81 Do-It-Yourself Christmas Decorations That Are Actually Stylish

by M.E. Gray

A mega roundup of do-it-yourself holiday projects that are actually cute

Christmas decor comes in a wide range of styles. Some decorations are cute, some are classy, and some are, well... I'll say it: ugly. Sadly a lot of do-it-yourself decorations can fall into this last category, but I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be that way. I've found 81 examples of stylish Christmas decor that you can make yourself (and proudly display when you're done).          

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Decorate with Effortless Ombre Mini Pumpkins this Fall

by Holly Wade

Mini ombre pumpkins DIY

I'm all about that ombre look, so why not bring it into your fall decor and maybe even change up the color scheme this season? Rather than sticking to a traditional red, yellow, orange and brown pallette this season, you can bring in brighter versions as well as colors like pink, peach and coral. These cute, effortless mini ombre pumpkins are fun to make and decorate your home for fall.       

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How to: Make This DIY Glam-O-Ween Skull Wreath (With Video)

by M.E. Gray

Classy Halloween Decor: Make this Glam Skull Wreath

I don't know about you, but I've been basically looking forward to Halloween since New Year's Eve. It's such a fun holiday! Candy, ghosts, and ghouls - oh my! Even though I absolutely adore All Hallow's Eve, I'll be the first to admit that the decor can end up on the tackier side of things. Ever on the hunt for classy Halloween decor, I decided to go glam instead. Ditch the traditional black and orange in favor of gold and glitz!     

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How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table

by Faith Provencher
How-To: An Incredibly Easy Wooden C Table
Photo: Faith Towers

The bed in our guest room is very tall. And if you've ever tried to find a tall end table, you know that they aren't easy to come by. So I decided to make one... and my version of the C table was born. This is not one of those time intensive woodworking projects - in fact, it didn't even involve power tools. Click through to check out this incredibly easy little side table project.

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How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

by Holly Wade

How to Easily Personalize Any Pillow with Your Own Design

I'm a pillow hoarder, so it's probably no surprise that I always have extra pillow covers in the house. I swap out my pillows every time I get sick of something, and because purchasing new pillows all the time is an expensive hobby, I've found a surefire way to personalize any pillow with my own designs using inexpensive IKEA pillow covers! The secret: sticker paper and paint. 

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DIY This: How To Make Super Sweet Ice Cream Patches

by M.E. Gray

DIY custom patches with a sweet twist - they're all about ice cream!

I scream, you scream, what's the deal with all this screaming? July is National Ice Cream month, which is just perfect because the temperatures keep rising. A hot day is the perfect excuse for an icy scoop or two. To celebrate my love for all things tasty and sweet, I'm wearing my heart on my sleeve. Or rather, I'm wearing it on my denim vest. Here are three ways to create custom patches, all of which are ice cream themed.  

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DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases

by Faith Provencher
DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

For those of you who love color as much as I do, then you probably love PANTONE too. (If you're not sure what it is, here ya go). And in my opinion, those swatches really lend themselves to fun DIY projects. So today I'm sharing a quick and easy tutorial for "balloon-dipped" PANTONE vases. Read on to check 'em out.   

 

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

The resulting vases are completely adorable - and totally simple to make.

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

Here are the materials that you'll need:

 

  • Balloons in assorted colors
  • White acrylic craft paint
  • Small clear glass vases
  • Scissors
  • Black Fine Tip Sharpie marker
  • Paint brush if your paint is thick (not pictured)
DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

Begin by squirting a healthy dose of paint into your vase. Swirl it around, coating the inner surface of the vase.

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

If your paint is thick like mine, you'll want to use a paint brush to spread the paint on the inside of the vase. Try to make a clean, even line below the top lip of the vase. Put any excess paint back in the bottle. Set the vase aside to dry.

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

Next, grab a balloon and cut the top part off (the narrow section). Cut a small bit from the opposite rounded end too.

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

Stretch the balloon around the bottom of the vase once the paint is dry.

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

Cut a larger hole in the bottom so that it sits level on the table. Arrange the balloon so the edges are nice and straight.

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

Next, use a Sharpie to write your PANTONE number on the side of the vase. If you don't have a swatch book, you can just look online to find a PANTONE color similar to your balloon color. 

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

And that's it, you're finished! I made a set of three, because I just loved the way they turned out.

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

Fun, right?! And they're even cute enough to stand on their own without flowers.

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

But I can't say no to flowers, so of course I had to fill mine with blooms from the garden. If you're planning to fill them with water, be sure to let the paint cure for several days first.

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

You could make a whole set of them in every color of the rainbow!

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
[Photo: Faith Towers Provencher]

These would make a great gift for that color-loving designer in your life, too. Have fun crafting everyone! 

DIY "Balloon-Dipped" Pantone Vases
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Easy DIY Nightstand Upgrade

by Faith Provencher
Easy DIY Nightstand Upgrade
Photo: Faith Towers

I've wanted to upgrade my nightstands for a long time. I love the raised pattern on the drawer fronts, but the pale blue doesn't work well with the existing colors in the room. So I decided to give them a couple of coats of white chalk paint and add some leather pulls to lend a more sophisticated vibe. Click through to check out the final look, as well as a tutorial.   

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A Stylish Rental Kitchen Makeover on a Tight Budget

by Jennifer Farley

A Stylish Rental Kitchen Makeover on a Tight Budget

This little kitchen was the remaining evidence of an attempted house flip gone bad. The old home had great bones, but a few serious structural issues, discovered once the previous owner/flipper opened up all the old walls. The kitchen became too much for them to handle, and that's when we stepped in. 

When we found the house, we knew most of the renovation budget would go behind the walls (plumbing, electrical, structural repairs), so the kitchen finishes would have to happen on a serious budget. As you can see, this space would need everything, from the floors up. We planned on renting this home, but I always believe in making things as homey and cute as possible. We stuck to our budget by going with stock cabinets, stock countertops, vinyl floors while keeping things bright and functional. And, if I may say so myself, I think it turned out great! Read on to see how we did it.   

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Elegant DIY Wood and Glass Trough Vase

by Faith Provencher
Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

As a borderline obsessive flower lover, I'm always on the hunt for new vases and centerpiece ideas. So when I ran across a beautiful rectangular glass container on Amazon, I knew I had to have it (and make something out of it, of course). Click through to check out the resulting trough-style vase that I came up with.   

 

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

It has space for four stems, and all four draw from the trough of water below. The wooden top is removable, and keeps the stems securely in place. And it's really quite simple to make! So let's get started.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Here's what you'll need for your trough vase:

 

  • Rectangular Centerpiece Vase
  • Two pieces of wood, size 10x4" and 9.5 x 3.5"
  • Wood glue
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Painter's tape
  • Drill with 1/2" drill bit (or similar)
  • Foam brush
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sandpaper
Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Before you begin, make sure that the larger piece of wood has the exact same measurements as the outside of the glass centerpiece vase and that the smaller piece fits snugly in the interior of the top of the glass vase. If not, sand it down so that it fits nicely. Apply a healthy dose of glue to the larger piece of wood, leaving about a 1/2 inch glue-less around the edges.  

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Place the smaller piece of wood on top of the larger one, pressing down firmly. Make sure it is centered. Let it dry for a minute or two until it is quite tacky but not completely adhered.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Place it on top of the glass centerpiece vase to make sure that the wood pieces are aligned so that they fit perfectly into the top of the glass vase. Remove it and let it dry for a couple of hours.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Next, find the horizontal center line of the wood and place four dots along that line as shown above. They should be evenly spaced, with two inches between each dot. Drill a hole down through each mark. Don't forget to place a piece of scrap wood underneath. Sand any rough edges.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Mask off a 3/4 inch perimeter around the top using painter's tape. Press firmly around the edges so that they form a strong bond to the wood.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Paint inside this taped-off rectangle with acrylic craft paint in the color of your choice.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

Remove the tape, let the paint dry, and you're finished! Fill the glass vase with water and insert four stems for a unique centerpiece for your dinner table, kitchen island or accent table.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

This is sure to be a conversation starter, thanks to its unusual design and contemporary vibe. You can change the look of it by trying different types of flowers... calla lilies would lend a modern feel, while daisies would give it a more rustic sensibility.

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

You might also consider a different color or even a different finish for the top part - a dark stain would be beautiful, or a metallic rose gold would look super glam. 

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

 

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
Photo: Faith Towers

While this project looks like it would be difficult to complete, it's actually surprisingly simple and quick to finish. You should be able to do it in an hour or two (not including drying time), depending on how quickly you work. Feel free to post questions or links to your own versions in the comments section below!

Elegant DIY Glass Trough Vase
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Step Up Your #Shelfie Game With This DIY Wooden Shelf Organizer

by Faith Towers
Colorful DIY Wooden Shelf Organizer
Photo: Faith Towers

Don't you hate it when your kitchen cabinets don't have a shelf inside, so you end up using only the bottom half? All that wasted space could be used, if only you had an extra level.... so today we're sharing an easy DIY that will help you take advantage of it - in style of course. No boring store-bought shelf risers here!   

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