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We all remember our holidays at the kids’ table — that small, isolated table in the kitchen is one Thanksgiving tradition you don’t want to uphold. Reverse the trend this year by setting up a few fun activities that kids will love to do and parents will love to see.

Thanksgiving Kids' Table

Let’s start with the kids’ table itself. Don’t settle for parking that old fold-out table in the middle of the kitchen — dress it up a bit. This adorable Thanksgiving kids’ table will give little ones a grown-up space of their own.

Foam Turkeys

While kids are waiting for the meal to be served, keep excess energy at bay with this fun foam turkey craft. Simple instructions are great for any age and will give them a cute memento to take home at the end of the holiday.

More Kids’ Crafts They’ll Love

It seems like we’re always prepping for one holiday or another over here at HGTV.com. Finally, one of those holidays has arrived! I’m actually making my first from-scratch pie (fingers crossed!) and trying out a few of our cold-weather cocktails to whip up while we watch traditional holiday flicks. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. Tell me — what do you make year after year on Thanksgiving? Let us know your mouthwatering meal details!

Mood Board Monday: Thanksgiving Inspiration and IdeasTop: Banner, Buffet | Middle: Table, Centerpiece, Vignette | Bottom: Pie, Decor, Cider

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My enthusiasm for the ultimate chowdown that is Thanksgiving is overshadowed by one thing: my enthusiasm for Christmas. I always end up wishing Thanksgiving away so I can finally cover every flat surface of my home with trees, garland, lights and oodles of fake snow.

Because I’m just too excited to wait, I’ve already marked the hours on my calendar (usually set aside to sleep off my food coma) for decorating. As soon as the maple-crusted roast turkey is done and I’ve inhaled my pumpkin pie (and just a smidge of apple pie), I’ll begin my annual pilgrimage to the attic to take down every box, bin, bag and cart labeled “Christmas”.

This year, however, I’ve been inspired to do something just a little different. I’ve been scouring HGTV’s Holiday House and handmade holiday collection for a few exciting — and easy — DIYs. Check out some of the projects I’m itching to try.

Holday Decor Collage

Marianne’s monogram string art project is an HGTV favorite, but this festive holiday version will fit in well with my home’s rustic accents. I’ve actually had this wooden chandelier on my list for a while. It will make a big impact hanging above my dining table and give me something to brag about.

Ah, trees. I’m always looking for trees, but I hate buying them at the store. But with some Styrofoam cones from the craft store, I can make these upcycled sheet music trees on the cheap. The stocking advent calendar will give my banister (or mantel, I can’t decide) that homey, handmade look I love. But I really can’t wait to hang that vintage light-bulb wreath for a huge dose of my favorite color — bright red.

Finally, for the exterior. We already professed our love for over-the-top displays with Briana’s Defend the Trend. But just like Farima, I’m partial to single-color displays (I’m a warm white kind of guy). I’m forever trying to add twinkle lights to my outdoor display. Those Moravian stars will add such a romantic nighttime glow alongside a reclaimed wood tree and votive candle walkway.

As always, be sure to tell me about your holiday DIY projects and plans!

I came across this cozy cable knit blanket and life was never the same. (That’s going on my “Desperately Want” list.) If I must deal with winter each year, then chic knit throws and chunky sweaters are my keys to survival. 

Sweater and Cable Knit DecorTop, L to R: Sweater, Throws, Lamp | Middle, L to R: Bedding, Pendant, Rug | Bottom, L to R: Napkin Ring, Chair, Socks

Sweater-inspired crafts we love:

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Time flies when you’re busy crafting, DIYing, decorating, and shopping! The holiday issue of HGTV Magazine is hitting newsstands Tuesday, and it’s full of great gift ideas, seasonal decorating inspiration, and of course, lots of handmade projects to keep the elves busy.

Take a look inside this month’s issue at these stories that come with a little bonus. In each piece below you’ll be directed to web-exclusive content that can ONLY be found at hgtv.com. Consider it a little gift from us @HGTVMag.

December 2014 cover

What do you get for the person on your list who has everything? A DIY gift that’s one-of-a-kind. We share six easy ideas to choose from.

picture frames

Embroidery hoop picture frames

To say metallics are on trend would be an understatement. And we can happily say they aren’t going anywhere soon. We gilded everything from pillows to pencils in these projects using gold paint. Online readers receive two extra ideas that didn’t make it in the issue.

ampersand pillow

Gold glitter paint was used on this ampersand pillow

When it’s time to decorate the mantel for Christmas, try one of these HGTV star-designed stockings. Each made from two online-only templates, the DIY designs let you make the holidays more creative.

christmas stockings

Made-from-scratch stockings

I’m always searching for Thanksgiving and Christmas decor, and it’s nice to see something different pop up. The moment I saw how easy it was to make these festive, no-sew table runners, I knew I had to share them with you all.

Rustic Twig Runner*

Twig Table runner

It’s difficult to get place mats to play nice with table runners. This runner is the perfect solution because it allows you to drape two table runners horizontally over the table, replacing traditional place mats, while still having a visual focus running the length of the table. Make your own with these instructions >>

*This one is my absolute favorite!

Upholstery Webbing Runner

Webbing Table runner

Doesn’t this tablecloth just feel like fall? I’m usually not a huge fan of burlap, but the weave technique and the black-notch details give it a unique look. The best part about this cloth is that you can easily adapt the size and shape to fit whatever table it will cover. See just what you need to make this one here >>

Monogrammed Runner

Monogrammed Table Runner

Everyone loves a good monogram. This no-sew sew table runner with black accents is perfect for more modern holiday decor. You can customize your monogram to be more embellished or more clean and sleek — the style is up to you. Swap out the black for your favorite color, or keep it the same for more drama. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Snowflake-Embellished Runner

Snowflake Table Runner

I love how this feels whimsical and light and can last all season long, not just for Christmas. Dress it up with pinecones and evergreen earlier in the season, then swap in glass ornaments and faux snow when Christmas approaches. Make your own with these instructions >>

Share your holiday projects and ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

It goes without saying that I’m pretty jealous of the facial fur Zac Efron, Damian Lewis, Daniel Craig and even Kate Upton have sported to raise awareness for men’s health issues.

Celebrities Support MovemberPhotos via List25

Even Pusheen, that adorable cat you’ve seen all over Instagram, is in on the action.

Pusheen the catPhoto via Imgur

I love how the Movember movement started with just 30 guys in Australia and is now a global effort for men’s health. They have raised almost $600 million since 2003 and have more then 4 million members, affectionately termed Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. It’s also sparked an entire genre of furry home goods; Kayla has already talked about those, and Briana has been splitting hairs on the trend.

While I would give anything to celebrate Movember with a Tom Selleck-level ‘stache, I’m not quite there. So, what can those of us who lack the gift of enviable scruff do for Movember? Throw a party of course!

Last year, our friends over at DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog put together this mustache photo booth soiree with tons of printable mustache templates and accessories. (For full effect, cover everything in glitter.)

We found some scrumptious #noms to serve at your party, too. I mean, you can’t throw a m0-down without mo-munchies.

Mustache Drink toppers

HGTV.com shared this tutorial for making mustache drink toppers, perfect for adding a bit of flair to your handmade cocktails.

Etsy cookies

And these LaPetite cookies from Etsy are a great party favor, or use them for photo ops and mobile munching.

Mustache Cake Hack

Savvymom shared this mustache cake hack; it’s such an easy trick to turn a basic round cake into a fun and trendy party treat.

So, don’t worry if you’re not growing the Monopoly Man‘s whiskers; you can still have tons of fun supporting a good cause — and you don’t even have to worry about all that grooming. The Movember foundation even has 5K races and huge gala parties so everyone can get involved in the fun.

It may be mid-November but Movember is just now starting to get hairy, so glitter your mustache templates and throw a party to support men’s health!

You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Designer Emily Henderson grounded this living room with a vintage modern navy sofa, creating a cool-toned color story that is balanced out with the warm tones of wood and leather furnishings.

Blue Living Room Sofa

We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Larisa B. is the winner of a handmade leather tray from Four Robins Ltd. Congrats!

Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.

Ok, admission time: I am terrible at table settings.

My table is always too cluttered, too fussy, or too ugly. It never fails, and it’s frustrating. I’m determined to reverse the trend this Thanksgiving by planning ahead. I’ve already decided on a theme — light — or lights. As in, twinkling lights by way of metallics and candles. Light is always a great unfussy idea for decorating, it gives any holiday decor a romantic and festive glow.

Take a look at what is on my “Twinkling Tabletop” list.

wiw-tabletop

H&M is always my first stop when looking for trendy home decor. Their gold and white tea light holders are great source of sparkle. The plaid table runner is also from H&M, its white base and rustic gold and red accents will be perfect for my dining room.

I think Alix Adams’ DIY gold-leafed log candle holders will contrast well with the twig utensil set from World Market (IT’S ON SALE) and Pottery Barn‘s hanging acorn salt and pepper shakers. Ah, and the gilded animal plates from West Elm are entirely too cute to pass up, and the silver caterer’s chargers will look just perfect underneath them — at Pottery Barn, the set of 12 has been discounted to $63, not bad for something that will last 1,000,000 years.

Don’t forget West Elm’s Fair Isle glassware set. I’m super happy the set is on sale right now; it will bring one more much-needed shimmer of gold to my table. But don’t worry, I’ll be bringing in a few personal touches. I have a cake holder, like the one pictured from Etsy, that has been in the family for years. I also plan on creating some fall “faux-liage” indoors with this chandelier DIY idea. And this to-go station will be the perfect finishing touch to my Thanksgiving tabletop.

I’m getting too excited for Thanksgiving, and I’m already practicing the whole eating part.  But I’m just relieved that I’ll finally love the way my table is put together.

What about you? Is sparkle on the table or left out in the cold? Share with us your ideas for the entertaining season — we would love to hear.

Congratulations to this week’s winner, Larisa B.!

Can you guess which sofa belongs in this living room?

Decorate This Space

Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win a handmade leather tray from Four Robins Ltd. You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.

Choose A, B or C

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My fall DIY to-do list will definitely consist of glitter, gold leaf, felt and LOTS of acorns. Just imagine the possibilities! First up, chocolate peanut butter acorn bites for crafting sessions. That seems like the appropriate thing to do, right?

Mood Board Monday: AcornsTop, L to R: Cake, Place Setting, Treats | Medium, L to R: Gold-Leaf Acorns, Sweater | Bottom, L to R: Cookies, Pillow, Garland

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I was alerted by my dear friend that today is National Cat Day because she knows how much I love my little guy.

HGTV Editor Kayla Kitts Cat

My handsome cat, D’Artagnan.

This (unofficial) national holiday was started in 2005 by pet and family lifestyle expert Colleen Paige to urge the public to recognize the number of cats that need to be rescued each year, and also to encourage cat lovers to celebrate their own cat(s) for the love and companionship they provide us.

We know you spoil your cat 365 days a year, but give them a little something extra today for #NationalCatDay. Whether it’s a new toy, (extra) tasty treats, quality cuddle time or shelter donations, your cat will love the extra attention. Looking for some ideas? Here are a few to get you started:

DIY Catnip ToyMake a Catnip-Filled Cat Toy >>

More DIY cat toys to make:

How to Make a Cat CondoMake a Chic Cat Condo >>

DIY Cat CostumesDress Up Your Cat for Halloween >>

Celebrate your cat today and everyday. Author Charles Dickens said it best: “What greater gift than the love of a cat?” #realtalk

Get tips and design ideas on making lovable pets mesh with a stylish home on HGTV.com.

With Halloween days away, I’m sure your candy corn supply is only growing. Forget simply nibbling on this classic American candy as is; crafters and bakers are using our favorite Halloween treat in a number of creative ways. (For those that love nostalgia (and intermediate recipes), try whipping up homemade candy corn.) Whether inspired by its warm palette or its sweet honey flavors, discover seasonal ways to incorporate this fall confection into your decor and party fare.

Candy Corn Crafts and RecipesTop, L to R: Cake, Pinata, Patties | Middle, L to R: Treat Bags, Necklace, Popcorn | Bottom, L to R: Costume, Candles, Brownies

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Halloween is creeping its way around the corner — just 2.5 weeks left. That means it’s time to plan and organize all of my recipes and decor ideas. Erica’s last post about black walls has me dreaming of how I want my house to look for Halloween.

So take a look-see at what has made my Halloween party to-do list so far.

WIW Halloween Party Ideas

Top L to R: Spider’s Nest Luminaries, Metallic Pumpkins
Middle: Mummy Haystack Snacks, Pallet Board Jack-O’-Lantern, Mr. Hyde Halloween Cocktail, Mini Candy Corn Layer Cake
Bottom L to R: Candy Corn Brownies, Candy Bar Cookies, Bat Pillow, Pumpkin Spice Halloween Punch

I always try to stretch the mileage on my seasonal decor, which is why I’ll always go for items like the metallic pumpkins. While they fit right in for Halloween, they are still good up until Thanksgiving. Plus, they are shiny and we love shiny things. The pumpkin spice punch, brownie, and layer cake are also reusable holiday recipes — and trust me — you can never have too much candy corn. My mom always makes the best haystacks. Last Christmas I made about 400,000,000 of them with her. I might get her help on the mummy haystacks. But the pallet jack-o’-lantern is so cool that I just have to make one. I know I only have 2.5 weeks to use it, but those are 2.5 weeks that I’ll have the best jack-o’-lantern ever. And how cool does that Mr. Hyde potion look? I CAN’T WAIT.

I’ll be counting down the days — and staying pretty busy — with all of these recipes and decorations I have to make. It’s almost more fun than the actually holiday (almost).

What potions and party favors will you be serving up on Halloween this year? Have you found any creep, crawly decor ideas? Let me know and share them here!

 

Head to the closest newsstand, drugstore, or supermarket tomorrow to find the latest November issue of HGTV Magazine. There’s lots to love inside: fall design trends, house tours that inspire, and as usual, advice from some HGTV stars.

November 2014 cover

That’s Sophie the golden retriever

Did you know there are also some valuable extras that you can only find online? Be sure to notice the URLs inside nearly every issue that lead to some hidden how-tos, extra projects, and useful info we couldn’t show you in the magazine. Below you’ll find a few stories that include exclusives to help bring the November issue to life.

The leaf pillow on the bench above is perfect for fall, and we show you step by step how to recreate this piece on our cover. Head to hgtv.com/cover-star-pillow for the leaf template you’ll need to finish the job.

leaf pillow

Download the leaf template at hgtv.com/cover-star-pillow

We love saving pieces that would otherwise hit the curb, which is where this “smile” painting was before we got our hands on it. Find out how we updated this discarded painting, and then visit hgtv.com/sticker-letters to create your own personalized art.

smile painting

Create your own art with letters at hgtv.com/sticker letters

It wouldn’t be HGTV Mag without some great flea market flips, and this issue included a cool rope-wrapped chandelier. Creating the monkey fist knots at the bottom of the lights proves a little tricky, so we showed you how — with pictures — at hgtv.com/monkey-fist-knot.

rope-wrapped chandelier

Photos guide your way at hgtv.com/monkey-fist-knot

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Have you immersed yourself in the season yet? Get ready for peaking foliage, alfresco entertaining and perfect fall fare as we head into the most beautiful time of year.

MORE: Fresh Fall Design Trends

Mood Board Monday: Fall Decorating IdeasTop, L to R: Squash Planters, Pumpkin Cake, Leaf Streamers | Middle, L to R: Foliage, Living Room | Bottom, L to R: Decor, Cocktail, Wall

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As a writer, I’m pretty partial to letters, but it seems like you readers may be, too. Since my post about paper mache and cardboard letters got a good response (I see you pinning away!), I thought I’d dig up some ideas around wooden letters that may be up your alley as well. Take a look at these easy wooden letter crafts and get inspired to start spelling.

5 Wooden Letter Ideas That Add Personality: Personalized Wall Art

Design: Susie Fougerousse

WOODEN LETTERS –> PERSONALIZED WALL ART
Use wooden chipboard letters to personalize a kids’ bedroom, like designer Susie Fougerousse did here. This is especially handy for making kids feel like they have their own space in a bedroom shared with siblings.

MORE EASY IDEAS FOR WOODEN LETTERS

The only thing that can complete a perfect pumpkin spice latte or a warm caramel apple martini is a good ol’ fashion horror flick. As a life-long devotee to horror movies — or anything Halloween related — October is somewhat of a month-long horror-binge-a-thon for myself (and anyone else I can drag along).

So to help spread the Halloween spirit — FrontDoor has featured a few of the most iconic horror movie homes.

Friday the 13th
OK, so it isn’t actually a “house” but it is the filming location for Friday The 13th, one of the most recognizable American horror franchises. Can anyone really think about camping without imagining Jason?

Amityville Horror
Interestingly, the terrifying “eye windows” that made The Amityville Horror so scary were removed after filming. I guess since this is an actual home that someone might actually need to sell — that may have been a smart move.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre
We all know the story of Leatherface — at least I do; he robbed me of about 40,000,000,000 hours of sleep. This was the home of the cannibalistic clan in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre film. It was later relocated and opened as a restaurant. Eat at your own risk.

Rosemary's Baby
Recently remade as a television miniseries, Rosemary’s Baby was pretty terrifying when first released in 1968. Would you put up with it for such a beautiful New York City apartment? (Kidding)

The Shining House
Finally, The Shining. I still remember Jack Nicholson’s face popping through that bathroom door when I was just a little nugget. I think this may have sparked my love of the entire genre. I would definitely stay here — you know — if I skied.

While October is my excuse for binging on gore, it’s really just an opportunity to snuggle on the couch and drink cider, chocolate, or whatever I want. So wrangle up a few old horror flicks — because they are the best — for a countdown to a fun and spooky holiday.

What are your favorite scary movies? Do you have any plans to celebrate Halloween? Tell us about your favorite Halloween traditions or plans you’ve already made!

I feel like lace has an unfair reputation for being too frilly and old fashioned, but I’ve noticed it starting to make a comeback. AKDO even has a whole lace tile collection, so it seems other people have noticed, too! If you’re ready to embrace lace, I’ve found five crafts that make the fabric feel modern and fresh again.

5 Lace Crafts We're Loving Now: Lace Vases

Design: Michelle Edgemont

LACE –> MODERN VASE
This craft from Michelle Edgemont is an easy and elegant way to use scraps of lace. Just add white paint and some hurricane vases, and you’ve got a modern-looking vessel with tons of texture. Check out her tutorial for more how-to tips.

MORE COOL LACE CRAFTS TO TRY

String art used to be straight out of the ’70s, but new, graphic versions are still going strong. (Did you see my girl Meg’s geometric string art bear?! So cute.) This version uses a rustic slice of wood (available at your local crafts store) to juxtapose the modern, metallic monogram. See how it’s done in just a few steps:

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What do you think? I love the graphic impact of the finished piece, and it adds texture and dimension to a ho-hum gallery wall. See what I mean?

DIY Monogram String Art on Weekday Crafternoon

Want to make your own piece of custom string art? You can download the letter template here and get step-by-step instructions and materials here. As always, if you’ve missed any past episodes of HGTV Crafternoon you can find them all right here.

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