Natural ‘JOY’ Letters for a Special Friend

Ashley from Simply Designing recently found a natural and textural JOY mantelscape in the Pottery Barn catalog. She says, “As is typical for me, this was just a background decoration, and they do not actually sell this decoration. So with just a few tools and under $15, I was able to recreate this beautiful JOY decoration!” Ashley did a stunning job making her letters, and the best part of the story is that she gifted them to a friend who has filled her life with joy!

JOY letters

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Wood Slice Coasters with Sayings

A few weeks ago Shauna from Satori Design for Living was looking at West Elm’s new market and came across some adorable wooden drink coasters. They reminded Shauna of wood slice ornaments she had previously made, and she just so happened to have some wood pieces leftover. Sounds like the perfect recipe for a DIY! Not only did Shauna need a set of coasters for her basement family room, but she also whipped some up to give away as gifts.

wood slice coasters

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Fresh-from-the-Front-Yard Boxwood Wreath

Inspired by a boxwood wreath at Home Depot, Mari from crab+fish used clippings from the boxwoods in her landscaping to make a DIY version. She says, “It was the Holy Grail of quick, cheap, and easy to do. The clippings were free and the cost of the wreath frame and bow (dollar store!) were nominal.” And you don’t have to limit yourself to boxwoods. Mari suggests checking out the foliage in your yard and getting creative!

diy boxwood wreath

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Wooden Peace Sign and Burlap Jingle Pillow

I have two Pottery Barn-inspired projects to share with you today from the crafty twins Julia and Elizabeth from Southern Color. They say that their best holiday inspiration comes from catalogues, and they especially love flipping through the pages of Pottery Barn for holiday décor ideas. This year it was PB’s PEACE sign and Jingle pillow that caught Julia and Elizabeth’s attention. When they sisters saw the price tags on the two items though, they knew a DIY was in order. Amazingly, it cost only $20 for both of their gorgeous knock offs!

pottery barn inspired peace sign

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Bingo Card Christmas Countdown Calendar

Michelle of Chalkboard Blue loved the idea of Pottery Barn’s vintage Bingo card wall art. However, Michelle took the idea a step further for the holidays and created a countdown calendar in the same form. Michelle mod podged her print onto sheet metal so the board is magnetic, and the ornament can be moved around to count down the days until Christmas. I am a game lover, so this is right up my alley. Too cute!

bingo board christmas countdown

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Punched Tin Can Ornament with Light

Lauren from The Thinking Closet purchased one of Crate & Barrel’s Hakkari Candle Holders last fall and was inspired to create her own version, but ornament-style! Lauren repurposed an old tin can and shares tips for creating a punched design without indenting the can. To get the soft, glowing effect, Lauren just inserted a Christmas light from the tree. She says, “It’s one of my favorite creations…and is a really inexpensive way to get a high-end look!”

punched tin ornament

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Colorblock Zipper Pouch with Monogram

Jaime from That’s My Letter has a slew of tutorials for adorable zipper pouches in different designs and sizes. I love this colorblock one with a handpainted monogram and heavy-duty metal zipper. It was inspired by a pricey clutch from Mark and Graham, but, like Jaime says, you might want to consider making your own for much less. While the pouch is a fabulous gift itself, you could even take it a step further by packing it with goodies!

colorblock zipper pouch

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Cheap and Easy DIY Wine Bag

I am no wine connoisseur but have lots of family and friends who enjoy wine tastings and sampling different types of wines. If you also have a wine-lover on your Christmas list, these DIY wine bags from Lisa at Concord Cottage are the perfect way to dress up a bottle. Lisa simply measured the bottles and sewed her pouches using fabric she already had. They cost Lisa nothing to make, but she says you could easily do it for under a $1 and in less than an hour. You can’t ask for much more during an already busy and expensive time of year!

diy wine bag

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DIY iPad Case from Canvas Artwork

Caitlin, a contributor on Say Yes to Hoboken, had purchased several unstretched, unframed canvas prints at an auction a couple of years ago and had grand plans for them. They ended up being stored away and forgotten until Caitlin came across an artsy iPad case from Anthropologie with a similar look. Caitlin decided to finally cash in on their DIY potential and sew her own case. Don’t have your own stash of canvases lying around? Caitlin suggests purchasing one for a few bucks online or even printing your own!

canvas ipad case

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