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Friday: Favorite DIY Christmas Gifts

I featured DIY Christmas gifts a few months ago, but thought it would be worth showing a few more winners I have found:
Fabric-covered Little Girl’s Chair:

Jenny at Little Green Notebook found this adorable kid-sized fabric-covered chair at ABC for $170, and tells us how to DIY one with a $16.99 chair from Ikea!

DIY Mercury Glass

I love mercury glass, but it is a bit expensive for my budget. Did you know you can DIY this glass with Krylon Looking Glass Mirror-Like Paint? Get the details at Deliciously Organized.

Fruity Napkins:

This is a Martha Stewart DIY (which I think the mercury glass was originally, too). This idea looks easy enough for non-seamstresses to do, which is the kind of sewing I like! See the instructions here.

Stenciled Tray:

This beautiful tray from Isabella and Max Rooms started out as a plain wood tray. Such a gorgeous transformation!

Glass Etching with DIY Stencil:

How cheap is this project from How About Orange, using another Ikea item – a cheap glass vase. Check out how Jessica used contact paper, a hole punch, scissors, and etching cream to create this mod piece.


Our Apartment-Sized Christmas Decor

I’m beginning to work on my DIY Christmas gifts, (in need of ideas? Check out this post all about DIY Christmas gifts), but wanted to take a break to post my little Christmas decor projects. I’m working on bringing more Christmas warmth into our house, especially now that we have Hailey. Jerod hardly notices Christmas decor, but I love the warmth Christmas decor brings to the house and want Hailey to begin to feel the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season. Without much room for storage in our apartment, space to put the decorations, or much of a budget, I had to put my thinking cap on.

DIY Christmas Wreath How-to:

Last year I found this wreath at the Salvation Army for a couple bucks, and this year I reused it by plucking last year’s decor off (which my husband called “tacky” and “traditional” before he realized that I had been the one who decorated the wreath last year. I’m not hurt, though, because it was true. And my first attempt ever at decorating a wreath).

My easy steps to fixing up an old, ugly wreath:

  • Buy a pretty holiday garland (mine was on sale at Michael’s for $10.00 minus my 15% off coupon) and snip / peel it apart. Keep the stems on each piece. You will need wire cutters/pliers for this.
  • Buy some berries or feathery foliage, etc. for fill-in, and snip/peel/tear apart, leaving stems on.
  • Keep some floral wire on hand in case of large pieces that have a hard time staying in.
  • Stick your pieces into the wreath, for the most part the existing greenery will hold them in. You may need to use your floral wire to help anchor bigger pieces to the frame of the wreath. If you want the wreath to last many years without falling apart, it would be a good idea to wire / glue all pieces in place. I like having the option of changing my wreath, like I did this year.
  • Find a wide, coordinating ribbon to hang the wreath with. If you are hanging it on your door like I did, simply double the ribbon around the wreath and nail it to the top of the door.




Mantel Decor How-To:

My mantel is tiny and only sticks out from the wall about five inches, so I’m a bit limited when it comes to decorating it. Here were the things I kept in mind while decking the mantel holiday-style:

  • A garland of greenery woven with lights is a must for me
  • Add sparkle with ornaments, gilded fruit/berries, silver candlesticks, or glittery feathers/leaves. My mantel includes a garland of gilded berries and other gilded fruit popped in around . The cord is hanging out and looking yucky, but I have no closer outlet.
  • Add dimension with candlesticks/candles, topiaries, pinecones, etc.
  • Plug in extra foliage and decor – the more, the better.

Check out some great mantel ideas at Better Homes and Gardens.

Centerpieces have never been my forte, so I wanted to put more effort into it this year. I bought these glass hurricanes at Michael’s for $7.50 apiece (with 15% off that) and placed inexpensive candles inside, then set them on a silver tray I already had in my kitchen.

I had purchased some after-Christmas sale greenery last year that I clipped apart and placed around the tray.

And the result:


Other Christmas decor I love:

Design Sponge

Young House Love

House of Turquoise #1

House of Turquoise #2

House of Turquoise #3

How to Reupholster a Wingback Rocker, Part IV: Applying the Deck

See Part III here, Part V here.

My reupholstery project has both excited and frustrated me. I realized after buying a new stapler that the staples were too short, and had to run to the store yet again. Even at that, I am constantly hammering in staples that didn’t completely sink into the wood. I have found the best staples to be heavy duty 1/2″ chisel point.

The  seat part of the chair beneath the cushion is called the “deck”, and the part that comes in front of the deck is called the “nosing”.

Step 1: Cut a piece of denim (color should be coordinated with the upholstery fabric) the same size as the old piece of deck fabric. Mark the center of the edge roll (the soft edge between the nosing and deck). Draw a line 4″ into the deck from the edge roll. This is where the nosing fabric will attach to the deck fabric.

Step 2: Mark the center of the nosing fabric and deck fabric along the edge where the two will meet. Right side together, match the fabric at the center point and pin, allowing a 1/2″ seam allowance, then stitch.

Step 3: Pin the nosing/deck fabric to the chair, matching the stitched line to the line drawn on the deck. Staple the nosing fabric to the bottom of the chair.

Step 4: Tuck the deck fabric in around the deck, under the arms and chair back. Cut diagonal cuts so the fabric will settle around the arm posts and come through the sides and back of the chair.

Step 5: Staple the deck fabric to the bottom sides and back of the chair as below.

Deck/nosing completed!










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