Create a Festive Holiday Dining Room
DIY touches, from a textured table runner to turned wood candlesticks, lend this spirited eating area welcome warmth
The best way to turn your everyday dining area into a festive spot for winter celebrations? Rev up your DIY skills. The cheerful room shown here features seven handcrafted projects—including a gold-edged runner and birch bark-wrapped candles—most of which you can assemble in less time than it takes to set the table. Combined with weathered wood furniture, rustic accessories, and colorful pops of green and orange, they create an unfussy space that captures the warmth of the holiday season. Read on for how to adapt these creative ideas for your house.
Download and print our stencil template for the craft wood conifers.
Take table legs and bun feet from the floor to the mantle by turning them into candlesticks. Use a paddle bit to drill holes for tapers; to secure the pillar, we twisted it onto the screw that came with the bun foot. Finish by staining the wood in a bright hue. Furniture legs and feet, $5 to $15 each and Minwax stain, $11; lowes.com
To build these playful trees, download and print our stencil template. Trace onto ½-inch thick plywood. Cut with a jig saw, sand, then prime and spray-paint—we used a dull gold for a subtle gleam.