It’s officially December, which means I finally feel comfortable busting out the Christmas tree and making my apartment a little more festive. I was inspired to check Pinterest for project ideas, but I quickly determined that most of the cute crafts I’d actually display were a little outside of my skill range. So, I hunted for some easy DIY holiday decorations that even the least crafty among us can accomplish.
I got the idea for this project from this article. Her trees are beautiful, but the materials were a bit out of my price range and I just don’t have the patience to glue 999 acorns to a cone and then paint them. I do love the feather tree though, and hope to make one like it next time.
What you’ll need:
Scissors, a Styrofoam cone (or cardboard to make your own. I picked a Styrofoam cone because I am lazy), a hot glue gun, decorative material of your choice (I used two sets of sequin ribbon from Target’s dollar section) and a tree topper (I used a mini ornament from a set I got from Target’s dollar section, but you could use a pompom ball or a variety of other things). Optional: 2 cotton balls for the base (disclaimer: I only used these because I ran out of sequin trim at the end of this project and did not want to go buy more).
Estimated cost: $6
Step 1: If you’re using an ornament, glue it hook side down to the top of the tree so you can cover the base of the ornament with your decorative material. If you’re using another topper, skip to step 2.
Step 2: Glue the start of your sequin trim at the top of your cone to hold it in place.
Step 3: Carefully wrap the trim around the cone until it is covered. Glue the edge of the trim to secure in place.
Step 4: Unravel a cotton ball and glue it to the bottom of your tree.
Step 5: Add your tree topper, if you haven’t already.
That’s it, that’s literally all you do.
I know what you’re thinking: “Lights are already a decoration on their own!” Correct. But I wanted to make my string lights a little more festive so I didn’t have to stare at green cord along my entertainment center.
What you’ll need:
String lights, mini ball ornaments (I used the aforementioned dollar section minis), ornament hooks.
Estimated cost: $5, $2 if you already have lights.
Step 1: Hang your lights wherever you desire. I choose to line my entertainment center with them.
Step 2: Add hooks to your mini ornaments. Hang them on the light strand in between the bulbs.
Step 3: Plug your lights in and enjoy this project that’s so easy, your three-year-old niece could help if you wanted her to.
Wood Ornament Craft
This is the most difficult project on this list, and the one that requires the most skill. I love the look of a few handmade ornaments on a tree, but I wanted something a little different than the pre-cut ornaments. So, I decided to embark upon the journey of freehand painting my own.
What you’ll need:
A flat wood ornament (you can find them at craft stores during the holiday season. I opted for real wood that looks like a log because it’s quainter), a pencil, acrylic paint, paint brushes.
Estimated cost: $7 if you don’t already own paint or brushes, $2 if you do.
Step 1: Decide what design you want to make. I opted for a snowflake because I figured, “What the hell, I can freehand a snowflake. I totally don’t need a stencil for this.”
Step 2: Find a stencil of the design you want to make. You probably cannot freehand it. Trace your design lightly in pencil so you don’t have to get a wet paper towel and try to rub off the mistake you inevitably will otherwise make.
Step 3: Paint your design on the ornament.
Step 4: Let dry.
Step 5: Hang your masterpiece on your tree. Feel free to brag about the fact that it’s handmade to anyone that will listen.
There you have it. Three easy DIY holiday decorations that I could do, so I promise you can too. Happy crafting!
Do you have a favorite holiday craft? Tell us about it in the comments below or tweet us @litdarling!
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