The festive is season is here once again. We all know what that means. It’s time to drag the old decorations out of the closet, dust them off, and string them up in the same old tired fashion as the previous year. But let’s be honest, those old decorations are starting to look more than a little tired. The tinsel doesn’t hold the mystique it once did, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it was on its last legs. Time to buy some new stuff then, right?
Not necessarily. Why not save on costs this year and use a few DIY tricks to turn those old decorations into something new and interesting? It isn’t nearly as much work as you’re probably assuming, and the results are not just great, they’re enough to turn your guests green with envy. A little elbow grease will be required of course, but then isn’t a little elbow grease worth the extra bit of zest that will be injected into your festive season celebrations?
Here are a few simple DIY decoration ideas that you can put together in just a few minutes, and will transform your home into a Christmas wonderland.
Tomato Cage Tree Magic
Yes, you read that right, and you’re probably wondering why you didn’t think of it before. A tomato cage used for winding tomato plants up and allowing them to grow to their full glory is not just limited to use with vegetables. Snap one up cheap, or even drag an unused one from the garden, pop it into a pot, and decorate with a variety of shiny ornaments that catch the eye. For extra points top the whole thing off with a giant colourful ribbon, and even add some traditional flickering lights for extra effect.
One of these, done up extra fancy, can even replace a traditional Christmas tree, which will save a pretty penny. Plus, it will impress guests to no end.
DIY Advent Calendar
Those advent calendars sure are popular these days, but won’t exactly be winning any prizes for being creative. It turns out you can make your own, and create something truly spectacular. Using your old tinsel, draping it across the room, and hanging mini-galvanized buckets, or other handy containers from it, a DIY advent calendar is as simple as dropping a little gift into each of the buckets.
The trick here is that you may want to minimise fuss by perhaps just focusing on a few days, as opposed to the whole month of December. Either way, we guarantee that this little project will be a great deal more impressive than a cardboard advent calendar picked up from the local store. It should take only a few minutes, assuming you have a few suitable containers lying around.
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Mason Jar Tree
Have a few unused mason jars lying around just sitting and taking up space? It’s time to put them to work with another tree idea that will wow guests if done with care. Clean the jars, place various shiny decorations in them, and stack in a convincing pyramid shaped tree. You could put just about anything in the jars that has a festive feeling, and adds to the scene.
Plus, for finishing touches the pyramid can likewise be draped with a careful selection of tinsel, and even jazzed up with lights smartly placed to add flair where required.
Holiday Season Salt Shakers
Lastly, we have an idea that is truly adorable when implemented correctly. Glass saltshakers can be transformed into winter wonderlands, simply by adding little plastic festive season decorations. Obviously, half the salt will have to be emptied out, after which simply inserting a decoration that fits gives a classic snowy look that is timeless.
The trick is, of course, finding items that fit. But there are many more than you might assume, even if old, worn out decorations need to be dismantled a little. Don’t worry; those decorations will be more than happy to find new life in a saltshaker!