Even though holiday decorations are fun to shop for, the prices can add up quickly! Rather than purchase a sign or banner this year, I decided to make a simple accordion banner out of paper to display on my shelf for the Christmas season. Not only is it simple, but it’s very inexpensive to make and folds up for easy storage if you want to reuse it next year.
Yep, the season is here and I'm ready to deck. those. halls. Each year, I lean more and more towards minimal Christmas decorations and I love simple black and white with splashes of metallics. I'm a huge fan of a banner or pendent. They are easy to hang and roll up small and compact to pack away for the rest of the year. Banners add a relaxed, informal vibe to a space. This no-sew, narrow NOEL banner is perfect for a tight space. I'm hanging mine on a tiny space on my wall between the door and window.
Felt is one of my favorite materials to work with. It's inexpensive and requires no sewing.
Home Alone will forever be one of my favorite Christmas movies because it was an important piece of my childhood! Of course, we can't forget the iconic line from the fictional movie Kevin watches in the sequel when the character says "Merry Christmas ya filthy animal" after shooting someone. If you're looking for a quirky addition to your Christmas decor this year that will fulfill your 90s nostalgia, this colorful "Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal" bunting printable is for you! Cut out each flag and arrange them on string to decorate your walls, a bar cart, a door or a food table for a holiday party!
If you love crafting (and I'm guessing you do, if you're looking at Curbly right now!) then perhaps you've heard of an embroidery tool called a punch needle. I hadn't heard of it until recently, but I'm now a convert. It produces a raised texture using small loops, and it goes quite quickly thanks to the ingenious design of the needle. Today I'm sharing what I've learned about punch needle embroidery so you can get started with this fun needle art process!
My wife and I will be buying a house somewhere in the near future. Whenever she asks me what kind of neighborhood I want to live in, I just say, "One within walking distance of a coffee shop." That's my only criteria, because that's how much I love coffee. Right now we live in an apartment in a busier part of the city, so most of my coffee is to-go, and grabbed on foot. Which is where this DIY leather coffee sleeve come into play...
Before we know it, Easter will be upon us... which means that it's high time to get some Easter eggs in a basket! (Or in this case, a white tray). Today we're sharing a quick and easy way to decorate eggs using spray paint and few adhesive stickers. Click through to check out the full tutorial.
Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means we have another great excuse to decorate our mantels (as if we even need an excuse!). Today I'm sharing an easy mantel setup using x's and o's... and lots of 'em. Click through to find out how to make the different elements of this fun display.
Sometimes wall art just needs to be fun. To celebrate the little moments, I made this DIY graphic confetti art with the saying “Make Life a Party” and it’s sitting on my desk as a reminder to see the positive side of things. It’s really easy to make, and I’ll even share how to make your own confetti if you want something specific.
So you love the look of calligraphy, but you don't have the time to learn how to do it? Or the patience, or the steady hand? Well there's an easy way to fake it 'til you make it... today I'm going to show you how to make your own faux calligraphy place cards for Thanksgiving, Christmas or your next dinner party.
I'm a pillow hoarder, so it's probably no surprise that I always have extra pillow covers in the house. I swap out my pillows every time I get sick of something, and because purchasing new pillows all the time is an expensive hobby, I've found a surefire way to personalize any pillow with my own designs using inexpensive IKEA pillow covers! The secret: sticker paper and paint.
This year for Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week, we tackled a community-based art project that exceeded all our expectations. We combined our favorite paint colors, our favorite community, and our favorite group of kids to create a Kids' Art Crawl! We wanted to get kids thinking about the role of art in their community, and make them feel special by putting their artwork up in a real gallery setting. It was sweet and moving, and we can't wait to tell you all about it.
I have a ton of scrap fabric. And a huge bag full of leftover yarn. So the other day, I got to thinking... why not use up some of these extras to create a colorful piece of art? So I found an inspirational quote and got to work. Keep reading to find out how to make your own wall art using your favorite quote.
Fun, right? The great part about this project is that it's completely customizable. You can choose your own quote, your own font, and any colors you like. Scroll down to find out how to make your own typographical fabric wall hanging.
1. Here's what you'll need for the project:
Scrap fabric, approximately 12x16 inches
Printed quote, in your favorite font
Artist pencil, 6B or softer
2. First, print out your quote. I used a free font called Matchbook, available here. Turn over your printout and begin sketching with your pencil. The softer the pencil, the darker it will be (6B-8B works best). Press down hard and sketch over the entire back of the printout.
3. Next, turn it back over and center it on your fabric. Trace over the text. Press down as hard as you can, and be sure to keep the printout in the same spot on the fabric (tape it down if you have to).
4. Once you've traced each word, remove the quote. You'll see that the words have been transferred onto the fabric.
5. Thread the yarn through the needle and begin stitching the words using a basic backstitch. Here's a quick video tutorial on how to backstitch if you've never done it.
6. An embroidery hoop is definitely helpful, but not required. As you continue to stitch, it should look like the photo above. Be sure to pull the fabric taut every now and then to ensure that everything lays fairly flat. If you run out of yarn, simply tie a knot on the back and thread the needle with another piece of yarn.
And that's it - you're finished! Feel free to frame it if you prefer a more polished look, or you can leave the edges raw like I did and adhere it to the wall with colorful Japanese Washi tape.
There's something so fun about a functional letterform, isn't there? Or maybe it's just the typography nerd in me. But nonetheless, you have to admit that storing cotton balls inside of an ampersand is more fun than storing them in a plain old glass jar.
I was inspired to make typographic storage containers after seeing ones made from cookie cutters on Pinterest (from Willowday). Instead of using cookie cutters, I simply used clay, a favorite font, and a steady hand!
Monograms aren't just for shirt cuffs anymore... there are a whole slew of fun, whimsical DIY letter projects popping up all over the internet. They make great gifts too - who doesn't love something so personalized? Keep reading to check out ten of my favorite projects involving monograms, names and initials.
Being a typography nerd, I'm a big fan of the ampersand. It's a beautiful letterform. And being fabric and textile month here at Curbly, I thought that combining sewing and typography could be the perfect project. I mean... who wouldn't want an ampersand accent pillow on their couch? Keep reading to get your free printable pattern and the full photo tutorial.
I love this light-up sign idea! While the wording isn't particularly applicable to my life (no kids here!), it's a clever wall art / lighting combo project that could easily be adapted to anyone's space or personal style!
The ombrè trend is still going strong in the fashion and style words - with fabric, clothing, and even hair taking on lovely gradients and transitional colors. So, I asked myself - could I create this effect using wood and stain?