84 Do-It-Yourself Ornaments You Can Make Before Christmas

by M.E. Gray

A mega roundup of DIY ornaments for your Christmas tree, whatever the theme may be!

Can you believe it? Christmas is next week already! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret - there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few - 84 to be exact!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.       

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Use Moroccan Stencils for Ceilings, Walls, Floors, and Furniture

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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Don't tell my local mid-century modern group (Atomic Indy) but I'm kind of loving the whole Moroccan pattern trend. My first encounter was when I accidentally came across the My Marrakesh blog, by the lovely Maryam. Next, I found out about Melanie Royals, a San Diego stencil artist  who organized a couple of painting trips to Maryam's pad in Marrakesh. Then, I discovered that Melanie's company, Royal Design Studio, now sells a huge variety of fabulous Moroccan stencils. I ordered  this one and this one for my own painting adventure. Not sure yet what to paint, but here is more inspiration from Melanie Royal's trips to Marrakesh.

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23+ Potholder Patterns

by DIY Maven

Free Sewing Patterns For Potholders

Potholders are a great way to practice your sewing, crocheting and knitting techniques. They take very little fabric/yarn and you can whip one out faster than, say, a scarf or an afghan. The only tough part about making one is choosing which FREE

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How to mix and match patterned fabric without going nutty.

by DIY Maven

How to mix and match patterned fabric without going nutty.

So you want to use patterned fabric but are worried about pattern overload. Domino gives three basic rules to keep in mind to keep your creative design from going just plain crazy.

1. Three's company. Keep your pattern count to three as any more might push your room over the edge.

2. When using stripes–think straight. Domino suggests that the bold stripe on the table in the picture above complements ‘the traditional ticking stripe on the bench...

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How-to Enlarge Scaled Pattern Drawings With Wrapping Paper

by DIY Maven

How-to Enlarge Scaled Pattern Drawings With Wrapping Paper

MWT* started ripping and planing cedar last weekend to make a park bench. At one point, he tossed a scaled drawing of parts through the back door and said, "Can you make a pattern for these?" and promptly closed the door, not waiting for a reply. Since I suggested he make the bench in the first place, how could I say no?

But I didn’t feel like making the 40 minute round trip to Rockler for 1-inch graph paper. In considering the supplies I had on...

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