Christmas Tree Made of 1,000 Beer Bottles.

by Chris Gardner

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There are all sorts of thoughts on the environmental impact of choosing real Christmas trees or artificial ones...most of what I've seen chooses real ones, though if you've already a synthetic one, you should continue to use it.

But here's another take all together: "Chinese designers decided to take an entirely different approach to celebrate the holiday, crafting a huge tree from 1,000 Heineken bottles. The massive sculpture is currently...

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From the Curbly Holiday Archives: Easy Plush Ornaments

by Chris Gardner

Don't let the availability of ornaments at Hallmark determine what you can put on your tree. Want a komodo dragon or headless gingerbread man dripping from your boughs? Make one! (Note: this project was a lesson in the whip-stitch for my young friend. We worked on this project together, and she did all the handstitching on the edges.)

From the Curbly Holiday Archives: Easy Plush Ornaments

 Materials 

  • Craft felt
  • Needle and thread
  • Buttons, beads, ribbons, and other crafty accoutrement
  • Polyster...

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Holiday How-To: Illuminated Snowflake Ornament.

by Chris Gardner

Dateline: Monroe United Methodist Church, Early December, 1986-1992. Tiny Chris is bent over a folding table in the Fellowship Hall, making beaded snowflake ornaments. And they looked NOTHING like this.

DIY Illuminated Snowflake Ornament Tutoria

From FashioningTechnology: "I'm unusually enthusiastic about this holiday season. I've already started making gifts and holiday decorations. I made a few handmade LED snowflake ornaments that I would like to share with the community. They are...

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How to Make a Curly Christmas Tree Centerpiece

by DIY Maven

How to Make a Curly Christmas Tree Centerpiece

Today I was going to buy a bouquet of Christmas-y flowers to use as a centerpiece for my kitchen table, but I've changed my mind. I'm going to make one of these curly Christmas trees instead. Why? Because it'll last longer than the flowers and I'm pretty sure I already have everything on hand to make one. Here's what I'll need to scrounge up:

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Holiday How-To: Make a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.

by Chris Gardner

The lone, sparse tree adopted and well loved by Charlie Brown will never get old, never lose its meaning, and never cease to remind everyone that sometimes, we all feel a little less than, and we keep on keeping on, because it's what we do, and because it's Christmas.

Make your own, and I guarantee you'll smile everytime you see it.

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Materials:


-A cedar/pine branch
-Pruners
-Piece of wood
-Red ball ornament and ornament hook
-Electric drill
...

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From the Curbly Holiday Archives: Mid-Century Modern Ornament for Under $1.00.

by Chris Gardner

Try translating all those MCM tricks you learned from the new Curby MCM e-book into something a little more seasonal. Originally from December 2007:

I came across these charming ceramic ornaments a few weeks ago, and I instantly fell in love with there playful spacey-ness and simple elegance. $35 for the pair isn't prohibitively expensive, but as usual, I reckoned a DIY attempt was worth a shot.

From the Curbly Holiday Archives: Mid-Century Modern Ornament for Under $1.00.

Total cost: $0.73, plus a bit of spray paint.

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Holiday How-To: Tiny White Tree.

by Chris Gardner

Sweet Paul (Paul Lowe) is a food and prop stylist who, by the look of his collaborative's site, has created some amazing works for magazine photos.

Luckily, Paul is generous enough to share many of his trade tricks with the world, and I'm in love with this tiny wood rail tree.

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As Paui remarks, "It looks complicated, but its quite easy." Apparently, it's dowels glued atop one another, then handpainted white."

Read the full instructions here.

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Two Fun Bits of Tree Limb Design.

by Chris Gardner

I've always been a fan of the faux bois aesthetic, but lately, I'm digging on a little vrai bois art. These two pieces captured my fancy this week.

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First, this iPod dock made from salvaged wood isn't just a tongue-in-cheek comment on the connections between nature and technology. It actually works. The limb is routed and drilled to make space for the circuitry and speakers. Via.

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Caution! Christmas Light Safety Tips.

by Chris Gardner

Caution! Christmas Light Safety Tips.

Whether they're outside, inside, or perhaps a bit of both, Christmas lights are connected to your home circuit, and as with anything, especially those outside, you gots to be safe.

Here's a few tips from Suite101 to keep the fires in the yule logs and the shocks on your face when you open the perfect gift.

•    Leaving lights on while not at home
•    Christmas Tree Advice
•    Extension Cords
•    Stringing lights together
•    Touching a...

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Project Runway Inspired: Wraparound Swirly Tie Skirt

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/07/08

The Indianapolis Art Center had their annual Student Show with awards on Friday night.  You may remember seeing a creative fourteen year old boy in a post I did last summer. He won the Most  Creative Award for the Youth and Teen division, as well as the Art Center's Staff Favorite Award

A Project Runway tie skirt inspired him but he chose to run the ties diagonally to get the maximum swirl fromt he bias cut ties. (Can you believe he knew...

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Growing a Pumpkin Tree

by DIY Maven

Growing a Pumpkin Tree

This is one of those 'who knew?' deals. A bush-sized tree that grows mini pumpkins. According to Gardeners' Choice, the plant, capsicum annum, grows to the size of a pepper plant yielding 'beautiful orange-red fruits' that ripen all at the same time.' You can expect your pumpkin tree to be ready to harvest in two months, producing up to 50 pumpkins that are '4 inches wide with pronounced ribs.' How cute would this be in a pot on the patio or...

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30 Uses for a Dead Tree.

by Chris Gardner

If you logged on to your local Craigslist, chances are you'd see at least one household with a dead or recently removed tree, begging for someone to help reuse the material. "Cool," you'd say, "but what would I do with a dead tree?"

DIYLife has 30 ideas.

30 Uses for a Dead Tree.
LEAVE IT ALONE
1. Leave it standing.
2. Turn it into yard art.

CUT IT UP
3. Use planks for fencing.
4. Build a big brush pile for wildlife.
5. Make garden mulch.
6. Use it for firewood and/or kindling...

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