How to Sew Your Own Pet Christmas Stockings

If you're anything like me, your pets are an important part of your family. So like the rest of the family, don't they deserve their own Christmas stockings? If you know how to sew, you can easily make your pets their own personalized holiday stockings. Just don't forget to stuff them full of their favorite treats and toys on Christmas. 
 

For an extra touch, match the fabrics you use for these pet Christmas stockings to your pets, and embroider their names on the cuffs. Continue Reading

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

This Simple DIY Advent Gift Calendar Is Perfect for Adults

Adult ADvent Calendar DIY project idea - materials

I'm going to use this platform to declare this: advent calendars are kinda the best. They capture all the excitement building in the hearts and minds of children and they temper it by delivering it in small doses the 24 days leading up to Christmas. Growing up, the method my parents employed was a drug store calendar filled with tiny poor-quality milk chocolates that my brother and I retrieved by poking our fingers through a small perforated square. Continue Reading

16 Christmas Stocking Hanging Ideas (that don’t require a fireplace)

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Source: Coco Kelley

Okay, so you have TONS of tutorials for Christmas stockings that you could tackle between now and Christmas, but you don't have a mantel on which to hang them. Not to worry! Santa doesn't really care where the stockings are hung (he has an uncanny ability to find them wherever they are). What I've heard is that he actually LIKES to find them hanging in less prosaic places. If true, these 10 Christmas stocking hanging ideas will surely please him.        Continue Reading

How to: Make a Festive Lighted Sign

Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

Halloween is behind us, Thanksgiving is upon us, and Christmas is less than 6 weeks away! While it may still be too early to deck all the halls, now is the perfect time to start thinking about some simple, beautiful holiday DIYs to try this winter. 

The undisputed queen of beautiful holiday decor is Martha Stewart, and we’ve partnered with her team to complete easy, festive DIY projects that anyone can do. 

We created two projects using products from the Martha Stewart line at The Home Depot. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Fun and Festive Space-Saving Christmas Tree

created at: 11/27/2012

If you live in a smaller home, you know that Christmas trees take up a lot of valuable space during the holidays. Space that you may not have to spare. Right? So why not try this fun and fringy DIY alternative Christmas tree idea, that towers over 6 feet tall, but takes up virtually no space at all. Oh, and by the way, it also makes the perfect holiday photo backdrop. Pretty cool, huh? Here’s how to make your own giant wall art Christmas tree at home.    Continue Reading

DIY Shamrock Shake

created at: 03/16/2012

If green beer isn’t your thing, then maybe green milkshakes are! Every March, McDonald’s rolls out the elusive Shamrock Shake. They haven’t always been available at every restaurant, so here’s a DIY version that might even be better. Read on for the recipe…

The Naptime Chef is a big fan of the leprechaun-like dessert. She experimented with recipes until she struck just the right balance of thickness and sippability. 

McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Copycat Recipe

3 cups good quality vanilla ice cream
1 3/4 cups 1% milk
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Green food coloring, if desired

Blend all ingredients in a blender until completely thick and smooth. Continue Reading

DIY Sugar Cubes

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Just in time for the holidays are these oh so sweet sugar cubes. Perfect for the table or even for gift giving, the supplies to make them are minimal as are the instructions! Here’s what we’ll need to make some:

 

  • granulated white and/or brown sugar 
  • water
  • bowl
  • teaspoon
  • ice cube tray or candy mold

 

For the entire tutorial, visit Nifty Thrifty Things. 

How to: Genius Wrapping Idea for Cupcakes & Cookies

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means we are on the lookout for new and clever ways to package gifts and bakesale items. In this case the items are cookies and cupcakes, and the packaging is nothing less than genius. Jeromina used plain old plastic bottles and decorative tape to make sleeves for the cookies and domes for the cupcakes. You can check out her entire tute over at paper, plate and plane.  Continue Reading

Curbly Gift Guide: The Best Toys for Creative Thinking

If you’re serious about raising creative, imaginative, problem solving kids, you need to focus on toys that are open ended and not prescribed by a toy developer. Thoughtful consideration about the quality of play can result in toys that provide the delicious opportunity for kids to use their own noggin’ to develop stories, build structures, paint pictures, role play and problem solve. Toys that spoon feed a set start-to-finish experience rob kids of the chance to discover some very interesting side roads that can provide lessons and knowledge no one else could manufacture for them. Continue Reading