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$1 Holiday Decor: Make a Simple Typographic Folded Paper Banner

by Holly Wade

 

DIY Paper Holiday Accordion Banner

Even though holiday decorations are fun to shop for, the prices can add up quickly! Rather than purchase a sign or banner this year, I decided to make a simple accordion banner out of paper to display on my shelf for the Christmas season. Not only is it simple, but it’s very inexpensive to make and folds up for easy storage if you want to reuse it next year.

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How to Make Your Home Instantly Smell Like Christmas

by M.E. Gray

How to Make Your Home Instantly Smell Like Christmas

Time is flying by, and Christmas is already less than a week away! If the holidays have you stressed and you're looking for a way to relax, or if you want to fill your home with the rich aromas of winter, we have you covered! This quick recipe makes a warm batch of festive aromatherapy to fill your home - perfect for holiday parties or snuggling on the couch with a classic Christmas movie.   

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How to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas

by Lidy Dipert

Fireplace Garland Christmas Mantel Makeover: No Mantle, No Worries.

Whenever I look at Christmas fireplace décor ideas, I always see mantels adorned with beautiful fireplace garlands and a few oversized stockings. They look amazing!

But what if — like me — you don’t have a mantel to work with?

A fireplace is the focal point of any room. Knowing how to decorate a fireplace without a mantel for Christmas will help you create the perfect festive design for the heart of your home!

Looking for mantel-less Christmas décor ideas? Here’s our take on fireplace decoration. We went with a natural, simple and Scandi feel. And focused on creating the warmth and comfort that Christmas is all about.

Follow these steps and adapt them to your own Christmas décor style for your own unique fireplace design.

 

 

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How to Make a Wooden Tabletop Christmas Tree in 4 Easy Steps

by Capree K

A DIY modern wooden tabletop Christmas tree

We love the festive season! It’s the perfect time to get creative. If you’ve already got your tree trimmed and you’re ready for a new and exciting holiday project — or even if you’re keeping your Christmas décor minimal this year — this DIY wooden tabletop Christmas tree will bring a little extra festive cheer to your home.

These trees are super easy to make and to personalize. What’s more, they’re so durable. Bring them out year after...

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DIY Custom Gift Bags from Wrapping Paper

by M.E. Gray
How to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper
How to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper
Photo: M.E. Russell

Don't you love the feeling when you wrap a present just right? All the corners fold in perfectly, the tape isn't wrinkled, and you successfully tie a bow without it being lopsided. It basically feels like a Christmas miracle. On the flip side, sometimes the gift you're trying to wrap is just too awkward or too weirdly shaped, and trying to wrap it turns into an existential crisis of tape and paper cuts. Sometimes it's best just to throw everything in a bag and call it a day. Here's how to make a gift bag out of wrapping paper, in three easy steps.

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Roundup: 10 Stylish Ways To Display The Christmas Cards You Receive This Year

by Jennifer Farley

Roundup- 10 Stylish Ways to Display Your Christmas Cards

By now, I am sure your mailbox is starting to be flooded with Christmas cards from your family and friends. Can I mention the fact that I have not sent mine yet? My friends and family might get my family card until sometime in February...or maybe March. Anyway, It really is a fun time of year to get updates on all your friends. Here are some fun ways you can display your Christmas cards you will receive this year.   

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How to: Make a Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Display Shelf

by Brittni Mehlhoff

How to: Make a Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Display Shelf

When the holidays roll around, I usually break out my glue gun and come up with a few easy winter projects to tackle. Today though, I'm branching out from the materials I almost always use and picking up a hand saw instead. With a bit of careful measuring and a handful of cuts, I made this hanging wood Christmas tree shelf perfect for storing small gifts and holiday odds and ends.   

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Make It! DIY Life-Sized Folded Paper Christmas Tree

by Alicia Lacy

Make this sweet and simple DIY folded paper Christmas tree!

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. They can be pricey when you're on a budget, tricky in a small apartment, and nearly impossible with pets. 

This year we came up with a super affordable, easy to assemble, clever tree that only requires a wall, a roll of tape, a stapler, dexterous fingers, and about an hour of your time. Right? Right! Let's make one.    

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How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

by Chris Gardner

How to: Make Sparkly, Glittery Animal Christmas Ornaments

The inspiration for this easy holiday project came to me in a dream. I know, I know...that sounds like an elaborate and somewhat ridiculous setup for a blog post, but it's true, in this case. Sparing you the details, I'll just share the effect- in which I woke up a few days ago, and immediately felt compelled to Google "sparkly OR glitter platypus ornament". No results. Surprised?

At some point that day, I decided I couldn't bear to live in a world where there were glittery platypus ornaments didn't exist.  So, I figured I'd have to make one myself.      

First I thought, "Stencil?" No, not nearly as cool. "Paint it on a bulb?" Nope, don't trust my drawing skills enough. So, I headed to the craft store, and, to my surprise...there it was. A plastic toy platypus. And a shark, rhino, pig, octopus, and stegosaurus. Merry Christmas to Me. 

Tools and Materials

  • Plastic animals - check your local toy or craft store. I scored mine at Michael's for 40% off each! 
  • Small screw eyelets
  • Electric drill and small drill bits
  • Colored spray paint - I used Krylon Dual paint and primer in one, very helpful with the smooth surface of the plastic animals
  • Krylon Glitterblast paint - I used "Cherry Bomb," "Posh Pink," "Lucky Green," and "Sparkling Waters"
  • Krylon Glitterblast clear sealer
  • String, embroidery floss, or ornament hooks

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1. Remove any tags and stickers from your animals, then use some soap and water to clean off any craft or toy store grime, so that the paint will adhere well.

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2. Begin by drilling a hole that's a bit small than your screw eyelet into the back of your creature. (Or the head, or whatever makes sense. That sounds more violent than it is.) Try to drill in the center of piece's weight, as opposed to it's length, so that the creature will hang evenly.

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3. Use your fingers to screw in the eyelet, turning the animal onto the threads.

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4. Give the whole thing a solid basecoat of colored primer or paint. Since the Glitterblast is (understandably) a bit more pricey than normal spray paint, its a great way to get a deep saturated color without using too much of the sparkly stuff. I hung mine from the eyelet from some monofilament/fishing line, using a loose knot to prevent the thread from blocking the paint.

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5. Allow to dry, and cover with Glitterblast. Be sure to shake the can for a full two minutes, then use short spurts of sparkle to cover the whole thing - back, front, and belly.

Then, give it a coat of Glitterblast clear sealer, which'll keep the sparkle on your critters and off your Christmas tree.

There you go. My dreams have literally come true. And that's what the holiday season is all about. :)

Happy Glitterdays!

Thanks to Krylon for sponsoring this project! 
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Got your own awesome DIY holiday project using spray paint? Show us! 

 

Looking for more seasonal DIY projects and ideas?

 

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How to Fold a Christmas Money Tree

by M.E. Gray

How to make a Money Tree for Christmas from a Dollar Bill

Giving cash this Christmas? (We still think it's better than a gift card.) Instead of just sticking the bills in a card, how about festively folding them into a Christmas money tree shape? With this simple technique, you’ll have the whole project done in less than five minutes. Here's how to make a money tree for the holidays this year...

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How to Make a Leather Monogram Stocking

by Marlene Sauer
DIY Leather Monogram Stocking
Images by Marlene Sauer

Ahh, the stocking -- a staple of Christmas celebrations! Have your stockings been hung yet? If not, we've got a great modern idea for you today that you will love: DIY leather monogram stockings! They are simple to make and totally in keeping with a minimal holiday decor style

If you've never embroidered, don't worry -- you only need to one stitch, the blanket stitch. Keep reading to see how to make your own!       

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Ho-Ho-Holiday Wallpapers for Phone, Desktop, and iPhone Case!

by M.E. Gray

Christmas iPhone printable

When it comes to the holiday season, I like to start small. I'll start by introducing Christmas socks into my wardrobe, playing Sufjan Stevens' holiday records on Pandora, and I usually change the wallpaper on my smartphone. This year, I'm sharing a festive design in a few color schemes, depending on your holiday preference! You can download them as a wallpaper for your phone or desktop, or, keep reading to find out how to print and use as a festive iPhone case.             

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The Final Countdown: Make a Hanging Ornament Advent Calendar

by Holly Wade
DIY Advent calendar
Photo by Holly Wade

Are you ready to start the countdown?! Come December 1st, it's time to break out the advent calendars and find a little surprise every day as you count town toward Christmas. Advent calendars were a staple of my childhood, so I still try to make a DIY advent calendar every year to make the countdown more fun! This time, I used plastic fill-able ornaments to make a hanging ornament advent calendar that's easy to open and reveal a candy or small trinket inside (my parents often used to use give my pennies). With a variety of sizes and colors, you can use materials that fit your style and hang it anywhere in your home for a Christmas decoration that's functional and FUN!    

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