To transform an old book into a snowman, remove the cover, trim the pages to form a snowman shape, and glue the ends together. Fan out the pages, and accessorize Frosty with felt and twigs.
Old sweaters aren't just for ugly christmas sweater parties anymore! When you're ready to retire a sweater or cardigan, cut the fabric and wrap it around a foam ball. Sew the edges together, and use a hot glue gun to stick a bow to the top. Pattern Here
Cut pale green, mint, and forest green cardstock into tiered strips between 1 and 1-1⁄2 inches wide. Cut the tree trunk and star from gold cardstock, and glue them against watercolor paper. Frame the finished product to emphasize the Christmas craft.
Have more toppers than trees? No problem. Just group a few favorites atop a mantel or shelf. If some of the toppers tend to fall, use pea-size balls of clear candleholder wax to hold them upright.
These mitts look just right hung over the fireplace with care. Decorate bold-color oven mitts with fabric, shiny sequins, bells, and bows for an original take on your typical Christmas stocking. Fill mitts with themed items like cooking utensils for a spin on holiday sparkle.
Use a simple tin can and a foam cone to transform leaves and a variety of ornaments into a green-and-silver Christmas ornament bouquet. Tie a red ribbon into a bow to complete the decoration. Use as a centerpiece or as a part of your holiday side-table decor.
This paper town will transform your mantel into a cozy winter scene. Simply cut the patterns from cardstock, then decorate your enchanting display with miniature wreaths. Pattern Here
Simple glass jars can store anything from puppy treats to holiday spices! Dress up these clear storage containers with a holiday-colored ribbon for extra festivity.
You'll be the winner with these fun board-game-inspired Christmas decorations. Hot-glue (or just arrange) Scrabble pieces to wish guests "Season's Greetings" or any other holiday message you can think up.
Get ready for fall with these fresh Fall ideas for decorating with gourds and pumpkins. Use them to add autumn elegance to your home both inside and out. I love the vases!
Crafty Gourd Critters
Fashion a family of friendly critters to nestle on a fence post or railing. Use small pumpkins and gourds for bodies and attach sunflower seeds, feathers, and nuts with hot glue to make facial features.
Craft a set of candleholders from gourds by simply cutting off the tops and hollowing out the centers. For an easy autumn display, arrange them in a metal tray filled with green hedge apples.
Hanging Gourd Vase
Hook a swan gourd over a balcony rail to create a hanging vase. Cut a 1- to 2-inch hole near the neck of the gourd, remove a bit of the pith, and insert mums, black-eyed Susans, and a length of Virginia creeper.
Use these easy plant-by-numbers recipes to put together the most beautiful hanging baskets in your neighborhood.
Create a Contrast
Even though they're old-fashioned, geraniums are still a top pick for hot, sunny spots -- and they mix well with just about everything. (No wonder they're tried-and-true favorites.) This red geranium is dressed up with a flowing skirt of draping ivy and blue lobelia and a top hat of a simple dracaena for a classic look.
A. Geranium (Pelargonium 'Designer Cherry') -- 1
B. Dracaena marginata -- 1
C. Lobelia 'Waterfall Blue' -- 4
D. Ivy (Hedera helix) -- 3
Try Several Shades of One Color
Create drama in your landscape with a container that mixes several shades of your favorite color. Here, hues of pink fill out and trail down the sides of this hanging basket. We love the inclusion of the coleus; its deeply colored foliage adds beautiful depth to the planting. Grow this beautiful basket in a spot with full sun.
A. Coleus (Solenostemon…
Gardening season is only a few weeks away, and the time to plan is now. What’s your plan? Grow vegetables and herbs, or more flowers? Are you going to switch it up from what you did last year? While gardening may not seem like something that’s subject to trends, tastes do change from year to year, especially your own. Here’s a quick look at what you’ll be seeing more of in gardens this coming year.
1. Designs with Natural Materials You can say so long to plastic planters, concrete pavers, and plastic chairs. Natural design has been a growing trend for many years, and 2017 will be no exception.
Terra cotta and clay planters are popular, inexpensive and easy to find at gardening centers.
Stone, hollowed logs and other natural materials are also trendy planter materials
Stone and railroad ties are two great ways to border garden beds while sticking with the natural theme.
For patios, consider using natural paving stones. Gravel is a great low-maintenance material for pathways.