Don’t let anyone accuse you of decorating for Christmas *too soon* – there’s no such thing! Well, maybe there is. But we’ve got a plan for that.
If you’re like us, you may feel like you’re ready to unleash the Holiday Spirit ASAP. So here are a few ways you can start decorating in a few small, seasonally-appropriate ways! We’ve scanned Pinterest for DIY’s and finds to help you start the celebrations and – by the time the Holidays truly arrive – you can look around your home and see how the cheer has been growing since mid October!
A candle simply-wrapped in sage, rosemary or spruce and tied with a bow is beautiful and subtly seasonal and pretty cheap if you are wiling to go on a little walk in the woods!
Balsa beads of alternating sizes make for a beautiful garland. You can string them today! And if you want to add modern charm, dip-paint the larger beads in white for a half-and-half look.
Christmas cards are a fantastic way to keep your long-distance loved ones updated – but they pile up fast! Make the most of them (after they have been loved and enjoyed) by turning them into beautiful stars!
Outdoor Hula-Hoop Chandelier – this one is beautiful and really, you could use it any time of the year! But maybe you’ll love it *especially* around the Holidays.
Tulle and Lights
Everyone is using tulle and lights to decorate for parties and weddings. I mean who doesn’t love fluffy, delicate tulle and twinkling lights…I sure do. Here’s a couple examples that I found around the blog world(thank you Pinterest).
Spotted on Vintage Lace & Pearls
Spotted on Eventful Life (This site features other light and tulle decorations as well)
The possibilities are endless when it comes to lights and tulle. I think it would be fun to wrap tulle covered lights around a wreath form to create a twinkling wreath. The twinkling wreath would be a great decoration and night light for a little girl’s bedroom. Have fun experimenting with these materials to add a little sparkle to your next event!
Christmas Card Wall Display
I love receiving Christmas cards from all of my family and friends around this time. I have an easy way to display your Christmas cards for all to see. This project is great because your display can be as large or small as you need it to be depending on the number of cards you receive.
- Ribbon of choice(I recommend 7/8″ or 1.5″)
- Tacks or push pins
- Bows or other embellishments
1. I have the perfect small wall in my kitchen to use for my Christmas card display(warning-the lighting in my kitchen is horrible and it has been raining a lot lately, so I apologize for the low quality pictures). I will be using the whole wall width, but you can use part of a larger wall in your home. Measure the width of the area of space you are using and cut your ribbon to that length. Make sure to seal the ends at this time.
2. Use tacks or push pins to secure your ribbon to the wall in horizontal rows. Make sure to leave enough space between each ribbon for the cards to hang down. I left about 8 inches between my ribbon rows.
3. Place a bow or other embellishment at each end of your ribbon row to hide your push pin.
4. I put some ribbon on paper clips and used them to hang my cards from the ribbon rows. Check out our Paper Clip Bookmark tutorial for different ways to apply ribbon to your paper clips.
Now you have an easy, but cute display for your Christmas cards that can grow as your card collection grows. I look forward to filling mine up as we continue to get more cards in the mail. Have fun decorating for the Holidays!
Braided Ribbon Candle Dish
I got my inspiration for this craft from the Natural Braided Candle on Better Homes and Gardens. Better Homes and Gardens used fabric for their braid, but I decided to make my own using ribbon. Keep reading to see the simple instructions for this easy, but beautiful decoration.
- Glass dish or candle holder(you could use a wooden dish as well)
- Ribbon of choice
- Hot glue or craft glue(I recommend craft glue when working with glass)
1. Measure around your dish/holder and add about four inches to get your ribbon length. Cut three lengths of ribbon and seal the ends.
2. Stack your three ribbons and glue one of the ends together.
3. Braid your ribbons and glue the ends together once you complete your braid. Try to keep your ribbon as flat as possible while you braid.
4. Wrap your braid around the glass dish and secure with glue. Now you have a beautiful candle holder!
Check back later this week to make some napkin rings to coordinate with your new candle holder!
Fall Candle Holder
Are you looking for a simple decoration to bring the lovely rustic feel of the autumn season indoors to your home? Well look no further. This simple project is a great way to incorporate the outdoors into your home decor during this season.
- candle holder
- glue- hot glue, crafting glue, or wood glue
1. First, you will need to gather some twigs from your yard. Cut your twigs into pieces that are about the height of your candle holder.
2. Start gluing the twigs to your candle holder keeping them as close together as possible. Continue gluing until the entire holder is covered.
3. Measure around your twig covered candle holder and cut a piece of ribbon that length plus 1/2″ to allow for some overlap. Adhere your ribbon around the twigs. Make sure to begin and end in the middle of one of the sides if you have a square shaped holder. I used doubled sided tape to attach my ribbon, but glue would work as well.
4. I made a small bow to cover up the overlap of my ribbon, but you could also use an embellishment to cover the overlap. A baby pine cone may be a nice finishing touch for this project.
5. Put a candle in your holder and you have a lovely new decoration for your home. This would also make a great hostess gift.
Enjoy preparing and decorating for this Thanksgiving season!
It’s graduation party time! I thought this fun garland would be the perfect project to feature this week. Who wouldn’t want a ribbon and light garland at their graduation party? The possibilities are endless with this decoration, and it could be used for many different occasions. I saw this Scrappy Ribbon Garland on Whitney Caroline Designs. I love all of the vibrant colors she used in her garland, and it would be the perfect decoration for a bridal shower or tea party. Have fun making this garland for your next party!
Ribbon chandeliers are a fun, easy project that can be made for many occasions. They add a fun flair to a dinner party, but they are also perfect for a birthday party or even as a decoration in a girl’s bedroom. It would also be a cute idea to get a fabric marker and have guests write down advice or well wishes on the ribbon at a bridal or baby shower and then assemble this for the bride or new mother.
- Paper lantern
- Ribbon of various colors, designs, and widths
- Double sided tape, hot glue, or craft glue
Start out by assembling your paper lantern. These can be found at most party or craft stores.
Turn your lantern upside down so that the hook is on the bottom. Tie your pieces of ribbon along the bottom bar of the paper lantern. Make sure that your knot is in the middle so that you have equal lengths of ribbon hanging down from both sides(only unless you want a tiered look then don’t worry about having the knot in the middle). I wanted my ribbon to hang down about a foot from the lantern so I used 24 inch long pieces of ribbon. Make sure to seal your ribbon edges before you start applying the ribbon to the lantern.
Once I finished tying the ribbon across the bar, I still wanted a little more volume to my chandelier. I had to attach ribbon to the inside rim of the lantern to get the fullness that I wanted. Take a piece of ribbon and fold it in half. Apply your double sided tape or glue to the fold.
Stick the piece of ribbon inside the lantern and adhere it to the inside rim as shown in the picture above.
Continue this around the entire rim of the paper lantern. Once you have ribbon covering the middle bar and the rim of the lantern then you are ready to hang your new chandelier.
I used a coordinating piece of ribbon to hang my ribbon chandelier, but feel free to experiment with using tulle. Ribbon chandeliers are a great decoration for any party, and they are fun to make as well. Have fun planning your next party!