Do It Yourself • Modern Christmas Cone Trees

When we started our Christmas decorating plan for this year, we knew we wanted to go with a Winter Wonderland Glam theme. We come across and feature so many amazing bloggers with their original ideas for Christmas and holiday projects, but we were looking for something this year that would elevate the modern look of our new home, but still maintain the Christmasy feel that is so important to us. … [Read more...]

Easy Holi-DIY Projects from the Best Bloggers Around!

Welcome to TBD's picks for EASY holiday projects from the best bloggers around! Our favorite holiday projects from our favorite bloggers, so you will always have a one stop source when you need a quick and simple DIY fix! (And who doesn't? It's the HOLIDAZE!!!) Yep, I know, getting a little crazy with the play on words... but hey, we're excited! (photo above from 'Home Trends' and their … [Read more...]

All That Glitters : DIY Holiday Projects with Sparkle

Ok, I really don't love glitter... but I do, it's kind of a love/hate sort of thing. Pro : It's gloriously glam, and a really cheap way to add sparkle! Con : The fact that every time you touch it, it ends up all over your face at some inconvenient time later that day (or week!) is annoying. But at Christmas, that same annoying quality becomes festive and fun... go figure, right? Nothing says … [Read more...]

Top DIY Rustic Christmas Decorating Ideas

One of the most beloved decorating styles at Christmas would have to be rustic. Something about the memories that this type of decoration brings to mind is at the core of what Christmas is all about... Times gone by where family, simple things and spending time together were more important than the latest cell phone or hash-tag this and hash-tag that. They make us feel the warmth of the season, … [Read more...]

Classic Christmas Home Tours

Merry Christmas to all our readers! We have been drooling over all those classic Christmas blogger homes the past few weeks with the rest of you, so we decided to share a few of our favorites here in our classic Christmas home tour! Starting out with ours, of course. Ya know, we usually shoot for a creative theme that is just a little off the beaten path, like our Candyland Christmas of a few … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Dollar Store Decorating Projects

Ok, so your holiday budget is blown, you still have gifts to buy, and the decorating isn't done. No worries, we gotcha covered. These last minute holiday decorating projects come straight from the dollar store, so you can fish around for quarters in the couch cushions and head off to pick up your supplies! These bloggers show off some serious skills in the creativity department! Our featured … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Cone Trees

I love the Christmas cone tree trend... cone trees are and easy DIY holiday project that can be personalized to fit your home and your theme... oh, and they are CHEAP to make! They don't look cheap though, which is what we're all after, right?  Here are the basics... you create a cone from poster board, light cardboard or even decorative paper. (You could cheat and buy Styrofoam cones, but they … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Jar Holiday Luminaria

This year my teenage daughter wants a more traditional theme in our house… apparently as cute as our “theme” Christmases have been, she longs for something more red and green, like when she was little. ( Come on! Our Candyland Christmas Tree was AMAZING!) I myself, was longing for lots of frosty snow, and birch log candles, and starry whites…Feelin’ me, readers?  But hey, she has a point. Gotta … [Read more...]

Candyland Christmas Theme Tree

2014 Update: This post was first published a couple of years ago, but we decided to revamp the Candyland Christmas theme this year for the grand babies... who are 3 now! So we updated with some brighter colors and fresh ideas, and have added this years photos to this post. I'm not actually done with the decorating of this theme all around the house, but the tree itself is full of great ideas... … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Decorating on a Budget!

Last minute details can take a holiday home from ho ho hum to spectacular, and doesn't have to cost a lot of cash! Here are some great quick, easy, and inexpensive holiday decorating ideas to wow your guests and comfort your family. * Use those leftover bits of wrapping paper and a hole punch to make confetti. (Great job for the kids!) Use the colorful confetti to sprinkle across holiday tables … [Read more...]

14 Creative Gift Wrap Ideas

When you're talking about presents, presentation can be everything. Here are 14 creative gift wrap ideas. Photo above by 'Grey Likes Weddings'. 1. Cut shapes or monograms from cardstock or old holiday greeting cards and hang from ribbon, jute or yarn. 2. Use a creative wrap that coordinates with the gift. For example, use a receiving blanket and ribbon to wrap a baby's gift; fun scrapbooking … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Fireplace

We aren't all lucky enough to have a warm, cozy fireplace in our home, so here at TBD, we have found you some great DIY faux fireplace projects where you can add the look of a fireplace and mantel, without the cost of the real thing! This is a great project for the holidays, but don't wait for the holidays to add the charm and warmth of a faux fireplace to your home. We love these projects, and … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Spruce Ups for the Holidays

The holidays are here, and with friends and family joining us for celebrations, your home might be in need some simple spruce ups! If you find your Christmas decorations look a little stale, it might not be your holiday trimmings, but your basic home decor that needs help. Here are some easy ideas to get your home in the holiday spirit!  Walls If your walls are looking a little dingy, … [Read more...]

Project: Paper Christmas Decorations

There aren't a lot of craft materials more budget friendly than paper. With crafting and scrap-booking papers becoming available in almost every craft store, it makes it easy to create quality, low cost Christmas and holiday ornaments.  Paper is a medium that is easy to work with, and you can get the whole family involved. And with these paper ornament tutorials, you can have incredible holiday … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

Decorating your mantel for the holidays is one of those things that just seems more special than other places in the home. (Except the tree!) I think that's because we associate the fireplace and mantel with warmth and the gathering of family...and also, if you have a fireplace, it's likely the focal point in a room! So this post, dear TBD readers is the ultimate in holiday inspiration... DIY … [Read more...]

DIY Holiday Wreaths

One of the most important holiday decorating elements can often be the wreath at your door. After all, it sets the tone for the sense of celebration guests can expect once they walk into your home. Wreaths can be expensive however, so TBD has put together a roundup of some great DIY holiday wreath projects for you. There is no excuse not to have a holiday welcome at your door! What do you do for a … [Read more...]

Christmas Lights How-To

Lights on a tree can represent so many wonderful things about the holiday season. The sight of a family sitting around a Christmas tree, the only light in the room, while listening to the Nutcracker Suite and drinking hot chocolate. It seems like a fairy tale, but that's what the season is about; indulging our winter fantasies through festive décor and traditions. Many people choose clear or … [Read more...]

Stockings, Stockings, Everywhere!

I think far too few people attempt to handcraft Christmas stockings these days, and that’s a shame! Handmade stockings become a treasured collectible in many families, and are a joy for children to receive. It is much simpler than we think! Here are some tutorials, inspirational photos, and some great links to get you started making Christmas stockings - a wonderful memory for your family, to be … [Read more...]

Decorating with Ornaments: Not Just for Trees!

Ornaments are meant to showcase the season in small ways around your home. The most common way of using them is on your Christmas tree, but there are many ways you can tuck a small reminder of the holiday season into other areas of your rooms. Here are some great ideas on decorating with ornaments! Everyday inexpensive items can be hung with a little red ribbon, and displayed with as much pride … [Read more...]