It’s that time of year where adults get out their crayons and don their smocks. Holidays awaken the arts & crafts soul in all of us.
Yesterday, we took a walk in Forest Hill Park and collected some choice leaves. This morning, Sam made an autumn leaf, waxpaper and crayon… thingy.
If you’re in an arts and craftsy mood for the holidays, check out these ideas from around the web (Click on any picture for the full link.)
Tie bundles of bare tree and winterberry branches to the spindles in your staircase for an autumnal look. After Thanksgiving, tie pine boughs to the branches with pretty velvetribbon, and wire Christmas ornaments around the velvet ribbon for extra color.
Tiny bulbs create a striking modern display when placed in frosted cylindrical vases. Wrap ribbon around the bottoms of the vases and affix with double-sided tape. Loosely coil a single strand of lights in each vase, and then send the plug end over the back lip of the vase and run it behind so it’s hidden.
The season’s first greeting cards, arriving weeks before the family tree goes up, are enough to stir most people’s decorative impulses. This year, festoon mirrors with Lametta tinsel and use the sparkly wire to display your collection of cheerful tidings. Under the garlands, nestled in compotes, ribbon-lined candy pouches make sweet, simple party favors.
Turn the traditional Christmas wreath on its head with a handmade container for a live tree. Make a pouch by sewing the sides of a folded piece of burlap or a similarly styled dish towel. Wrap damp cheesecloth around the roots of a small sapling and place the tree into a plastic bag. Tie a few holiday-hue ribbons around the bag and attach bells or ornamentswith hot glue or thread.
Oversize glass containers and vases offer a great see-through way to display holiday colors. Start with a large tray and a few jars and containers in various sizes. Plantevergreen saplings (we used Golden cypress) in several of the containers and cover the soil with faux snow. For contrast, pile another jar or two with red fruits — apples, pomegranates, or cherries — or red ornaments. Place the collection in front of a window, at an entry, or as a centerpiece for your holiday table.
Welcoming Doorknob Decoration
This fun holiday door decoration will welcome guests with the festive scent of evergreen and a friendly message. Fold over the top of a wideburlap ribbon and cut a slit through both layers to slide over a doorknob. Use adhesive letters to spell out a message and use wire to attach bits of evergreen and pinecones.
Editor’s Tip: Create a handful of these door accents in just an hour or two — just change the message on each one and use them on guest bedroom doors or the front door.
Stand back and marvel at your beautiful handmade and eco-friendly chandelier. Happy Holidays!!
Planted inside transferware bowls, a series of baby Norfolk Island pines brighten up a mantel. The idea also works for shelves, bookcases, or tabletops. Choose bowls in complementary colors or plain white, whichever best suits your existing holiday decor color scheme. Cover the dirt with nuts and acorns or with a collection of mini ornaments.
Indulge in a little holiday nostalgia by displaying vintage Christmas postcards in classic frames. Cards, from $6 each;ikea.com