Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and while hiding treats in super cute mailboxes each day is a swell idea, maybe you’d like to surprise your gift recipients with one big bang of a goodie bag! We’ve rounded up three of our favorite DIY Valentine package ideas that are easy to make and sure to delight!
First up is this sweet DIY “prize ball” peach! Toys, treats, and other goodies get wrapped up in colorful crepe paper to create a fun and unique Valentine’s Day package. Continue Reading
It’s office month, as you know, and what’s more office-y than paperclips?? (A stapler, probably…) We realize you can buy paperclips in bulk, but wouldn’t it be cooler to have your own custom paperclips to attach to greeting cards, gift toppers, or those pesky TPS reports*?
Chelsea from Lovely Indeed walks us through all the steps to start creating your own paperclips in any crazy shape your heart desires (think custom letters or initials for the gift recipient, hearts for Valentine’s Day, mustaches for people who are still into that). Continue Reading
I wanted to say something about this fleece “hot water bottle” giving you warm fuzzies, but I just couldn’t. Or could I? Oh snap, I just did. Now that that terrible pun is purged from my system, let’s get on with this heart-warming how-to. (I’m so sorry, I can’t stop.)
If you’re not still hung up on my awful puns, maybe you’re asking yourself what the “waterless” part of this hot water bottle is all about. Continue Reading
Holy cow, it’s December 22nd and you don’t have a gift for that person who has everything!! First, take a deep breath; fret not. And then bust out some basic sewing skills and make them a two-toned gadget case!
You can size these to fit anything from a smartphone to an e-reader to a tablet. The supplies are readily available and the required skills are, like we said before, absolutely basic. All you need is the following:
2 18″ square pieces of wool felt in contrasting or coordinating colors
cotton thread to match the exterior felt
felt buttons (you can buy these or easily make a few yourself… or just use some fun buttons from your stash!)
These simple leather journals or sketchbooks would make great holiday gifts for the writers, doodlers, list-makers, or note-takers in your life. I don’t know about you but I want to make a hundred of these and give them to everyone I know!
This easy-to-follow tutorial comes from Katie Startzman of Duo Fiberworks (the same creative lady that brought us the rainbow-wrapped wreath idea). To make your own 32-page book, all you need is the following:
At Curbly, we’ve got a little thing for paper cutting and coasters. But a project that combines two of our loves in one?? Well, that’s what I like to call a ‘craftgasm’.
Today’s ‘gasm comes courtesy of paper craft master Patricia Zapata of A Little Hut (who will be teaching a class at the Altitude Design Summit–Are you going??). All you need to make your own paper cut coasters is the following:
Blank tiles (super cheap at hardware stores)
Paper cut outs
Mod Podge or glue
Clear spray paint (gloss or satin)
Felt circles for the corners of the tiles or felt squares that are as large as the tiles
Adhesive for the felt (if not using the self-adhesive kind)
Sure, we’ve shown you how to make actual tree stump coasters, but isn’t everything better in cozy cutesy felt form?? At the very least, this won’t require a saw or have any potential for serious bodily injuries (unless accidentally poking your finger with a fat embroidery needle counts). So, ready to get the faux tree stump party started? Read on!
This DIY project has “Scandinavian Modern” written all over it! It’s also one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas. The white and wood combo is at once classic, modern, and trendy. For color lovers like myself, I’d suggest experimenting with bold hues – maybe even neon if you’re feeling crazy!
Leave it to Martha* to come up with something as simple and doable as this dip-dyed basket DIY. All you need is a basket, a plastic bin to pour paint into, and enough paint to dip your basket into. Continue Reading
Megan, whose thriftastic office we featured last week, has created some of the most clever – and prettiest – magnets you’ve ever seen!
If you’ve ever been to a thrift store or an estate sale, chances are you’ve seen some pretty sweet clip-on earrings. Costume jewelry was all the rage at some point in time, apparently, and lucky for you Megan Jeyifo, of Urban Casita and ReadyMade fame, has figured out a new use for these sparkly baubles: super fancy magnets! Continue Reading