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Great Ideas — 20 JOYful Projects

While I had a great time yesterday at the cookie exchange,

I, like most of us, have had the tragic events in Connecticut (and other places around the world)

weighing heavily on our minds.

I hugged my little family a little tighter,

and I found joy in the beauty of the projects I looked through this weekend.

In fact, that’s what I love about this DIY/decorating/craft community:

we are all trying to bring joy and beauty to the world

and to share it with each other.

Here are some projects that lifted my spirits

this weekend.

Thank you for sharing them with me — and all of us.

Our hearts are with those families that are suffering. If you would like to donate, The United Way has set up a fund to help the families and community of  Sandy Hook/Newtown, CT.

And please keep sharing JOY with the world.

Joyeaux Mantel @ Bliss Bloom {Blog}

Joy to the World Wreath @ The Space Between

Vintage Santa Printables @ The Scrap Shoppe

Chicken Wire Christmas Tree @ A Diamond in the Stuff

Celebrate the Light Canvas @ Eat.Sleep.Make.

Vintage Chic Christmas Tree @ It’s Overflowing

Gingerbread Fondue Family Night @ Shaken Together Life

Our Christmas Foyer @ Lookie What I Did

Christmas Countdown @ Organize & Decorate Everything

JOY Christmas Mantel @ Tattered and Inked

Joy to the World Banner @ Silver Boxes

Candy Cane Mice @ Mom on Timeout

Red & White Christmas Mantel @ Meeha Meeha

Santa Bento Lunch @ Creative Food

Joy to the World Banner & Mantel @ Love, Pomegranate

Christmas Light Canvas @ Ask Anna

DIY Gifts @ Design + Fluff

Waterless Snow Globes @ The DIY Dreamer

Eclectic Christmas Mantel @ Imprintalish

Holy Night Mantel @ The Ironstone Nest

Anthropologie-Inspired Gift Wrap @ Homemade Ginger

Bead Board Trees @ Adventures of a DIY Mom

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There are SO many more holiday ideas and inspiring projects linked up this week.

Come over and see the amazing ideas.





  1. A wonderful round-up… definitely lifts my spirits! Thank you so much for featuring my Joyeux Mantel. Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  2. Michelle | Creative Food says:

    Thank you for featuring my Santa Bento Lunch!! After this weekend it is nice to take a moment and look something other than the news. All of these projects are wonderful and lift my spirits too :)

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my Christmas countdown. My kids love it and I love how colorful it makes my kitchen. Merry Christmas!

  4. I needed a laugh the elf legs out of the lamp …..LOL fun thank you
    I went way over the top, with a old door, one side all Christmas fun

  5. Love them all!

  6. Thank you so much Jen for including me in this awesome round up! So many great Christmas ideas, I love it! :)


  7. Thanks so much for featuring my Joy to the World Mantel! I appreciate it! And thanks for your kind words about the CT tragedy.

  8. Thank you so much for featuring my Joy Mantel!! Always an honor :) So happy to see some joy this weekend!!

  9. I do believe the whole countries Heart aches for those precious families and their loss. Thank you for sharing some very Joyous crafts with us!

  10. Thanks so much for featuring my vintage Santa prints, Jen! I hope your cookie exchange was a smashing success! :)

  11. My heart goes out to the families. Thanks for sharing some brightness.

  12. WOW!!!! Thanks sooo much Jen for featuring my Waterless Snow Globes!! xoxo

  13. Jen – thank you for featuring my gingerbread fondue family night … it is even more special right now! What joyful features! Happy weekend!