On The Fifth Day Of Christmas CL’s Giving You… 5 DIY Decor Tips!
December 20, 2011 | by

DIY is appropriate for any time of the year, especially if you’re looking to save some cash around the holidays. Need a few decor tips? No problem! For all of you last minute decorators, CL’s created a list of affordable and savvy DIY projects to jazz up your humble abode this Christmas.

Fuzzy Snowflakes —  This is a fresh spin on classic paper snowflakes. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • Felt fabric
  • Scissors
  1. Buy assorted colors of felt fabric.
  2. Take your scissors and cut the fabric just as you would to make paper snowflakes.
  3. If you’d like to hang your snowflakes, cut a hole into one of the edges and loop a string through it.
You can also use these Fuzzy Snowflakes as table toppers, stocking stuffers, or magnets! To make it into a magnet, simply buy small sized magnets and super glue one to the backs of your snowflakes.

Candy Cane Canvas – Give your walls some personality by painting literal or abstract representations of candy canes.

What You’ll Need:

  • Paint
  • Canvas
  • Paintbrushes

Buy a plain canvas to paint on and the rest of your supplies from an art supply store. Next, lay a few garbage bags down onto your floor and set the canvas on top of them–this will protect your floor from any potential paint spills. Then, either paint real looking candy canes, or simply splatter red and white paint onto the canvas. Don’t forget to sign your portrait!

Cutout Gingerbread Men – Here’s a fun project for both adults and young relatives to enjoy!

What You’ll Need:

  • Gingerbread Man cutouts
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Assorted art supplies (glitter glue, ribbon, craft puff balls…)
  1. Via Google Images, print Gingerbread Man cutouts like the one pictured below.
  2. Trace the pattern onto the construction paper of your choice.
  3. Cut out your pattern and decorate!

Gift-wrap Your Home – Everything’s a present waiting to be opened with this tip.

What You’ll Need:

  • Ribbon (different lengths and thickness)
  • Scissors

How self-explanatory is this DIY? All you have to do is take your ribbon and have fun wrapping it around different items in your house! From lamp shades to door knobs, legs on a chair to the handles on your fridge, wrap and snip your ribbon around whatever you’d like. Add some charm to your ribbon decorations by tying a bow.

“Kissball” Ornament — Push your mistletoe to the side for this clever ornament drawn up by Goodhousekeeping.com.

From Goodhousekeeping.com

What You’ll Need:

  • Styrofoam balls (suggested: 4-inches)
  • Fabric
  • Rubber bands
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  1. Take your piece of fabric and wrap it around the styrofoam ball. If you use a 4-inch ball as Good Housekeeping suggests, you’ll need a 14-inch piece of fabric to wrap around it.
  2. Wrap your rubber band around the fabric to keep it around the ball.
  3. “Thread” your ribbon through the rubber band so that it can come around the bottom of the ball and up through the other side of the rubber band. Make sure it’s long enough to tie the ends together!
  4. Proceed to wrap a few inches of ribbon around the rubber band and tie the ends it into a bow–this hides the band.

Can’t get enough of my DIY tips? Wait until you check out Debra’s article–she shows you how to create a themed party filled with hot chocolate drinks and candy cane party favors. Happy holidays, CL readers!

Tiana Blue is an intern for College Lifestyles™ and is a print journalism major at Penn State. This sophomore is an avid blogger that loves to write, draw, roam the streets of Manhattan, and channel her inner chef by watching Food Network re-runs.
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Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN is the founder and CEO/Editor in Chief of College Lifestyles. You can follower her on twitter @shellymarierd.

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