DIY Christmas Artwork

These three different Christmas themed art ideas work great as decorations or as DIY greeting cards. Easily personalized with different colors and sizes, they would make great gifts. If you have an open afternoon, they are the prefect project for you!...more

Plush Christmas Wreath

Here's a fun tutorial for you! Adding a plush toy to any wreath is an easy way to take up a lot of space and create impact. Plus it’s cute!...more

WOODEN ORNAMENT TREE: A CRATE & BARREL HACK

 The other day I was turning the pages of the latest Crate & Barrel holiday catalog and I came upon the cutest ornament trees made of steel.  I loved it. But then I thought, this would be totally cool if it were made of wood and had a more rustic feel.  So I went back to my workshop and in about 2 hours created my very 1stCrate & Barrel hack.  And it was a lot cheaper.  I used the extra old flooring I had bought while out shopping for a previous project from my local 2nd hand retailer. The cost: Under $10Cost savings: $95 ...more

DIY String Art

The past two years I have tried to steer my Christmas present purchases away from traditional gifts and more towards hand-made gifts. I'm lucky enough to be (semi) creative and personally prefer giving someone a gift I made rather than one I bought. Luckily, my family actually likes getting homemade gifts! (because there are definitely people who do not!) We're finally all old enough to ask for single, meaningful/useful gifts instead of huge amounts of presents on Christmas....more

DIY: Make Your Own Table Centerpiece

I saw some inspiration for this project on Pinterest the week before Halloween and knew that it was something I needed to make. I might actually move it up to be our dining room table centerpiece - but for now it looks pretty on my office conference table, donchathink? This was a super easy way to make use of some old wine bottles. And it was one of the least expensive projects I’ve made to date!...more

DIY Christmas: How A Little Ribbon Can Spruce Up Your Holiday Decorating

Well guys, I just got home from the craft store where RJ and I were milling about to pick up some materials for a bunch of DIY Christmas gifts we’ll be making this week. And I kid you not, I stood in line for 45 dang minutes just waiting to get some lanyard cut at the cutting counter! And now I’m realizing that I totally forgot a couple of things. Oops!...more

DIY Christmas: An Elegantly Simple Christmas Tree

Over the Thanksgiving weekend – ok, ON Thanksgiving – we put our Christmastree up! And yes – that would be a nine foot tree in an eight-and-a-half foot space. Since we went with the faux tree, I was able to bend the top pine sections of the tree down, and ultimately covered them with a big ribbon – and now you can’t even tell that the tree was too tall for the space!...more

DIY Christmas: Garlands Add Some Sparkle to Your Life (The Indoor Version)

Yesterday, I showed you guys our outdoor garlands. Well – I showed you one of ouroutdoor garlands. Since I still don’t have an extension cord to plug them in, I really don’t have a completely finished project to show you. But all in due time, my friends: the hubs is working on re-organizing the garage. Which means that I should have an extension cord…by the end of the week....more

DIY Christmas: Time to Hang Some Garlands - The Outdoor Version

Now that Thanksgiving is over and you’re home from all that Black Friday shopping, you know what you want to do. No, not take a nap. Not wrap all those holiday gifts. You want to decorate for Christmas, duh! And where better to start than by putting up some garlands. Right? I thought so.Let’s start with the outdoor ones first – since it’s freezing in the frigid tundra today, you probably want to get these out of the way first!...more

DIY Christmas: An Artsy Entryway Tree

Every entryway needs a little holiday cheer. But not every entryway has a lot ofspace for an full on Christmas tree. Which is where sticking some sticks in a vase can come in handy. Ok – this is a little more involved than just tossing some sticks in a vase. But to be honest, it’s not that much harder than it sounds!...more
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