Guest post by Kacey Mya Bradley
It’s true: the holidays love to sneak up on you. With meal planning, present buying and other obligations, decorations are left on the backburner. The tree is up, but you need to add some very last minute festive flair to your home.
Don’t worry! With a little ingenuity, you can DIY yourself out of this decor debacle, with beautiful and quick craft fixes:
1 – Paper Snowflake Garland
Invite winter whimsy into your home with a paper snow flake garland. Paper crafts are classic, and paper snowflakes aren’t only for your childhood days. Bring back the tradition.
Cut out unique snowflake designs for garlands to display around the house. The snowflakes don’t have to be intricate. All you need is paper, scissors, string and a pencil (or a memory for pattern). Any paper will do: newspaper, junk mail, old books, holiday-decorated grocery paper bags or fancy cardstock paper in various colors.
Folding and cutting your paper snowflakes for the garland are a cinch, and for more precision, you’ll use a pencil to trace out your pattern. Once you’ve made as many snowflakes as you desire, use tape to attach the snowflakes to the string, or carefully knot them into the yarn and suspend them like ornaments.
Connect them with yarn or white string to float down your windows, with electronic candlelight peaking through at night. Sticky tack the snowflakes to any surface. Suspend them from your ceiling to dangle along your wall, some lower and some higher than others. Everyone will love the winter whimsy!
2 – Evergreen Clippings to the Rescue
Nearby you or a neighbor have a holly tree or evergreen in your yard. If it’s on someone else’s property, ask permission before attempting to clip and go.
With gloves and a strong pair of shears or scissors, clip a small to medium size branch off of the tree. For holly, it’s prickly leaves are sharp. Clip the edges of these if little ones will be nearby. Tie a piece of yarn to either end of the string so that it hangs parallel and display over your doorway to great guests in a folksy way with warmth. More evergreen clippings may be displayed in vases and decorated with ornaments. This makes for a great centerpiece at the dinner table.
3 – Glitter LED Tealight Holders
Add some sparkle to your holiday with DIY glitter tealight holders. All you need is glitter, Modge Podge (or glue), LED tealights and mason jars. Use any size, but four-ounce size mason jars are great for LED tealights. Apply a thin layer of Modge Podge inside the jar, brushing upward to the rim. Quickly sprinkle glitter inside of the jar. Pro tip: Secure the lid onto the jar and shake it to evenly spread the glitter.
Give it fifteen to twenty minutes to dry. Double-sided tape will help secure the LED candle light inside of the jar. This easy craft that adds sparkle to your holiday!
4 – Wire-Wrap Ornaments from Old Jewelry
Upcycle old jewelry and make handmade heirloom tree family ornaments! Give those several lonely earrings missing their other half a new purpose. Transform your grandmother’s necklace into an heirloom family Christmas ornament to pass down throughout the generations.
For this craft, you’ll need a sturdy set of jewelry tools, especially plyers, wire and vision. What is the most attractive feature of the piece? Is it the stone?
Wire wrap the necklace’s stone into an ornament by twisting the wire carefully and tightly around the stone. Double loops are great for holding the stone more securely and are done with round nose pliers. Two loops at the bottom and top of the stone helps hold the stone in place, and the rest of the wire may end in a swirl against the stone. Leave a loop at the top to hang the ornament.
These last-minute DIY holiday crafts require few supplies and will get you in a festive mood as you quickly decorate your home. It’s often the simplest touches that go the longest way to creating a memorable holiday mood in your home.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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