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5 Festive Holiday Craft Ideas That Will Wow Your Friends

Making your own festive holiday crafts is rewarding and fun. It all starts with a creative idea and a colorful imagination. If you need a little help, here are five festive craft ideas that are sure to wow your friends.

1. Flocked Snowflake Wreath

This snowflake wreath is made from five winter greenery branch picks. Spray paint the tips of each branch with faux snow. Arrange the branches in a snowflake shape by putting two branches on each side, and one on the top and bottom. Attach the branches from the back with florist wire. Glue pine cones to the center and edges of your snowflake with a glue gun.

Hang this charming snowflake wreath on your front door or in the entryway of your home to impress your guests. Enhance your snowflake wreath by spraying it with an evergreen potpourri scent.

2. Monogrammed Holiday Wreath

Personalized décor is always popular. Make a lovely monogrammed holiday wreath for your home. Glue red berries on the front and sides of a large paper mache letter that represents either your last or first name. Glue a variety of round ornaments throughout the front of your letter.

Creatively display this letter wreath by hanging it on the front of a large mirror. You could also make small versions of this letter wreath, and use them as ornaments for decorating your tree or garlands.

3. Holiday Chalkboard Sign

Paint a decorative piece of wood with blackboard paint. Stencil or write a holiday saying on the center of it. Glue holiday ribbon around the edges of the sign for added beauty.

This sign would look stunning leaning against a fireplace mantel wall with a decorative garland placed in front of it. You could also use this sign to write your holiday menu on it. Hang your menu sign in the dining room where your dinner guests can see it.

4. Glitter Branch Centerpiece

Gather a few branches from outside. In a well ventilated room, spray your first branch with a glue spray. Sprinkle tiny crystal beads and glitter over the branch until it’s completely covered. Lay it on a newspaper to dry. Repeat this step for the remaining branches.

There are so many ways you can use these beautiful branches. Display your magical branches in a fancy vase with a metallic ribbon tied around the center of it. This holiday centerpiece will be the standout décor piece in any room it’s displayed in.

5. Mason Jar Luminary

Put either a string of battery-operated lights or a flameless candle inside a mason jar. If you use a string of lights, make sure the switch is accessible so you can turn them on and off at your convenience. Decorate the inside of your jar with frosted pine cones and greenery picks. Tie a piece of raffia around the rim of the jar.

Display a group of these festive luminaries together on a shelf, table or window sill for a stunning holiday display. These luminaires would also look lovely displayed on a covered porch.

Whether you give these festive crafts as gifts or you display them throughout your home, you can proudly take credit for creating these stunning homemade pieces.

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Get Ready to Transform Your Old Dresser into a Classy Vanity

You’ve just finished pricing new bathroom vanities, and you’re still reeling from sticker shock. And then you look at your somewhat timeworn dresser and think, “Could I make that into a vanity?” Yes, it’s just crazy enough to work!

In fact, you can create a unique diy vanity that will fit your bathroom decor perfectly. If you don’t already have an old dresser, you can find one in a thrift store or on the internet.

You can make the vanity look pretty much any way you want. You can install double sinks. You can add a marble, granite, glass or any other top that you like. You can paint or stain the dresser and replace the knobs. You can add towel bars to the vanity and place a backsplash behind it. You can pick out fixtures that go with the look of your bathroom.
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You might find a dresser that you’d like to use, because it’s just the right size. But it has a modern look and your home decor is more traditional. You can distress the dresser, which is easy and doesn’t require nasty chemicals. You’ll need two colors of paint. Paint the dresser with one color and let it dry completely. Then paint the dresser with the other color and, when it’s nearly dry, go over it with a damp cloth. It’ll look nicely old and worn. Finish it off with some antique-looking brass handles and fixtures.

On the other hand, if you want that clean, modern look, you can paint your dresser all white; glossy paint is especially good for this. Add straight metal handles and legs, and streamlined fixtures. Install a white marble top and maybe even a vessel sink.

Another advantage of the dresser-turned-vanity is that it can have a lot of drawer space, even though the sink is in the top drawer. A large traditional dresser will still give you more storage space than a modern vanity.

When you’re shopping for a dresser, look for one that’s about 36″ tall, which is a comfortable height for most people. If you need to, you can add legs or replace the legs that are on it.

Here are some tips for installing your vanity:

Place the sink on the vanity where you want it to be. Push it against the backsplash and draw its outline on the vanity. Cut the hole for the sink 1/2″ inside the line. If you’re installing a top, have the retailer cut the sink hole in it.
Measure the height of the plumbing in the wall, then mark the same measurement on the back of the vanity. Cut out the holes.
Install the fixtures in the sink.
Remove the top drawer. Put caulk around the sink hole and install the sink. Then hook up the drain and water lines.
Remove the front piece of the top drawer, and re-install it on the vanity to hide the sink.

If pipes confuse you and your strong suit is decorating, you can have a plumber do the installation, though. Whether you’re adding it to your existing bathroom or it’s part of a complete renovation, your diy dresser vanity is still creative and totally awesome!

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Bathroom Fixtures Guide

The most daunting task when remodeling a bathroom is deciding on new fixtures. Unless you are a serial remodeler, when it comes to toilets, sinks, showers, and tubs most people don’t know where to start. How do you decide which brand and type is the best? The truth is not all name brands are the best buy nor is the most expensive option the best choice. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which bathroom accessories and fixtures are with the splurge. To help put your purchase into perspective here is a quick guideline for bathroom fixtures.

Sinks

Bathroom sinks come in a range of possibilities, from simple bowls to complete ensembles with integrated cabinet and countertops. Sinks are made primarily out of china and enameled in cast-iron. These sink materials can last over 50 years and come in an array of colors. Sinks can also be made from enameled steel, tempered glass, stone, wood, and acrylic. Prices can run from $100 to well over $5,000 and come in a variety of styles including pedestal, console, and wall-hung styles.

Toilets

The size and layout of your bathroom is a big factor in the type of toilet you choose. They can range from $100 for a basic commode to more than $7,000 for a lavish toilet with all the extras and amenities and come in a variety of colors. The traditional toilet is a two-piece, meaning they have spate tanks and bowls. These are most preferable to someone who is doing a remodel on their own because of the ease of installation. One piece toilets eliminate the seam between the tank and the bowl which can break down and fail over time. If you have limited space in your bathroom, you may want to consider a tankless round front toilet. It uses water directly from the supply line but requires electricity to work. You may also want to consider a wall mount toilet for tight quarters.

Bathtubs

If you are looking to get clean in a hurry, a shower is the way to go but a bathtub can provide a relaxing alternative. There are a ton of tub types in addition to extras and features. Tub and shower combinations are the most common types of tubs. They are designed to maximize space and are typically accompanied by a wall mounted shower. Drop in tubs are only the tub shell and are fitted inside a framed enclosure which are usually finished to match the rest of the bathroom. With undermounts, tile covers the lip of the tub because they are floor level installs. Freestanding tubs feature a sculpted bathing bowl on a solid base or cradle. Another type of freestanding tub is a clawfoot. The signature legs support tubs that are deep and are reminiscent of old Elizabethan era bathing.

When you are remodeling a bathroom, choose a style that fits your budget and space but still allows you to move freely.