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You Can Totally Make These: Hand-Painted Scandinavian Stockings

by M.E. Gray

Make These: Hand-painted Scandinavian-inspired stockings

Guess what? Christmas is almost here! I'm super excited, and grateful that I can finally start to decorate my home for the holidays. Last year I went for a Scandinavian-theme with my holiday decor, and this year I'm continuing the motif. I love the care and simplicity of the Nordic patterns that pop up during this season, and I decided I wanted to replicate those patterns on some hand-painted Scandinavian stockings. It was easier than it looks - keep reading to see how it works!               

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Easy DIY Reusable Cinch Pouch Gift Bag

by Faith Provencher
Easy DIY Cinch Pouch Gift Bag | Curbly #reusable #diy #holiday
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

It's likely happened to everybody... you have an odd-shaped gift that you're just not sure how to wrap. It's okay, don't have a holiday meltdown! Just make one of these simple cinch pouch gift bags out of a scrap of fabric and some twine. And here's the best part - it's reusable so you can do your part to be a bit more green this December. Click through to check out my simple tutorial.   

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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: Make a Found & Foraged Scandinavian Christmas Wreath on the Cheap

by Lidy Dipert

How To: Make a Found and Foraged Scandinavian  Christmas Wreath on the Cheap

One of the things we love to do year after year during the holiday season is wreath-making! It's a relaxing and fun way to get into the festive spirit the whole family can enjoy. This year, we leaned toward our usual Scandinavian-inspired look, but using found and foraged materials. Sometimes, there is so much beauty in our own backyards or neighborhoods, if we just take the time to explore! 

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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 Basket Stand (Skirt)

I love a Christmas tree basket so much more than a tree skirt. 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 wicker storage baskets work as a Christmas tree basket stand.   

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How to: Easy Ideas To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa-Like Retreat

by Faith Provencher

Spa bathroom ideas

A trip to the spa is the ultimate way to de-stress, but we don't all have the time or money to head to the spa every month. So why not create your own calming sanctuary right at home that you can enjoy every single day? Here are a few simple tips for creating a spa bathroom retreat.     


Tips for Creating a Spa Bathroom on a Budget 

Neutral tones for a spa bathroom

1. Stick with neutral, earthy tones

Spas tend to use light colors for a calming effect, giving the space an organic feel. My Design Chic shows us that pale blue lends a soothing sense; head here for more pale blue inspiration. As shown in the second photo above, white is a great base color; then add accents of pale blue, beige and brown to keep the space from feeling too sterile. Check out Apartment Therapy for more tips on creating spa-like elegant bathroom decor. 


Greenery in the bathroom

2. Greenery adds life to the room

A cluster of houseplants give this room an inviting feel, while Martha Stewart's crabapple blossoms lend a romantic vibe. Place an orchid on your vanity for more of a zen look, as they've done over at Decor Pad.


Aromatherapy in the restroom

3. Aromatherapy is an important consideration 

Scent plays a large role in mood, so don't forget to add relaxing aromas to your space. Hang eucalyptus over your shower head for a refreshing scent as recommended by Uphaa, or place reed diffusers on your countertop. Head over to Elizabeth Danon Interiors for more tips on adding organic scents to your home. Complete your candlelit bath with rose petals for a warm, romantic break.   


Candles and champagne

4. Encourage prolonged relaxation

Check out the full DIY tutorial for this handy wooden bathtub tray over at Snippets of Design. It's the little things in life! And don't forget to add a glass of champagne as The Online Stylist has done. 


Details to create a spa-like bathroom

5. It's all in the details 

Eliminating labels will reduce visual clutter in the room... try transferring cotton balls and q-tips to apothecary jars as they've done over at Design Indulgences. A curved shower curtain will add space to your shower area for a more luxurious experience. Check out this and other easy spa bathroom refreshers over at Modern Furniture Design. Last, an easy way to make your bathroom feel spa-like is to roll up your towels as Timothy Whealon has done. 


Upgraded showerhead
Photo: Ben Finch

6. Upgrade your shower head

Sure, your basic shower head from the 90's probably still functions just fine. But wouldn't a rain system be so much more luxurious? And a handheld attachment would be oh-so-handy when you come home from the park all muddy. They don't necessarily cost an arm and a leg either... Amazon has a wide range of options. Be sure to pick something that will fit with your existing plumbing and finishes.


Upgraded towels
Photo: Kate Lester

7. Splurge on towels

There's nothing more luxurious than a thick, soft towel to wrap up in after a long bath. Indulge in a set of high quality towels for those days when you're looking for that spa bathroom feel. Go for oversized, soft and absorbent... and be sure to look at the reviews online if you can't check them out in person. Don't forget to choose a set of stylish hand towels too - it's a decorative touch that will make your space feel like a relaxing personal bathroom retreat. Check out some of our favorite towels below.


Spa like bathrooms on a budget
Photo: Nechstar

8. Add your own soundtrack 

We listen to music in the office, in the car and elsewhere, so why not get some tunes going to help us relax in the shower as well? Music can have a wonderful mood-altering effect, so it's a must for getting ready in the morning. Here are the best waterproof bluetooth speakers according to Neckstar. Quite a few ring in at under $50, believe it or not!


Shop Our Favorite Spa Bathroom Products & Accessories

Bath tray caddy
Urban Outfitters

Give yourself the perfect unwind time setup with a bath caddy. We love this one because of its versatility and handy wine glass holder! Me Time Bamboo Bath Tray Caddy from Urban Outfitters, $49 


Turkish towels

These large, plush towels from Amazon have a lovely spa-like color and they get good reviews too. Oversized Turkish Bathroom Towels 3 Piece Set from Amazon, $60


Wood bath mat
Urban Outfitters

There's something about bamboo that just feels spa-like, isn't there? Bamboo Bath Mat from Urban Outfitters, $35


Rainfall shower head

Upgrade your shower with this combination rainfall and handheld head. AquaDance 3 Way Rainfall Shower Head from Amazon, $35


Plush towels
Cost Plus World Market

Add one of these unique hand towels to your spa bathroom: Black and Ivory Sculpted Bath Towel from Cost Plus World Market, $16


Waterproof speaker

Get some tunes in your spa bathroom! iFox Bluetooth Shower Speaker from Amazon, $30


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150+ Do-It-Yourself Ornaments You Can Make Before Christmas

by M.E. Gray

A mega roundup of DIY ornaments for your Christmas tree, whatever the theme may be!

Can you believe it? Christmas is coming up quick! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret - there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few - over 150!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.       

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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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16 Christmas Stocking Hanging Ideas (that don't require a fireplace)

by DIY Maven
Christmas stocking hanging ideas
Source: Coco Kelley

Okay, so you have TONS of tutorials for Christmas stockings that you could tackle between now and Christmas, but you don't have a mantel on which to hang them. Not to worry! Santa doesn't really care where the stockings are hung (he has an uncanny ability to find them wherever they are). What I've heard is that he actually LIKES to find them hanging in less prosaic places. If true, these 10 Christmas stocking hanging ideas will surely please him.       

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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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63 DIY Advent Calendars to Get You in the Holiday Spirit

A DIY advent calendar is the perfect way to bring tradition and beautiful holiday decor into your home for the Christmas season. We scoured the web for our favorites – Scandinavian-inspired, modern, inventive, and colorful – so we hope you find one to make with your family this year! 


15 Scandinavian-Inspired Advent Calendar Ideas

Scandinavian DIY advent calendar roundup

It's almost December, which means it's time to bust out your diy advent calendar! Here are 15...

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How to: Make a Decorative Leaf Mobile

by Rachel Mae Smith

DIY Fall Leaf Mobile
It's not often that I decorate my home for fall (aside from the classic pumpkin, of course). Perhaps it's because I tend to go budget-big for Christmas, but seasonal decor usually sits on the back burner during this time of year. Well, not this year. Things are about to change because I figured out a way to decorate for next to nothing! Chances are you already have everything on hand now too. 

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10 Wood DIYs That Don't Require Major Power Tools

10 Wood DIYs That Don't Require Major Power Tools
Photo: Historias de Casa

DIY projects that are made of wood are daunting to many... talk of table saws and other power tools can be intimidating. Which is why we decided to share some DIYs that don't require multiple power tools and hours and hours of your time. And keep in mind that if you ever do need to have wood cut, your local home improvement store may be able to cut it for you for free. Just ask someone in the lumber section. Here are ten of our favorite easy wood projects for your home.   

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