3 Ways to Give Plain Ornaments a Stylish, Scandi Makeover

If you’ve ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you’d have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here’s how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways.  Continue Reading

How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

How To: Modern Mountain Clay Ornaments

This holiday season, a group of the Curbly writers decided to team up and each of us created a simple and stylish new Christmas ornament. We're calling it the “Curbly Ornament Challenge” but there's not much competition involved…just a lot of fun, seasonal crafting. See all of the ornaments here.

This year, I am really leaning toward simple and minimal Christmas decor. I purposely went through our boxes and boxes of decorations and intentionally brought out a few select pieces we loved and had a purpose for. Continue Reading

How to Decorate Your Tree in the Scandinavian Style with DIY Minimal Ornaments

 

DIY Scandinavian Ornaments
Images by Marlene Sauer

Finding minimal holiday decorations isn’t always the easiest. Let’s face it, this is not a season known for restraint! 

As my own decorating tastes are turning ever more minimal, I decided to take a cue from my favorite design style and make a few DIY Scandinavian-inspired ornaments. I just love how simple and natural this look is, while still being festive.

Keep reading to see how to make all three decorations so you can style your own minimal holiday tree!        Continue Reading

How to Decorate Your Apartment for the Holidays

Apartment Christmas Decorations
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Decorating an apartment for the holidays differs from trimming a home you own and have free reign over. In a rental, you can’t haphazardly nail stuff to the wall. You’re probably dealing with a smaller space or odd physical obstacles (like no mantel, or too many mantels!). And your landlord might even have restrictions on real trees or lighting candles. All these hurdles just means that the earned end result is far more satisfying. Continue Reading

How to Fold a Christmas Money Tree

How to make a Money Tree for Christmas from a Dollar Bill

Giving cash this Christmas? (We still think it's better than a gift card.) Instead of just sticking the bills in a card, how about festively folding them into a Christmas money tree shape? With this simple technique, you’ll have the whole project done in less than five minutes. Here's how to make a money tree for the holidays this year…

 

 

 
 

 

 
Start this easy money origami DIY with a bill of your choosing (a dollar bill works great, but for a better effect and bigger smiles, go for the twenty or fifty dollar bill).
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How to: Turn A Storage Basket Into a Christmas Tree Skirt Without Cutting The Basket

Turn a Storage Basket Into a Christmas Tree Basket Stand (Skirt)

I love a Christmas tree basket so much more than a tree skirt. They finish off a tree with clean lines. My house is full of large storage baskets for toys, blankets, and all sorts of stuff. I really wanted to make one of them work, without cutting the basket, so I could use it as a basket again. The only problem was my artificial Christmas tree base was too big. Here is my simple, no-skills needed, DIY solution to make one of my wicker storage baskets work as a Christmas tree basket stand.    Continue Reading

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

150+ Do-It-Yourself Ornaments You Can Make Before Christmas

A mega roundup of DIY ornaments for your Christmas tree, whatever the theme may be!

Can you believe it? Christmas is coming up quick! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret – there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few – over 150!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.        Continue Reading

Oh Dremel Tree: Three Easy Ornaments Made with the Dremel Combo Kit

Three ornaments you can make with the Dremel Combo Kit
This post is sponsored by the Home Depot

How soon is too soon to put up a Christmas tree? Because I wanted to put mine up at 12:00 am on November 1st. We usually do a live pine tree at my house, so we have a few more weeks to go until we can put one up and not have it be a fire hazard by December 25th. In the meantime, however, I’ve been scrounging up ornaments, garlands, and lights to decorate with. Continue Reading

How to: Simple and Stylish DIY Paper Christmas Trees

Easy DIY Metallic Paper Trees
Photo: Faith Towers

I've had a minor obsession with metallics this holiday season. Okay, a major one. So when I spotted these textured scrapbook pages at the craft store, I knew I had to have them. I began experimenting with a pencil compass, and I came up with a fun metallic Christmas tree.   

 

Easy DIY Metallic Paper Trees
Photo: Faith Towers

And then I kept making more and more, and suddenly I had an entire forest. And the best part? These are super easy to make.       Continue Reading