Maybe Matilda: Will you Dare to DIY?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Will you Dare to DIY?

This Thanskgiving and Christmas season is about to get a lot more fun and creative for me (and after you read this, I sure hope you’ll join in and make it be more fun and creative for you, too.)

Do you know Kim from Newly Woodwards? If you don’t, may I kindly suggest that you should?

Every December, Kim hosts a Dare to DIY series (this will be its 4th year) that helps motivate and challenge participants to tackle DIY projects through the Thanksgiving and Christmas season . . . and to do it all together, motivate each other, make new friends, and get things done that we might procrastinate or give up on if we didn’t have each other to help.

(Here are some of Kim’s projects from last year’s series! This makes me want to crank up some Christmas music. Jeff would be annoyed. I’ll do it after he leaves for work.)

Kim was sweet enough to  invite some friends to help host the series this year. And she’s sweet enough to include me in the list. This year, the series will be hosted by:

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards

Michelle @ D├ęcor and the Dog

Chelsea @ Two Twenty One

. . . and me! @ here!

Here's the plan:

Each Monday, the link party goes live for that week's Dare to DIY challenge. You can link up as many projects as you wish, as long as the posts correspond with the theme of the week. You can link up on any of the four blogs listed above.

The linky will stay live through Wednesday. Later in the week, each of us will spotlight at least 3 projects we loved from the week on our blogs. We'll also pin those projects on our shared Pinterest board.

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The only rules:

1. Please follow the Dare to DIY theme of the week (see below).

2. Please link back to Dare to DIY on one of our blogs.

3. Please go to at least one other blog and comment. This is a party. So get to know a few other bloggers.

And here are the themes - starting in less than 2 weeks. Dare to do it, baby. Dare to do it.

Party Date: Monday, Nov. 19

(Link goes live Sunday night around 6 p.m.)

Dare to… be thankful!

DIY a thanksgiving project to remind you to be grateful during this season. Ideas include a Thanksgiving advent calendar, artwork and banners.

Party Date: Monday, Nov. 26

(Link goes live Sunday night around 6 p.m.)

Dare to… entertain!

DIY something for your table. This could be something from last week's Thanksgiving table or a new Christmas look. Get creative and use things in new ways. Or go true DIY and make something totally new. Ideas include place mats, table runners, place cards or centerpieces.

Party Date: Monday, Dec. 3

(Link goes live Sunday night around 6 p.m.)

Dare to… give homemade gifts!

DIY a gift made by you. Nothing is more special to give than something you created, so share projects that will be go in brown paper packages this holiday season. Ideas include bath and body items, kitchen gifts, hand-sewn clothing or home decor. 

Party Date: Monday, Dec. 10

(Link goes live Sunday night around 6 p.m.)

Dare to… deck the halls!

DIY something new to deck your halls. Did you find something in a catalog that you wish you had? Wreaths, stockings, pillows or advent calendars? Make it! Inspire us all to do the same.

So, what do you think? Will you dare to DIY with us this holiday season? I hope so. I’d love to have you involved!

If you want to participate, sign up below.


  1. Im already planning (in pencil) what my projects will be, hurray!

  2. New follower here from Michelle, Chelsea and Kim! Can't wait for this! :)

  3. As if I don't have enough to do before Christmas, you had to spring this on me?! Ok, fine :-) Sounds like a lot of fun, I'm jotting down ideas already!


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