Alright, alright, we’re aware that these kinds of lists are quite frequent now. With that in mind and with all due respect, we’ll try our best to make this one worth it. This time, we are focusing on decorations that require the least amount of time, money, and patience. Get ready for a lot of recycling, out of the box handicraft, and vintage charm! Let’s make this Christmas by ourselves for ourselves!
Mod Podging Your Vintage Wall Art
This method has been all the rage for the last couple of years and dare we say it’s completely justified. There’s simply no better way of emulating that old signboard look and doing it for literal pennies worth of investment. Although there are numerous tutorials on the subject, the scheme can be described in a couple of sentences. Take a sanded, stained wooden board (the size is up to your preferences), a foam sponge, and mod podge. Find a couple of gift bags, preferably with visuals that resemble Christmas ads from the 1950’s. Lay the mod podge on the board, apply the cutout from your gift bag, and cover the whole thing with mod podge once again. Let it dry for about an hour, and once it’s done, run around the edges with a piece of sandpaper. Afterwards, seal back the edges with another layer of mod podge! That’s it- you have a decor any Fallout fan would envy.
Retro Regalia for Your Christmas Tree
This does not apply only to miniature Chevies and Thunderbirds. Have an old Star Wars battleship or Godzilla miniature? Great! Spray paint it gold and you have another ornament. Pop culture is definitely an overlooked source of inspiration when it comes to Christmas decorations, so it’s finally time to pay our dues. Also, you definitely have a box of never-to-be-used again toys from your childhood. Sort it out and pick the one that has Christmas tree potential (meaning, it’s small enough to be hung on the tree), and give it a second life! The whole re-making thing might as well become an engaging family activity!
Ice Skates Memorabilia
Now, you already see where this is going. Each entry on this list invites you to not toss out but to re-use instead. A pair of classic white skates that your parents or grandparents used to wear but are now out of shape enough to not be used by any following generations will serve as a great Christmas flowerpot! Stuff in some pine boughs with prominent cones and hang the finished composition using the default shoelace (if there is none, or the colour does not suit, simply replace it).
Once you’re in a craft and home decor shop during the holiday season, you’ll notice an incredible variety of Christmas wreaths. From traditional, lush pine bough compositions to minimalistic glasswork, there’s one for every interior out there. However, there are also the never-ending queues, the exhausting act of deciding on one particular exemplary, and, quite possibly, a bit of a markup to prey on your desire to make your house a more beautiful place. To escape this myriad of unpleasant obstacles, all you need is a bunch of flexible branches (vine, rattan, liana, or honeysuckle) and a craft paper wrapper wire. Bend the branches in the shape of a circle and bind the ends together with the wire. Wind the wire around the wreath, tucking in any branch that sticks out, until you go full circle and twist the ends together. For decorative purposes, you can both wire it with another bough and add some red holly berries!
Jars of Light
What would be a list of creative Christmas decor solutions without a really hip, rustic entry for those preferring palette beds over anything else! So, this one is basically self-explanatory. Simply insert a bunch of string lights into a mason jar and hide the wire to leave some sense of wonder. This approach basically does not require anything else apart from the jar. Alternatively, you can cut holes in the lids and create a string of mason jar lights, or simply buy the ones with solar lids (although it may get a bit complicated to charge them up during winter).
DIY Christmas Tags
The common folk are surely getting more minimal and creative, as indicated by the widespread use of regular craft bags as substitutes for intricately painted standard gift bags. To make the thing a tad bit more in line with the occasion, all you have to do is add a fitting Christmas tag. What you need is a couple of sheets of white 240/315g art paper and some colour paper to cut the silhouettes out of (you might need some stencils here, or you can just draw the forms in good old Microsoft Paint and simply print them out). Add a clever Christmas greeting and a person’s name (if you’re using these as name cards for the festive reception).
Festive Greetings from Scrabble Tiles
These are even better if you have the old-school model as these are coming with neat-looking tiles already. Again, there is very little handicraft involved in this one. You basically have to glue the greetings together, and that’s all there is to it. Cross the words, make up funny messages, and hang these on your Christmas tree. Although this will surely cost you your Scrabble, it’s the best thing to do if the game is there just collecting dust on the top of your shelf.
Draw It Yourself
Sometimes, all the clutter with glue, mod podges, colour paper, and scissors can get seriously overwhelming. If the results are visually appalling, the disappointment only doubles. If you already know that none of the above-listed entries will work for you, go with the most simple of DIY exercises – drawing! Draw your Santa and reindeer as you see them (some naivety will only add to the effect), scan the image, and create a cute canvas photo print out of it! The satisfaction of having a wall art with your own drawing is one of a kind, even more so when the quality of the print lets you rediscover your artwork anew!
Christmas decor should be all about having a fun time. Let your imagination ripple and try out whatever comes to your mind, but set yourself a framework to work within, whether it’s a limited due time or limited budget. This will surely make you come up with ingenious decor solutions as Christmas approaches.