Branches and Cups Hanging Advent

Opening the little doors on our advent calendar was always so exciting when I was a kid. (And there wasn’t even any candy inside. Imagine that!) Macey from Olivia Renn created a unique suspended advent from apple tree branches and spray painted plastic cups. The plastic cups were pure genius. They are about as thrifty […Read More]

‘Noel’ Christmas Word Art

Sarah from Life Sweet Life shared a simple knockoff last Christmas that cost her only $4 to make (compared to the $149 catalog version). Sarah bought wood letters from a craft store, gave them a coat of spray paint, and arranged them to spell NOEL. She used a bit of hot glue to hold them […Read More]

Felt Christmas Tree Advent Calendar

Lauren from Hamm Family Adventures devoted a whole lotta hours last Christmas to creating a wall-sized advent calendar out of felt. Lauren’s advent is completely hand stitched, from the detailed Christmas scenes on each pocket to the edges of the tree itself. She was fortunate to have a friend who embroidered the numbers and Lauren’s […Read More]

Jingle Bell Vase Filler and Grosgrain Mat Frames

Jessica from Mad In Crafts created a Pottery Barn inspired Christmas vignette on a dollar store budget. Her tabletop décor included candle holders filled with some jingle bells and frames with red grosgrain ribbon glued inside to give the appearance of matting. Jessica’s holiday vignette cost her only a few bucks to pull together. The […Read More]

Alphabet Christmas Tree Bulbs

Laura from Laurmela’s House saw a tutorial for Ballard-inspired alphabet ornaments and decided they would make great gifts for her friends. She made one bulb for each couple using the initial for their last name. I love the little Scrabble-like tile she attached to the top with twine. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could make […Read More]

Repurposed White Holiday Planter

Today I’m kicking off a full week of holiday knock-offs for a little Christmas in July fun. Nick from Choose to Thrive created this gorgeous white planter for her Christmas centerpiece. Wondering what it’s made from? Would you believe me if I said it’s an oatmeal container covered with foam strips and newspaper? This planter […Read More]