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DIY This: Make Your Own Super Cute “Enamel” Pins for Valentine’s Day

by M.E. Gray

Valentine's Day Pin: Make these lookalike enamel pins!

It's almost Valentine's Day! I love this holiday because: A. love is a lovely thing, B. exchanging cards or little gifts is always fun, and C. chocolate! What's not to enjoy? You know what else I'm totally loving right now? Enamel pins (hello 90s fashion - it's nice to see you again!). If you're looking for a cute gift to give to your friends, coworkers, or gal-pals, these faux enamel pins are quick and easy to make.     

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Best Of: 15 of Our Favorite DIY Projects from 2017

by M.E. Gray

Best of! We're taking a look back at some of our favorite DIY projects to come out of 2017

2017 has been an exciting year, and we here at Curbly have had the opportunity to do some pretty cool stuff over the past twelve months (I don't know if you heard, but we flipped a freaking house!). In addition to making over the original Curbly home, hosting an art show for a bunch of 2nd graders, going to and speaking at Alt Summit, and painting all the things - the Curbly team created a bunch of fun, original projects, too. Today we're taking a look back at the best DIY projects of the year. These are the projects that you, our readers, visited and liked the most, in addition to some that we just think are real spiffy. Let's go!          

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Upgrade Christmas Gifts with 3D Paper Bows

by Holly Wade

Upgrade Christmas Gifts with 3D Paper Bows

As the time comes to wrap up Christmas gifts this season, why not try something different? Skip the ribbons and string this year and opt for 3D paper bows instead! They're unique, customizable and reusable...not to mention recyclable. There are at least THREE different techniques for making paper bows at home, and they're all very easy to complete with or without templates. Mix and match paper patterns and colors, and prepare to up your gift wrap game! 

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5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper

5 Creative Ways To Wrap Gifts With Kraft Paper
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Brown kraft paper is one of those materials that I always keep on hand because it's both cheap and versatile. It can be used for so many different things... including wrapping gifts. Today I'm sharing five creative ways to customize kraft paper to make your gifts look like they came straight from Pinterest. Click through to check them out.   

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How to: 3 Elegant Tree Decorations You Can Make from Recycled Paper

Three DIY Recycled Paper Tree Decorations
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

December is one of my favorite times of the year, but there is something about all of the spending and consequent waste (shipping boxes, gift wrap, etc.) that rubs me the wrong way. So I thought it would be fun to decorate a tree using recycled paper and cardboard, and I'm sharing three mini tutorials with you today. Click through to check it out.      

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81 Do-It-Yourself Christmas Decorations That Are Actually Stylish

by M.E. Gray

A mega roundup of do-it-yourself holiday projects that are actually cute

Christmas decor comes in a wide range of styles. Some decorations are cute, some are classy, and some are, well... I'll say it: ugly. Sadly a lot of do-it-yourself decorations can fall into this last category, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. I've found 81 examples of stylish Christmas decor that you can make yourself (and proudly display when you're done).          

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Gifts You Need to Start Making Right Now to Stay On Top of Your Holiday Schedule

by M.E. Gray

DIY Christmas gift ideas. Here's your reminder to start DIYing for Christmas now!

That's right, folks. The year 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 DIY Christmas gifts to share with family and friends. 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.     

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Make This: DIY Paper Wishbone Garland for Thanksgiving

by M.E. Gray

Thanksgiving decoration done on the cheap: Paper Chain Wishbone Garland

I've been a vegetarian for over 13 years now, and there aren't many meat-eating rituals that I feel like I'm missing out on. I don't crave hamburgers, I don't really care for barbecuing, and carving a turkey isn't my style either. Free wishes, though...that's something I could use more of! This quick Thanksgiving decoration is as close to a wishbone as I'm getting, and after the holiday I'll be ripping a few in half so I can make a wish anyway.       

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Double Duty! Make Simple Straw Place Cards

by Holly Wade

Double Duty! Make Simple Straw Place Cards

We're heading into the season of holiday entertaining, which happens to be my favorite time of year. Having groups of people over is a lot of fun but a lot of work, and especially with Thanksgiving and other dinner parties, you have to keep track of who is sitting where. That means you need place cards, but how much better would it be if those place cards served more than one purpose? These simple DIY straw place cards mark your drink as well...

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Make this Printable Mountain Paper Advent Calendar

by Stephanie Lee
Paper printable advent calendar with mountains and stars

One of my favorite things about the festive season is the lead up to the big day; there’s so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the countdown to Christmas. This is why advent calendars are right up my alley and this year I finally got around to hand-making one, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Best of all, being a free printable advent calendar, it’s easy to set one up for your own holiday celebrations - click through to see how!  

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5 Quick Costumes You Can Put Together Using Cat Ears

by M.E. Gray

5 Last Minute Costumes You Can Make Using Cat Ears

There are a handful of Halloween costumes are never going to go out of style. Year after year they make their appearances: witches, ghosts, Disney princesses, cats... Chances are if you've celebrated Halloween, you have some old props and costume pieces lying around. We're recycling the old and making something new with these five last minute costumes for cat lovers. Dig your old cat ears out from the bottom of your dresser drawer, and let's...

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