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DIY Holly Berry Surprise Balls

Treat your Christmas guests to these pretty holly berry surprise balls filled with delicious treats. // Get the full tutorial at HomemadeBanana.comWe’re officially well into the month of December now, and that means the countdown to Christmas is at a mere 14 days away. Normally by this time, I’ve already trimmed my tree, finished my shopping and sent my packages on their merry way, but not this year. I don’t know what it is about 2017 (or maybe I do), but this time of year has been unusually busy and stressful.

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DIY Moon Phase Pumpkins

Paint these cute white pumpkins with phases of the moon for a spooky but chic front-porch display.
Painting pumpkins is far superior to carving them, in my opinion. There’s virtually no mess, and there’s no danger of cutting one’s finger on those stupid little serrated blades that come in pumpkin-carving kits. Plus, the possibilities are endless.

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DIY Pom-Pom Earrings

Make these playful (and super lightweight) pom-pom earrings with this easy DIY.Make these playful (and super lightweight) pom-pom earrings with this easy DIY. I’ve been wanting a pair of black pom-pom earrings for the better part of six months, but due to my self-imposed ban on shopping for all of 2017, this particular sartorial desire has gone unfulfilled. Luckily, I built an exception into this new rule: I’m still allowed to DIY pretty new things to wear. And so I set out to make myself a pair of goshdarn black pom-pom earrings.

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DIY Dalmatian Magnets

Dress up your refrigerator with these charming DIY dalmatian magnets made from oven-bake clay.Dress up your refrigerator with these charming DIY dalmatian magnets made from oven-bake clay.A place on the refrigerator must be earned, and now that I’ve outgrown report cards, I fill that hallowed space with postcards pilfered from my favorite restaurants. I have one from Eastern Standard in Boston (the place that first ignited my love for the cocktail), one from Leo’s Oyster Bar in San Francisco and a recent acquisition from Mr. West here in Seattle.

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DIY Cross-Stitch Napkins

diy-cross-stitch-linen-napkins-13Maybe (almost certainly) it’s a function of being almost 30, but I’ve become darn near obsessed with napkins. Colorful paper napkins, tea-stained decorative vintage napkins, playful cocktail napkins and everything in between—I hoard them all. They offer an easy way to dress up everything from barbecues to bar carts, and there’s something about having a stash of linens at the ready that I find oddly comforting.

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