Thanksgiving is tomorrow and I have shamefully already put up Christmas decorations. I wanted to update our decor because I am a bit tired of looking at the same items year after year. We are on a budget though and Christmas decor just does not fall into the "need" category. I put our fireplace mantel together completely with items and supplies we already had. I feel great about how it turned out and I'm enjoying the newness without having spent any money.
Here are a few things I quickly put together that you can do too:
1. I printed off some Christmas related lyrics on pretty paper. I used a frame and mat from artwork that we usually have in our guest room so I didn't have to purchase anything. Holiday decorations are temporary so it's totally fine to borrow things from other parts of the house.
2. I updated an old wreath DIY that was once wrapped in yarn. I used more rustic looking scrap fabric that I had left over and a glue gun. The fabric I used is all from the Pendleton Woolen Mill Store.
3. I framed one of our Christmas cards from Tiny Prints to display.
4. I painted an old vase, a shot glass, and an empty spice container with leftover gold paint. I used them to hold greenery trimmed from a tree in my yard.
5. I made a string art reindeer using supplies I had in my craftroom. If you are not sure how to do string art, there are tons of tutorials all over the internet. Just google "string art." I repurposed a cheap craft box that I bought years ago as my background. The wood was thin and soft enough that I was able to use push pins instead of nails which made the project a whole lot easier.
6. I made a simple advent calendar banner with craft paper, tape, and baker's twine. All things I already had on hand. I'm probably most excited about this project because it will be the first time I have done an advent calendar with my kids.
Are you working on any DIY projects for the holidays?