The holidays are finally here and it's safe to say that everyone could use a little of the joy that comes with the holiday decorating tradition this year. Droughts, hurricanes, a stormy economy and other woes have put us all in need of good tidings, and the gentle twinkle of light and tinsel has a way of soothing our worries and giving the world a warmer glow.
DIY decorating is a fun and family-friendly way to save money while making your home more festive. There are all kinds of projects that can bring cheer to every room in the house and we’ve selected two very easy ideas (as well as provided a wreath-making video) to help get you started.
<strong>Jelly Jar Jubilee </strong>
Spaghetti sauce comes in the most beautiful glass jars these days and with a few simple touches they can be made even prettier for the holidays. (Note: Any glass jar with a screw-top lid will do.)
<li>Save the lid, take the jar and soak it in warm soapy water so you can easily peel off the label.</li>
<li>Poke small holes in the lid with a hammer and nail.</li>
<li>Paint the top of the lid green or red and center a votive candle on top before it dries. Allow to dry and clear any paint from the holes if necessary. (Don’t worry if the candle covers some holes.)</li>
<li>Fill the jar with small pine cones, holly and evergreen clippings.</li>
Now, the fun part: Screw on the lid and tie a pretty ribbon around it, perhaps one with holly print/colors. Light and enjoy; switch out fresh clippings (and/or needles from your tree) to intensify the scent.
WARNING: This could result in a strong wave of nostalgia.
<li>Take a square piece of paper and fold it end to end into a triangle, then do it again.</li>
<li>With the triangle “pointing away from you,” fold the left corner over from the middle point.</li>
<li>Fold the right corner over the same way so that it overlaps the previous fold.</li>
<li>Cut the “ends” off so that you have a smooth-sided triangle fold.</li>
Now, the fun part: Snip pieces out along both long edges of the triangle then unfold the paper to see your new snowflake! You can make bunches of these, attach string to them and hang them in your windows, on your tree and anywhere else you like.
<a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> wishes everyone a happy holiday and hopes these easy DIY ideas add a little more cheer to your home and your holiday décor.