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Make DIY Mini Concrete Christmas Trees

by Rachel Jacks
DIY cement Christmas trees
Photo: Rachel Jacks

 

Though real Christmas trees are wonderful, not all of us have the time, space, or energy to deal with them. So if your tastes lean to the more industrial, minimalist side of things, you can make your own little Christmas trees out of cement. These concrete Christmas trees are reusable, require no maintenance, and you don't have to worry about ornaments or lights. Of course, there's no reason you can't have both a real tree and some of these mini ones. They're pretty quick and addictive to make, so go ahead and make a whole forest. 

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I'm Dreaming of a White ... Halloween

by Alicia Lacy

Halloween is not my favorite holiday, yet every year I'm overcome with the urge to make the house a little Halloweeny. The problem is, I don't love the marriage of orange and black, and blood and guts scare me.

So I went searching for something festive, yet a bit more tame: A White Halloween. Check out some of my new Halloween tabletop favorites. 

 

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Make a Modern Paper Chain

by DIY Maven

Make a Modern Paper Chain

Conventional paper chains are so last century. Heck, they’re so two centuries ago! (Not to mention so second grade.) Jeffery over at CraftStylish has reinterpreted this classic, putting a completely modern and grown-up, not to mention GORGEOUS, spin to it. The materials you need to replicate Jeffery’s design are minimal enough and include:

  • Medium weight paper
  • Two circle punches, one smaller than the other (Jeff used one 1" inch punch and...

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How to make creepy spider web balloons!

by DIY Maven

How to make creepy spider web balloons!

Perfect for your haunted Halloween party, these spider web balloons–complete with spiders–are clever and easy to make with just a few supplies. Their ‘secret ingredient’ is something called Hi-Float.

Along with the Hi-Float, you’ll need:
11-inch clear latex balloons
Some small rubber spiders.
Clips or plastic disks to seal the balloons.
Air or helium (the second of which is optional)

To make them:
Head on over to Crafty Crafty for the incredibly...

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How to Fold a Paper Santa

by DIY Maven

How to Fold a Paper Santa

This paper Santa is great for embellishing Christmas cards and gifts. Because he can stand on his own, he makes a sweet place setting. You could also add a tie to his hat and use him as an ornament. So versatile is this easy-to-fold little guy, you might want to make a bunch! Here’s how we do it:

I’m using a square of paper that’s white on one side and red on the other. Also, I used light weight scrapbook type paper, so Santa might look a...

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Ugly Christmas Tree Lights–the Website

by DIY Maven

Ugly Christmas Tree Lights–the Website

I stumbled upon Ugly Christmas Tree Lights this morning, which is a website devoted to all those houses that grab our attention at Christmastime. Although the pictures are very entertaining to peruse, even better are the cranky e-mails the site gets. One writer even compares the site’s creators to Nazis. (Makes me wonder just who’s on Santa’s naughty list.)

Bricks 'n Plastic' by pushmearound; 'Velvet Rope' by Mandy Bird.

 

 

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Mini Modern Artwork for the Frugal Collector ($20)

by Alicia Lacy
Mini Modern Artwork for the Frugal Collector ($20)

 
  
While paging through this month's edition of Real Simple magazine, I came upon this gem...www.tinyshowcase.com.
 
This website features a community of artists who post one original piece of mini artwork every Tuesday. Each print sells for about $20, and is approximately 4 x 6 inches. What's more is that a percentage of each print sold goes to a charity of the artist's choosing. They have a gallery of several pieces from the past, and this week's...

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