Easy DIY Christmas Decor

Easy DIY Christmas Decor

It’s officially Christmas time! As Joseph and I are in Montana with his parents celebrating the start of the holiday season, I decided to create some easy DIY Christmas decorations for us to add to their home while preparing for Christmas. All of the ingredients below I purchased at the Dollar Store, so these are incredibly easy and cheap to replicate.

So pop in one of the films from the 25 Days of Christmas Movies list we made last week, and let’s get crafting!

 

Candy Cane Wreath

What You’ll Need:

  • 20 candy canes
  • Large ribbon
  • Flat ornament of your choice
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks

 

Directions:

Arrange the candy canes onto the table. Use the hot glue gun to glue the top and bottom of the candy canes to form 10 hearts. Then create a circle of glue around the perimeter of the inside of the wreath where the ends of the candy canes are touching. Once cooled, turn the wreath over and glue the center of the back of the wreath. Then glue each side of the heart to the heart next to it so the wreath is stable. Allow to dry.

Flip the wreath back over. Add hot glue over the middle circle (on top of what was glued down first), and then press the flat ornament over the center. Allow to dry.

Take the ribbon and cut the desired amount for hanging. Loop the ribbon through the wreath and secure the top. Add a bow or other desired decoration.

 

 

DIY Christmas Tree Ornaments

What You’ll Need:

  • Small/medium/large glass (or plastic) ornaments
  • Hot glue gun and extra glue sticks
  • Interior decor — i.e.: faux snow, pom-poms,
  • Exterior decor — ribbon, small bells, Sharpies,

 

Directions:

Always decorate the interior first. I took faux snow and filled my ornament about a third of the way. I was going for a more simplistic ornament, but feel free to create whatever your heart desires to add to the inside of the ornament (just keep in mind that it has to fit through the top of the ornament).

If I were to create others, I would get some of those multi-colored pom-poms and use different sizes to fill the ornament about half way. Or I would put a small amount of a clear glue on it and secure it to different spots on the inside of the ornament. Or hey, you could create a snowman and drop it into the faux snow!

Then decorate the exterior of the ornament. I started with the gold ribbon looking stuff. It always works better with ribbon to glue little dots as you go rather than drawing it on and trying to force the ribbon in the direction of the glue. Then I took some of those faux flowers and succulents that were in the dollar store and cut off a pine cone and some of the gold berries. I glues them on and then added the leaf.

Finally for a cute finishing touch I put three silver bells onto a string and tied it so they stayed in one spot before finally securing it to the top.

 

 

Orange Potpourri

What You’ll Need:

  • 3-4 oranges in various sizes
  • Cutting board and a sharp knife
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cookie sheet
  • Paper towels
  • Nutmeg and/or cinnamon (optional)

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 215 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slice the oranges into relatively thin wedges. Lay the wedges down onto a paper towel. From there, you have two options. You can either use another paper towel to gently press down on the tops of the oranges to extract some of the excess juice, or you can leave them out for an hour or two to naturally dry out.

Cover the cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Transfer the orange wedges onto the cookie sheet (the distance between the oranges does not matter).

Optional: Take a small pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon and sprinkle lightly over the oranges

Pop the oranges into the oven, and bake for approximately an hour or two. (This recipe is really relaxed… just look to see that they are completely dried out, but not burned) And voila! Once the oranges cool, you can use them around the house to make it smell fresh and Christmas-y!

 

 

 

So that’s it! How do you prepare for the holidays? Leave a comment down below with your favorite DIY Christmas traditions.

 

J.

 

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