We've shared quite a few architectural gingerbread houses over the years (including a couple modernist ones and even a book titled "The Gingerbread Architect"), so it was only a matter of time before someone pulled out a Buckminster Fuller reference and made a geodesic gingerbread dome!
Hi there! My name is Ez (pronounced ee-zee) and I am most often found on my blog Creature Comforts where I write about DIY craftiness, share my photography, and post design inspirations...as well as any other thing that strikes my fancy. For me the holidays are all about the time you spend making memories with your friends and loved ones. It's fun to dream about presents under the tree, but even more than the gifts that will be unwrapped, the laughter and craziness of my huge family squeezed into one small house are what I look forward to most of all this holiday season. (Okay...and an iPhone. I'm hoping someone in my family will grant that one holiday wish for me). ;-)
It's not surprising that I spend quite a bit of time at the craft store. As a full-time craft, design, and art blogger, I've grown quite familiar with my looped route of hardware store/craft store/art supply shop/other craft store/supermarket...in that order.
So, it's always a pleasant surprise when I find some new material or media I've never seen before, and to think of all kinds of cool stuff to do with it. This holiday season, it...
The always awesome and incredibly clever Karen Bertelsen from The Art of Doing Stuff came up with one of the best alternative Christmas tree ideas I've seen in a long time: a space-saving, wall-mounted twig tree! Want to make one yourself? Here's what you'll need!
Young, old, cat, dog, everybody enjoys a discovering a filled stocking on Christmas morning. The BEST stockings have always been and will ever be homemade. From machine sewn to no-sew, from knit to crochet, in this round up, we've amassed hundreds--yes hundreds--of stocking tutorials to help you make this Christmas joyful and bright!
To ease ourselves into things, we're going to start with a super-simple stocking-making video from Hobby...
These simple leather journals or sketchbooks would make great holiday gifts for the writers, doodlers, list-makers, or note-takers in your life. I don't know about you but I want to make a hundred of these and give them to everyone I know!
With materials ranging from paper straws to actual living plants, we've rounded up 15 of our favorite festive DIY wreaths! Happy hand-crafted holidays!
Those kids over at The Purl Bee never cease to get my creative juices flowing! This DIY project is a super easy and super awesome and involves everyone's favorite material: felt!
I feel sorta bad for the nutcracker as an object... I mean, people like to eat nuts during other, non-holiday times of the year, right? But then, some German Romantic fantasy writer decided it made a pretty good gift from a crazy, creepy uncle, and then good old Pyotr Ilyich thought that adventure made a mostly awesome subject for a ballet, and now, any glimpse of those wide-jawed wooden soldiers simply screams, "It's Christmas! It's Christmas!"
Or, perhaps, I feel bad for most actual nutcrackers...cause they're, well, kinda tacky. I mean, I know there are really quality, beautiful, carved wooden ones, especially the handcrafted ones from the German forrest tradition. But the ones sold nowadays in discount stores are low-quality, poorly sanded and hastily glued pieces of mass-produced junk.
Which means they're perfect, inexpensive opportunity for a modern, minimalist makeover. Like this:
It's no secret, we love a good DIY lighting project here at Curbly. Whether that's building your own from scratch or simply giving that old shade a makeover, we love lamps. This particular project, though, is hands down the easiest one we've ever seen! If you can tie a knot, you can make this (feathers optional).
After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, chances are your cardboard box collection has grown exponentially. Before you start tossing boxes out (or recycling them, hopefully), consider this clever reuse project: colorful DIY shelves!
Simple, easy, and a bit like a friendship bracelet for your door, this DIY branch wreath from Duo Fiberworks is my new favorite thing. Ye Olde Twig Wreath just got an awesome and colorful update, y'all!
Three simple ingredients, folks, that's all you need... then you'll be on your way to custom watercolor heaven!
These felt trees are crafty, kitschy, quirky, and fun. Also? They're easy as pie--you'll have your own mini forest in no time!
I'll be honest. I'm not really into glitter. Maybe it's because I'm a guy, or perhaps because my taste lean towards the clean and contemporary. Mostly, it's cause, as my memories of summer camp and Sunday school taught me, it's messy to deal with. Open that bottle, and it's on you for life. It is, as Demetri Martin remarks, "the herpes of craft supplies."
But this holiday season...I don't know...I'm kinda feeling it. Perhaps it's sparkles will match my beloved aluminum Christmas tree, or maybe cause the holidays always allow for going a little over the top, but they're feeling festive this year.
While brown paper packages tied up with string are classic and timeless, we love this modernized, hand-crafted approach!
Kate Lilley of Mini-Eco created these stunning and simple gift wrap designs using silver pens and, well, her imagination! The metallic ink and brown paper combo keeps things looking classy, while the faceted designs keep everything up-to-the-minute fresh. Check out more over on Mini-Eco!
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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.
The season of gift-giving is fast approaching, and if your family is anything like mine, we like to make sure all the out-of-towners get their Christmas gifts while they are visiting for Thanksgiving. And since a drive/flight home usually results in crushed boxes and torn gift tags, I thought I'd make some that were a little more suitcase friendly while being easy enough for any gift-giving occasion.
There's one thing that every estate sale has: boxes and boxes of old Christmas decorations and ornaments. I've even been to a house where every room was decorated, floor to ceiling (we're talking hoarder territory, people), for a different holiday... but that's another story for another day. When you DO happen upon one of these stashes, though, you can usually snag the whole lot for a few bucks. And then... then you make on of THESE!