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Start the Holidays Off Right With These 5 Festive DIY Decorations!

PHOTO: LENNART WEIBULL

PHOTO: LENNART WEIBULL

Mini Conifer Forest 

If you prefer more understated and elegant Christmas decorations like I do, then this is the DIY option is for you! All you need is a beautiful bowl, crushed glass mulch, a collection of 6 to 8 mini conifers of differing heights, some bubble packing, and you're set!

What you'll need: 

  • Decorative container, such as a brass bowl featured here
  • Crushed glass mulch 
  • 6 - 8 mini conifers of differing heights
  • bubble packing 

Directions: 

  • Line the bottom of your chosen container with a thin layer of mulch
  • Arrange your selected conifers (in original plastic nursery pots) in bowl. Position the tallest plant slightly off-center in back to anchor the composition. Fill in with rest of plants, leaving an inch around rim.
  • Add bits of bubble packing to the container to keep the conifers in place 
  • Finish with a top layer of mulch
  • If you keep this decoration outside, make sure not to keep it out if the temperature falls below 20 degrees Fahrenheit 

Musical Christmas Trees

For the more crafty decorators out there... Why not make some musical christmas decorations this season!? These fun and simple christmas trees will brighten up any DIY Christmas display in your home. 

What you'll need: 

  • Papier-mâché or Styrofoam cones in varying sizes
  • Sheet music, approximately 3-4 sheets per cone
  • Paper cutter or scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks

Directions

  • Cut the sheet music
    • Using your scissors or paper cutter, cut the sheet music into approximately 1 & 1/2" strips. 
    • Cut "fringe" in the strips you've cut that is 1" long and 1/4" wide - leave a 1/2" amount of "un-cut" paper along the top 
  • Create "eyelashes"
    • Roll each fringed strip into a tight cylinder 
    • Unroll it then and, using your fingers, separate the fringe
  • Glue the music
    • Starting at the bottom of the foam or papier mache tree form, use the glue gun to apply glue to the base of the tree form. 
    • Immediately press the top of the fringed paper strip to the hot glue and hold it in place until the glue cools 
  • Cover the tree
    • Continue the above steps, moving your way up the tree, overlapping strips of paper to get a fuller effect 
  • Display trees 
    • Once completed, find the perfect place for your musical grove of conifers 
PHOTO: VICTORIA PEARSON

PHOTO: VICTORIA PEARSON

Paper Snowflakes 

One of my favorite Christmastime activities has always been creating paper snowflakes ... I have memories of learning how to make them as a child, and later decorating my college dorm room with paper snowflakes during my freshman year. They are classic, simple and fun! Here's a refresher for how you can make them:

What you'll need: 

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Thread, tape or poster putty to put them up

Directions: 

  • Start with a square piece of paper
  • Fold it in half
  • Fold the resulting triangle in half again
  • Fold the new triangle into thirds 
  • Cut the resulting triangle across the bottom so that it's straight 
  • Next, have fun cutting different straight and curvy lines into both sides of the triangle
  • Have fun and see what happens
  • When you're done, unfold it and reveal your snow flake!
  • Using tape, putty or string, put up your snowflakes and turn your windows into a snowy wonderland

Christmas Light Wall Tree

Looking for a way to "brighten" up your Christmas decorations? Why not make this simple string light Christmas tree? Using a few common items, you can bring holiday cheer into any room of the house!

What you'll need: 

  • Mini White Lights - 100 bulb strand (for exterior shape of tree)
  • Mini White Lights - 50 bulb strand (for interior of tree)
  • Adhesive clear mini-hooks 
  • Floral Wire
  • Felt (iron fusing interface)
  • Iron
  • Sewing needle
  • Ribbon

Directions: 

  • Begin by creating the tree out of lights on the wall. Use the longer strand to create the perimeter of the tree. Fill in the interior of the tree with the shorter strand. Hold the strands in place with "command" adhesive mini hooks.
  • Once you've created your tree, iron two pieces of felt together. Trace a star onto the felt and then cut it out
  • Using the needle, sew a piece of ribbon through the top of each star
  • Hang each star from your "tree" using the floral wire
PHOTO: MARIAN PARSONS

PHOTO: MARIAN PARSONS

Glittery Holiday Mason Jars

Here's another fun, simple way to decorate this holiday season! Turn some of those empty jars floating around your kitchen into beautiful, sparkly candle holders. 

What you'll need: 

  • Empty, clean jars, such as mason jars
  • Glitter
  • Clear glue
  • 1" flat artist's brush
  • Spoon
  • Pillar or flameless candles

Directions: 

  • Start by using your 1" flat artist's brush to apply clear glue to the inside of the jar
  • Brush the glue heavier towards the bottom of the jar and lighter towards the top of the jar, feathering the glue towards the top. Make sure to leave about 1/4th of the top of the jar free of glue; Do this one jar at a time
  • Immediately, use the spoon to sprinkle glitter into the jar with wet glue. Roll the glitter around the jar to coat all the areas where glue was applied. Pour excess glitter back into it's container to be reused in the other jars. 
  • When ready to use, place a candle inside and light it :) Use outdoors only in dry weather. Never leave candles unattended
  • If you want to reuse the jars in the future, simply soak them in hot water to remove the glitter and glue
PHOTO: MARIAN PARSONS

PHOTO: MARIAN PARSONS

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