Making your own holiday decorations is a great way to deck the halls with friends and family. There's no need to waste money on store bought goods when similar and oftentimes superior products can be crafted in the comfort of your own home. Getting the family together to create holiday decorations creates a sense of togetherness, and the beautiful end result speaks for itself. If you love Christmas and DIY crafts, the following holiday project ideas are sure to satisfy your creative urges.
Wrapping in Style
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When we think about Christmas decorations, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the tree, but what about the gifts? Wrapping gifts with style turns your presents into an extra decoration in your home. Functional decorations such as this blur the line between holiday tradition and aesthetic, adding a whole new dimension to your decor. A colorful mish-mash of wrapping papers might appeal to the child in all of us, but if you want to truly add style to the room, try using a simple two color palette for wrapping paper: one color for the paper and another for the bow.
Counting Down the Days
Remember those chocolate filled calendars that appeared in your house when you were a kid? Each day you would eat one piece of candy leading up to Christmas; twenty-five snacks in all. Creating a three-dimensional representation of such a calendar is really easy and eye-catching. Using larger containers like recycled coffee cannisters instead of sticking to the candy method means the surprise can be different each day. Stack the decorated containers pyramid style and start from the top on the first of December.
Spelling it Out
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Crafting with Scrabble tiles has led to some interesting DIY decorations. Just check Pinterest – they're everywhere. Scrabble is a fairly affordable game, and the tiles are crisp and easy to read. This makes crafting with Scrabble tiles very easy. Creating ornaments from Scrabble tiles only take a hot glue gun and some tiles. You can spell out phrases like "Let it Snow" or "Ho Ho Ho".
Not Your Ordinary Ornaments
Ornaments have become a surprisingly expensive luxury–store-bought ornaments can cost nearly fifteen dollars apiece. Meanwhile DIY decorative ornaments cost next to nothing. Recycled bottle caps can be painted and hung on the tree. Their natural snowflake-like shape makes them great decorations for the holidays. Old corks can be dressed to look like tiny reindeer, too; just add googly eyes and pipe cleaner antlers.
When decorating your house with lights, there are two main approaches. On one hand, they can be strung about the house in the traditional fashion. On the other hand, they can be strung around interesting objects to create amazing focal points. Christmas Lights Etc. has an array of quality light strands to create amazing displays of light. Try wrapping lights around interesting pieces of furniture and everyday household decorations.
In a season of store-bought happiness and joy, it's nice to be able to break out of the money mindset. Focus on simply enjoying the season while adorning the house with homemade decorations. Don't break budget this Christmas when you deck the halls.
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