Giveaway Time! {and an invitation for local Western PA friends!}

Good morning, blog friends! 

I’ve shared (here) how Young Living essential oils are changing our lives at DIYShowOff, how it’s inspired a mission to make healthier choices, to create a chemical free home and it makes me want to share this rewarding experience with others (there are SO many benefits) and it’s been a while since I’ve done something extra special for DIYShowOff readers and friends, so I’ve combined the two into one amazing giveaway. 

Have you been wondering what all the hype is but feel like it’s something you’d need to try for yourself? I was that way. It took actually giving something a try and being stunned by the results (it worked!) for me to go from rolling my eyes to wanting to make healthier choices. That’s my hope for you too, my dear friends! That it’s just something you try. 

There are a TON of Young Living essential oils to choose from, so many amazing products. I’ve chosen the 2014 Chocolessence Set for the prize because peppermint essential oil has some pretty amazing benefits and who doesn’t love chocolate?! Not to mention, it’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season! 

Young Living Chocolessence Giveaway

Hot chocolate warms the soul and the Young Living 2014 Chocolessence Set includes the natural and delicious ingredients your guests will crave this holiday season! This beautiful holiday gift set includes two special mugs, Chocolessence, one 15-ml bottle of Peppermint essential oil, and a recipe card so you can make our favorite hot chocolate. This gift is the perfect way to win the heart of any chocolate lover.

How do I enter to win, you ask? Follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you’ve been holding off, now is a great time to join me in not only creating a cosmetically pretty home with DIY projects, but a chemical free home with essential oils. 

Sign Me Up!  


Attention local friends! You’re invited to holiday open house/party for friends & family Young Living members (in my downline/ those who purchased a Premium Starter Kit under member #1836762 – there’s still time to get yours to join the festivities). I’ll be cranking up the Christmas music (oh yes, I will!), spiking the holiday punch and thanks to my blogging, there may even be some early seasonal decorating on display. (Crazy, I know!)

Holiday Open House

Let’s get our holiday gift list checked off/started a bit early this year. 

Details on hosting a party just like this yourself coming up after the event. :) 

Merry Christmas, DIYShowOff friends!

Merry Christmas, friends! I hope you have an amazing and happy holiday surrounded by family and friends, full of laughter and love. 

Merry Christmas

I’m taking a few days off to celebrate with my family and will see you soon! I invite you to take a look around at the DIYShowOff Project Gallery or DIYShowoffHomeTour for some DIY inspiration for 2014. Thank you so much for your friendships, kindness and support this past year. You’re the best part of blogging! xoxo

That DIY Party – Holiday Time

Hi everyone! All set for the holidays? Have some last minute finishing touches to attend to? Ready to show off your holiday DIY?

Christmas DIY party

Here’s a recap from DIYShowOff this week in case you missed something:

Easy DIY Christmas Tree Bell Ornaments

easy DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial


Christmas Ornament Frames

Christmas ornament frame

Polka Dot Christmas French Doors polka dot door

a few of my 2013 favorite things

DIYShowOff Beauty Favorites DIYShowOff Favorite Accessories Tea Time Favorite

Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest - link up your tree for a chance to win $100
Christmas-Tree-Contest DIYShowOff

Party time! Let’s see your DIY projects!

DIY Show Off

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Libby’s Christmas Tree for the Christmas Tree Contest & Party

Libby's Christmas Tree

Easy Ornament Craft – Pipecleaner Christmas Tree Bells

Christmas is nearly here! These DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bells are super easy and a fun last minute craft…with a rich velvet-y look and real ringing bells. They’d be so cute in a variety of colors to coordinate with any Christmas theme. 

easy DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Bell Ornament Materials: {all supplies found at Michaels Craft Store}

  • pipe cleaners
  • mini Styrofoam cones 
  • small bells
  • hot glue
  • mini star tree topper ornaments (or thrifty costume jewelry)
  • fishing line/ornament hooks
  • optional: straight pins with color/ball heads, ribbon, embellishments – be creative!
  • optional: Krylon Glitter Blast


Starting near the bottom of the cone, I simply pushed in my pipe cleaner and spiraled around the cone, again tucking the pipe cleaner’s end into the Styrofoam. Repeat as needed. I used three colors to create an ombrè effect. I even braided a few different colors for a different look. I didn’t, but you can use hot glue as needed.  DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

Add a smidge of hot glue to the top of a bell and insert into the bottom center of the Styrofoam cone to create a ‘bell’ tree trunk. PipeCleaner Christmas Bell Ornament

Embellish: using hot glue or straight pins, add a tree topper or pipe cleaner monogram.

DIY Christmas Ornament

Spritz with Krylon Glitter blast for a little sparkle. 

Easy. Simple. Pretty. Fun.  DIY Christmas Ornament Craft Then..frame your creation with a pretty Christmas ornament frame.

Christmas ornament frame


Mechelle’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest.

Mechelle's Christmas Tree

Decorating French Doors for Christmas – Part 2

There’s no place like home for the holidays! I meant to share this sooner but wow, the days are flying by! Part 1 of decorating our exterior French doors included beautiful pine garland and wreaths…

Lynch Creek Wreath Lynch Creek Farm Holly Wreath fresh pine garland and gold key fresh pine garland and gold feather garland and ornaments

but paired with Part 2 really completes the look and guests from the real life holiday home tour just loved it! Do you know Shelley from House of Smiths? You do now! That girl is so creative! And while it’s closed for the holidays, you’ll want to check out the House of Smiths Designs for some cute cute cute decorative vinyl accents to start the new year. You’ll notice the addition of metallic polka dots with SO many cute ideas.

Christmas French Door

My mixed metallic polka dots are a part of my holiday door decor but they’ll definitely be lasting until well into the new year too…imagine patio accents in gold, silver, bronze to go with our aged bronze patio furniture or metallic balloons for a summer party on the patio. I can’t wait…they won’t be coming down anytime soon.  

Mixed Metallic Christmas Decor polka dot door Polka Dot Vinyl Decals Mine came on large sheets in different sizes. Application is just like applying stickers, only easily removable!

Christmas French Door Decor Pretty and festive! 

Lenzie’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest Lenzie's Christmas Tree

Ornament Frames

Ever want to draw attention to a special ornament on your Christmas tree? Why not frame it? Christmas ornament frame

I used FrogTape® and acrylic craft paint to give mine a fun ombrè look for my ombrè Christmas tree. Here’s how: ombre ornament frame supplies

Tape off the middle section of a frame using FrogTape. I pressed down on the edges of the tape with my thumbnail in order to get a crisp clean line.  ornament frame tutorial

Then I painted the top and bottom sections using my lightest paint color on top and the darkest on the bottom.

While the paint was still wet, I removed the FrogTape and let the paint dry. ombre ornament frame tutorial striped ombre ornament frame tutorial

Then I taped off the middle section and followed the same steps. painted ombre ornament frame tutorial Christmas ornament frame tutorial

The frames serve as custom color coordinating ornaments themselves but they also draw the eye to the “framed” ornament. Christmas ornament picture frame  Do you have a favorite or meaningful Christmas ornament? eclectic colorful Christmas

FrogTape Blog Squad

Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Bumble tree submitted by Courtney for the Christmas Tree Contest


That DIY Party time – holiday DIY home

Goodness! Don’t look at the count down to Christmas! It’s coming up FAST! Is your home all decorated for the holidays? Well, it’s time ‘show off’! 

Christmas DIY party

I’ve had a busy week. Here’s a recap! I’d love for you to take a look or pin to view later! Thanks, guys!

Easy DIY Customizable Monogrammed Mirror

One decorative accent - UNLIMITED LOOKS: DIY Interchangeable/Custom Monogrammed Mirror Tutorial

 Quick DIY Tinsel Ornament Tree Craft

DIY tinsel ornament tree tutorial

 Christmas Decorating the French Doors

Lynch Creek Wreath

 DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour {part 2}

eclectic colorful Christmas Christmas dining room table

 Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest - link up your tree for a chance to win $100

Christmas tree link party

Tiffany’s tropical Christmas Tree

Tiffany's Tropical Christmas Tree  

Coming up this week: ornament frames, easy & fun ornament craft, Part 2 of decorating the French doors and a Favorite Things of 2013 blog hop. 

favorite things blog hop and party

Party time! Let’s see your DIY projects!

DIY Show Off

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3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. I love your shares too! Thank you!

Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop and Link Party

What a fun series with so much holiday inspiration! 

Christmas Extravaganza Collage  

Here’s a quick recap: 
Easy Four Ingredient Snowball Cookies from Yellow Bliss Road snowball cookies Yellow Bliss Road

Holiday Napkin Apron from Jojo & Eloise WorldMarket-holiday-dinner-napkin-Aprons-jojoandeloise.com_

DIY Eyelash Yarn Christmas Trees from A Place for Us eyelash yarn trees - A Place for Us

Yarn Candy Canes from Lolly Jane yarn-candy-cane-decor - Lolly Jane

Chocolate & Peppermint Crispy Rice Treats from Ella Claire Christmas Peppermint Crispy Rice Treats - Ella Claire Inspired

Tinsel Ornament Tree from DIY Showoff DIY tinsel ornament tree tutorial

Sequin Ornaments from Fox Hollow Cottage sequin ornaments - Fox Hollow Cottage

Fuzzy Christmas Trees from Two Twenty One fuzzy-christmas-tree-cones Two Twenty One

15 Christmas Decorating Ideas from Town & Country Living TCL-Christmas-Decorating-Ideas

Pom Pom Snowball Wreath from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia snowball pom pom wreath - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Christmas Craft Round Up from Debbiedoos 12 craft projects - DebbieDoos

DIY Boxwood Napkin Rings from French Country Cottage boxwood napkin rings - French Country Cottage

Rustic Glam & Blue Christmas Tree from Setting For Four Rustic Glam & Blue Christmas Tree Decor - Setting for Four

Easy Dollar Tree Wreaths from Domestically Speaking Christmas dollar tree wreath Domestically Speaking

Frosted Pear Ornament from Sand & Sisal Frosted-Pear-Ornaments-Sandandsisal.com_

Mint Chocolate Cream Torte from Cupcakes and Crinoline Chocolate-Mint-Cream-Torte Cupcakes and Crinoline

Now it’s your turn! 

Melinda’s Christmas Tree

Melinda's Christmas Tree

DIY Tinsel Ornament Tree Christmas Decoration

With a Merry & Bright theme going on in the family room, I needed a colorful Christmas decoration to add to my existing decorative accents which is what inspired this tinsel ornament tree tutorial. This tutorial is a part of the fun Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop! More fun holiday links below! DIY tinsel ornament tree tutorial  

What I used: tinsel ornament tree materials

  • cardboard cone
  • tinsel garland
  • optional: ornaments (I used three different sizes)
  • hot glue/gun

DIY tinsel ornament tree craft tutorial


Starting at the top,  add a dab of hot glue near the pointy end of the cardboard cone and attach one end of the tinsel garland.

Wrap the cardboard cone. Pull garland tight for a fuller look or just enough to cover the cone…it’s up to you! I pulled mine tighter and used the entire string of tinsel garland.

Secure the end of the tinsel garland to the cardboard cone with a touch of hot glue.

You could be finished at this step if you like the look! Or use hot glue to add in ornaments (I removed the metal hangers). 

Remove the metal hanger from a favorite ornament, add a dab of hot glue and attach to the top of the tree.  tinsel ornament Christmas tree instructions

All done…definitely “merry & bright” AND easy!

DIY ornament tinsel tree tutorial Happy! Right?  colorful Christmas


Family Room Makeover

Christmas Home Tour

See more Christmas crafts, decorating, DIY and recipes at the Christmas Extravaganza Blog Hop…

Christmas Exravaganza Blog Hop and Linky Party Graphic

Christmas Extravaganza Schedule

Mint Chocolate Cream Torte from Cupcakes and Crinoline

Easy Four Ingredient Snowball Cookies from Yellow Bliss Road

Holiday Napkin Apron from Jojo & Eloise

DIY Eyelash Yarn Christmas Trees from A Place for Us

Yarn Candy Canes from Lolly Jane

Chocolate & Peppermint Crispy Rice Treats from Ella Claire

Tinsel Ornament Tree from DIY Showoff

Sequin Ornaments from Fox Hollow Cottage

Fuzzy Christmas Trees from Two Twenty One

15 Christmas Decorating Ideas from Town & Country Living

Pom Pom Snowball Wreath from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Christmas Craft Round Up from Debbiedoos

DIY Boxwood Napkin Rings from French Country Cottage

Rustic Glam & Blue Christmas Tree from Setting For Four

Easy Dollar Tree Wreaths from Domestically Speaking

Frosted Pear Ornament from Sand & Sisal

Friday – it’s your turn! Link up your fun Christmas ideas!

Elaine’s Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Elaine's Christmas Tree

Decorating French Doors for Christmas – Part 1

This year with the real life home tour, I wanted to decorate the patio French doors with some fresh greenery to welcome the ‘holiday home tourists’ first thing before even walking in the door. Christmas porch I’ve added a few fresh greenery sprigs from our own mix of pine trees in the backyard to fake garlands, wreaths and centerpieces in the past (note: holly is scratchy business…ouch!). So having a selection of wreaths and garlands delivered right to my door from Lynch Creek Farm was such a great idea…less work, less stress AND gorgeous wreaths and garland. My order arrived right on time. Lynch Creek Farm Delivery They’re so full and smell so good! These are a great gift idea too! Lynch Creek Wreath Here is the selection from Lynch Creek Wreaths that I started with:

Lynch Creek Farm

  1. Mixed Garland - A lush full garland combining the fragrant scent of fresh cut Western red and incense cedar with sweet-scented white pine. 
  2. Mixed Holly Wreaths - a mix or aromatic noble fir, incense cedar and juniper with accents of holly, pinecones and red velveteen bow. I swapped out the bow for a sheer gold one.  Lynch Creek Farm Holly Wreath
  3. Traditional Wreaths with designer snowbound bows - overflowing with noble fir, juniper and incense cedar, topped off with ponderosa pine cones and your option of a designer hand-tied bow. Lynch Creek Traditional Wreath

Don’t you just love love the teeny-tiny twinkle lights? I also added an assortment of mixed metallic shatter proof ornaments, snowflakes, etc., some I had on hand, a few purchased from a dollar store or on sale. fresh pine garland and gold bird fresh pine garland and gold feather fresh pine garland and gold key garland and ornaments I attached the garland to the door trim using ‘s’ hooks. Wreaths are hung using over-the-door wreath hangers because they’re on the heavy side. The mixed metallic ornament clusters are secured using floral wire.  Christmas door decor Isn’t the result so beautiful, lush and festive? Trust me, it smells as good as it looks too!  Lynch Creek Farm Wreaths I’ll be back to share another pretty detail I’m adding to doors for Christmas. Can’t wait to show you!

*Disclaimer: I received the fresh holiday greenery shown above from Lynch Creek Wreaths in exchange for my review. As always: opinion, experience, photos are my own. I only share items I truly love and think you’ll love too!

Patricia’s Christmas Tree

Patricia's Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest

O’Christmas tree, O’Christmas tree….I’ve just finished decorating 3 or 4. If you celebrate Christmas, more than likely you decorate an evergreen tree (real or artificial) with ornaments, lights, garland, odds and ends, handmade or store-bought. It’s a Christmas tradition in our home. Throughout the day, the Christmas tree stops me in my tracks. It’s a moment when I’m reminded to Rejoice! I’m celebrating the birth of my savior. 

When the days are short and evening arrives early, there’s just something happy about twinkly lights on a Christmas tree that lifts my spirits and warms my heart this time of year. 

Christmas Tree Contest

I love so many different styles and our home reflects my indecision…I mean: appreciation for a variety of decorating styles. Here is a look at the trees in the DIY Show Off home:

Traditional with red and gold in the living room:

Red and Gold Christmas Tree

{Christmas Home Tour}

Fun ombrè in the family room:

eclectic colorful Christmas

artificial Christmas tree trunk cover tutorial at DIYShowOff ombre Christmas tree no sew ruffled ombre tree skirt

And vintage, natural and burlap in the dining room:

rustic vintage Christmas tree

Tomato cage Christmas tree in the sitting room:

tomato cage Christmas tree


THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. WINNER OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE CONTEST IS Mechelle’s Christmas Tree with over 700 likes! Congratulations, Mechelle!  Mechelle's Christmas Tree

How to show off your Christmas tree: 

Share your Christmas tree photos/blog posts by linking up. CHRISTMAS TREES ONLY PLEASE! Show it off in the party below by adding your picture and linking to your permalink blog post. You must include this backlink: in your post to enter or here’s a convenient html code to add to the end of your blog post:


Christmas tree with the most “likes” on the linky party below wins a $100 either via PayPal or in the form of a Visa gift card for some after-Christmas sales shopping or for a first DIY project of 2014. 

Contest starts now and ends December 25th at midnight EST. Winner will be announced shortly after. In the event of a tie, another blog post will be written and DIY Show Off readers will choose the winning tree. DIY Show Off may choose the final winner if necessary. Links not Christmas tree related will be deleted. Open to US and Canadian residents 18+ only.

Non-bloggers may submit a photo to with “Christmas Tree” in the subject line {DIY Show Off will link your photo and reply with your entry #}. Please also leave a comment below so I know to look for your entry in my spam folder. 

Please include the button with a link back at the bottom of your post to share the party and Christmas tree trimming inspiration with others. Thanks!

Follow DIY Show Off’s board Christmas Tree Inspiration on Pinterest.

DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour

Hi everyone! It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour 2013

The countdown to Christmas is certainly on! If you visited the home tour last week, this may feel like a bit of a dèjà vu moment but please bear with me…the pictures are different, there are MORE! and I’ve changed some things around for the Blogger Stylin’ Christmas Home Tour series hosted by the White Buffalo Styling CoLet’s get started! 

Welcome via the Back Patio

Lynch Creek Farm Wreaths

Christmas porch


polka dot door Christmas French Door Decor

Christmas Kitchen

farmhouse Christmas kitchen

(see full kitchen makeover here) christmas kitchen vignette Christmas kitchen nook   mason jar Christmas centerpiece   Christmas kitchen at DIYShowOff   Christmas kitchen   Farmhouse Kitchen Christmas

Enchanted Winter Wonderland Dining Room 

rustic glitter Christmas mantel natural Christmas tree Christmas mantel   Christmas dining room table

{frosted mirror makeover tutorial}

Frosted Mirror Christmas Mantel rustic Christmas dining room

{dining room makeover} Christmas centerpiece Christmas tablescape rustic vintage Christmas tree Christmas place settings Rustic Glam Table Setting

and Sitting Room

rustic Christmas sitting room

{sitting room makeover} Christmas sitting room DIYShowOff

{painted upholstered chairs} Christmas candle centerpiece

{no sew drop cloth script curtains} tomato cage Christmas tree

{tomato cage Christmas tree} Christmas sitting room Sitting room at Christmas

a quick stop to the Bathroom (not in the literal sense)

Christmas bathroom decor

{bathroom makeover}

Christmas bathroom

Traditional Living Room

Red and Gold Christmas Tree Living Room Christmas Christmas decorating Christmas living room vignette Christmas in the living room Christmas living room Christmas living room mantel Christmas mantel

Just a little holiday cheer in the Guest Room

Christmas bed Christmas guest bedroom

{guest bedroom before and after} Christmas trunk night stand guest bedroom at Christmas blue Christmas

Merry & Bright in the Family Room

Christmas family room

{family room makeover}

eclectic colorful Christmas

{Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – ombrè Christmas tree}

Ombre Christmas Tree

 Easy velvet-y Christmas Tree Bell Ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornament Craft

non traditional Christmas family room

{no sew ruffled tree skirt}

ombre tree skirt Eclectic Christmas decorating

Ornament Frames Christmas ornament frame

Christmas office colorful Christmas decor

 tinsel ornament Christmas tree

DIY ornament tinsel tree tutorial  

Powder Room

Christmas half bathroom decorating  

{powder room before and after}

half bathroom Christmas vignette

and a sneak peek of the Open Pantry to be revealed in January…

Christmas pantry at DIYShowOff

Need more details on what’s shown above? Check out the DIY Project Gallery for detailed posts and tutorials or leave me a comment below and I’ll get right back to you! Thanks for taking another look at our holiday home tour. Let’s call it a ‘Holiday Home Tour 2nd edition‘ to participate in this awesomeness:

blogger stylin' home tours

Yep – hosted by the lovely Lindsay. Christmas inspiration all week long! If you’re stopping by for the first time today from all of the gorgeous inspiration from The White Buffalo Styling Co., “welcome friends!” It’s nice to e-meet you! I’m so glad you’re here!

Be sure to start the tour there, stop #1 to see Lindsay’s beautiful and inspiring holiday decorating.

Now I can’t promise that next week I won’t have a 3rd edition. I kid!  I think. haha! 

You’re also going to want to visit the next stop on the Blogger Stylin’ Home Tours. It’s the awesome team at East Coast Creative. Head on over to see a gorgeous Christmas by Jess & Monica and tell the girls I said ‘hello’!

Merry Christmas!

See Christmas Home Tour Part 1 in the Deck the Halls {30+ blogger holiday tome tours here too.} Linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Christmas Party.

Blogger Stylin’ Holiday Home Tour Full schedule: 

Roeshel - DIY Showoff 
Jess and Monica - East Coast Creative
Laura - Finding Home 
Sarah - Sarah M. Dorse
Angela - Number Fifty-Three 
Gwen - The Makerista 
Brittany - Brittany Makes 
Anneke - This, That, & Life 
Caitlin - Desert Domicile 
Sarah - The Thriftress 
Carolyn - Sweet Chaos Home 
Shavonda - A Home Full of Color 
Jamie - C.R.A.F.T. 
Lucy - Craftberry Bush 
Michelle - Decor and the Dog 
Whitney - The Curtis Casa 
Kristin - Bliss at Home 
Summer - Simple Stylings 
 Kelly - View Along the Way 
Jenna - SAS Interiors
Chris - Just a Girl 
Michelle - Iron and Twine 
Amanda - Our Humble Abode 
Julia - Cuckoo 4 Design 
Lindsay - Makely Home
Jennifer - Dimples and Tangles 
Traci - Beneath My Heart 
Kristin - Hunted Interior 
Eileen - A Creative Day 
Gabbi - Retro Ranch Reno 
Kristen - KFD Designs 
Jessica - Dear Emmeline  
Sarah - Royal Marigold 
Carmel - Our Fifth House 

That DIY Party – Holiday Home Decor

Hi DIY friends! Welcome to That DIY Party! A weekly link party for DIY and holiday home decor. Show off your hard work! 

Christmas DIY party

Note: Yesterday I participated in a real life holiday home tour fundraiser for the Butler County Symphony. What fun! I have to tell you – the pressure was on to finish up the laundry room and pantry to get the first floor ready for people walking through then finishing up the holiday decorating but the reward? Meeting people who seemed to appreciate our hard work and creativity and inspiring people. I am hoarse from talking all day! Don’t get me started on talking about DIY and decorating – my shyness, anxiety and nervousness fly out the window and I don’t shut up! The positive comments and kind feedback were worth every minute of work! If you’re a local friend who visited me yesterday, thank you so much! I hope you’ll visit often and ‘stay in touch’. I loved meeting you face-to-face!

DIYShowOff weekly recap:

Frosted Mirror Makeover

DIYShowOff frosted mirror tutorial  

Lighted PVC Candy Canes

Lighted PVC Candy Canes Tutorial DIYShowOff

 Part 1 of our Holiday Home Tour as a part of the Deck the Halls (30+ blogger homes)

DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour 2013

Reader Show Off: Reader, Jillian has made a couple of beautiful ruffled tree skirts using my ruffled tree skirt tutorial…beautiful! One of burlap and blue for her mom’s gorgeous Christmas tree and pretty ombrè ruffled tree skirt for her own beautiful colorful tree. Thank you SO much for sharing, Jillian! Awesome job! Jillian's Ruffled Tree Skirt - blue and burlap

Jillian's ombre ruffled tree skirt

Tracey’s Christmas Tree

Tracey's Christmas Tree

 Coming up this week:

Part 2 of our Holiday Home Tour! Yes…I’ve changed things up a bit, added more and finished up! Stop back tomorrow to see! See the full schedule at The White Buffalo Styling Co. 

blogger stylin' home tours

and this fun blog hop starts tomorrow too – so many creative holiday ideas you don’t want to miss! Follow #christmasextravaganza to keep posted. 

Christmas Exravaganza Blog Hop and Linky Party Graphic

Christmas Tree Link Party & Contest 

Christmas Tree Contest

Party time! Let’s see your DIY projects!

DIY Show Off

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3. By joining the party, you give permission for your project to be featured and ‘shown off’ via blog highlight, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, G+. I love your shares too! Thank you!

DIY Holiday Home Decor: Mirror Makeover

Give an existing mirror a new look for the holidays with a simple makeover and a frosted technique is perfect! The look without the shivers and frozen toes.

DIYShowOff frosted mirror tutorial


  • Framed mirror
  • FrogTape®
  • Frosted Glass Spray Paint
  • Vinyl Decal

What I did: (pardon for the poor quality tutorial photos – this was something I worked on in the evening for a party the next day!)

Using FrogTape, I taped off the beveled edge of the mirror. I also liked the mirror’s metallic frame so I taped that off too. Using my thumbnail, I burnished the edge of the tape so that I’d have a crisp clean spray paint line.

FrogTape mirror

Apply a vinyl decal. I used a deer head I created using my Silhouette Cameo. You can use stickers or create your own decal from adhesive vinyl. If you’re artistic, try lining up strips of FrogTape, sketching your own design to cut out and apply to the mirror. 

mirror makeover

Spray one coat for a light frosted finish, more for a more solid frosting. I went with one light coat.

DIY frosted deer mirror tutorial

Remove FrogTape and decals.

Frosted Mirror Tutorial

Let the frost dry then display! Perfect for a winter wonderland themed mantel, don’t you think?

Frosted Mirror Christmas Mantel

I can use it from fall, Thanksgiving, winter and Christmas or even display it all year long. Wouldn’t a monogram be lovely?

rustic glitter Christmas decor

Do you spy the wooden chevron {ShapeTape} table runner? See how to make that here.

I shared a summary of my holiday home tour this week too – you’re invited to stop by!

See more of my Christmas dining room in photos today at 11 Magnolia Lane

11 Magnolia Lane open house  

and don’t forget to check out the blogger holiday home tours at

Deck the Halls Party


Eddy’s Christmas Tree for the Christmas Tree Contest

Eddy's Christmas Tree

FrogTape Blog Squad

Disclaimer: I received compensation to complete this project for using FrogTape® products. All opinions, projects and ideas are based on my own experience.

Christmas Home Tour

Welcome friends to my Christmas home tour! DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour 2013

I’m so excited to be participating this year! You can start the Christmas Home Tours each day starting with Day 1 (today is Day 3) by visiting Jennifer Rizzo. Prepare to be inspired, get tons of gorgeous holiday decorating ideas and to be invited into the homes of 30+ bloggers.

Deck the Halls Party Did you catch the stop before me? It’s a surprise house but the Christmas beauty doesn’t surprise me…she’s known for creating beautiful and inspiring spaces. See more here. Visiting from there? Why, “hello”! So glad you’re here!

surprise house

I’m #18 on the tour. Let’s get started! Note: these pictures look ‘ok’ on my Mac but my husband says they’re not so great on his PC. They were taken at night but I will be sharing individual room posts over the next week or so with better photos so I hope you’ll stop back!

DIYShowOff Holiday Home Tour

A quick summary of our home for the holidays…with more photos of each individual room and details of each space in the coming weeks. I’m also decorating for a real life holiday home tour for our local symphony fundraiser so nearly every room on our main floor is getting all festive. I hope you enjoy the quick tour!

A modern farmhouse kitchen – as you can tell, we love a mix of new and old and if you’ve seen our regular home tour, you know this kitchen has come a long way.Christmas kitchen decorating

This season, we’re using a dresser as a kitchen island and that large mail sorter is so much fun to clutter up. I mean “decorate”!Christmas farmhouse kitchen Christmas Kitchen Window Christmas kitchen island mason jar Christmas centerpiece

A little nature & glitter in the dining room… rustic Christmas dining room Christmas mantel

A stack of old trunks lift the tree for a larger focal presence.  Christmas dining room rustic glitter Christmas mantel natural Christmas tree Christmas dish display

Living Room – I don’t show this room very often, but I love how our traditional Christmas tree glows and sparkles.   Red and Gold Christmas Tree

A mostly thrifted gallery wall with a Christmas theme…  Christmas decorating

Decorating the mantel around a wall mounted tv is always a challenge but this year, the mix of yard sales finds, old decor and a new banner adds just the right amount of glam and a touch of rustic.  Christmas living room mantel

Guest Room – I love the challenge of adding Christmas touches in a non-traditional color palette. It doesn’t take much to whisper “Christmas”, doesn’t it? guest bedroom at Christmas Christmas guest bedroom DIY ShowOff

Family Room – one of the things I love about this old home is that it’s not an open floor plan and each room has it’s own feel. And since I just do what I love, this colorful eclectic theme in the family room doesn’t feel out of place in our home.  eclectic Christmas family room easy DIY artificial Christmas tree trunk tutorial at   ombre ornaments blue-green ombre Christmas tree Ombre Tree royal blue ombre Christmas tree turquoise ombre Christmas tree aqua ombre Christmas tree blue ombre Christmas tree ombre tree skirt colorful Christmas decorating

Even the main floor bathroom gets a bit of Christmas cheer.  Christmas bathroom decor

Hey, where’s the sitting room and the powder room? What about that laundry room makeover in progress and the pantry-room reveal? Why don’t you see the decorated front doorway? See Part 2 of our holiday home tour here

DIYShowOff Christmas Home Tour 2013

I hope you enjoyed the small summary of what’s to come! Have any questions, want to introduce yourself or need more details? Let me know in the comments and I’ll get right back to you. Thanks for stopping by!

See the DIYShowOff Project Gallery for holiday tutorials and Christmas decorating and DIY updates. 

Ready to move on? House #19 is awesome! Of course it is! It’s Lindsay from Makely School for Girls

Makely School for Girls


3 beautiful Christmas Trees by Chic It Simple on Facebook for the Christmas Tree Link Party and Contest

Chic It Simple Christmas Tree 3 Chic It Simple Christmas Tree 2 Chic it Simple Christmas Tree 1

Lighted PVC Candy Canes DIY Christmas Home Decor

These PVC lighted candy canes are a fun Christmas home decor idea and pretty way to greet guests at the front door. Welcome, friends! 

Lighted PVC Candy Canes Tutorial DIYShowOff

{a big thanks to mom for letting me decorate her front door}

{Christmas wreath and snowman welcome mat also found at Lowe’s}

Materials for a set of two:

  • Two 2″or 3″ (that’s how they’re specifically labeled) PVC drain with 5 SS strain
  • Two 2″ PVC P-trap with union 
  • Two 2″ x 2″ PVC solid pipe in 2 ft section (stock)
  • Two 2″ x 22.5D street elbow
  • sanding block/sand paper
  • FrogTape®
  • Valspar Primer for Plastic
  • Valspar Outdoor White spray paint
  • Valspar Red spray paint
  • Two strings of 35 white Christmas lights
  • Rocks/gravel for weighting the bottom
  • Two bows 

Tutorial: Attach pieces to create a candy cane shape in this order: drain on bottom, 2 ft. PVC pipe, P-trap, elbow.  sanding PVC pipe - lighted candy cane tutorial

Lightly sand and wipe clean each piece of PVC. sanding PVC pipe - lighted candy cane tutorial Spray each assembled PVC candy cane with primer and let dry.  candy cane tutorial - priming PVC Give each candy cane two coats of white spray paint. Allow to dry between each coat.  candy cane tutorial - spraying painting PVC Remove the bottom pieces (the drain/stand). Wrap FrogTape around each candy cane to create a twisted/striped pattern. It gets tricky around the bends but just do your best. Mine are imperfect but it doesn’t take away from the final result. Imperfection adds character, right?  Using your thumbnail or a credit/gift card, burnish the edge of the tape. Rub the edges to ensure paint doesn’t seep under.  Give the candy canes two coats of red spray paint. PVC candy cane tutorial - spray painting Carefully remove the FrogTape before the second coat of spray paint dries.  FrogTape lighted PVC candy canes Allow spray paint to fully dry.  Drill holes where desired along the candy cane. I drilled mine randomly in the white sections. Remove the plastic/PVC shavings. (Note: Great gift idea for a DIY lover! The Rockwell Jawhorse is awesome for DIY projects…it held my PVC in place perfectly while I drilled!) lighted PVC candy cane tutorial - drilling PVC Remove the bottom drain/stand.  Keep the plug on the outside and push the entire string of lights through a hole that’s been drilled near the bottom of the candy canes right above the drain area. Work the lights up through the candy cane. I used a thin yardstick to help. Lighted PVC Candy Cane Tutorial at Fill the bottom drain/stand with a handful of rocks for weight and reattach to the candy cane. PVC candy cane tutorial Attach bows, plug in and admire your work!  DIYShowOff PVC candy canes Lighted PVC Candy Canes tutorial So festive and welcoming! They’d look pretty indoors with a red and white theme too… christmas How to Make Lighted PVC Candy Canes christmas napkin See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app LCI winter *Disclaimer: I’m a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network. I received a Lowe’s gift card to complete this challenge. As always, all ideas and opinions are in my own words. Results may vary. Remember to work in a well-ventilated area and to take the proper safety precautions.  Psst. Don’t forget to stop by the Holiday Home Tour! 40 decorated blogger’s homes starting with Jennifer Rizzo.

  Deck the Halls Party


Amanda’s beautiful tree for the Christmas Tree Contest

Amanda's Christmas Tree

Havertys Holiday Hosting

I love decorating my home for the holidays for getting together with family and friends. As you know, we don’t currently have a front door or foyer but it’s on my wish list for 2014. I popped over to to do some virtual foyer decorating to ‘complete’ the vision I have of creating a welcoming entryway for future holiday hosting. 

Havertys Holiday Hosting


DIYShowOff Havertys Home Pinterest Board



Welcoming! Eclectic. I love that the apothecary chest has a rustic-look finish. The olive buckets are perfect for displaying party favors or a few small gifts. The chainlink mirror and silver antler candle holders add a touch of glam but also that repurposed theme I love so much. A neutral entry way rug softens and warms the area. Choosing neutral colors allows for easy swapping of seasonal decor. And the pop of red gives this area a festive feel.  A happy beautiful entryway will welcome guests and leave them with a good first impression. (Maybe they won’t notice the unfinished projects. haha!)

See if there’s a Havertys near you for some last minute holiday hosting home prep. 

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Whether you are looking for the perfect couch or an accent piece to tie the whole room together, Havertys has everything you need to prepare your home for guests this holiday season!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

Charlotte’s pretty tree for the Christmas Tree Contest.
Charlotte's Christmas Tree 2  

Christmas in a Minute: Easy DIY Christmas Tree Trunk Cover

Now I know you may have been hoping for something a little more glamorous like how to get all of those Christmas decor totes to magically appear from being buried or how to cook a delicious Christmas meal complete with fruit cake or how to complete holiday shopping without spending a dime – all in a minute. That’d be awesome and magical! But those are more likely fairy tales because I tried snapping my fingers and wiggling my nose. And I got nothing except a sideways look from the dog. It didn’t work. So I came up with this tree trimming goody instead. ::cheers all around!::

Christmas in a Minute

This is just something simple and quick. Sometimes attention to detail – no matter how small – means so much to your artificial tree, especially this time of year. It is the season for giving. You weren’t about to forget bestowing love and affection on the focal point of your Christmas decorating, were you? How embarrassing!

Speaking of embarrassing…Nothing screams FAKE! like a Christmas tree with a hunter green metal pole, a little faux garland twisted around it and a patent label on display peeking out of the pretty tree skirt, below a beautifully decorated tree. And who wants screams at Christmas? Not me! You either? I thought not. artificial Christmas tree trunk

My artificial tree whispered that it was similar to displaying a big ole’ hairy leg while wearing a festive gown of lights and glitter topped with a tiara star. That won’t do! {Sorry for the visual!} Well, we’re all in luck! Because here’s a quick, cheap and easy fix.  DIY artificial Christmas tree trunk tutorial at


  • cardboard paper towel tube
  • brown craft paint(s) or hey, make yours candy-cane striped or rainbow bright!
  • foam paint brush & scissors

Tutorial (just in case you’re “stumped” – hahahahahahahahaha!)…

  1. Stop laughing because using scissors is serious business.
  2. Cut a straight line up one side of the cardboard tube. artificial Christmas tree trunk cover tutorial
  3. Paint it brown. I dipped my brush into a couple of different brown paints. DIY artificial tree trunk cover tutorial
  4. Let dry. I think mine took about 10 minutes. If you glopped on too much paint and it’s taking forever to dry, then wipe it down with a paper towel. Oh…you’re out since you have an empty paper towel tube? Try blowing on it. Just kidding. Clean up and put away your supplies. It should be dry in a few minutes and look like this: How to make an artificial Christmas tree trunk cover
  5. Optional: Get fancy and create the look of bark using a black Sharpie but just having a multi-brown tree trunk works for me. 
  6. Trim height of the cardboard tree trunk if need be (mine didn’t need it).
  7. Slip tube around the artificial tree trunk (cut side around back). DIY fake Christmas tree trunk cover tutorial

YOU DID IT! You just saved Christmas! Okay, that’s an exaggeration but your artificial tree might disagree. However – you did just recycle. Hurray for that! 

I know it’s only seen from across the room or right up under the tree (until the presents arrive) but with this quick little DIY, my tree feels ‘complete’. Now, my tree looks a little more polished, a little more dressed.

easy DIY artificial Christmas tree trunk tutorial at

Now, go light a pine scented candle, crank the Christmas tunes, pour a glass of eggnog and rock around the Christmas tree. 

DIY Christmas at DIYShowOff

For the record: skip the painting step and technically, it really is a minute project! So let’s start a trend and get those poles “SPRUCEd” up! hahahahaha! I couldn’t resist.

Also shown above:

Christmas in a Minute

It’s your lucky day! MORE Christmas in a Minute from these awesome blog friends {and more creative exciting ones at that!}.

Danielle’s beautiful Christmas tree for the Christmas Tree Contest & Link Party.

Danielle's Christmas Tree

Custom DIY Decals – vinyl holiday labels

I don’t know about you but the change from fall to winter contributes to dry skin and having a bottle of lotion constantly on display isn’t exactly decorative so why not whip out a vinyl decal/label using a fun shape and text? I used my Silhouette Cameo and vinyl but you could substitute craft paper, glue, contact paper, decorative tape and/or stickers. It’s a cute DIY gift idea too. Here is what I did:

DIY gift set idea


  • Bottle of Moisturizing Lotion (Dollar General) – you could also make your own and use a glass bottle or jar
  • Gold Vinyl from Happy Crafters
  • Transfer paper


  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

Remove front label. I left the back label adhered so there was no mistaking the contents and ingredients. The front label pulled away clean for me but some may take a little elbow grease.

lotion bottle decal tutorial

Using my Silhouette Studio software along with a previously purchased deer shape and helvetica font, I created a design measuring small enough to fit on the front of the lotion bottle (roughly 3 x 3 inches).

Load vinyl color side up. I changed my blade settings for cutting vinyl and sent to ‘cut’. 

cutting vinyl decals

Weed away all ‘negative’ vinyl that isn’t a part of the design. 

deer decal

Add a piece of transfer paper to the front side of the vinyl decal and rub with a gift card or credit card.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Pull away the wax paper backing.

vinyl decal label tutorial

Place the vinyl decal/transfer paper onto the front of the lotion bottle and rub the design with a a gift card.

lotion label decal

Peel away the transfer paper. 

Vinyl lotion label decal DIY

Add a coordinating bow if desired. Now you have cute guest room accessory.

Deer lotion bottle DIY vinyl decal

Or create a holiday gift set by adding a super easy DIY ring/jewelry holder.

DIY gifts

I’m sharing the ring holder tutorial today over at Très Frugal – 30 days of DIY Gift Ideas hosted by Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl today. Hop over to check it out and to follow the entire series for some great gift ideas. 

diy gifts

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion are my own. See more projects at Happy Crafters blog.



Karyna’s handmade tree for the Christmas Tree Party & Contest

Karyna's Christmas Tree

DIY Holiday Wall Decals

DIY vinyl holiday wall decals are perfect for adding some festive touches to existing decor during the holidays. Great for making new decor too! Last year I added gold vinyl lettering to a large mirror (Glory to God in the Highest).

Christmas Dining Room 2012

Christmas mirror

I also love using vinyl lettering to create signs or to place directly on the wall.

Reindeer Games Sign Tutorial

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

But this year, I have a large world map in the family room. I tested the vinyl on the canvas and it didn’t cause any damage so this project got the ‘green light’ for me! Yay! (Please do your own test before applying vinyl directly to canvas or art work.) If it didn’t work, plan B was to use vinyl lettering on a wood plank sign for above my canvas. or to add vinyl lettering to a laminated map poster. 

before {family room makeover}

family room makeover

MaterialsI used:


  • Silhouette Cameo

What I did:

I created my lettering for “Joy to the World” using my Silhouette Studio software.

Joy to the World Christmas lettering

*Incidentally, there is a nearly identical ‘world shape’ as shown on my canvas, so you could also cut out vinyl continents in any color and apply directly to the wall or onto a large piece of plyboard to create your own overall “Joy to the World” wall decals. 

Load the vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo color side up. 

Happy Crafters Tutorial

Adjust the blades as needed and send design to “cut”. 

Remove vinyl from machine and weed away negative space around lettering and centers from the letters o and e.

Joy to the World vinyl wall art

Place transfer paper over the design and rub with a credit card. 

Joy to the World vinyl wall art

Peel away waxpaper backing from lettering. If letters are sticking to the wax paper, replace transfer paper and rub again. Sometimes I have to use my thumbnail to help the vinyl transfer.

Place vinyl design with transfer paper onto the canvas.

Tricky! Rub the design without stretching the canvas. I supported the back side of the canvas with a book before rubbing. 

Joy to the World vinyl wall art

Peel away transfer paper. 

Joy to the World vinyl wall art

All done!

The best part is that I can remove the vinyl letters after the holidays without damaging my printed canvas (remember to test your art before attempting this – or create a specifically designated piece for the holidays). 

Joy to the World Christmas wall art

I also added “peace on earth” to my globe to help camouflage the area where numerous price tag stickers removed the map paper…

peace on earth globe

How are you adding vinyl to your holiday decor this year? 

Joy to the World Vinyl Decals on Map

*This post is sponsored by Happy Crafters. Tutorial, experience and opinion is my own. 


Getting Holiday Ready & Giveaway

How the heck do you get ready for the holidays when your home is under DIY construction and chaos? Well, I’m not sure but I can tell you how it’s going for me. When I have a lot going on, I’m a list maker. Seeing what needs done and checking things off helps keep me on track.  Otherwise, you know something’s going to get forgotten. This year, with being a part of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas team, Lowe’s has played a large part in halting my holiday home procrastination.

mercury glass centerpiece

Here is how my list goes:

  1. First priority is to finish up existing projects like bigger tasks so that I can breathe, relax and enjoy the rest of the year. So, I’m pushing to get some projects like our window installation, open pantry makeover and laundry room makeover complete. You may not see those makeovers until January, but my deadline for finishing them is a real life holiday home tour on 12/7.
  2. Cleaning and de-cluttering. In order to prep for digging out all of those bins filled with holiday decorating goodness, I need to start with a clean slate. That means piling up existing decorative accents (to be stored in the empty Christmas bins) and dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, scrubbing. 
  3. Re-arranging the furniture. I decorate three trees for Christmas so moving furniture around to make room is one of my favorite parts of decorating. I love a fresh new perspective from the usual arranged room, don’t you? 
  4. This one I usually start the weekend after Thanksgiving: Hauling out the Christmas decor bins and decorating! Pump up the volume on those Christmas tunes and deck the halls! 
  5. Sending out Christmas cards to family and friends.  DIY Christmas Card Tree Display
  6. Holiday shopping. I’ve started a little shopping the past month or two but this is the time I take to get it done. I love giving gifts! Do you wrap as you go or pile it all up or wrap all gifts at once?  I love to be organized about it and wrap it all at once. Blasting the Christmas music in the background, singing along, ribbons and bows and paper and scissors and tape all within reach. It’s a huge wrap-fest! A party for one. 
  7. Holiday baking. I don’t do much baking but hoping to change that a little this year. I’d love to have a variety of cookies to go with my hot cocoa.  chevron wooden table runner {chevron wooden table runner tutorial}

Call me crazy but I’m {unrealistically?} optimistic! Check back with me next weekend and I may be in a panic. Because #1 on my list is a doozy. But if I don’t have everything crossed off my list this week, I do have next week before Thanksgiving and the weekend after to fall back on. Having a deadline puts the pressure on to get things wrapped up…and I’m not even talking about the presents yet! rustic vintage glam christmas centerpiece

A few weeks’ back when I first started thinking about getting my home ready for the holidays by following the Lowe’s Holiday Showcase, I had the opportunity to play around with some decorating. Just enough to get me excited to get the projects done in order to get to the reward: rustic Christmas mantel

…really decorating for Christmas. rustic metallic vignette

Christmas vignette

That was a couple of weeks ago. Remember when I said I’m working on completing some bigger projects and a house under DIY construction? This is my dining room table now…{keeping it real!} dining room mess

Yikes! Not for long. According to my list, I’ll be clearing that table off today! Hurray! rustic glitter Christmas decor

I hosted a small get together with family and friends and we discussed holiday decorating and plans


Putting together a list this time of year really helps keep me on track as well as ensures I don’t forget something with so much going on.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Winner is JD who commented: Paint! I’ve had paint chips up in the bedroom and bathroom for months now, and we have a nursery to do now too! Congratulations, JD! You’ll be notified by email!

$50 Lowe’s GIVEAWAY

How do you get your home holiday ready? How about a $50 Lowe’s giveaway to finish up some home improvement or to start shopping for the holidays? 

To be entered to win, simply leave a comment below telling me how you’d spend $50 at Lowe’s right now. I appreciate your shares! Leave a comment telling me how you shared as well for another chance to win. 

*Giveaway runs now through Wed., 11/27/13 at midnight EST. Winner will be chosen randomly from the comments and announced shortly after. Giveaway is open to US residents 18+ only. 

See more fun DIY ideas at Lowe’s Creative Ideas, follow Lowe’s on InstagramPinterest and sign up for the Creative Ideas magazine and app! You’ll see my DIY foldable luggage rack for getting guest room ready in the November digital issue! So exciting!

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*Disclaimer: I’m a member of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network. I was compensated for hosting a Holiday Ready Home party and supplied with a gift card for some Lowe’s holiday decor (shown above). All opinions are my own. 

Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – Ombre Christmas Tree

You: “Hey, Roeshel! Um…it’s barely November!

Me: I know! When Michaels set the date for the Dream Tree Challenge my first thought was “It’s the day after Halloween for goodness sakes!” But my second thought was “With all that’s been going on around here, I need a happy distraction and hey, a head start doesn’t hurt.

Michaels Christmas Dream Tree

For me, holiday decorating definitely fit the bill. I wanted to decorate a tree! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I feel all organized by getting an early start. Get comfy, my friends. I have a lot of holiday cheer to spread around! Ombre Christmas Dream Tree  Michaels provided me with a beautiful pre-lit 7 ft. artificial pine and a gift card for decorating to participate in the dream tree challenge to kick off the decorating season in the DIY Show Off house. Decorating early will definitely help ease my holiday-stress. ombre tree skirt

Last year, I made a beautiful no-sew ombre tree skirt and I knew I wanted to continue with an ombre theme in the family room. ombre ruffled tree skirt

{easy sew or no-sew ruffled tree skirt tutorial

Non traditional star orb tree topper:  I painted assorted sized wooden stars and embroidery hoops in ombre colors with a spray of Krylon glitter blast and let them dry. I assembled the hoop orbs using hot glue. Next I drilled a hole in the top of each star, laced stars and hoops with fishing line, tied on some ribbon bows and hung from the ceiling using small Command hooks.  Christmas star mobile

DIY hanging tree topper  

And Michaels had everything I needed to assemble my non-traditional sparkly ombre dream-tree theme starting with cool wintery mint… Mint Ombre Christmas Tree

sparkly sky blue… blue ombre Christmas tree

happy cheerful aqua… aqua ombre Christmas tree

my favorite,  a deep rich turquoise… turquoise ombre Christmas tree turquoise Christmas tree

to a beautiful royal blue… royal blue ombre Christmas tree

Everyone: “Ooohhhh! Ahhhhh! ombre tree skirt

Glitter sparkle everywhere! Love it! #bling! ombre ornaments

This tree is nice and full but I start by filling in an artificial tree with the HUGE assortment from the floral department first…poinsettias, pine branches, large flowers/accessories with glittery leaves, beaded sticks and feathers – all just tucked between the branches. Then I finish up by adding in traditional ornaments, birds, ribbon and pinecones.  Ombre Tree

Someone is certainly fascinated by it…

She takes after me…just can’t stay away from the glimmery shimmery beauty.  Ombre Christmas Tree

Traditional Christmas just doesn’t work in this room with my beautiful colorful curtains but this gorgeous ombre tree in blues and greens is perfect! I decorate three trees, one that’s traditional, one that’s more natural and now this non-traditional ombre tree to light up our eclectic colorful family room. Fun!  blue-green ombre Christmas tree  

I’ll be hosting the DIYShowOff annual Christmas tree link party this year as usual starting December 1st. I normally start my holiday decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. How about you? 

Ombre Christmas Dream Tree

Disclosure: I received a 7 ft. pre-lit tree and gift card for trimming the tree from Michaels in exchange for sharing the Dream Tree Challenge. Tree theme, opinions, experience and decorating are in my own words. 

DIYShowOff ombre Christmas tree

For more holiday crafting and decorating information: 

  • See my experience with shopping at Michaels.
  • More great tips for Christmas tree decorating.
  • The Michaels Décor Guide has tons of ideas and projects to make spreading the holiday cheer throughout your house easy. Navigate through the online versiondownload a copy, or pick up one at your local Michaels!
  • Michaels is offering a holiday helpline this year! Now through Christmas Eve you can call 1-800-MICHAELS Monday throughFriday from noon until 5 p.m. CST and be connected directly to Michaels crafting experts. You also can send craft questions via email to or by using the hashtag #askmichaels on Facebook and Twitter.