5 DIY Projects To Decorate For Christmas

5 DIY Projects To Decorate For Christmas

Don't fret about those expensive decorations, and make your own.

Every year each family, or person, thinks about Christmas and begins to wonder how on earth they're going to begin to start decorating.

For many people, this can be a struggle, while others may soar at the opportunity to be creative and decorate every inch of everything they own. This is where Pinterest comes in handy for certain ideas or DIY projects that cost little to nothing to do.

For myself, and two other roommates, we went on a Pinterest surfing spree to come up with easy and cheap ideas on ways to decorate our house. In the end, we found some super cute ideas and others not so much. Therefore, it is my job to show you some nifty, easy and cheap was to decorate your house, room or even car for this Christmas.

1. Decorated Used Wine Bottles

This was the first thing we became very excited about in our household. These decorations are a perfect example of something that can be completely free if you have all of the necessary items to make it. If not, all it takes is a wine bottle (easy to empty :), paint and maybe some ribbon or twine. There are many variations that can be made with these, as shown in the picture, and for those who love to be creative, you can even make up your own!

2. Kid Friendly Interaction

Decorating can be so much fun, yet stressful at the same time. Bringing in a child to the mix can help immensely to calm you down and remind you what this season is really about, and that the decorations don't have to be perfect. There are many ideas out there that are easy enough for your children to be able to help out with decorations because what's better than involving the whole family?

3. Homemade Ornaments

Everyone knows that one of the easiest, and most creative ways to decorate is by making your own ornaments for your tree, or whatever purpose you see fit. Not only are there options that include glue, glitter, and paint, but also those that involve food in a way. Yes, I am including a string of popcorn on the tree as an ornament. But that is not the only ornament that can come from the kitchen. There are recipes all over Pinterest that involve baking ornaments for the tree. That way they don't just look good, but smell good too!

4. DIY Snowglobes

It seems as if possibilities are endless with Pinterest. Homemade snowglobes have been one of the most popular items to be viewed. Making your own snowglobes has never been easier. When guests come over and see all of your hard work, they might even ask where is it from. You can proudly say, I have made it myself, and who knows maybe that'll strike up a business idea for you!

5. Who needs a real tree anyway?

Many people each year go out and drag home their own real Christmas tree, but maybe one year that just can't happen for whatever reason. So you have to say no tree for this year, but what's Christmas without a tree? Have no fear, because you can make your own tree right up on your wall. It's simple enough as a couple strings of garland, some lights and a couple ornaments and your own DIY tree is complete!

Cover Image Credit: Mackenzie Webb

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5 Reasons Why Your Siblings Are Your Lifeline During the Holidays

The holiday season can get stressful but no worries because your siblings will be by your side to help you get though it.

The holidays are a time when you get together with the whole family. No matter if you're related or not when you get a good amount of people together for any amount of time there is bound to be a fight and personality clashes. In the holiday season, stress levels are high which makes for an, even more, trickier situation and sometimes you just need someone who knows what you are going through and can relate. My twin brother is the one who keeps me sane during my time at home at the holidays and I am sure your sibling is too and here's how...

1. They are the ones who know to save you a seat at the Christmas dinner table.

So that you don't have to sit by anyone you might not want to sit by.

2. They can always save you when your family members keep asking your significant other (or lack of) and you just can't take it anymore.

3. They can be you're best friend when you're back home and off your normal college schedule.

4. They can help you shop for family Christmas gifts so that you don't have to do it all on your own.

5. They are there to annoy you because at the end of the day they are your sibling and that's their job.

It is the best time of the year and being with family is great but when the season greetings become too much to handle on your own you can always count on your siblings to help you get through it or at least where you don't have to suffer through it on your own. So, give your siblings an extra hug this holiday season and be grateful you don't have to go through this crazy world alone.

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10 Perks Of Staying At School Instead Of Going Home For Break

Sometimes, college is just more fun.

Caution- I'm about to present a viewpoint that many college kids will detest and disagree with.

Alright, here it is... I don't like going on breaks from school.

*Gasps arise from audience, desks are flipped, people storm out of rooms, someone has a heart attack*

Yes, yes, I know it's not a popular opinion to have, especially considering how much we all want to be done with our schooling for life and just move into our careers already. I get it- breaks provide a way for students to relieve stress for awhile and relax from the constant pressures of taking exams and writing papers. Now, please don't get me wrong, I value taking a rest just as much as the next average college Joe does.

HOWEVER, there are some aspects of being at school that I believe every student needs deep down that we just don't receive when we come back home and do nothing for three weeks. **Disclaimer, this viewpoint does not apply to those of you that actually did something productive with your lives over break. Props to you, an inspiration to us all.** Nevertheless, for those of us who spent our winter vacations as couch potatoes, eating our body weight in cookies every day, here are ten, very valid reasons why being at school can be better than being at home.

1. You, guaranteed, won't get bored.

Hmm, spend the whole day lying on the couch watching Hallmark movie specials and slowly slipping into insanity or go out with your friends and do something fun around campus? Tough one...

2. You will actually have friends.

Chances are, if you go out of state to college, your friends all live in different parts of the country... making you alone and sad over every break. No thanks.

3. Your time is your own.

During the holidays, there are so many family responsibilities and things that have been planned for you, there's not a lot of time to spend doing what you'd like to do. At college, you can take a 5-hour nap, go out with your friends, or stay in the dorm and have a personal spa night. No one can stop you!

4. You'll have a somewhat-decent sleep schedule.

Going on break is the worst because you grow acclimated to waking up at certain times for class or work, which is all put on hold when you go home for a month. You get used to sleeping in until 3 PM and staying up watching Netflix until 5 AM. It's a brutal awakening whenever you do go back.

5. Back up, you'll actually have a schedule and a routine in the first place.

Those of us who value routine and keeping ourselves busy go absolutely insane over breaks. At school, we have our whole days planned out and a set routine that keeps us active. At home, we have uh... none of that.

6. You won't have to deal with crazy family drama.

If you have a big family and lots of people visiting for the holidays, you know how stressful everyone gets and the tension that builds over those weeks. Wouldn't it be nice if instead of hiding in your room to get away from Aunt Mildred's questions about why you don't have a job or a boyfriend yet, you didn't have to worry about any of that?

7. You'll have constant activities and events to look forward to.

I mean, yeah, Christmas is cool and New Year's can be fun, but those are the only highlights of winter vacation. In between, you're doing a lot of lying around and staring at the ceiling or your phone screen. Staying at school means you will always have events to look forward to, whether it's games, socials, parties, or even just hangouts with your friends.

8. You won't eat everything in the fridge.

The holidays have a tendency to add a few pounds onto all of us, especially if you indulge in Christmas cookies more than the average person (@me). Frequent trips to the kitchen can be avoided if you just stayed at school and kept up with the gym routine.

9. You only have to do chores for yourself.

When college kids come home, many of us are automatically brought into the weekly chores schedule... meaning folding laundry for 5 people, instead of one. Wouldn't it be great to just have to worry about cleaning up your own messes?

10. You have your own space.

Over the holidays, many of us are under obligation to spend time with the family or room with relatives to ensure everyone fits. There's not a lot of personal space or time. Staying at school means getting to go back to your dorm whenever you want and being able to plop onto bed and do nothing for hours if you so desire. It's absolutely beautiful.

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