THIS IS NOT A DRILL, CHRISTMAS EVE IS 6 WEEKS FROM TODAY!!
I’ve been having a lot of fun creating these cute and easy DIYs and today I’m finally going to show you how to make two of these affordable decor items that I’m sporting in my own apartment this year! The first one I’m going to talk about is the easiest in the world to put together and it immediately adds a festive feel to your space.
What you need:
- Glass Vase (any shape or size you desire. I had two laying around)
- Christmas baubles (size and colour of your choice)
- decorative bells (optional)
- Twine (optional)
The steps are extremely easy! Choose your vase, decide on a colour scheme that works well with your decor theme, fill the vase with medium and small side baubles, throw in some bells if you choose and you are done! Simple as that! I chose to add some twine around the top of the vase and added some small bells as an embellishment on one, and for the other I used the same red and white twine to hang a decoration I found at the Dollar Tree. These vases are perfect for a nightstand piece in your bedroom or a centerpiece on your coffee table, kitchen table or fireplace mantle.
Kitchen Under Wraps! Decorated Cupboard Doors
What you’ll need:
- Christmas ribbon (I used an entire spool of 2.7 m)
- large Christmas bows (I found mine at Dollarama)
- hot glue gun & glue
This is another extremely easy way to jazz up your kitchen. My first tip is to go ahead and measure the amount of ribbon needed for the doors. Cut the ribbon to size, and before attaching them to the cupboard, I recommend hot gluing the large bow onto the ribbon first! (This way, the excess hot glue won’t seap through the ribbon, onto your cupboard and adhere.) Once the bow is glued to the ribbon, wrap the ends of the ribbon around the top and bottom of the cupboard door and tape the ends down securely. That’s it!! I chose to only decorate three of my cupboard doors, as my bows were large and I didn’t want to clutter my already small space.
Christmas Book Stacks
These are my absolute favourite thus far! Perfect for bedroom decor. Though they are a little more complex than the previous two DIYs, they are still very easy and affordable to create. I have tried my best to include photos of each step.
What you’ll need:
- Hard cover books
- wrapping paper and/or scrap booking paper
- embellishments, Christmas picks, ornaments
- hot glue gun
Choose two or three different sized hard cover books, depending on how many you wish to stack. Then choose your wrapping or scrapbook paper. You want to be sure that your choose paper that compliments each other. I usually choose to put the busier pattern on the bottom tier. I also went with only two books as I didn’t have many hard cover books that varied in size. Once you choose your papers, you are going to wrap the books.
To wrap, cover the spine, front and back of the book, and secure it with tape on the inside, as pictured below. Briefly close the book and turn it so the spine is facing you. Cut two slits from the excess paper to meet the edge of the book. That creates a tab in the picture below. Cut that tab off to reveal the pages of the book. Now, open the book back up and tape down the loose ends of the paper around the edges of the cover and back.
You are going to repeat the wrapping instructions above for the second book. If you are using 12×12 scrap booking paper, like I did for my second book, the back will look slightly different as there isn’t enough paper to cover the back entirely.
You want to be sure that the cover is wrapped completely. Secure it with tape on the inside cover. You’ll see in the second picture above that the paper only covers 3/4 of the back. That’s ok. It won’t be visible once stacked. Secure the back with some tape. Once again cut two slits at the spine and remove the tab. Tape down the extra flaps to the inside of the book as before. Make sure the edges of the book are nice and crisp.
Now it’s time to choose the embellishment for the top! In my first book stack, I chose the beautiful gold glitter reindeer to top the plaid and green book stack. In my second, more rustic book stack, I chose a Christmas pick of frosted berries and some foliage. You can choose anything you want, like holly berries or pine cones or a large sleigh bell. You can really be creative and customize the stack to suit your decor theme. Use the hot glue gun to adhere the ornament to the top of your stack and boom! You’re finished.
Those where just some of the easy ways I’ve decorated my apartment so far for Christmas! There are still more DIYs to come! I’ve got many things in the works on my craft table (which doubles as a kitchen table) to share with you! I hope you enjoyed what you’ve seen here, and that I have inspired you to try these yourself or to create something different! If you decide to recreate any of these ideas, I would love to see it! Tag me on Istagram @blushingbrideDIY and/or use the hashtag #holiDIYswithsteph!
Merry Christmas and Happy HoliDIYs!