Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Creative (and Easy) DIY Holiday Decorating Tips

 It’s officially the holiday season, and I’ve been itching for new ways to decorate my house for all of the upcoming seasonal festivities. And while I love my Santa Claus collection and beautiful (fake) tree, I’m looking for a fresh, classic holiday spread this season. So I turned to my favorite inspiration spot, Pinterest (if you haven’t checked it out, do it! But I warn you, it’s addicting) in search of quick, easy DIY décor projects, and as always, I was pleasantly surprised at the hundreds of chic suggestions. After sifting through pages upon pages of Christmas crafts, here are a few of my favorites that I’m definitely decking the halls with this season:

  • Have Fun with Ornaments

Ornaments are as essential to Christmas as eggs are to Easter. They are gorgeous, ornate, and come in all shapes, sizes, and shades of sparkle. So why only stick these gems on the tree? I love the idea of hanging holiday-hued ornaments from the chandelier above my dining room table: a sophisticated addition that’ll spruce up my boring light fixture. I think the contrast between fresh garland and the pop of red is breathtaking.  Plus, this craft is super easy: tie seasonal ribbon to various-sized ornaments and hang from random spots on the chandelier. The trick is to make sure the ornaments hang at different heights. For mantles, shelves, or other tabletop décor, try stacking embellished ornaments and pinecones in vases for an elegant centerpiece.
  • Use Your Containers Wisely

Who knew your everyday containers could be so Christmas-cute? I’m obsessed with the idea of covering old tissue boxes with seasonal goodies like wrapping paper, bows, peppermints, garland, and other embellishments! All you need are your preferred embellishments, some hot glue, and lots of cute ribbon! Also, your hurricane dishes, vases, and containers would be so cute filled with Christmas bows, ornaments (of course!), peppermints, and seasonal scented candles! The key to using the containers you have around the house: be creative and stick to one color scheme.
  • Try a Little Wordplay

I’m a sucker for monograms, so I was instantly drawn to these scrapbook paper letters! This craft is beyond doable:  buy large wooden letters and paper at the craft store, trace the letters onto the paper and cut out the shapes, and then decoupage the papers onto the wooden letters. For a little bit of holiday glitz, add glitter to the decoupage paste or accent with rhinestones.  And how cute are these initialed gifts? Wrap a few gifts in neautral paper, tie with a ribbon, and add an initial to the top of the package. Easy, simple, and such a chic under-the-tree décor idea!

About the Author: Molly Borter is a little obsessed when it comes to the holiday season and is always searching for fabulous décor and entertaining ideas. When she’s not going Christmas crazy, she works as an affordable fashion writer and enjoys following the latest in aviator sunglasses and knee socks, spending time with her family, and keeping up with seasonal styles.

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