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5 Ways To Wrap Gifts Using Office Supplies

by Faith Provencher
5 Ways To Wrap Gifts Using Office Supplies | For Curbly by Faith Towers Provencher #creative #gift #wrapping #holiday
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 Sometimes I get sick of using the same old gift wrapping supplies every year - they just never seem to run out! So this year I decided to get a little creative with my Christmas gift wrap by using office supplies to decorate plain brown kraft paper packages. And it was surprisingly easy! Click through to see five different ways to wrap gifts using office supplies.      

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10 Online Interior Style Quizzes That Are Actually Worth Your Time

by Jennifer Farley

10 Online Interior Design Style Quizzes

At some point, everybody finds themselves wondering, "What is my design style?" Pinterest can sometimes be like putting your face in front of a fire hydrant gushing with design styles. TMI, and not very helpful! Online style quizzes can help you navigate your style and figure out why you like certain Pinterest pins. Since online e-design has come into its own, there are loads of design style quizzes to choose from. To help you decide which ones to take (and to selfishly feed my design style quiz addiction), I took a lot of them. I'm here to let you know which ones are worth your time, and share my favorites!      

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The Days After Christmas Should Be the Best Week of the Year - Here's How

by Rachel Jacks

And breathe

You've decked the halls, hung the stockings with care, wrapped and unwrapped the presents, and it's no wonder if you're all tired out. Hopefully now that Christmas is over you finally have a bit of time to relax. Maybe you already know exactly how you want to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's, but here are 10 ideas for how to unwind in case you've forgotten how.       

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Do This: Make Cookie Cutter Ice Cubes!

by M.E. Gray

Make These: Holiday cocktail ice cubes!

Sometimes I'll have an idea in my head for something I want to try, and that idea will just never leave. It was last Christmas that I wondered to myself, "Can one make ice cubes in cookie cutters??" The previous holiday season got busy fast, so I never got around to testing that hypothesis out. This go round, as I dusted off my holiday cookie cutters, I decided it was time. I tested my theory. The results? Success! Holiday ice cubes - oh yeah!           

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Holiday Gifting 101: How to Finish Your Christmas Shopping Without Losing Your Mind in the Process

by M.E. Gray
Christmas Gifts: A Complete Guide
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A lot of us (myself included) are dealing with extra emotions during the holidays. Whether it's stress, anxiety, or sheer panic, the gift-giving deadlines that creep up at Christmastime can bring up all sorts of feelings. Maybe it's your nieces and nephews that are stressing you out because you have no idea what kids are even into anymore! Or maybe it's your mother-in-law who who already has everything she could ever want. Or maybe your husband, when asked what he'd like for Christmas, only answers with the not-so-helpful phrase, "Whatever you'd like to get me." 

Fortunately, you're not alone. We're all in this together, and we're going to make it through another Christmas season. So let's take deep dive into Christmas gifts: what people like, where to find it, and how to stay calm until the 25th gets here.          

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How To: Make a Modern Dip-Dyed Rope Dog Leash

by Capree K

DIY - how to make a dog leash

Colorful rope dog leads have been all the rage in the pet accessories world lately -- and I am obsessed! But, with prices ranging anywhere from $70 to over $150, they're a little outside most people's "dog stuff" budgets. If you'd still like to get your paws on a stylish leash for your pooch (in whatever color your heart desires) without breaking the bank, give this easy DIY rope leash project a whirl! You'll learn how to make a dog leash that perfectly fits your fido's taste (and yours!).

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The Internet is Magic, and You Can Buy All Your Houseplants Online

by M.E. Gray

Where to Buy Houseplants Online - 10 online retailers

The internet is a beautiful thing. Anything and everything exists there, including online shops that will sell and ship houseplants to your home. It's basically an introverted millennial's dream (that's me, btw). I am fortunate enough to have a lot of nurseries and plant shops in my area, which is where most of my greens come from. I'd never considered that I could buy houseplants online, but after discovering how easy/cheap/non-confrontational it is, I have several green babies bookmarked on my computer. If you're looking for new places to find greenery, here are 10 great sources for you to buy houseplants online.           

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How To: Transfer Images to Wood and Make a Tropical Palm Tray

by Stephanie Lee

How To: Transfer Images to Wood and Make a  Tropical Palm Tray

There's so many brilliant DIY techniques in this world that I probably shouldn't be surprised when one comes along that I haven't yet attempted. 

And yet here I am, gobsmacked that I hadn't thought to try transferring images to wood before. This super easy and very versatile technique is one of the best ways I've seen to get patterns onto timber, and you needn't draw the line at shapes - you can also transfer photos or text so there's lots of room to experiment and have fun!

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No More Blank Walls! 4 Super Simple DIY Wall Art Ideas for Those Who Can't Draw

by Stephanie Lee

4 Super Simple DIY Wall Art Ideas

I know I say this a lot (I think I've mentioned it at least two times on Curbly before), but that's only because it's true; wall art is SO easy to DIY that there's really no excuse not to have a go at making your own.

 

4 Super Simple DIY Wall Art Ideas

And when I say easy, I mean you don't need any artistic skills to create something that's really nice (and is guaranteed to fit in with your interior decor because you'll be the one choosing the colour palette!).

Don't believe me? See below for four super simple ways to dress up your walls that require no drawing skills and that you'll be able to complete in under half an hour!

GEOMETRIC shapes

 

Materials

  • A large sheet of coloured card
  • Smaller pieces of coloured card (I used dark grey and white paint chips)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Mini shape cookie cutters
  • Glue or double-sided tape

Materials needed for geometric shapes art project

Step

Geometric shapes wall art step 1

Flip over your paint chips and trace shapes onto the back using your cookie cutters as a guide. I worked with three shapes - a triangle, a circle and a small rectangle.

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Geometric shapes wall art step 2

Cut out each of the shapes you traced with a pair of scissors.

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Geometric shapes wall art step 3

If your large sheet of coloured card isn't yet cut to size (mine came in a big roll), trim it so that it'll fit the frame you'll be using to show off your artwork.

Then place your shapes on the coloured card in whichever arrangement you like best.

I used paint chips in black and white against purple card, but you can go nuts with as many coloured paint chips as you like!

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Geometric shapes wall art step 4

Once you're happy with your arrangement, flip one of the shapes over, apply double-sided tape or glue to the back, then stick it back down. Repeat this with all the shapes in your artwork until they're safely stuck in place.

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Geometric shapes wall art step 5

If some of your shapes were stuck down with edges that came off the coloured card, trim off the excess with a pair of scissors.


Voila! Easy peasy right? :)

Geometric shapes wall art

Dress this one up with a nice frame and hang on your wall for a very modern, fun looking art piece.

Geometric shapes wall art

Color Block

Materials

  • Primed canvas
  • Acrylic paint in various colours
  • Painter's tape
  • Paintbrush

Materials needed for colour block wall art

Step

Colour block wall art step 1

Place strips of painter's tape on your canvas in whichever arrangment takes your fancy. There are no rules here - I went for a very straight striped look, but you can put the tape at angles, in shapes or whatever you prefer.  

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Colour block wall art step 2

Make sure the tape is well stuck down, then paint in the segments with acrylic paint. Don't be afraid to get creative - the number of colors you choose and the order they go in is entirely up to you and can totally change the look of the finished piece!

Colour block wall art step 3

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Colour block wall art step 4

Once you've painted in all the sections and the paint has completely dried, remove the painter's tape to reveal your finished artwork.


This method of creating wall art is so simple that you could easily knock over several of these in an afternoon. And having three or more of these little color-blocked canvases hung in a row would look really good don't you think?

Colour block wall art DIY

Colour block DIY wall art

Ombre

Materials

  • Primed canvas
  • Spray paint in two colours
  • Circle stickers

Materials needed for ombre wall art project

Step

Ombre wall art step 1

Place your circle stickers in random spots over your canvas. I started sticking them at the bottom in clumps and then placed them more sparingly at the top for that 'floating bubbles' kind of look.

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Ombre wall art step 2

Choose one colour of spray paint and completely coat your canvas in that colour. When spraying, make sure you use multiple, light, even coats rather than one heavy coat - this way, the paint won't pool and drip.

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Ombre wall art step 3

Once your first colour of spray paint is dry, start spraying the second colour on. The trick to getting a gradient look is to start from the bottom of the canvas and work your way upwards. Make sure you spray from further away so that the second colour is a light mist rather than a heavy coat.

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Ombre wall art step 4

When the second spray paint colour has dried, peel off the circle stickers to reveal white dots underneath.


I love how airy and light the pastel colours and the white 'bubbles' look together, but don't be restricted by this example - I think this concept would look just as good or even better with different shapes (diamonds perhaps?) and heavier colours like black and gold!

Ombre wall art DIY

Ombre wall art DIY

Stamped pattern

Materials

  • White card
  • Foam sheet
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Stamp mount (you can use a jar lid or small cardboard box lid as a substitute if you don't have a proper mount)
  • Craft glue
  • Acrylic paint in various colours
  • Foam paint brush

Materials needed for stamped wall art project

Step

Stamped wall art step 1

Measure and cut a small square out of your foam sheet. Mine measured 5cm x 5cm but you can make it pretty much any size you like, depending on how you'd like your final artwork to look.

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Stamped wall art step 2

Cut your foam square in half diagonally to form two triangles.

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Stamped wall art step 3

Cut one of the triangles into strips (you can draw the strips out in pencil first like I did if you want to make sure they're even).

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Stamped wall art step 4

Place a bit of craft glue on the back of each foam strip and attach it to your stamp mount to recreate your triangle shape. Leave a gap between each strip so your triangle has a 'cut-apart' jagged sort of appearance. 

Stamped wall art step 4

You can buy proper wood stamp mounts from craft stores but don't worry if you can't find one - just use something that you can easily hold and stamp with instead, like a small cardboard box lid or a jar lid. 

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Stamped wall art step 5

With a foam paintbrush, apply acrylic paint to your foam stamp.

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Stamped wall art step 6

When the stamp is evenly covered with paint, place it face down on your piece of paper and apply even pressure to the back. Then lift it up to reveal your print! 

Stamped wall art step 6

Randomly stamp triangles all over your sheet of paper. I found it easiest to complete one colour before moving onto the next - it saves having to clean the foam brush so frequently!

 

Stamped wall art step 6


Once you've stamped triangles in all your paint colours, your artwork is complete! Simply let it dry and then pop it in a nice frame.

Stamped wall art DIY

Stamped wall art DIY

4 Super Simple DIY Wall Art Ideas

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