DIY Your Holiday This Year

Looking for ways to spend the holidays this year? 2020 has taught us many things and being thrifty is definitely one lesson we will be bringing with us into 2021. Luckily, this has inspired crafters to DIY their own holiday decorations this year. Whether you’re meeting in person or over Zoom, let these 5 DIY holiday decorations bring a little more joy to your life this winter.

1). Colorful Paper Ornaments

Any colorful paper ornaments will spice up your tree if that’s what you’re looking for! Creative and artistic, you’ll love to see what each family member creates. Who knows, you may end up creating a new tradition!

Here are some great websites for some inspiration:


Adventures & Preggers

The Crazy Craft Lady

2). Advent Calendar

Family DIY advent calendars are especially popular this year as they are unique, easy, and minimalist. There are many options out there for a DIY advent calendar, but how about this one? Advent Calendar Ladder – using holiday cards (new and old), an old ladder, and some other festive decor. Grab yourself some canvas bags, baker’s twine, and all of the above, and you’re set! Here’s a cute idea from Tater Tots & Jello:

3). Elegant Handmade Stockings

Got some extra fabric lying at home? Feeling creative? Need a minimalist holiday mantle? Consider sewing and creating your own family stockings! Check these ones out here from Diary of a Quilter:

4). Affordable Candle Holders

Mason Jars will be needed for this DIY project. Along with some candles, fake berries, spruce, and baker’s twine. This one is simple and the perfect DIY gift idea for the holidays, from Iowa Girl Eats:

5). Crafty Yarn Ball Wreath

You can put together this crafty wreath by using styrofoam balls, yarn, and a wire wreath form. By wrapping the yarn around each ball in different directions, you are able to make it look like an actual yarn ball! Once that is completed, hot glue the faux yarn balls onto the wire wreath form, along with some whatever holiday ornaments/decor for color contrast, and viola, you are done! This great idea comes from the website, Cherished Bliss:

6). No-fuss, no mess Christmas Tree

Hate setting up the Christmas Tree? Hate dealing with the needles? Take a stroll. On that stroll, find a set of branches to display in a vase at home. Or create your own “tree”. You can even hang ornaments on those branches. Small and large versions of this modern DIY Christmas Tree are becoming more and more common. Super affordable and eco-friendly, from Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons:

7). Hot Chocolate Corner in Your Kitchen

Set up a hot cocoa table for the loved ones in your home. You can use a festive tray and old fashioned candied jars to house the hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, and candy canes! This is the perfect time for a warm drink with the ones you love. Snuggle up, turn on your computer, and Zoom your way into the holidays. From Aspen Jay blog:


International Builders’ Show 2019

What a week! In February, we all took a week off to go to the NAHB International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. A first for the Buena Vista Builders Team, this convention was one we won’t soon forget! Hundreds of expos and tons of educational series, we left feeling like we didn’t even see half of what was there!

The International Builder Show (IBS) celebrated its 75th year this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The trade show takes place every year in either Las Vegas, San Antonio, or Orlando. “With more than 100,000 people attending Design & Construction Week® the exhibit halls were jammed and the energy was palpable. The IBS exhibit floor alone spanned more than 600,000 net square feet and featured more than 1,500 exhibitors. Attendees saw the latest in home technology products, watched live building demos, participated in hammer contests and craft brew tastings and networked with the best of best in our industry and collecting IBS swag along the way,” (Know the Show: IBS Blog).

Last week, the Buena Vista Builders team took the week off and traveled to Vegas to enjoy the trade show, sit in on education sessions and visit the Vegas attractions. The Las Vegas Convention Center is home to the three exhibit halls that were filled to the brim with vendors from all over the country. Some of the vendors that BVB visited were: Artis Wall System, BuilderTrend, Builders Lighting, Floor & Décor, Keene Building Products, Lab Design Laminate, Little Giant Ladder Systems, and Wedi.

It wasn’t all work and no play for the BVB team. We went site seeing, as well as indulged our palates with wonderful food. One of our favorite restaurants was Gordon Ramsey Burger on the Vegas main street.

The BVB Team plans to attend the 2020 International Builder Show and they hope to see you there!

For more information on the IBS 2019 Show, you can read more here.

You can check out some of our photos and videos on our Facebook.

Home Builders of Southwest Colorado Chili Cook Off!

At the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado “Chili Cook Off”, we were stoked to win three awards! Our amazing Buena Vista Builders team really took it to the next level. Our booth was sponsored by Alpine Lumber and our spirits were lifted by the ever-fun-loving Jeana (our multitasking ninja). We had fun, we made chili, we came, we conquered!

Not to brag, but we walked away with awards for Member’s Choice Award, Culinary, and Decor! Looking forward to the next HBASC event!

Look at the smiling faces of the Buena Vista crew:

Sarah Doane Joins Buena Vista Builders!

BSarah Administrative Assistant at Buena Vista Buildersob Smith, President of Buena Vista Builders, Inc. is proud to announce an addition to their office staff, Sarah Doane. Sarah previously worked at the HBA of Southwest Colorado as the Executive Assistant for two years and has been in Durango for five years. Sarah is involved with YPOD (Young Professionals of Durango) and the Kiwanis chapter in Durango.

Buena Vista Builders, Inc. is a custom home builder in Durango, Colorado and has been in Durango since 1992. Bob Smith has owned the company since March 2014. More information about Buena Vista Builders can be found at or by calling (970) 382-0962.