From Engineering on December 09, 2008 in General
Decorating the house for the holidays is one sure way to get the spirit of the season rolling, and a fun way to warm up for the big burst of holiday activity at the end of December. There are lots of creative DIY projects to choose from, to fit any budget and any time frame. You can spend a lot of time and money, or very little of each, and still end up with effective and festive results. CasaSugar.com, the Home Sweet Home website, features a slide show of 7 do-it-yourself projects, with photographs to get your juices flowing and complete instructions for making each of the items shown. Choose among ideas including a wreath made of pine cones and spray-painted white for a clean, modern accent; decorated wrapping paper made with brown bagging and stickers; a glow-in-the-dark moon jar for lighting up walkways so your guests make their way safely to your door. Quite a few of the ideas are easy enough for children to do or to help with, making for pleasant family times together. Real Simple has lots of ideas for the budget-conscious home decorator, shown in their feature Clever, Low-Cost Holiday Decorating Ideas. Youll find ideas for making creative holiday card displays and using things such as dish towels and newspaper for gift-wrapping. There are also ideas for using inexpensive items from the stationery store to make garlands, and turning food items from the supermarket into holiday decorations. All Things Christmas has 101 Easy Ideas for Christmas decorating, and there are some real gems in the list! Plus, the suggestions are just plain fun to read sure to put you in the holiday spirit, even if you only use a couple of the ideas. Here are a few of their creative ideas:
- Create a charming display of teddy bears dressed for the season. Gather together three or more teddy bears and arrange them on a table or on the floor in a corner. Dress the bears with scarves and mittens. Place candy canes in their hands or tie bows around their necks. You can even wrap up some small, empty boxes with Christmas wrapping paper to place in the bears’ hands.
- Tie a red ribbon around a tall, slim drinking glass. Fill the glass with candy canes and display on a shelf or side table.
- If you have a large, bare outside wall, try this simple idea. Cut a Christmas silhouette from a piece of plywood (a silhouette of Santa, a snowman, etc works well). Using screws, attach your silhouette to a short post that you can drive into the ground. You’ll want the silhouette to stand right a ground level several feet away from the wall. Position a spot light on the other side of the silhouette so that it will shine on the silhouette and project a large shadow on the wall.
- Use a child’s Christmas pop-up book as a centerpiece. Just open the book up to a desirable picture and place the open book in the center of your table.
With all these ideas to play around with, youre sure to come up with more of your own inspirations for using your current holiday decorations in new ways, too!