You can drink a truckload of peppermint mochas and cram your closet full of festive sweaters, but it never really feels like the holiday season until you decorate your house for the occasion. Want to try some DIY decorations this year? We’ve got the inspiration–click through for 10 fun projects that will bring the holiday spirit into your living space!
This holiday season we’re really letting our crafty flag fly. Homemade gifts and decorations are not only unique, heartfelt, and (often) better for the environment, they’re also really fun to make: crank up the Christmas music, pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa, and get crafting! We kicked things off last weekend with some awesome DIY gift bags; now let’s check out some funky ornaments to decorate your tree, shall we? Click on the gallery to get inspired!
I try to be as eco-friendly as possible in most areas of my life, but sometimes my penchant for procrastination overpowers my desire to be green. Example: pretty much every Christmas eve, when I realize I forgot to get any kind of gift-wrapping materials and end up buying a pile of made-in-China plastic gift bags at the dollar store and feeling terrible. This year I’m taking a different route and crafting some of these recycled newspaper gift bags. They’re funky, colorful, earth-friendly, and almost free: what’s better than that? [Yours Truly, G]
I’ve never been the type of girl to sport hair accessories with regularity. (I tried the Blair Waldorf headband thing in high school before I realized it was more than a little bit to blame for my atrocious tension headaches, and that was the end of that.) Sure, I’ll pop a decorative bobby pin in there once in a while for some oomph if I’m looking especially haggard, but otherwise I take my hair plain with a ponytail holder. But against my better rationality, I cannot escape my magpie nature: when I spotted the glistening gold stars tucked into models’ hair at the Rodarte Autumn/Winter show (at left), it was love at first sight. Seriously. Screw men, I want stars in my hair. Keep reading »
Looking for a simple DIY centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table? These gourd vases are not only easy to make, they look absolutely beautiful filled with fresh fall flowers. Just cut the top off a squash, hollow it out, and reward yourself for being so crafty by mashing up the innards with some butter and brown sugar. Because edible vases are the best kind of vases. [BHG]
OK, this week’s project does require a bit of sewing knowledge (or a friend with some sewing knowledge who will help you out in exchange for a mimosa), but if you can pull it off, the end result is the most adorable little coin purse ever. I’d love to whip up a colorful batch of these and give them to my girlfriends for Christmas. Along with some edible macarons, of course. [Craft Passion]
If you’re planning to hole up in your apartment this weekend to seek shelter from the SNOWICANE, well, there’s no better time to put on a favorite movie and do some DIY beauty treatments. I’m pretty excited to try this chocolate facial, partly because it’s packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients like cocoa, honey, and coconut oil, but mostly because it’s totally lickable. [Pink Pistachio]
Looking to bring some of those gorgeous fall colors into your home? I’m loving these DIY candleholders the crafty mavens over at Martha Stewart came up with. The best part? This project couldn’t be easier: simply collect a sampling of colorful fall leaves and affix to a clear candle holder using spray adhesive. Add a candle with a cozy fall scent (I can’t get enough of this Oregon fir candle from Alchemy) and you’ll be basking in awesome autumn vibes in no time. [Martha Stewart]
This month I’m hoping to fill every possible moment with pumpkin-themed activities: pumpkin carving parties, pumpkin patch adventures, pumpkin dessert potlucks, pumpkin-launching catapult shenanigans, etc. And I didn’t know it until now, but none of these activities would be complete without the glorious presence of a PUMPKIN KEG. Apparently it’s super easy to make your own, although the tutorial recommends Sam Adams Octoberfest beer, while I think the occasion clearly calls for a pumpkin ale. But hey, if you really want to get the party started, fill it with pumpkin pie-infused vodka. Cheers to fall! [Celebrations]
The other day, my friend Becca and I were talking about how much we miss being in school sometimes, particularly those moments when you’re sitting in class and have some huge epiphany about society or media or social justice and you’re like, “Oh my god, I have to tell the world RIGHT NOW.” Although I won’t be joining those of you headed back to campus this month, I will be enthusiastically stocking up on
school office supplies, and thanks to this clever tutorial, I can’t wait to turn a couple 99-cent composition books into chalkboard notebooks, perfect for recipes, random brainstorms, and world-changing manifestos. [Warm Hot Chocolate]