The holidays are a special time of year that is made all the more memorable by decorating.
As you think about how you’re going to decorate this season, consider making your own holiday decorations.
Whether you want to decorate indoors or out (or both), there are DIY options that can save you money and be enjoyable projects.
Here are some ideas for DIY holiday decorating indoors and out.
Outdoors can be fun to decorate.
People driving by your home can enjoy looking at your innovative decorations.
Try some of these outdoor decorating ideas.
1. Holiday cards for your lawn
Raid your storage shed, garage, and basement and dig out the scrap wood!
You can make large-scale greeting cards for your lawn or, alternatively, vintage-look signs to hang in your porch entry or on your front door.
For greeting cards, you’ll need two pieces of same-size scrap wood.
Paint them a solid background color using spray paint, and when that is dry, decorate them as you like.
You will need to spray the cards with some clear coating after you’re finished or cover them with a water-resistant, clear varnish so they can survive the weather.
Then put them together with hinges and set them up on the lawn.
Some spot lights or other illumination will add to the effect and make them visible after dark.
Vintage-look signs can be made with only one board.
Paint the board partially, using a dry brush with little paint for a distressed look.
Then you can stencil a word like “Joy” or “Peace” down the board.
2. Speaking of doors…
Wrap your front door to look like an enormous gift.
You can buy these ready-made, but since we’re talking about DIY, just use wrapping paper to cover your front door, and criss-cross with wide ribbon.
Finish with a large bow.
3. Icy-hot luminaries
Once you get the principle behind making these, the possibilities are almost endless.
The basic method is to freeze water in the bottom half of an empty 2-liter bottle that you’ve cut in two.
Fill about 2/3 full with water and whatever lovely objects you want to freeze – cranberries, holly sprigs, poinsettia leaves, etc.
– and then put a smaller plastic bottle filled with rocks in the center.
When you freeze this arrangement, you’ll have a hollow center where the rock-filled smaller bottle was.
This is where you put the tealight to make the luminary.
These are great for frosty nights – blow out the candles and you can keep them outside if it’s cold enough.
Don’t forget to bring the holiday spirit inside with DIY decorations.
Here are some clever DIY decorations.
1. Boughs of holly…and evergreens
Bring in branches of greens and hang them on the wall using festive ribbon and a decorative wall hook.
Use them as hangers for cards, stockings, or Christmas ornaments.
2. Wall tree
Fabric trees make wonderful decorations: they solve the dilemma of what kind of Christmas tree to have, ornament hooks attach to them perfectly, and they take up far less space than a free-standing tree.
Ideas for wall trees that you can hang ornaments on include:
* Felt tree – use fabric glue to attach a large, felt cut-out of a holiday tree to a white cloth backing and use a dowel and ribbon to hang it.
* Embroidery hoops covered with various shades of green fabric can be arranged in a triangle pattern on your wall (a brown fabric-covered hoop can be used for the “stump”).
Hang ornaments on the cloth.