holiday

Joseph Merkley

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Is it already December? It’s hard to believe, but winter holidays are upon us, and my wife has been happily decorating our home for Christmas. Her enthusiasm inspired me to share some easy DIY holiday ideas using wood you may find around your home or that can be purchased inexpensively at your nearby Home Depot or other hardware store.

This first project idea came from a festive purchase my wife just made: a dowel Christmas tree. If you have some basic tools and 30 minutes to spare, you can follow this excellent tutorial from lifestyle blogger Rubyellen of Cakies. Don’t have dowels around? For a selection of dowels to purchase for the project, click here.

Did you just replace your old moulding with Finished Elegance? Don’t throw it away just yet! Courtney from Diamond in the Stuff recommends using scrap wood and moulding to create a festive Christmas tree. Add different shades of green paint for a quick and fun way to recycle leftover pieces. For a Hanukkah celebration, follow Randi’s advice from Sowdering About in Seattle to create an antiqued Happy Hanukkah sign with scrap wood.

Need a centerpiece for family gatherings? Robin from Happy at Home has a quick tutorial for a custom wooden statement piece using scrap 1X4s and 1X2s. She decorated her centerpiece with stones, but you could use wide candles, greenery, or ornaments. A versatile piece, no matter your occasion.

I hope this list inspires you to be creative this holiday season. Comment below to let us know how your projects turn out!

Renae Crill

During the holidays it’s easy to get swept up in Christmas lists and retail super sales. But sometimes the most meaningful moments can be spending time with loved ones doing something small. This wooden snowman project is a great, family-friendly activity that celebrates the season in a simple way.

Using 2×4 boards, paint and ribbon, you can build a little snowman for each member of the family that would also be a great gift for neighbors, coworkers and friends. This easy DIY snowman tutorial is a simple way to express the joy of the holiday season using minimal materials and cost.

Wooden Snowman

Renae Crill

Great design doesn’t have to stop at the entry way. Whether it’s adorned with a traditional wreath or something more modern, your front door has the power to make a great first impression for holiday visitors. Enhance your curb appeal and show off your festive side this season with these charming Thanksgiving wood tags.

Using wood boards, a bit of rope, paint, and a final coat of polyurethane, you can create a unique piece of exterior décor that will last for years to come. You’ll be grateful you found this DIY tutorial!

Wood Tags

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Renae Crill

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you’ve got a lot on your plate! Between making arrangements with family and friends and organizing a full menu, sometimes the last thing on your mind is designing a festive holiday table. Luckily, we’ve got a solution for you!

A quick and easy way to customize your table is with this wooden trough centerpiece. This step-by-step tutorial breaks down the project just in the nick of time. With only boards, paint and vinyl lettering, you can create a high impact piece that adds to your interior design. Fill the trough with fresh fall flowers for a casual feel or use candles to heighten the drama. Either way, you’ve got a tablescape to remember!

Thanksgiving Trough

Renae Crill

Creating sophisticated Halloween décor can seem almost impossible. While the thought of making orange and black blend into your existing interior design feels daunting, this moulding project provides a touch of sophistication using bunting. “Bunting” is a term for any festive decorations made of fabric, or of plastic, paper or even cardboard in imitation of fabric. Typical forms of bunting are strings of colorful triangular flags and lengths of fabric in the colors of national flags gathered and draped into swags or pleated into fan shapes.

Using spare moulding pieces from past home projects, paint and ribbon, you can create moulding bunting to string across a holiday mantle. For very little expense and labor, you can create a dimensional piece with high impact. This DIY bunting is the perfect way to translate your personal style into your next themed party.

Moulding Bunting

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