Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List

by Faith Provencher
Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List | By Curbly #holiday #christmas #gifts #diy
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Are you in the mood to make some DIY gifts this holiday season? Then you'll want to peruse and pin our DIY gift guide. In it, we highlight 75 tutorials that cover just about everyone on your gift-giving list; mom, dad, girls, guys, tweens, kids, babies, fur-babies (that's cats and dogs to the uninitiated), hostess gifts and even teacher gifts. We've got it all covered. Take a look!          

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Fall Style Guide: The Cutest and Coziest Fingerless Gloves

by Amber Dickson
Fingerless Gloves
Source: Martha Stewart

When the air starts to crisp up, wearing layers is key to being comfortable.  Fingerless gloves can be a fun and practical addition to your fall wardrobe.  They add warmth, style, and keep your fingers free for devices and other dexterous tasks.  Read on for a roundup of DIY, buy, and up-cycled options.  You will want to get this kind of cozy into your life.       

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My Secret Weapon for Saving Tired Wood Furniture

by Rachel Jacks
Before shot of wood furniture in need of a facelift
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A few years ago, I discovered a product for reviving worn wood that I can't believe I didn't know about sooner. It took the recommendations of two different vintage furniture dealers before I tried it, but now it's an essential step for fixing up any tired-looking wood furniture that comes into my house. Best of all, this miracle-in-a-can is affordable, easy to find, and easy to use. Read on if you're ready to give it a try (or let my "after" photos of the chair above convince you if you think it sounds too good to be true!).             

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The Best Smart Home Products for Lazy People

by Holly Wade

The Best Smart Home Products for Lazy People

Have you begun turning your home into a "smart home" yet? I have the pleasure of living with someone who is very invested in the world of smart home products, and he's always looking to try something new to make us lazier and lazier. Newsflash: it's working. We no longer get up to turn off the lights, we don't pull our phones out to play music and we don't even reach for the remote to turn the TV off. Whether you're striving to enjoy your laziness or simply want to embrace the technology available to make your house an ecosystem of connected device, this list of the best smart home products is perfect for you. 

Don't worry, it's not actually like that Disney movie Smart House that made me terrified my house was going to turn on me...at least not yet. When adding more products to your home's ecosystem, just make sure to use all of your privacy settings, and hopefully you won't have to worry about your technology turning on you, ha!

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Shopping Guide: Killer Dorm Decor That Will Set You Apart From The Crowd

by Faith Provencher
Shopping Guide: Killer Dorm Decor That Will Set You Apart From The Crowd | By Curbly #dorm #decor
Photo: Urban Outfitters

It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year when college kids are starting to think about packing up to head back to campus... which means it's also time for a dorm decor shopping guide! Infuse your space with some extra style this semester with these über trendy, character-packed picks that will make you the envy of all of your friends.   

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It's the Best Time to Buy Furniture, and You'll Love These Sales

by Holly Wade
It's the Best Time to Buy Furniture, and You'll Love these Sales
Photo: West Elm

I recently learned something new and couldn't wait to share...this time of year is the BEST time to buy furniture. While January can also be a good time to buy furniture, July is actually the ideal month to buy, and because 4th of July sales promote major savings, you'll get the best deals shopping for furniture this week. It's the middle of the year, and stores are making room for new inventory, which is great news for buyers! Check out these amazing 4th of July sales and take advantage of this opportunity to save big on new furniture for your home, but hurry - most sales end mid-week.

Be sure to visit each website for sale details. Some exclusions apply.         

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10 Awesome & Budget-Friendly Gifts for Groomsmen

by Holly Wade
10 Budget-Friendly Groomsmen Gifts

I've gotta say, I feel a little bad for the groomsmen in a wedding. You want to say thanks for being here for us today, but there are so few ideas out there when compared to gifts for bridesmaids. Have no fear! Whether you're a bride or groom shopping for the men in your wedding party, these 10 budget-friendly groomsmen gifts are sure to be appreciated. 

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Gift Guide: Don't Give Junk to Children - 30 Quality, Handmade, and Stylish Toys for Kids

by Lidy Dipert

Gift Guide: Don't Give Junk to Children - 30 Quality, Handmade, and Stylish Toys for Kids

Christmas is just around the corner and we are trying to get organized this year by planning ahead! When it comes to shopping for your kids, it can get a little tiring seeing those same old plastic, cheap toys you try really hard to avoid buying year after year. But what choice do you really have when you haven't a clue what's out there? Well, you're just in luck! We made a fantastic list of quality, handmade and stylish toys for infants...

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Gift Guide: 25 Gifts For Guys That Will Rock Their World

by Lexy Ward

Gift Guide: 25 Gifts For Guys That Will Rock Their World

It's that time of year where you scour the shops both online and in store for the perfect gift for the guys in your life. We've taken out a lot of the work and rounded up 25 of the coolest gifts for guys from around the web! From tools to gourmet food kits to wooden cuff links, there's something for every man on your list! 

 

Gift Guide: 25 Gifts For Guys That Will Rock Their World
Photo: Amazon

1. Bondic Liquid Plastic Welder - This little tool is a must for any fixer upper...

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Glue Gun Shootout: What's the Best Glue Gun on the Market? We Find Out.

by DIY Maven
Glue Gun Review
Photo: JoAnn Moser

 

Sure, your glue gun melts glue sticks, but does it drip glue all over the place when sitting on its "kickstand"? Does it seem to spontaneously tip over when sitting on said kickstand? Does it take forever to reach maximum heat? 

If your glue gun does any or all of these things, it might be time to break up with it and find a new model. After hours and hours of testing 6 models—4 corded and 2 cordless—of wildly varying prices, we've pinned down our favorites. Let's introduce our contenders (and our recommendations): 

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Curbly Roundup: Totally Awesome Mother's Day Cards for Cool Moms

by Chris Gardner

Curbly Roundup: Totally Awesome Mother's Day Cards for Cool Moms

Head's up, friends. Easter is over, spring has sprung, and we're moving on to a whole new season. First up: Mother's Day, which occurs on May 8th this year. To help you celebrate in style, we've asked our friend Carina Murray of Crow and Canary, an artisanal stationery firm based in Portland, Oregon, to share some unique, independently designed and printed cards to share with your cool Mom. Embossed bouquets? No sir.  

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SupermarketHQ: Buy Design Straight from Designers

by Bruno Bornsztein

Everybody knows Etsy is the giant when it comes to buying handmade goods, and it's not hard to find a wealth of good stuff there with which to decorate your home. But sometimes it's hard to filter out the regretsy from the good stuff. This week I stumbled upon Supermarket, which is a marketplace for great design, direct from the designers. Read on to see some of the good stuff I found with very little effort:

Tetrad Flat Shelving

This bookshelf isn't cheap (at $2,600), but it's pretty inspirational. Maybe you could approximate something similar on your own?

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Ten, Well Really Eleven, Good Uses for Steel Wool

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

Ten, Well Really Eleven, Good Uses for Steel Wool

Fresh from The Upholstery Fair, tips from the pros are on my mind. Every single workshop I attended touted the mulitple uses for steel wool. Granted, none of the old timers suggested edging a robe with it, but they each did have their favorite uses for our old friend, steel wool. No tool box or shop should be without a variety of steel wool choices.  This Old House lists 10 uses:

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How To Reupholster Your Round Bar Stools

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

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Some of the bar stools you pick up at Target or Wal-Mart in a weak moment are soooo cheap.  Instead of discarding this piece of manufactured junk, just reupholster it with nifty fabric and keep it in your DIY shop.  I use the same techniques to recover expensive round bar stools for clients.

This EASY round stool re-do took only two hours.  I found this GIRLY DIY fabric at a quilt shop and it cost 6.99 a yard.  It's not...

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How To: Make a DIY Box Joint Jig

by Chris Gardner

Today we're learning how to make a box joint jig. Read on to learn how! 

Box joint, aka finger joints

Box joints, also called finger joints or comb joints, are really quite strong and have an attractive, handmade appeal which looks good on, well, everything.

And you're welcome to cut and chisel each one by hand...but, with this easy jig, you don't have to, and unless you're a purist, there's no reason not to crank them out by the dozens. This is designed for a...

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