If you've ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you'd have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here's how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways.
Finding minimal holiday decorations isn't always the easiest. Let's face it, this is not a season known for restraint!
As my own decorating tastes are turning ever more minimal, I decided to take a cue from my favorite design style and make a few DIY Scandinavian-inspired ornaments. I just love how simple and natural this look is, while still being festive.
Keep reading to see how to make all three decorations so you can style your own minimal holiday tree!
How to: Turn A Storage Basket Into a Christmas Tree Skirt Without Cutting The Basket
I love a Christmas tree basket so much more than a tree skirt. They finish off a tree with clean lines. My house is full of large storage baskets for toys, blankets, and all sorts of stuff. I really wanted to make one of them work, without cutting the basket, so I could use it as a basket again. The only problem was my artificial Christmas tree base was too big. Here is my simple, no-skills needed, DIY solution to make one of my wicker storage baskets work as a Christmas tree basket stand.
The other day a friend told me about her family's tradition of getting their Christmas trees the day after Thanksgiving. While other people are feverishly chasing Black Friday deals, they spend the morning at a nearly-empty Christmas tree farm, cutting down fresh Christmas trees. Sounds pretty ideal, doesn't it? With proper Christmas tree maintenance, they don't have any trouble keeping them looking good for a whole month, so here's what you need to know to buy a real Christmas tree, and keep it in tip-top shape throughout the holidays.
Can you believe it? Christmas is coming up quick! The holiday season always seems to whizz right by, doesn't it? If you're feeling like you've missed out on the festivities, don't fret - there's still enough time to make some last-minute baubles and bits. We've rounded up a few (well, not a few - over 150!) of our favorite DIY Christmas ornaments that you can definitely get finished this weekend, and enjoy for Christmases yet to come.
How soon is too soon to put up a Christmas tree? Because I wanted to put mine up at 12:00 am on November 1st. We usually do a live pine tree at my house, so we have a few more weeks to go until we can put one up and not have it be a fire hazard by December 25th. In the meantime, however, I've been scrounging up ornaments, garlands, and lights to decorate with. Maybe this is a little extra, but I like to change up the theme of my tree every year! This year I made three different Christmas ornaments, each using a different Dremel tool from our oh-so-handy combo kit.
What's black and white and wood all over? A modern, rustic, Scandinavian Christmas! We've rounded up forty (40!!) Scandinavian Christmas decorations that will have you daydreaming of log fires and warm glasses of glogg in no time. God Jul!
1. Simple Black and White Scandinavian Christmas decorations
In a couple of weeks you'll be snuggled up in front of a cozy fireplace, watching the snow fall outside your window, decorating your tree for the holiday seasons. Or maybe it'll still be sixty degrees outside, who knows? Either way, you'll want something special to put atop your festive fir. Here are 30 Christmas tree toppers you can DIY or buy this season.
Christmas is right around the corner! If you still don't have a tree (or the floor space) or you simply want to add a modern, festive touch to an empty wall, check out this easy DIY idea!
See that sheet of plywood? It's about to become one of the coolest modern Christmas trees you've ever seen!
If you live in a small space, it can be tough to find a spot for a Christmas tree. In my urban apartment, it's impossible to display one, let alone make space to store it the other eleven months of the year. But this year, I was determined to find a small tabletop solution, and while I was at the craft store, it hit me: a reusable dowel rod tree that could be folded up and easily packed away flat. So, I grabbed my Dremel tools, and I was off.
Things are starting to get real festive around these parts! If you're looking for some fun tabletop trees that lean a bit towards the modern side, I've got just the project for you! These wooden trees are super easy to make and can be left plain or customized to your heart's content. Check 'em out!
- (1) 6x36" sheet of Balsa wood
- tree templates (create and print out a big triangle and a little triangle)
Okay, true story: I was invited to a White Elephant party last weekend and, in the spirit of absurdity, I brought a giant cheese ball in the shape of a Christmas tree. It was rolled in parsley, with almond slivers as garland, and red bell peppers as ornaments. It was a hit. It also looked like it was ripped straight out of a Betty Crocker magazine from the 1950s--oddly reproduced (and incredibly unappetizing) colors and all. THIS Christmas tree-shaped treat looks incredibly delectable on the other hand.
Pretty, 3D and free? Doesn't get much better! Group three or more of these little trees for a cheerful and bright centerpiece or mantel decoration. Most of the things we need we need to make them we already have on hand. Except for
The always awesome and incredibly clever Karen Bertelsen from The Art of Doing Stuff came up with one of the best alternative Christmas tree ideas I've seen in a long time: a space-saving, wall-mounted twig tree! Want to make one yourself? Here's what you'll need!
As far as unconventional Christmas trees go, this one takes the cake! Forget trying to DIY a giant plywood tannenbaum, keep things simple with an easy-to-make mini balsa wood tree.
As a tradition, my husband and I usually go on the day after Thanksgiving to pick out a tree with his family. There's a special lot that has our preferred species (Balsam Firs - I love how skinny and open they are, which is great for showcasing ornaments. Take a peek at our tree from last year to see what I mean). This year, though, we were out of town and to this day are still treeless, which is nearly blasphemous. I am dying to get a...
Breaking my own "No Christmas before Thanksgiving" rule, I had to resurrect this mod wreath project from from the archives. Not my archives, but a project by Mid Century Modern Utah. As any fan of modern design knows, it can be a challenge to come up with a mod wreath. Maybe because wreaths just drip "traditional?" But it is the season, and it seems timely to share this fantastic DIY, unusual, MCM design. Here's what I need from Michael's: (Don't forget the coupon.)