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15 Times Outdoor X-Mas Decorations Went Too Far
From Christmas carnivals on the lawn to grand light shows synchronized to holiday music, these 15 houses decked out with over-the- top decor and lighting provide ...
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50 Under $50 Gifts for Homeowners
The holidays are here—almost! For many folks, this time of year requires making a little extra room in the shopping budget for gift buying. Whether you confine yo...
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12 Other Ways to Decorate with X-Mas Ornaments
Ornament collections seem to grow exponentially as time goes by, thanks to plentiful purchases, crafting sessions, and numerous family hand-me-downs. Instead of k...
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14 Vintage X-Mas Ideas to Borrow from the Past
Festive feather trees, classic cocktails, decorative popcorn garlands… revelers of yesteryear really knew how to embrace the holiday season. Borrow these 14 vint...
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20 Surprisingly Handy Stocking Stuffers Under $20
Buying stocking stuffers is perhaps the most challenging part of any holiday shoppers' job. Do you opt for cute or practical, funny or useful. Whichever approach ...
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15 New Gadgets Everyone Wants for Christmas
We've gathered the best gifts, from smartphone accessories to nifty little devices, guaranteed to satisfy the tech lovers on your holiday list.
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The 9 Biggest Black Friday Myths—Busted!
Every year, buyers wait eagerly for Black Friday to ensure they snag the best deal on that must-have toy or the latest tech. But are all the deals worth it? Will ...
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Skip the Line: 10 Amazon Buys for Everyone on Your Gift List
We've all been there. You've got a long list of friends and family on your gift list, all with various passions, tastes, and holiday wishes. How to shop for every...
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The 20 Best Towns for Trick-or-Treating
Where are the best haunts for sweet treats and family-friendly frights on Halloween night? The results are in! A team of researchers at real estate site <a href="...
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10 Ways to Prank-Proof Your Home on Halloween
Halloween has the potential to bring out the world’s best fun or worst mischief. To ensure that your holiday is full of treats instead of tricks, consider these t...
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12 Brilliant Hacks for Your Best-Ever Halloween Pumpkin
A picture-perfect pumpkin gives any front porch a magical autumn glow. Whether your ideal design is a classic face or an intricate work of art, these clever carvi...
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Bob Vila Radio: Holiday Season Fire Safety
House fires take a devastating toll during the holidays. This year, be a cautious and make fire safety an integral pa...
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Bob Vila Radio: Safe Outdoor Holiday Lighting
If you’re planning to add holiday lights, not only to the tree in your living room, but to the trees and bushes outdo...
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13 Better-Than-Gift-Wrap Ideas for Packaging Presents
It's happened to the best of us: In our efforts to enhance the presentation of our thoughtfully picked out gifts, we're so busy cutting, taping, and decorating th...
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The 12 Best Holiday Hacks of All Time
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have already passed, but don't worry—you don't have to shop 'til you drop to make things merry and bright this season. We've sco...
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9 Tips and Tricks to Cut the Christmas Clutter
The holidays are full of friends, family, food, and STUFF. Control the impending clutter of Christmas with these 9 tips and tricks.
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Christmas Miracle: 8 Simple Fixes for All Your Tree Troubles
Natural Christmas trees are traditional, beautiful, and make your house smell like the holidays. But none of them are perfect, and fresh cut trees come with their...
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DIY Lite: The One Christmas Tree That's Not a Pain to Store
Every December—occasionally as soon as the day after Thanksgiving—holiday-loving home decorators divide into two grou...
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15 Insanely Easy Ways to Decorate for the Holidays
'Tis the season for sparkling lights, beautiful trees, and garlands galore! Decking out your home for the holidays is always enjoyable, but it can also be time-co...
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12 Totally Unexpected Ways to DIY a Holiday Wreath
This holiday season, skip the ho-ho-humdrum home decor. Deck the halls—and the doors—with one of these 12 unconventional DIY wreaths.
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Weekend Projects: 5 Timeless DIY Advent Calendars
Every winter, children and adults from myriad cultures celebrate the Germanic tradition of the advent calendar—reveli...
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Bob Vila's Guide to "$30 and Under" Stocking Stuffers
You don’t have to empty your wallet to fill the holiday stockings with fun and functional gifts for the DIYer in your life. Get shopping inspiration from these 14...
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12 Gadgets Every Homeowner Wants for Christmas
With the holidays right around the corner, it's time to start making your gift list and checking it twice. But with so many gadgets on the market today, weeding t...
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9 Handy Holiday Gifts for the DIYer on Your List
This holiday season, give the people on your list something they'll actually use. After all, some of the greatest gifts are practical. As you're writing up your s...
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Bob Vila's Top 10 Artificial Christmas Trees
If you're in the market for an indoor evergreen this holiday season, take a look at these 10 strong contenders for the best artificial Christmas tree around. They...
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9 Time-Savers You Need for a Hassle-Free Holiday Season
Perhaps more than any other time, the holidays bring a sense of frenetic energy to an otherwise tranquil kitchen. From Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond, now i...
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Genius! The DIY Cure for a Crowded Table
Unplanned guests can throw off even the most seasoned holiday host or hostess. Between checking on the turkey, wiping...
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The Forgotten DIY Wisdom That Dads Know Best
Whether a pipe bursts or construction begins on a new home addition, we often call the handiest people we know for some sage advice: our dads. In honor of the fas...
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10 DIYers Pick the Ultimate Mother's Day Gifts
Better than flowers, how about a gift that celebrates mom's passion and creativity? We asked some of our favorite crafty bloggers to help us make the right recomm...
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4 Things to Do with an Unwanted Gift Card
If Santa brought you a gift card you're not eager to redeem right away, studies suggest you may never do so. Accordin...
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Weekend Projects: 5 Ways to Make Your Own Snow Globe
Whether a memento of a wonderful vacation or an interactive addition to your holiday decor, a snow globe is a magical...
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7 Ways to Transform String Lights from Holiday to Every Day
When it's time to take down the tree this year, you might want to hold off on packing up the holiday lights. With a bit of effort and a dose of inspiration, you c...
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8 Clever Ways to Reuse Wrapping Paper
Once you've torn through the stack of presents on Christmas morning, you're likely left swimming in a sea of wrapping paper scraps. If you're in the camp that fee...
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8 Ways to Make Your House Smell Like the Holidays
The aromas of cinnamon, pine, and peppermint are an instant indication that the holiday season has arrived. You can’t help but get into the spirit when your olfac...
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Kits for Kids: 10 Gifts for Young Makers
As you play Santa this holiday and shop for the youngsters on your list, go for gifts that give all year long. The marketplace is packed with arts and crafts sets...
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12 Simple Woodworking Projects for Christmas
You've trimmed the tree, graced your door with an evergreen wreath, and decked the halls with boughs of holly—it's hard not to feel a little woodsy this time of y...
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Look Alive: 8 Ways to Make Your Fake Tree Fool Anyone
It's tempting to choose a fake tree over a real one. No more driving out in the snowy weather to load and carry a real fir home; no more mess of fallen needles to...
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Hold Down the Fort: Home Security Tips for Holiday Vacations
Marty Hoffmann of Kwikset, a leading manufacturer of home security products, says that in the weeks surrounding Chris...
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10 Holiday Ornaments to DIY with Everyday Stuff
There is certainly no shortage of beautiful holiday ornaments. Retail stores are stocked with an amazing array of shiny baubles, all vying for a special spot on y...
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11 Gifts for Gadget-Loving Guys and Gals
Hunting for a gift with real wow factor? This selection of gadgets ticks all the right boxes, satisfying the desire for both fun and function. Click through our c...
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10 Gifts for the Tool Nut Who Has It All
If you know someone who gets starry-eyed over T-squares and power drills, chances are that special someone already has a well-stocked workshop chock-full of tools...
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Keep It Green: How to Make Your X-Mas Tree Last All Season
It’s the time of year when Christmas tree lots start appearing around your community, bringing with them a difficult decision–will bringing home your evergreen so...
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This Thanksgiving, Fit Everyone at the Table
With so many dishes and serving utensils, not to mention the number of guests, Thanksgiving puts your dining room to the true test. Here are eight ways to get mor...
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Set the Table with 9 Thanksgiving DIYs
If you find yourself playing host this holiday, you've likely slaved over the perfect turkey, casserole, and dessert combination with menu prep that dates weeks a...
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Holiday Hotlines to Have on Speed Dial
The holidays (and holiday guests) are a-coming, so stock the refrigerator, unearth your turkey roaster, and polish th...
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10 Creative Stocking Stuffers You Can Make in Minutes
A handmade gift from the heart always amounts to far more than what money can buy. This holiday season, put the DIY skills you've harvested to work, and stuff you...
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Bob Vila Radio: Set the Stage for Thanksgiving
At Thanksgiving, it’s easy to lavish so much attention on preparing the meal that you forget about preparing the dini...
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3 New Ways to Decorate with Fallen Leaves
Decorating your home for the holidays can be as simple as grabbing fistfuls of leaves from the backyard—seriously. The creators of a San Francisco floral design c...
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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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Welcome Home: 10 Great Gifts for the New Homeowner
They’ve just moved in, and you’re invited. But what to bring? Here are some of our favorite housewarming gift ideas to help them celebrate their new home.
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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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Don't Forget These 10 Christmas Eve Must Do's
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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11 Over-the-Top X-Mas Trees to Rouse Your Holiday Spirit
We've rounded up some of our favorite themed trees to get you thinking. Whether you'd replicate them or not, you can't deny these over-the-top creations add new m...
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10 Imaginative Garlands to Add Charm and Whimsy to Your Holiday Tree
Why settle for just beads when you can dress your tree with stringed-decorations made from felt, corks, bells and more. Check out these imaginative Christmas gar...
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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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10 Easy DIY Candles for a Festive Season
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 Decorations Gone Wild!
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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Weekend Projects: 10 DIY Gifts to Make and Give
You don't need to spend a fortune or wait in long lines to give the perfect gift to a loved one this holiday season. All you need to make these gifts are two hand...
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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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25 Insanely Easy-to-Make Holiday Ornaments
With some common tools, scrap supplies, and a little know-how, you can transform just about anything into a decorative accent for your holiday tree. Here's proof!
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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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Merry Mailing: 10 Delightful DIY Holiday Cards
Gather some inspiration for a handmade approach to your season’s greetings, using materials from around the house—both inside and out.
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Bob Vila's Top 10 Christmas Tree Stands
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 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 DIYs for a Frightfully Fun Halloween
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's Holiday Gift Guide: For Tool Lovers
Whether you're looking for a stocking stuffer or a gift to slip under the tree, our top tool picks will help you shop for the tool-loving handyman or woman in you...
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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 Holiday Gift Guide: For DIY Dads
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 Holiday Gift Guide: For DIY Moms
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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Bob Vila's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Gadget-Lovers
Tool or toy? For the do-it-yourself, that line is always gray. Browse ten fun and practical holiday gifts for the gadget-crazy handyperson in your life.
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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. &nbsp;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 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 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 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 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 BasicsYou can’t go wrong with basic tools that will be used again and again. Good choices include wre...
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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...
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