The holiday season is almost upon us. Are you ready? Here are 25 simple, easy projects to get your home ready for the holidays.

Last weekend I spoke at the Pinner’s Conference at the Arlington Convention Center.

I was speaking at 11:30 and had every intention of getting there by 10:30 because I had tons of stuff to set up and a book table to get ready.

I wanted to look prepared.

I wanted to look like a professional speaker.

I wanted to have extra time to fluff my hair and calm my nerves and apply red lipstick.

And then?

A yardsale happened.

I couldn’t help it.

I saw the sign and the piles of amazingness and worn, wood chippy architectural pieces and vintage spindles and somehow, some way…

….my car just turned itself at the yard sale sign.

In good news? I found the most amazing finds.

In bad news? All that amazingness and yard saling and carting off treasures from the sale left me running behind.  I arrived at the convention center with only 15 minutes to get ready.  My hair wasn’t fluffed.  My red lipstick was a little wonky.  My book table was a little pitiful.  My project display at the front of the room was off-kilter on one side.  But in the end–none of that mattered.

Because the audience?


Hundreds of people were cheering and laughing and uniting together over our love of decorating and our homes and 25 unique and creative projects for our homes.

So in case you missed the talk.  In case you were out yard saling, too.  In case you love decorating and projects just like me.

Here are 25 projects to get your home ready for the holidays.

(ps  If you attended the speech—I changed it up a bit with a few more holiday projects just for you)

1. key art

Find cute keys that represent each of the homes you’ve lived in.

Attach them to a piece of wood and create a wall display with them.

You could even add your addresses underneath.

2.  Linen scrap pillow of the house

This is such an easy project.

Perfect for a housewarming or Christmas or celebration of a place or a home that’s special to you.

See the DIY instructions here.

3.  Twig vase

This is a free project that takes about half a Hallmark movie to complete.

I found my inspiration in this vase that I purchased from a local store.

All you need to make your own are twigs and a clear vase.

See the DIY instructions here.

4. recipe wall

If you have read this blog for more than five minutes, you’ve seen this project.

It’s one of my all-time favorites.

See the DIY instructions here.

And a few life lessons I learned from it here.

5.  Wood bead strand

The amazing project that makes every vignette a little cuter.

Add it to a stack of books, a basket or a bookshelf display.

See the DIY instructions here.

6.  No sew pom pom throw

This is a one and a half Hallmark movie project.

Perfect for fall and perfect for anyone who doesn’t like to sew.

See the DIY instructions here.

7.  embroidered tray

This is one of the earliest projects on the blog.

And still one of my favorites.

See the DIY instructions here.

8.  Wooden tray

This is the tray for every Happy Birthday in our home.

It was easy to make and has held up through years of birthdays.

See the DIY instructions here.

9.  felted acorn

When you need a little felting with your acorns.

Here’s a fun project for fall.

See the DIY instructions here.

10. DIY covered books

When your books aren’t cute what do you do?

Cover them, of course.

See the DIY instructions here.

11.  reclaimed wood monogram sign

This project uses stain pens just like paint pens.

It creates the impression of old wood and vintage monogramming.

See the DIY instructions here.

12.  spray painted number basket

Don’t pass up those baskets at a yard sale.

Spray paint them with numbers instead.

See the DIY instructions here.

13.  Spindle Christmas tree

When an old rocker shows up on your porch what do you do?

Make a Christmas tree.

See the DIY instructions here.

14.  DIY spoon cabinet handle

We had these on our cabinets at the farmhouse for years.

Best kitchen conversation starter ever.

See the DIY instructions here.

15.  DIY Monogrammed pillow

Add a monogram to your couch.

It all starts with the Monogram It app.

See the DIY instructions here.

16.  Faux wood wrapping paper with Christmas tree

When you want to get creative with your Christmas wrapping.

It all starts with faux wood paper.

See the DIY instructions here.

17.  Pom pom pillow

I love this project just as much as the first day it showed up at my house.

The perfect pillow for any room.

See the DIY instructions here.

18.  Book page leaf garland

This is a simple project.

It’s a one Hallmark movie DIY.

See the DIY instructions here.

19.  DIY topiary

This is such an easy project and a great solution for an inexpensive topiary.

You just need ivy and a wire coat hanger.

See the DIY instructions here.

Fall Letters

20.  Wood block letters

This is one of the simplest projects on the blog.

It makes the perfect mantel or display for fall or Christmas.

See the DIY instructions here.

21.  Scrabble tile Christmas tree

If you have scrabble letters and a chalkboard this is the project for you.

O Christmas tree.

See the DIY instructions here.

22.  Wood stick pumpkin project

Another project featuring my love affairs with twigs.

This is a one Hallmark movie project.

See the DIY instructions here.

23.  Blue pumpkin with scrapbook paper leaf

I just showed this one yesterday.

But it deserves a repeat because it’s SO EASY.

And has so many possibilities.

See the DIY instructions here.

24.  Christmas tree pom pom pillow

The best part of this project?

The cotton balls are tea-stained.

See the DIY instructions here.

25.  How to make a giant abacus

I saw this long ago in a catalog and couldn’t afford it.

So I just DIY’d my own.

See the DIY instructions here.


That was a lot.

I get it.

I understand.

You could always just pin this for later…

…and go yard saleing instead. 🙂


  1. Image for Terri Terri

    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... I was so close to taking another sip of coffee while I was reading your post ....... but that little voice said "Don't do it"........ Why .. you ask?? because as soon as I read "There was a yard sale"..... I busted out laughing !!!!!!!!!!!!! Like I'm laughing again right now!!!! BUT ... wow love this post !! Such wonderful ideas !!!!!!!! :)

  2. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Really like this post and all the good things you shared. About the garage sale......yep, on my way to a doctor appointment and there was a sign. Should I stop, might make me late? My little yellow truck automatically turned without me even telling her. Of course, I made it to the doctor (barely) and then waited 30 minutes to see the doc. They don't care that I was on time, but if I am even late a little bit, they do care!! Blessings!

  3. Image for Kathleen Kathleen

    Oh, you’re so funny ~ yet again ~ and I agree ... these projects could be a book! I cannot pass up a sale, either, so I get it!!! And my hubby is hooked, too, since he’s a “collector” ... Heheh! But being vintage, his items are becoming more and more difficult to find. Still, some of our most fun Saturdays together are out and about hunting those proverbial signs ~ all over this huge area! (Have you ever noticed the smallest signs lead to the best sales ever?!?) Don’t ever change, sweet girl! Good luck on the party in the possible rain tonight. We have a Fall Show tomorrow, so we’re expecting that set-up later today, and traffic for the sale, could be affected ... 😏 (It is indoors, thank Goodness!)

  4. Image for Lisa Lisa

    So many projects here. The good news is that rain is in the forecast, so that means a stay at home Saturday craft marathon could be amazing! Happy Friyay

  5. Image for Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns Colleen@LilacDriveDesigns

    Love all these projects! In terms of the art and decor projects--do you think it's been easier or harder to come up with ideas that work in the new/old house? I think your style is migrating away from farmhouse and more toward traditional with hints of farmhouse, so I was just curious. I'm currently transitioning away from farmhouse so I'm having to come up with ideas too mix in other things.

  6. Image for Belinda Auditore Belinda Auditore

    I was in the audience at Pinner’s and your class was one of my favorites!!! Thank you for inspiring me!

  7. Image for Jan Kennedy Jan Kennedy

    Hello-love this and all your posts not just for the eye candy and incredible decorating tips and the tours of your homes. I devour your postings as I devoured you first book. Life has happened and I haven’t purchased your second book but intend to do so. I am going through the most difficult time in my life -I’ve weathered divorce, being a single mother of three 1,000 miles from family-then finding the love of my life and together we have endured numerous trials. But this period is the worst. Mom was diagnosed 18 months ago with Lewy Body Dementia with Parkinsonian symptoms - a cruel, insidious disease. That robs a person of their mind-their vision-their hearing-their strength, memories and loved ones. A disease that places them in a world only they can see, hear and communicate with. Heartbreaking. Last Monday while on an errand to get items for mom to bring to the memory care facility she now lives in, I was feeling so down, so physically and emotionally drained. As I entered CVS (their marketing is genius.) Right there inside the door is the cosmetic area and smack dab in front of me was a lipstick display. ‘That’s it! What would Kari Ann do?!?! Buy new lipstick!!! And that is what is did and immediately applied it in the car. And that is all it took. I was immediately brought out of my ‘funk’ and charged ahead through my day feeling confident to face anything. After all-I’m wearing my new lipstick. See? See how lucious it looks? Perfect! Yep-Kari Ann knows how to turn a frown upside down with her lipstick-and so do I!!!! Thank you❤️

  8. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    I love them all. I have some of those amazing spoons I bought from you long before I met you. And the recipe wall is now a favorite project in my kitchen. I now have inspiration for a few Christmas gifts. Thank you, friend!

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