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Do It Yourself

Do It Yourself Winter 2019

Packed with step-by-step projects, Do It Yourself is the go-to guide to personalizing your home. Find inspiration and instructions for simple room renovations, home decor projects, budget-savvy style, flea market makeovers, outdoor living ideas, and more. From power tool reviews to pillow projects, we cover the DIY spectrum and empower the reader to tackle new techniques and ideas.

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United States
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English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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1 min.
from the editor

Eggnog or wassail? Turkey or ham? White lights or multicolor? A Christmas Story or Christmas Vacation? While there are no wrong answers to these holiday questions, you likely have opinions about each. Your choices, large and small, become your traditions—or “how you holiday,” as we like to say here at DIY and Better Homes & Gardens. Your calendar from October to January is already busy, so we’ve curated an issue of easy ways to refresh (and maybe even lighten) your holiday to-do list. Upgrade your front door in less than an hour (“Wreaths Reimagined,” page 90) or decorate with fresh greenery available in your yard or grocery (“Season’s Greens,” page 8). Whip up foolproof handmade gifts with a few friends (“Crafter Hours,” page 94) or plant unforgettable party favors in minutes…

1 min.
get festive!

SNOW GLOBES One more use for Mason jars—snow globes! Create your own mini winter wonderland. BHG.com/SnowGlobes STAMPED WRAPPING PAPER First step: Make your own stamps. Second step: Ink them up and stamp them on blank paper. It’s that simple! BHG.com/Stamp HOLIDAY GIFT TAGS Add a personal touch to your gift-giving with homemade tags for packages and bags. BHG.com/HolidayTags CHRISTMAS WINE LABELS Wrap your wine bottle in the spirit of the season with our free downloadable labels. BHG.com/WineLabels MARBLE ORNAMENTS Try a hot trend on this year’s tree with marbleized ornaments. The technique is fun for kids and adults, and the results are stunning! BHG.com/Marble…

3 min.
season’s greens

HOLIDAY HEARTH An airy swag crafted from myrtle stems wired together tip to end with green florists wire makes a statement against the white fireplace, above left. Packages tied up with ribbon and cording, above, get prettier with embellishments such as boxwood wreaths, ilex and evergreen sprigs, and fraser fir tassels (remove a stem’s upper needles, pinch the lower needles, and wrap the bare end in twine). For the tiny mantel-top trees, left, check Christmas tree lots for treetops lopped from trees that have been cut up for greenery. Gently push each treetop into water-soaked floral foam set in a sturdy container. SEASONAL RUN Combine repurposed objects, evergreen stems, and votives to construct a timeless centerpiece that stylishly shines well into the New Year, this photo. A woven runner provides a textural anchor…

1 min.
green scene

1 CONCOLOR FIR Concolor or white fir has symmetrical rows of flat, narrow needles; good needle retention; and a pleasing fragrance. 2 SEEDED EUCALYPTUS Clusters of seedpods add textural interest on stems bearing shapely light to medium green leaves. 3 FRASER FIR Fragrant, soft, short blue-green needles on sturdy stems have silvery undersides that glow when lit. 4 ITALIAN RUSCUS An airy silhouette and narrow, pointy leaves make this a popular filler for all types of arrangements. 5 BLUE SPRUCE Valued for its stiff silvery blue-green needles, its boughs are sturdy enough to hold added trims. 6 HONEY BRACELET Pliable woody stems and flexible needlelike leaves allow this filler green to be easily shaped. 7 SCOTCH PINE Short on scent but well-suited to shaping, these woody boughs sport groupings of flexible 2–5-inch bluish-green needles. 8 WHITE PINE Superb needle retention means bright green needles stay…

2 min.
chasing paper

FINE PRINTS Most Chasing Paper prints are sourced from an eclectic blend of artists around the globe (the rest are created by an in-house design team). “We want it to feel like there are different voices and different hands creating all the different prints,” founder Elizabeth Rees says. Some of her faves? Below, from left: Graduate Plaid in Green, Marble + Magic in Blue, and Vintage Art in Color. OFF THE WALL Sure, you can wallpaper a wall, but try Chasing Paper on your next furniture redo. We found a cast-off dresser and gave it a new life, this photo. MAKE IT WALLPAPERED DRESSER MATERIALS • Furniture piece• Paint (We used Sherwin-Williams Coral Island SW 6332.)• Tape measure• Wallpaper in desired pattern (We used three 2×4-foot panels of Shaping Up in Blush.)• Cutting mat• Straightedge• Crafts knife Step…

2 min.
the maker: elizabeth rees

AS THE THIRD GENERATION IN HER FAMILY’S PRINTING BUSINESS, ELIZABETH REES GREW UP IN MILWAUKEE AMID PAPER AND INK. SHE PUT HER OWN TWIST ON THE FAMILY LEGACY WITH THE LAUNCH OF CHASING PAPER IN 2012. OFFERING REMOVABLE WALLPAPER IN EYE-CATCHING PRINTS, THE BRAND GIVES DIYERS THE OPTION TO CUSTOMIZE THEIR SPACES—AND THE FREEDOM TO CHANGE THEIR MINDS. Q: You traveled quite a bit in your 20s. How did those experiences influence your career path? A: I truly think those years living abroad and traveling on my own shaped me as a human, as a woman, and definitely as a leader and entrepreneur. There are so many things I learned about following my instincts and making quick decisions. I think it’s really about relying on myself and being able to say, “This…