Bet You Didn’t Know Shelf Liner Could Be This Festive!

DIY window decals - These aren't regular paper snowflakes!

Here in the frozen north (a.k.a. Minnesota), no one really likes snow. As soon as those first puffy flakes come tumbling down from the sky, you can almost hear a unanimous groan echoing across the state. We experienced our first snowfall the weekend after Halloween, and no one was happy about it… except for me. I love the snow! Granted, I'm not from here, so maybe it's just a matter of me not being sick of it yet. Continue Reading

How to: Photograph Holiday Light Displays

On Friday, I’m headed to the infamous Dyker Heights Light Display in Brooklyn, and will be taking my new Nikon D90 in tow.

But, no matter how carried away these holidaysters get – one Clark Griswold-disciple reportedly pays more than $5,000 in electricity each season – there’s still a whole lotta black, and very little light, making for some tough shutterbugging.

Thankfully, plenty of master photographers have already thought through the techniques to best capture nighttime light displays. Continue Reading

Holiday How-To: Christmas Light Boxes.


With a computer, a cardboard box, a clear surface, and a set of string lights, you can make a light box to illuminate your cozy holiday evenings with some peace and good will.

Instructable-r CreativeMan says “Having made some of these earlier, I decided to add a few more for the Christmas season.  These light boxes, or signs are easy to make, very low cost (the only thing I have to buy is the lights).  Lights used are mini-incandescent lamps that are low watt, low heat regular Christmas lights.  Continue Reading

Alexander Girard Nativity Set.


The new Curbly “Make It! Mid-Century Modern” publication features a fun how-to to create Alexander Girard-inspired wooden characters. Since it’s the holidays, go grab a copy, and then apply the technique to something a little more seasonal, like this Nativity Set by Girard. “It’s a new design based on a Girard illustration that hangs in his son’s house and in homage to man who apparently amassed a huge collection of nativities in his later years…The set has 13  solid maple (and non-toxic) pieces, ranging from 1-inch to 7.75-inch Continue Reading

Free Papercraft: Mid-Century Christmas Village.

The popularity of Christmas village decorama hit the big time during the mid-century modern craze of the post-war United States, but largely, their motifs didn’t explore the sharp geometricism of their contemporary era, but harkened back to a more quaint holiday aesthetic of the Dickens era.

Thankfully, we midmod holiday fans have a friend in Em from Modern Cottage, who has created three free, downloadable patterns to make your own mid-century Christmas village from a single sheet of paper. Continue Reading

Let the Holiday Posts Begin!

Friends, it is November 2nd, Halloween is over, and it’s time to begin the wintertide holiday festivities.

Half of you reading this will say, “Duh, Chris, my tree’s/menorah’s been up for weeks, and my shopping was done months ago, and Bing’s on the old hi-fi right now!” And the other half will say, “Are you kidding me?! Just because the corporations say its time to start selling doesn’t mean it’s December already…Quit being a slave to commercialism, you sheep.” Continue Reading

Curbly Video Podcast: How to Make Hand-Printed Fleece Scarves.

created on: 12/14/08

This easy no-sew, no-knit hand-printed scarf project makes a perfect and perfectly easy gift for everyone on your list. And since they cost under $2.00 to make, you can create one to match every coat and outfit in their closet.

Click play to watch the video, or check it out here.


  • 1/8′ yard fleece
  • Long straight edge/yard stick
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Contact paper
  • Craft knife and sharp blade
  • Pencil
  • Fabric paint
  • Stencil brush

Here’s a quick run down:

  1. Doing your best to keep everything square, cut out your scarf shape.
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Free Paper Snowflake Templates

created at: 03/29/2013

Dig on some free and easy paper holiday decorations this winter season. Not enough snow flakes on the ground? Make some paper snowflakes of your own!   

Try making the Modern Paper Snowflake Garland above.

Or try this 3D Downloadable paper snowflake pattern #1 pictured above.

Downloadable paper snowflake pattern #2

created at: 12/17/2012
Loving this 3-D paper snowflake… it’s so festive!


Snowflake cutout templates

Check out this quilling tutorial over on Makezine to create the look pictured at the very top of the page… found via Haute Nature. Continue Reading