We get really, really excited about DIY lighting projects here at Curbly, so narrowing down our HUGE collection of awesome ideas to ten was a tough task. In the end, we chose our favorite high-impact, low-cost projects. Here they are in order of most difficult to easiest (they're all pretty easy, though)! Enjoy!
If you're looking for a fun Christmas Eve day activity the whole family can enjoy, look no further. Make these 3D gingerbread trees today and have fun decorating them all weekend!
Holy cow, it's December 22nd and you don't have a gift for that person who has everything!! First, take a deep breath; fret not. And then bust out some basic sewing skills and make them a two-toned gadget case!
Ah, the ubiquitous storage ottoman! These multi-functional bad boys can be had for cheap, cheap, cheap from just about any discount store, thrift store, yard sale, or "super mega market". Of course, they're usually covered in some sort of horrible quality, lime green microfiber... maybe even hot pink with sparkly purple piping. You know what I'm talking about. Fortunately, there's an easy solution to all this garishly-colored madness!
Okay, true story: I was invited to a White Elephant party last weekend and, in the spirit of absurdity, I brought a giant cheese ball in the shape of a Christmas tree. It was rolled in parsley, with almond slivers as garland, and red bell peppers as ornaments. It was a hit. It also looked like it was ripped straight out of a Betty Crocker magazine from the 1950s--oddly reproduced (and incredibly unappetizing) colors and all. THIS Christmas tree-shaped treat looks incredibly delectable on the other hand.
It's a fact: tiny, mini things are completely irresistible. From mini polaroids to mini terrariums to mini balloon vases, it seems no one can suppress their squeals at the sight of pint-sized objects. Mix that elation in with a good dose of vintage charm and you've got yourself the ultimate Mini-Induced Mind Melt. So, if you think you can handle that kind of raw, so-cute-your-brain-just-exploded power, I've got the tutorial for you!
These leather strap cabinet pulls are a gorgeous--not to mention highly clever--DIY alternative to run-of-the-mill, big box hardware. All you need are a few simple materials!
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!
I love everything about this clock. Everything. It appeals to my inner minimalist in ways I can't describe! It's also one of the easiest DIY projects ever created--and that's not just hyperbole, folks! It really is. The trick is in the clock face: can you guess what it's made from?
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!
Who doesn't want to eat a party mix filled with adorable Santa hats?? That is, if you aren't making one of these edible Santa bread heads... which isn't to say you can't do both, because you totally can. The more Santas the merrier, yes? Anyway, party mixes--filled with Santa hats!
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).
Classy, rustic, and modern (they're white!) all at once, these DIY branch wall hooks will have you dreaming of Scandinavian cabins in no time.
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!
It's been a regular ol' glitter fest up in here recently, so I thought it only appropriate to extend our new obsession into Foodie Fridays!
Three simple ingredients, folks, that's all you need... then you'll be on your way to custom watercolor heaven!
I don't know why you would ever need to bake a brownie inside an eggshell, but goshdarnit, you CAN! Here's how.
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!
So, maybe you don't have time to bake crazy shapes into your cupcakes but you still want 'em to have a little pizazz. Well, hold the phone, you're in luck! This simple technique will have you seeing (or would that be eating?) rainbows in no time!
Sure, we've shown you how to make actual tree stump coasters, but isn't everything better in cozy cutesy felt form?? At the very least, this won't require a saw or have any potential for serious bodily injuries (unless accidentally poking your finger with a fat embroidery needle counts). So, ready to get the faux tree stump party started? Read on!