've rounded up a handful of ways that you can bring that scent right into your home and enjoy it all season long!
I came up with this idea one night while watching Project Runway. Designer Justin LeBlanc created a hot glue embellished dress, and I wanted to turn that technique into a decorative holiday project for the home. The process was super simple, super affordable, and I totally love how they turned out. Let's make some!
Pumpkins aren't just for carving this year, and they don't have to be destined for the trash after Halloween is over. Here's a DIY use for pumpkins that makes them usable long after Halloween is over and actually makes them functional as well.
I love the versatility of the apple. Whether you eat it fresh, baked, pureed, or smothered in caramel, it's a wonderful thing. Did you know you can craft with apples too?!
A few weeks ago, our editor, Chris Gardner, posted a sweet woodworking tutorial over on our 'brother' site, ManMadeDIY. In it, he explained the steps he took to make a beautiful hardwood modern menorah. If you're in the market for a new one for Hanukkah this year, or you're not Jewish but you just want a candle-holder with room for nine lights, then I suggest you check it out. Chris shipped us the finished product, and we were thrilled to put...
Oh snap. Did somebody say "glitter stripes"?! You won't believe how easy this is! Pretty soon you're going to be glitter-striping everything you own... that's a promise.
As Chris mentioned a few weeks ago, mason jars have exploded (again?) onto the craft and DIY scenes. You can't look anywhere without seeing some crazy new use for them! As it stands, we're embracing the trend here at Curbly. To make things easy on you, here are 15 mason jar projects all in one place! Enjoy!
Lacy luminaires wouldn't ordinarily be my style, but when I saw the rustic burlap mixed with doilies, I stopped dead in my tracks. The contrast of lace and burlap, a canning jar and pink satin ribbon...oh baby, I can't resist that kind of craft. Over on Crafts by Amanda you'll see exactly how to put together these juxtaposed materials. Here's all you need.
Bricks, plants & candles are a trifecta in my book. How about yours? These little planters, as RM states, would be lovely used inside or out. Making them doesn't require anything too fancy, just some patience
Warm and inviting, these carol candle holders are perfect for moms and mom-equivalents this holiday season. The best part? They take minutes to make.
Here's all you need to make the three candle holders pictured above:
- a cutting mat
- metal ruler
- exacto knife
- sticky back tape
- white or ivory vellum
- three votive holders, 2 1/2" high and 7" in diameter
- three tea lights (and, no, the tea lights don't melt the velum)
- this PDF available on my Scribd page
Print out the PDF onto the vellum. If using an inkjet printer, WAIT UNTIL THE INK IS COMPLETELY DRY. If you're using a laser printer, you're good to go to step 2.
Using the exacto, mat and metal ruler, cut about 1/4" above and below the text.
Cut 1/4" off the LEFT margin and 1" off the RIGHT margin.
Apply sticky-back tape to one edge of the vellum, fit over votives and secure.
And that, as they say, is it.
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...
You guys, I am so stoked about this gift guide! From art to books to pottery, we've rounded up a collection of gift ideas that are sure to delight the Mid-Century Modern enthusiast on your list. Get your clicker fingers ready, because this is going to be awesome.
Hi everyone, I'm so happy to be here at Curbly.com guest blogging about Hanukkah. I'm Sara of creativejewishmom.com, so if I can't tell you about Hanukkah, who can? As I know from my own blogging experience, most of us love the chance to learn about cultures and customs that aren't our own, so I hope that the information and ideas that I will be sharing here will be inspiring for everyone!
Before I get started with the crafty portion of this...
This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.
Last week we featured a fantastic Pier 1 Giveaway, and this week the good folks at Pier 1 were kind enough to invite us in to do a little shopping. We were so excited to visit the store and get inspired to do our holiday entertaining .
The store is full of treasures - floral pieces, candles galore, table runners, serving platters, pillows, lamps, and the list goes on...