Make the holidays extra merry with six DIY decor ideas. Use them to spruce up your home or as the perfect seasonal gift. Use this guide to create a fragrant herb centerpiece, a stylish tassel and more.
You’ll need greenery, chicken wire, floral wire and yarn. Use sharp pruners and gardening gloves to protect your hands.
- Bundle together several branches. Secure them with floral wire. The key to this step is finding branches.
- Wearing your gardening gloves and using a pruner, cut a piece of chicken wire that’s 1-foot to 1 1/2-feet long.
- Bend your chicken wire into a cone-shaped hat. Tuck the ends of the wire.
- Wrap dampened moss around the hat. Secure with floral wire as you go.
- Snugly fit the hat on the base of the pine bundle.
- Thread floral wire through the hanging loops of two ball ornaments. Use them for the nose and the top of the hat.
- For the mustache, cut 36 inchs of yarn. Place one end between your thumb and forefinger.
- Wrap the yarn down to your elbow and back up and around your hand 20 times. Snip when done.
- Tie a 6-inch piece of yarn around the middle of the mustache.
- Secure the mustache to the pine needles with floral wire.
- Add twinkling lights an a few sprigs of faux berries.
You’ll need an old dress form, cable ties and burlap. Make sure you have floral shears and gloves. Source greenery and pinecones from your yard or around the neighborhood. Look for full flowing branches such as arborvitae.
- Trim the branches with garden pruners. Decide if you want a long or short skirt.
- Starting at the waist, attach the branches using cable ties.
- Attach a few branches at a time while you circle around the dress form.
- Once the skirt is complete, trim along the bottom with shears.
- Make the bodice with burlap. Cut a rectangular piece of burlap. Fit it around the dress form. Secure it with floral wire for a snug look.
- Add the finishing touches with a ribbon belt and pinecone jewelry.
You’ll need fresh greenery and a wreath form. Get floral wire, flameless candles and ribbon.
- Make a small bundle of greenery in a fan shape.
- Secure the greenery to a wreath form with paddle wire.
- Overlap a second bundle of greenery across the first bundle. Wire it in place.
- Fill wreath form with bundled greenery. Snip off any distracting pieces.
- Add a few flameless candles with clips or floral wire.
- Hang the chandelier by tying the ribbon in an overhand knot at the top.
- Turn off the flameless candles when not in use.
- Lightly spritz with water daily keep greenery fresh.
Succulent Holiday Tree
Pick out a tray or two of small succulents. Get some chicken wire, floral shears and gloves. You’ll also need floral pins, a planter and moss.
- Cut chicken wire into a 12-inch by 12-inch square with shears.
- Wearing gloves, fold back cut edges. Shape chicken wire into a cone and fold edges together.
- Fill the inside of the chicken wire cone with dampened sphagnum moss.
- Fill the planter with floral foam to support the tree. Place the filled chicken wire form inside.
- Secure the chicken wire form with floral pins.
- Gently un-pot succulents, shaking off potting mix.
- Use floral pins to attach succulents to the tree form.
- Alternate succulents for variety. Create vertical “ribbons” with one particular color or texture.
- Finish with succulents or a star ornament.
Fresh Herb Centerpiece
Choose herbs like sage, rosemary and mint. You’ll also need garden twine and paddle wire.
- Tie a loop at one end of a spool of garden twine.
- Make a bundle of herbs. Keep the length the same and make the bundle thick.
- Lay the bundle of herbs about an inch down from the loop on the twine. Hold the bundle and twine in one hand.
- Wrap the paddle wire around the base of the herb bundle. Do not cut the wire.
- Make another bundle of herbs. Attach it on the opposite side. Secure with the paddle wire.
- Repeat until you have the length you want.
- Cut and tie the twine.
- Decorate the herb centerpiece with cinnamon sticks, pinecones or faux berries for color.
Tip: Make this in a few minutes a few hours before you use it.
Make a giant tassel with two balls of jute twine, burlap and scissors. You’ll also need ribbon, plastic wrap and a 3-foot piece of cardboard.
- Cut four 18-inch pieces of jute. Set aside.
- Tape one end of the jute twine to the cardboard.
- Wrap the twine from two balls of twine around the cardboard.
- When done, cut the twine off at both ends. Fold in half.
- Insert an 18-inch piece of jute twine in the middle of the twine. Wrap two to three times. Tie it tightly.
- Loop an 18-inch piece of twine to form a hanging loop.
- Trim tassel bottom with scissors.
- Make a ball from the plastic wrap. Keep wrapping it until it is about 4 inches in diameter.
- Cut two 12-inch square pieces of craft burlap.
- Wrap them around the plastic ball.
- Use an 18-inch long piece of jute twine to tightly secure the burlap.
- Make an opening in the middle of the tassel and insert the burlap ball.
- Wrap an 18-inch piece of twine around the base of the ball.
- Wrap and glue a 7-inch piece of ribbon around the base of the ball.
Fill your home with the fragrance and festive looks of the season. These budget-friendly and easy projects will make the holidays extra warm and bright. Need tools or materials? The Home Depot delivers online orders when and where you need them.