DIY Hand Lettered Acrylic Ornaments (With Free Template)

DIY Hand Lettered Acrylic Ornaments | Curbly #christmas #ornaments #minimalist
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I love making ornaments for our Christmas tree every holiday season, and this year I decided to go a bit contemporary with my design… click through to find out how to make these minimalist acrylic hand lettered ornaments and to download our free template.   


DIY Hand Lettered Acrylic Ornaments | Curbly #christmas #ornaments #minimalist
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher


DIY Hand Lettered Acrylic Ornaments | Curbly #christmas #ornaments #minimalist
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

 Begin by drilling a small hole in the top of the clear acrylic disk so you can hang up the ornament. Continue Reading

Make It! A DIY Tabletop Phone Stand with Personality

DIY acrylic phone stand

Since I’m a self-diagnosed lazy person, I’ll admit it’s really nice to look at things on my phone without having to pick it up. It’s just soooo much work, after all! To prop up your phone while you work, sleep or browse, it’s nice to have a phone stand, but it’s better to have one with a bit of personality. This bright pink acrylic project definitely stands out as a modest but bright, statement-making DIY phone stand, and you can use any colored acrylic or plexiglass to make your own that fits your phone!           Continue Reading

You Can Totally Make These: Hand-Painted Scandinavian Stockings

Make These: Hand-painted Scandinavian-inspired stockings

Guess what? Christmas is almost here! I'm super excited, and grateful that I can finally start to decorate my home for the holidays. Last year I went for a Scandinavian-theme with my holiday decor, and this year I'm continuing the motif. I love the care and simplicity of the Nordic patterns that pop up during this season, and I decided I wanted to replicate those patterns on some hand-painted Scandinavian stockings. It was easier than it looks – keep reading to see how it works!                Continue Reading

Clipped: Inspiration from around the Web

As usual, Curbly’s Clippings page is full of great inspiring images from all over the internet this week. Here’s a quick roundup in case you missed it:

This abstract acyrlilic block with scrap wood suspended inside makes a striking sculpture.

Possibly the best use of a Pantone color guide that I’ve ever seen. Ok, definitely.

I tweeted this one already, but still, I love the use of turqoise in this kitchen (and normally I hate it, even though it’s one of the few color words my daughter knows … she’s two, so don’t judge).  Continue Reading

How To: Typographic Coasters

Typographic Coasters

A simple, bold design for fans of typography, cocktail, and cleanliness!

Its incredible to check out the different features of typefaces once you blow them up – especially in symbols and punctuation. And as you can see above, these differences and subtle curves look mighty fine under a cold drink.

Evil Mad Scientist has done just that, first making a version by hand with 1/8″ cork sheets:

Cork set

Then some laser cut plywood and acrylic options:

Plywood set

And, a ’round in acrylic:

Acrylic Set


DIY Acrylic Stamping Blocks–Zero Dollars

Acrylic Stamp Block Set Of 3

As a card maker, I do love a good rubber stamp. I have a bunch of the old fashioned rubber/wood variety, but for some reason I’ve put off  buying the clear, re-positional stamps. The stamps themselves are MUCH less expensive than the rubber/wood stamps, but to use these re-positional stamps you need something to position them ON. That would be the acrylic block shown in the picture above. How does a penny pinching crafter get around this additional expense? Continue Reading

Curbly Artist Profile: Meet Melsky

Artist and Curbly member Melsky (which is a combination of her first and last name) describes her acrylic on paper creations as eclectic, whimsical, abstract and colorful. An aggressive use of adjectives to be sure, but they’re necessary to describe her unique and vibrant images. Here, in Curbly’s first artist profile, I pose some questions to Melsky in an effort to get to know her and her work a little bit better.

Melsky and her art

You used to be a ceramic artist, yet your online gallery and Etsy shop feature whimsical, vibrant images of acrylic on paper. Continue Reading

Two Options for Easy Image Transfers


Sometimes, hand painted just isn't the look you're going for, and you long to add some machine printed accuracy to your latest project. Here's two easy ways to add printed images to canvas, plastic, glass, paper, and whatnot.


Image from a magazine or book, or printed via laser printer or photocopier. (Inkjet printers will not work)

Warm water

Large bowl or pie plate

Credit card or bone folder (Credit card not pictured…forgive me.)

For Process #1: Clear packing tape

For Process #2: Acrylic Gel Medium (or gesso, paint, or anything which states “polymer acrylic medium”)

                     Paintbrush (a sponge brush will cut down on brush marks)

Process One: Packing Tape Transfer 

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How to Mix Your Own Pottery-Barn-Bronze-Colored Paint

If you’ve ever gone into a craft store looking for antique bronze-colored paint, like the antique bronze in a Pottery Barn catalog, you won’t find it. The bronze craft stores do have looks more like bronzed baby booties bronze. Not my favorite look. So, I did some experimenting and came up with a ‘recipe’ that produces a very similar color to the bronze that’s popular nowadays. Here it is:

One part Delta Ceramcoat Black + One Part Delta Ceramcoat Kim Gold = Pottery Barn Antique Bronze.

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