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$1 Holiday Decor: Make a Simple Typographic Folded Paper Banner

by Holly Wade

 

DIY Paper Holiday Accordion Banner

Even though holiday decorations are fun to shop for, the prices can add up quickly! Rather than purchase a sign or banner this year, I decided to make a simple accordion banner out of paper to display on my shelf for the Christmas season. Not only is it simple, but it’s very inexpensive to make and folds up for easy storage if you want to reuse it next year.

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How to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas

by Lidy Dipert

Fireplace Garland Christmas Mantel Makeover: No Mantle, No Worries.

Whenever I look at Christmas fireplace décor ideas, I always see mantels adorned with beautiful fireplace garlands and a few oversized stockings. They look amazing!

But what if — like me — you don’t have a mantel to work with?

A fireplace is the focal point of any room. Knowing how to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas will help you create the perfect festive design for the heart of your home!

Looking for mantel-less Christmas décor ideas? Here’s our take on fireplace decoration. We went with a natural, simple and Scandi feel. And focused on creating the warmth and comfort that Christmas is all about.

Follow these steps and adapt them to your own Christmas décor style for your own unique fireplace design.

 

 

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The Final Countdown: Make a Hanging Ornament Advent Calendar

by Holly Wade
DIY Advent calendar
Photo by Holly Wade

Are you ready to start the countdown?! Come December 1st, it's time to break out the advent calendars and find a little surprise every day as you count town toward Christmas. Advent calendars were a staple of my childhood, so I still try to make a DIY advent calendar every year to make the countdown more fun! This time, I used plastic fill-able ornaments to make a hanging ornament advent calendar that's easy to open and reveal a candy or small trinket inside (my parents often used to use give my pennies). With a variety of sizes and colors, you can use materials that fit your style and hang it anywhere in your home for a Christmas decoration that's functional and FUN!    

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How to Make a Sweet Modern Advent Calendar Village

by Alicia Lacy
Wood Block & Test Tube DIY Advent Calendar 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 diy advent calendar 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 the season...

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Upcycled Christmas Decorations: How to Create Your Own Glass-Bottle Centerpiece

by Faith Provencher
Upcycled Christmas decorations: Glass Bottle Holiday Centerpiece | Curbly #holiday #upcycled #centerpiece
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

The holiday season is well and truly upon us! If you’re hosting a party this December — or just want to make the home feel extra special for your family — it’s time to pick out a festive centerpiece.

Upcycled Christmas decorations are my favorite. And this one is up there with the best!

A glass-bottle centerpiece, filled with seasonal greenery and berries, makes for a stylish and colorful addition to your holiday table. And it’s really easy to make! Just follow the steps below…

 

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16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part

by Holly Wade

At this point in the month, you might be finished with the shopping and have moved on to the gift wrapping (which is actually my favorite part). Make your gift wrap stand out under the tree with these gift wrap ideas that will make the wrapping just as fun as the buying! Whether you want to DIY or just wrap up a fun wrapping paper, there's an idea to fit your style and aesthetic. From gift toppers to tags to paper patterns, these cute gift wrap ideas are as fun to wrap as they are to open!

 

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
Photo: Lia Griffith

1. Adults and kids will both appreciate this adorable animal gift wrap project! Also try this version with cute sharks and cats.

2. Use paper straws to make custom star designs on top of your gift packages. 

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
Photo:  Cakies

3. Dress up plain packaging with painted-on bows in any color!

4. Adding handmade felt garlands like these abstract green pieces will make any package pop.

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
Photo: Sarah Hearts

5. Make your gift toppers part of the gift! Use gold bangles to create a gift topper.

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
Photo: Studio DIY

6. Channel all of the Palm Springs vibes into your gift with this fun printable tropical gift wrap

7. Use photos to create custom photo gift tags for each recipient! It's personal, and they can keep the photo as a memento, so it's more than just a tag.

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
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8. Get festive with mini wreath gift toppers! Make the names become the ribbons on your wreath.

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
Photo: Club Crafted

9. Use a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine to draw patterns and create your own drawn wrapping paper for small gifts.

10. Forget paper! Use scraps of fabric (or even a nice dish towel) to wrap up your gifts this year.

11. Print out your own brush lettered gift tags for adding to the tops of your gifts!

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
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12. Make a starry statement on your gifts with a simple homemade stars garland topper

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
Photo: Studio DIY

13. Use bright yellow wrapping paper and a few simple cut-outs to make fun emoji gift wrap!

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
Photo: Always Rooney

14. Practice those calligraphy skills by hand-drawing wrapping paper and writing their names into the design!

15. Use simple stickers to create custom gift wrap that *shines.*

16 Gift Wrap Ideas that Prove the Wrapping is the Best Part
Photo: Bespoke Bride

16. Download this cute Christmas patterned wrapping paper up jazz up small gifts!

No matter how you wrap your gifts, I'm sure they will be beautiful! I would say "it's what's on the inside that counts," but that doesn't really apply to gifts. It's the thought that counts, really!

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How to Decorate Your Tree in the Scandinavian Style with DIY Minimal Ornaments

by Marlene Sauer

 

DIY Scandinavian Ornaments
Images by Marlene Sauer

Finding minimal holiday decorations isn't always the easiest. Let's face it, this is not a season known for restraint! 

As my own decorating tastes are turning ever more minimal, I decided to take a cue from my favorite design style and make a few DIY Scandinavian-inspired ornaments. I just love how simple and natural this look is, while still being festive.

Keep reading to see how to make all three decorations so you can style your own minimal holiday tree!       

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How to Decorate Your Apartment for the Holidays

by M.E. Gray
Apartment Christmas Decorations
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Decorating an apartment for the holidays differs from trimming a home you own and have free reign over. In a rental, you can't haphazardly nail stuff to the wall. You're probably dealing with a smaller space or odd physical obstacles (like no mantel, or too many mantels!). And your landlord might even have restrictions on real trees or lighting candles. All these hurdles just means that the earned end result is far more satisfying. Personally, I think apartment Christmas decorations are the coziest of all, because you can really play into the quirkiness of a smaller space and the coziness of the season. So grab a hot drink, take notes, and get ready to transform your rental into a holiday wonderland.         

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Decorate with "Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal" Bunting

by Holly Wade
Decorate with "Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal" Bunting
Photo: Holly Wade

Home Alone will forever be one of my favorite Christmas movies because it was an important piece of my childhood! Of course, we can't forget the iconic line from the fictional movie Kevin watches in the sequel when the character says "Merry Christmas ya filthy animal" after shooting someone. If you're looking for a quirky addition to your Christmas decor this year that will fulfill your 90s nostalgia, this colorful "Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal" bunting printable is for you! Cut out each flag and arrange them on string to decorate your walls, a bar cart, a door or a food table for a holiday party!

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How To Decorate A Christmas Tree With Ribbon

by Faith Provencher
How To Decorate A Christmas Tree With Ribbon | Curbly #christmas #holiday #ribbon #nontraditional #unique
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I love a unique Christmas tree. Don't get me wrong, a classic evergreen tree with white lights and red ornaments is great too... but there's something so exciting about a non-traditional tree with interesting colors and unusual decorations. So today I'm going to teach you how to decorate a Christmas tree with ribbon! Read on to check out my tips and tricks for creating a stunning, colorful ribbon tree.     

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Try this Christmas Tree Alternative! Wooden Dowel Tree Decor

by Holly Wade

Try this Christmas Tree Alternative! Wooden Dowel Tree Decor

Although I love having a traditional Christmas tree in my home, that's not the case for everyone. Whether a traditional tree it doesn't fit your Christmas style or you don't have the space for one, this simple wooden dowel tree is a great Christmas decor alternative that still allows you to hang ornaments. This minimalist-style DIY will still brighten up a space of your home and fit perfectly in a corner or even on a tabletop!

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How to: 3 Elegant Tree Decorations You Can Make from Recycled Paper

Three DIY Recycled Paper Tree Decorations
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

December is one of my favorite times of the year, but there is something about all of the spending and consequent waste (shipping boxes, gift wrap, etc.) that rubs me the wrong way. So I thought it would be fun to decorate a tree using recycled paper and cardboard, and I'm sharing three mini tutorials with you today. Click through to check it out.      

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