10 Creative Alternatives To Store-Bought Gift Wrap

10 Creative Gift Wrap Alternatives
Photo: Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Still working on wrapping holiday gifts? Or maybe you aren't finished shopping yet? Today we have some gift wrapping ideas that are a little outside the box - literally and figuratively. We're sharing ten creative alternatives to basic, store-bought gift wrap... which will in turn save you some money, and be a little friendlier to the environment. Keep reading to check them out!   

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How to: Make a DIY Modern and Minimalist Nativity Set

by Chris Gardner

created at: 12/18/2012

I have lots of great holiday memories from when I was a kid: listening to the Merry Christmas from Sesame Street cassette while driving downtown to pick up the ham with my dad, waking my parents up with my sister after totally having scoped the presents, and warming the handheld candles to make funny shapes with my cousins and uncle during Christmas Eve service. But nothing stands out more than this silly little wooden nativity set I set up...

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How to: Elegant and Oh-So-Simple Himmeli-Inspired Christmas Trees

by Jennifer Farley

DIY Tabletop Himmeli Christmas Tree

When it comes to stylish Christmas decor, I always love the classic and elegant look of Scandinavian simplicity. I'm especially into the Finnish Himmeli craft, and dig all the ornaments, stars, and wreathes made from them. So, I wanted to add to that trend by making a Himmeli tabletop Christmas tree design to use as decor around my house and in my Christmas tablescapes.

Sometimes, Himmeli projects are known for getting a little complicated. Believe me, I know. I have tried and failed at many. So, I made these Himmeli trees to be easy, modern, and adaptable to create a variety of tree designs. To pull off the look, you only need to know how to make one simple Himmeli triangle. 

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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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10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have

10 Holiday Decorations Made With Things You Already Have
Photo:  Beyond The Picket Fence 

The holidays are hard on the wallet, thanks to all the gifts and decorations that we're expected to buy. But with a little bit of ingenuity, it is possible to decorate your home on a budget. Today we're sharing ten DIY decorating ideas that are cheap or even free using things you probably already have lying around the house.   

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Before and After: A Stale Kitchen Gets a Simple Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

by Lidy Dipert

We had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

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Before and After: A Stale Kitchen Gets a Simple Scandinavian-Inspired Makeover

When we first bought our home, the kitchen was quite dull and uninteresting. Which was ok at the time, because we just needed it for practical reasons. And to be honest, after making a big move to a new country, the last thing we wanted to do was tackle the...

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Make It: 10 Imaginative DIY Advent Calendars to Welcome the Holiday Season

Roundup: 10 Imaginative DIY Advent Calendars

It doesn't seem possible that another holiday season is upon us, but it is... which means that if you plan to make an advent calendar, it's time to get started on it! This is a wonderful tradition, especially for children... when I was a kid I remember looking forward to opening my advent calendar each day in December. So today we're sharing ten super creative, beautiful ways to make your own.   

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How to: Install a Simple and Affordable DIY Shiplap Panel Wall

by Lidy Dipert

We'd had enough of our dated kitchen, so we decided to give it a full-on facelift, while staying on a budget. Follow along with our whole series: Lidy's Kitchen Makeover.

How to: Install Scandinavian-inspired Shiplap Paneling

Today, let’s talk about the walls. Our kitchen had a very, um, "interesting" design. The walls were painted a light peachy pink, with a green vine wallpaper border at the top (I removed that as soon as we moved in). And it has been left that way for over two years. At...

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