Many of us are trying to save money this holiday season, and what better way to save than to create our own homemade decorations. You can even share the fun with friends, inviting them over for a DIY decorations holiday party.
Digital Journal compiled a top 10 list of fun, easy and inexpensive Christmas decorations you can do yourself.
10. Gilded Feathers
Take an assortment of bird feather and using silver, blue, or red gilding paint, decorate the feathers. You can use the feathers as tree decorations, add them to your mantle or wreath, or add a few on a table where you display your Christmas cards to give the area some unique style.
9. Silver Glitter Acorns
This simple yet modern decoration could not be any easier. It is a great project to do with the kids as well. Gather up some acorns, add glue to the top and sprinkle on silver glitter. These would look great displayed in a small bowl along with some silver or red pine cones, or you can use them as decorations on a petite tree.
8. Festive Floating Candles
Give any room a unique holiday glow by using contemporary styled glasses or clear bottles. Simply add water to the glass or bottle, add red or green food coloring until you reach the desired depth of color, and then add a floating candle.
7. Modern Advent Calendar
This unique, extremely easy advent calendar
is also wonderfully minimalist. Simply take some envelopes with bright pink (or color of your choice) interior and attach them to a piece of sturdy poster board. Each envelope is numbered and filled with quirky holiday treats. Add some ribbons, bows or a few small decorative balls and you have a great addition to your holiday decor.
6. Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
Decorate your wall, windows or doors with these contemporary looking snowflakes. Using metallic silver, white, red or blue spray paint, spray large or jumbo size craft Popsicle sticks. Once they have dried, arrange the sticks into the style and size snowflake of your choosing. Using a hot glue gun, attach the sticks together and add a ribbon for hanging. You may also add round wooden craft disks to add dimension to your snowflakes. Once your creation is complete, you have a fun and festive holiday decoration.
5. Music Sheet Wreath
"Retro" is the new trendy style, so what could be more contemporary then a homemade wreath made out of sheet music with a retro Christmas decoration.
Simply roll up a piece of sheet music into a cone shape, glue it together at one end and arrange the pieces in the shape of a wreath, securing the pieces together with glue. Add your favorite childhood ornament to the center and you have a festive new take on the Christmas wreath.
4. Evergreens and Pine cones
This festive outdoor decoration utilizes limbs from evergreen trees, pine cones and red berries to create a cheerful way to greet holiday guests. Gathering the evergreen limbs and pine cones are simple. For berries, you can use limbs off holly bushes, chokeberry trees or a manzanita bush, removing the leaves while leaving the berries. For a powdery silver color, you can add limbs from a Pussy Willow.
3. Peacock Feather Tree Topper
This incredibly beautiful and distinctive tree topper will most certainly get the attention of your family and friends.
Just arrange and attach peacock feathers to a cardboard cone that is hollow on the wide end. Add silver painted evergreen branches or foliage of your choice, along with festive ribbons and you have a tree topper that will be the envy of all your friends.
2. Wintry Silhouette
This contemporary take on the old fashion tannenbaum
uses tree branches from your own yard.
Arrange the limbs in a tall, clear glass cylinder and fill it will materials to hold the limbs in place. Better Homes and Gardens
suggests using rock salt crystals, however you can also use decorative white gravel. To save even more money, you can place a piece of styrofoam in the bottom, stick the limbs in the styrofoam to keep them in place, even adding extra stability by using a hot glue gun to glue them in place. Then, using silver spray paint, paint pine cones found in the yard and place them in the cylinder.
1. Driftwodd Tree
Your friends are sure to love your creativity when they see this tree made out of driftwood hanging in your home. First find a piece of canvass in whatever size your prefer. Take pieces of driftwood cut in different lengths and arrange them in the shape of a tree, longer pieces at the bottom, shorter ones on top. Attach the pieces with heavy duty glue. You can even add the glitter acorns, small colored balls or battery operated Christmas lights for extra pizzazz.
Creating these wonderful do it yourself Christmas decorations is a great way to start a new holiday tradition for you, your family and your friends.