Top 5 Posts of the Week: Saying Goodbye to November

December is knocking on our door, promising a month with chestnuts roasting on an open fire and sleigh bells ring-a-ling-ing. But as we gear up and start getting excited for next month, we say goodbye to November and take a look back at some of the past week’s highlights.

1. 5 Things to Do… With Pine Cones

Pine Cone DIY


How do you like your pine cones, cinnamon-scented or functioning as fire starters? Introduce a natural element into your next indoor DIY project, and check out five great things to do with the pine cones blanketing the ground this time of year.

2. Bob Vila’s 2012 Holiday Gift Guides 

Holiday Shopping


December’s arrival means it’s time to start hunting for presents! Whether you’re shopping for an aunt who loves gardening or your cousin the gadget-loving DIYer, our gift guides are packed with fresh and affordable ideas sure to lend a helping hand.

3. 5 Easy Woodworking Projects for Beginners

Easy Woodworking Projects for Beginnners


Calling all novice woodworkers! Get started with five easy projects perfect for newcomers to the world of hammers and nails.

4. Trending Now: Pellet Stoves

Pellet Stoves


Looking to cuddle up with a fire while still doing your part to save mother earth? Consider a pellet stove, the humble solution to a host of home heating challenges.

5. 10 Kid-Friendly Christmas Crafts

Kid-Friendly Christmas Crafts


Bob Vila Nation contributors Mallory and Savannah of Classy Clutter round up ten holiday DIYs just right for kids.

For more top content this week, consider:

How To: Install Ceramic Tile
Bark if You Love Architecture
Firewood: What Type Should You Use?