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Recipes and home decor ideas that are perfect for Christmas.

12 Alternative Christmas Trees

It’s (ALMOST) the most wonderful time of the year…

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I love having a tree in the living room for Christmas; however, my living room is so small that it can barely even hold our furniture, let alone a decorated tree.

I’ve mainly used artificial trees in my years of apartment living but last year I decided to try a small, little tree…a la Charlie Brown. While it made the apartment smell amazing, it also shed needles all over the carpet that I’m STILL finding now almost a year later.

UGH.

This year I’m seriously considering trying an alternative Christmas tree…one that I can hang on the wall or make from something I have around the apartment already.

In case any of you are in the same boat, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ideas! Made with pieces of wood, ladders, boxes and more, these alternative Christmas trees are a great way to bring the holidays into your home without worrying about needles all over the floor!

12 Alternative Christmas Trees

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Shelf Tree

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Wooden Tree

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Garland Tree

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Box Tree

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Fringe Tree

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Wood Branch Tree

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Ladder Tree

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PVC Pipe Tree

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Fairy Light Tree

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Wooden Plaque Tree

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Trinket Tree

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Framed Ornament Tree

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December 25, 2017 · 8:33 am

8 Handmade Hostess Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

Are you traveling for the holidays? Thank your hostess for everything they’ve done with one of these awesome homemade hostess gifts. Sure, you can pick up a box of chocolates on the way or spring for a $15 bottle of wine, but what better way to show someone how much you care than with something that’s homemade?

These fun crafts also make great gifts or stocking stuffers, so even if you’re not going to someone else’s house for the holidays, you can make one of these little trinkets for a quick and easy gift idea!

8 Handmade Hostess Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

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  1. Rosemary and Peppermint Scrub
  2. Slate Coasters
  3. Recipe Box
  4. Painted Utensils
  5. Monogrammed Cheese Board
  6. Crystal Wine Stoppers
  7. Hot Chocolate Gift Set
  8. Homemade Vanilla Extract

 

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13 Amazing DIY Ugly Sweaters

Tis the season for ugly sweater parties! I don’t know how or why this tradition started, but since it’s caught on, even the high-end department stores have gone to great lengths to create fashionable (and EXPENSIVE) ugly sweaters…but I don’t play by those rulez!

The whole point of ugly sweaters is to make them as tacky as possible…and if you ask me, the only way to really do that is to make them yourself!

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And if you need some creative inspiration, here are a few amazing ugly sweaters made by creative minds just like yours! Just dig through your craft stash and grab your hot glue gun, some feathers, a few pieces of felt and an old sweater and you have the makings to create something truly fantastic!

Maybe Christmas spirit, like this, doesn’t come from a store…
Your Big Collection of Outrageously Ugly DIY Christmas Sweater Ideas - DIY for Life:

Puke up some holiday cheer!
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Well, this is slightly morbid…
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Don’t have a mantel?  BECOME THE MANTEL!
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Want to go in together?  This couple has the right idea!
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Because…why not.
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweaters To Try This Holiday Season | University of Illinois News:

This is a dollar store dream come true!
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BE A SNOWGLOBE!
Learn how to make an uncommon DIY ugly Christmas sweater with this Snow Globe DIY Ugly Sweater tutorial. By using a clear plastic bowl, you will give the illusion of a snow globe bursting out of the front of your homemade ugly Christmas sweater.:

This is my kind of Christmas spirit!
UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER MENS BOOZING SNOWMAN LIGHTS MUSIC JINGLE BELLS SONG SZ L #whocares #Crewneck:

I’m pretty sure my 3rd grade teacher owned this sweater 😉
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This one’s sure to get you on the naughty list!
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Really can’t get much uglier than this one…
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Hahahahahahhahaha I honestly love this.
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9 Edible Treats for Gift Giving

Though December is dominated by cookies of all varieties, not everyone is aboard the cookie train (I know, hard to believe!).  Some folks prefer homemade candies, while others love the combination of salty/sweet snacks.  For those who are looking for a little something different, here are 9 Edible Treats for Gift Giving that AREN’T Cookies!

Great for hostess gifts or for giving out along with your cookie plate, these edible candies and treats are an easy and cost-friendly alternative to baking batches and batches of cookies.  I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a die-hard cookie fan and every year my kitchen turns into a butter paradise in December…but I always try to include a little homemade candy arrangement as well.  It’s something different in terms of taste and texture and it’s a quick project to work on while my cookies bake away in the oven.

So if you’re looking for an easy candy recipe or something simple and quick to bring to your work cookie exchange, look no further than these 9 Sweet Treats that are Great for Gift Giving!

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Christmas Muddy Buddies
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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
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Homemade Turtle Clusters
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Homemade Peanut Brittle
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Vanilla Cinnamon Candied Almonds
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White Chocolate Tag-a-Lings
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Reindeer Rice Krispies
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Easy Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites
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10 Dollar Store Christmas Decorations

We’re all trying to save money around the holidays…and just because you’re trying to save a little green doesn’t mean you can’t bring the magic of the season into your home!

I mean, let’s face it…if my bank account were a person, it would have a serious nutrient deficiency.  IT NEEDS MORE GREENS, AM I RIGHT?!  But with these clever and creative dollar store Christmas decorations, you can create a magical Christmas wonderland in your home without spending a cent (or at least spending very few of them!).

So keep the greens in the bank.  This year, make your own magical Christmas decorations with materials you most likely have in your craft storage bin already!

Pinterest Top 10:  Dollar Store Christmas Decorations

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 Fa La La La La Embroidery Hoop Mantel Decor
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Rudolph the Glitter Reindeer
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JOY Sign
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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
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Christmas Sweater Pillows
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DIY Sparkle Branches
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Merry and Bright Wall Art
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Paper Christmas Lights
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Cookie Cutter Wreath
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Spoon Trees
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Want to see more of my favorite Christmas ideas?  Check out my Pinterest board, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

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