3 Ways to Give Plain Ornaments a Stylish, Scandi Makeover

If you’ve ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you’d have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here’s how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways.  Continue Reading

Gift Guide: 14 Unique Gifts for Those Who Have Everything

Christmas gift for those who have everything

From seasoned DIYers, Martha wannabes, lovable geeks, young ones or the young at heart, there’s something for everyone on this gift guide no matter what the budget. What’s better is that these gifts are unique, so they’re perfect for those that have everything, which is just about everybody on my Christmas list these days. Well, it’s not like they have everything. It more like they’re hard to buy for. But be that as it may, we’ll start with DIYers, shall we?       Continue Reading

Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest

Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Ever since I built a mantel a couple of years ago, I'm always on the hunt for fun new ways to decorate it. So as I browsed the paper aisle at my local craft store, it hit me – a folded paper tree forest! I'm a big fan of non-traditional colors, so I bought a few of my favorites and got to work. Click through to check out the full tutorial.   

 

Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Materials

Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Begin by drawing tall triangles on the back of a piece of cardstock. Continue Reading

Gift Guide: 10 Great Gifts for Anyone on Your List (Under $40)

10 Gifts under $40

Having trouble coming up with ideas for the friends, family, neighbors, etc on your holiday list this year? Check out this list of gifts for anyone on your list (guy or gal),  all under $40. There’s a little something for everyone, from sake cups and calendars to woodcut note cards and Woolly Pockets. Here are ten great gifts for anyone, for under $40.    

WallyGro
WallyGro

1. Woolly Pocket Table Planter -$10

Food52 Ceramic cups
Food52

2. Hand-thrown dipped ceramic cups – $28-36

Bandana
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How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the “Curbly Ornament Challenge” but there's not much competition involved…just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

This year, I am really leaning toward simple and minimal Christmas decor. I purposely went through our boxes and boxes of decorations and intentionally brought out a few select pieces we loved and had a purpose for. Continue Reading

Our Tool School Gift Guide for 2018

Home Depot gift guide
This post is sponsored by The Home Depot

As we wrap up the year, it's always fun to look back at some of our favorite DIY projects from the last twelve months. This year we worked with The Home Depot to come up with a whole series of projects and tool reviews, called Tool School. Here's a look at some of the DIYs I liked best, along with the tools that made them possible, plus, a selection of new gift ideas just in time for your holiday shopping.      Continue Reading

How to Decorate Your Tree in the Scandinavian Style with DIY Minimal Ornaments

 

DIY Scandinavian Ornaments
Images by Marlene Sauer

Finding minimal holiday decorations isn’t always the easiest. Let’s face it, this is not a season known for restraint! 

As my own decorating tastes are turning ever more minimal, I decided to take a cue from my favorite design style and make a few DIY Scandinavian-inspired ornaments. I just love how simple and natural this look is, while still being festive.

Keep reading to see how to make all three decorations so you can style your own minimal holiday tree!        Continue Reading

DIY Ugly Sweater Christmas Garland

Ugly sweater garland

When did we all decide to stop wearing ugly Christmas sweaters ironically, and switch to wearing them sincerely? Either way, I love a good ugly sweater during the holidays. The tackier, the better, in my opinion! I have my own that I whip out for parties, decked out in kittens and distractingly noisy jingle bells. I decided to celebrate this kitschy theme by making a decorative garland out of mini little sweaters. Turns out, shrinking things only makes them cuter, not uglier!             Continue Reading

Celebrate the Season with Peppermint Christmas Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Celebrate the Season with Peppermint Christmas Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Photo: Holly Wade

‘Tis the season for all things peppermint and I am HERE FOR IT! If you’re a kid at heart like me, you know that it’s never too cold for ice cream, so these homemade peppermint Christmas cookie ice cream sandwiches are the perfect way to celebrate the season. Made with homemade chocolate peppermint sugar cookies cut into scalloped circles, you can use ANY ice cream flavor for the filling and roll the finished ice cream sandwiches in crushed peppermint. Continue Reading

How to Throw the Sweetest Cookie Decorating Party

Tips on hosting a memorable cookie decorating party!

I love the holidays, because there is a never-ending list of activities you can do to celebrate. You can watch movies, decorate a tree, go caroling (tangent question: does anyone actually carol anymore?), wrap gifts, and bake cookies. Most holiday activities are done in groups, too, so they always have the potential to turn into sweet memories with the people you care about. If you’re planning on having a holiday party, why not make it a cookie decorating party? Continue Reading