Make a Bright and Colorful Boho Holiday Pom-Pom Wreath

Ready to go full boho with your Christmas decor this year? This fun pom-pom wreath will set the tone on your front door, and prepare your guests for even more color inside. But of course the color scheme is up to you, so feel free to put your own twist on this project and make your pom-pom wreath in your favorite holiday colors.   

 

This pom-pom wreath is also a great way to use up yarn scraps you may have sitting around from past projects, so you can start the new year with a cleared out, or at least reduced, yarn stash. Continue Reading

The Final Countdown: Make a Hanging Ornament Advent Calendar

DIY Advent calendar
Photo by Holly Wade

Are you ready to start the countdown?! Come December 1st, it's time to break out the advent calendars and find a little surprise every day as you count town toward Christmas. Advent calendars were a staple of my childhood, so I still try to make a DIY advent calendar every year to make the countdown more fun! This time, I used plastic fill-able ornaments to make a hanging ornament advent calendar that's easy to open and reveal a candy or small trinket inside (my parents often used to use give my pennies). Continue Reading

Tired of Red and Green? Try A Fresh Christmas Color Scheme This Year

Tired of green and red? Check out this inspiration for decorating with a non-traditional Christmas color scheme.

If someone mentions Christmas colors, red and green probably instantly come to mind. But though they're the default,  they're far from the only choice for a Christmas color scheme. If you're not a fan of the color combination, or it just doesn't look good with your existing regular decor, why not get creative with your Christmas colors? Check out these ideas for alternative Christmas color palettes for decorating your home.          

 

Why are Christmas colors traditionally red and green?

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Real Christmas Tree 101: Everything You Need to Know About Tree Care

Real Christmas tree maintenance

The other day a friend told me about her family’s tradition of getting their Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving. While other people are feverishly chasing Black Friday deals, they spend the morning at a nearly-empty Christmas tree farm, cutting down fresh Christmas trees. Sounds pretty ideal, doesn’t it? With proper Christmas tree maintenance, they don’t have any trouble keeping them looking good for a whole month, so here’s what you need to know to buy a real Christmas tree, and keep it in tip-top shape throughout the holidays.     Continue Reading

How to: Transform Christmas Garlands and Make Them Look More Expensive

How to make inexpensive Christmas garland look expensive

I love Christmas garland. I drape them on doorways, my fireplace, and even my staircase banister. A few years ago, I decided to buy all fresh evergreen lengths of Christmas garland, and I worked hard to drape them everywhere, following all the instructions to make sure they'd last. But two weeks later … my garlands were dead and done.

The heater vents and the heat from our fireplace fires killed that greenery dead. Everyone told I should have waited until two weeks before Christmas before hanging real greenery, but I want my home to be decorated all Christmas season!  Continue Reading

Affordable Christmas Mantels: A Shopping Guide

Affordable Christmas Mantels at 3 Pricepoints

In our little corner of the world, winter is here and Christmas is coming. This morning there was a windchill of -1 (what!) and all I want to do is decorate my house for the holidays, eat soup, and listen to Bing Crosby.

To hold myself over, I’m planning our Christmas mantel (and some fictitious ones too) and turning them into shopping guides at three price points – $60, $100, and $200. Build a fire, have a look, and get your shop on! Continue Reading