Thanksgiving is over! Time to break out the Christmas decorations! Actually, all my life I’ve been anti-Christmas until my birthday was over. I won’t reveal the year, but the date is December 4th. My poor family was always dying to dig right in, but I was stubborn (and probably a bit selfish) and I wanted my day before Christmas was even mentioned, let alone decorated for.
This year, however, I am getting into the Christmas spirit earlier than usual. Most likely due to the fact that I no longer care about my birthday, since getting older is no longer that exciting. Okay, I know it’s not that bad, but still, this year I’m rebelling against it.
Also, today I learned how to make yarn pom-poms and I’m really excited about it. I thought I would share a few creative and inexpensive ways to decorate for the holidays.
First, is the fabulous yarn and felt poinsettia wreath. I have already started to make this one myself. Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, Joann’s or other craft stores will have all of the supplies you need! You may even have some of it lying around your own home (like felt, for instance). Even if you have to buy your supplies, it should only be $10 max.
All you need is a foam wreath “ring” found in the syrofoam section of your local craft store, yarn (whatever color you like…I choose the white), felt, tiny pom-poms and a hot glue gun (or craft glue…hot glue might work better though). Granted, I am only in the yarn-wrapping phase, but so far, it has been pretty easy. All you do is wrap the yarn around the ring. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and actually looks better if it isn’t. I haven’t done the poinsettia flowers yet, but it really is just felt flower petals pinched together and glued. Add a few leaves and Voila! You can add the pom-poms last in the center. I’ll post a picture of mine when I’m done.
Think outside of the box! Choose a different colored yarn and change up your poinsettias with a punch of neon pink for a fun twist on traditional holiday colors. I’m a fan of the bright neon colors this Christmas. Who says you have to stick with plain-old red and green? Do consider the color of your door and work around coordinating with it. Keep it monochromatic using the same color as your door or create a contrast with a dark vs. light colored yarn. If anyone else ends up making one, I would love to see pictures!
Another creative holiday decor idea is the Mason Jar snow globe. I haven’t made one, myself, but it looks pretty easy. Click on the link and it directs you to a website on how to make them. These would look great on a mantle or other “focal point” in your home. Speaking of focal points, adding some natural greenery to your mantle or other surfaces can not only add a Christmas-y touch, but it also gives off a wonderful pine aroma that will add to the holiday mood. Trust me, I grew up with a real tree and there is nothing like it! Unless, of course you are allergic. Fake works too, if that is you. Either way, it’s not too pricey and adds the perfect holiday charm to any home.
I love all of the lime green and pops of bright white. Very fresh. I am very much into the woodland/woodsy decor this year, along with pops of bright colors and white. West Elm has it perfected.
Okay, here are a few more holiday decor ideas with pictures attached: pine cones with holiday words or names attached and acorns with felt added to them (love this for a pop of color!). How cheap can you get? I mean, just step into your backyard or neighborhood to hunt down some pinecones and acorns, add some felt to the acorns, paper and maybe a few handfuls of glitter to the pinecones and there you go! I’ve even seen the pinecones strung together over a a mantle for a more dramatic effect. Find more info for both here. Very cool website!
Last, but not least are the yarn trees (first picture posted gives you the idea). I have also not made these yet, but I am going to this week for a holiday party.Again, I’m buying the styrofoam forms (cones) and wrapping different colored strands of yarn around them, then adding some pom-poms for a 3D effect. I’ll let you know how they turn out! The yarn pom-poms are so fun. Like I mentioned, I just learned how to make these today. Below the yarn tree picture is the step-by-step how to.
Most importantly this season, have fun decorating and remember that you don’t have to spend a ton of money to do it. All you need may be in your backyard along with some felt and yarn. Happy Holidays and Happy Decorating!