12 Holiday DIY Décor Ideas From Your Basement & Garage

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Sometimes you don’t have to go any further than a closet, basement or garage to create some new and interesting holiday décor or gift ideas! Here are 12 decorating and gift items I made from stuff around the house! Take about BUDGET FRIENDLY!  Enjoy! Joanne

old staircase spindle ornaments copy

Here are some old stair spindles I had in the basement. I cut them and pulled some berries from a fake fall wreath. Instant Christmas tree ornaments.

second hand towel vintage ribbon joanne palmisano

Holiday dishtowels always get pulled out each year. This year, I tea dyed a couple and added some vintage ribbon I had in my sewing kit. I gathered the top a little, sewed the ribbon across it and created an instant apron.

silver and green wreath

Fake greenery and left over holiday décor — plus some plumbing handles I found in the garage. Glued them all on a wooden wreath (can use cardboard circle) and voilà — Christmas wreath for your front door.

Holiday DIY by Joanne Palmisano

You know the plastic and ceramic colorful figurines, Santa’s, angels, snowmen, that sit in the bottom of your holiday bin? Get your silver and gold spray paint out — glue on a hanger (I used some left over craft bells) and more tree ornaments.

Wreath Christmas MISFIT TRINKETS

This is what I call the bottom of the holiday bin wreath. Seriously! I pulled all my Christmas bins out and grabbed all the broken ornaments, scraps of ribbon, pieces of fake berries and even a holiday necklace (the hanger) and created the WREATH of MISFIT TRINKETS…which hangs on the door on the island of MISFIT TOYS. :)

Sea Shells by the Sea Shore Holiday Ornament by Joanne Palmisano

For all your coastal lovers — who doesn’t have a box or two full of shells you collected? Well, I just cut out a cardboard shape of a seahorse and glued on shells. A fun gift DIY for the cottage owner or beach lover on your list.

metal holiday ornaments joanne palmisano

We had even more plumbing handles in the garage. Add some ribbon, spray them and a little glitter and these become industrial style holiday décor.

Holiday DIY table setting place holders

This is really scrounging around the basement. More holiday figurines, some wine corks and left over tile from a project. Create some table setting name place holders.

table runner holiday

Dozens of mismatched glassware, jars and vases — not to mention a garland of fake greenery pulled apart and a old scarf and I’ve created an instant holiday table runner.

Holiday Mailbox DIY Joanne Palmisano

What to do with that old metal mailbox? Create a holiday card holder! Paint the whole thing white, then using painters tape and some gold spray and you have instant stripes! Letters to Santa is another way to use it!

chalk paint holiday DIY coasters Joanne Palmisano

Scrap lumber cut into coaster size, then add some chalk paint and draw on some fun holiday shapes! These make great holiday DIY gift ideas as well.

Holiday wool pillow DIY joanne palmisano

And old wool blanket, a left over pillow and a piece of a moth eaten hunter’s jacket (washed first, of course). I just hand stitched the pieces of wool together to give it a rough edge look! Instant holiday pillow with a hunter plain stocking on the front! Ta Da!

costume jewlery upcycled into christmas tree ornaments by Joanne Palmisano

Here are 19 MORE Inexpensive, rustic holiday ideas DIY’s I made for DIY NETWORK!

Special Holiday Offer on Salvage Books

BEST BOOK DEAL EVER! The Publisher (W.W. Norton) is offer a holiday special– 40% off when you buy both books. Use code…HOLIDAYSS…at the checkout! Get this great deal while it lasts!  Thanks.  Happy Holidays! Joanne

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Ideas by Joanne Palmisano

 

Nature’s DIY Ornament, Acorn Hearts with Red Ribbon, Weekend Project

Acorn Heart Ornament by Joanne Palmisano

Perfect timing! It’s Friday and if you want to get out into the woods this weekend and pick up some acorns, pinecones and twigs to make some holiday décor here is an easy DIY you can make with the acorn caps.  (Plus, 19 more DIY’s below!)  Have fun! JoanneAcorn Heart Ornament by Joanne Palmisano

First, find some eager souls to join you in the woods to find the acorns. Bring the large dog that looks like a bear...that'll keep folks away. Thanks to my sister, Julie and my daughter, Gabrielle, we collected a ton of acorn caps.

First, find some eager souls to join you in the woods to find the acorns. Bring the large dog that looks like a bear…that’ll keep folks away. Thanks to my sister, Julie and my daughter, Gabrielle, we collected a ton of acorn caps.

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I washed and dried all my acorn caps but that’s optional. Look how many we got!

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I used an old cutting board (to drill into), a drill with a small bit, wire cutters, and some galvanized steel wire–easily found in the picture hanging section of the hardware store.

Drilling Acorns

Then slowly I drilled a hole in each of the acorn caps — which took the patience of a Jedi! Drill close to the center. Then string on the wire, changing which direction they face sporadically. (Of course, you don’t have to make as many as I did.)

acorn ornaments holiday diy idea

Twist the ends of the wire together with the wire cutter pliers and tuck it under the end of the heart. Then form the heart with your hands — the wire is very malleable. Then get some old ribbon (I cut my in half) and hang near the top of the heart and tie.

 

folk art acorn heart.

I also made an extra large one to sit on top of my extra large vintage dictionary. You probably can’t see it but the page is opened to LOVE — I know — corny. :) It’s like a folk art piece. I used cooper wire on this one.

WANT TO SEE MORE HOLIDAY DIYs? I just finished a bunch for DIY NETWORK.

costume jewlery upcycled into christmas tree ornaments by Joanne Palmisano

Here is just one of the 19 Rustic, Inexpensive, Holiday DIY’s I did for DIY NETWORK. Check them out here.

 

 

Design Books, Holiday Gift Ideas, Vintage, Inspired, Collectable, Style…

Holiday Design Book Ideas

There is something special about giving and receiving books for the holidays. Not only is it a great gift idea but they are easy to shop for (and wrap). I’m thrilled to say my books have received some amazing reviews here in the United States and abroad. Check out these inside pages and see what all the fuss is about :). There are many locations to buy them, including Amazon.  It would mean a lot to me, if you considered giving one or both of my books to your favorite designer, homebuilder, architect, or lover of all things vintage, antique and recycled. Published by W.W. Norton, Photography by Susan Teare.

Holiday Design Book Ideas

Holiday Design Book Ideas

Sample Pages of SALVAGE SECRETS DESIGN & DECOR

Commercial spaces with unique salvaged and vintage décor.

Commercial spaces with unique salvaged and vintage décor.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor

You will walk away with hundreds of decorating ideas for your own home.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

Full of color, spaces and unique ways to decorate.

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Stunning DIY ideas that cost next to nothing. Step by step pictures included.

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Romantic, Bohemian, Rustic, Country, Modern…all these styles and more are featured in Salvage Secrets Design & Decor

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She sheds are so hot today…this shed turned guest cottage, is just one of the bright and cheerful spaces featured in this book.

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Modern Farmhouse is hot right now and this home is a stunner. There are over a dozen homes featured in the book, with details on how they got their style and where they shop for their treasures.

Salvage Secrets Design & Decor by Joanne Palmisano

More DIY’s and ways to style your table tops and salvaged finds.

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This Southwestern Home and Northeastern home show two totally different ideas — but a common theme — can you guess it?

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You have got to love this cottage on the water outside of San Francisco. Quaint, cozy and oh so, creative. See the whole house in the book.

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Glamorous uptown New York City apartment shows that you can use all vintage, salvage and reclaimed and still look like a million bucks! You don’t want to miss the rest of this apartments and the homeowner/designers favorite places to shop in NYC.

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Salvage Secrets, Transforming Reclaimed Materials Into Design Concepts

Lighting…this book shows how using salvaged and recycled materials can create some of the most unique lighting available today.

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From reclaimed wood floors to vintage gates as décor, this book goes from A to Z when it comes to adding salvage, reclaimed, recycled and vintage to your home.

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Design ideas, romantic settings and amazing photography by Susan Teare, this book will inspire you.

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List of Tips, Design Ideas, Where to Shop and how creative you can get…

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Sometimes it just takes one unique piece to create a focal point. Also — details on materials — how and when you should use them.

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Houses from East to West are featured in this book. Each with their own style.

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Retro, Rustic and Places to Shop

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Sometimes the styling can be simple if the design is gorgeous all on its own. Recycled cabinets and sink make this kitchen a stunner!

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How to use reclaimed stone to adding special touches to your kitchen.

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Even the smallest piece of wood can be reclaimed. This book is all about the simplest ways to make recycling fun, creative, unique and good for the earth.

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Giving Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving

It has been another amazing year of family, friends, new places and new faces. Here are a few that I want to share with you. There are so many more and I hope to share with you some incredible folks, their work and designs over the next few months. Until then, thank you for your support and kindness. My best, Joanne

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DIY Holiday Gift– Make Your Own Stone Cheese Platters

Here are the finished products. Great holiday gift ideas!

 

Here are the finished products. Great holiday gift ideas!

Here are the finished products–soapstone and marble cheese platters. Great holiday gift idea!

How much fun am I having making holiday DIY gift giving crafts with my husband and daughter! Rarely can I get them to work with me on my DIY’s but this time Steve suggested it! Say what! “I’m sorry… did you say you wanted to make DIY cheese platters for gifts for our family and friends?” Well, not only are we making those but we’re putting together some fun crafts for his company’s holiday craft fair sale. Our table is going to rock with vintage signs made by Gabrielle, stone cheese platters and trivets by Steve and I and of course some fun wooden coaster made by me!  So get creative with your family this Thanksgiving weekend!

Here is the pile of left-over, scrap stone pieces we had. We had the soapstone left over from our kitchen counters and the scrap marble pieces I picked up at my local stone yard -- they always have scraps in the back.

Here is the pile of left-over, scrap stone pieces we had. We had the soapstone left over from our kitchen counters and the scrap marble pieces I picked up at my local stone yard — they always have scraps in the back.

Steve rented a wet tile saw from Home Depot. We have a small one but the stone was pretty thick so we decided a heavy duty one would be better. Don't me intimidated by this saw -- it is pretty easy to use. Lots of easy step by step instructions online  and the hardware store will also give you some directions.

Steve rented a wet tile saw from Home Depot. We have a small one but the stone was pretty thick so we decided a heavy duty one would be better. Don’t me intimidated by this saw — it is pretty easy to use. Lots of easy step by step instructions online and the hardware store will also give you some directions.

Using the guide on the tile saw, Steve lined up the stone and gently starts to cut the rough edge off. Some of the stone pieces we had only needed one side to be straightened out.

Using the guide on the tile saw, Steve lined up the stone and gently starts to cut the rough edge off. Some of the stone pieces we had only needed one side to be straightened out.

As you can see Safety comes first! Look how handsome he is!  A couple that crafts together, stays together :)

As you can see Safety comes first! Look how handsome he is! A couple that crafts together, stays together :)

So here is the pile of stone pieces after they have been cut. Now it is time to soften the edges.

So here is the pile of stone pieces after they have been cut. Now it is time to soften the edges.

Using a wet sanding block specifically for tile, running the water over it as you go, sand down the edges to give them a rounded feel. Scrap out the stone dust from the sink after -- better it not go down the drain.

Using a wet sanding block specifically for tile, running the water over it as you go, sand down the edges to give them a rounded feel. Scrap out the stone dust from the sink after — better it not go down the drain.

We used super slider feet for the bottom. And some seriously strong glue. Then I pressed them into the back -- at the four corners.

We used super slider feet for the bottom. And some seriously strong glue. Then I pressed them into the back — at the four corners.

I laid them all out on beach towels, with the bottom facing up, to make sure it dried completely before I added the feet. Once you put the feet on, use glue as well as the self-adhesive on the back of the feet. Then stack a piece of stone on top of it to ensure it adheres to the back. Let dry for a few hours before finishing it up.

I laid them all out on beach towels, with the bottom facing up, to make sure it dried completely before I added the feet. Once you put the feet on, use glue as well as the self-adhesive on the back of the feet. Then stack a piece of stone on top of it to ensure it adheres to the back. Let dry for a few hours before finishing it up.

 

After the feet were dry and I added mineral oil to the soapstone pieces, I added a cheese spreader and ribbon to the stone pieces.

After the feet were dry and I added mineral oil to the soapstone pieces, I added a cheese spreader and ribbon to the stone pieces.

Then I printed some fun pictures I took and made tags out of them by using food cardboard boxes and a glue stick.

Then I printed some fun pictures I took and made tags out of them by using food cardboard boxes and a glue stick.

Okay, so everyone now knows what they are getting for the holidays. Oh well, it doesn’t change the fact that these are made from our very own hands and they come from our hearts.

Soon, many more of my holiday diy/crafts are going to be LIVE on DIY NETWORK. Hope you follow the blog to make sure to see them!

Hugs, Joanne (and Steve)

P.S. I really hope you get a book or two for your favorite readers on your list. Here a few I recommend :)

Some holiday book ideas for the readers in your family, chefs, cooks, designers and DIYers will love these books!

Some holiday book ideas for the readers in your family. Chefs, cooks, designers and DIYers will love these books!

 

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