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Father's Day Gift Guide: 10 Super Cool Gifts for the DIY Dad
Shopping for the DIY Dad this Father's Day? You've come to the right place. Whether your dad is as handy with a drill driver as he is with grilling tongs, we've...
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Mother's Day Gift Guide: 10 Ideas to DIY or Buy
When Mother's Day rolls around, many of us say it with flowers—the most popular gift of the holiday. But if Mom has more than enough bouquets at home, get creativ...
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Top Tips for Taking Down the Christmas Tree
Everyone loves the Christmas tree—so long as it's standing proudly upright and is already fully decorated. Sure, some...
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How To: Store Holiday Decorations
When it's time to take down the tinsel, lights, ornaments, and garlands, these DIY solutions will keep the holidays from taking over your home during the rest of ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Recycling Holiday Lights
The holiday season is rolling to an end, and you’ll soon be taking down your indoor and outdoor lights. Why not take ...
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5 Things to Do with... Gift Wrap
It's always alarming to see how much gift wrap gets wasted during the holidays. Boldly patterned, brightly colored pa...
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Are You Ready? 10 Christmas Eve "Musts" to Remember
Christmas comes but once a year, but it's still hard to imagine where all that prep time goes! If you're still counting down the hours, use this checklist to make...
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Weekend Projects: Holiday Crafts for Kids
Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year's: It can be a real challenge to avoid stress this time of year! If...
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9 Unique Ways to Display Holiday Cards
By the time Christmas Eve rolls around, many mantles will be groaning under a flood of holiday greeting cards. Lighten the load this year by displaying them with ...
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How To: Make a Fresh Holiday Garland
This year, as you dress up your house for the holidays, consider decking the halls with twinkling lights, festive rib...
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Let It Glow! 10 Festive and Easy DIY Candles
Candles are particularly valued during the holidays for their cozy ambiance and their ability to illuminate the decorations around them. But this year, why not em...
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Christmas Houses Gone Wild! 11 Outrageously Decorated Front Yards
These houses are packed to the gills with thousands of lights, life-size Santas, and even a few robots—enough to attract huge crowds of visitors and get everyone ...
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Deck the Halls: 10 Festive Ideas for Every Corner of the House
Deck the halls, walls, and tables with boughs of holly, wreaths, and the decorating ideas we've gathered together to make your holiday bright!
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Top Tips for Troubleshooting Holiday Lights
If you want to avoid frustration and preserve your holiday spirit, I don't recommend that you spend time figuring out...
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How To: Make a Gingerbread House From Scratch
The holiday season comes with so many traditions—cooking and baking, house decorating, caroling, and cocoa making—but...
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10 Ways to Stage Your Home for the Holidays
As you begin to usher in the season (not to mention house guests, tempting treats, and a life-sized tree), try these 10 tips for creating harmony in your holiday ...
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Bob Vila's Top 10 Artificial Trees for 2013
If you're in the market for an artificial Christmas tree, take a look at these 10 strong contenders. They're surprisingly true to life—and likely to be on sale now.
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Christmas Tree Stands: 10 Designs That Stand Up to the Holidays
Put something really special under your tree this year—a new stand. Whether store-bought or handmade, these stands are sure to keep your tree tall, proud, and bea...
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How To: Choose the Best Christmas Tree (and Keep It Fresh)
There's more to choosing the perfect tree than just looking at it from every angle. Follow these tips, and you'll be enjoying your tannenbaum through the New Year.
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Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gardener
We've rounded up time-tested standbys and the coolest new products destined to delight the gardener in your family.
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10 DIY Decorations to Make Your Halloween Frightfully Fun
These ghoulishly inventive DIY Halloween decorations prove that you don't have to break the bank to scare the pants off of treat-seeking visitors.
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Holiday Lights 101
Home holiday light displays—including those megawatt extravaganzas that require an extra generator—have their humble ...
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Father's Day Gift Guide 2011
The annual ritual of buying gifts for Father’s Day is underway. When it comes to home products and gadgets, shopping ...
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Bob Vila’s Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas 2011
I don’t know about you, but this year I don’t want to saddle my kids with all sorts of large purchases that they need...
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10 Father's Day Gift Ideas for the DIY Dad
From a lightweight drill to a personalized BBQ branding iron, these great gifts are sure to please any DIY dad this Father's Day.
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10 Last-Minute Gifts Sure to Please on Mother's Day
Skip the bouquet of carnations this year, and make your mom smile with a lasting gift for the home.
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How To: Store Holiday Lights, Decorations, and Accessories
I'm one of those who believes you can never have too many holiday decorations. A tree dripping with ornaments? Love i...
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10 Alternative Wreaths to Make You Forget About Evergreens
Pine needles? Who needs 'em? Here are ten DIY wreaths that will really stand out.
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Hanging Mistletoe at Christmas
After decking the halls and decorating the tree, there’s only one thing left to do—hang mistletoe. By doing so, you a...
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12 Architectural & Appetizing Gingerbread Houses
From recreations of the White House to the Wonders of the World, today's gingerbread houses are both architecturally sound and finger-licking good.
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Nutcrackers on Parade
Introduce decorative nutcrackers to your holidays this year for a whisper of whimsy and a touch of tradition.
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10 Easy Ways to Add Christmas Curb Appeal
Liven up the front door and share your holiday spirit with the whole neighborhood this year!
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A Brief History of Nutcrackers
These fancifully painted fellows herald the holiday season in grand style. Slideshow: Nutcrackers on ParadeBefore the...
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O, Christmas Tree—O, Variety
Every year, I look forward to picking out the Christmas tree with my husband and daughters. He does the shaking and t...
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12 Days of Christmas DIY
From pine cone garlands to recycled coffee-cup ornaments, we've gathered 12 easy-to-do Christmas DIY projects to brighten your holidays.
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5 Creative Ways to Display Your Holiday Cards
With a profusion of photo card deals and services that address and do the mailing for you (YES!!!), sending holiday c...
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6 Unorthodox DIY Christmas Trees
Nothing beats a fresh-cut, pine-smelling Christmas tree that's been decorated with care. . . . Unless you're an aller...
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Holiday Lights Go Neutral: 9 Options
Steer clear of bright combos of green, red, yellow and blue. Holiday lights are going neutral this year.
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How To: Make a Pine Cone Garland
Add rustic charm to your holiday decor with this simple DIY pine cone garland.
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5 Historic Homes Open for Christmastime Tours
Everything’s sparkly and bright at five of America’s historic landmarks—all open for touring this holiday season. &nb...
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How To: Make an Evergreen Wreath
As soon as December hits, I’m ready to break out the Christmas cheer. When it comes to decorating for the holiday, I’...
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Trending Now: Feather Trees
A traditional piece in Christmas decor, feather trees are tickling a new generation of holiday revelers.
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Feather Trees: Yesterday's Christmas Decor, Today
A century-old tradition, these artificial Christmas trees continue to charm homeowners and DIY enthusiasts alike. Lik...
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Tabletop Christmas Trees for the Holiday Season
Choosing a live evergreen to serve as your Christmas tree brings a fresh scent and a bit of the outdoors into your ho...
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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 month...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Fire Safety
Did you know that each holiday season in the US, fires cause nearly a billion dollars in damage? Keep your family saf...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Light Tips
This holiday season, don’t be the guy who sets his hair on fire stringing the lights. Listen to BOB VILA ON HOLIDAY L...
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Bob Vila's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: For the DIY Dad
From an artisan-crafted leather iPhone cover to a hands-free flashlight, here are some great gift suggestions for the DIY dad.
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Room Staging
Even if you're not selling your house, taking some of the tips professional home stagers give their clients can be es...
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Bob Vila's 2012 Holiday Gift Guide: For the DIY Mom
Need a few ideas for the crafty lady in your life? Look no further—we've pulled together holiday gifts any DIY Mom would love.
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10 Ways to Set a "Natural" Thanksgiving Day Table
Draw from autumn's bounty to dress your holiday table naturally.
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Winner! Bob Vila's First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
From movie villains to Mickey Mouse, cannibal pumpkins to true works of art, we finally found the ultimate King of Carving—and a few honorable mentions to boot.
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How To: Make a Scarecrow
October is one of my favorite months. The air gets crisp and the leaves start to turn. My kids are getting excited to...
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Bob Vila's First Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
There's no doubt that we are pumpkin nation. In 2008 alone, the major pumpkin-producing states in the US churned out ...
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6 Pumpkin Festivals Not to Miss
Celebrate fall’s arrival at one of these fun, family-friendly events.  1. THE GREAT JACK O’ LANTERN BLAZEWhere: ...
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13 Easy DIY No-Carve Pumpkins
Boost your fall decor with a creative DIY pumpkin—no knives or scoopers required.
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52 Unexpected and Amazing Ways to Decorate Pumpkins
It's happening again, people! The parade of pumpkin pies, pancakes, and spiced lattes has begun, proclaiming loudly t...
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6 Pumpkin Carving Tools to Put the 'Jack' in Your Lantern
Mix and match these tools to turn your regular pumpkins into Halloween masterpieces.
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Pumpkin Carving 101
It’s October. The air is getting crisp, the leaves are starting to turn. Football is in full swing. And all over Amer...
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How To: Turn Wine Bottles into Romantic Lanterns
Whenever I hesitate before throwing out something useless, like an expired coupon or an old magazine, I think to myse...
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Design Manifest: A Father's Day Tribute
I love the concept of "the family business. " It has that old-world feeling of apprenticeship, with one generation pi...
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Memorial Day Salute!
While this is the weekend that generally kicks off the summer season with family get-togethers, cookouts, and three-d...
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How To: Keep a Christmas Tree Fresh
It’s the time of year when Christmas tree lots start appearing around your community, bringing with them a difficult ...
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Macy's Day Parade: A Bird's Eye View
From the seventh floor window, a bird's eye view of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
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How To: Make a Vintage Ornament Wreath
Transform a standard evergreen wreath into a dazzler bedecked with vintage ornaments. You'll find a step-by-step tutorial on how to create one here.
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How To: Make a Children's Building Block Wreath
Transform a regular evergreen wreath by decorating its boughs with children's building blocks.
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How To: Make a Pinecone Holiday Wreath
Transform a basic evergreen wreath into a silver-and-gold pine cone beauty.
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Christmas Trees—Real vs. Artificial?
Christmas season is upon us so it’s time to dig around in the attic, the garage, and the basement for all that stored...
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Quick Tip: Make Your Home More Romantic
Romance truly begins the minute you walk in the front door. “When the outside world clutters our inside lives, it’s h...
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Mother's Day Gift Suggestions
The days, and hours, and minutes to Mother’s Day are winding down, but you still have time to find a special home gif...
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Bob Vila's 8 Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights
Embellishing your yard with holiday lights is a cheery idea if you follow a few simple guidelines and precautions:Cre...
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Bob Vila's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
Gifts for the DIY Dad | Gifts for the DIY Mom | Gifts for the DIY Kid If you are shopping for the DIYer in your life...
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3 Easy DIY Wreaths from 1 Evergreen Form
One of the easiest ways to decorate your home for the holidays is with a seasonal wreath. There are many options avai...
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The Christmas Flower
Unlike Christmas presents, gingerbread cookies, and wrapped gifts, poinsettias, with their red and green leaves that ...
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A Starbucks Christmas Carol
Every time I look in my wastebasket at work, there is a Starbucks coffee cup, sip lid, and thermal cup sleeve (or if ...
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Bob Vila's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: For Kids
Educational, craft-y, and just plain cute gift ideas for the DIY kid in your life.
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Bob Vila's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: For Men
Browse 15 fresh holiday gift ideas for the DIY dad, husband, boyfriend or just plain handyman.
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Bob Vila's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: For Pets
A selection of gifts for the four-legged, feathered, or reptilian members of your family.
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Bob Vila's 2011 Holiday Gift Guide: For Women
15 great gift ideas for the DIY women in your life.
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Have Yourself a Merry, "Green" Christmas
Brighten the season, and go easy on the planet, with these eight holiday DIY suggestions and solutions.
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A Christmas Tree Timeline
A historical timeline highlighting some fun and interesting Christmas tree facts.
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Dissecting Friday the 13th and Other Household Superstitions
For centuries, people have viewed Fridays and the number 13 as omens of bad luck. And when the two combine on the cal...
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Macy's Day Parade: A Little Perspective
You don’t have to be from New York—or even have visited the city—to know that Thanksgiving and the Big Apple mean jus...
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How To: Preserve Your Jack-o'-Lantern for Halloween
No amount of candy corn can make up for the moment you realize that your carefully carved pumpkin’s smile has turned ...
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Holiday Gifts: Five Rules for Tools
Rule 1: Buy the Basics You can’t go wrong with basic tools that will be used again and again. Good choices include wr...
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An Army Wife’s Home Improvement Valentine
“Operation Chaos”: Outlining the Plan of Attack“If you ever need anything done, ask an army wife,” says T. J. Felix f...
Your home’s exterior is the first—and last—impression to anyone who drops by. Make it memorable with a spotlessly clean lo... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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