Roundup: 14 Modern DIY Advent Calendars and Holiday Countdown Projects

by Capree K

Roundup: 14 Modern DIY Advent Calendars and Holiday Countdown Projects

I'll be honest, I prefer that my DIY projects and crafts be heavy on the modern side of things. Sometimes it's hard to find ideas that are easy to make, affordable, and super contemporary. BUT! It can be done! Even the most ubiquitous Christmas craft, the advent calendar, can be turned into an aesthetically pleasing design object. Here are 14 examples that are sure to fit in with modern homes of all types!     

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How to: Make a DIY Magnetic Notepad...with Free Downloads!

by Craftmel

 

How to: Make a DIY Magnetic Notepad...with Free Downloads!

 You know the how the story goes: you are at the grocery store lugging around that gallon of milk, but you have this tingling in the back of your brain that there was something else you needed to get as well.  After walking down every single aisle waiting for your memory to trigger, you give up and just go home- only to remember you are completely out of cereal.  This is where a fridge-mounted notepad comes in handy to jot down those needed items as they run out.  Better still is a mod notepad that you've made yourself.   

A notepad is an easy project that's great to use all over the house, or even as a gift.  Want to know how easy they are?  Okay, I'll show you:

1. Download your copy of a grocery list or task list - or both! - from the bottom of this page. I chose "Fit" in my print preferences to get the borders to print all pretty on my paper, and printed 12 copies. 

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 2.  Cut off the excess white border, and cut the paper in half so each page yields two lists. 

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 3.  The nice stack of pages is already impressive, but to make it even more useful as a notepad you will need:

  • a piece of chipboard (or you can use a cereal box, like I did) cut to the same size as your printed sheets,
  • a clamp or heavy duty butterfly clips
  • notepad glue.  Notepad Glue is thicker than school glue or Mod Podge, so it keeps the pages together really well.  I got my 2 oz bottle off of e-bay for a few bucks.  In a pinch, feel free to substitute Mod Podge for notepad glue.

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 4.  Stack your chipboard and note pages, and clamp them together close to the top.  You can use pieces of wood to stabilize the pages before you clamp it, but I went the route that didn't require me scrounging around in my garage in 100+ degree weather.

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 5.  With a paintbrush, start applying the glue to the notepad at the top edge.

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 6.  Apply in three separate coats so the glue doesn't get too thick in spots and to avoid the paper getting soggy.  Leave it clamped until it is completely dry.

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 7.  Your notepad is complete!  If you want it to be fridge-friendly, cut two pieces of magnetic tape (found in craft stores, and I think even places like Home Depot have it) to slightly smaller than the width of your notepad.

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 8.  My tape wanted to curl, so I held it down for a minute for it to get a good grip on the chipboard (or, Toasted O's box).

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9. For variation on the magnetic notepad, you can add a pencil/pen holder to the top.  You will need:

  • a piece of chipboard
  • scrapbook paper
  • razor blade
  • hole punch

10.  Cut your scrapbook paper and chipboard the width of your notepad, but only 1/3 the height, and glue them together.  I glued my scrapbook paper to the chipboard before I cut it.

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 11.  Glue this extra piece of beautified-chipboard to the notepad so that a good 1 1/2"- 2" hangs over the edge.  Punch two holes parallel to the notepad and about an inch apart from each other.  Depending on your pen or pencil size, you may need to increase the size of your holes.

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 12.  Flip the whole notepad over and with the razor blade, lightly score a square around the holes.  Leaving the inner score marks alone, cut the rest of the sides all the way through to the other side.

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 13.  The inner score marks you made will let your newly cut flaps fold out.

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 14.  Slip a pen or pencil through the holes.  Use your hole punch to make the holes bigger if you have to.

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 15.  Hang on the fridge!  You're done.

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 Now, keeping a list of items you need will be a cinch, plus pretty good-looking too.

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 When you are done with a sheet, just gently pull it off from the top, exposing a fresh clean sheet underneath. 

 Make one, make two, make twenty.  Now you'll definitely remember the cereal the next time you are at the store!

Download the Printables to Make Your Own Here:

 

 

 

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Cleaning with Kids: Tips for Cleaning by Age

by Craftmel

Cleaning with Kids: Tips for Cleaning by Age

I have three little girls, two of which are very good at distributing toys, clothes, and books all over the house.  After too many days of me chasing after them and cleaning up their messes, it was time to put them in charge of pulling some of the weight around the house.  My sanity depended on it. 

So, how do we distribute chores among children at different developmental stages?  Here are a few tips, and printable helps, to encourage you in the process.  

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Alternative Uses for Baking Soda: Free Cheat Sheet Download

by Bruno Bornsztein

Alternative uses for baking soda (PDF download)

This month we're focusing on cleaning and organization, and we're giving away a series of helpful cheat sheet PDFs from the Curbly library. So far, we've shared a kitchen cleaning cheat sheet, a bathroom cleaning cheat sheet, and a general house cleaning cheat sheet. Today, we're unveiling a brand new one: a cheat sheet with alternative and household uses for baking soda.

Read on to find out how to download it today!

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Free House Cleaning Cheat Sheet (and Check List)!

by Bruno Bornsztein

Free Home Cleaning Cheat Sheet and Check List

It's cleaning and organization month on Curbly, and we we're offering free, downloadable cheat sheets and check lists to make your spring cleaning a breeze (these are from last year, but they're still awesome). Today: a general check list and cheat sheet for home cleaning.

Read on to find out how to download the free PDF immediately! 

Here's how to get your download:

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Free Download: Bathroom Cleaning Cheat Sheet and Checklist

by Chris Gardner

Free bathroom cleaning checklist and cheat sheet

Hello March! It's cleaning and organization month on Curbly, and we have lots of great stuff planned for you guys in the next few weeks. To start it off, we're offering free, downloadable cheat sheets and check lists to make your spring cleaning a breeze. Last week, we shared our cheat sheet for cleaning heart of the home - your kitchen - and today, we're showing you how to stay on top of that most dreaded of spaces: the bathroom.

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Free Kitchen Cleaning Cheat Sheet (and Check List)!

by Bruno Bornsztein
Free Downloadable Kitchen Cleaning Cheat Sheet

Hello March! It's cleaning and organization month on Curbly, and we have lots of great stuff planned for you guys in the next few weeks. To start it off, we're offering free, downloadable cheat sheets and check lists to make your spring cleaning a breeze (these are from last year, but they're still awesome). The first: a check list and cheat sheet for the heart of the home - your kitchen.

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