11 Scandinavian Lighting Tricks to Add a Cozy Glow to Your Home

by Jesica Versichele

11 Scandinavian Lighting Tricks to Make Your Home Feel 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.          

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How to: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Menorah

by Bruno Bornsztein

How to: Make a DIY Modern Wooden Menorah


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...

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The "Does It Work?" Challenge: Prevent Wax from Sticking with Cooking Spray

by Molly Mc
The "Does It Work?" Challenge: Prevent Wax from Sticking with Cooking Spray
 
March is cleaning and organization month on Curbly and I am testing out some housekeeping subs and shortcuts to see if they really work. Monday I tried cleaning glass with newspaper and coffee filters. Yesterday I gave polishing silver with baking soda a whirl. Today, I see if cooking spray will prevent melted wax from sticking to candleholders. Think it'll work? Read on to find out...

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DIY Colorful Painted Votives

by Kelly B

DIY Colorful Painted Votives

Winter means white and summer means color in my house. It also means entertaining outdoors and things being broken easily and often. I love this affordable DIY from Once Wed for pretty painted votives that's sure to make your next get together a little more festive. You can usually pick up at least two for a dollar at your local craft store or consider buying a case. Now you just need a few more supplies and you'll be ready to start!Grab your favorite colors of paint, water them down, and let your inner abstract artist loose! Use a paintbrush to freely decorate the inside of the votive holder – don't be afraid to mix colors! One caution is not to try too hard or you'll lose the overall effect of random messiness. (The project was inspired by the inside of the glass artist Michelle Armas uses to clean her brushes!) For the full rundown check out the post here.

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Vellum 'Carol' Candleholders

by DIY Maven

Vellum 'Carol' Candleholders

created at: 12/13/2010

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

Step 1:

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.

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.

created at: 12/13/2010

Step 3:

Apply sticky-back tape to one edge of the vellum, fit over votives and secure.

created at: 12/13/2010

And that, as they say, is it.

created at: 12/13/2010

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Our Christmas Table

by Alicia Lacy

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...

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Handmade Hanukkah : Awesome DIY Hanukkiah Ideas

by Creativejewishmom

Handmade Hanukkah : Awesome DIY Hanukkiah Ideas

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...

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Ultimate Thanksgiving: Our Table Setting

by Alicia Lacy

This post brought to you by Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

Our awesome Thanksgiving table setting

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...

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