Category: DIY

Thanksgiving Recipes – Recipe Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

These delicious Thanksgiving recipes are the ultimate way to show thanks to your family and friends! Planning the ultimate Thanksgiving dinner just got easier with the help of these delicious recipe ideas. For my family, Thanksgiving has always been about each person bringing over their favorite recipe creation.  Both of my parents passed away in the last few years,…

Halloween Car Decorations – Decorate a Car For Halloween

Car decorations for Halloween

Halloween is the time to really go all out in the way of decorations. And the decorations don’t have to stop with your home. These creative Halloween car decorations will make Halloween a mobile holiday too! Scare up some Fright with one of these Unique Halloween Car Decorations Porches, front entry steps and garden planters…

Graveyard Picket Fence – Halloween Fence Table Decoration

Pumpkin candy dish in graveyard

Are you planning on having a Halloween party this year? This graveyard picket fence is the perfect way to display your favorite Halloween sweet treats.  It would make a great table centerpiece. Nothing sets the mood for a Halloween party better than a table centerpiece with a spooky look.  And if you also have lots…

Halloween Dirt Cups – Pumpkin Patch Pudding Dessert

Dirt cups with gummy worms and pumpkins

These fun Halloween dirt cups will delight your kids in a spooky kind of way. They are super easy to make and would be fun to have on a Halloween party table. I love this time of the year. It lets me be a kid again by making fun themed Halloween desserts. Your children will love…

Halloween Door Decorations – DIY Mummy Door Decoration

mummy door decoration

Halloween door decorations turn any door in your home into a spooky entrance. This mummy door decoration is super easy to do and perfectly eerie to behold. All you need are a few supplies and your door will be a Halloween masterpiece in no time at all. The door cover will make a great prop for…

Halloween Gumball Machine – Bubble Gum Jar for Halloween

Halloween Bubble Gum Jar

This Halloween Gumball Machine is the perfect way to display candy and treats on your Halloween party table. It is easily made with some Dollar Store crafts and a terra cotta pot and saucer. I love using terra cotta pots to make craft projects. (see my clay pot snowman here.)  The pots and saucers can be…

Halloween Scary Snake Basket

Halloween scary snake basket

This Halloween scary snake basket is sure to bring screams of fright and delight to your trick or treating visitors. When I saw it on Etsy, I just knew that I had to make my own version of it for my front steps. The original project was inspired by the movie Beetlejuice. Imagine how people would jump…

Wine Cork Pumpkin – DIY Pumpkin Made from Wine Corks

DIY wine cork pumpkins

Fall is such a fun time of the year.  I get to be a kid again, making fun Halloween recipes and DIY projects. This easy to make Wine Cork Pumpkin comes together in a few hours and looks great in any fall vignette. November 5 is Color the World Orange Day. This easy decor project…

Hurricane Popcorn Table Decoration

Autumn hurricane vase popcorn table decoration

Looking for a fast and easy decoration for your tabletop for fall?  What could be easier than this hurricane lamp popcorn table decoration? This pretty vignette is made from supplies you may have on hand or outside and looks wonderful on the dining room table.  It is perfect for a fall table and can be used…

No Sew Fortune Cookies for National Fortune Cookie Day

July 20 is National Fortune Cookie Day

July 20 is National Fortune Cookie Day.  This sweet treat with a fortune inside is a popular feature that ends a night out at your favorite Chinese restaurant. It’s not often that we think of fortune cookies in the middle of the year. Other than having them as a treat at Asian restaurants, the little cookies…

Peeps Centerpiece – Whimsical Table Fun

Peeps Centerpiece

This adorable Peeps Centerpiece will be the hit of your Easter table. The project is simple to do and uses edible grass for an extra tasty treat. The kids will love helping you make this fun table decoration.  (and it will be a miracle if all the candy makes it into the jar!) Join me…

Easter Quotes for Crafts, Cards and Printables

Easter quotes and sayings

Easter Quotes are a fun way to get in the mood for the upcoming family holiday. They can be used to make your own cards. to share with your friend, or to use as part of craft projects. You can even print them out and frame them for some quick and easy Easter Decor. I’ve…

Easter Printable with DIY White Washed Picture Frame

Framed Easter Printable in a pink frame

Easter is a holiday full of thoughts of Easter eggs, Easter bunnies and all things spring.  I thought it would be fun to combine all my family’s Easter thoughts into one pretty Easter Printable for some pastel colored Easter Fun.Decorating for Easter is a lot of fun.  You can add whimsical kid-inspired items and also…

Easter Gift Tag Labels – Free Printable

Wrapped Easter Gift

Are you looking for a pretty label to use for a special Easter gift, Mason Jar recipe or Easter Basket?  Do you have a teacher that your child would like to give an Easter gift to?  These adorable Easter Gift Tag Labels will add the perfect personal touch to all your Easter gifts. These gift…

Easter Bunny Gift Bag with a Free Gift Tag Printable

Easter Bunny gift bag

Easter is such a fun time of the year for kids and grown ups alike.  There are Easter egg hunts, family gatherings and lots of opportunities to show your love of someone with a small gift, home made Mason Jar Easter cookie recipe, or a pretty gift basket. This adorable Easter Gift Bag is the…

St. Patrick’s Day Fun Food & DIY

St. Patrick’s day is almost here. What are you planning to do to show the green?  This one day holiday welcomes fun the way we welcome spring at just about the same time – with a bang! These St. Patrick’s Day fun projects bring tasty food, decor and DIY to your home for one green…

Leprechaun Hats – S’Mores Style!

Leprechaun hats

I love fun and easy holiday recipes that tell the story of the celebration by the look of the sweet treat. Desserts like this set the mood for a party and are so whimsical. It’s time for some luck of the Irish with these adorable Leprechaun Hats made with chocolate and marshmallow. It’s almost like…

St. Patrick’s Day Banner

St. Patrick’s Day is a one day holiday that centers around celebrating with friends.  I don’t normally do much in the way of decorating for this fun day, but I do like to have a bit of green around the house. This St. Patrick’s Day Banner is perfect to set the mood for a party.…

St. Patrick’s Day Printable – Irish Blessing

St . Patrick's Day printable - Old Irish Blessing

When my daughter was little, I used to decorate for all of the holidays throughout the year.  I no longer do this other than at the end of the year, but the creative side of me still likes a little bit of seasonal decor when the various holidays roll around.  This is where printables come…

Valentine Party Poppers

Valentine Party Poppers and conversation hearts

Are you looking for something fun to add to your Valentine’s Day party?  I don’t have a lot of time to devote to crafting, so easy holiday crafts are a favorite of mine. These fun Valentine Party Poppers are very easy to make, fun to fill and the kids will love to help you make…

Fun Valentine Ideas – Crafts Recipes & More

Fun Valentine Ideas

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It is a time to show your loved ones how many they mean to you in little ways. These Fun Valentine Ideas will have your home and kitchen full of romantic food and home decor ideas that will spell the message “I love you” around your home. Whether…

Wine Cork Heart Door Decoration

This Wine Cork Heart Door Decoration is perfect for a glass paneled door where a wreath won't work.

My husband and I did a make over on our front door a few years ago. Instead of a solid door, the front door now has an oval panel in the middle of it. I LOVE the way it looks, but it does make it a bit harder to decorate the front door since normal…

Wine Cork Heart Wall Hanging

Finished Wine Cork Heart Wall Hanging

This Wine Cork Heart Wall Hanging project is very special to me. It started out as a fun project to share on my blog and ended up reminding me of a very special time in my life. Using wine corks in craft projects is a lot of fun, both for the drinking and the making…

Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging

DIY Valentine's Day Wall Hanging

This Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging is inspired by my favorite Valentine’s Day candy – conversation hearts. I made two versions of it.  One has the names of my family members and the other has some conversation heart inspired sayings. One of my wall hangings is on the wall between the dining room and den. It has…

2016 Top Posts – Always The Holidays

These 2016 Top Posts were the most visited roundups and projects on Always The Holidays last year. From a mummy doorway to a scarecrow door decoration, these were all a big hit with my readers

The New Year brings us the chance to think back over last year and plan for the one to come.  Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  I do, both for myself and also for my blog. Part of that process is looking back over the year that just ended to see what YOU, my readers,…

Cork Christmas Star – Rustic Holiday Decor

Rustic cork Christmas Star

My kitchen pantry has recently been renovated and we added a rustic barn door to it.  As usual, there is a lot of left over wood for me to reclaim.  Today’s project makes use of the off cuts of light gray wood from the barn door project.  I love the way this Cork Christmas Star…