DIY Tomato Cage Holiday Card Holder in Redbook

Alrighty folks, so there are DIY’s like the dresser we repurposed in last month’s Redbook (complicated), and then there are “you don’t have to know the difference between a flathead and a phillips” DIY’s, like this one. You know how much I love a really simple project that is not only cheap but high impact. So with that said and drumroll please… I present to you ladies and gentlemen – the Holiday Card Tomato Cage Display. Get to it.

I love holiday cards (I’ve GOT to get on them!!) for the same reason we all love facebook – the ‘Ooh, I wonder what they are up to?’ syndrome, and we are just getting of the age where people actually send them to us. So this is a simple, fun, and totally useful project that you can make with your family. All you need is a few simple tools, some trim, and all of those cute christmas cards that you are already starting to receive in the mail. Is it just me or are they coming earlier and earlier this year? When do you all have the time????


So, here is how its done:

Redbook Emily Henderson DIY Holiday Card Holder Tomato Cage 2

Items Needed:

Tomato Cage – (we picked ours up from Lowes, but they can be sourced in many different sizes both online and at your local hardware store)

Spray Paint – (choose whatever color you want to go with your home decor – we used white)

Clothes Pins – (you can find mini ones at Michael’s, Target or JoAnn’s Fabrics – in lots of different colors, too)

Pom Pom – (we made ours use some yarn and one of the many tutorials that you can find online or you can purchase one here)

Ball Trim Fringe – (this could be substituted out for rope, twine, ribbon, fringe or any other decorative element that you want to add to your tree, we ended up using about 2 yards for our tree)

Hot Glue Gun


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1. Spray Paint: we spray painted our tomato cage white so that it would go with my holiday theme this year, but you can paint yours any color that you want so that it goes with your other decorations.

2. Wrap and Glue Trim: using a hot glue gun you will attach the ball fringe to the supports of the tomato cage. When you get back around to the beginning of where you started you can trim the excess with some good scissors, glue it down and move onto the next part of the tree.

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3. Attach Pom: We used one of the many online tutorials to make our the pom-pom that decorated the top of our tree. You could also use a bow, a tree topper, or anything else to hold the three open wires of the tree together.

4. Decorate with your Cards: now its time to actually have fun (as if you havent been having a ball already) and decorate out your new holiday card holder with all of your holiday cards. You could also pin-up photos, ornaments, or anything else to get this tree looking festive.  Redbook Emily Henderson DIY Holiday Card Holder Tomato Cage

Resources: White and Gold Pillar Candle Holder: Target | White and Gold Tree: Target | White Vase: Target | Wood and Brass Console: Vintage | Cards on Tree: Green White and Brown: Tiny Prints (no longer available) | Blue Stripe | Black and White Joy | Black and White Noel | New Years: | all others are custom

And just so you can see how much we obsess over every little detail in the pic we created a fun little GIF so that you can see our process.


One of our favorite things is when the issue finally comes out and we get to see all the photoshop changes that the editors decided to make after we sent them our final images. Here you can see some of those changes. I mean who knew that when you flip through the pages of a magazine even professionally styled and photographed images are then altered even further to fit the page, layout, and magazine better.

Redbook_Emily Henderson tomato cage side by side

This is what we noticed:

Pom Pom changed from gold to pink, ball trim changed from silvery lavender to pink, extra holiday cards added and saturated, wall color changed to blue, entire card holder made skinner! What did you catch that we might have missed?


Thanks to David Tsay for the beautiful after photography, and don’t forget to check out all of our other DIY projects below:

Side Table Ikea HackDIY Towel Ladder Embossed Velvet Heart PillowOffice Wall PocketsDIY Tree Slab Table, DIY Basket Pendant, Table Runner


Target Styling Video: Chapter 6

The next Target Holiday video is up today, you guys, and its channeling my inner goth. Its about decorating for the holidays with black, white, a little bit of whimsy and a lot of Target. Duh.

Target Holiday Emily Henderson Black White Gold Dining Room cake

We styled the tables with a blog of black, white, gold and silver. These shots are tricky because this kind of styling is best with dim lights, candles lit, moody ambience and lots of people canoodling – not hot overhead studio lighting. But you can still see the beautiful product shining through.

Target Holiday Emily Henderson Black White Gold Dining Room cake and plates
Target Holiday Black White Gold Dining Room Emily Overall

The set was shared with the last holiday video about styling with unconventional colors and everyday items. Its a bit more dramatic, but also great because the color palette is more year round, with very few ‘just holiday’ items in there. For this video it was more about a circular buffet table, not a sit down dinner party but more desserts and candies displayed on a table. Obviously you could have drinks, apps, cheeses, etc, but we had to make room for a lot of good holiday decor so we kept it to just deserts and candies.

Target Holiday Black White Gold Dining Room Emily Lights1

This string light chandelier idea inspired my own garland-on-chandelier idea at my own house. I’m not totally sure how we plugged them in (i’m anticipating your questions, here) but i’m assuming we rigged it up because we were on a set. You could put a conduit on the ceiling (they are sticky) or white tape it to the ceiling down the wall. Oh, don’t we all just wish we could live on a set where all your cord problems disappear?

Target Holiday Emily Henderson Black White Gold Dining Room deer tabletop candles

I looked around yesterday and I officially have 4 of those deer, 5 of those candles stands, 2 of those gold dipping bowls, the polka dotted napkins and the white/gold mini hurricanes. There is no black in my house this year (we are keeping it low contrast over here, check out some sneak peeks that we were playing around with). All resources at the end, don’t worry.

Target Holiday Black White Gold Dining Room Emily Cake1

Target Holiday Black White Gold Dining Room Emily Train

For a while we tried the idea of putting a toy train around the table. It worked in theory but because all the colors were so dark and the ‘snow’ was so lumpy, it just looked kinda janky and sad. But good idea and next year we will be racing a train around the tree, I promise.

Target Holiday Emily Henderson Black White Gold Dining Room pillar candles

Target Holiday Emily Henderson Black White Gold Dining Room overhead

Target Holiday Emily Henderson Black White Gold Dining Room plates

Target Holiday Black White Gold Dining Room Emily Door Knob

White and Gold Deer: Target | White Gold Silver Napkin: Target | Black and Gold Star Tray: Target | Silver and Gold Dip Bowls: Target | Black Candle Sticks: Target | White and Gold Pillar Candle Holders: Target | Silver Cake Stand: Target | Gold Tray: Target | Gold Bowl: Target | Gold and Silver Beaded Place Mat: Target | Bottle Brush Tree: Target | Snowflake Bowl: Target | Black and White Dessert Plates: Target | Silver Snowflake Candy Dish: Target | Mercury Glass Dinner Plate: Target  |

The chandelier is vintage. :)

Enjoy the video, folks!

The final big kitchen makeover post

For those that read the blog often (THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH) you have kinda seen the ‘before‘, ‘process’ and some of the ‘afters‘ of the kitchen in various posts. But since its been 9 months since we started the process I wanted to do one big epic ‘THE KITCHEN MAKEOVER’ post so it’s all in one place. I find that when I’m reading makeover blogs I like to be reminded of the before and other posts often so I don’t have to click all over the internet to get the full story. So let’s get into it (briefly, don’t worry):

Here is what our kitchen looked like after we moved in.

Yes we had a toaster over that we baked almost all of our food in because the oven didn’t work. Also, does anyone need a toaster oven?



The formica countertops were bad (although EXTREMELY durable) that flooring had already been replaced (I actually can’t remember what was in there – linoleum or bad wood flooring maybe? The cabinets were simple and nice – just needed refinishing and new hardware (which sounds easy and of course wasn’t … keep reading).  Plus all new appliances, faucet and sink. No knocking out walls or any major reconfiguration. Easy peasy, right?


We started with the demo. We had dudes to do it, don’t get me wrong, but Brian and I kinda got our hands dirty on this one because we thought it would be fun. The blue taped up mountainscape is a failed backsplash design you can see here so just ignore that.


Also demo-ing is pretty satisfying. and strangely easy – well if you are as strong as us – VERY. Of course the removal of it is annoying (which is why demo-ing can be kinda expensive, hauling and dumping ain’t cheap, folks). Next up was installing the new countertops.

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In case you haven’t done this before here is how it goes: A granite/marble dude comes in and measures, then gives you a quote (I believe mine were around 3k for the materials and installation. OUCH) and they make a template out of paper. Then they cut, glue (the sides to the top) and polish them at the shop and then bring them in three pieces to install and cut holes for the sink and stove. Look how instantly different the kitchen looks.


Holiday Decorating and Gifting with TinyPrints

Well turkeys, we are back from Thanksgiving break, and the holidays aren’t going to decorate themselves. As you probably know Tiny Prints has a ton of personalized christmas cards (and lots of other customizable holiday gifts) but this year they launched their customizable home line which I’m here representing (remember my Tiny Prints studio launch party?)  – and I’m getting my serious (bedroom eyes) pose on to do it:

Emily Decorates with Tiny Prints

So, I teamed up with them again to show off some of their pieces as both gifts and decoration and we styled them for their new Emily Henderson for TinyPrints landing page. We are going to use them as part of our Christmas decor in our house this month (stay tuned for that, shooting that this week). All these custom pieces have a bit of a lead time (8 business days typically – which is kinda two weeks) so you do need to think about doing it this week or next week to get gifts/decor in time.

First up are the acrylic blocks which I love. Sure, you don’t exactly need a whole tree of them like we did for this shoot, but they are just so simple and modern that they can work with so many different styles and feel really high-end and permanent, whereas pictures in frames have a more temporary (and therefore kinda less important feel). I just hope that all of my family members don’t care if they get one of Charlie, Brian and me because I have a lot to give out after this shoot – or hoard secretly. Don’t worry, I’m keeping like 15 of them.

Emily Henderson Holiday Tiny Prints acrylic block christmas tree instagram

I think this would be such a fun gift idea for all your family or friends at your dinner party – you style them like a tree and then they all take one home after the party or dinner as their christmas gift. And then your Uncle Rico thinks it’s a game of drunk jenga and tries to pull his from the middle without disturbing the rest of them, and just in ‘Uncle Rico fashion’, fails. They are just so thick and heavy, in a really good way.

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Next up are these glass ornaments that we styled as place cards on this pretty little holiday table.

Emily Henderson Holiday Tiny Prints pink gold copper tablescape

Its kinda the same idea – get them made for a dinner party as placecards, and then each person can take them home. You can embellish these more with words on them (like Joy and Merry) and they come in different shapes, but I love the simple circle and square glass ornaments tied with a pretty ribbon (or yarn, twine or leather).

Resources: Tiny Prints Customizable glass ornaments | sparkly placemats | rose gold flatware (sold out so I linked to gold flatware) | pink tumblers | linen napkins | pink vases | blush salad plate

Up next we have their custom wrapping paper – which at first I was like, do we really need custom wrapping paper? And then I saw the patterns and the potential and thought ok, maybe i do need custom wrapping paper, and then I saw it in person and I wanted to mod podge it onto every surface of my house. It’s funny because we often make custom wrapping paper (painting, stamping, photo-copying patterned fabric) so this isn’t that much more expensive or time-sensitive. Plus there are just so many more uses for it.  You just upload the photos that you like (they can be from instagram and facebook) and viola – you get this awesome photo paper that you can use in a lot of different ways.

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I really love using this as a table runner. It instantly makes your table unique, draws your party goers in, and its pretty affordable for something so custom. You can buy them in two different sizes – 6′ and 10′, both being 2.5′ wide. So, we split the width because you really only need your runner to be 15″ inches wide any way and then you get double the length. You could cut them up as placemats, too (and get them laminated at your local office/mail store for around $7 each). For a dinner party it would be really fun to get all of your friends photos (pull them from their Instagram, that’s what we did) and put them on the runner – or if you are getting married, it’s a super affordable/clever idea for your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception runners. Meanwhile for this Brian and I will probably use more as a gift wrap because it’s just a tad narcissistic for us to just sit at our own dinner table with like 95 photos of us and that baby. Right?

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We chose to do black and white to keep the color palette simpler so we could add more color/styles on the table – but you could print in color and then keep the palette of your table simpler.

Get yer own personalized wrapping paper here (and no, creep, you can’t have mine). They have many more patterns, including this tree one that I love. And then, guess what? You don’t need cards or tags saying who it’s from because its photos of you ALL OVER THE BOX.

Resources:  Custom wrapping paper/table runner Blue placemats | blue patterned plates | gold salt and pepper shakers | black and white dinnerware | flatware, blue glassware, wood and brass cutting board and christmas balls are all vintage from my inventory.

Emily Henderson Holiday Tiny Prints Custom Wrapping Paper

Lastly we have these custom herringbone throw blankets which are super soft and pretty. Super luxurious throws make really good gifts any time because its something that people tend not to splurge on themselves. And customizing them with their initial, last names or even ‘mimi and papa’ which we did, makes them feel special while they are snuggling under their cozy throw thinking about how much you must love them to make them this pretty blanket. It’s a win win.

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Charlie Henderson stopped by the shoot to visit. He wasn’t supposed to be on camera which is why he’s wearing sweats that are clearly way too big for him, (I fired the sitter immediately). But as I was taking this shot he wanted to play with the presents and then it just seemed CRAZY not to get a cute little photo of this dude, smiling at the camera, shilling for mommy. Kidding. Or am I?????!!!!!

To see the whole Tiny Prints collection that I curated click here and then check a lot of the product that I’m talking about in action at our studio party.

Happy customizing folks and thanks to Cyber Monday, the kind folks at Tiny Prints are giving you 40% off all cards by using the code CYBER40. (Offer ends 12/2). Get on it before you are those people paying for 2 day service (yes, they have it).

Target Styling Chapter 5: black/white and teal holiday living room

It’s happening, folks. Christmas, I mean … is happening. I’m like a walking hallmark movie over here, getting crazy sentimental about this Christmas. I could cry at any moment because I’m just so excited to make/force memories on everyone in my life. You’ve been warned.

These photos are all from the video shoots in September, but I did start decorating our house last week which is so early but my excuses are that I’m a blogger (so the posts need to be up soon) and I’m a new mom and therefore am obsessed with creating and solidifying manipulative holiday memories in that little almost-one-year-old brain. Sure, he won’t remember it on his own but with me shoving the photos and videos of his first Christmas in his face all year, for the next 5 years, I’ll make him remember. I’m just that good of a parent.

Anyway, enough about that kid and my neurosis. What about the first Target Holiday video?

_Holiday Target Emily Henderson Holding Ornaments

That’s me. Hosting away, looking all ‘wanna be 80’s Martha’ – in a good way. I loved 80’s Martha. Heck, I love current Martha. Wait. Sit down. HOW HAVE I NOT DRESSED AS 80’S MARTHA FOR HALLOWEEN BEFORE!!!!??? I practically have her wardrobe in my closet, right. now. How different could it possibly be from my Judith Light costume? Or my 1982 ‘Breaking News Reporter Costume?‘ Not that different, folks. Just a tweak of the hair and a pop of collar. God some things in life are just so easy while other things are just so hard. This is easy, now waiting now til Halloween to debut said costume will be haaaarrrdddd.

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Christmas Tree

Anyway, friends, the holiday product from Target is soooooo good. But you need to know this – THE BEST STUFF WILL SELL OUT. I’m warning you because so many of you were bummed that the gold ball task lamp, cement vases and the rose gold flatware all sold out so fast. So this is me, telling you, my friends, to go ahead and buy now even if you aren’t going to decorate til normal people do (the day after Thanksgiving, right?).  All the links are at the bottom of the photos (if they’re are sold online) or obviously go to your local store. It doesn’t matter, just do it fast if you want them before all those white and gold pedestal candle holders, white resin deers, garlands and gold candle holders are gone. There is a ton of other really cute things too, just not in this color palette so if this style isn’t your thing they have a ton more. I should know, I bought it all (steer clear of the Eagle Rock Target til they restock).

Check out the video folks, and then keep reading the post for all the photos and resources:

Furthermore, I firmly believe that the only way that we can really justify the time/effort/money it takes to decorate for the holidays is to start as early as possible so that you really get to enjoy it. If you wait til December 20th, then you have like only 5 days of enjoying it – well you can do the math, obviously. I’m just so excited!!!!

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Wrapped Boxes Side Table

This is our  ‘Yes and Noir’ Christmas – because we wanted to bring in a bit of black into this holiday scheme – I’m punk rock like that. At first it was just black, white and gold but it was a bit harsh so we added all these aquas and teals and it became much more lively and happy. It’s like I’m unable to not have color.

And yes, we put wrapping paper underneath the glass in the coffee table and the barcart. So easy, festive, cute and cheap. Do that.

_Holiday Target Emily Henderson Coffee Table and Presents

In fact I like to take larger boxes (they could be actual presents or not) and wrap them as fun/whimsical makeshift cocktail tables, for some serious bang for your buck holiday decor. You can stack them in the shape of a tree in the corner (or for your photos backdrop) – you can put them near your entrance, or next to your sofa. Of course your young children will be taunted and teased and then gutted when they find out it’s the empty box to your dustbuster from 4 years ago. But meanwhile you got some pretty big fun boxes to prop around your house in whatever colors you want. You don’t have to put a huge bow on top if you want to use it as a table, but I do like to use ribbon so it really looks like a gift.

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Decorating Tree

Christmas Tree: Silver and Gold Ornaments: Target | Blue Ornaments: Vintage | Crate Paper Garland: custom-made with white and black crate paper from Target | Tree Topper: Target | Mini Paper Bowties: Target

_Holiday Target Emily Henderson Bar Cart and Presents

That barcart was barely seen in the video so no, that is not a fully styled barcart. To check out my barcarting skills you can watch The View today (11am on abc) and then you’ll really see what you can do to your barcart. Because I can really DO THINGS to barcarts.

Black and Silver Tree Wrapping Paper: Target | Silver and Gold Dot Wrapping Paper: Target | Gold Grain Wrapping Paper: Target.  Gold Tray: Target |Mercury Glass Mason Jar: Target |Bottle Brush Tree: Target | Mercury Glass Owl: Target | Barcart: Target |White Ice Bucket: Target | Gold Rimmed Wine Glasses: Vintage | LED Birch Tree: Target | Black and White Dinner Plates: Target

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Holding Present

Oh hey, wanna-be-80’s Martha. Why don’t you decorate your tree with that soft little smile on your face (also thank you Danielle for doing my hair and makeup all natural like that – stay tuned for the video we just shot that shows how to put natural looking makeup on your face).

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Decorating Tree BTS

I’ve learned to ‘always look pleasant’ even when I’m concentrating hard, because you never know when the camera is going to get that best shot and you don’t want to be the one that ruins the photo. I mean, let’s be honest, I’m generally pretty chipper (please don’t utter that word that rhymes with ‘ubbly’) – as you probably suspect, so it’s not uncommon for me to have a smile on my face, but I’m still conscious to have a ‘pleasant’ look on my face. When you are by yourself in a shot you don’t want to be maniacally laughing or goofily grinning because then it’s just sooo obvious that it’s set up.

Meanwhile if I don’t keep that pleasant look on my face I look either a. disinterested, b. asleep or c. like a sociopath – as exhibited by these three photos.

_Holiday Target Emily Henderson Outtakes

I love a good outtake. Almost as much as I love a bookcase full of holiday cheer:

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Shelf Styling

Top Shelf: Gold Hurricane: Target | Silver Mercury Glass Tray: Target | Agate Stone Bookends: Target

2nd From Top Shelf: Agate Stone Bookends: Target | Deer Head Figurine: Target | Mercury Glass Owl: Target | Santa Snowglobe: Target | Glitter Tree: Target |

3rd From Top Shelf: Deer Figurine: Target | Bottle Brush Tree: Target | Birch Tree: Target | Cake Stand: Target | Black Candle Stick: Target

Bottom Shelf: White Hurricane: Target | Mercury Glass Mason Jar: Target | Glass Small Tumbler: Target | White Bar Set: Target | Blue Dip Bowl: Target |

As you can see everything is from target – just some pieces can be purchased/found online and some not. Some are discontinued or sold out already. I’m sorry!!!

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Side Table Gold

I already bought a LOT of Target holiday pieces (yes, they give me gift cards) and what Charlie is responding especially enthusiastically to is all the faux fur because it’s so, so, so soft. We are doing a whole ‘white winter wonderland glam’ theme so they are perfect in the house and Charlie is obsessed. He rubs his face on it like a cat rolling around on his back, scratching an itch – just back and forth moaning and smiling. It’s so cute. So I decided to model it for you:

Before you guys ask about the sofa again – it’s a rental and I believe its vintage and unable to be purchased because it’s from a prop house. I’m sorry!

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Fur Pillow

Gold Side Table: Target | Grey Fur Throw Pillow: Target | Gold Chevron Pillow: Target | White Fur Throw: Target | White Throw Pillow: Target | Black Star Tray: Target | Blue Dish: Vintage | Coffee Table: Target 

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Coffee Table Accessories

I love that gold wood grain wallpaper on the coffee table, so cute. Nate Berkus for Target scissors, and all that wallpaper is Target (although I tried to find some of it last week and our Targets didn’t have very much left, so if you find it, grab it). The turquoise bowl is vintage.

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Coffee Table Wrapping Paper

And yes, putting ornaments in a bowl is an acceptable form of pretty and simple decor. It’s like flowers, but will last all month.

Let’s talk mantel (because you know I love to style a mantel – as shown by this video and this video). For above the mantel we found a simple pretty wreath from the Smith and Hawken line at Target and added printed out instagrams of family to it with clips. I wish it were like 6″ bigger but its such a pretty wreath (and one you can use again and again).

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Wreath Instagram

And then we styled the mantel with my favorite silver dollar eucalyptus and those gold and white pedestal candle holders that I’m obsessed with.

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Mantle Overall

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Mantel Deer Stocking

Gold and White Pillar Candle Holder: Target | Fur Stocking: Target | Silver and Black Snowflakes: Target | White Deer Figurines: Target | Gold Candle Holder: Target | Birch Bark Wreath: Target

And there you have it – our first holiday styling video and photos. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions!

Holiday Target Emily Henderson Living Room White Gold Blue

In case you missed the first four videos, you can watch the intro to the series, styling with neutrals, mantel styling,  fall tablescaping, and three easy centerpieces. 

Meanwhile, do you want a sneak peek into the next 4 videos that have yet to come out? Check out this video:

Thanks for watching, guys. I hope you are enjoying watching them as much as I enjoyed making them – although I think that might be impossible. It was VERY fun, indeed.

Here’s a bunch of crediting because the team involved was HUGE: Nick and Todd from Target – I love you guys. Nancy – you are so wonderful to work with. Chris from Partners in Spade -you are my soulmate. Meg, the production designer killed it, while Scott, the official prop stylist on the job, is always indispensable – I literally need him in my life emotionally and feel very lucky that you get hired on so many jobs with me. Plus 65 other people including Ginny, Brady, Danielle Walch (hair and makeup) and Jordan Rudd (wardrobe stylist).