Christmas decorating

12 Unusual Christmas Wreaths

12 great Christmas wreaths

A Christmas wreath is a popular way to decorate your entry for the holiday season.  Christmas Wreaths are also used on mantles and in other areas of the home and garden such as garden gates.  Nothing quite sets the mood for your party guests like a front door decorated with a Christmas Wreath. Decorate Your…

Easy Holiday Party Ideas

These 15 holiday party ideas will make sure that your gathering is stress free and much more fun. #ad #sharisberries

Entertaining this time of the year is so much fun.  I love to celebrate with our friends and family during the holidays.  Everyone is always in such a good mood, and it gives me a chance to try out new recipes and decorating ideas.  Setting up a pretty festive table does not have to be…

Burlap Wine Bottle Bag – Easy DIY Christmas Gift

This DIY burlap wine bottle bag is the prefect way to wrap your favorite bottle of Sutter home family wine.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SutterHomeForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. It’s time to make a Burlap Wine Bottle Bag! This Burlap Wine Bottle Bag is an inexpensive way to dress up a bottle of wine…

Boxwood Christmas Wreath – DIY Holiday Project

DIY Holiday Boxwood Wreath form

We got our Christmas tree the other day, and I always buy my wreath from the same vendor at the Farmer’s market each year.  Normally, they will give me a discount on the tree if I also buy the wreath. I usually get a fir wreath. They are relatively inexpensive and most of the vendors have…

Snowman Wall Hanging – A Rustic Christmas Decoration

This cute snowman wall hanging was made from a old kitchen door frame. He is easy to do and looks great hanging on a wall.

I have a huge collection of both snowmen and Santa Claus Christmas decorations.  Our family room really gets into the Christmas spirit this time of the year when I bring them out of hiding for their yearly winter display.  Long gone are the days of purchasing new items for the collection.  I have so many…

Santa Paintbrush Ornament

This Santa Paintbrush Ornament is whimsical and fun to make and will look cute on a Christmas tree or as a wall hanging.

I have to admit, I am enjoying being a kid this holiday season.  I’ve been crafting up a storm of fun and whimsical Christmas decorations.I think I must need a grandchild or something.  Or maybe I am just missing my grown baby girl.  Whatever the reason, this cute Santa Paintbrush Ornament is my latest fun…

Grinch Paintbrush Ornament

Grinch Paintbrush Ornament

Yes, folks, it is getting to that time of the year. This is the time when my mind goes into overdrive trying to come up with ideas for fun craft decor items to make for the Christmas holiday. My latest creation is this Grinch Paintbrush Ornament. I have always loved the movie The Grinch Stole…

15 Tips for Making the Perfect Gingerbread House

Making the perfect Gingerbread house is easier than you might think! See my 15 tips to make sure yours is the best one yet. thegardningcook.com

Making the Perfect Gingerbread House is Easy with these 15 tips. We love to make Gingerbread houses each year. It has been a tradition ever since Jess was a little girl.  And even though she is grown and living away, she comes home for the holidays and we always take the time to make a…

Festive Ice Skates Door Swag

This festive ice skate swag looks perfect on a front door with an oval glass panel. The skates add a whimsical touch to the burlap bow and gives the whole project a country look. thegardeningcook.com

Decorate your front door country style with this ice skates door swag. We changed our front door this summer, and now have an oval glass panel on the front entry.  The shape means that I no longer use round wreaths for it and swags have become my go-to door decoration.  This project for a festive…

10 Must See Christmas Classics – DVDs

My top 10 must see Christmas Classics on DVD. Is my favorite on your list? See them at thegardeningcook.com/

My 10 Favorite Christmas Classics DVDs For a long as I can remember, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is watching all of the Christmas Classics on DVD.  I think i have watched just about every one made.  But when I look back, it seems that 10 of them always seem to…

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus – 2 Favorite Seasonal Plants

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus

These Seasonal Plants will Dress up any Room in a Festive Way During the festive season, there are many different seasonal plants on offer at most garden centers.  They add a lovely touch to your seasonal decorating theme and can be carried over as houseplants from year to year.  Two seasonal plants that I love are…

Christmas Cactus – How to Get it to flower Each Year

How to get a Christmas Cactus to re-flower each year

Does your Christmas Cactus Flower each Year? A Christmas cactus is the perfect festive plant to have in bloom this time of the year. If taken care of correctly, it will be the star of your indoor plants collection. They can be a little tricky to get to flower if the conditions aren’t just right,…

Photo Tour of my Santa Claus Collection

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See my Santa Claus Collection For those of you who do not know, I also have a website that features mainly seasonal and holiday content.  The name of the site is Always The Holidays.  I recently took photos of my Santa Claus Collection and assembled it for a holiday home tour on the site. My…

2014 Holiday Gardening Gift Guide – 11 Great Garden Gifts

2014 Holiday Gardening Gift Guide

Fill the stockings of your plant loving friends with these Gardening Gift Guide Suggestions. Anyone who gardens is normally on the look out for different gardening products and gadgets, so I have created a Gardening Cook 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  If you are looking for something special to treat someone that you love who spends…

How to Save Money on Holiday Gift Wrapping

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Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas. Holiday Gift Wrapping Does not Mean that you must spend a lot of money on Christmas supplies. There are loads of ways that you can save money. Some take a bit of time and others just take thinking outside the box. 1. Buy on Clearance.  If you are not a…

Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide – 9 Super Kitchen Gift Ideas

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Kitchen Gift Guide. Anyone who cooks normally also loves kitchen products and food gadgets, so I have created a Gardening Cook 2014 Kitchen Gift Guide.  If you are looking for something special to treat someone that you love who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, this gift guide should give you lots of…

DIY Blue Spruce Stocking Wreath

DIY Blue Spruce Stocking Wreath

Make  your Own Blue Spruce Stocking Wreath. A great wreath makes a wonderful welcoming accent to your front door for the holiday season, as well as for other times of the year.  This festive DIY blue spruce stocking wreath is quite different from the circular shaped wreaths so commonly seen at Christmas time and you…

M & M Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies

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Printable Recipe – M&M Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cookies These cute M & M Gingerbread Christmas tree cookies will make a great addition to your Christmas buffet table.  They would also be great for your annual cookie exchange. The Cookies are made by using a packaged gingerbread mix, frosting and M & M candies.  The tree…

Tips to Save during the Holidays – Frugal Entertaining

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Save Money During the Holidays with these Frugal Tips. The whole essence of a successful holiday season does not lie in the amount of money you spend, but in the time, thought and care that you devote to the activities that you plan.  These frugal tips will make your holiday season something to remember without…

DIY Miniature Gumdrop Topiary

Gum Drop Topiary DIY Project. See my step by step tutorial at thegardeningcook.com/

Do it Yourself – Gumdrop Candy Topiary This sweet DIY Miniature Gumdrop Topiary will be the center of attention on your Christmas table. The only problem will be keeping it decorated until the end of the evening of your party! The project is fun and easy to do.  Just assemble all of your materials.  You…

DIY Candy Cane Vase – Holiday Decor

Super easy DIY Candy Cane vase. See my step by step tutorial: thegardeningcook.com/

Dress Up Your Table with This Easy Candy Cane Vase Looking for an easy holiday decor DIY project?  This DIY Candy Cane vase is easy and quick to do and looks great on the table.  It will hold any type of floral decoration in the top and makes a great centerpiece for a holiday party…

Holiday Pot Holder Mitt – Cute Hostess Gift

This DIY holiday mitt would make a great hostess gift

Do It Yourself Holiday Potholder Mitt This holiday potholder mitt DIY project would make a great Kitchen decoration.  It is also a great idea for a homemade Christmas Hostess gift for a person who loves to cook.  It is easy to make and uses some items you may already have on hand. To make the…

DIY Snowman Smores Hostess Gift

Snowman Smores DIY project

Make your Own Snowman S’mores – Cute DIY Project This snowman s’mores DIY project is cute as can be, easy to do and would make a great handmade Christmas gift or a Hostess gift for the next party you attend. To make this project, you will need the following supplies: (affiliate links) Large, quart sized…

DIY Giant Terracotta Jingle Bells

DIY Giant Terracotta Jingle Bells

Ring in the Festive Season with Terracotta Jingle Bells Christmas will be here before you know it.  If you are looking for a special DIY Christmas gift for a gardener, these giant jingle bells will ring in the festive season in a natural way. They are easy to make and are a great gift idea…

DIY Apple Pine Tree Wreath

DIY Apple Pine Tree Wreath

Do it Yourself Apple Pine Tree Wreath This festive Apple Pine Tree Wreath makes a nice change from the traditional round Christmas Tree Wreaths so commonly seen.  Best of all, you can make it yourself! To make the project, you will need the following materials: 1 Wire Flat tree shaped form size 15 x 17…