Decorating & Design
From The Archives: Our Best DIY Holiday Decorating Ideas
Add seasonal charm to your home with these DIY projects.
Easy DIY: Paper Cone Party Favors
Fill cones with candy and keep them on a tray by the front door to give to guests as they leave. Materials You’ll need heavy paper such as wallpaper or construction paper, scissors, ruler, pencil, roll-on permanent glue tape or double-sided tape, decorative sticker seals, and gum drops or other…
Easy DIY: Holiday Calendar
Repurpose an old picture frame to hang the project. Apply silver-leaf to amp up the glitz factor. Cut mat board to fit frame, then measure out 24 spots on which to place your calendar containers. Try small aluminum screw-top spice tins for an inexpensive and reusable container option. Affix…
Easy DIY: Vintage Garland
Photocopy vintage Christmas cards on cardstock. Using a circle cutter, cut each of the copies into circles of varying sizes, then cut backing circles out of plain cardstock or leftover wallpaper to match each image. For added sparkle, highlight parts of each image with glitter. Arrange the circles image side down…
DIY: Chalkboard Christmas Tree
Senior design editor Joel Bray shares how to create an alternative Christmas tree. Read on for instructions or watch the video.
Easy DIY: Custom Christmas Ornaments
Transform inexpensive Christmas ornaments into custom creations by covering them in newsprint or coating them with glitter. Decoupage glue firmly seals the new finishes. Materials You’ll need plain ball ornaments, newsprint, glitter and decoupage glue. Instructions Paper: 1. Tear up pages from an old newspaper or book — using yellowed…
DIY: Festive Paper Garland
Designer Sarah Hartill shares step-by-step instructions on how to create a festive paper garland.
Easy DIY: Holiday Mantel Decor
Paper lanterns make a glowy mantelscape. Here’s how to make your own: 1. Choose a font, print out letters to scale and trace onto white paper bags. Cut out with a very sharp craft knife. 2. Trim sheets of vellum (at craft stores) to fit inside the paper bags. Glue…
DIY: Holiday Cookie Package
Assistant design editor Jennifer Koper shares a beautiful cookie wrapping idea for the holidays. I really enjoy giving and receiving baked goods around the holidays – especially when they’re wrapped in pretty packaging. Recently I was tasked with creating a unique cookie wrapping idea for the Pillsbury cookie challenge, alongside three other…
DIY: Holiday Lantern
Interiors director Meg Crossley shares step-by-step instructions on how to make a carriage lantern for a festive entry.
Easy DIY: A Mini Potted Tree
A potted pine is a hostess gift with homespun charm and wonderful scent. Here’s how to dress one up: 1. Choose a small pine tree or branch — ours is about 18″ tall — and place in a pot. 2. Cut a piece of black burlap long enough to wrap around…
DIY: Advent Calendar
Senior editor Sally Armstrong shares step-by-step instructions on how to make a charming Advent calendar out of sticks and bags.
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DIY: Bookshelf Redux
Senior editor Morgan Michener shares step-by-step instructions on how to dress up a bookshelf with decorative backing.