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An Old House Fireplace Gets a Makeover

by Jennifer Farley

Fireplace Mantel Makeover

This is my master bedroom the day we moved into my house. I'm sure you're wondering why we changed anything. The matted down shag carpet was a real stunner, and the house also came with a carpet rake. I am serious...it really did. Anyway, this room along with three other bedrooms got a complete overhaul. Today I want to focus in on the fireplace makeover. There were many great elements of this fireplace but so much of what was wrong was proportion.... then of course, everything surrounding it needed to be changed. Here's the transformation.   

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Easy DIY Geometric Paper Ornament (With Free Printable!)

by Faith Towers
Easy DIY Geometric Paper Ornament (With Free Printable!)
Photo: Faith Towers

If you're on the hunt for a fun, contemporary ornament for your tree, then you've come to the right place. Today we're showing you how to make a unique geometric ornament out of card stock and bakers twine (which means it won't break when the dog inevitably runs into the tree). And best of all, we've included a free printable file (with two color schemes), so this project will take all of 15 minutes to make. Read on to check it out!   

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Gift Guide: How to Assemble Your Own Creative Gift Kits

by Faith Towers

DIY Gift Giving Kits

Gift giving can be difficult. It's hard to know what someone wants or even what someone already has. But one thing's for sure... if you're buying for a DIY-loving friend, they're probably interested in trying a new craft. So today we're sharing a different kind of gift guide - one that will help you assemble kit-style gifts for ten of our favorite crafty hobbies.    

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How To: Turn A Storage Basket Into a Christmas Tree Skirt Without Cutting The Basket

by Jennifer Farley

Turn a Storage Basket Into a Christmas Tree Skirt

I love basket tree skirts. They finish off a tree with clean lines. My house is full of large storage baskets for toys, blankets, and all sorts of stuff. I really wanted to make one of them work, without cutting the basket, so I could use it as a basket again. The only problem was my artificial Christmas tree base was too big. Here is my simple, no-skills needed, DIY solution to make one of my storage baskets work as my tree skirt.   

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Your Last Chance to Win Every Art Lover's Dream

by Grisha Bornsztein

You may not know this, but we LOVE Minted. And, more importantly, we love YOU, our readers. That's why we've teamed up with Minted to give away an incredible $1,000 in Minted goodies to one lucky winner! That's $1,000 you could use to finish up all your holiday gift giving, to decorate your home, or to just get some much needed retail therapy. 

There's just one itsy, bitsy little catch... the giveaway ends tonight at 11:59 Pacific. That's...

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How to: Make a Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Display Shelf

by Brittni Mehlhoff

When the holidays roll around, I usually break out my glue gun and come up with a few easy winter projects to tackle. Today though, I'm branching out from the materials I almost always use and picking up a hand saw instead. With a bit of careful measuring and a handful of cuts, I made this hanging wood Christmas tree shelf perfect for storing small gifts and holiday odds and ends.   

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Eye Candy: 10 Unique Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

by Faith Towers
Eye Candy: 10 Unique Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas
Photo: Luella & June

First off, happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate! And if you're like me, you're probably already thinking about Christmas. Why not get creative with your Christmas tree this year and try a new color scheme? And before you go and say it's too expensive, keep in mind that you could always spray paint some of your old ornaments or make your own new ones (but that's a whole other post). So without further adieu, here are ten beautiful, unique Christmas tree decorating ideas.   

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How to: Origami-Inspired Paper Star Garland

by Chris Gardner


My favorite aspect of the holiday season is most certainly the decorating. It puts a festive spirit in your heart and a big smile on your face – the perfect recipe for holiday cheer. 

And while holiday decor can mean a variety of different things to different people, I think we can all agree that the best holiday decorations are both beautiful and inexpensive! This is Linda from A Sweet Afternoon here to show you how to make an easy, origami-inspired paper star garland that’s as festive as can be, and that you can make with any paper you have and just a few basic craft items.  By the end of this, you’ll know how to make two different types of folded stars for all your decorating needs!

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