DIY Style: Decking Your Halls for the Holidays
DIY Style: Decking Your Halls for the Holidays, Written by Rebekah Saner
There’s no need to worry about guests saying your home has a bah-humbug attitude when you can easily dazzle it up with a dash of do-it-yourself holiday inspiration. Remember that decorating during the holidays includes the entire room, even the windows. With a touch of DIY creativity, you can transform your windows into joyful holiday centerpiece. Start first by creating a backdrop for that wintry whimsical scene with window treatment ideas that serve as a focal point in any room. Whether you choose wooden or pleated shades, Roman, roller or solar shades, vertical blinds or drapery, a striking window display can make a lasting seasonal statement. Next, you’re ready to spruce up your windows with these festive and easy DIY creations.
Decorative Window Swag
Photo by Andrea_R via Flickr
Frame windows with festive garlands that highlight the beautiful colors and shimmers of the season that highlight the spirit beautiful colors and shimmers of the holiday into your home.
- Two 9-foot artificial pine garlands (longer pieces, if necessary)
- Sparkling miniature lights Additional stems of artificial greenery
- Pine cones
- Ribbon 3-inches wide
- Artificial red, gold or white poinsettias with glitter
- Colorful ornaments
- Gold or silver metal tinsel
- Hot glue pot
- Craft scissors
- Thin craft wire
- Adhesive hooks
To Construct: Attach an adhesive hook at each corner of the window approximately 2 to 3 inches from the window rim. Hooks can also be placed along the side of the windows to help secure the garland. You’ll need a large table or countertop to decorate the garland. Place a sheet over the surface to prevent scratches from the craft wire. Overlap the ends of the two pieces of garland and secure with wire. Test that the lights are working. Intertwine the lights from one end of the garland to the other securing with wire. Cut a piece of ribbon a little longer than the length of the garland. At intervals, squeeze the ribbon together creating folds. Wrap a piece of wire tightly around the fold, twist to secure, then attach the ribbon to the base from end to end.
Before proceeding, fluff up the pine needles so the garland has a full look. Use hot glue to attach additional greenery, pinecones and poinsettias. Use either wire or hot glue to attach the ornaments. Wire tinsel to the garland. Optional: hang miniature candy canes or attach miniature ornaments to the garland.
Once the garland is decorated, fit it into the hooks. Place the garland so the length is even on each side of the window then pull the center portion down to create a draped look. Check out Martha Steward for more decorative garland ideas.
Photo by Wickerfurniture via Flickr
To draw attention to the decorated window, place a colorful centerpiece in front of the window.
- One red or gold basket
- Red, white and green tissue paper
- 1 to 2 blocks of craft foam
- Silk red and white poinsettias, assorted seasonal floral picks, holly, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, and stems of greenery
- Bag of green craft moss
- Red or gold ribbon with glitter
- Miniature ornaments
- Hot glue
To Construct: Line the basket with tissue paper. Fan the paper so each color is visible. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the basket handle, if applicable, and secure with hot glue. Cut and place the foam on top of the tissue paper so it fits snugly inside the container. Insert and arrange the greenery creating a backdrop, followed by poinsettias and assorted picks. Cover the foam with green moss working it in-between the stems. Glue pine cones, ornaments and cinnamon sticks to moss.
About Rebekah Saner
Rebekah is an aspiring interior designer who enjoys furnishing her rental properties with mid-century modern furniture.