DIY Christmas Decorating

DIY Christmas Decorating

There are two very different facades to the festive season. Shoppers hit the streets and comb the stores for gifts while dinner hosts stress over the menu for their year-end parties. The mood is exciting, uplifting but also very frantic.

Then there’s me; the one who does her shopping in advance – and online! - and spends the weeks leading up to Christmas week planning decoration ideas for all the parties I’ll attend.

As the designated decorator for my Christmas parties, I love getting my hands dirty and crafty. One year, I made a wreath entirely out of cardboard and gold paint. Another time, I went berserk with fairy lights and made everyone sit in complete darkness to enjoy the spectacle.

If you’ve got the last minute bug and haven’t found time to decorate, here are some quick and simple DIY tutorials to pretty up your party.

Snowflake Marquee

Try cutting out shapes that remind you of X'mas and attach fairy lights to give it a warm glow. It works great for table displays, or as a hanging ornament by the window. Stars work great too!

Snowflake Marquee

(Image from A Beautiful Mess)
No-sew Festive Pillows

It may come across cheesy for some to have that bright red and green colour combination with a big jolly santa on a reindeer print on the couch, so try going for subtle messages and modern colours to give your seating space a dash of festive luxe.

No sew pillows

(Image from Style Me Pretty)
Pine Cone Garland and Candles

Lining your candles or dining table setting with these pine cones will help add a subtle touch of rustic X'mas charm, without the decorating stress. Candles lit around your living area will also give a warm cosy glow and set the right kind of mood for everyone.

Pine Cone Garland

(Image from UK Craft Blog)
DIY Christmas Trees

If you haven't already got a tree to hang your ornaments on, don't fret! You're not the only one. There's plenty of ways to incorporate your version of X'mas at home. 

These easy to do paper cut-outs can be found everywhere on the web, and make cute little trees without the mess.

Paper Christmas Trees

(Image from Hub Pages)

But if you're looking for something with a bigger impact, try using large craft paper to make 2 cones for a monochrome X'mas tree. A little glitter and shimmer to is all you need to add some sparkle.

If you're a sharpshooter, and love snapping pictures then this next DIY tree could be the perfect project for you. It's simple, creative, and all it takes is lining your shots on the wall in a shape of a tree. 

(Image from Vtwonen)

Remember, X'mas decorating does not have to be a stressful affair. Sometimes styling simple can make a statement. Have a merry one folks!

 

(Image from Daniella.femina)
Header image from Myer

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