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...]

High Style, Low Budget : Thanksgiving Tables!

If there is one time of year I like to take the time to create a high style table, it's Thanksgiving! After all, for those few hours, it's all about the table, isn't it? It's kinda like what the dress is to the wedding, the table is to Thanksgiving... So even when my budget is tight, I want a Thanksgiving table to make my food look amazing, and my home feel welcoming. So first, we have a couple … [Read more...]

How to Make a Halloween Graveyard!

Ok, if you really want to get into the fun spirit of Halloween, a graveyard complete with tombstones can be a really creative decoration that can be done inexpensively. I made simple DIY Halloween headstones for our graveyard using pre mixed fast setting concrete... and thats about it! Since the idea is for them to look rotting and old, I just created my own "molds" right in the ground, and mixed … [Read more...]

DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

Need some quick Halloween decorations, that even the kids can help with? Here are three great Halloween decorating ideas using easy to find, inexpensive materials. Craft Foam Creepies Craft foam is sold in sheets at the craft store in a whole array of colors. It is similar to construction paper, but made of thin, durable foam you can easily cut with scissors. Trace simple Halloween shapes … [Read more...]

Front Porch – 4th of July Decorating Ideas

Apple pie, the 4th of July, fireworks in the sky, and porches all go together! What better way to celebrate than decorating and entertaining on your porch during this festive day!  With a little planning you can have the best porch in the neighborhood. Here are a few things you can do to make it "explode" like fireworks. Our feature project, above, is a DIY bandana banner, perfect for the Fourth … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Fourth of July Decorating

There was a day in our history when people actually spent time on Fourth of July decorating. They were homemade but sincere, and represented deep patriotism. I think that patriotism still exists today, and we can celebrate with Fourth of July decorations that are easy to put together and low cost. Here are some excellent ideas to get you started, and take hardly any time at all! Our featured idea, … [Read more...]

Easter Table Decoration Ideas

Most people don't really look at Easter as a holiday to go all out decorating for, and I'm sure many people don't decorate for this holiday at all. If you do want to bring a touch of Easter into your home and table and are looking for some ideas that don't involve Easter grass, we have what you need! Easter decorating can be very subtle or more elaborate. It's up to you to figure out how far … [Read more...]

4 Simple Ideas for Spring and Easter Decorating

I'll admit that I'm not one to decorate for holidays with plastic clings on the windows or lots of porcelain replicas of a season's icons. So when it comes to decorating for Easter, bunnies are not quite my thing. I want a look that's a bit more upscale or natural. If you're like minded and want to decorate for spring  and Easter without turning your house into a bunny hutch, then try these … [Read more...]

Easy, Cheap and Elegant Valentine’s Day Decorations!

So you just got all the holiday decorations put away (or maybe you didn’t!) and here comes another holiday… Valentine's Day! Never fear, I have some great budget friendly Valentine's Day decorations that are quick and easy - you can use these to dress up any room of your home and show all your loved ones how much you care. Our featured photo, above, is a banner made by Charming the Birds from … [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...]

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...]

DIY Project: Thanksgiving Tree

Looking for a simple but meaningful way to celebrate the holidays? Why not make a Family Thanksgiving Tree? Though it's good to start this wonderful holiday project a week before Thanksgiving Day, it's really never too late to make one! Our family has been making Thanksgiving Trees for several years now and they really make our holidays even more special. As we see our homemade tree hanging up … [Read more...]

How-To Warm up Your Thanksgiving Décor

Thanksgiving decorating day is a special time in our homes, when we all take a little time to appreciate the gifts and blessings in our lives. My number one blessing, as yours, is my family and friends! So let’s find some great decorating ideas to make your home a warm, inviting place this Thanksgiving Day for all your loved ones, including you! Use a natural theme. This might seem like a no … [Read more...]

Holidays: Spruce up Your Home Before You Deck the Halls

The Holidays are here, and most of us are getting ready to deck the halls in one way or another. Before you pull out the tinsel and tree for holiday decorating, take a couple hours to make some quick decorating changes to update your rooms, and provide a great background for your Christmas and holiday trimmings. Think of decorating for the holidays as making a cake. Before you get to the icing, … [Read more...]

An Organized Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is meant to be a time of remembrance, family and thanks, not a holiday of stress and chaos. Here are 9 easy ways to stay organized for an enjoyable, stress-free Thanksgiving Day: 1. LEAVE COOKING AND CLEANING BEHIND. These days, many people opt to go out for Thanksgiving, instead of cooking and cleaning at home. If you’re an extremely busy person, this may also work for you. If you … [Read more...]