It's our holiday live stream -- catch Kevin and me get candid as we craft Christmas decorations!
I did this project using our Winslow Fir Garland and our Winter's Wonder wreath to make a "JOY" sign. The stockings are from my holiday collection at Home Decorators Collection.
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Before I share my highlights from this past week, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to those affected by the awful attacks in Paris. My thoughts and prayers go out to the many victims, their families, and to all the citizens of France during this most difficult time.

Our First LIVE-Stream Holiday Event on Facebook with The Home Depot

As many of you know, during the holiday season, I usually travel to different cities to do Christmas demonstrations using my decorations from The Home Depot. This year, we decided to do our event at our studios in New York City. And to make it even more fun, we chose to stream our presentation live through Facebook; that way, many more people could see our video and learn some new ways to decorate for the holiday.

Yesterday, my executive editorial director of decorating Kevin Sharkey and I welcomed more than 30 lifestyle and crafts bloggers to join our first-ever LIVE Facebook holiday event.

I answered questions from attendees and from friends watching online. You can watch the entire video here.

First, we demonstrated how to make a kissing ball. It's a Victorian-inspired ornament that was hung in doorways or from chandeliers and served a similar purpose as mistletoe does today! We use ours in two different ways: either as a ball that you can suspend from, say, the ceiling, or as a beautiful topiary that you can use to adorn spots like your front door or mantel. You need a big Styrofoam ball to attach ornaments to using a hot-glue gun. Watch as I use a cordless drill fitted with a one-inch spade bit to drill into the Styrofoam ball itself, then Kevin takes ribbon from our holiday collection as well as other materials, like our 75-piece set of ornaments, to complete the topiary. Watch the video to see the complete demonstration for making this nonflammable piece of stunning holiday decor.

Next, we made garlands. This also requires a drill (be sure to wear safety goggles if you try this at home!) to make holes in the ornaments. We use a long needle and twine, available at The Home Depot, to string the ornaments together. Watch the video to see the tricks we use to separate the ornaments and perfect the garland designs. You'll also see our pre-decorated holiday trees, which are artificial -- but you'd never know!

As readers send in their live questions, I answer. For instance, Kevin and I talk about our favorite kinds of holiday wreaths, like magnolia and boxwood. Also, I talk about how I decorate the rooms in my homes by color for the holidays. The color of my tree this year? Watch the video to find out.

And that's not all we did during our live stream. It was such a fun time -- I can't wait to do another Facebook LIVE event with you! Watch it now!

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