Manda has a tiny garland of tin bells that pairs so sweetly with simple greenery for the perfect Christmas decor. While I was searching on Amazon a couple weeks ago I found a few different kinds of tin bells that I always look for at craft stores and antique shops and fail to find! I ordered a batch to use for a couple DIY projects but just had to start off with a garland of my own! Under five minutes to put together and I can’t wait to use it after the holidays too!What you need:
-Tin Bells (I used these but you could try these or these too!)

How to make it:
-Cut jute to desired garland length.
-Tie loops in the ends of the jute to use to hang from and trim ends.
-Attach bell to the jute by pulling a loop of the jute through the loop of the bell then grabbing the other ends of the jute through the jute loop, pulling it all through and pulling it tight.
-Repeat for each bell.
Now I can’t stop singing “Ding, dong, ding, dong. Christmas bells are ringinggg.”


  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 1:35 pm

    Kelly Mahan - This garland looks amazing!! I love the rustic look and cozy it makes the place. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel


Small Christmas Tree + Simple DIY Wooden OrnamentsFor the last 4 or 5 years, we’ve had some kind of small tree in addition to our real Christmas tree. I usually tend to pick something a little more ‘Charlie Brown’ style; last year’s was a simple bare branch, other years they look pretty similar to the one in this post. I’ve been wanting to plant more trees around our property, so this year’s small tree is one I’m hoping will survive (I’m terrible at remembering to water my plants regularly!) and then can be planted (and survive after that!). The longer this little guy has been sitting in my living room though, the more I’m liking having only a small tree. (I’m turning into my mother – hey mom!πŸ‘‹πŸΌ) I’m not sure I can get the boys on board with it…each year on our tree hunt I try to find a small, scraggly tree; but I’m always out-voted in favor of a big, full tree. 😜
I’m keeping this year’s small tree simple by wrapping the bottom in kraft paper (it’s a paper bag – so easy!), tied with black twine, and decorated with some very simple-to-make wooden ornaments. Watch the video below to see the making of the ‘tree skirt’ and ornaments – I’ve included written out steps below as well for those that prefer that – and be sure to follow along on the Darby app for more of our videos!

Small Christmas Tree + Simple DIY Wooden Ornaments @themerrythoughtKraft Paper Wrapped Tree: rip the top half off a brown paper bag. Crinkle paper bag slightly (to give it a more weathered, rustic look), place tree in bag and tie with black twine.
Small Christmas Tree + Simple DIY Wooden Ornaments @themerrythoughtWooden Ornaments:
– wooden beads (I used hexagon and round)
– jute twine
– scissors

Directions: Cut off small strand of twine and string through bead. Knot ends and trim off excess twine.Small Christmas Tree + Simple DIY Wooden Ornaments @themerrythought
What do you do for a Christmas tree? Real or faux? Big or small? Or some of both??



DIY Crochet Cat Bed @themerrythoughtKitkat seems to be living the life around here. Gettin’ all sorts of fancy things made for him. He picked well when he showed up on our porch. 😼 I saw a knit cat bed a while back and it looked super cozy and I thought Kitkat might need one. His other bed is actually in sad shape, it was a little too small for him and the edges got quite bent from the little chunk. Plus it wasn’t cute, at all. So I asked my niece Kailey if she might be able to make one, and she happily obliged and whipped this up! Her knitting/crocheting projects are just the best and we’re so glad she’s willing to share them here!DIY Crochet Cat Bed @themerrythoughtI had Kailey make this bed pretty big. Kitkat’s a big guy and I wanted him to have plenty of space. It’s about 20-inches around. And it has a liner inside it, so it’s extra comfy on the bottom. So if you’ve got a cat that needs a present this Christmas πŸ˜‰, or maybe cat-lady friends that you don’t know what to get for them for Christmas, this bed is just the thing! It’ll make everyone happy, it’s cozy for the cat and nice to have laying around your house!DIY Crochet Cat Bed @themerrythoughtDIY Crochet Cat Bed @themerrythoughtDIY Crochet Cat Bed @themerrythoughtMaterials:

-9 skeins of Loops & Threads “Chunky” Heather Gray. (Approximately 240 yards total)
-US Q(15.75mm) hook
-Tapestry needle


Abbreviations used:

HDC-Half double crochet
DC: Double Crochet
SS: Slip stitch
MC: Magic circle

Note: The first chain two of every round does not count as a stitch.

1. Work 12 DC into magic circle, SS to first DC to join. (12)
2. Chain 2. DC 2 in same stitch and in each stitch around. SS to first DC to join. (24)
3. Chain 2. 2DC in same stitch. *DC in next 2 stitches, 2DC in next stitch; repeating from* to end. SS to beginning DC to join. (32)
4. Chain 2. 2DC in same stitch. *DC in next 3 stitches, 2DC in next stitch; repeating from* to end. SS to beginning DC to join. (40)
5. Chain 2. 2DC in same stitch. *DC in next 4 stitches, 2DC in next stitch; repeating from*, to end. SS to beginning DC to join. (48)
6. Chain 2. 2DC in same stitch. *DC in next 4 stitches, 2DC in next stitch; repeating from* to end. SS to first DC to join. (56)
7. Chain 2. HDC into front loop of same stitch. HDC into front loop of each stitch around. SS to first HDC.
8. Chain 2. HDC into same stitch and each stitch around. SS to initial HDC to join. Tie off and weave in ends.
9. Repeat Row 8 till desired height.


Repeat rows 1-5 and tie off. Place inside cat bed.

If you want to make the bed larger, simply continue with sequence of stitches after row 6 (ex: row 7a would be- 2DC in one stitch, DC in next 5 Stitches), adding one more DC between every 2DC each round you increase.DIY Crochet Cat Bed @themerrythoughtDIY Crochet Cat Bed @themerrythoughtFind other cat DIYs here: DIY Cat Hammock | DIY Cat Toy. And here’s a few of our favorite knitting/crochet projects: Knit Plant Cover | Crochet Delicates Bag | Crochet Hanging Planter | Easy Chunky Knit Baby Blanket.


  • Friday, November 17, 2017 - 2:04 am

    wedding photographer cornwall - This is such an awesome idea!! But well out of my league skills wise! Love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Monday, November 20, 2017 - 6:59 am

    Yooying - Thank you for sharing the pattern! This gonna be a nice Christmas gift for my cat. One month till Christmas and it’s enough for a crochet newbie like me to try this bed.ReplyCancel


Favorite Things Giveaway @themerrythoughtHey friends! Today we are so excited to be sharing this giveaway with you! We’re collaborating with some amazing blog friends and all giving away some of our favorite things. In 11 separate giveaways! So there’s lots of chances to win! Take a few minutes and enter for a chance to win a sweet little gift – a few goodies to treat yourself with this holiday season! πŸ˜‰Favorite Things Giveaway @themerrythoughtSo what exactly are our favorite things in these photos? A tote bag from the new Hearth & Hand line at Target. We know these just came out, but we seriously already love this bag so much. The colors, the material = πŸ‘ŒπŸ½. (Everything from this new line has us swooning!). A pretty notebook to jot down some rad ideas. A lovely pair of scissors. A delicious Festive Fir scented soy candle. And we of course had to throw in something from our new shop – a set of brass magnets!Favorite Things Giveaway @themerrythoughtYou can enter to win our giveaway in the Rafflecopter below, and then be sure to check out all the fantastic giveaways on the other blogs linked below! And a big shout out to our friend Amy, from Delineate Your Dwelling, for hosting the giveaway this year!

Favorite Things Giveaway @themerrythought

Lovely Indeed | The Merrythought | Squirrelly Minds | Alice + Lois
Delineate Your Dwelling | Pars Caeli | Design Improvised
Idle Hands Awake | Lulu the Baker | Cloudy Day Gray | Tell Love + Party

a Rafflecopter giveaway
*Giveaway ends 11/22/17 at 12am EST. Open to U.S. residents only, sorry.

Good luck! 😘

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 11:54 am

    Amy | Delineate Your Dwelling - I adore that Hearth and Hand bag! Thank you for joining me on this fun giveaway.ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 3:12 pm

      Manda - Thanks for hosting Amy! 😘ReplyCancel

  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 1:34 pm

    Jossie - Such a fun giveaway!Thank you! I keep eyeing that bag everytime I go to Target!!ReplyCancel

    • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 3:12 pm

      Manda - It’s the best, isn’t it?! Thanks for entering – good luck! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 3:08 pm

    Jessica | Petal + Ply - Such a gorgeous haul!ReplyCancel


DIY Flannel Placemat @themerrythoughtFlannel season is still in full swing around here with the last of the leaves falling. So recently when I saw a bunch of sweet flannels while shopping I had to pick up a few yards to make some cozy DIY projects! Today I’ll show you how to whip up some super easy flannel placemats to use for upcoming holiday gatherings, gifting, or everyday coziness!DIY Flannel Placemat @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Sewing machine

How to make it:
-Decide how large you want your placemats to be and add 1″ to the height. I cut out 18″ x 15″ rectangles to end up with 18″ x 14″ placemats.
-Measure and cut out piece of flannel.
-Along the 15″ sides create a frayed edge by pulling strands of fabric out until you have the desired amount of frayed strings along the sides.
-Take the top of the fabric and fold down 1/4β€³ and iron, fold again 1/4β€³ and iron (so the raw edge is hidden) and pin in place.
-Straight stitch about 1/8β€³ in along both seams to hold in place.
-Repeat the same steps with the bottom side.
DIY Flannel Placemat @themerrythoughtDIY Flannel Placemat @themerrythoughtDIY Flannel Placemat @themerrythought-Caitlin

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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 2:00 am

    Julia - Lovely diy! πŸ™‚ReplyCancel