DIY Gift Idea: Make This Wood Cutting Board (in Under a Day!)

wood cutting board
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A few weeks ago I took a woodworking class to familiarize myself with some new power tools. The class involved making a simple wood cutting board, much like this one. I was so excited with how mine turned out, and with how quick it was to make! Since it's the holidays and everyone could use a little help coming up with gift ideas, I'm sharing this DIY wood cutting board tutorial with you today. Continue Reading

Show off your Holiday Cards in Style with this DIY Branch Holiday Card Display

 

DIY Branch Holiday Card Display
Images by Marlene Sauer

Every winter, it’s the same story. I get a handful of thoughtfully selected, lovingly written cards for the holidays…and, I have nowhere to put them.

Tacked on the fridge with the grocery lists and unpaid parking tickets? Jammed on a shelf between the dusty knick-knacks and piles of unopened mail? Ok, my house isn’t THAT disorganized (most of the time), but I’m sure you feel the pain of receiving beautiful mail and having nowhere to display it. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Modern, Scandinavian-Inspired Wooden Christmas Tree

I am a huge fan of simple, clean shapes, and triangle are my all time favorite. This little alternative Christmas tree was inspired by a tree I saw in a shop window in Sweden a couple years ago.        

                     

 

 I’m loving this little graphic tree in my bedroom. Most of the rooms in our house have a touch of Christmas here and there, but our room had nothing. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a small piece of 1/4″ plywood (about 30″x20″)
  • a jigsaw, table saw, or hand saw
  • painter’s tape
  • pencil, ruler, and straight edge
  • small paint brush
  • black craft paint
  • sand paper

    Start by drawing out your tree shape.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List

Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List | By Curbly #holiday #christmas #gifts #diy
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Are you in the mood to make some DIY gifts this holiday season? Then you’ll want to peruse and pin our DIY gift guide. In it, we highlight 75 tutorials that cover just about everyone on your gift-giving list; mom, dad, girls, guys, tweens, kids, babies, fur-babies (that’s cats and dogs to the uninitiated), hostess gifts and even teacher gifts. We’ve got it all covered. Take a look!           

 

75 DIY Gifts For Everyone On Your List
Clockwise from top left: Gold Animal Dishes, Lemon & Lavender Sugar Scrub, Gold Tube Bracelets, DIY Phone Charger Holder

 

DIY Christmas Gifts For Mom

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How to Make a Sweet Modern Advent Calendar Village

Wood Block & Test Tube DIY Advent Calendar Village
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

It’s advent calendar time! As I write this post, the Midwest is being walloped by a snow storm. Nothing inspires holiday decorating like many inches of snow, and to stave off decking all the halls, I created a little diy advent calendar village for our children. Read on for the full tutorial.

Using blocks of wood and test tubes, I assembled a village full of tiny treasures to help our family celebrate the season. Continue Reading

Everything You Need to Know About Scandinavian Design

 

Scandinavian design 101
Image bia Bellevue

There is something about bright and airy Scandinavian design that just calls to the senses.

The soothing use of color and light; the negative space that allows the gaze to wander and breathe; the layers of cozy, natural textures that invite you to curl up with a good book; it’s no surprise that Nordic style is so popular. If you’re thinking about a Scandinavian-inspired room makeover, want to know what the heck “hygge” is all about, or are curious about where Scandinavian design comes from, this is the post for you! Continue Reading

What is Swedish Death Cleaning? The Art of Mindful Minimalism

Swedish Death Cleaning 101

I got a text the other day from my mom. She was asking me if I wanted a collection of magazines that she had held onto from my childhood (if you're curious, it was a collection of  Cricket magazines from the late 70s). Then I got another text — my mom had found an old photo that she wanted to share with me. Then four more texts came my way, each containing a picture or memory of something from the past. Continue Reading

How To: Give Your Dining Room an Instant Fall Makeover

How To: Give Your Dining Room an Instant Fall Makeover

It's full-on fall, which means you have an excellent excuse to give your home a mini makeover! Or in this case, your dining room. The trick to styling any space for Autumn is finding that nice balance between modern pieces and combining them with warm and seasonal elements that really translate as homey and cozy. With these simple steps, your dining room will be ready for fall in no time!  

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How To: Give Your Dining Room an Instant Fall Makeover

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If You Make These DIY Cat Toys, You’ll Make Yours the Happiest Kitty on the Planet

How to make easy DIY cat toys
Image by Marlene Sauer

It's pretty clear by now that cats are taking over the world. From global Instagram cat celebrities, to cat cafes, to enough cat-themed accessories to clothe an army, our feline friends have us wrapped around their paws. My own cat, Jax, is no exception — he is definitely the boss in our household. Now he's even got me making DIY cat toys!           

Homemade cat toys

It's THE LOOK. You cat people know what I mean.  Continue Reading

Make This! DIY Contemporary Wood and Concrete Coat Rack

DIY Wood and Cement Coat Rack
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Our house lacks closet space, especially by the entryway… so I've always wanted a fun coat rack that I could put near the door. But if you've ever tried to buy a coat rack online, you know that it's hard to find a cool one – and the ones that are attractive usually have crazy price tags to match. So of course I decided to make one! Keep reading to check out the instructions for this super easy wood and cement coat rack.    Continue Reading