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The holidays are upon us, and for the editors blogging for HGTV’s Design Happens and DIY’s Made + Remade, that means it’s party time! If you’ve been keeping up with our Home for the Holidays party how-tos, then you already know what it takes to throw a fabulous holiday bash. We’ve shared delicious recipes, stylish ensembles, stunning decor and more. But sometimes, don’t you just wish you could attend our holiday shindig? Well, now you can – virtually, that is.

Join us tonight on Pinterest for a real-time Q&A, where our editors will answer your questions and share even more secrets about what it takes to pull off the perfect party. You’ll meet co-hosts Liz Gray and Made + Remade’s Kelly Smith Trimble, who will be joined by several other editors to give you the ultimate scoop.

Here’s your official invite:

Pinterest party invite

Not sure how to join the party? No worries. We can walk you through it here. If you don’t have a Pinterest account, now’s the time to get one. Just sign up here using your email or Facebook account. Then be sure to join us at our Home for the Holidays board at 8 p.m. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this!

Now, let’s recap.

What: A Pinterest party where you can talk with our editors about all their holiday projects. Repin your favorite ideas while you’re at it!

When: Thursday, Dec. 12 from 8-10 p.m. ET (That’s today. Don’t forget it!)

Where: Our Home for the Holidays Pinterest board.

We can’t wait to see you there!

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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When it comes to holiday decorating, true design junkies leave no space untouched, and that includes the bookshelves. For our fabulous holiday party, we knew we couldn’t make any permanent changes to the shoot location, but with the help of University of Cincinnati design student Jill Roebel, we came up with a gorgeous temporary solution that transformed the bookshelves without permanently affecting the structure.

Holiday Bookshelf Paper Backing

We loved the bookshelves’ rustic combination of stone and wood, but we wanted to lighten the space to better showcase our display as well as coordinate with our overall theme. Instead of applying paint or wallpaper directly to the back of the shelves, Jill got crafty with some foam board and stylish wrapping paper.

“Wrapping foam board in paper prevents you from having to cut the paper perfectly straight to get a clean line in the back of your shelves,” explains Jill. “You can chop away at your wrapping paper, and all those zigzag lines will be perfectly hidden on the back of the board.”

Another great benefit of wrapping foam board rather than adding wallpaper to the back of your shelves is the ease at which you can mix up your design. Just measure the opening of the shelves and cut your foam board to size. Using tape, wrap the paper around the board just like you would for a gift. Re-wrap for different times of the year, and you still only have to measure once. And according to Jill, “If you can wrap a gift you can do this project!”

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Are you looking for an easy way to update your home for the holidays? Try re-styling your bookshelves for a fresh look with a festive feel. For the Design Happens/Made + Remade holiday party, we went all out with bright metallics, rustic accents and a touch of glamour. University of Cincinnati design student Jill Roebel was in her element as she styled each and every shelf to make it holiday ready. And lucky for us, she’s shared her top pieces of advice!

Holiday Bookshelves

5 Tips for Styling Holiday Bookshelves

Evaluate the visual weight, color and size of every object you plan to use. If it looks like one shelf is pulling all the weight, rearrange for a more balanced look, varying the size and textures to add visual interest. Keep in mind visual weight does not directly correspond with actual weight. For example, a small object in a bright color or metallic sheen can hold a lot of visual weight, as it has a tendency to draw the eye more than a larger, less interesting object would.

Don’t stick to traditional rules. Collections of objects don’t have to be centered on the shelf. Push them to one side or the other, and lean a few books on the other side for balance.

Rethink the way you shelve books. A fresh new way to display books is to stack them horizontally and place an interesting object on top. Try this for one or more of your shelves.

Holiday Books Stacked

Ornaments aren’t just for the tree! Add a few shiny bulbs to give your shelves some sparkle. And since metallics are inherently festive, work them throughout your shelves for a splash of holiday glitz.

Don’t forget holiday greenery. Add a few pieces of greenery or holly around objects to instantly give them a holiday makeover.

Holiday Greenery

That’s all it takes, folks. So, turn up the Christmas music, and let the decorating begin! For even more tips for throwing the perfect holiday party, keep up with all of our party posts here.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Here at Design Happens, we know how frustrating it can be to see a beautiful home (or in this case a phenomenal party space) and not have any idea how to replicate the design. That’s why we wanted to make sure the food, drinks and decor for our joint holiday party with DIY Network’s Made + Remade were not only gorgeous but also doable. Take these adorable ombre felt trees, for example. Despite the fact that they fit right in with fancier, store-bought decorations, they found their humble beginnings as a DIY project on a holiday episode of Weekday Crafternoon.

Ombre Felt Trees

Mercury Glass Trees courtesy of Pottery Barn

Interested in making your own ombre felt trees this holiday season? Just follow Marianne’s step-by-step instructions. And don’t forget to check back all month long for more tips and ideas to help you throw your own spectacular holiday party!

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Halloween is only three days away, and you know what that means. Soon, your little trick-or-treaters will scatter dozens of candy wrappers around your once-beautiful home. But this Halloween, you’ll know that those wrappers are more than just colorful candy clothes, because I’ve got some sweet craft ideas that will have you wishing your kids would hurry up and finish all those holiday goodies.

candy wrapper buckets

Do you decoupage? These colorful buckets would be great to store kids’ art supplies or other knickknacks. And if you act now, they could even make great last-minute candy buckets for Halloween!

candy wrapper vase

Remember Allie’s inspiring ideas for crafting with old magazines? Well, I hope you haven’t thrown your extras away (and if you’re anything like me, I’m sure you haven’t). This time, let’s add a few candy wrappers into the mix for an unexpected design. Visit Saved by Love Creations to learn how to make this impressive vase.

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Are all you MacGyvers as excited as I am about fall decorating? I’ve already decked out my porch with hay bales, pumpkins and mums. Now I’m ready to finish my indoor decorating. Since last week’s post, I definitely have all my pumpkin crafts down. So, what’s next? Acorns! They’re free, easy to collect and oh-so cute in their little acorn caps. Now start your gathering, and let’s get to crafting!

framed acorns

Think frames are only for pictures? Think again! This 3D acorn display looks amazing and only costs a couple of bucks to make – that’s my kind of art project! Visit Delia at Delia Creates for the full tutorial.

acorn centerpiece

This gorgeous display from BHG takes us back to nature with a fresh autumn feel. It’s true that sometimes the simplest decor has the biggest impact. Add citrus to your vase to hold the branches in place and add a bright punch of color to the look.

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Last week’s Mason jar lid pumpkin was so cute that I was inspired to find even more fun pumpkin crafts for fall. Every year in October, my friends and I get together for a fall craft night. Everyone brings their own materials and ideas, and this year I am beyond prepared. In fact, I have so many craft ideas, I’ll probably need your help narrowing it down! So take a look over my selection, and let me know which pumpkin craft is your favorite pick.

book pumpkin

It always hurts to destroy an old book, but if the end result will be as fantastic as this book page pumpkin, I think I might be able to do it…maybe. Head on over to Creations by Kara for her full tutorial.

paper pumpkins

Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with a paper pumpkin idea that looks like a million bucks. I mean, seriously, how does she do it? I love the mix of green and orange, and a family of paper pumpkins would look downright adorable at the foot of my mantel.

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Are you a citrus lover? For me, not much can compete with a bit of lime on a fresh avocado, so when I saw this fantastic citrus spritzer, I knew it was calling my name. The “stem” allows you to coat foods evenly with delicious citrus juice, straight from the fruit – no cutting or squeezing involved! Take it to the table and pass a lemon around for salads, or use it on meat dishes for a zesty finish. Orange you glad I shared this cool gadget with you? (Too much? Sorry.)

Citrus Spritzer

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When I spotted this hilarious and totally adorable oompa loompa costume on Pinterest, I knew I had to share it. I love Halloween, and one of my favorite parts of the holiday is coming up with a creative costume. It’s all about thinking outside of the box and figuring out a fun look that no one else will have. I think that’s exactly what has happened here, and I applaud loft3 for making what may possibly be the costume to beat this Halloween. Head on over to loft3 photography to learn how to make this sweet outfit for your little munchkin.

oompa loompa baby costume

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If you’re like me, you can never find enough closet space. I store my clothes just about anywhere I can (including the coffee table drawers in my living room). Still, I count myself lucky to have the space I do, knowing that some apartment and small-space dwellers don’t even have a closet to call too small. That’s why I love this 20-hanger wardrobe by Alice Rosignoli.

20-Hanger Wardrobe

Better Living Through Design

The design makes use of basic items (just wooden hangers and black rope), but the overall result is a demonstration of just how functional those simple items can be. I’m a big fan of fashion as decoration anyway, so I have no problem with an exposed wardrobe. What about you?

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I take a lot of pride in my home. If it was up to me, everything would be cute, right down to the light switch and outlet covers. But sometimes, it’s hard to find an attractive solution for your most basic and utilitarian essentials. Luckily, Garden Glory has risen to the occasion for at least one of those ugly little problems. They offer gold, white, neon pink and black hoses, but I believe the matching antler holder is my favorite part. Even better? Animal decor is right on trend for fall!

Antler Hose Kit

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We’ve covered Mason jars. Really. We’ve got chandeliers, vases, planters and more. What we have not covered is the covers themselves. These poor neglected Mason jar lids have a lot to give, too. I was blown away by the craft ideas people have come up with, so I picked my top five faves to share with you. Happy reading, MacGyvers!

canning lid pumpkin

Maybe it’s because I’m so excited that fall is finally here, but this Mason jar lid pumpkin is the most delightful craft I’ve seen in a while. Just look at that cute cinnamon stick stem! And Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road says it took less than two minutes to complete, so I envision covering the whole house with these cuties.

canning jar lid garland

Though this sweet “Be Mine” Mason jar lid garland was created for Valentine’s Day, the look would be great year round. Maybe a “Trick or Treat” garland for Halloween? I think yes. Visit Ginger at Ginger Snap Crafts for her simple instructions.

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What do weight watchers, smokers, compulsive shoppers and disciplinarians have in common? They could all make great use of the kitchen safe. Just put an item in the safe, and set the timer. No one (not even you!) can get in until the time reaches zero. You can even showcase gifts inside to heighten anticipation for the receiver. What a great idea!

kitchen safe

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A little over a year ago, I bought a beautiful (though in need of a lot of help) vintage dollhouse at an estate sale, hoping to redo it and bring it back to its former glory. Unfortunately, with two moves and several full-size house projects on my list, the dollhouse renovation has fallen behind. But when I saw this magnificent handmade hobbit hole dollhouse, I couldn’t help but be inspired. Seriously, I could look at these images for hours, reading every detail of how this tiny hobbit home was fashioned.

hobbit hole

The creator, Maddie Chambers, is truly an artist. She made all the tiny food by hand, did her own floor and light work, and even made itty-bitty maps, mimicking the look of the Hobbit home as seen in the movies and portrayed in the books. But honestly, I could never describe this dollhouse in a way that could ever demonstrate just how amazing it is, so check it out for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

hobbit hole

>>See even more mini marvels at HGTV Dollhouses.

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I love a good hanging plant, but the ceiling in my older home is pretty low, so there’s not much room to hang anything. These pretty wall planters would be the perfect solution to my low-ceiling problem. They’re a convenient space saver, plus their design is so nice and simple. They’re handmade of porcelain and leather, and their natural look allows the plants to really shine.

hanging planters

What do you think? Would you hang a few in your home (or maybe cover an entire wall)?

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Remember Briana’s whimsical empty frame ideas? Well, last month, my roommate brought home three pretty frames, and I was inspired to share a few new ways to update old frames. Now, the pictures in the frames I mentioned are not so pretty: three images of single roses, all with some sort of French-looking scribble around them. I couldn’t imagine they were to my roommate’s taste, but last night my fears were officially subsided. She mentioned she had no idea what to do with them and was thinking of giving them away. At those words, my inner MacGyver came out, and we came up with some pretty fun ideas. Thanks, roomie!

chicken wire frame

Got chicken wire? If not, it’s super easy to find and makes creating this adorable project a cinch. And if you liked Briana’s jewelry holder, you’ll love this colorful message board. Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer even made cute clothespins to match. Check out her blog for the full tutorial.

frame serving tray

Chalkboard paint is still all the rage, but instead of just painting the glass and hanging your board on the wall, why not get a little more creative? Head on over to DIY network to see how you can make this handy serving tray.

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I’ve been looking for a way to use fewer paper towels at home. I’ll rip off the smallest amount possible to clean up a spill, or I’ll use one towel until it can’t take any more. I started doing this for several reasons, one being the exorbitant amount of money it costs to continuously supply a home with paper products. It really adds up! That’s why I love these reusable cloth “paper” towels. Not only is it a more environmentally-friendly solution, it would also save a ton of money in the long run. All you have to do is wash your towels and snap them back together for a new, clean roll of towels. Plus, there are all kinds of cute prints to choose from. Could it get any better?

reusable paper towels

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