Every year I endeavor to keep costs down and seasonal spirits high by making a few gifts rather than pulling out the credit card. I have the best of intentions but often find myself (somewhere around the 23rd) with not enough time. This year will likely be no different, but while I am still in the good intentions stage (it is Dec 4, after all — last minute panic shopping is still weeks away) I have my eye on a really sweet garden project.
In my family, we don't do the whole matching Christmas stocking thing. In fact, it's an unspoken rule that they all must be homemade by a member of the family, no matter how old or impractical they might be, or how they might clash with their fellow family stockings. My sister and I have quilted ones made by our grandmother, my dad has a beautiful needlepoint number done by my mum, and mum has an ancient flannel stocking which I'm pretty sure was sewn by her grandmother.
We get excited about stylish, functional, and innovative creative reuse ideas, from the myriad ways you can reuse a jar, to uses for chipped tea cups, antique bread bins, vintage card catalogs, bubble wrap, wallpaper scraps, even old gym floorboards. Here's a big roundup of some of our favorites...
When we decided to have our first Christmas tree above 18" this year, it seemed the right time to make a tree skirt. It's not difficult, and making your own means it can be made out of any fabric you choose. Here, I share how to make a reversible one so if your preference changes from year to year it's as easy as a flip of the fabric:
I can't help it — I love plaid. I blame it on my Scottish heritage. It's in my blood. You know what else I love? Christmas. Put it all together and what have you got? The dark, moody perfection of a plaid Christmas.
They're not just for the holidays anymore. String lighting is a fast, easy and inexpensive way to add a soft (and yes, festive) glow to the living room, bedroom or anywhere else in the home. When tossed casually over a frame or hung in a messy loop from a hook, string lights are very "Look how chic I am without even trying." Which is what we're all after, isn't it?
It always seems like such a shame to spend so much money on gift wrap, only to have it tossed after a single frenzied morning of opening presents. Make the most of your Christmas trimmings this year with these ten ideas for reusing gift wrap and gift wrap tubes.
Leslie found this neglected 1960's hutch in a thrift store — shoved in a corner and piled with stuff. She could see its potential — how well made it was but she didn't like the dull brown wood. Says Leslie, "Colors are my thing, and I could see this fantastic piece could use some cheering up."
Whether you're knee-deep in snow or somewhere balmy, snow globes bring the magic of winter right into your hands. Making your own is a great holiday project to take on with kids. Here are a few DIY snow globe projects: one without water, one in a light bulb, and one that puts the kids right into the action.