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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27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

The weather is finally getting warmer and summer is just two short months away.

The other day I got my first whiff of food being cooked on the way home and it made me think of all the stuff I want to do this summer and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming months. It also made me think about how I make the same promises to myself every year and don't accomplish half of the things I want. So, this year, I decided to make a summer bucket list. I've heard of people doing this and I always thought it was kind of stupid, but I figure writing it down would motivate me more than just thinking, "That would be a nice thing to do."

So here are some things on my summer bucket list and hopefully they inspire you to go out and have the best summer of your life.

1. Find and do a summer exercise challenge

2. Go on a road trip

3. Visit a water park

4. Make fresh-squeezed lemonade

5. Have a water fight

6. Attend at least one outdoor concert

7. Research and apply to internships

8. Start journaling

9. Sign up for a class

10. Spend an afternoon on a boat

11. Read a new book every month of the summer

12. Eat fried dough

13. Attend a fair

14. Spend the day at a beach

15. Roast a marshmallow and make s’mores

16. Host an awesome summer party

17. Go to a drive-in movie

18. Cook something you never cooked before

19. Have an epic movie marathon with friends

20. Go river tubing

21. Reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in a while

22. Eat lunch on a dock

23. Order a new flavor of ice cream

24. Go bowling

25. Take pictures in a photo booth

26. Go shopping on a boardwalk

27. Stay up all night and watch the sun come up

28. Eat pizza by a pool

29. Do a Pinterest craft

30. Ride a four wheeler

31. Big an epic blanket fort

32. Go to an aquarium

33. Lay in the back of a pickup truck

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Putting Away Christmas

It sometimes feels like the end, but it's not.

It's probably the worst time of the year for those of us who love Christmastime. At least in the days immediately following December 25th, it's still socially acceptable to listen to your favorite Christmas carols, keep your Christmas lights plugged in, and enjoy your tree and decorations.

But, sometime after New Years, the day inevitably comes when the celebration of the Christmas season must give way to the next one. Whether you throw your tree out promptly on January 1st, wait for the official changing of the Christian liturgical season at Epiphany (January 6th), or just take everything down when you have time, there's a definite sadness that accompanies the un-decorating process.

First, there's the sheer amount of work involved in taking everything down and packing it away for next year. It takes time and effort to locate every tiny ornament hidden in the boughs of your Christmas tree, tenderly wrap each fragile figurine in a Nativity set, and untangle the many strands of lights that illuminated your yard all December. We spend hours putting everything away, not to mention vacuuming tree needles and glitter off of the rug.

Once everything is safely stored in the basement or garage, of course, it's guaranteed that we'll find one last decoration that we completely forgot about, meaning that we have to somehow make space for it in one of the already-overstuffed boxes of ornaments and tinsel and lights. It can all be pretty overwhelming.

Christmas teardown is also a reminder of just how much stuff we accumulate, and just how little of it we really need or care about. Now is probably a good time to get rid of some of it so that we'll have less to store, put up, and take down next year, but often in our mourning for the ending of the Christmas season, we find it difficult to part with almost anything. We make mental pacts with ourselves not to buy any more decorations next year, but then immediately break our resolutions when we see the cute little nutcracker ornaments on a great sale a week after Christmas, or when all the new decor begins to appear in stores the following October.

And of course, there's the essential fact that putting away Christmas decorations means the ending of one of the most beautiful, festive, and happy times of the entire year. The decorations in the stores and around town gradually disappear, the number of family gatherings and parties on our calendars begins to dwindle, school and work resume as vacations end. Everyone and everything just seems a bit less jolly as the bleak wintry weather of January sets in.

But even in the face of a long winter devoid of Christmas cheer, there's still hope. There's hope for exciting holidays ahead, like sweet, romantic Valentine's Day or joyous Easter Sunday. There's hope for changes in weather, like potential snowfall and the eventual coming of spring, when the earth will finally come back to life in flowers and birds and trees and EVERYTHING. And for those who celebrate the coming of Christ at Christmas, there's the promise that Immanuel, the presence of God With Us, doesn't go away even when we've put away our manger scenes and stopped listening to O Holy Night.

Before we know it, Christmas will be just around the corner once again, and we'll get to enjoy our favorite holiday traditions and celebrations sooner than we think. Even though lovers of Christmas will never not struggle when Christmastime comes to an end, we can take comfort in the fact that the cycle of the seasons continues, bringing so many other things to enjoy until Christmas comes again.

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