DIY Travel Souvenir Ornaments, Part 2: Magnets turned Ornaments

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Way back when I did my very first Christmas post of the season, about salt dough US map ornaments, I talked about how I always have very good intentions to buy lots of pretty souvenir ornaments everywhere we go on our trips. And then I always find that our travel budget … Continue reading

DIY Road Trip Souvenir Christmas Ornaments (and a cautionary tale)

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Last year I made and posted about our Christmas crackers Advent calendar type thing on December 14. This year I’m going to try something new: I’m going to get projects done and post about them early enough that 1. my own family can enjoy them and 2. anyone reading who would … Continue reading

How to Make Over a Vintage Bookshelf with Fabric

post contains affiliate links. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Dave thought I was being a little silly to insist that we redo the fabric in Abe’s bookcase. “You can’t even see it!” he said, “it’s behind all the books.” This was a good point, but I couldn’t help myself. We used really cool squid fabric for the back of Abe’s … Continue reading

DIY Christmas Crackers: Simple Christmas Countdown/Advent Calendar

You might have noticed that it’s already halfway through December, and you might be thinking that halfway through December is kind of a funny time to post Advent calendar ideas. See, here’s what happened: MONTHS ago, I had this brilliant idea to make 24 Christmas crackers and have the kids do one each day for their Advent calendar this year. … Continue reading

Book Page Folded Paper Christmas Trees

Hey, it’s Christmas house tour week all over blogland! Or so I’ve gathered. I’m participating in the Very Merry Christmas Home Tour, hosted by Lovely, Etc., and my tour will be up tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s a small teaser, and a super simple Christmas craft. I posted on Instagram a couple of weeks ago about how I found this … Continue reading

Christmas Wreath Trio

Thanks to Home Depot for sponsoring this post!   Today I’m teaming up with Home Depot and a bunch of other bloggers for a Home Depot DIY Workshop Virtual Party; we’re all showing off our takes on this Christmas wreath trio and telling you how you can learn to make your own at a (real, non-virtual) workshop at Home Depot. … Continue reading

Camp-O-Ween! Haunted Woods/Camping Halloween Display

post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! I hinted at this on Instagram quite awhile ago, but this year’s Halloween theme is….Haunted Camping! You know, because of the new trailer and all. I was actually planning to use a vintage toy camping set I found at the thrift store, but it turned out the tent from that was … Continue reading

Dino-Christmas! Make Ornaments from Plastic Animals

Last year, I spray painted a bunch of plastic dinosaurs to use for our Advent calendar. If there’s one thing that experience taught me, it’s that nothing screams “CHRISTMAS!!!!!” like glittery blue dinosaurs: So this year I knew the dinosaurs needed a place in the Christmas spotlight again, even though they were displaced from their Advent calendaring job by our … Continue reading

Hot Cocoa Station with Upcycled Vintage Santa Tray

Setting up our hot cocoa station has been the first activity on our Advent calendar two years in a row now (which means it won’t be much of a surprise if I do it again next year). The glass jars are Anchor Hocking from Target that I picked up last year. This year I made the (too big! oops!) tags … Continue reading