As we countdown to Kwanzaa, The Home Depot and Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love are excited to share an easy-to-make kinara that can be customized to you and your family’s Kwanzaa traditions! No worries! Check out Amber’s blog below for some other great family craft ideas, tips and tricks!
Kwanzaa is an African American holiday celebrating African American history, heritage and culture. The week-long celebration is observed from December 26th to January 1 and culminates with gift giving and a big dinner. Each night of Kwanzaa, families light the kinara – a seven candle holder. Each night of Kwanzaa is centered around one of the seven principles: Umoja (Unity) , Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), Imani (Faith).
In the spirit of Kuumba, I’m excited to share an easy-to-make kinara that you can customize for your own family’s Kwanzaa celebration.
Unexpected Materials Make an Awesome Impact
I love using materials in unexpected ways and this project is no exception. Here’s a look at what you’ll need:
Just a few steps are required to assemble our Kwanzaa kinara. By using the post finial and fence post together, we can create a really beautiful, ornate kinda without any fancy woodworking!
Twist the finial into the pyramid post cap . You may want to first drill a pilot hole in the post cap to make this step a bit easier.
Next, drill a 5/8” hole in the center of wood board at 7.5”. Don’t go all the way through! Just deep enough so that the candle will fit snuggly in place. Once you’ve created the first hole, drill six additional holes as shown in the photo.
Use a wood screw to secure the wood board on top of the finial.
Add a decorative edge to your kinda with trim. You can secure this with wood glue or finishing nails…whatever you have access to!
First-time holiday decorator? No worries! With a bit of help from The Home Depot, Stacie Abdallah of Stacie’s Spaceswas able to infuse some holiday flair into her outdoor garden and arbor for the first time. Check out her blog below for some great DIY tips and tricks!
Can I let you in on a little secret? I have NEVER decorated outside for Christmas! I know… that sounds crazy right? I love decorating the interior of our home for the holidays, but I have never attempted to do it outside. When The Home Depot invited me to participate in the Holiday Style Challenge, I was both nervous and excited! It was time to step out of my comfort zone (literally) and try my hand at lighting up the great outdoors! I was given the theme of season shining and I tried my best to make our greenhouse and garden area shine for the holidays!
Decorating The Garden Arbor
When we built this garden and arbor earlier this year, I did not consider all of the possibilities there would be for decorating it. I was just thinking that my garden needed an entrance! Now I know that this entrance is perfect for these 5ft pre-lit artificial Christmas trees . I placed one on each side and then brought in Mr. Bear to accompany them. My kids were so excited about this bear from the moment I pulled it out of the box and assembled it. I mean, the bear even got hugs from them! Needless to say, this bear has made quite the impression and seems quite at home in his spot by the garden arbor. We also added this large, pre-lit wreath and bow to top it all off!
Light Up The Greenhouse
My greenhouse is probably my most prized backyard possession. She even has a name, Josephine. We recently added a porch to her which made decorating her for Christmas even more of a possibility! We strung bulb lights around her roofline and hung a simple battery-operated, pre-lit wreath on the door. I also placed the stacked up gift box set by the door. Josephine was already looking super cute! Then we decided to up the ante a little by creating a DIY “faux” marquee letters sign.
DIY Faux Marquee Letters Sign
The process to create these letters was fairly simple and straightforward. This type of sign can be used for a variety of events and celebrations. Check out this how-to guide on The Home Depot’s website to see how I did it!
This may have been my first time decorating outside, specifically the garden/greenhouse area but it certainly will not be the last! This was so fun and the kids love to see the space all lit up at night! We were able to find everything we needed for this project from The Home Depot which made it super convenient. The Home Depot was literally a one stop shop for everything that we needed, and I am so grateful for the app, ship to home options, and store pickup! I am already coming up with ideas for the next holiday!
We all love a good, late breakfast, aka Brunch, especially on Christmas Day. Set up your dining room table to suit all of the family this Christmas season with inspiration from Jen Svendsen of Midwest Life and Style Blog. See how she transformed her dining room for a holiday brunch with the help of The Home Depot.
I love everything about the holiday season. The traditions. The food. And, of course, the festive decor! For those who know me well, this should come as no surprise. (After all, I’ve had Christmas tunes on repeat for a few months now.) So this year I’m thrilled to team upwith The Home Depot as a partner for their Holiday Style Challenge to share some ideas for creating a festive holiday brunch.
Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch
One of my favorite holiday traditions is gathering around the table with family and friends for a meal. So for my style challenge, I decked out our dining room with pieces from The Home Depot’s home decor and holiday collections. Complete with a DIY hot cocoa bar, it’s perfect for a festive Christmas brunch, don’t you think?
Home for the Holidays
This year, more than ever, I wanted to make our home feel welcoming for the holidays. To capture those warm cozy feelings and create a timeless Christmas look, I used a mix of greenery paired with red, gold, and traditional plaid throughout our home.
The Home Depot had everything I needed to decorate for the season. From home decor to garlands, trees, ornaments, and more! The Home Depot is a one-stop-shop for decking the halls. Don’t have a Home Depot store nearby? No problem! You can shop online or use The Home Depot mobile app and have everything shipped right to your door.
Setting the Table
Creating a festive holiday brunch starts with styling the table. To begin, I used a basic white table cloth as a base. Then, I transformed this plaid throw blanket into a table runner.
Next, to create a focal point, I chose these gorgeous gold lanterns and filled them with a mix of redand gold shatterproof ornaments. The ornaments add just the right pop of color and help bring to life the timeless Christmas look and feel I had in mind.
Hot cocoa is a favorite in our house during the holidays, so I also created a fun, DIY hot cocoa bar using a coffee urn and some glass jars filled with toppings like marshmallows, candy canes, and chocolate chips. Yum!
Decking the Halls
I love to use greenery in all of my holiday decorating. The Home Depot has a wide variety to choose from including this pre-lit wreathfrom the new Woodmoore Holiday Collection. I love the beautiful detail of the red berries and the big, plaid bow!
To bring even more holiday cheer to the room, I used a 12-ft pre-lit noble fir garlandto wrap our light fixture. The lights on the garland help add an extra warm glow that really makes the whole space feel magical.
A Tree with All of the Trimmings
No holiday gathering would be complete without a tree with all of the trimmings. To continue with the classic red and gold theme, I decorated our tree with the same shatterproof ornaments that I used on the dining room table. Then, to finish, I topped it with a gold mercury star.
Once I was done, I looked and I felt like something was still missing, so I couldn’t resist including this holiday gnome. He looks perfect inside nestled under the tree.
No matter how you celebrate this season, I hope you feel inspired and this has given you some ideas for creating your own festive holiday brunch. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
There’s nothing like the holiday season, and it’s even better when you can enjoy it outside. Leslie Saeta of My 100 Year Old Home shared how she transformed her patio into a holiday paradise even a nutcracker would love, with some help from The Home Depot!
I am so excited to share with you my Christmas Nutcracker Dinner that I created on our back porch for The Home Depot’s Holiday Style Challenge. We live in Southern California and entertaining outside is something we love to do all year long. With our large fireplace and heaters in the ceiling of the porch, we dine outdoors — even in December!
This year I created a Nutcracker themed dining room with the items I found online on The Home Depot’s website. I love the gorgeous tree, the beautiful table items, and the Nutcracker accents.
I made a very special wooden centerpiece that holds lots of candles and I can’t wait for you to see how I made this. This evening will truly be an amazing dinner for our family.
The Nutcracker Themed Tree
The Home Depot sent me this amazing Christmas tree. It was so easy to assemble and took me less than half an hour. The tree came in three parts and everything was pre-wired. I love that it comes with a remote control and a timer.
I made my own burlap ribbon because it’s really hard to find it in 8 in. and 11 in. widths. I bought one roll of burlap fabric and made all of the 8 in. wide burlap ribbons for the tree and the two 11 in. wide tie backs for our outdoor curtains. The total cost was $11. (An easy way to cut burlap is to measure the width you need, and pull out one string of the burlap fabric along the width line. By pulling the thread, you will have an obvious line to use as a cut guideline.)
When it is lit, the tree looks absolutely gorgeous. I added this fun, LED Nutcracker as well for additional flair!
Wooden Centerpiece with Hanging Votives
I think the most dramatic element of my Nutcracker themed dining room is the wooden centerpiece I made with the hanging votives.
This centerpiece can be used in the dining room, on a patio table, and just about anywhere. You can adjust the height of the votives in the jars and also hang anything from the rope. The bottom trough of the wooden centerpiece can hold appetizers or in this case, dried eucalyptus with Christmas ornaments.
How to Make a Wooden Centerpiece with Hanging Votives
Vertical Pieces: Cut two boards to 48 in. x 5 1/2 in.
End pieces: Cut two boards to 7 in. x 4 in.
Pieces to support vertical boards: Cut two boards to 3 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in.
I built this wooden centerpiece to specifically fit our outdoor table. You can adjust the size to meet your needs.
Once the boards are cut, attach the sides to the bottom with a nail gun. Nail the end pieces on each side.
Cut the vertical boards so that they are in the shape of a paddle. I made the cuts 10 in. from the bottom and cut the paddle width down to 3 in. across.
Place the vertical boards into the trough and add the pieces that support the vertical boards on each end. You want the vertical boards to fit snugly but still be able to remove the vertical boards for storage.
Drill a hole in the top end of each board to thread the rope through.
Set up the wooden centerpiece on your table. Add the vertical boards and thread the ropethrough the holes and tie a knot in each end to secure the rope. I tied jute twineto the top edge of mason jars, filled them with votive candles, and tied them to the rope.
Creating the Nutcracker Themed Table
For the table, I shopped most of the items on The Home Depot’s website online. I selected the green and white ticking placemats and added these glasses. I also found these wine goblets online. Even though they look like exquisite glass, they are made of recycled plastic. How amazing is that?Lastly, I selected the 11.02 in. RYO White Dinner Plates (Set of 6) by Manhattan Comfort to finish the settings. I am so happy with these items and can’t wait to use them indoors and out, all year long.
I made nutcracker cut-outs to decorate the top of the plates and placed a wooden nutcracker on top of each. Then I made nutcracker snowflakes and hung them to the ceiling of our porch.
Decorating The Outdoor Fireplace
I also decorated our outdoor fireplace. On one side I hung stockings, and added three nutcracker ornaments from my personal collection. I also hung this artificial eucalyptus wreath (with wire strung from the trellis on each side).
Nothing sets the mood for the holiday season like a decorative dining room refresh. Warm and cozy for the family to enjoy dinner and each other’s company. Bryan Fiveash of DIY Daddyand his family decked out their dining room with the help of The Home Depot. See how he mastered this style challenge below.
As summer comes to a close every year, I always look forward to the change in the season. In my area, cooler temperatures and falling leaves invite thoughts of hot chocolate and possible snowflakes. I’m excited to see that time arrive again!
For my Home Depot Style Challenge, I want to show how my wife and I embellished our dining room with a mix of the newest product offerings from The Home Depot and a few of my own DIY projects.
For the past several months, traveling and shopping in-store hasn’t been an option for our family, but that hasn’t slowed my DIY projects down one bit! Nor did it affect me receiving the products I needed for this style challenge. As always, The Home Depot has both everything you need to decorate your home with the latest in seasonal decor, and super convenient ways to purchase it.
The Home Depot makes it so easy to order home accents and DIY project materials. Their website is easy to navigate and ordering is a breeze. You can have your items shipped to your house, arrange for free pick-up at your local store, or even have the items brought to your vehicle. Visit HomeDepot.com to learn all about their pick-up and delivery options.
Oh, have you downloaded the mobile Home Depot app? It truly is a hi-tech personal shopping assistant located right on your device.
It’s Easy Being Green
Our goal for this style challenge was to blend the chill of the winter season with the warmth and comfort of our dining room, which is a main family destination in our home. We started off adding a touch of greenery with this micro dot LED-lit artificial wreathand this Norwood fir 9 ft. garland. The branches on both looks so realistic that it’s hard to believe they’re artificial! The wreath also has a timer for easy on/off programming. My wife added bows to the wreaths that she made herself.
The shelf below displays a few Behrens 2 qt. and Behrens 5 qt. galvanized steel pails full of faux snowballs, and is lit up with Home Accents Holiday net lighting. To top them off, my wife again added some ribbon embellishments to the pails like she did with the wreaths and our candlesticks below.
In addition to those LED tea light candles, I also bought these LED wax votive candlesthat can be operated by remote control. Like the tea light candles, the votive candles give off a warm light with a slight flicker in the LED flame. They also give off a subtle vanilla scent.
Finally, we added new glasses and flatwarefor our dining table. All the seasonal decor products I purchased from The Home Depot really help to bring in the cooler temps. Yet they also add coziness to our dining room.
I hope our dining room transformation has provided ideas and inspiration for you! Don’t forget to visit HomeDepot.com for the latest and best in seasonal decorations.
Looking to spruce up your entryway for the holidays? Amanda Fontenot of Amanda Fontenot Blogwas able to revamp her front entryway for the holidays with some help from The Home Depot. Check out her blog post below for tips and tricks on adding holiday decor to your space — inside and out!
I absolutely love the holidays – who doesn’t! So when The Home Depot asked me to be a part of their Holiday Style Challenge this year, I was ecstatic! My theme for this challenge is holiday greenery, which is perfect because trees, wreaths and garlands are exactly what our entryway needed.
We moved into our home last Spring, so we’ve only had one Christmas so far in this house. Last year, my focus was mainly on decorating our living room, so this year our front porch and foyer are being shown some love.
Planning and Shopping
When I sat down to plan where and how I’d decorate, I knew two things. One, I wanted to add some holiday cheer to the exterior of our home and two, I wanted to create an inviting scene that stayed true to my love of neutrals in our entryway. I easily achieved both goals thanks to the wide selection of quality, affordable products on The Home Depot’s website. To say the least, they have everything you need to decorate your home for the holidays! Also, as a mom of two with a newborn during a pandemic, the fact that I was able to have everything shipped directly to our door with contactless delivery made my life so much easier
Outdoor Holiday Decor
Want to hear something crazy? We’ve owned three different homes, but have never put up exterior decorations for the holidays. That ends this year. Since our front porch is very small and completely uncovered, I knew I wanted to keep things simple while using products that could stand up to the elements.
Enter this beautiful 7.5 ft LED angel standing proudly next to our front walk and a gorgeously full pre-lit wreathhanging on our front door. These were the perfect items for our home and I love the way they look – especially at night!
I tasked my husband with assembling the angel and was surprised at how quickly he had it set up and ready to go. The height of this display is truly impressive and makes the perfect statement piece for your front lawn or porch.
The wreath is battery-operated and just requires a few batteries and a quick fluff out of the box. Its 30-inch diameter is the perfect size for our front door, and I love that it has a few different settings, including a timer!
Potted Flocked Christmas Tree
It may seem funny to some, but one of the things I think about whenever we’re looking at a new home is how it’s going to look at the holidays. This home was no different. From the first showing we had here, I thought a potted Christmas tree would be the perfect addition to this corner. I never got around to adding one last year, so this year I made sure to include one! This one is the perfect size at 6.5 ft tall and about 40 in. wide. While you can certainly decorate it with ornaments if you’d like, I’m in love with the way it looks on its own.
Decorating Our Entryway Table
The small table in our entryway is one of my favorite spaces to decorate and, as one of the first things our guests see, one of the most important! I was able to achieve the look I was going for with a pre-lit 3 ft flocked Christmas tree and a beautiful white poinsettia arrangement. I love the look of this downswept tree and the height it adds to the table. It would also be such a great addition to a dining room sideboard or even a fireplace mantle! It looks so pretty lit up as well.
No entryway table is complete without a floral arrangement in my opinion and I absolutely fell in love with these pretty white poinsettias. They come ready to go in a sturdy ceramic vase and I think they add the perfect amount of holiday flair to this small space.
What makes garland ready for a banister? A few things: battery-operated lights so you don’t have to worry about running cords around your stairs, realistic greenery and plenty of length. This garland checks all those boxes and the fact that its flocked had me swooning from the start. I was able to decorate our railings without any additional hooks, tape or accessories by simply tucking or wrapping the shapeable garland around the existing features and hardware. Voila!
The Perfect Wreath
This beautiful 36 in. flocked wreath is battery-operated and comes equipped with a timer. It’s the perfect addition to your front door, windows or even above your mantle! I plan to use it as-is, but it would also make the perfect base wreath for additional picks, ornaments and figurines.
Neutral Accent Items
I wanted to make our foyer look and feel a little extra cozy. So, I chose a couple of neutral accent items to decorate with. We usually keep a green plant in a basket on the floor, but for the holidays I’ll be removing the plant and replacing it with this insanely soft knitted blanket. This throw looks adorable in a basket, but would look equally as pretty draped across a sofa, comfy chair or even the foot of a bed!
I also chose this natural jute area rug to place under our front door and went with a large 4×6 size to add some nice texture to the space. I think a jute rug is the perfect statement piece for neutral lovers like me!
It was so much fun taking part in this year’s style challenge with The Home Depot! I hope this post provided you with some holiday greenery ideas and inspiration for decorating this holiday season!
Pack up the pumpkins and bring out the holiday lights! Caitlin Swanson of Caitlin Marie Designhas all of the tips and tricks you need to add some holiday cheer to your front porch — thanks to some holiday decor help from The Home Depot!
Decorating our exterior for the holidays is a first for us this year, and I couldn’t be more excited! This festive space came together easily with a faux wreath and trees, Christmas lights and front porch essentials from The Home Depot. Let’s take a look at all of the details and I will include styling tips along the way. Then, I’ll share some nighttime photos so you all can see it sparkle!
Mixed Greenery for a Natural Look
One of my favorite elements of holiday decor is all of the greenery! I decided to keep things simple with this gorgeous faux mixed pine wreath and two artificial trees. They capture the natural, winter woodland look that I love with no upkeep, and will last for years to come!
The pretty wreath includes battery-operated lights to give our porch a magical glow in the evening, and its generous size fills out the door. Tip: When it comes to scale, make sure you choose pieces that are large enough to make a statement.
Second, I added these cute copper lanterns for warmth and shine! Here they are all together so that you can see the sizes. This set of three LED candles is the perfect match. Tip: Decorating with pieces of varying heights and materials, adds interest.
For a touch of fun, I included this 5-foot LED snowman! My kiddos love him and he was so easy to set up. For even more winter wonderland charm, we hung icicle lights along our roof. You will get a better look in the night time photos! Tip: Check out these light clips for attaching lights to your shingles or gutter.
Natural Winter Wonderland Exterior Decor
Here are a few more photos of the completed space! Which piece is your favorite?
It’s so hard to choose favorites, but the mixed greenery wreath is definitely one of mine! I can hardly wait to see this space dusted with fluffy snow. Now, let’s take a night time look.
There is nothing like that magical, night time sparkle when it comes to exterior holiday decor. I had so much fun designing and styling our winter wonderland exterior for the season and hope that you found it inspiring! The Home Depot has everything that you need to decorate for the holidays. Find these festive items and others online and in the store! For more home inspiration, I would love to have you visit me at Caitlin Marie Design. Hoping your season is merry and bright!
The holiday season looks a little different this year. Kids may not be able to visit Santa and his helpers, but who says Santa can’t stop by and visit them. The Home Depot challenged Torie Kadiri of ScotsHill House with transforming her yard into Santa’s Workshop, check it out below.
The Holidays and winter are my absolute favorite time of the year. We love spending time as a family creating arts and crafts of every kind. I was elated when The Home Depot invited me to create a Santa’s Workshop themed space for the Holiday Style Challenge. We have been spending a ton of time at home lately and this gave me an opportunity to transform a space and create a fun environment to make memories for the season.
Ordering and Shopping
The Home Depot has everything you need to decorate your home for the holiday season and this year I chose to shop online. Their mobile app is amazingly easy to use. I used the shopping list feature to plan my project, which made adding items to my cart when it was time to order such a breeze. The mobile pick up option was the perfect solution with my busy schedule. It was also great to have decor shipped to my home in no time.
My style is typically neutral, and I love a minimalist theme but the Santa’s Workshop theme definitely had me thinking in color.
Decorating The Space
I started out with decorating the space right outside the window of the main room. This LED Yultide Lane Tinsel Snowmanis the cutest and provides a warm welcome with just the right pop of color. It is the perfect addition to your yard decor for the season.
Santa’s Workshop is never complete without a directional sign to go with it. I created this quick DIY with lumber, spray paint and tools from my local Home Depot store. It was fun and easy to make and was ready in no time.
I decorated the window with this gorgeous wreathfrom the Royal Easton Collection. The wreath comes adorned with festive ornaments and ribbon. It is also pre-lit with a timer which is great for your indoor or covered outdoor spaces.
Beyond the window is the workshop space. In this space you can find this Starry Light Flocked Tree.Standing at 6.5 ft this tree comes ready with a nice base attached and is the ideal addition to your home for the holidays.
I added these LED Fir Wreathsto complement the tree. These also come pre-lit with a timer as well.
The minute I saw these antique milk bottles, I knew I had to have them for the workshop. The merry messages, acorns and holly berries are wonderful for the theme.
I kept the table simple by adding this mini flocked treeto complement Santa’s work tools.
To the corner of the room sits a basket with a plaid woven throw.This soft throw is perfect for the holidays.
Gifts are also an especially important aspect to any workshop. I decorated by wrapping old boxes with builder’s paperand ribbon that I had on hand.
I also created this train using wood crates, poplar rounds, rope and eye hooks. This DIY was also super easy and can be used for your indoor or outdoor as well.
The Full Reveal
Creating the Santa’s Workshop themed space was a dream. It was so much fun. A huge thank you to The Home Depot for inviting me to participate in the Holiday Style Challenge and for sponsoring this project. You can shop for all your holiday needs at The Home Depot.You can also check out my blog at ScotsHill Houseor follow me on Instagramfor more DIY tips and tricks.