DIY Snowflake Christmas Trivets

DIY Snowflake Christmas Trivets

Hey there, everyone!  It’s Katie again from Addicted 2 DIY.  I’m back with a Christmas tutorial that can pull double-duty as both Christmas decor and a useful accessory for your big family gatherings.  I don’t know about you, but in my family finding a spare trivet during Thanksgiving or Christmas meals is about as hard to find as an extra serving spoon.  We often find ourselves short one or two and holding hot dishes of food, while trying to decide if it’s cool enough to set on the bare table.  I decided that making my own simple and pretty trivets would solve some problems.  The fun thing is that you don’t have to just use these pretty snowflakes as trivets.  You can hang them as Christmas decor if you like!

snowflake trivet

To make these, purchase plywood (a 1 – 2′ square piece is all you need) or you can use scrap wood.  I used 3/4″ plywood. However, you can easily use 1/2″ or even 1/4″ if that’s what you have on hand.  It’s all about saving money this time of year, right?

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STEP 1:  Size your snowflake templates however you would like and cut them out of cardstock.

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How Energy Efficient is Your Water Heater?

How Energy Efficient Is Your Water Heater? | Pretty Handy Girl

Let’s talk more about energy efficiency today. Did you know that your water heater can be one of the biggest energy hogs?

How Much Energy Your Home Uses

It’s true! That conventional storage tank water heater works all day to keep your water hot. If the thermostat senses the temperature dip below the set temperature, it turns on to heat the water again. This goes on all day and night regardless if you are home or not. And until recently, water heaters had very little insulation. This meant that cold air in your garage or crawlspace would wreak havoc on the water heater making it work that much harder to keep that tank of water hot. It makes sense that this is one of the least efficient systems in your home.

New government guidelines have been established to require all conventional water heaters (tank storage style) to be more energy efficient. To achieve these higher standards, newer tanks have built in insulation. Sounds great, right? Not entirely. If you are replacing your old water heater with a new one, the same gallon capacity water heater takes up more space and may not fit in the same spot. This means you may have to purchase a new water heater that doesn’t hold as many gallons. This is a real problem if you have a crawl space water heater. It’s a good idea to plan ahead and replace your water heater before it dies. Your new water heater may even pay for itself by being more energy efficient than your old one.

What’s a homeowner to do? Well, first and foremost you need to determine if it’s time to replace your current water heater. Take this simple few question quiz to help you determine if you need to think about replacing your water heater. Go ahead, I’ll wait right here. [Continue reading…]

35 Upcycled DIY Gift Ideas

35 Upcycled Gift Ideas | Pretty Handy Girl

Plain glass jars, an abandoned door, a rickety ladder, or stray drawer. These aren’t items most people would envision as beautiful gifts. But we aren’t most people. We like creating unique, one-of-a-kind gifts that add beauty to a space in our homes instead of landfills.

Hi, it’s Colleen from Just Paint It, back with 35 Upcycled DIY Gift Ideas. This collection is guaranteed to spark your creativity to repurpose ordinary items into extraordinary gifts!

Upcycled Plant CartUpcycled Plant Cart


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How to Install a Chandelier

How to Install a New Chandelier | Pretty Handy Girl

Do you love all the light fixtures in your home? If not, do you wish you knew How to Install a Chandelier, so you don’t have to hire an electrician to do it? Today your wishes will be answered! You know that moment when you see the perfect light fixture and you know you HAVE to have it […]

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DIY Door Stop with Handle

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Hi Pretty Handy Readers!  Jaime here from That’s My Letter sharing a quick and easy scrap wood project.  Today I’ll show you the step by step tutorial for how to make a DIY Door Stop with a Leather Handle. They say necessity is the mother of invention and this is clearly a case in point.  My […]

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50+ DIY Gift Ideas

Washi Tape Gift Idea

Hello again, it’s Colleen from Just Paint It with another fabulous homemade gift collection. Today we have 50+ DIY Gifts for practically everyone on your list! This is a diverse group including painting, quick crafts, woodworking and so much more. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of inspiration. Have fun checking these DIY Gifts out! Washi […]

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Gift Ideas for the Creatives on Your Wishlist

Fiskars Duck Edition Scissors

The holidays are fast approaching and I’m sure there’s someone on your list that fits the “creative” description. That special someone desires something opposite of the normal gifts that most people will enjoy. He or she may be a hipster or a hippie but regardless, I have you covered with these great gift ideas for […]

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DIY Log Bird Feeder

Give your feathered friends a treat from spingtime through winter. Make this easy-peasy DIY log bird feeder with one tool and a few basic materials by Prodigal Pieces for Pretty Handy Girl #prodigalpieces

Hello PHG readers! I’m Larissa coming to share with you from my spot in the blogosphere, Prodigal Pieces, where DIY is the name of the game. Today, I’m going to show you how to create a special treat for our feathered friends. The best part is that this can be a family fun activity to […]

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Welcoming Larissa as Our New Contributor

Larissa of Prodigal Pieces

I’m so honored to have some of the best DIY Tutorial contributors on the web. This month, we’re welcoming Larissa to the Pretty Handy Family. Larissa is the creative blogger at Prodigal Pieces. If you haven’t met Larissa yet, she’s a talented woodworker, crafter, gardener, painter, etsy shop owner —and as if that wasn’t enough — […]

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21 Sew Special Gifts (You Can Make)

Coffee Lover's Snowflake Gift Set

Hello again, it’s Colleen from Just Paint It!  I love making gifts for the holidays, and receiving them too. There’s something so meaningful when you know someone has invested their precious time in a gift. Today I have 21 Sew Special Gifts. Even if sewing isn’t your specialty, you’ll find a wide assortment of projects […]

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The Best Piece of Furniture for My Growing Son

La-Z-Boy Leah Sleeper Chair and a Half

Can we take a moment and talk parent-to-parent? You know how parents of grown children will tell you to cherish the moments you have with your children because they grow up so fast. You know it’s true, but you can’t really fathom the speed until you look back at photos that seemed like they were taken […]

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How to Winterize Your Rain Barrel

How to Winterize Your Rain Barrel

Hello friends. It’s Jessica, from Decor Adventures with some easy tips to get your home ready for the cooler months ahead. I’ll show you how to winterize your rain barrel, which goes perfectly with Brittany’s recent guides on ways you can keep your home warm this winter and how to protect pipes from freezing. Rain barrels have been […]

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11 Ways to Keep Your Home Warmer this Winter


That bugger, Old Man Winter is peeking around the corner. He’s ready to put the chill in your bones and push drafts through every little crack in your home. But, you can be ready for him. Is your home truly as energy efficient and secure from drafts as you think it is? Here are 11 […]

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Let’s Have a #DIYCourage Blab

DIY Courage Blab with Kayleen McCabe

I have some exciting news! #DIYCourage is moving to a new format. We’re going to be hosting our first Blab tomorrow night: Monday, November 2nd at 5:30pm PST/ 8:30pm EST. What’s Blab you ask? It’s a fun place to chat with other followers AND you can pop into the video chat with us when a […]

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Protect Pipes from Freezing

How to Protect Pipes from Freezing | Pretty Handy Girl

In the same vein as Monday’s post about adding insulation, let’s continue preparing for winter. While you are under the house looking at insulation, take notice of your water pipes. Are they insulated too? If not, it’s important to protect your water pipes with foam insulation to prevent them from freezing.  Here in North Carolina, we’ve […]

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DIY Stacking Storage Cubbies

These DIY Stacking Cubbies are a great storage solution for stuffed animals, shoes, and more! The plans and tutorial make it easy to build as many as you like!

Hey everyone!  It’s Katie again from Addicted 2 DIY.  Today I’ve got a project to help keep things organized around the house.  These stacking storage cubbies are perfect for stashing away those growing stuffed animal collections, shoes, toys, books, etc.  They were so simple to build and they are easy to customize to fit your […]

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Is Your Home’s Insulation Ready for Winter?

How Easy it is to Install Insulation in Your Home | Pretty Handy Girl

The folks at Duluth Trading Company want you to stay warm and comfortable this winter. They have sponsored this post to help you get your home ready for winter.  And to help you stay warm and comfortable while taking on these energy conserving tasks. Winter is fast approaching and now is the time to check […]

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FREE Mobile Backgrounds for My Email Subscribers


I’m so excited to share three mobile phone backgrounds for you to download. I designed them using beautiful colorful fall images from my home tour on Friday. In today’s social media atmosphere, more platforms are picking and choosing what to show you. Did you know that out of 60,000 Facebook fans, only 200 – 300 fans […]

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Fall Home Tour 2015

Fall Home Tour 2015 | Pretty Handy Girl

When I got back from my extended stay in Houston (after my sinus surgery), I was so anxious to decorate for fall. All those magazines I’d been perusing and all the beautiful Instagram photos had me craving some beautiful autumn decor. It took me a few days to get my energy back after I got […]

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