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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Dressed for the Holidays!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Nov 6, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Take your holiday sweater from ho-hum to ho-ho-ho! Goodwill and WISN Channel 12 have teamed up to find the craziest holiday sweater in Southeastern Wisconsin! Simply head to Goodwill to purchase your sweater and then grab your glue gun, bangles and beads and take your sweater from basic to bedazzled. To enter, upload a photo of your creation to ulocal on WISN.com between November 11th and December 8th. We will invite everyone to vote for a winner beginning December 10th. The winning entry will be announced on WISN Channel 12’s morning show on December 20th. Four finalists will receive a $250 Visa gift card and one winner will receive a $500 travel voucher, $250 Visa gift card and tickets to Live with Kelly & Michael in New York City!

Ho-hum to ho-ho-ho is easy! You’re only limited by your imagination!

Tree Chic

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Designing a tree sweater is like decorating a real Christmas tree. You add layer upon layer. The crazier, the better!

sweaters 101sweaters 002I started with a one-sided tree. Then trimmed it with garland and battery operated lights. The sweater can get heavy really fast, so be sure to secure it tightly!

The animal print packages, rings and ornaments along with feathers make this the perfect sweater for a Christmas diva.






Reindeer Games

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Rudolph will be the highlight at any holiday party.

sweaters 005 asweaters 116I started with a basic zip front vest. I found a papier-mâché reindeer head at a local craft store. This is no time to leave well-enough alone. I spray painted the face red then sprinkled glitter on his antlers and ears.

Don’t forget to shop the Christmas department at Goodwill. That’s where I found the tinsel garland and bells.

He wouldn’t be Rudolph with a shiny nose! I glued on a foam clown nose and little battery LED light.



Icy Iridescence

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Turn a boring snowflake vest into a spectacular show stopper. Simply glue on beads, sequins, pompoms, jewels and bows. Of course, a string of bright LED lights will certainly make you stand out in the crowd.







Snowball Effect

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sweaters 088sweaters 113And for the handy-man, how about snowmen decked out in tools and fishing gear! Look for Christmas tree ornaments and decorative trims that go with your theme.  Maybe there’s a hunter, chef or artist in your family. The ideas are endless.

Topics: Goodwill, Merri Cvetan, holiday sweaters, crazy holiday sweaters, holiday sweater contest