Can you believe the holidays are already upon us? I felt like this year went by so quick! I miss the summer weather already. It was much more easy cutting , hammering and painting in the 70-degree weather than this weekend’s 30s. But, with Santa nearly here, we needed some new Christmas decor.
My husband and I started doing projects way back in our dating phase. He had an old convertible that he wanted new leather seats in and I did not want to pay someone to do it. We spent our next few days learning that trade. It came out great! Once we married & bought a home, we decided to utilize his past job experience (building homes) and my penny pinching to do as much as possible ourselves again. We have built a patio table, a buffet, chicken coop, swing set, playhouse, and garden. Refinished some furniture, painted the living room, and currently, we are remodeling our kitchen (details to come!). What’s great is that even the kids can get involved. Something as simple as re-painting an old picnic table in chalk paint can keep them busy for months to come. (And just as I am typing this, he face timed me from a ‘dump’, finding 3 old claw-foot chairs, a mirror and a 1920’s table to re-do! This is why I love that man!) We eventually want to build an addition onto our home as well. But, that takes a little more money than we have right now, so let’s keep go back to the smaller DIYs.
Home Depot has Project Guides to help you become a DIY’er yourself. They show you what you need and then you are able to go home and try yourself. You don’t need a lot of big tools. In fact, I asked the guy in the wood section to cut my 3-48 inch sections down for me in the store. That made it easier to load into my truck but also helped cut down on 1 big step. Don’t be afraid to ask. What I also like is that, even though they show the finished project a certain way, you can make it your own. Plus, it’s way easier to have the instructions ready to go with the tool & material list.
The Home Depot Workshops are designed to provide mix of associate led demonstration, and some hands-on learning. Materials can be purchased to make your own project. For more information, contact your local Home Depot store.
For this Holiday Centerpiece, you only need 2 pieces of material. Wood and Nails. (To me, this one is the simplest of our 3 Home Depot projects.)
- 1 – 1 x 6 x 8 Common Board (Tip: as long as your wood is this size, choose the type you prefer)
- 1 – Box 18 Gauge x 2 Brad Nail
- Paint or Stain
- Holiday Greenery, Plants, Ornaments, Candles
- Circular Saw
- Brad Nailer
- Measuring Tape or Carpenters Square
- Safety Goggles
- Sanding Block
See how An Alli Event made her centerpiece!