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$1 Holiday Decor: Make a Simple Typographic Folded Paper Banner

by Holly Wade

 

DIY Paper Holiday Accordion Banner

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.

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Decorate with "Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal" Bunting

by Holly Wade
Decorate with "Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal" Bunting
Photo: Holly Wade

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!

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Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art

by Faith Provencher
Learn How to Use Punch Needle Embroidery to Make DIY Art
Photo:  Faith Towers Provencher

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!   

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How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

by Holly Wade

How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

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. 

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How to: DIY Typographic Wall Art Using Leftover Fabric And Yarn

by Faith Provencher
DIY Typography Wall Art Using Fabric and Yarn Scraps
Photo: Faith Towers

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.   

 

DIY Typography Wall Art
Photo: Faith Towers
DIY Typography Wall Art
Photo: Faith Towers

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.

DIY Typography Wall Art Instructions

1. Here's what you'll need for the project:

  • Scrap fabric, approximately 12x16 inches
  • Scrap yarn
  • Printed quote, in your favorite font
  • Artist pencil, 6B or softer
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Needle
  • Scissors

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.

DIY Typography Wall Art Instructions

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. 

DIY Typography Wall Art Instructions

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.

DIY Typography Wall Art
Photo: Faith Towers

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.

DIY Typography Wall Art
Photo: Faith Towers

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How To: Create Fun Little Typographic Boxes For All Your Knick-Knacks

by Faith Provencher
DIY Clay Letterform Storage Boxes
Photo: Faith Towers

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! 

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How to: DIY Ampersand Accent Pillow + Free Printable Pattern

by Faith Provencher

DIY Ampersand Pillow Tutorial

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.     

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