a guest post by Jane Blanchard
I’m happy today to host on italian Bark blog an American writer from a well-know home-improvement website…she will tell us some ideas about easy and cheap Xmas diy decor, take a look 🙂
Merry Christmas from Modernize!
As the holidays draw near, so do the additional expenses. There are gifts, cards and baking supplies to purchase — plus, you’ve got to put up decorations. Alas, Christmas decorations can be expensive and so are often shuffled to the side as merely a tempting but passing thought. It’s easier than you think to have beautiful holiday decor for very little money, a bit of time and creativity is all that is needed. Here some ideas for a frugal diy Christmas decor, easy and fast to do…
Revamp Throw Pillows
Photo Credit: 320 Sycamore
Most of us already have a few throw pillows lying around. Put these everyday objects to good use by covering them with an inexpensive piece of holiday fabric. Decorate with ribbons, bows or even Christmas brooches that would otherwise never see the light of day. Voila! Custom-made furniture accents for a fraction of the retail price.
Photo Credit: Sweet Little Bluebird
Buy 3 artificial wreaths, 20″, 24″ and 30″. Place from smallest to largest vertically; attach with wire. If desired, line the back with green felt to minimize door/wall scratches and add arms using sticks from your own backyard. Accessorize using a hat and scarf. Your snowman can be adjusted for other holidays by using the appropriately themed accessories.
1Photo Credit: The 36th Avenue
Purchase inexpensive clear plastic bulbs and paint them using chalkboard paint.
Use three coats, allowing to dry one hour or more between coats. Condition the bulb by covering with a thin chalk layer, wiping clean with a damp cloth. Decorate using chalk to write the names of loved ones or any other motif.
Festive Pine Cones
Photo Credit: Country Living
Although many craft departments carry already bagged pine cones, foraging for them in your yard or a park will eliminate that cost.
If gathering your own, avoid cones saturated with sap as they will be messy and somewhat frustrating. Edge your pine cones in a clear glue and sprinkle with colored glitter. To skip a step, glitter glue is available in most retail stores. Pine cones can be used in bowls, glasses and centerpieces.
Photo Credit: DIY Showoff
Using a 14″ straw or styrofoam wreath, attach bows onto wreath by peeling off the backing and sticking it onto the form, adding a dab of hot glue for additional reinforcement. A few bags of inexpensive bows will be sufficient. Add a festive ribbon on top to hang your wreath.
Stand back and admire your cunning and creativity.
Photo Credit: Chica Circle
Paint empty baby food jar with white acrylic paint (4 coats, drying between coats). Paint jar lid black (2 coats, drying between coats). Paint snowman face on jar. Hammer a nail through top center of lid, thread a ribbon through and tie both ends into a knot on underside of lid. Screw lid onto jar and hang from the nearest Christmas tree.
, what’s your favourite?
About the author
Jane Blanchard is a blogger, home design geek, and graphic designer from Savannah, Georgia currently living in Austin, Texas and writing for Modernize.