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How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

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 set up...

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How to: Make a Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Display Shelf

by Brittni Mehlhoff

How to: Make a Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Display Shelf

When the holidays roll around, I usually break out my glue gun and come up with a few easy winter projects to tackle. Today though, I'm branching out from the materials I almost always use and picking up a hand saw instead. With a bit of careful measuring and a handful of cuts, I made this hanging wood Christmas tree shelf perfect for storing small gifts and holiday odds and ends.   

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How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

by Lidy Dipert

How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the "Curbly Ornament Challenge" but there's not much competition involved...just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

This year, I am really leaning toward simple and minimal Christmas decor. I purposely went through our boxes and boxes of decorations and intentionally brought out a few select pieces we loved and had a purpose for. Our home has glimpses of Christmas in every room, without the overhaul. Likewise, when it comes to Christmas ornaments I want something that's neat and fresh. It's not always easy to find, which is why these modern mountain clay ornaments are the perfect solution! They take no time at all and are certainly fun to make.

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The Final Countdown: Make a Hanging Ornament Advent Calendar

by Holly Wade
DIY Advent calendar
Photo by Holly Wade

Are you ready to start the countdown?! Come December 1st, it's time to break out the advent calendars and find a little surprise every day as you count town toward Christmas. Advent calendars were a staple of my childhood, so I still try to make a DIY advent calendar every year to make the countdown more fun! This time, I used plastic fill-able ornaments to make a hanging ornament advent calendar that's easy to open and reveal a candy or small trinket inside (my parents often used to use give my pennies). With a variety of sizes and colors, you can use materials that fit your style and hang it anywhere in your home for a Christmas decoration that's functional and FUN!    

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Make This: DIY Palo Santo Holder

by M.E. Gray

Palo santo holder

As winter approaches, so does more required time indoors. All that time inside makes my home feel stuffy, cramped, and stale. In essence, my house feels like it's full of bad energy. I recently discovered palo santo, and I'm really enjoying the way it seems to cleanse the spaces around me, and even purify my own energies. Keep reading to find out more about this holy wood, and how to make a minimal palo santo holder.          

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The IKEA Curtains That Every Designer Swears By

by Erica Young
RITVA curtains
Photo: @whitelanedecor

No matter how many trends come and go, there are a few classic home decor elements that never go out of style. Think of a simple round mirror, the Eames lounge chair, a quality Persian rug - designers come back to these pieces again and again.

Another essential decor item that every interior designer seems to have in their back pocket? White curtains. Versatile and classic, well-tailored white curtains can dress up literally any room; no matter the style. And here's the secret - we've noticed a lot of designers are getting their curtains at IKEA!           

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Make It: Pine and Balsa Wood Tealight Holders

by Stephanie Lee
DIY wood tea light holders

I don't know about you, but the change in seasons always inspires me to pull out my candles for a little outdoor entertaining. In Australia it's now spring, but I'm just the same come autumn - I love being outside in the evenings during the milder months when the weather isn't too hot or cold; the night air is fresh and the sun goes down at just the right time for us to enjoy a candlelit dinner (ha, I'm such a romantic). If you love candles as much as I do, click through to make some tealight holders of your own!

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

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

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 kinda over it.     But I love pumpkins, so I wanted to find a much easier and practical way to use them in my home this fall. You know, like drinking a tasty fall cocktail out of them :)

These make a great project for kids and adults, depending on your beverage of choice, and you can whip up a full set in no time. Let's get to it!

The most important step here is selecting the right pumpkins. You'll need small ones, of course, but not super tiny, or else there's no space inside to hold the liquid.  Look for the largest pumpkins that you could hold in a single hand, and taller, rounder ones will work better than short and squat. Or, hit up the grocery store and look for small pie pumpkins or orange squash.

diy pumpkin cups

2. Next, cut the top off the pumpkin. This is a different technique than creating a lid for carving, since you'll want a flat, not angled cut. A long, serrated knife works well here, but you can use the little orange handled thing that comes with the carving kit as well. 

Oh - surprise - pumpkins aren't perfectly round, so try to align your knife and cut with the bottom of the pumpkin, not the top or stem, so that the rim will be parallel to the table. 

 

3. Then, use a large spoon to clean out the pumpkin guts and seeds. Use the edge of the spoon to create clean walls, and to enlarge the cavity as needed.

 

Be sure to save the seeds for roasting

 

4. If you'd like, rounding over the inside of the lip can make for an easier drinking experience, especially for little ones with not-so-refined motor skills. It only takes an extra 10 seconds to run the knife around the inner lip, and it helps to create a more finished look. 

 

And... that's it! My pumpkin cups, which were each around 4" in diameter,  held about 6-7 ounces of liquid, perfect for a serving of apple cider, some witch's brew, or a fall cocktail.

 

The pumpkins also make great insulators, and hold hot beverages well, so they're great for hot cocoa, spiced cider, or your favorite DIY pumpkin spice latte recipe or coffee drink. I tested it with full boiling water, and had no trouble holding them with my hands. Be sure to try yours out before, especially if you plan to give these to youngsters.

To take things to the next step, you can take advantage of the pumpkins (obvious) carve-ability, and etch names or initials or other markers into the skin. I just used a pencil to draw the shape, and carved it out with a craft knife. Carving or linoleum cutting tools also work well.

Of course, besides tasty fall beverages, you can serve all kinds of sweet and savory dishes, from ice cream to hot soup, in these as well.

Cheers!

This post originally posted in October 2014. But, we're bringing it back because tasty fall beverages in mini pumpkins are for the ages.

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Make This! DIY Contemporary Wood and Concrete Coat Rack

by Faith Provencher
DIY Wood and Cement Coat Rack
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Our house lacks closet space, especially by the entryway... so I've always wanted a fun coat rack that I could put near the door. But if you've ever tried to buy a coat rack online, you know that it's hard to find a cool one - and the ones that are attractive usually have crazy price tags to match. So of course I decided to make one! Keep reading to check out the instructions for this super easy wood and cement coat rack.   

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Fall Style Guide: The Cutest and Coziest Fingerless Gloves

by Amber Dickson
Fingerless Gloves
Source: Martha Stewart

When the air starts to crisp up, wearing layers is key to being comfortable.  Fingerless gloves can be a fun and practical addition to your fall wardrobe.  They add warmth, style, and keep your fingers free for devices and other dexterous tasks.  Read on for a roundup of DIY, buy, and up-cycled options.  You will want to get this kind of cozy into your life.       

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DIY Creepy-Crawly Halloween Snake Wreath

by Rachel Jacks
DIY Halloween wreath with snakes
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Maybe it's my childhood spent catching garter snakes, but I've never been afraid of snakes. I know I'm in the minority in thinking that some of them are even downright cute, so I won't be surprised to hear that this snake wreath might evoke slithery nightmares for many. If plastic snakes don't creep you out too much, you can whip up this DIY Halloween wreath in no time.         

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These Are the Best Privacy Options for Your Bathroom Windows

by Jennifer Farley

Bathroom windows are unique, both in form and function. They need to let light into a small space, while at the same time, afford you privacy. Here's how to get the best of both worlds.  

Bathroom Windows Privacy Solutions For Every Budget

Every bathroom in my home has a window, some of them quite large. Our current master bathroom even has one in the shower. That doesn't seem so bad (hooray, natural light!), except the window looks directly out onto the porch right next to our front door. 
Hello Mr. UPS man, don't mind me, I am just standing here taking a shower...

Obviously, we had to remedy these problems. Bathroom windows are a good thing! They let in light and help ventilate the bathroom when needed, but they can be inconvenient when you need to go about your bathroom business. Here is a wide variety of solutions for your bathroom privacy that fit a variety of budget needs.       

   

Options Under $25

Rustoluem frosted glass spray paint

 

Masking bathroom windows before painting

 

1. Frosted spray paint for privacy in bathroom windows

Grab some painters tape and this can of frosted glass spray paint for less than $4 and you have got a pretty easy privacy fix.

 

Frosted window
Thrifty Fun

2. Frosted contact paper window treatments

You can use the contact paper "as is" or you could use a cut out to make a fun pattern like this tutorial over at Thrifty Fun. This would be a great fix for a rental but my guess is the humidity from your bathroom would cause peeling. This might not be the best permanent solution but a great inexpensive temporary solution costing less than $10.

 

3. Privacy window vinyl static film

A more permanent option would be to spend a little more to purchase vinyl cling film for your bathroom windows. The cost depends on the size of the window but a 17 X 78 inch piece from Amazon costs around $14.

 

4. DIY privacy screen using lace or sheer fabric

A creative option would be to make a privacy screen to place in front of the panes of your bathroom windows. All you need is a wood frame and a remnant of lace. Check out how to make this lace window screen here. If you need a little more privacy use a more patterned lace or a sheer piece of fabric.

To make the frame you could use an old window with no glass or canvas frame found at a craft store.

5. Hang thrifted art over part or all of your bathroom window.

Many people hang art in their bathroom, so why not use that art to cover a window? I know the photo is not a bathroom but a piece of art could cover a lot of window. For a smaller window positioned high, a small piece could cover the bottom window pane. If you want to keep it budget friendly head to the thrift store to find a treasure.

 

Bathroom window curtains
Amazon

6. Install inexpensive bathroom window curtains

A short cafe-style curtain can create bathroom window privacy and still let in light from above. These bathroom window curtains fit perfectly in humid environments, as they actually repel water. Find them on Amazon for under $14.

 

DIY Bathroom Window Curtains
Real Housewives of Minnesota

7. Sew your own bathroom window curtains 

Can't find any bathroom window curtains that fit your style or size? All you need to make your own is a tension rod, a bit of fabric, and some needle and thread. Check out this easy tutorial for the step-by-step instructions. 

Want to make your own bathroom window curtains, but don't want to sew them? Find out how to make no-sew curtains by following this tutorial.

 

Options Under $50

1. A simple bathroom window curtain panel

Why over-think it when simple bathroom window curtains will create usable and durable privacy. This is what we use for my master bathroom window.

 

2. Custom cafe curtains

If you have a larger window use thicker drapery panels to cover the bottom part of the window. You would need to buy a curtain panel and a curtain rod putting this project over the $25 mark, unless you have a small window and can use a tension or cafe rod. Another budget friendly option is using kitchen towels for curtain panels.

 

3. Small faux wood shutters

This is such a great fix for smaller bathroom windows. You can find these at Lowes or other home improvement stores. If you have a standard size window you can often find paintable wood versions at local salvage stores or Habitat for Humanity Re-stores.

 

4. Double-sided mirror privacy window film

Turn your window into a tinted mirror with two-way window film. You will be able to see outside but they will not be able to see into your bathroom. The cost of this depends on the size of your window but a small window can definitely be covered for under $50.

 

5. DIY a roman shade with shower curtain fabric

You can use a tutorial like this one to make a roman shade using a fabric shower curtain.

For windows in the shower, you can protect your wood trim by painting the trim with boat paint (Also called marine paint).

 

Cordless bathroom window curtains
JCPenny

6. Cordless bathroom window shades

These simple shades go up and down without the use of cords, meaning they're ideal for homes with pets or small children. Let light in as you please for under $50.

 

Macrame hanging in window
Amazon

7. Hang a macrame wall hanging in the window

Privacy is key when you're in the bathroom, but it's also important to let as much natural light in as possible. Hanging a macrame wall hanging in the window (especially one in a light color), adds beauty and privacy. We love this one from Amazon!

 

Options under $100

1. Hang a mirror over your window

Block the view through your bathroom window with a large mirror. It works even if its not over your sink as well. It can be a great dressing or make-up mirror.

 

2. Hang vintage stained glass over your window

You can find vintage stained glass for under $100 at flea markets and antique stores. Hello, architectural detail!

 

3. Install Leaded Glass Window Film

I am actually not sure if the window above is window film but I have always wanted to try this leaded glass window film from Wall Paper for Windows. I also like the tudor style leaded glass. They have the blurred glass and the privacy frosted glass as well. The cost depends on your window size but its pricier and more durable than the less expensive window cling.

 

4. Hang a Bamboo Shade In your Bathroom

Bamboo shades are great options for privacy while also allowing light to filter through. Bamboo can also hold up to humidity pretty well as well. You can find many options under $50 at home decor stores or department stores.

 

Options Over $100

1. Install Plantation Shutters

These plantation shutters can be custom made to fit any window. You can order then at most home improvement stores in their special order area.

 

2. Install a leaded glass, stained glass or frosted glass replacement window

If you are remodeling this might be a good fix but it will be the most expensive.

 

3. Install Shower Grade Plantation shutters in your shower.

There are companies, like Hunter Douglas, that make shower grade plantation shutters and trim to install over existing bathroom windows in your shower.

4. Install Privacy Window Inserts

Indow Window is a window insert company that has a wide variety of uses for their window inserts. This is much less expensive than installing a new window. They have frosted privacy options that can be easily installed by any homeowner like the pictures shows above.

 

5. Install Bottom-Up Top-Down Roman Shades

Most custom blind stores sell bottom-up/ top down roman shades. By just using the cord attached they can work like roman shades or they can raise up from the bottom to shade the lower part of your bathroom windows.


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In conclusion, there's no need to expose yourself. Hopefully one of these bathroom windows solutions will work for you!

Do you need storage for your small bathroom? Check out these 15 solutions to help with your small bathroom organization woes.

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75 Kids' Decor Ideas You Can Totally DIY

by M.E. Gray

75 DIY Kids Decor Ideas You Can Totally Do!

Decorating a child's room is such a fun experience. You can go crazy with color, pick animated and adorable elements, and all the furniture is just so tiny. However, these small spaces do come with their own set of unique challenges. As kids grow and change, so do their interests and needs. If you're looking to save money, or are just looking for ways to add your own unique stamp to a room, why not do-it-yourself? We've rounded up 75 fun DIY...

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How to Make a Rattan Jewelry Organizer

by Marlene Sauer
DIY rattan necklace and earring organizer
Photo: Marlene Sauer

It happens every morning.

I pull on my shoes, search around for my keys, and realize I didn't put on my earrings yet. And as surely as I know that the bus is always running late, I know that I can't find the pair of earrings I want to wear.

Is it just me, or is jewelry one of the hardest things to keep organized??

Click through to see how I made this necklace and earring organizer!

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