Year after year, we pull our favorite Christmas decorations and ornaments from the hall closet or take them down from the attic. Familiar decorations carry with them years of tradition and create a familiar warmth when they grace our homes every December. But every familiar decoration was new once, and sometimes you’re ready to spruce up the house with a little something extra. Save your money for great gifts by trying out these DIY decorations—they’re fun to make and easy on your wallet besides.
Hang Your Christmas Cards
The joy you feel when you receive a Christmas card doesn’t have to end after you’ve read it. Display your cards throughout the holiday to enjoy their beautiful artwork and to remind you of the people who sent them to you. Some people display their cards on the mantelpiece or the refrigerator, but you can be even more creative. For example, use paint-safe tape to line a doorway with Christmas cards, or hang the prettiest in between your stockings—if you won’t be lighting your fireplace, that is!
Decorate Your Front Walk
Strings of Christmas lights get a traditional outdoor display going, but some years you want a little something extra. To spruce up your usual decor, place walkway trees by Christmas Lights Etc in your front yard. You can even choose white or colored lights to match your display. Decorate your walkways trees using ribbon, garland, and small ornaments to make a display of miniature Christmas trees that will look beautiful by day and by night.
Create an Advent Calendar
You can make your own advent calendar using soup cans or matchboxes. Start by painting and decorating each can or box with a festive design, then give each one a number. If you’re using match boxes, stack them into a pyramid and tape or glue them together so the pyramid doesn’t collapse when you open the boxes. Soup cans are even easier: simply cover their mouths with tissue paper and ribbon, then stack them. Finding candy and treats small enough to fit in matchboxes might prove an extra challenge, but either way, DIY advent calendars can mean lots more fun than the store-bought kind!
Make a Wreath
Pine wreaths look beautiful and smell even better, but try something different this year. Buy a foam wreath, then completely cover it in bows using a hot glue gun. Or, if you want something a little easier, buy a wire wreath and wrap it in your favorite Christmas string lights. Big or small, multicolored or pure white, a wreath of lights will brighten your living room and serve as the perfect complement to your Christmas tree.
When you make your own Christmas decorations, the fun starts now. You can begin saving supplies for decorations long before the holiday season arrives. For example, save ribbon, bows, and tissue paper from parties and birthdays—even if they aren’t red and green, they can supply beautiful accent colors. DIY Christmas decorations are a fun and inexpensive way to spread Christmas cheer among your whole family.
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