Jessica | Balsam Hill Designer

Simple DIY Decors for the Holidays

Holiday decorations can get monotonous, especially since Christmas décor is pretty predictable. Shades of green and red, a dolled up Christmas tree, wreaths and garlands hung and draped over doors and banisters; it seems almost every home decorates in the same manner. When the next season rolls around, try something different by investing your time in some DIY projects. Handmade decorations are fun to create and not to mention, they make your home stand out from all the rest.

Here are a few ideas you might like to try:

Centerpieces

A gorgeous centerpiece placed on the dinner table adds glamor to your table setting. Instead of purchasing pre-made flower centerpieces, create your own by gathering a few of your favorite flowers, floral foam, pinecones, and colored stones. Get a clear glass vase, with an opening large enough to accommodate both the flowers and the pinecones, and fill it halfway through with colored pebbles and floral foam. Stick the flowers into the floral foam.

You don’t have to pack the flowers tightly together since any extra space will be covered by the pinecones. Add an extra touch by spraying it lightly with artificial snow. If you’re entertaining on a longer dinner table, consider placing smaller versions of the centerpiece along the table, spread equally apart.

Candy Garlands

Stray away from the usual popcorn garlands and replace it with candy. Purchase a bag of your favorite hard candy, preferably those with colorful paper wrappers. Avoid candy wrapped in plastic because the hot glue will melt through the wrapper. With a hot glue-gun, stick the candies together until they form a long garland.

You can stick to a single color scheme, or mix it up by weaving different colors together. Do this by first creating three separate strings of candy in different colors. Once they’re all around the same length, proceed to braid the three strings to form a thicker interwoven garland that you can use to wrap around your Christmas tree or drape along the mantel. By using non-traditional Christmas colors like blue, pink and purple, the candy garland will add a unique pop of color to any room.

Revive Dinnerware

Revive old ceramic dinnerware by painting them with ceramic paint. You can use your old plates or purchase plain ones at your local store. White is a great base color for this project. Before you start painting, ensure that you have stenciled designs for uniformity. You may create your own by using sturdy plastic sheets, or purchase pre-bought stencils from an art store. Once you have your stencil, decide where you’d like to place the design on the plate before carefully coloring it in with ceramic paint. Use a variety of colors so that the design will really stand out. Leave your plates to dry overnight before washing them.

Through these DIY projects, you’ll be able to create unique holiday décors. Get creative and use materials lying around at home. You can even update your old décors by tweaking it a little, like adding sprays of artificial snow, or coloring it a different hue. DIY projects, after all, shouldn’t be that hard. Lastly, don’t forget to have fun! Happy decorating!

About the Author
Inspired by my passion for the visual arts and my years of experience in the field of design, I enjoy a life of style and artistry. I am a devoted follower of minimalism and I believe in the marriage of form and function. I try to live by these principles, from my subtle but classic fashion sense when it comes to clothes and jewelry, to the various projects I manage and work on in my professional career Influenced by the refined grace of Coco Chanel, the timeless beauty of my favorite city, Stockholm, and the new ideas and trends I read from design books, I try to infuse my life with elegance and sophistication. Join me on Balsam Hill’s blog to get my tips and advice on home design and personal style.