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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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58 Outstanding DIY Ornaments

Move over, pumpkin spice latte—it’s peppermint mocha time. December is here, and even if you spent the last few months protesting (“I swear it seems like yesterday was July!”), you’ve gotta admit the signs are everywhere. Twinkling lights on every street, red-nosed reindeers greeting you at every doorway, and coworkers no longer being secretive about their Christmas music listening. Yup, there’s no use ignoring it: It’s time for the holidays!

To get on board with the festivities, we’ve gathered together our favorite DIY ornaments to add to your decorations this year, because without ornaments… your Tannenbaum is just a pine tree.

 

1. Vintage Inspired Bell Jar

DIY Vintage Inspired Bell Jar Ornaments

Photo: mysocalledcraftylife.com

 

2. Knit

DIY Knit Ornaments

Photo: sparkelz-creatief.blogspot.nl

 

3. Paper

DIY Paper Ornaments

Photo: scrapbooksetc.com

 

4. Twig

DIY Twig Ornaments

Photo: michelemademe.com

 

5. Glitter Filled

DIY Glitter Filled Ornaments

Photo: greenhornedunicorn.com

 

6. Macadamia Nut

DIY Macadamia Nut Ornaments

Photo: garotaprendada.com

 

7. Legos

Lego Ornament

Photo: geeksugar.com

Or perhaps you’d prefer the Millenium Falcon?

Lego Star Wars Ornament

Photo: geeksugar.com

 

8. Glitter Animals

DIY Glitter Animals Ornaments

Photo: curbly.com

 

9. Pom Pom Santa

DIY Santa Ornament

Photo: justcraftyenough.com

 

10. Ombre

DIY Ombre Ornaments

Photo: ambrosiagirl.com

 

11. Reindeer

DIY Reindeer Ornament

Photo: scissorsandspoons.com

 

12. Snowflake

DIY Snowflake Ornaments

Photo: purlbee.com

 

13. Chalkboard

DIY Chalkboard Ornaments

Photo: etsy.com

 

14. German Star

DIY German Star Ornaments

Photo: marthastewart.com

 

15. Scrabble

DIY Scrabble Ornaments

Photo: mysweetsavannah.blogspot.com

 

16. Golden Snitch

DIY Snitch Ornament

Photo: tinyapartmentcrafts.blogspot.com

 

17. Gumdrop

DIY Gumdrop Ornaments

Photo: myblessedlife.net

 

18. Filled with Popcorn

DIY Popcorn Ornaments

Photo: theornamentgirl.com

 

19. Salt Dough

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

Photo: scissorsandspoons.com

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

Photo: abigailmooney.squarespace.com

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

Photo: katyelliott.com

 

20. Instagram

DIY Instagram Ornament

Photo: etsy.com

 

21. Cinnamon Scented

DIY Cinnamon Ornaments

Photo: dandelionsonthewall.com

 

22. Mod Podge

DIY Modge Podge Ornaments

Photo: modgepodgerocks.com

 

23. Clay Bird

DIY Clay Bird Ornament

Photo: myshineproject.com

 

24. Cinnamon Sticks

DIY Cinnamon Stick Ornaments

Photo: shelterness.com

 

25. Felt

DIY Bacon Ornaments

Photo: blog.seremeres.com

DIY Stuffed Snowman Ornaments

Photo: spoonful.com

DIY Felt Owl Ornaments

Photo: juicy-bits.typepad.com

 

26. Recycled T-Shirt

DIY Tshirt Ornaments

Photo: skiptomylou.org

 

27. Houses

DIY House Ornaments

Photo: candiedfabric.com

 

28. Candycane Bow

DIY Candy Cane Ornaments

Photo: linesacross.com

 

29. Toilet Paper Roll

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Ornaments

Photo: michelemademe.com

 

30. Gifts

DIY Presents Ornament

Photo: hardlyhousewives.com

 

31. Comic Book

DIY Comic Book Ornaments

Photo: etsy.com

 

32. LEDs

DIY LED Ornaments

Photo: fashioningtech.com

 

33. Cookie Cutter

DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Photo: allyou.com

 

34. Clay Feathers

DIY Feather Ornaments

Photo: thecountrychiccottage.com

 

35. Painted Pinecone

DIY Pinecone Ornaments

Photo: doityourselfdivas.blogspot.com

 

36. Stained Glass Cookie

DIY Stained Glass Cookie Ornaments

Photo: simplyrecipes.com

 

37. Glitter Covered

DIY Glitter Ornaments

Photo: ilovetocreateblog.blogspot.com

 

38. Peanut Snowmen

DIY Peanut Ornaments

Photo: shadetreejewlery.com

 

39. Pistachio

DIY Pistachio Ornaments

Photo: shelterness.com

 

40. Bow Boxes

DIY Box Ornaments

Photo: creaturecomfortsblog.com

 

41. Cupcake

DIY Cupcake Ornaments

Photo: makeitmyown.blogspot.com

 

42. Diorama

DIY Diorama Ornaments

Photo: apartmenttherapy.com

 

43. Family Photos

DIY Photo Ornaments

Photo: photojojo.com

 

44. Acorn

DIY Acorn Ornaments

Photo: sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com

 

45. Mini Wreath

DIY Yarn Ornaments

Photo: curbly.com

 

46. Light Bulb Snowman

DIY Lightbulb Snowman Ornament

Photo: shelterness.com

 

47. Ribbon

DIY Ribbon Ornaments

Photo: craftystaci.com

 

48. Toothpick Star

DIY Toothpick Ornaments

Photo: justcraftyenough.com

 

49. Acrylic Paint

DIY Acrylic Paint Ornaments

Photo: shopcutebuttons.com

 

50. Crochet Slippers

DIY Crochet Slippers Ornament

Photo: zoomyummy.com

 

51. Woodland

DIY Ornaments Wood Filled

Photo: thistinder.blogspot.com

 

52. Glitter Leaf

DIY Glitter Ornaments

Photo: afieldjournal.blogspot.com

 

53. Paper Balls

DIY Paper Ball Ornaments

Photo: sarahneilsen.com

 

54. Hot Air Balloon

DIY Hot Air Balloon Ornaments

Photo: thecheesethief.com

 

55. Personalized

DIY Personalized Ornaments

Photo: craftsunleashed.com

 

56. Melted Crayons

DIY Melted Crayon Ornaments

Photo: swelldesigner.blogspot.com

 

57. Scented Pinecone

DIY Pinecone Ornaments

Photo: ramshackleglam.com

 

58. Mason Jar Lids

DIY Mason Jar Lid Ornaments

Photo: modgepodgerocksblog.com

 

Or for the laziest DIYer…

Feathers!

DIY Feather Ornaments

Photo: shelterness.com

 

For more on holiday decorating, consider:

Holiday Lights 101
How To: Keep a Christmas Tree Fresh
Bob Vila Radio: Picking a Christmas Tree