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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.

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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…

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DIY: Festive Paper Garland

Designer Sarah Hartill shares step-by-step instructions on how to create a festive paper garland. 

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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…

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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…

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DIY: Holiday Lantern

Interiors director Meg Crossley shares step-by-step instructions on how to make a carriage lantern for a festive entry.

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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…

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Easy DIY: Trimmed Pillows

Mixing tone-on-tone trims lends texture to pillows: 1. Choose pillows and covers. We picked a small brown burlap pillow (second row, left) to show off a beaded wooden trim and a square white pillow (second row, right) that was large enough to handle three different trims. 2. Choose the trims. We…

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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.

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DIY: Fringe Curtain Tiebacks

A beaded leather cord has unfussy, textural appeal, while dip-dyeing adds a hint of luxe to a simple cotton-twine tassel. Materials  You’ll need twine, cardboard, liquid dye, leather cord, beads, fishing line. Step 1: Form each tassel by wrapping white twine around a piece of cardboard. Slide the loop of…

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DIY: Faux-Fur Stool

Assistant design editor Jennifer Koper shares step-by-step instructions on how turn a luggage holder into a faux-fur stool. 

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Easy DIY: Pompom Lampshade

Pompom trim brings texture and whimsy to a lampshade: 1. Pick your trim and shade. We used black trim and a black shade so the finished look would be grown-up. 2. Measure the shade’s circumference and cut a piece of trim to that length. 3. Wrap the trim tightly around the…

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DIY: Pot Hanger

Design Editor Lauren Petroff shares step-by-step instructions on how to make a Scandi-style pot hanger.  I’ve been seeing lots of pale wood ladders lately. They’re a great way to add Scandi style and sneak storage into tight spaces. I needed a pot rack for my kitchen, so I decided to…

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DIY: Antique Mirror

Designer Sarah Hartill shares step-by-step instructions on how to create an antique mirror.