Will You Dare to DIY?

If you’ve read NewlyWoodwards for any length of time (and thank you if you have), you may remember a little link party I host each December called “Dare to DIY.” It’s a fun series of parties to motivate us to DIY projects through Thanksgiving and Christmas – and to do it together. It’s a great way to complete some of those holiday projects and meet new blog friends.

Here are a few of my projects from last year. You can also check out all the link-ups.

Well, I think the fourth year of this series of blog parties is going to be the best yet!
And why, you ask?
Because this year, I’m joining forces with three of my favorite bloggers –
Michelle at Decor and the Dog.
Rachel at Maybe Matilda.
Chelsea at Two Twenty One.
We’ll all be co-hosting the parties this year. Which means more projects and more fun!

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.

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 Monday morning)

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 Monday morning)

Dare to… entertain!

DIY something for your table. This could be something from last wee’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 Monday morning)

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 Monday morning)

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?

If you want to participate, sign up below.


  1. says

    i was literally starting to email you yesterday asking if you were going to do it (because i would be sad if you didn’t!) but then i worried you didn’t have time and i didn’t want to make you feel bad. i totally should have known better! :)

  2. says

    Very excited for this. Although I might have to opt out of the Give date… I am going to be making something extra special for my niece due a few days after that, and don’t want to ruin the surprise. You should have one for the week after Christmas with more handmade gifts!

  3. says

    I’m nervous for committing to do this, but I’m excited because I think it’s just the inspiration I needed to get crafting!!!
    Thank you for hosting 😀


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