Maybe Matilda: Dare to DIY 2013!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dare to DIY 2013!

It's Dare to DIY time!

Do you remember the awesome link party holiday celebration I helped host last year? Dare to DIY is a fun series of link-ups 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.

The fifth year of this series of blog parties is going to be the best yet, because Kim of NewlyWoodwards—the brains behind the Dare to DIY series—has invited some buddies to join in and host along with her. If you don’t know them yet, say hello to Cassie at Primitive and Proper and Michelle at Decor and the Dog (as well as Kim at NewlyWoodwards, of course!)

We'll each be hosting one week at our blog and we'll have an awesome giveaway each week for one of you! That means more projects and more fun!

Here's the plan:

Each Monday morning, the link party goes live for that week's Dare to DIY challenge at the blog listed above. You can link up your best project (or two). Just remember that the post should correspond with the theme of the week.

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. And one of you will win a special prize! 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). You can share up to 2 projects.

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!

Party Date: Monday, Nov. 25: Dare to… be thankful!

(Link goes live Monday morning at Primitive and Proper)

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

Giveaway: One of you will win 1 artisan enhancement 8 oz leaf and foil, 1 artisan enhancement 8 ounce clear topcoat, 1 copper gilding wax, 1 silver gilding wax  and 15 feet of foil from Catfish Studio.

Party Date: Monday, Dec. 2: Dare to… entertain!

(Link goes live Monday morning at Maybe Matilda)

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.

Giveaway: One of you will win 50 free Christmas cards from Tiny Prints.

Party Date: Monday, Dec. 9: Dare to… give homemade gifts!

(Link goes live Monday morning at Decor and the Dog)

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.

Giveaway: One of you will win a free stencil from Royal Design Studio.

Party Date: Monday, Dec. 16: Dare to… deck the halls!

(Link goes live Monday morning at NewlyWoodwards.)

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.

Giveaway: One of you will win $100 from Red Envelope.

So, what do you think? Will you join us and dare to DIY?


  1. The blogosphere won't even know what hit it.

    And I should probably get to crafting!

  2. OHMYGOSH. i'm so excited! I want to win all of those things too!

  3. Yay! SO excited to host and so happy you are part of this. You rock!

  4. So glad I found this! I am really excited!

  5. Yeah! I'm pumped for this series!

  6. I love this idea! I will definitely participate! I already have some ideas in mind for the december challenges :)


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