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

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

Tutorial:

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

Bumble

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!

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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

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.com 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: http://wp.me/p3Su5W-3dv in your post to enter or here’s a convenient html code to add to the end of your blog post:

DIYShowOff

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 thediyshowoff@gmail.com 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!



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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: 

Monday:
 
Roeshel – DIY Showoff 
Jess and Monica – East Coast Creative
Laura – Finding Home 
Jesse – Scout & Nimble
Sarah – Sarah M. Dorse
Angela – Number Fifty-Three 
Gwen – The Makerista 
Brittany – Brittany Makes 
 
Tuesday:
 
Ashley – The Handmade Home  
Anneke – This, That, & Life 
Caitlin – Desert Domicile 
Sarah – The Thriftress 
Carolyn – Sweet Chaos Home 
Shavonda – A Home Full of Color 
 
 
Wednesday:
 
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 
Sarah – Lacquer and Linen  
 Kelly – View Along the Way 
 
 
Thursday:
 
Jenna – SAS Interiors
Chris – Just a Girl 
Michelle – Iron and Twine 
Amanda – Our Humble Abode 
Julia – Cuckoo 4 Design 
Bethany – Dwellings by Devore
Lindsay – Makely Home
Jennifer – Dimples and Tangles 
 
Friday:
 
Traci – Beneath My Heart 
Jennifer – The Chronicles of Home 
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!

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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

Materials:

  • 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.

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 Havertys.com 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. 

Follow DIY Show Off Havertys Home on Pinterest

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 diyshowoff.com

Materials:

  • 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 diyshowoff.com

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

Materials:

  • 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

Tools:

  • 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.

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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:

Tools: 

  • 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. 

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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

holidayreadyhome

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 holidayhelp@michaels.com or by using the hashtag #askmichaels on Facebook and Twitter.

I Spy A Winter Wonderland Lamp

 Winter Wonderland Lamp Makeover Story…

White Christmas decor

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, 
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

I know. It’s August. Why in the world am I thinking winter? Well, I love a good DIY challenge! And thinking about December in August is a challenge, isn’t it? Besides, when August temps are high, it’s the only time I’m wishing for snow.

and…

HomeTalk and Lamps Plus are hosting a Holiday Design Contest and I’m excited to be participating!  What is HomeTalk? A fun community based around all things “home” and Lamps Plus is an awesome source for lighting – what a great team!

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp Tutorial:

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp Makeover

Materials:

Winter Wonderland Lamp Tutorial

  • assorted small white accessories from around the house. Mine include Christmas bulbs, snowflake ornaments, a white owl, ceramic angel, seashells, small white feathers, stars, mask, organza butterfly, nesting dolls, poker chips, chess pieces, faux dahlia, pearls, etc. 
  • paper doilies
  • Martha Stewart Decoupage Multiple Surface Durable Matte Finish
  • craft chip brush

Lampshade Tutorial:

Working quickly and in small sections, apply decoupage to lamps shade with a soft bristle chip brush.

decoupaged lampshade tutorial

Apply decoupage to the back side of the paper doily. 

Martha Stewart Decoupage

Place paper doily onto the freshly brushed decoupage on the lampshade. 

decoupage doily lampshade

Apply a coat of decoupage to the paper doily and surrounding area. 

Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Doily Lampshade

Repeat steps above for all paper doilies, staggering the designs. 

Attach lampshade to lamp and give entire lampshade one to two top coats of decoupage, allowing 1-2 hours of dry time between each coat. Let dry. 

Ta-da:

paper doily decoupaged lamp shade

Filling the Lamp:

winter wonderland ornaments

Filling the lamp is super easy: Unscrew the wing nut on the bottom of the fillable lamp to separate the bottom piece. Carefully fill the lamp with baubles. In my case, it was my white “I spy” collection from around the house. At the bottom of my lamp, I added a little bit of old tissue paper to act as a cushion. When full, replace the the base and secure with the wing nut.

fillable lamp

Attach lamp shade.

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp

Hot cocoa, a warm throw, cozy fire, holiday music and dreaming of a white Christmas…

DIY Christmas Lamp

What I love about my “I spy winter wonderland lamp”:

  • I love that while my lamp definitely has a winter wonderland vibe, it’s a subtle enough style to display all year long since it doesn’t scream “HO-HO-HO! Merry Christmas!”
  • Great for a winter decorated side table or vignette to coordinate with any holiday theme or color scheme. White goes with everything!
  • Perfect for a guest room night stand…who needs to count sheep when you can hunt for treasures?
  • And a fun quick “I spy” game and conversation starter for guests in the living room.  
  • Easily refillable for a new look. 

Winter Wonderland Vignette

Thanks to HomeTalk and Lamps Plus for inviting me to participate in this fun Holiday Design Challenge! 

See more fun fillable lamp makeovers at HomeTalk by searching “LampsPlus”. 

*LampsPlus supplied the lamp for this project. All thoughts, opinions and project tutorial are 100% in my own words. 

DIY Show Off Holiday Home Tour 2012

Well, Merry Christmas, friends! I can’t believe it’s here! I love Christmastime. Today and tomorrow you’ll find us surrounded by family {in-laws today, my family tomorrow}. Since we won’t be having the entertaining and get togethers at our home this year, I wanted to invite you to see all of our holiday decorating in one post {although I know you’ve seen bits and pieces the past couple of weeks}.

C’mon in and make yourself at home. :)

The family room isn’t completely “done” in the way of remodeling, but I really enjoyed decorating the mantel and white Christmas tree this year. And if you’ve been following along, no I never did get the curtain panels finished. There’s always the new year!

colorful eclectic Christmas

The living room is all classic and traditional. I couldn’t get great pictures of the mantel or built in bookcases or garland on the stairway. All I have to share is a picture of the tree, our main tree. It’s the one Santa targets for stashing gifts…

And my favorite space is our dining room and sitting room…

Christmas dining room

Christmas dining room

DIYShowOff Christmas dining room

Christmas dish display

Christmas mirror

sitting room

DIY scrapwood Christmas card {photo} display

DIY Christmas Card Holder

a little DIY tomato cage Christmas treeDIY Tomato Cage Christmas tree

Wishing you a blessed Christmas celebration, dear friends.