Jan
   21

 

Christmas has come and gone, but winter is far from over. While taking down holiday décor is at the top of your to-do list, make sure your front porch stays warm and inviting throughout the cold season. From rustic decor to warm lights, here are three easy ways to transition your front porch from Christmas to winter.

Introduce Rustic and Woodsy Elements 

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  Jan
   16

 

You’ve finished packing away your holiday decorations, and now your home might look a bit bare. If you’re worried about home decorating for the rest of winter, there are plenty of ways you can maintain a warm and beautiful home using items that can easily be found in your house or at the local store. From pinecones to faux fur, here are some tricks you can use to keep a lovely winter haven for your family.
 
Cluster up Some Pinecones
 

 
Hang up a few pinecones on your front door or your windows and add a natural touch to your home. To make these, just collect some pinecones, then attach them to ribbons. Afterwards, gather them in a cluster before attaching them to windows or doors. You can even use these pinecones as a centerpiece for your mantle or hang them up in the middle of your dining room.
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  Jan
   15

 

After packing up the last of your decorations, there’s still the issue of the excess Christmas wrapping paper you have lying around. Instead of just folding them for storage, there are plenty of other ways you can keep all the wrapping paper that you have on hand. From materials that you have in your kitchen to affordable IKEA plastic bag dispensers, these quick and easy ideas are perfect for storing Christmas wrapping paper!
 
1. Grab an old metal bin
 


 
Corral your extra Christmas wrapping paper inside any old metal bin to store them until the next time you need them. This way, you can roll up your wrapping paper and keep them alongside your other craft materials. You can also place your other craft paper inside this bin for further use.
 
2. Buy a couple of IKEA plastic bag dispensers
 


 
Even a few IKEA bag dispensers can store all your leftover Christmas wrapping paper. They’re lightweight and can easily be placed with your other craft materials, or in the back of your closet. If you’re really strapped for storage space, you can also put them up on the wall or cabinet door for easy access.
 
3. Save your old crates
 


 
If you have an empty crate from your holiday celebrations, don’t throw it out just yet! A crate can easily be transformed into wrapping paper organizers! You can place your rolled-up wrapping paper inside the crate, or you can add partitions from cardboard. These easy-to-follow instructions from Modern Mom give you the perfect partitions for your wine crate.
 
4. Make wrapping paper dispensers using hooks and dowels
 


 
If you’re looking for permanent storage for all your wrapping paper (even the non-Christmas ones), making your own dispenser is just what you need. With just two hooks and a dowel, you can make your own wrapping paper dispenser on the wall of your crafting room or on the inside of a cabinet.
 
5. Use a hanger and garment bag
 


 
Place rolled up wrapping paper inside a garment bag, and pack it away until the next time you need them. You can also place excess ribbons inside if there’s still room.
 
Store your extra Christmas wrapping paper in style with these five quick and easy organizers. For other tips on how to clean up after the holidays, check out our simple guide for storing your Christmas ornaments!


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  Jan
   12

 

Here is the second batch of bloggers for our Christmas in the Community campaign! They all created amazing designs for their tree, and it’s exciting to see all these trees trimmed for charity. The organizations they’ve chosen are also fantastic in their own right, and we’re honored to have partnered with them this holiday season.

Without further ado, here is our final group of bloggers who took part in our Christmas in the Community campaign!

Centsational Girl for COTS

Christmas in the Community – Centsational Girl’s Tree for COTS
Photo taken from Centsational Girl

What a great experience to be part of Christmas in the Community, getting a front seat view as bloggers spread Christmas cheer to their favorite charities and families.  One of my highlights from our inaugural Christmas in the Community campaign was seeing charities in action. When I reached out to Kate Riley (AKA Centsational Girl), she chose to donate a tree to her local COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) which was starting the Work Ready Closet project, a store front to aid men and women who needed outfits for job interviews and new jobs.  She also mentioned that this was all dependent on volunteers getting the space together in time for Christmas.

Providentially, I needed to be in California at the same time she and the COTS folks were hosting a holiday open house for their Work Ready Closet site. I had the privilege of assisting with tree decorating, attending their open house, meeting these delightful people, and learning more about this great charity! It was wonderful to connect with Centsational Girl and KimSixFix, and to see first hand the important work that these women and an army of volunteers are contributing to their community.

Kim also mentioned the Work:Ready project in her Christmas update, saying:

I also want to mention that this project was 100% funded by volunteer donations, and sponsors. No other funds were used. I am stunned with how altruistic people can be! Christmas Tree Market also donated a tree for this space and Kate decorated it. It sparkled during the open house.

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  Jan
   12

 

The holidays are all but over and the time to clear the halls and store your Christmas tree is coming. However, there’s more to storing your tree than taking it apart and putting it into a box. Keep your tree safe and pristine all year long with our 5-step guide on how to properly store your Christmas Tree Market artificial Christmas tree.

Step 1: Clear Your Tree of Decorations

Artificial Christmas Tree - Flocked Alaskan Tree with Clear Lights
My decorated Flocked Alaskan Tree. Photo by Doug Coon

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