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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Gearing up for the Holidays!

The offices of BobVila.com are getting in the holiday spirit, putting together our favorite tips on decking the halls, trimming the tree, and everything in between. So as we count down the days until Christmas, we thought we’d share some of our favorite holiday posts from the week.

 

1. Distinguishing Christmas Tree Types

Fraser Fir

Photo: Flickr/ mitrees

Douglas Fir? Scotch Pine? Blue Spruce? When it comes to choosing a Christmas tree, the subtle differences in tree variety make all the difference.

 

2. How To Make a Pine Cone Garland

Pine Cone Garland How To

Photo: Jennifer Noonan

Looking to break away from the traditional evergreen garland this year? Why not use the materials in your own backyard for some distinct holiday decor–like pine cones.

 

3. 12 Days of Christmas DIY

Ice Luminary How To

Photo: raisedincotton.typepad.com

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me–Homemade Ice Luminaries. Get your holiday DIY inspiration right here!

 

4. Bob Vila’s Gift Guide for the Eco Friendly

Eco-Amp

Photo: eco-made.com

If gift-giving is stressing you out this year, check out this guide for your environmentally conscious friends. And don’t worry, we’ve got guides for everyone else on your list right here!

 

5. Nine Neutral Holiday Lights

Mercury Glass Globes

Photo: Pottery Barn

Something about neutral lights bring holiday decorations from camp to class; so, we’ve gathered together our favorite white light options this year.

For more top content this week, consider:

How To Make an Evergreen Wreath
A Brief History of Nutcrackers
How To Paint with Oil-Based Paints


Enter TODAY to Win a Tufted Border Upholstered Queen Headboard!

Today, December 14, is the fourteenth day of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this Tufted Border Upholstered Queen Headboard in Velvet Pearl from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

Upholstered Headboard Contest

Photo: Hayneedle.com

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Enter TODAY to Win a KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer!

Today, December 13, is the thirteenth day of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer in Empire Red from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Give-Away

Photo: Hayneedle.com

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Enter TODAY to Win a Quiet Plus Series Shop-Vac!

Today, December 12, is the twelfth day of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this 12 gal 5.0 HP Quiet Plus Series Shop-Vac from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

Shop Vac Give-Away

Photo: Hayneedle.com

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Enter TODAY to Win a Chrystal 4-Ft. Park Bench!

Today, December 11, is the eleventh day of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this Chrystal 4-Ft. Park Bench from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

Park Bench Give-Away

Photo: Hayneedle.com

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Enter TODAY to Win a Fiji Isle All-Weather Wicker Sectional Set!

Today, December 10, is the tenth day of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this Fiji Isle All-Weather Wicker Sectional Set from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

Wicker Outdoor Seating

Photo: hayneedle.com

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Enter TODAY to Win a Classic Playtime Deluxe Easel!

Today, December 9, is the ninth day of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this Classic Playtime Deluxe Easel in Espresso from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

Double Sided Easel

Photo: hayneedle.com

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ENTER TODAY to win a Helios Indoor/Outdoor Fountain!

Today, December 8, is the eighth day of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this Helios Indoor/Outdoor Fountain from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

Indoor/Outdoor Fountain

Photo: Hayneedle.com

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Top 5 Posts of the Week: Welcome to December!

From spotlighting our favorite bloggers to compiling an almost never-ending list of DIY ornaments, from hacking new kitchen storage solutions to some tried-and-true painting tips, have a look back at our best offerings from the first week of this sleigh-bell and winter-wonderland month.

 

1. In the Workshop: Blog Stars 2012 

Picardy Project

Photo: Picardy Project

Meet 2012′s Blog Stars—Meryl and Chris (above) from The Picardy Project, Sarah Fogle of The Ugly Duckling House, and Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson and Built By Kids.

 

2. 58 Outstanding DIY Ornaments 

DIY Bell Jar Ornament

Photo: mysocalledcraftylife.com

FIFTY-EIGHT! That’s enough for your tree and then some!

 

3. Rock Salt Vs. Sand to Prevent Slips

Salt vs. Sand

Photo: lgreport.blogspot.com

Salt… Sand… Salt… Sand? Which should you use to keep visitors from slipping their way up and down your walkway or drive? Find out.

 

4. 7 DIY Pantry Hacks and Storage Solutions

Pantry Storage

Photo: Martha Stewart

Who knew a few ingenious storage solutions could change your life in the kitchen completely?

 

5. My Grandfather’s 7 Secrets to a Perfect Paint Job

Painting Tips

Photo: propertymanager.com

Wise words from a wise man.

 

For more top content this week, consider:

How to Shop for a Snowblower
Firewood: Which Wood Burns Best?
The Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier


ENTER TODAY to Win a Wusthof Gourmet 12-Piece Knife and Block Set!

Today, December 7, is the seventh day of our 24 Days of Holiday Give-Aways and your chance to enter to win this Wusthof Gourmet 12-Piece Knife and Block Set from Hayneedle.com—the mega home online shopping site. But you must ENTER TODAY (by midnight EST) to be eligible to win (see Official Rules below).

Gourmet Knife Set

Photo: Hayneedle.com

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