There’s nothing that gets me in the holiday spirit quite like decorating my house. As Redbook Magazine’s Home/DIY expert, this month I wanted to share a couple of my favorite ways to bring a little holiday cheer into our home.

My DIY Holiday Mantel

First, I decided to make a festive family banner to hang on our mantel. I found some shimmery burlap at Michael’s and immediately knew that this year, our family banner (which is usually red and green), would look perfect in a metallic palette. Here’s how I made it:

  1. Make the flags: Cut a long rectangle out of burlap and fold it in half. The fold will be the top part of each triangle, and you’ll thread the twine through that crease. Cut out a triangle for each letter of your family name.
  2. Spell it out: Trace your letters on felt, cut them out, and sew them onto the flags with a metallic thread (or just glue-gun them on).
  3. String it up: Thread twine through the flags and glue-gun them shut. Decorate with fun knickknacks from the craft store.

And there you have it! A fun, festive family banner that you can use year after year. My next holiday DIY is the ornamental frame that sits above our mantel. Here’s how to make your own:

  1. Go ornament crazy: I bought more than 250 cheap, unbreakable balls for this giant frame – you probably don’t need that many. I picked 4 different sizes so I could fit the smaller ones into any gaps.
  2. Glue them on: Randomly arrange the balls as you glue-gun them to the frame and to each other for extra security. This will take about an hour and a half, so put on some good music!

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For a bonus DIY, head to Redbook.com now and see how to make my holiday window décor!

What are you DIY-ing this holiday season?

Love,
T

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