We Wish You a Tacky Christmas

by DIY Maven

This is the time of year when your neighbors can exercise their god-given right to be tacky, and there’s not a thing you can do about it.

The Snow Globe Phenomenon

We Wish You a Tacky Christmas

This pimple popped up down the street from me, and although I wouldn’t necessarily choose to erect one in my yard, there’s something about it that makes me smile when I drive by. It probably has something to do with the ever-constant swirling snow inside, which will cease to be...

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Cheap Christmas Decorating: Gift Wrapped Door

by DIY Maven

Cheap Christmas Decorating: Gift Wrapped Door

Although we don’t see it often up in the northland–probably because of the snowstorms and such–I’ve heard down south it’s quite popular to gift wrap your front door for the holidays.

A novice at door-wrapping, I consulted the experts. Here’s a blow by blow to get the job done.

Supplies Needed

The same stuff you’d use to wrap a present, only more of them. Although, the instructions I found made a point of stating that it’s...

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Elegant Outdoor Luminaries: Free

by DIY Maven

Elegant Outdoor Luminaries: Free

What You Need

Plastic bucket or empty-ice cream pail

Small plastic jar or storage container

Stones, marbles, etc for weight

Votives or tea lights

Cold weather, or a freezer if you live in warmer climes

What You Need to Do

1. Place smaller container in center of pail

2. Place rocks, marbles, etc. in smaller container for weight

3. Fill larger pail with water until it reaches 1 inch or so from rim of center container

4. Place bucket outside in freezing...

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Cheap Christmas Decorating

by Kathryne Lynn

I spent the entire weekend trying to get my house decorated for the Holidays.  It has to be my favorite time of year!  I am always looking for ways to do things cheap, but classy. My favorite is to “wrap” my pictures on the walls. 

Here is a before photo:

 

Mantle Before Decorating Photos

 

Supplies:
  • Pictures from your wall
  • Christmas Wrapping Paper
  • Ribbons/Bows
  • Old Christmas Cards Cut Out
  • Pictures of family or out of magazines

Instructions:

  1. Lay the picture face down on top of the...

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Mantels are overrated: How should I display holiday cards?

by Alicia Lacy

Despite the lack of snow in St. Paul, I am getting in the holiday spirit. I've been listening to Dean Martin's "Marshmallow World" and started to make my way down my holiday gift lists. I turned my car stereo to the "Christmas Superstation" where it's Christmas all day and all night. Sweet Bruno deals with my holiday spirit magnificently. 

We received our first holiday card this weekend, which brings me to my question: Does anyone have a...

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