3 Ways to Give Plain Ornaments a Stylish, Scandi Makeover

If you’ve ever been inspired by try a whole new color scheme or style in your Christmas decor, you may have been deterred by the fact that you’d have to replace all of the ornaments you already have. But with a little paint, you can give your ornaments a makeover, saving cash and keeping your old decor out of the landfill. Here’s how I gave some glass bulbs a new look, three different ways.  Continue Reading

Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest

Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Ever since I built a mantel a couple of years ago, I'm always on the hunt for fun new ways to decorate it. So as I browsed the paper aisle at my local craft store, it hit me – a folded paper tree forest! I'm a big fan of non-traditional colors, so I bought a few of my favorites and got to work. Click through to check out the full tutorial.   

 

Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Materials

Easy Mantel Idea: Colorful Paper Tree Forest | By Curbly #diy #paper #christmas
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

Step

Begin by drawing tall triangles on the back of a piece of cardstock. Continue Reading

How To Decorate A Christmas Tree With Ribbon

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Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

I love a unique Christmas tree. Don't get me wrong, a classic evergreen tree with white lights and red ornaments is great too… but there's something so exciting about a non-traditional tree with interesting colors and unusual decorations. So today I'm going to teach you how to decorate a Christmas tree with ribbon! Read on to check out my tips and tricks for creating a stunning, colorful ribbon tree.     

 

Materials

How To Decorate A Christmas Tree With Ribbon | Curbly #christmas #holiday #ribbon #nontraditional #unique
Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

 

  • Magenta tulle, 6 inches wide
  • Aqua tulle, 6 inches wide
  • Gold sparkle ribbon, 1.5 inches wide
  • Pale green sparkle ribbon, 2 inches wide
  • Navy blue satin ribbon, 2 inches wide
  • Scissors
  • Additional ornaments and string lights 
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Photo: Faith Towers Provencher

The key to creating a successful ribbon tree is to layer lots of different colors and textures on top of one another. Continue Reading

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

It's certainly time to decorate our homes with some much needed Christmas cheer! This year, we are focusing on adding more handmade pieces to our Christmas decor to help the holiday feel more personal and inviting! These simple and modern 3-D cork Christmas trees are a sure way to add that festive touch to your tabletops this season!  

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

materials

  • Cork tiles 
  • Cutting mat
  • Cutting tool (or X-Acto knife)
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painters Tape (optional)
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Hot glue gun

Step

How To: Make 3-D Cork Christmas Trees

Using your ruler, decide how big you want your first tree to be. Continue Reading

How to: Simple and Stylish DIY Paper Christmas Trees

Easy DIY Metallic Paper Trees
Photo: Faith Towers

I've had a minor obsession with metallics this holiday season. Okay, a major one. So when I spotted these textured scrapbook pages at the craft store, I knew I had to have them. I began experimenting with a pencil compass, and I came up with a fun metallic Christmas tree.   

 

Easy DIY Metallic Paper Trees
Photo: Faith Towers

And then I kept making more and more, and suddenly I had an entire forest. And the best part? These are super easy to make.       Continue Reading

How to: Make a Paper Ornament Tree Advent Calendar

DIY advent calendar tree

What do you do when you want a Christmas tree and an advent calendar, but you live in a tiny space? You make an advent calendar tree out of paper and and it solves all your problem, that's what!      

 We live in a pretty small apartment and it's tough to have a Christmas tree up during the holiday season. We love the festiveness that it brings, but we don't love the precious space that it occupies. Continue Reading

Make It! DIY Life-Sized Folded Paper Christmas Tree

Make this sweet and simple DIY folded paper Christmas tree!

Christmas trees aren’t for everyone. They can be pricey when you’re on a budget, tricky in a small apartment, and nearly impossible with pets. 

This year we came up with a super affordable, easy to assemble, clever tree that only requires a wall, a roll of tape, a stapler, dexterous fingers, and about an hour of your time. Right? Right! Let’s make one.     

 

Materials

Step

Fold 50 sheets of paper the long way in an accordion pattern. Continue Reading

How To: Make a PVC Pipe Small-Scale Christmas Tree

DIY Table top PVC Christmas Tree
This season we partnered with Dremel to bring you a pair of tabletop holiday trees you can add to your winter decor. We wanted to come up with a project for all of you folks who are tight on space, but still wanted to bring in lots of seasonal cheer. 

Using several tubes of PVC, you can quickly fashion a unique tree (on a small scale) and spruce it up to your liking.  We love this tree’s versatility; it can house ornaments or trinkets (like a curio box), or it can stand alone, as a minimal, modern piece.  Continue Reading

11 Alternative Christmas Trees If You’re On A Budget

11 Alternative Christmas Trees If You're On A Budget

I love having a tree in my home during the holidays. They’re so fun to decorate, and if you’re lucky enough to get a real one, the smell is fantastic! Unfortunately, trees and lights and ornaments aren’t free. Here are 12 great ways to bring a tree in your home without breaking the bank!      

 

I love the idea of a few branches on the wall! via Almost Makes Perfect

Poms on a cactus?! Continue Reading

Make It: An Artificial Christmas Tree Using a Common Gardening Item

DIY artificial tree via The Wonder Forest [http://www.thewonderforest.com/2014/11/diy-tomato-cage-christmas-tree.html]
via The Wonder Forest

We’re about twelve days out from Christmas (12 Lords-a-leaping!) and there’s still time to get a tree up if you haven’t already. If you don’t have the space for a big one, why not make your own artificial tree? Yeah. That’s right. It can be done. And with something I never would have thought to use!       

 It never even crossed my mind that you could make an artificial tree like the kind you buy in stores. Continue Reading