iDIYforthis » For the gal who doesn't give a Damn but wants to look like she does!

It’s Christmas time people! Cue Mariah Carey and bring on the champs with a candy cane rim! I have waaaaay too much fun decorating for Christmas! Also, I am one lucky wifey because my hubby doesn’t care what color our house is decorated, as long as I am happy.  Smart guy!! This year I am going for blush, black and white.  Eeeek even typing that gave me chills! This project is such a fast and chic update to your holiday decor.

It’s so simple and it only took me 10 minutes to do 8 ornaments.


Things you will need:

Plain ornaments (any size) I purchased mine at Michaels.  They came in a pack of 8 for $5!

Ostrich feather trim or any feathered trim you like.  I bought my trim at a Fabric Store in Downtown LA.  Each ornament takes approx 2 5/8 inches of trim.  I purchased 2 yards because I have a few ideas for the leftover…stay tuned!

Hot glue gun





Step 1:

Measure  2 5/8 inches of trim.


Step 2:

Trim as many pieces as you need so that they are ready to go.


Step 3:

Place a small dab of glue on the start of your trim.  Then firmly press it against the ornament cap.  Continue to add glue and press all the way around until your last piece crosses over your starting piece.  Be careful, the glue dries fast.



These aren’t just for your tree…you can add them to a present, hang them from a bottle of wine or champagne or add them to personalize a wreath.


What colors are you using to decorate this holiday season? I’d love to hear what color combo you use to recreate this project.  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting,

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  • Marta Darcu - You’re such an inspiration! You always make it look like so much fun, it motivates me to dash out to my local craft store and get busy. I also appreciate the fact that you can make inexpensive items look so glamorous.

    I am in the process of moving this holiday season and to know I can “have my cake and eat it to”, is exciting. Being able to make these simple and inexpensive bulbs to make my tree look beautiful and my family feel the spirit of the holiday season is priceless!

    Thanks you Christina, you’ve made our holiday feel warm.ReplyCancel

  • Lin - These are loveuleyReplyCancel

  • Linda Heathcoat Wilcox - Fabulous is right. I like your name almost as much as the decor.
    Lovyuely. LinReplyCancel

  • Kelly Streit - So pretty! Love it! Can’t wait to see the rest of the ideas when you are on Fox 5!ReplyCancel

I love Thanksgiving! It truly is one of my favorite Holidays.  My fondest memories growing up were at my grandma’s house on Thanksgiving.  I was convinced she had magical cooking powers.  She woke up in the middle of the night to start the turkey.  By 2pm, there were tons of beautifully plated dishes on the table.  As I got older and started paying more attention in the kitchen, I discovered what my grandma’s magical cooking powers were.  Everything was semi-homemade! She just added her own flair and made sure she paid attention to detail when serving these semi-homemade dishes.  This memory is what inspired today’s post.

I get all the “feels” when I think of personalizing a gift for someone.  These simple holiday hostess hacks will be sure to leave your gracious hosts feeling appreciated and extra special.


I shared these ideas LIVE on Fox 5 San Diego check out the clip here!


HACK #1 Upgrade a Store Bought Pie! 

Things you will need:

Pumpkin Pie preferably from Costco it’s delish, HUGE and only $5.99


For the pie crust leaves

Pie Crust (Trader Joe’s)

Leaf Cookie Cutter (or any cookie cutter you like)

Step 1:

Before you roll out your dough let it get to room temperature.  If it is too cold it will tear.  Once it’s at room temp roll out your dough.

Step 2:

Press your cookie cutter into the dough.


Step 3:

Place your cutouts onto a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper.


Step 4:

Bake at 400 degrees for 7-9 minutes (watch carefully these brown quickly)


Step 5:

Place leaf cut outs on pumpkin pie.  Place as little or as many as you like.



or for the Sugared Cranberry Topping

1 12oz bag of fresh cranberries

2 cups of sugar

I used this simple recipe from for my sugared cranberries.



Step 1:

Place sugared cranberries on your pumpkin pie.  Place as little or as many as you like.  That’s it! Easy right?!?!


HACK #2 Place store bought items in something new!

Things you will need:

Costco cookies, they are delish and only $6.99!

Copper basket ($3.99) & decorative dish towel (came in a 3 pack for $4.99).  I purchased both of these items from Home Goods, they have the chicest items at great prices!


Step 1:

Place the dish towel in the center of the basket.img_5899


Step 2:

Place cookies inside.  (My niece couldn’t wait to try one!)


Don’t tell my sister but she ate almost 3 while I shot these photos.  I told you they were good!


Step 3:

Fold towel over cookies.  It’s that simple and it looks soooo much more beautiful than the plastic box they came in.img_5915



Happy Holiday Hacking,

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  • Taylor - Love these easy hacks!! Thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • Admin - Yay! I am so glad you like them! I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

I don’t know about you, but my life gets crazy busy! Sometimes before I know it, it’s been weeks since I’ve seen my girlfriends or days since I’ve responded to their texts (YIKES….I’m the worst)! So I wanted to come up with an inexpensive and thoughtful way to show them that despite the day to day cray, I am thinking of them.  I decided to pair a sweet little gift with a thoughtful card that I filled with inside jokes and all of the reasons why I am so grateful for my friends.  This really isn’t much of a DIY, it’s more of a reminder to do something sweet for your friends.


Things you will need:

Greeting cards (I get tons of fun cards from my Happy Mail subscription check it out!)

Washi Tape, Glitter, Stickers (You can use this stuff to decorate your envelopes)

Ribbons, bakers twine, string


Different types of small gifts.  I like to gift things that I wouldn’t normally buy for myself.  I added some of my favorite gifting items below.



Step 1: Pick a special card that fits your friend best!

I get a monthly subscription of Happy Mail  from A Beautiful Mess.  It includes tons of adorable cards, stickers, notecards and more.


Step 2: Decorate your envelopes with washi tape and stickers.  Just have fun with it!




Step 3: Pick something special to add to the greeting card.  I like to gift my favorite inspirational books, fancy scented soaps or gourmet chocolate bars.


These Tocca Bar Soaps smell heavenly and I am obsessed with this grapefruit SavOn de Marseille soap!

IMG_9731Unfortunately, these Compartes Chocolate Bars (the Salty Malty is my fave!) have turned my boyfriend jeans into skinny jeans.  So I guarantee they will love them!


IMG_8755Gifting beautiful notebooks or inspirational books are always a hit!


Step 4: Fill out your cards then pair them with a gift.

Step 5: Attach the gift to your card using ribbons, bakers twine, etc.

IMG_9872These sweet gifts will definitely make your friends smile and will almost make them forget how horrible you are at responding to texts.

IMG_9673My favorite book right now is Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba If you aren’t already following her, do so! Check out her blog then stalk her on all of her social media like I do.  You won’t be disappointed!


Happy Gifting,

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Holiday time screams parties.  Last minute ones with loads of delicious liquor and cookies, two of my favorite things! You can’t show up empty-handed! A bottle of wine or champs is always a good idea.  So, how about we crank that up a few notches and add some ribbon and mistletoe!IMG_3045

Things you will need:

Bottle of champagne or wine

Mistletoe (available at Trader Joes, Farmers Markets, or Flower Shops)


Step 1: Cut a piece of ribbon.

Step 2: Tie the mistletoe to the booze!

Step 3: Use that mistetoe to give someone a Holiday kiss!

Merry KISSmas!!!


If you decide to give this out as a hostess gift, I would love to see how cute it turned out.  Post it on your Instagram and add #idiyforthis

Happy KISSing,

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Christmas is definitely by far my absolute favorite holiday! My fondest memories of Christmas were when, my grandma would craft Christmas gifts for her friends.  She would lock herself in her craft room for hours.  Thinking of grandma and her crafty ways inspired me to craft something festive. That’s when I decided these Dollar Store antlers needed a little something extra.  You can’t go wrong with a two pack of antlers for $1.



Things you will need:

Plain antlers (I got a 2 pack for $1 from Dollar Tree)

Glue Gun


Ribbon (different varieties and textures)



Broken Jewelry

Fur Trim

Ostrich Feather Trim


My absolute favorite ribbon is the snowflake ribbon that I found at Paper Source in Pasadena.


Tip: I took a broken necklace and snipped off the beautiful gems to use them on our antlers.


Step 1: Lay out all of your trims, ribbons, etc to get inspired.  Before you start gluing stuff on the antlers, try different ideas to see what looks best to you.

IMG_2317 (1)Step 2: Get creative, have fun! Glue down whateva, whereva!

Step3: Your “Fancy AF Antlers” are ready to go out!


I made this one with black ostrich feather trim and 2 gems (off of my broken necklace)


My friend Amy made this beauty.  She used snowflake ribbon, pearls, and a piece of fur trim.  So perfect!



If you do this project I would love to see it.  Post it on your Instagram and add #idiyforthis I can’t wait to see what you all create!!

Happy Crafting,

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