That's right, folks. 2017 is coming to a close, and the holidays are upon us once again! Chances are if you're reading this, you have interest in the craftier side of life. Me too, and every year for Christmas I always promise myself I'll make a few of the gifts I plan on giving. This intention is all well and good, but useless unless I plan ahead. So crafters, here's your reminder: it's time to start making stuff! I've put together this roundup of projects that Curbly has made in the past in the hopes of jump-starting your creative process for a holly and jolly DIY Christmas.
Take a Tour of Trenton +
Cambria's Minimalist Home and Learn Some Amazing Tips for Staying Organized
Today is an exciting day! Let's take a peek inside the charming townhouse of an equally charming Canadian couple, Trenton and Cambria. Located in a quaint town just 20 minutes outside of Calgary, Alberta, you will find this darling and minimal home, full of bright light, airy spaces and crisp white walls that really allow their handmade furniture pieces to shine. Plus, they share some tips and tricks into how they live this perfectly simple and minimal life. Enjoy!
I find that items for the home often make the best gifts. And handmade? Even better! Here's a list of ten of my very favorite handmade gifts from a variety of Etsy sellers.
Every year, the holidays seem to creep up faster and faster than the one before. Did you notice that? So, let's get a head start this year. Here are 15 handmade Etsy gifts that even your coolest and most-difficult friends to buy for will love.
Bad manners? Psh! Playing with your food is art. At least when Massachusetts-based artist Judith Klausner does it. I mean, have you ever seen such an intricately-carved, cookie cream cameo?
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). ;-)
If your DIY skills aren't quite up to snuff, but you're still wanting to give handmade gifts to loved ones and friends, you're in luck! We've rounded up 23 fabulous hand-crafted items from talented artists, craftsmen, and creators across the Internet. Enjoy!
The very colorful nature of paint chips make them a perfect medium to make handmade Christmas cards.
The first example, pictured above, is a simple design using traditional Christmas colors along with a stamped message. Go here to see what else was used in its construction.
Although not technically very Christmas-y, in the appropriate colors these paint chip place cards will brighten any holiday table. See the tute at Itsy Bitsy Paper...
Our first post about easy, handmade Christmas Card Ideas (link) was a hit, so it seemed like a good time to infuse the Curbly coffers with even MORE easy handmade Christmas card ideas.
I adore Fern's stitched Christmas cards (pictured above), and even though they might look a little tricky, they aren't. All you need is some blank cards (or cardstock), some pretty scrapbook papers and a sewing machine. Head on over to Craft Blog for all...
My love for all things Scandinavian knows no bounds. It's such a clean, warm, and modern aesthetic... with a touch of rustic charm thrown in for good measure. How could you not like it, right? If you've found yourself enamored with this style as well, here's a super simple DIY project that's sure to be right up your alley!
I say it's time to bring a little more fun and games into our DIY projects, anyone else? Fortunately, here's one that won't cause you to lose an eye. (Get it? It's all fun and games until... No? Bad pun? Okay, moving on...)
A dingle is a piece of colored fired clay that ornament Etsy seller deliafurniture's Dingle Bed. The effect--coupled with the steel bed's whimsical construction--is nothing less than delightful. The dingles themselves
I have far too many would-be-awesome-if-they-were-pieced-together panorama photos. I’ve done a few great treks and when I’m standing in front of an amazing vista, I can’t help myself - despite knowing that these have always ended up hidden away, not put together, and unappreciated. They’re difficult to frame and not terribly attractive due to the odd shape of the final product.
After some contemplation and planning, I framed these panoramic...
Looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine's Day? Spread the love by hosting a Valentine Swap!
Positively Splendid shows you how to make blossoms out of sheet metal. These little flowers are magnets, but I'm thinking metal gift bows, or even Christmas tree ornaments. A little creative metal may offer a welcome relief as I come down off my cheap-white-twinkly-lights from hell decorating weekend.
Fun fact: I've got something of an obsession with branches. I don't know why, maybe it's their graphic quality, but I love them. (Love them enough to paint them all over one of my walls, even!) So, when I spotted this DIY branch shelf, let's just say I sorta lost it (in a good way).
It's my belief that you can never have too many coasters. Never ever. A coaster for every drink and every surface; coasters for everybody! Aside from being the most functional little squares in existence, they also make pretty great gifts. If you're in need of a DIY gift idea (or just have a coaster habit like me), consider making a set of these mod cork and felt coasters.
Only if you live in a house full of laminated tabletops do you not need coasters. I've been known to pull a hamstring while darting over to slide a coaster under a guest's drink. It's not that I'm a big old fuss budget with my house, I just can't stand to see those white circles left by watery drink glasses.
Here's how to make new friends at work: Make them a handmade gift that will send a message about who you are, without all the words. Friendly, crafty, environmentally aware, and possibly a good cook since you bring leftovers in your groovy little lunch bag.