If you’re hopping over from the Chronicles of Home, welcome to the DIY Playbook!! Here on the DIY Playbook, we are bright & merry, we are Chicago girls who are loving a pop of RED and a hint of nautical this season, we are super excited for the upcoming holiday…
… And we are clearly over-JOY-ed that you have stopped by.
We hope Bridget’s holiday home tour provides you with a tiny bit of motivation to work with what you have & create a personalized space you love all without breaking the bank. You don’t always have to run out and buy new, making the most of what you have & adding a few pops of holiday charm can really go a long way. Thanks for stopping by… en-JOY!!
Thank YOU for taking time out of your busy day to stop by, we hope you see you again soon! Another big thank you to Lindsay for hosting this holiday home tour series. Now, it’s time to send you on to the next amazing holiday home. Anneke at This, That & Life coastal home will not disappoint.
PS. Any questions on where we bought what?! I’ll be sharing a FULL source list of all of
our Christmas Decor Thursday.
Any organizing resolutions out there? Any New Year’s diets kicking off today? Anyone putting the Christmas decorations away this week? Any I-love-these-cards-but-have-no-clue-what-to-do-with-them kind of people tuning in? Well, we have almost ALL of you covered today with this Christmas Card Organizing Tutorial. I can’t help with the diets, but the organizers…. I have your back!
The organizing train is about to leave the station…. ALL ABOARD!!!
Here’s your chance to save those adorable cards, stay organized, and create a coffee table conversation piece that will take you and your guests down memory lane year after year after year.
… full of lots and lots of holiday cheer! I definitely did not want to discard all of these adorable family photos and merry wishes, because let’s be honest here, looking back at those old school christmas card photos is the BEST! My solution?
Last year I started the tradition to bind all of the Christmas cards I received throughout the holiday season as a lil’ holiday flip book. This is definitely not an original idea (I see it all around the blogosphere) but I selfishly wanted to blog about it just to motivate myself to DO IT. Putting in a few extra minutes to create this book was not on top of my to-do list but I pushed myself to suck it up because I loved looking back at last year’s memories (and it’s only been a year!). I also loved setting this little cutie out for my holiday guests to enjoy. I can only imagine how much more my guests and I will cherish these books as time passes.
I just used whatever holiday paper and letters I had lying around the house to create my 2012 masterpiece. No need to go out and spend a lot of money on this simple project; heck, you could probably even repurpose one of your holiday cards as a cover if you’re really creative!
This year, I went with the same motto- no buying, just making do with what I had around. If you do need to buy material, here’s what you’ll need:
– about 4 large scrapbook pages (double sided offers more combo opportunities!)
– numbered stickers
– hole punch
– ring (or two) to hold the book together [you can find these at office supply stores]
Rookie Tip: Make sure you purchase a ring(s) that fits the size of the stack of cards you want to bind together. Go with the larger ring if you have lots and lots of cards and a smaller one if you’re still new to the holiday card scene. I used a small ring and the cards fit perfectly.
To kick off this simple project, I stacked all of my cards by size (approximately). This is completely personal preference, but to me, it helped organizing the book by size.
I then hole punched each card and fished it through the hoop. #helloweddingnails
I repeated that two-step over and over and over again until all of my cards were clipped together.
I then used some light weight cardboard (almost like extra heavy cardstock) I had laying around the house and cut out a front cover and a back cover. I just eye-balled the size to make sure all of the cards would be hidden by the front & back covers.
I traced the cardboard pieces onto two sheets of paper. (one pattern for the front/back covers and another pattern for the inside of the front/back covers).
I glued the paper onto the cardboard, this way the front and back cover would be BOTH decorative and more sturdy.
I did that once again on the opposite side of both covers…
… and hooked the sheets onto the clip. Now all that was left to do was cut out some extra paper and add the 2013 number stickers.
To finish off the very non-traditional Christmas look, I added a pop of red washi-tape and called it a day.
In honor of the big wedding in ’13, I had to add a little “&” trademark onto the back of the book.
Now that all of my cards are bundled and organized, I’m excited to pack them away and pull them out next year as a quick reminder of how lucky we are to have such amazing friends and family in our lives.
Plus, I can’t wait to lay both of my flip books side-by-side for my holiday guests to peek at as well.
I suspect organizing your x-mas cards may not be on the top of your priority list, but trust me when I say, I’m very grateful I pushed myself to get ‘er done. If you’re anything like me, let January be the kick in the pants you need to climb aboard that organizing train & get rolling…. it’s time.
I hope your holiday shopping is all done and you’ve enjoyed plenty of Christmas cookies (I know I have! #tummyache)
If you’re looking to add some last minute holiday cheer to your household, then today’s project might be up your alley. This project is unique, easy, and will take you hardly any time at all.
It’s a cranberry Christmas vase. This little guy could be great in your kitchen, on your Christmas tablescape, or just tucked somewhere alongside your holiday decor.
All you need are fresh cranberries from the grocery store, a large clear vase, a floating candle, and some artificial greenery. Simply stick the greenery in the vase, add water, and throw your cranberries and candle on top.
My mom has been doing this for years and always receives so many compliments on it.
Rookie Tip #1: Be sure to change out the water every week or so. It can get a little cloudy.
Rookie Tip #2: Also change out the fresh cranberries every 10-14 days so they stay red and vibrant.
When you hit up the grocery store to buy food for tomorrow’s Christmas feast, throw some cranberries in your cart. I’m telling ya you’re gonna love this red and green vase, and I know your guests will too.
Feast your eyes on our first Christmas tree here at the Lodge! This baby tree is a hand-me-down tree from my childhood that always seemed soooo much larger than it did when I dug it out of my parent’s crawlspace this year. Although I was surprised by its size, or lack of for that matter…I wouldn’t have it any other way for our first Christmas tree. Plus, I needed far less accessories to dress-up this mini-tree, which is perfect for our first at-bat with this tradition.
This year, Matt and I went with the traditional red-green-and-gold look. I hope to change it up each year, but the “traditional” colors seem to fit the bill for our first Christmas in our home. Tradition seems like the perfect theme this holiday season, a time where Matt and I have started our own traditions… together.
I scored all of the ornaments and gold accessories for under $15 at estate sales and garage sales this past summer! Although it’s hard to get yourself motivated to buy holiday decor during the summer- it’s so worth it… trust me! Come December, you’ll be happy you did. And for less than $15 invested in this year’s tree, I don’t feel as guilty changing up the “look” next Christmas. Hopefully, there are some tree trimmings and holiday treasures sprinkled throughout this summer’s estate sale circuit. #ChristmasinJuly
For our first attempt at this whole Christmas tree thing, I’m very happy with our mini Christmas tree and so grateful that a little piece of my childhood snuck into this new chapter of my life.
Let’s see your Christmas tree! Snap a picture and tweet us or tag us on Instagram. We would love to spread the holiday cheer…
Casey recently disclosed her obsession with pillows. We support her, we love her, we accept her for who she is. Now it’s my turn…
My name is Bridget, and I am obsessed with estate sales. Like pull-this-car-over-I-don’t-care-if-you-have-to-change-4-lanes-make-a-U-turn-and-jump-the-median type of obsessed. I see that Estate Sale sign and immediately Matt knows that he has no prayer of getting out of a delayed detour.
Our most recent Estate Sale DIY was this gem…
…a $4 shutter board that I found rummaging through the garage of a darling little cape cod. She was mine, all mineeee.
I took her home and immediately cleaned her up! With a little soap and water, this shutter was ready for her makeover.
I propped her up on an old bucket and spray painted her pure white. The bucket allowed me to paint the sides of the shutter without it missing any spots or the shutter sticking to the drop cloth.
Two coats later, she was clean, shiny and finally taking shape for the holiday season!
Thanks to Matt’s suggestion, I sketched “tis the season” across the middle of the shutter. I then added some fabric glue on top of those pencil marks and eventually sprinkled glitter on top of that glue.
Now, she has a new home and a very important job. Our $4 project holds all of the holiday snail mail we receive. Because let’s be honest, ’tis the season of Christmas Cards, family photos, and festive holiday wishes from friends.
Matt was not sold on our $4 purchase when we left that little cape cod in August…but man, he is loving our new Christmas Hall-of-Holiday-Fame. I love that when guests come over, they are able to see all the JOY that our family & friends have shared with us this holiday season.
And as Christmas got closer and closer, the shutterboard starting looking like this….
When I was growing up, December was one of my favorite times of the year. Christmas was always exciting, and I looked forward to the big day. But it was my mom’s holiday decorations that really made that time of year so special for me.
I remember I would leave for school in the morning and our house would look normal. But that afternoon I would come home to a magical winter wonderland with gorgeous decorations everywhere transforming every square inch of our home.
Today, I never quite feel in the “holiday spirit” until I step inside my mom’s house. It gets me giddy for Christmas and gives me that same feeling that I had coming home from school as a little girl.
I want to show you just one of the creative ideas that my mom has been doing around her home for years…
They’re floating Christmas ornaments! I think she originally saw floating ornaments in a department store many years ago. She decided to try and bring the idea to life back at home, and it was a success!
So today let’s get inspired by the fabulous Janimal.
First you need to find the perfect spot in your home to hang these ornaments. She does hers over the kitchen sink, but really anywhere can work. Perhaps a long hallway? Just make sure they’re high enough up so they won’t hit anyone on the head.
(Side Note: When we were little my brothers and I would always hit the ornaments so they would swing all around. We would see which ones could get the most height! Jan was never too happy about that part of this decor, but somehow they’re still going strong…)
All you need is some fishing line, scissors, clear tacks, and obviously the ornaments. I suggest going with a color scheme (she does gold & red) and choosing a wide variety of ornaments. Big, small, different shapes, different textures…mix it up as much as you can.
The first year you put these ornaments up will be the hardest. You’ll need to figure out a nice order for the ornaments and also figure out the varying heights. We definitely feel that this is a 2 man job. You’ll want someone standing back saying “higher” & “lower” as you find the perfect spot for each. Then just cut the fishing line to the correct length, tie it around the end of the tack, and tie it around the top of the ornament.
Then when you take all of your decorations down after the holiday use this helpful tip. Number each ornament from left to right. Take down the ornaments (leaving the tack and fishing line all connected.) Then give each ornament its own plastic baggie and tuck a small piece of paper in there with the number on it. Keep all of the plastic baggies together in a box.
Next year when you bring out that box, you’ll simply line them all up in order and hang. It shouldn’t take long at all!
Trust us when we say that the time and effort is totally worth it. This project is one of a kind and your guests are going to gush over this unique holiday statement.
Because of the crazy cold winters in Chicago, these poor plants were not looking so hot lately. To welcome Mr. winter into the neighborhood, we transformed that happy summer planter into a winter wonderland that can survive these frigid elements in style.
Ladies and gentleman, meet our new and improved winter-wonderland-in-a-box. Just when I thought this upcycled planter would never be home to another fake plant as long as it lived…. I was wrong. Yup, those poinsettias are fake. I never thought the day would come when I would ever plant fake flowers, and guess what? I was wrong. And I absolutely would have bet the blog that I would never ever type (and sincerely mean), “I planted fake flowers in front of my house and I love them!” (well at least before the age of 85)… and you’ve guessed it….. wrong, AGAIN!
Rest assured the greenery is real- straight from our backyard’s pines. The fake poinsettias, red bow & white pine were all Black Friday deals from Menard’s.
I am not usually one to use white pine, but I thought it would be the perfect way to incorporate the white detail on our Christmas wreath and the white detail of my wedding dress (keep reading). So because of the wreath and the wedding…fake white pine it is.
After arranging the fake plants all together, I put several bricks on top of the stems into the planter to hold them down… goodness knows I don’t want these treasures blowing away on me! I then stuck in the real pine in the back of the box, which gave it a little added height and life.
Last but not least, I tightly wrapped a black ribbon around the planter and tied the bow to the front of it. To make the bow less droopy, I tied a second piece of ribbon from the front of the box (connected to the bow) going straight through the middle of the box directly to the back of the box. This helped perk up the heavy red bow and worked out perfectly because you can’t see the black ribbon under the sea of fake poinsettias.
I’m especially excited for our front porch detail (and hints of WHITE) because Matt and I will share our “first look” on our wedding day right here. Our first home together seems like the perfect place to get our wedding day festivities started… together. I’m banking on these fake flowers staying fresh and perky until then!
Rounding out our little door step detail, is this old-fashioned flyer I scored at a local thrift store for $5!! Can you believe it says Marshall Field’s on it?! My dad thinks it must have been a display sled at one point for the famous retailer because it is in such amazing shape.
Either way, I’m obsessed with it and love how much it reminds me of trips to Marshall Field’s around Christmas time as a kid. With a little greenery from the neighborhood and some old bells I grabbed at an estate sale, this little treasure it the perfect holiday accent to our door step and it adds a hint of Christmas past.
Fake flowers, a five dollar sled, and a first look- this porch will need a break from all this excitement come spring!
In less than 2 weeks, I’ll be standing right here in white waiting for my handsome groom.
What do you get when you add gold glitter + plaid + a deer silhouette? The answer…this fabulously festive holiday project!
Before we get into nitty-gritty details of the tutorial, let’s just say that this is such an easy do-it-yourself project.You’ll be done quickly, with plenty of time leftover to tackle your holiday to-do list. Supplies: -Canvas
-Staple Gun & Staples
-Silhouette of your choice
First you need to prep your canvas. We suggest buying a cheap canvas from a thrift store, since you’ll be covering it with fabric anyways. Cover the canvas with your fabric, and secure on the back with a staple gun. Be sure to pull tightly as you go, and staple to the wooden frame.
When that’s ready, it’s time to stencil your silhouette directly onto the front of the canvas. We went with a deer head (or perhaps it’s a reindeer?) that we found online and traced onto a large piece of paper. We cut the deer head out and used a pencil to stencil it onto the fabric.
Now the fun (& somewhat messy) part! Get out that gold glitter and glue and let’s get to work.Outline the deer head with glue and use the foam brush to cover the large area in the middle.Then lightly shake some gold glitter onto the wet glue. We suggest working in sections so the glue doesn’t dry.
Once your reindeer is all glammed up, name him (we went with “Rudy”), and add him to your holiday display.
We are in love with this preppy and whimsical project, and we hope you’ll add your own deer head to your holiday décor.
P.S. We created this Glitter Reindeer Head to include in the “Fabulously Festive Design Contest” by Homes.com & Olioboard.
Back by popular demand…a door mat tutorial that will dress up your porch just in time for Santa’s arrival. Because our fall herringbone door mat tutorial was such a hit, we had to try our hand at a holiday DIY doormat. As far as we’re concerned, once Santa lays his eyes on this beauty, he’ll want to skip the chimney thing all together and waltz right through your front door. But do you blame him?
Although we heart herringbone here at the DIY Playbook, we are also loving the falling polka dot trend that has been spotted (literally) all over the blogosphere these days.
Plus, the polka dots resemble falling snow, which seems fitting for this time of year. Oh, and the fact that the falling polka dot design takes about ten times LESS than the herringbone doormat is quite the selling point, especially during this crazy time of year. Cute, cheap and less than 20 minutes… are you sold or what?
I started this DIY with a plain, $8 door mat from Home Depot.
I also bought a bottle of acrylic paint in each color and three round sponge paintbrushes (one slightly larger than the other two) all from JoAnn Fabrics. Rookie Tip: I ended up using the entire bottle of white, I mean like seriously every.single.last drop. Since the bottles are each less than a dollar, I would recommend buying more than one bottle of the color you paint on with the largest paint brush. Or heck, buy two of each of the bottles if you want to get reaaallll crazy! #yoursecretissafewithme
Once you have all of your supplies, allow yourself less than 20 minutes to get this project done. Yup, you read that right…. your doormat will be on the drying rack in no time! I mean seriously, this project is QUICK! And if you do it outside in the dead of December, the bitter cold may motivate you to get this doggone door mat dotted in record timing.
1. After dipping your sponge in the white paint, stamp the rug and push the sponge down with some pressure. Hold the sponge down then wiggle it around slightly.
2. Release the pressure
3. Admire your work
The good news best news ever: if when you stamp your dot, the paint does not cover as perfectly as you had hoped… you can re-do your stamp without losing the original shape as many times as you want!
Honestly, there was no rhyme or reason to the placement of my white dots. I just wanted to have more dots on top of the mat and try to slowly use less and less dots as I moved down the mat.
I really like the plain white dots and probably would have been okay stopping here, but my mitten-less fingers weren’t frozen yet & I still had two bottles of paint that I didn’t want to waste, so I kept on dotting…
I used the smaller sponge with the red paint and used a few less dots than I had with the white.
Using the same method as before, the red dots took me less than 5 minutes. Again, no rhyme or reason just aimed for a random “falling” polka dot effect.
Using the remaining smaller sponge (same size as the red), I finished off the polka dotted door mat with hints of Christmas green.
As far as I’m concerned, this 20 minute DIY door mat is POPPIN’!
This polka dottin’ doormat could make the perfect hostess gift, could sneak on to your BFF’s front porch for a very “secret santa”, or could help ring in the new year with a new color scheme!!
For less than $14 & 20 minutes of your precious time…. how could you go wrong?! You can’t!
Now don’t be nervous about tackling this DIY doormat, it’s one project that’s pretty simple to connect the dots… Happy dottin’ my fellow rookies!
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