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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60 Unique DIY Hostess Gifts For Every Occasion

60 Unique DIY Hostess Gifts For Every Occasion | By Curbly #diy #hostess #gifts
Photo: Ruffled Blog

Although it's hard to believe, it's almost that time of year when holiday parties start occupying most weekends. Most people's go-to gift for these kinds of events is usually a bottle of wine, but sometimes it's nice to surprise your hostess with something different. Here are 60 fantastic DIY hostess gifts that you can start thinking about ahead of time to avoid excessive holiday stress.   

 

60 Unique DIY Hostess Gifts For Every Occasion | By Curbly #diy #hostess #gifts
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When To Bring A Hostess Gift

Any time you are invited to a formal gathering of any kind, you should consider bringing a hostess gift. Continue Reading

Make This: DIY Palo Santo Holder

Palo santo holder

As winter approaches, so does more required time indoors. All that time inside makes my home feel stuffy, cramped, and stale. In essence, my house feels like it's full of bad energy. I recently discovered palo santo, and I'm really enjoying the way it seems to cleanse the spaces around me, and even purify my own energies. Keep reading to find out more about this holy wood, and how to make a minimal palo santo holder.           Continue Reading

Thanksgiving Crackers: Conversation Starters that Really Snap!

Thanksgiving cracking bon-bons

When it comes to the holidays, there are lots of things that I look forward to. The seasonal desserts, the quirky traditions, and the festive decor, just to name a few. There is one thing that I dread, however, when family and friends gather: small talk. Maybe it's because I'm an introvert, or maybe it's because chatting about the weather makes me want to barf and yawn at the same time, but the idea of casual chatting-while-eating gives me anxiety. Continue Reading

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

How to Repaint Furniture | The Painted Dresser Project

How to repaint a dresser

Ready for a fun before-and-after project? A boring Craigslist dresser is transformed into a vision of blue beauty, in just 10 steps! There is a right way to to achieve a great finish on a painted dresser, and there is certainly a wrong way, too. Sure, you could just slap on a coat of paint and call it a day, but impatience and rushing through the repainting process means sloppy results. However, we're here to share our careful step-by-step process, and to make sure you get it right the first time around so your Craigslist finds can shine!             Continue Reading

Discarded Dumpster Chair Gets a Second Chance

Painting metal chairs - Office chair makeover
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

I live for a great trash-to-treasure project. And this piece literally came from the trash.

I wasn't intentionally dumpster-diving, but one of our neighbors in the building was moving out, and leaving a lot behind. While taking out the garbage, I found a plastic case that had a lovely blue typewriter inside (immediately snatched that up), a squeaky office chair (I left that behind), and this ratty old seat. Continue Reading

Make This: DIY Incense Holder, Plus the Lowdown on Aromatherapy

DIY clay incense holder

One of my favorite things about the autumn months is coming home at night and snuggling by the heater under warm blankets with candles or incense burning in the background. The heavenly scents help me to unwind after a long day at work, and incense holders are so easy to make that there's no excuse not to have a stick or two burning away while you cozy up and get stuck into that good book. Click through to learn how to make your own DIY incense holder, and head to the bottom of the post for more information about the benefits of incense!        Continue Reading

How-To: Simple 3-Tiered Jewelry Organizer

How-To: Simple 3-Tiered Jewelry Organizer
Photo: Faith Towers

 

I’m a big collector of costume jewelry, so I’m always trying to find great ways to store it. A while back, I did this project so I have plenty of space for my necklaces and most of my dangly earrings. But I was still left wondering where to put all of my stud earrings, bracelets and other accessories. Until now. Keep reading to check out my incredibly easy, functional solution.    

 

How-To: Easy DIY 3-Tiered Jewelry Organizer
Photo: Faith Towers

The anser is a tiered organizer made with a deviled egg plate and a couple of other pieces of dinnerware! Continue Reading

DIY Creepy-Crawly Halloween Snake Wreath

DIY Halloween wreath with snakes
Photo: Rachel Jacks

Maybe it's my childhood spent catching garter snakes, but I've never been afraid of snakes. I know I'm in the minority in thinking that some of them are even downright cute, so I won't be surprised to hear that this snake wreath might evoke slithery nightmares for many. If plastic snakes don't creep you out too much, you can whip up this DIY Halloween wreath in no time.          

Materials

 

How to make your DIY Halloween Wreath 

Step

Lay your plastic snakes out on the wreath, then glue them in place with hot glue. Continue Reading