'Tis the Season to DIY

Posted by reside360 Team on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 12:34pm.

'Tis the season to get your craft on! With the holiday season in full swing, you may be in need of some décor to spruce up your home. Make your holiday season festive with these clever holiday DIY ideas. It's the most wonderful time of year to go all out on decorations, and spend quality time with family and friends while doing it!

1. Wooden Ornaments

Sick of using the same store-bought ornaments year after year? Freshen up your Christmas tree with hand-painted wooden ornaments! Stop by your local craft store, grab a few wood slices, and embrace your inner-artist. Paint a simple design or word,  drill a hole, and string a ribbon through for hanging!

2. Glass Bottle Menorah

Start collecting empty glass bottles to create this simple menorah for Channukah! Once you have nine bottles, dip them in paint, or the color of your choice, and let them dry. Once dry, add candles to the top. If you're going for a clean look, keep the bottles one color. If you want to bring more verve to your celebration, paint on designs to bring it to the next level!

Handprint Kinara

Get the kids involved with this Kwanza twist on the Thanksgiving classic "hand turkey" design. All you need is red, green, black, gold, and yellow paint, plus a piece of paper to place your hands upon. Not only is it a simple project, but it encapsulates the little one's hand's in time. To better preserve the project once it's finished, consider framing it and using it as the years go by! 

4. Treeless Ornament Display

No tree? No problem! Show off your ornaments by purchasing branches from a local florist and displaying them in a wide-mouth vase. This ornament tree also doubles as an excellent table centerpiece!

5. Candy Tree

Need a way to showcase your sweet tooth? Pick up a few foam cones from the craft store and use icing to cover them, then add the candy of your choice! Use these candy trees as a table centerpiece or position them throughout your house.

6. Natural Wreath

Create your own festive holiday wreath to adorn your door all winter long. Use a wire wreath and foliage sprigs to put together a wreath that everyone will love. Spruce it up by adding ribbon or other accessories. This is a fun way to personalize the door to your place and helps friends find you more easily when they come to spread holiday cheer!

7. Advent Wall Hanging

Make your own advent calendar to use year after year! Get crafty and create 24 pockets using small paper envelopes that represent the countdown to Christmas. Use rubber number stamps to ink the dates and embellish using string, decorative tape, and scrapbook paper! Stuff each pocket with treats and surprises as you near the big celebration.

8. Mason Jar Votive

All you need for this DIY is a mason jar, votive candles, paint, and stencils. Paint the mason jars to your liking, whether it be a snowman or menorah. You can use stencils to perfectly paint the object of your choice or if you have a steady hand and an eye for design, freehand it! Once the paint is dry, light a votive candle inside the mason jar and you have yourself a one of a kind decoration to place throughout your home.

9. Sweater Stockings

We will admit, this DIY is a bit higher on the craftiness scale, but it's a fun way to hone your sewing skills. Don't throw out your old sweaters, instead transform them into stockings by outlining the stocking shape of your choice, carefully cut your stockings, and finish by sewing them together. 

10. Holiday Banner

Provide a holiday greeting to everyone who enters your home with this simple DIY holiday banner! You're even able to switch out the letters so you can reuse the banner for any other holiday. To access a step-by-step tutorial click here.

11. Kwanza Mug/Unity Cup

This DIY is perfect for the tradition of Kikombe cha Umojaor (Unity Cup), where the family or community shares a cup of juice or water to represent family bonds and togetherness. What better way to represent community and unity than creating the Unity Cup together? This will require a mug and paint that's dishwasher safe. 

12. Chalkboard Sign

Decorate your mantel with a colorful chalkboard sign. Grab an old picture frame and pick up a small chalkboard for a simple holiday decoration! Change up the design on the board throughout the holiday season, and added bonus, you can reuse it for other festivities year-round!

13. No Sew Felt Tree Skirt

Put the finishing touch on your tree with an elegant felt skirt. The only tools you'll need are scissors, glue, and felt! Start by cutting the felt into a large circle. You can layer and alternate smaller felt circles, creating multiple concentric circles, to perfect this look. Attach ribbon to the edge of the skirt with hot glue for extra frills and fun. 

14. Card Tree

Let's face it, no one ever knows what to do with all the wonderful Christmas cards we receive in the mail. This card tree allows you to proudly display them all with just twine and clothespins. It also acts as way to cover up any blank spaces on your walls! Plus, you avoid that awkward moment where your friend asks "Where's the card I sent?" and you'd just thrown it in the garbage!

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The holiday season is about more than gifts, it's about the time spent with family and the memories made that you will look back on fondly the rest of your life. We hope you've enjoyed all these fun and simple DIYs, and encourage you to do them with loved ones. Happy holidays to all!

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