Ready or not, the holidays are almost here. Next Thursday: Thanksgiving. Next Friday: Black Friday. After that, it’s non-stop madness until you wake up, hungover, on Jan. 1. If you and/or your family are well on your way to breaking the bank for Turkey Day and Christmas presents, these 8 holiday decorations are easy DIY projects that will require minimum effort, almost zero creativity (that’s what we’re here for), and the longest trek you’ll have to make is to the yard or nearest park. Holiday interior decor? BRING IT.
1. Reduce, reuse, rewash, renew.
Raid the pantry for almost-empty jam jars, and the fridge for forgotten mustard bottles. (Use leftover jam for a quick PB&J.) Scrub and wash and dry thoroughly. Fill each jar with 1 tbsp. of water (so the candle won’t stick to the bottom). Plop in a votive candle. Light the wick using a birthday candle or long candlestick. Your first centerpiece – done and done.
2. No candles? No problem!
Wash the largest mason jar you can find, and dry thoroughly. Coil Christmas lights tightly, leaving enough wire at the end so you can plug the coil into an outlet. Place coil in jar, place jar on window sill, and plug in. Mission coziness: accomplished!
2. Bring the outdoors indoors.
From either your yard or the nearest park, gather fallen pine cones; holly and pine branches, and mistletoe if you can find it. Wipe off the dirt gently, and place in a white bowl in the center of your home (scents will waft easily this way). Your house smells like winter, and you saved five bucks by skipping Febreeze.
God bless us, everyone! There’s a little Tiny Tim in us all – for a Dickensian touch to your holiday, pop popcorn (not from a bag – use a pot and watch the lid carefully) and string them around the tree. Ebeneezer Scrooge would approve.
4. Rudolph the Red-Striped Reindeer.
Step 1: Find brown pipe cleaners. Step 2: Dig up googly-eyes from crafts box. Step 3: Assemble candy canes. Step: 3.5: Eat a candy cane. Step 4: Curl pipe cleaners to look like reindeer antlers. Step 5: Hot-glue antlers and googly eyes to candy canes. (Optional: Step 5.5: Tie little bows around candy cane and/or glue tiny red felt bobs to the canes as noses.) Step 6: Eat more candy canes.
5. It’s the most rad time of the year, bro!
Got a loved one of the Greek persuasion? Or just know someone who loves beer? Pop a few cold ones, grab Elmer’s glue, and cover a Christmas ornament with bottle caps. Holidays are now dude-approved.
6. Box it up.
Use empty cardboard boxes or wooden blocks (from someone’s well-intentioned, unfinished DIY project) and paint them white, red or green. Then, using gold or silver paint, spell out ‘NOEL’ or ‘PEACE’ like alphabet blocks. It’s a classy touch to your mantlepiece, and will look store-bought and expensive. (Bonus tip: don’t have paint? Wrap the blocks/boxes in holiday wrapping paper instead, and put a Sharpie to work.)
7. Low-rent Christmases are the best Christmases.
If you’d rather save the time, or just aren’t a very crafty person, drink the nearest bottle of wine, wash and dry. Use simple paints in primary colors to jazz up the bottle. Then blow the rest of the holiday budget on food, presents, more booze.
No matter how you choose to decorate this holiday season, Redesign Revolution sends your our warmest season’s greetings – and have a lovely new year!