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Make A Paper Village Advent Calendar

For the past six years, I’ve had the pleasure of  freelancing regularly for both HGTV and DIY Network, creating crafts, sharing chicken and bee wisdom and gardening galore. This week, my daughter and I were given the task of putting a new twist on the traditional advent calendar. I had considered creating a new calendar. It dawned on me that it would be fun to create a Christmas paper village advent calendar. It could light up as each new evening arrived. As a little girl, some of my fondest memories were of my Mother’s Christmas village.

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Noel Lettered Wreath Craft

I love Christmas time. It’s one of my favorite times of the year for crafting too. Every year I make wreaths. This year, I wanted one of the wreaths to showcase the beauty of a simple and peaceful Christmas. So I featured a little tin church, some decorative sprigs as well as the Star of Bethlehem. I combined some off the shelf letters and a simple grapevine wreath as a jumping off point. The rest just seemed to come together for this lettered wreath with a little bit of inspiration from the Christmas season displays in town.

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Growing Paperwhites Indoors for the Holidays

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is growing bulbs indoors. I do this for both Christmas and Easter. There is something about growing flowers indoors during the chilly winter months.  During Christmastime, I especially love growing paperwhites. This is a fail-proof project for even those with a brown thumb. If you have grown paper whites in the past, I can bet that one of your biggest pet peeves and mine too is that when they grow tall they often flop over from gravity. Sure, there are ways to add things to the water to stunt their growth, but why harm the bulb? This year, I wanted to show you a simple and easy way to grow paperwhites without them falling over. I love to give these as gifts. They are simple and stunning and I’m going to show you how to make them!

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DIY: Woodland Birch Table Place Settings

birch table place settings Tilly's Nest
Christmas is always at our house. The holiday is one of my all time favorites. We have a ham and all the side dishes. Family and friends are always welcome, especially for those who have no place to go. A few days before Christmas when the kids are off from school, we sit down together and craft the place settings for our guests. This year, I went with a woodland theme. With only a few crafting items, I was able to make these darling birch table place settings. They came together in minutes and they turned out to be a special gift for each guest.

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Edible Holiday Terrariums

A couple of years ago, the kids and I made edible Easter terrariums and they were a huge hit. We had so much fun that we decided to make ones for Christmas this year. We couldn’t decide on the theme so we made three edible holiday terrariums – a woodland gingerbread cottage scene, a candy cane tree with presents and Scottie dog, and a snowman on a graham cracker and candy cane sled.

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Homemade Holiday Craft Ideas From My Nest to Yours

I’ve been busy as a bee here at Tilly’s Nest working on some nature-inspired holiday crafts for HGTV Gardens. I’ve been working with HGTV for well over a year now and I must say that these three holiday crafts are some of my all time favorites. The woodland pinecone hedgehogs came to life after I took another look at a few pinecones laying on my mantle. Suddenly I envisioned them with snouts, ears, and sweet little noses!