DIY Holiday Highlights #3

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”

I love Christmas carols! Happy half way through the week! How was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was filled with love, family, friends, many blessings, special memories and lots of food!

 

Once my daughter’s birthday and Thanksgiving are complete, I get into full Christmas spirit mode! Scene: Furniture has been re-arranged to make way for the Christmas tree. Boxes are piled in the dining room, living room and family room spilling decorations, ornaments and lights. Christmas music fills the air. There are even snow flurries here in western PA. Most of my DIY and decorating posts for the next couple of weeks will include Christmas projects, crafts, do-it-yourself and holiday features.

I’m currently finishing up decorating the dining room. I love that it’s a little more um…Natural? Cottage? Farmhouse? Rustic? lol…you’ll soon see.

I got our main tree up over the weekend. I shared some tips for decorating a Christmas tree the other day including stringing lights vertically, giving an artificial tree height, my favorite Christmas scent, etc. To create a fuller tree, I love using silk poinsettias and glittery leaves before adding ornaments.

decorating a Christmas tree

Our living room is more traditional, so our tree is decorated in golds and dark reds.

DIYShowOff Christmas Tree But the family room is going to be non-traditional colors for Christmas. Merry and bright, right?!

Reindeer Games mantel

Last week, I shared a DIY reindeer games sign tutorial with a chevron pattern for a family room that I’ve never decorated in the 7 Christmases we’ve spent in this house. I’m so excited! I still have projects to complete that I haven’t started for the family room but for now, it’s at least functioning as a family room and is “decorate-able”! AND it’s a mix of eclectic and fun colors coordinating with the beautiful curtains I’m sewing…{more information coming}.

VIBRANT FESTIVE COLOR! Amanda from Mommy Is CooCoo is giving away one of her beautiful DIY ornament wreaths. I won the one shown last year and I have to tell you – it’s gorgeous! Just a few days left to enter to win!

ORNAMENT WREATH GIVEAWAY

Christmas ornament wreath

I know you have some holiday posts to share and I can’t wait! And if not, then take a look at the links for some inspiration!

Make sure to visit a few of the links to make some new friends for the holidays. Comments, pinning and sharing links this time of year are one of the best blog gifts!

 

  • Link YOUR NEW Holiday DIY projects only please! If linking an old project, please reintroduce in a 2012 post to share.
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  • By linking up you give permission to be a favorite holiday feature {with a link back your site}.
  • I will share links to your post on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest. Feel free to do the same! Thanks!



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DIY Holiday Highlights Party #2

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I’m a few days early for Thanksgiving and hosting the party a day early, but with having a busy week, I wanted to tell you…I’m thankful for you. Thank you for your visit, sharing your DIY, your support and encouragement. I am so blessed by your friendship.

I’ve never been the type to have my Christmas shopping done in August. In fact, because my youngest daughter’s birthday is always the same week as Thanksgiving, I’ve never really planned for Christmas until after we’ve celebrated her birthday and had Thanksgiving dinner. So, I also don’t decorate until the weekend after Thanksgiving {this weekend!}. However, I will share my first DIY Christmas decor project on Friday!

There were some beautiful inspiring Christmas related links last week. Here are a few WHITE CHRISTMAS favorites…

I am so in love with Gail’s stunning DIY white poinsettia tree skirt. She shares her great tutorial at Purple Hues and me. I can’t wait to make one. Isn’t it gorgeous?  

DIY White Poinsettia Tree Skirt - Purple Hues and Me

Aimee from It’s Overflowing is super woman. This girl always has something amazing to share. I love her simple DIY Christmas JOY pillow tutorial {with link to the free printable monogram fonts}.  How-to-Make-a-Christmas-Joy-Pillow-ItsOverflowing

My Christmas centerpiece used faux snow in a glass hurricane and I’m loving the DIY Christmas Tree Jars and Snowy Luminaries from Val at Hand Made Modern. DIY time is about 1 hour…perfect quick, easy, cute!

christmas tree jars - Home Made Modern

Diana from Boy + Girl Design shares a peek of her winter decorating but nothing chilly about it. Simple. Pretty.

Winter-Decorations Boy+Girl Design

How about a big white canvas with a Christmas tree? Julia from Cuckoo 4 Design shares her Christmas tree canvas (Ikea Margareta fabric). She stretched/mounted the canvas and added some ornaments. What a great idea! It’d be perfect for an apartment. I love that it doesn’t take up any floor space and it’s a beautiful HUGE focal point in her gorgeous dining room. While you’re there, check out her decorated chandelier. SO pretty!

Ikea Margareta Cellua Christmas - Cuckoo 4 Design

Book page wreaths…swoon. I have yet to make one but I’m really loving the one Jen from City Farmhouse put together and she shares her instructions to put together a beautiful paper starburst wreath. I spied some double sided wrapping paper at Sam’s club. How pretty would that be too?!

DIY starburst paper wreath - City Farmhouse

VIBRANT FESTIVE COLOR! Amanda from Mommy Is CooCoo is giving away one of her beautiful DIY ornament wreaths. I won last year and I have to tell you – it’s gorgeous! You’ll be seeing it in my Christmas decorating this year.

ORNAMENT WREATH GIVEAWAY

Christmas ornament wreath giveaway at Mommy is Coocoo

 

  • Link YOUR NEW Holiday DIY projects only please! If linking an old project, please reintroduce in a 2012 post to share.
  • Please link back to this party in some way {permalink or the grab the button html from the side bar}.
  • By linking up you give permission to be a favorite holiday feature {with a link back your site}.
  • I will share links to your post on Facebook, Twitter, G+ and Pinterest. Feel free to do the same! Thanks!



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