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.
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?
THEY WERE AMAZING.
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.
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.
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.
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.
7. embroidered tray
This is one of the earliest projects on the blog.
And still one of my favorites.
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.
9. felted acorn
When you need a little felting with your acorns.
Here’s a fun project for fall.
10. DIY covered books
When your books aren’t cute what do you do?
Cover them, of course.
11. reclaimed wood monogram sign
This project uses stain pens just like paint pens.
It creates the impression of old wood and vintage monogramming.
12. spray painted number basket
Don’t pass up those baskets at a yard sale.
Spray paint them with numbers instead.
13. Spindle Christmas tree
When an old rocker shows up on your porch what do you do?
Make a Christmas tree.
14. DIY spoon cabinet handle
We had these on our cabinets at the farmhouse for years.
Best kitchen conversation starter ever.
15. DIY Monogrammed pillow
Add a monogram to your couch.
It all starts with the Monogram It app.
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.
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.
18. Book page leaf garland
This is a simple project.
It’s a one Hallmark movie DIY.
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.
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.
21. Scrabble tile Christmas tree
If you have scrabble letters and a chalkboard this is the project for you.
O Christmas tree.
22. Wood stick pumpkin project
Another project featuring my love affairs with twigs.
This is a one Hallmark movie project.
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.
24. Christmas tree pom pom pillow
The best part of this project?
The cotton balls are tea-stained.
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.
That was a lot.
I get it.
You could always just pin this for later…
…and go yard saling instead. 🙂