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DIY: Blooming Hyacinths

London, U.K.-based author and green thumb Emma Hardy shares an easy DIY project from her latest book, The Winter Garden (Cico Books, $20), to help you bring color and foliage into your home over the colder months. I love the simplicity of these hyacinths, requiring just a bulb,…

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DIY: No-Paint Watercolor Floral Mural

Get Reiko Caron's quick and easy instructions.

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DIY: Vintage Velvet Mirror

Senior design editor Joel Bray shares step-by-step instructions.

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DIY: Patterned Step Stool

Senior editor Morgan Michener transforms a simple wooden step stool into an eye-catching accessory.

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DIY: Two-Tone Chair

Use paint to transform a basic chair into a fun style statement. You’ll need a wood chair, painter’s tape, two contrasting paint colors, a paint brush, and sandpaper. 1. Prep for painting. Go over your chair with fine sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges. 2. Choose the palette. Watery…

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DIY: Glass Jar Terrarium

London, U.K.-based author and green thumb Emma Hardy shares a DIY project from her latest book, The Winter Garden (Cico Books, $20). Terrariums are a lovely way to create small gardens inside the house, and are often used to grow succulents and ferns. Displaying flowering plants in an open-topped glass jar…

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Easy DIY: Clipboard Organizer

In lieu of a standard corkboard, hang clipboards in a grid formation for a functional wall display. You’ll need clipboards (find them at the dollar store), wallpaper remnants, scissors, spray adhesive or double-sided tape, adhesive plate hangers. Wrap each board in wallpaper remnants as you would a present, using spray adhesive…

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Easy DIY: New Year’s Eve Photo Booth

Assistant design editor Jennifer Koper shares how to make a DIY photo booth for New Year’s Eve.  I throw a number of parties over the holidays, but the one everyone loves most is my New Year’s Eve party. Last year I created a photo booth and it was a total hit. It kept people busy and moving…

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Easy DIY: Christmas Card Garland

Show off your collection of Christmas cards by clipping them to a clothespin for a festive garland display. You’ll need mini clothespins, twine, Christmas cards, boxwood leaves and clear removable 3M hooks.  1. Attach twine or string across your window with inconspicuous clear removable 3M hooks. 2. Clip holiday cards and boxwood leaves…

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Tree-Trimming Idea: Handmade Ornaments

Senior editor Morgan Michener gives a glimpse of her handmade Christmas tree ornaments and shares how to get the look.  When I was a little girl, my family started the tradition of exchanging handmade ornaments. It was always so much fun to see what everyone had come up with. Sometimes…

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DIY: Gilded Leaves

Make this glowing centerpiece for your holiday table.

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Easy DIY: Mini Wreath

This pint-sized wreath is the perfect way to sprinkle holiday cheer around your home; prop it on your mantel, hang it on your door or use it to decorate your holiday tablescape. Materials You’ll need an assortment of decorative holiday accessories (we used faux florals, greenery,…

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DIY: Seasonal Leaf Garland

This seasonal leaf garland mimics the look of winter greenery covered in a blanket of snow. Read on for instructions or watch the video. Materials  You’ll need cardstock, a scoring knife, craft wire, glue, and florist’s wire. Trace and cut leaves in three different sizes and shapes — we…

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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…

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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…