‘Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas is nearly upon us and it’s time to start thinking about all those little decor touches that will turn a home into into a haven of festive season cheer. Of course there is the traditional tree and perhaps that musical Santa that keeps the cat on its toes. However, perhaps most importantly it’s time for family and friends to be together and celebrate the joy of this time of year.
Preparing for the festive season can be just as much fun as enjoying presents under a tree or that great Christmas lunch. One of the ways that can get you into the Christmas spirit is to undertake some of these great DIY ideas. Create some fantastic Christmas themed decor to turn your home into a unique expression of what the season of joy means to you.
So let’s have a look at some ideas.
1. Shaking It Up.
Table decorations can turn that Christmas lunch or dinner into a magical experience for everyone involved. If you have a dollar store in your area, pay it a visit and pick up some glass salt shakers, the simple old fashioned type with the silver top. At the same time keep an eye out for toy evergreen fir type trees and perhaps some tiny reindeer. Fill the shaker a quarter of the way and pop in those miniatures. These make for great conversation pieces when placed on the dining table.
2. Roll A Wreath.
Want a great original DIY wreath for your front door, or even your living room. Some white glue, some paper towel cardboard tubes, some mailing tubes and a sharp pair of scissors (an X-Acto knife is also great) are all you’ll need. Cut the paper towel and mailing tubes into equal lengths (around two inches) and lay them down in a ‘doughnut’ shape with a bowl as the center to help guide you. Stack various types of tubing four deep around the bowl and glue together. You’ll end up with a perfect ornament. If you want to make it look even more spectacular place some Christmas ornamentation into the hollows of the tubes once you hang it up.
3. Easy Pinecones.
This is possibly one of the easiest DIY Christmas projects that you will ever find. Pinecones can be purchased from online stores – or if you’re lucky enough to live near a pine forest simply scooped off the ground. Some white spray paid (non gloss) and use a white ribbon to hang them from your tree. The contrast of the white and green is very attractive and gives the impression of a white Christmas even in the hottest of climates.
4. Glitter Candles.
Here’s a wonderful old favorite which appears every Christmas – and with good reason. It’s a fantastically simply DIY project that never fails to impress friends and family and really gives that homely feel during the festive season. Purchase candles of differing sizes (think round at short) and some fine art glitter. Red glitter is always a favorite. Simple coat the bottom half of the candle in glue (use some tape around the candle to keep the line straight) and roll in the glitter. Remove the tape and place the finished candles in a vintage tray (if you have one – otherwise any wooden tray will do). If you have pinecones then place a few of those on the tray and sprinkle with artificial snow, or even flour. The effect shouts Christmas.
DIY Christmas decor brings a warmth to any home and it’s also an opportunity for family and friends to get into the real spirit of Christmas and enjoy each others company – a big part of what the season of joy is all about.