Decorating for the Holidays Around the House
1. Starting at the top and working clockwise, hot-glue the felt balls to the wreath. In this project, about 200 balls were used to cover a 16-inch foam wreath.
2. Tie a ribbon into a bow; attach it with hot glue.
A Holiday-Ready Living Room
Hand-felted wool stockings, $76 each, arcadiahomeinc.com; Garland: Crochet Christmas Lights garland, $36, handspuncreations.etsy.com; Large trees: Wood Christmas trees, $6 each, Hobby Lobby stores; Small trees: Design Ideas festive poplar plywood trees, from $3 each, amanogalleries.com
Appliquéd felted stockings, a garland of crocheted holiday lights, and yarn-wrapped letters that spell noel give the mantel a warm and fuzzy feel. Also adding a crafty vibe: a forest’s worth of colorful wood trees. Finish with fresh green boughs and votives with battery-operated candles.
DIY Yarn Letters
1. Spray-paint each letter the same color as the yarn you’re using. Let dry.
2. Apply double-sided tape to the front, back, and sides of the letter.
3. Start wrapping the yarn. When you can’t wrap neatly anymore, cut and start with a new piece. Cover the top and bottom with small pieces of yarn; affix the ends with crafts glue.
Yair Emanuel Colorful anodized aluminum menorah, $120, traditionsjewishgifts.com
Jingle Cookies for Santa 11 1/2"-diameter porcelain platter, $20, crateandbarrel.com
Stag cotton-blend throw in hunter, $165, in2green.com
Polar Bear Pillow
Peking Handicraft Scott Church Polar Bear 18" x 14" hooked pillow, $50, hi-countrybeddingandbath.com
Ribbon Candy 18" x 18" cotton and satin pillow, $85, companyc.com
Very Merry Christmas Tree Reversible 18" x 18" polyester pillow, $41, overstock.com
It’s a rite of passage in my family to get your own stocking starting at age 4. I still have mine—my grandmother made it for me.Chip Wade, Elbow Room
A Holiday-Ready Entryway
Chalkboard: Economy Series 36" x 24" wood-frame chalkboard, $24, lionsdeal.com; Garland: Cody Foster & Co. Bright Winter 6'-long wool garland, $70, abchome.com; Vases: 20"H x 8 1/2"-diameter balloon vase in orange, $58, and 8"H x 6 1/2"-diameter balloon vase in fuchsia, $23, both shiraleah.com; Branches: Manzanita branches, $9 each, save-on-crafts.com; Ornaments: Cody Foster & Co. Felted Swirl ornaments, $4 each, rockpaperscissorsshop.com
For a foyer with yuletide style, pop painted branches into vases and trim them with ornaments. Then drape wool garland over a chalkboard for seasonal greetings. Bell-embellished yarn tassels on the console knobs bring the jingle.
Yarn: Lion’s Pride Woolspun yarn in orchid pink, $6 for an 127-yard skein, and Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn in mustard and fern, $4 for each 170-yard skein, all michaels.com; Bells: Creatology 18-millimeter Jingle Bells in silver, $4 for a set of 38, michaels.com
1. Cut a piece of cardboard into a 7-inch square. Wrap yarn in three different colors tightly around the cardboard.
2. Slip a piece of yarn through the top and knot it; snip the yarn along the bottom to remove it from the cardboard.
3. Pinch the tassel two inches from the top and tie with yarn. Tie on small bells.
Sleigh and Reindeer
Design Ideas Alpine 4" x 7 3/4" poplar plywood sleigh, $14, and 3"-tall reindeer, $16 for a set of 8, both allseasonsforallreasons.com
Retro Sock 7"-tall canvas dog toys in aqua and red, $10 each, harrybarker.com
Let It Snow 2' x 3' polypropylene rug, $60, companyc.com
Holiday Card Bin
Holly 5 3/4"-tall metal card tub, $39, onekingslane.com/giftguide
12"W x 12"D x 18"H freeze-dried boxwood head, $169, westelm.com
Since I was a kid, the grand finale to our family’s candlelit Christmas dinner has always been snowballs—ice cream balls rolled in coconut.Meg Caswell, HGTV designer
A Holiday-Ready Kitchen
Curtain fabric: China Seas by Quadrille Georgia Small Scale linen-cotton-blend fabric in pink magenta, decorativebuyingservice.com for buying info; Soap: Cranberry scent dish soap and Iowa pine scent hand soap, $4 each, both mrsmeyers.com; Tea towels: Merry & Bright tea towel, $17 for a set of 3, papersource.com; Pots: Lee’s Pottery Cupcake 6"-tall planter in red, $12, and Electric 5"-tall flowerpot in blue, $7, both The Home Depot stores
Hung sink-side for the holidays, a bulletin board covered with Christmas cards introduces some “ho ho ho” into the kitchen scene. Cranberry-scented dish soap and pine-scented hand soap—plus a bulb-patterned tea towel—make cleanup feel less like a chore. In colorful pots, fragrant lemon cypresses look like mini Christmas trees.
DIY Bulletin Board
1. Spray-paint a framed corkboard. Let dry.
2. Attach a piece of burlap to the cork with spray mount.
3. Hot-glue ribbon around the edge of the burlap, just inside the frame.
Whimsy Dot Trees cotton dish towel, $13 for a mixed set of 2, tag2u.com
Aluminum 10" x 8" trivet, $17, crateandbarrel.com
Red Car With Holiday Tree 11"W x 6"D x 8 1/2"H dolomite cookie jar, $13, worldmarket.com
Dreidel 6-ounce glass, $3.50, crateandbarrel.com
Be Jolly silicone and wood spatula, $15 for a mixed set of 2, shopmerimeri.com
Kenya small metal bowl in red, $34, jayesstudio.com
Every year we buy an heirloom-quality ornament for each of our kids. When they leave the nest, they’ll have an instant collection for their own trees.Vern Yip, HGTV Designer
A Holiday-Ready Bathroom
Elf decals: Custom 2 1/2"-tall removable vinyl lettering, $1 per letter, vinylwallexpressions.com; Bath towels: Dot to Dot bath towels in citron and aqua, $28 each, and hand towel in aqua, $20, all garnethill.com; Bath mat: Style Selections Holiday Patchwork 20" x 34" cotton bath mat, $28, theprimroselane.com
Help overnight guests keep track of their towels by assigning them peel-and-stick numbered elf decals. Another way to deck the walls: Outline the vanity mirror with graphic washi tape. Pull it all together with a winter-themed rug in matching colors.
DIY Wrapped Jars and Votives
Aaron Graubart/Studio D
Wrapping paper: Merry double-sided gift wrap, $9 for two 24" x 36" sheets, smockpaper.com; Gumdrops and Ribbon Candy gift wrap, $6.50 for each set of two 20" x 30" sheets, snowandgraham.com; Washi tape: Recollections washi tape, from $5 per roll, Michaels stores
1. Cut wrapping paper to fit around the jar or votive. Wrap it around, sealing the seams with double-sided tape.
2. Decorate other jars or votives with washi tape.
Andrea Victoria Jolly Ornaments polyester shower curtain, $89, denydesigns.com
Tree 7 1/2"-tall hand soap in holiday forest scent, $6, pier1.com
Snow Much Fun 6" x 9 1/4" dolomite tray, $13, bedbathandbeyond.com
Home Ambiance glass and bamboo reed diffuser in sugar plum scent, $32, voluspa.com
Kurt S. Adler Cross Stitch Reindeer 200-sheet toilet paper, $13, digsngifts.com
Tissue Box Cover
Chevron 6"W x 6"D x 6"H metal tissue box cover in green, $30, jayesstudio.com
Without fail, my husband and his family do the Polar Bear Plunge into Boston Harbor on New Year’s Day. Brrrr!Taniya Nayak, HGTV designer