DIY Cat Condo Tutorial Using Milk Crates

by Nancy McClenahen

Here's a quick DIY cat condo tutorial for you to try out using milk crates as the base.

Whenever I do a project I always challenge myself to use just what I have on hand to the greatest extent possible. The few things I bought for this project were glue stick refills and a bit of catnip spray to try and attract claws to the sides when done.

Simple DIY Cat Condo

I started out with two plastic crates, that weren't exactly the same size, and cut holes out to make...

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How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Modern Perforated Tabletop Christmas Trees

It's not surprising that I spend quite a bit of time at the craft store. As a full-time craft, design, and art blogger, I've grown quite familiar with my looped route of hardware store/craft store/art supply shop/other craft store/supermarket...in that order.

So, it's always a pleasant surprise when I find some new material or media I've never seen before, and to think of all kinds of cool stuff to do with it. This holiday season, it...

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Roundup: 18 DIY Christmas Ornaments to Make This Season

by Craftmel

18 DIY Ornaments Roundup

Growing up, we had a tradition in my family where every member of the family received a new ornament on Christmas Eve, usually based on something eventful from the past year.  When I moved out and got married, I had 19 years worth (yes, I married young!) of ornaments.  My husband's family had the same tradition, so our sad Charlie Brown-esque tree was quickly full and made us feel right at home for our first Christmas together.

We have...

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How to: Make a Contemporary, Glittery Holiday Tree Centerpiece

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make a Contemporary, Glittery Holiday Tree Centerpiece

Truth be told, I've never actually owned, made, or utilized a dining table "centerpiece." See, I'm lucky enough to have any dining area at all in my urban apartment, in which I barely manage to fit a small table big enough for four. Once the table is set, filled with glasses, place mats, and the like, there's no room for extra decor. I would need an actual dining room, with an actual dining table.

But, this holiday season, I decided to make one anyway. Small space concerns be darned, my table deserves to be as decked as my halls. (I don't have a hallway either...) And since I've decided to embrace the glitter, I figured this was the perfect opportunity to get sparkly. 

This project took less than ten minutes of work, and cost me well under $10.00 in materials. That's a lot of glittery cheer for the effort, in my book.  So, there's no reason not to make one yourself!

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How To: Turn Logs into a Natural Raised Garden Bed!

by Capree K

How To: Turn Logs into a Natural Raised Garden Bed!

So... let's say you just finished up an epic weekend of tree pruning and yard clearing, or just happen to have a pile of sticks and logs hanging around.  If you're a resourceful Curblier, you know there's something to be done with all that yard waste besides tossing it or turning it into a giant bonfire.  But what?  We have the answer below!  

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How To: Make Upholstered Tree Stumps (No Sewing Required)

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Upholstered Tree Stumps (No Sewing Required)

The mix of natural and manufactured materials is a look that'll never get old. A balance between handmade and nature-made can give your outdoor (or indoor) spaces a sense of playfulness and air of just-thoughtful-enough without seeming fussy.

Like these DIY upholstered tree stumps, created with a found bough,  and some fabric and batting. No sewing or complex measuring required.  

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How To: Make Tree Branch Magnets

by Chris Gardner

 

How To: Make Tree Branch Magnets

Last summer, in the midst of the August showers, a neighboring building lost a beautiful maple tree in a major thunderstorm. It was quickly disassembled by the electric company, presumably so it wouldn't fall onto the power lines. And there it sat. For weeks.

Then, a month or so later, I heard a loud grind out of my open windows (horray for open window weather!), and spied a big truck with a wood chipper in their yard.

"Surely," I thought...

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How to Make Folded Paper (Kirigami) Christmas Trees

by Bruno Bornsztein

Kirigami paper Christmas trees are a quick and easy way to add a festive decor to your home.

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law, Lin, showed me how to make these really cool Kirigami (which, unlike Origami, includes cutting) paper trees. They're super easy, once you get the hang of them, and look really nice in bunches. Plus, you can get creative with the paper you use (Lin's incredible hand-marbled paper is a good place to start) for different effects. 

There are lots of tutorials on the web about how to make these, but they all...

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How To: Make Graphic Tree Limb Coasters

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

How To: Make Graphic Tree Limb Coasters
This holiday season, I just can't  get limbs, stumps and branches out of my system. I've been out in the wood pile again so I decided to slice up some more tree limbs to create a set of great big graphic number coasters with whitewashed bark. The numbers allow you to keep track of your drink, and add an awesome punch of type. It's so easy to set up the assembly line and start cranking out these always useful handmade coaster sets for gifts!

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How To: Make Tree Branch Napkin Rings

by Chris Gardner

How To: Make Tree Branch Napkin Rings

This year, I wanted to bring some natural, but still contemporary, elements to my Thanksgiving table. I figured out how to create these adorable little place card holders from a small fallen branch, and I wanted something else round and wooden to coordinate. Coasters? No, not necessary. Wine glass charm indicators? Not quite. Serving utensils? Cool, but time consuming. And then...of course! Napkin rings. They're round, and just the right size...

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