There are ALWAYS A FEW OF US who need some décor perks FAST, especially during the extended holiday seasons. So, keeping with my 1-2-3, EZ PZ philosophies about such things . . . here ya go! Be sure to catch all the TIPS and the LIST of supplies.
1. BANNER of Christmas Cards
Use the actual cards you’ve received, or like these, that I purchased for crafts, at “After Christmas Sales” last year. FIRST, cut cards in half down the folds and trim rough edges. NEXT, cut out the front sections from your colored envelopes, like my example, for hand lettered messages
OR you can simply use the inside message section of your card (the back half).
NOW punch holes in the top corners of each piece. USE twine, yarn, ribbon or whatever you want, to string the cards and form your banner. It is light weight and can be hung with thumb tacks or push pins, without damaging walls.
TIPS: Re: After Christmas sales: 1. Look for designs that instantly catch your eye. For banners and many other projects, you’ll want variety so choose cards that have several designs in the box. These screamed my name right away. The design is big, colorful and generic themed AND the images are glittered = sparkle and interest. 2. Look for cards with COLORED ENVELOPES. That’s just more colored paper for any crafts!
3. Faux Flowers: Bushes of flowers rather than single stems, give you more bang for your buck. Just snip off individual blooms to scatter through the house.
4. Wrapping paper: I always buy the widest, longest rolls … not the short, skimpy ones. I look for paper in colors that can be used ALL YEAR ROUND not just seasonally. I buy as many coordinated patterns and colors as I can afford. Paper doesn’t spoil, right! 5. DON’T MISS your local thrift store sales, both before and after Christmas. TON’S of deals there and you’re supporting your community, too! 6. Always start with my golden rule . . . house shop first, use what you already have before buying more!
2. ORNAMENTS in Anything
Simply put a few colorful ornaments in any container you have;
a basket, a bowl, any glass jar or vase available.
EZ PZ with things you already have.
Below, the ornaments are in a beautiful, giant copper leaf piece, a gift from one of my daughters. The little “Russian Doll” snowmen another daughter and I saw years ago while shopping at Sears. They were on the check-out counter and I said how cute they were. So the clerk said “Here, you can have these!” A memory moment for sure.
YES … you know it. Even my bathroom gets decorated.
BLING belongs everywhere. . . you knew that, right!
3. PLANTS, PINES & BRANCHES
Pointsettias are everywhere. Buy one or two for important spots in your room.
Pine branches are easy to come by and so are fake pine garlands.
A small grouping of pine, a faux flower and a Holiday item are an instant little vignette.
See, you don’t need a lot. Sometimes simplicity is elegant, effective … and FAST. And putting that blue plant container in a Christmas colored basket would be great too! The table runner is paper and ribbon. See below
3. BASKETS, BOXES and PAPER
Put one of your houseplants in a bright basket. Wrap some empty boxes in varied sizes and papers. Only takes a few minutes. OR you could wrap small items you’re giving as guest favors and throw them in a big basket. NO TREE . . . take a bamboo basket or tub, and put all your gift-wrapped presents in them. Lots of bang with what you have already.
This is one of the most easy and fun ideas. No pictures but just use your imagination. Make one big bow for a centerpiece. Make several small bows to scatter here, there and everywhere. Make a quick tree garland or wall banner with thick ribbon and a few unbreakable ornaments. Wrap jars with pretty ribbon and use as serving pieces … hold candy, silverware, extra napkins, etc. HAVE FUN.
?? Candy ?? YES, that’s what it says. Hey talk about multiple duties: decor, gifts, food AND inexpensive. C’mon people, candy is perfect!
Stores have tons of beautiful foil wrapped chocolates and candies for the holidays. USE em! OR Candy canes are cheap, pretty and edible. Hang them on the tree, put em’ in a jar (with a ribbon tied round it).
The next shot includes Paper, Fabric, Pine Branches and Ornaments, used in pieces I already owned. AND this arrangement carried me during Fall through New Years that year!
SUPPLIES used in these projects
Christmas cards & colored envelopes
Unbreakable Christmas Ornaments
Christmas decor pieces (you already have)
Already owned vases, jars, holders, etc.
FINALLY . . . I know, this has been a long one, yikes. But here’s the EASIEST.
Take down some of your wall art pictures; wrap them with pretty paper and ribbon, then hang em’ back up. There you go … instant Christmas decor.
Hope these have been positive inspirations to help you eliminate those last minute stresses. We’ll talk again soon.
Later – Cheryl