Make DIY Mini Concrete Christmas Trees


Though real Christmas trees are wonderful, not all of us have the time, space, or energy to deal with them. So if your tastes lean to the more industrial, minimalist side of things, you can make your own little Christmas trees out of cement. These concrete Christmas trees are reusable, require no maintenance, and you don’t have to worry about ornaments or lights. Of course, there’s no reason you can’t have both a real tree and some of these mini ones. Continue Reading

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner

Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Banners are a fun way to add some festive style to a room, but they aren't used quite as much during the Christmas holiday season…. until now! Today I'm sharing how to create a fun message banner which you can customize with any text you like. Click through to check it out.   


Easy DIY Fabric Message Banner
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I chose the phrase “holly jolly” for my banner, and I went with a non-traditional dark magenta color… but you can customize it any way you like! Continue Reading

How to: Make Sparkly Christmas Trees

created at: 11/21/2011

Since Chris’ reindeer has me thinking in glitter recently, my eyes were drawn to these simple-and-sparkly trees that could probably double as a photo-op backdrop for that reindeer when it isn’t relaxing at the Aluminum Arbre.  This easy glitter tree project involves 4 supply items and won’t leave glittery messes behind.   For these trees, all Landee used glittered scrapbook paper, a paper punch, pins, and a trio of Styrofoam trees.

created at: 11/21/2011

Since the paper is already glittered, the chance of getting sparkles all over your counter is pretty much nil, and it makes the project that much easier.  Continue Reading

DIY Ombré Watercolor Party Streamers

created at: 10/19/2011

If you pay attention to trends of any kind, you probably know that ombré has been kind of a big deal lately. Ombré means a hue is shaded or graduated in intensity, and it can be spotted anywhere from the fashion runway to a birthday party.  

created at: 10/19/2011

These ombré watercolor party streamers are easy to make and pack a serious punch when it comes to decorating! Only a few simple materials are needed, and depending on what other decor you pair the streamers with they can be a perfect fit for either an adult or child’s party. Continue Reading

Make It: A Simple and Charming DIY Centerpiece Idea!

created at: 08/01/2011

For your next shindig, keep things simple and sweet (and as budget-friendly as possible) with this DIY centerpiece idea!  

Amanda Rydell, the designer behind My Little Dear, shared this easy centerpiece idea on Bump Smitten recently.  As her friend’s designated baby shower planner, Amanda needed something that wouldn’t break the bank, but still had loads of style and charm.  Her clever solution?  Cover used cans and food containers with pretty paper!  She didn’t stop there, though.   Continue Reading

How To: Make Fun Cinco de Mayo Streamers

created at: 05/03/2011

There is plenty to celebrate in May, and Cinco de Mayo is just one reason to bust out the colorful decorations.  But let’s not settle for plain streamers this year!  

All you need for this big-impact project are a bunch of streamers in different colors and a sewing machine.  Dana at Made shows us how to easily create multi-colored, ruffly streamers reminiscent of the skirts worn at traditional festivities.  Go here for a full tutorial.

created at: 05/03/2011

These make me want to strap on some huaraches and kick up my heels!  Continue Reading

Mod Grommet Snowman Gift Tag and Ornament

created at: 12/22/2010

created at: 12/22/2010

Before winding up the Wine Bottle Roundup, you may want to quickly put together a mod puffy snowman gift tag/ornament. Made from a houndstooth remnant, dacron, felt and a silver 1/2″ grommet, he’s a cute little touch of MOD anyone would love. This is fast and easy if you have the materials in your craft stash.

1. Use round patterns to draw three concentric circles in a snowman shape on a piece of fabric, dacron and a felt back. Continue Reading

I’m Dreaming of a White … Halloween

Halloween is not my favorite holiday, yet every year I’m overcome with the urge to make the house a little Halloweeny. The problem is, I don’t love the marriage of orange and black, and blood and guts scare me.

So I went searching for something festive, yet a bit more tame: A White Halloween. Check out some of my new Halloween tabletop favorites. 


created at: 10/20/2010

White Pumpkin Candles

These gorgeous candles from Pottery Barn could gather and make for a beautiful centerpiece, or they could light the path to your home on Halloween night. Continue Reading

Recycled Bike Tire Wreath: Mock Tutorial

created on: 12/09/08

This recycled wreath project (super easy and cheap) is only a reenactment of one of the very first DIY homeowner projects I pulled off successfully.

I think fondly of my bicycle tire wreath and the many Christmas seasons it hung brightly on the front of our house, high above the front door.  In this time of resourcefulness, a LARGE wreath can be constructed from any number of round forms.  Here’s a mock tutorial of how I made mine. Continue Reading