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.
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!
One of my favorite fall and winter design trends is the beautiful mixture of metallic and earthy textures. I love holiday trees decked out in sparkly gold ornaments or twinkling silver lights dressing up mantels where warm log fires burn. Rustic and metallic elements are the perfect combo (the Batman and Robin of holiday home decor, if you will). This fall I crafted some log candleholders, but to make them extra glitzy I added gold leafing. I just love the rich texture that the gold leaf paper creates.
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Fall always marks the beginning of gift giving season for me. Yummy baked treats for neighbors and fun holiday packages start filing out our door and into the hands of people I love and adore. It’s a season for giving and today I am excited to share a very easy and unique way to dress up holiday gifts for those special people. Hint: It involves leftover lace flowers and spray paint (two of my favorite things). Check it out!
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It’s fall! It’s fall! Did you hear? It’s fall. Time for all the yummy fall tastes (insert pumpkins, doughnuts, apple stuff) and fall textures (insert gold leaf, fuzzy blankets, tweed jackets). All year I look forward with anticipation to fall crafts. The rich colors and vibrant festivities just speak to my crafting soul. And nature seems to be totally in on the party too — with red and golden-yellow leaves speckling neighborhoods. Today I’m super excited to be sharing a nature-inspired craft that celebrates all the warmth of fall: gold leaf acorns! These little acorns are the perfect detail for a fall party, or you can do what I did and make them a doughnut topper!
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Finding creative storage solutions is always a little bit exciting for me. I know it may sound sort of nerdy, but an organized linen closet and some perfectly-sized bins is enough to make my day. When everything has a place in my home, I feel like my mind is clear and I can move on to more fun and creative things. As I am wrapping up all the decorating for my baby girl’s room, I wanted to come up with a way to store her sweet little clothes, but have them easily accessible. That’s when I thought of creating a clothing rack DIY, perfect for kids! Using galvanized steel pipes (surprisingly affordable at local hardware stores) I was able to easily design and construct a children’s clothing rack that could display clothes now, and maybe some dress-up tutus as she grows. This is one DIY that I am very excited about and proud of how easy it is to make!
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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I’m the kind of person who can’t say “no” to adding another garland or tassel. A well-placed tassel is the perfect statement for any room or party. I also love taking a traditional element, like a tassel, and playing around with texture, color, and scale. For this DIY I wanted to create an over-sized tassel garland that would be the perfect addition to my baby girl’s nursery. The nursery has lots of pink and yellow elements, so I decided to dip-dye the tassels in pink and yellow food coloring, which created a lovely ombre effect — and I can’t refuse a good ombre!
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Craft supply stores are dangerous places for me. I’ll go in for one specific item and walk out with dozens of random treasures that caught my eye. (Hello, iron-on patches and calligraphy pens!) If you’re an impulse shopper like I am, you may have picked up a few plain cardboard or paper mache letters…aaaaand then wondered what exactly to do with them when you got them home. Well, fear not, because I found some easy ways to pretty them up in no time.
Design: Chelsea McDonnough
PLAIN PAPER MACHE LETTER –> JUTE-COVERED MONOGRAM WREATH
The return of Pumpkin Spice-flavored everything signals that it’s time to switch up your seasonal decor. This jute-covered monogram is an unexpected but appealing alternative to all those fall wreaths covered in leaves and corn. Get the instructions here.
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One of the many things that I lack proficiency in is keeping plants alive. Watercolor, making spaghetti and enduring to the end of Top Gun are not really my strongest skills either. But I must say, I am particularly terrible at trying to keep a plant healthy. This is true for all potted plants, except for succulents and cacti (which, I like to consider a cactus a succulent, but with a sassy attitude). Yep, succulents are one difficult ornamental plant to kill. You need only water them every-other-week. They like lots of sunlight in my windowsill. They don’t care if my house is a mess or if I forget to shave my legs. Succulents are just there to cheer you up and add some green to the scene.
The best part about a succulent is that they can grow in almost any container. At my local hardware store, I have had my eye on some sassy-looking glass light covers for some time now; so when succulents went on sale I scooped up a few plants and a few light covers to create an inventive (and inexpensive) succulent garden for my mantel. You really can’t believe how fun a round light cover looks filled to the brim with succulent-ness. Time to make one of your own, I think!
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Last week I featured some clever birdhouse projects and since I’m on a roll with the theme, I thought I’d keep it going with birdcages. Whether they’re modern or antique, wooden or metal, birdcages can be charming home accessories, even if you don’t have any feathered friends. Check out these birdcage decor ideas for inspired ways to revamp a roost.
Credit: Courtesy of BHLDN
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Bulletin boards are one of my favorite solutions to clutter. I can’t be the only person who feels like their walls and fridges quickly fill up with fliers and precious finger paintings. That’s where my trusty friend the bulletin board comes in. But it is also no secret that a grocery store bulletin board, while functional, is not always the most beautiful thing to hang up on the wall. That is why I came up with an easy solution to make over a bulletin board for my son’s room. Now, with a framed bulletin board all his art projects can find a home and look stylish too! Framing a bulletin board is a decorating DIY lifesaver!
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This summer we found ourselves outside under the moon and stars quite a bit. The warm summer nights were just too irresistible to pass up, especially with a cool fall just around the corner. So we hung out with the moon all summer and she is kind of a show-off, but in the best way. I love how the moon is always changing and each night sky is a bit of a surprise. Feeling very moved by our glowing friend, I wanted to create a craft that was inspired by the moon and her lunar calendar. That’s how I came up with this lunar-inspired necklace! It’s a simple nod to the moon’s cycles without screaming “I’m wearing a moon on my neck!” Making one of your own is easy peasy!
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Did you know it’s the perfect time to start thinking about birdhouses? Many birds won’t use a house until it has a weathered look, so some experts suggest getting birdhouses up by late summer or early fall in preparation for the spring. Even if you’re not an avian enthusiast, the charming little boxes can be used in so many other contexts. Take a look at these birdhouse decor ideas and get inspired to feather your nest with some of these structures.
Credit: Janell Beals
Birdhouses –> Fence Flair
Give an old, drab fence some pizzazz by adding a collection of decorative birdhouses. This idea from Janell Beals works well with a mix of different colors, shapes and sizes. Check out her tutorial to see how you can copy the look.
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Let’s do this AA style: “Hello, my name is Camille and I’m addicted to buying old boxes.” (Well, and jewelry too but that’s another matter). Old boxes are a great decorative way to stash unattractive, everyday stuff in plain sight. For instance, I have a little cane-covered box filled with crafting essentials in my living room so if the crafting bug strikes while I’m watching TV, a project is within easy reach.
I particularly love old boxes with drawers so I couldn’t pass up this cutlery box (AKA silverware chest) at an estate sale recently for just 9 bucks. The box’s blond or maple finish was popular in the 50s and 60s so it’s safe to assume that it’s more than 50 years old. Personally, I’m not a big fan of mid-century blond finishes and this one was in particularly rough shape with lots of scratches, dings and a big water stain on the lid so refinishing it with a more traditional, darker stain was definitely on the menu. If the felt liner had been in better shape, I might have considered leaving it as-is but the fabric was dirty, picked and even worn through in places so I decided to re-line the box as well.
Here’s what I started with, it truly is massive, easily double the size of most dresser-top jewelry boxes:
And here is my new upcycled jewelry box, fully refinished and re-lined:
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At six months pregnant, I am consumed with nursery decorating and preparations. My nesting instincts have kicked in, and I’m feeling a sense of urgency to hang up wall art and pick out rugs. We are expecting a little girl and the house has been taken over with crib-painting stations, frames full of floral prints and peach tassel garland scraps. Baby number two doesn’t have anything to wear yet, but I’ll be darned if she doesn’t have a polished nursery to come home to (wink!).
One element I really wanted to incorporate into the nursery was a handmade art piece as my gift to my little girl. I wanted it to be whimsical, simple and just a bit unexpected. So I took a hike — literally — and grabbed some sticks that could be transformed into log slice art. When I pull up to the house with sticks, my husband doesn’t even raise an eyebrow anymore; he just helps me pull out the power tools and we get to work. If you’re in the mood for some simple, yet impactful, DIY artwork, this log slice art is the craft for you.
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My parents are in the process of moving, so I’ve got real estate and curb appeal on the brain. Of course, house numbers can be an important part of amping up your home’s curb appeal, but did you know they can pack a visual punch inside the home as well? Take a look at these eye-catching ideas for house numbers and try not to be too tempted to pry yours off the side of your place for crafting purposes.
Photo: Björn Wallander/HGTV Magazine
On the Stairs
This example from Sarah Richardson’s cozy farmhouse retreat makes great use of an often overlooked area of the house: the stairs. Here, a trompe l’oeil stair runner adds some welcome color and the old house numbers feel kid-friendly and whimsical. Check out the rest of Sarah’s home in HGTV Magazine‘s spread.
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When you begin searching for a new craft idea, it’s easy to be lured by two magical words: NO SEW. Sure, no-sew crafts generally seem less daunting and easier to put together in your spare crafting time. And of course, if you don’t own a sewing machine, no-sew crafts are the only way to go.
That said, yesterday marked 163 years since Isaac Singer patented the sewing machine, so in honor of this momentous day in crafting history, dust off your sewing machine (or borrow one from a friend), grab some thread and try some of these cute craft ideas! Trust me, they’re sew simple and fun, you definitely won’t regret giving one a try.
Fabric Pouf Ottoman
Creating a custom ottoman is an easy way to add a punch of color and personality to a room. Something to consider with the school year just around the corner: These poufs are a great option for college dorm rooms since they’re super versatile. You can use them as ottomans, extra seating, or even as a coffee table by placing a serving tray on top. SEWING INSTRUCTIONS HERE>>
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As crazy as it may seem, it’s already time to stock up on school supplies. There’s nothing quite like a fresh pack of ballpoint pens and a color-coded assortment of spiral notebooks to start the year out right. But for many, it’ll be more than just basic supplies on the shopping list. Some of our HGTV.com readers will be packing up and heading into the brand-new cramped quarters of a shared living space. Yay, college! The key to this new living adjustment is making the space feel as comfortable and homey as possible. And just like living in a rental, there are plenty of ways to add decorative charm to the walls, floors and doors of your temporary living space without breaking the bank.
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Did you like my post about musical instrument design ideas? Then I’m betting these sheet music crafts will be up your alley, too! If you’ve got old sheet music that hasn’t seen love since your childhood piano lessons, consider turning it into something you can enjoy and admire every day. (Of course, you could always keep an eye out for old sheet music at flea markets, too.) If you object to repurposing the original sheets for crafts, you can easily make copies on similarly-colored paper.
Design: Marian Parsons
Old Sheet Music –> New Decoupaged Dresser
This idea for old sheet music from Marian Parsons serves another purpose: hiding imperfections like gouges or water marks on furniture. The lovely aged color of the music looks totally at home in this shabby-chic style setting, too.
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