December 16, 2014

5 Christmas DIY Decorations to Get Ready for the Holiday Season!

With Christmas and all those festive holidays just around the corner, we thought it'd be fun to share some very simple DIY Christmas decorations that you can do with items found around the house, or purchased at very low cost! Let's get crafty shall we?

1. Clothespin Card Wreath

First up on our list is this clothespin card wreath. Not only is it festive, but now you have a pretty place to display all your Christmas cards! To make this you'll need: clothes pins, paint, a hot glue gun (always use caution when using any type of hot glue!), beads (if you so choose) and an old metal clothes hanger shaped into a circle, or any circle object that can be found in any craft store.

If  you're using the clothes hanger method, you'll need to work the clothes hanger into a circle shape. Then, take your clothes pins. Decide how you want to decorate them. You can spray paint them green like in our example or you can even cut festive strips of ribbon and glue them on! From there you will then glue the clothes pins onto the clothes hanger (or whatever your using) if you want to have equal spacing, you can add red (or whatever color you choose) beads, and then the clothes hangers will be equally spaced! When you're close to finishing leave a little spot to tie some ribbon to hang your wreath, and attach a bow if you so choose. You can put the clothespins on which every way you want, all facing out, all facing in, or alternate!

2. Christmas Picture Frames

Next up is a simple one. You can either purchase some picture frames from the dollar store, or you can just swap our your every day photos! You'll need some Christmas pictures, or even some festive wrapping paper. All you do is replace the pictures, with the Christmas images and viola! Festive.

3. Christmas Lights That Aren't Lights?

You've replaced all the Christmas lights in your home with the energy saving, safer LED Christmas lights ... and now, you have all those old style glass lights kicking around that you no longer need. Have no fear ... we've got uses for them!
First what you'll need is: light bulbs, glitter (in colors you want) and/or spray paint, white glue and a glue gun. Depending on where you go with this craft you may need additional accessories.

Before you get too confused, the above photo shows what we're talking about. You can cover the light bulb in glue, then dip it in colored glitter! Or if you choose, you can spray paint them as well - make sure you do so in a well ventilated area or that your using the "indoor safe" spray paint. 

If you choose to make a wreath, you'll need something circular (which you can get from any craft store) glue the light bulbs on, add a bow and you're done! Now if wreaths aren't your thing, you can even make festive magnets! 

For more information on both of the above ideas visit here:

Or you can add some string and make a light garland, use them as decorations for your Christmas tree or home, or stick them in a pretty vase or bowl for some colorful festive accents. 

4. Tin Can Lights

This next craft is similar to one we did for Halloween. What's required: old soup or tomato tins, nails and a hammer, paint and/or spray paint.

First, write on the tins what you want them to say. Then with a nail, hammer a hole all along where you've marked off leaving space in between. After that's done, you can paint your tins whatever color you see fit. Add in a candle and you're done! Never leave candles burning unattended and keep out of reach of children. For added safety use battery operated candles!

5. Wine Bottle Christmas Tree!

Last but not least, if you have some old wine bottles (or any nice bottles for that matter) this next craft could be for you. Required: Wine bottles, spray paint and/or glass paint, glue gun and any other accessories you may want.

Start by washing the bottle and removing the label. If you let the bottle soak in hot water with some soap, and then scrub it once the water has cooled a little, you should have no problem removing the label! Make sure the bottles are completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Once you've chosen the color you want, you can spray paint your bottles. They may need a couple coats and touch ups as needed. Once your happy with them, attach any accessories you wish. Once they are done you has stick whatever you want in them. Festive branches, etc. 

There you have it! When it comes to DIY crafts the possibilities are endless. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a very Happy New Year from all of us here at JUSTJUNK! 

***When using spray paint or any sort of chemical, be sure to do so in a well ventilated area. When using nails, hammers, hot glue etc be sure to use caution and always have adult supervision when appropriate. In regards to candles, never leave them unattended and be sure to keep them out of reach of kids and pets. For a safe alternative use battery operated candles.

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