How to: Make a Modern Advent Village

Alicia Lacy
DIY Wood Block & Test Tube Advent Village
Photo: Bruno Bornsztein

It's advent calendar time! As I write this post, the Midwest is being walloped by a snow storm. Nothing inspires holiday decorating like many inches of snow, and to stave off decking all the halls, I created a little advent village for our children. Read on for the full tutorial.

Using blocks of wood and test tubes, I assembled a village full of tiny treasures to help our family celebrate...

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Eye Candy: 11 Ways to Decorate with Non-Traditional Christmas Colours

Stephanie Lee
Photo: Pencil Shaving Studio

If you've been reading my Christmas posts over the last couple of weeks, you've probably heard me say that I'm not a big fan of traditional festive colours. But that doesn't mean I don't like decorating for the holidays. Far from it in fact - it just means I try to think outside the box when it comes to the colours I use. And after scouting around online it seems I'm not the only one! Read on to see my favourite alternative colour schemes for Christmas.

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How to: Make a Wintery Wonderland Wreath

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Make a Wintery Wonderland Wreath | Hello Lidy for Curbly

One of the things I look forward to each season is creating a new wreath for our home. Not only is it a fun and festive project to do, but it makes for some really easy holiday decor! The style options are endless and limitless. Here in Canada, everything is covered in a blanket of white, shimmery snow. It's truly a magical time of year and I really wanted to emulate that in my decor, so I decided to make a wintery wonderland wreath. 

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Roundup: 10 Awesome Free Printables For The Holidays

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Roundup: 10 Awesome Free Printables For The Holidays
Photo: The Anastasia Co.

The holidays are expensive, there's just no way around it (unless you forgo gifts altogether). But if that's not your cup of tea, there are ways to save a few bucks. One easy way is to download free printables to use for gift wrap, tags, decor, etc. So we've rounded up ten of our favorite free holiday printables - we think you'll like them too.    

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Roundup: 20+ More Inexpensive DIY Gift Basket Ideas

Diy Maven

 

DIY gift basket ideas

A bunch of years ago I wrote a roundup of 20+ Inexpensive DIY Gift Baskets Ideas We Love, and apparently, you love them too, because the article still gets plenty of viewing action. Although we STILL love those ideas, we thought it might be time to expand on the idea. As mentioned in the original post, gift baskets are great to receive, but giving them can be surprisingly expensive. Pick a basket, add a little of this and a...

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Make it: DIY Holiday Place Setting

Stephanie Lee

DIY holiday place setting

With all the parties that take place during the festive season, the holidays are the perfect time to have a little fun with your table settings. After all, there are so many elements that you can DIY, and by doing so you can really tailor each piece to suit your personal taste or existing Christmas decor (or both!). Read on to see how easy it was to set up this simple place setting with just a bit of fabric paint, paper and some clay.

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How To: Make a Space-Saving Tabletop Christmas Tree

Brittni Mehlhoff
Photo: Brittni Mehlhoff

I'm getting into holiday decorating much earlier than normal this year. What about you? And I thought I would try my hand at another wood project because I happen to have a bunch of wood shims lying around from another project. So, with the help of the folks at Dremel, I created a tabletop wood shim Christmas tree for the holidays that is fun, festive, and a little bit pastel. The finished tree is about 16 inches tall, making it especially perfect for anyone with a small space that doesn't have a lot of room to spare. Click through for the full tutorial.

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Make It: Minimal Holiday Wreath

Stephanie Lee
DIY minimal holiday wreath

While I love the traditional evergreen boxwood look as much as the next person, I've been itching to try my hand at making a more minimal version of the holiday wreath. I've seen a few around lately and they're just so elegant, plus they're super simple to DIY. Want to know how? Read on for all the details!

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Make It: Printable Mountain Advent Calendar

Stephanie Lee
Printable mountain advent calendar

One of my favourite things about the festive season is the lead up to the big day; there’s so much anticipation and excitement surrounding the countdown to Christmas. This is why advent calendars are right up my alley and this year I finally got around to hand-making one, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. Best of all, being a printable calendar, it’s easy to set one up for your own holiday celebrations - click through to see how!  

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