There was a time when I went completely bat-silly this time of year with all the artsy craftsy holiday decorating ideas that I could conjure up. I decorated EVERYTHING! I had at least two Christmas trees lighted & decorated (not counting the one in my son’s room). I put up lights indoors & out, wreaths, garland, nativity scenes, pine cone centerpieces, lighted Santas & snowmen in the front yard … all that stuff. Yes, I even had a toilet seat cover with a Santa face on it and put little red ribbons around the necks of nick knack animals. I don’t do it anymore. Which is really sort of sad for me! Why not? First, my son grew up and moved away and most of it was for him anyway. Next, money got a bit tight. Last, per doctor’s orders, I had to reduce my stress levels especially during the holidays and during cold weather. I had to learn to take on less and do only the things that were necessary. At the risk of sounding like a Scrooge, life is just too short to have another heart attack over hanging lights in the snow. At my age, it just seemed like something I needed to forgo. Not happy about it, but I have I gotten used to it.
The only decorating that I do now is with the greeting cards we receive in the mail. They get lined up on a shelf above the TV, and in January, they all go into the recycle bin (unless someone asks me for them for their own projects). Why not keep them and do something crafty with them next year? Well, I am not all that artsy, craftsy in the first place and then there is all those reasons I listed above. I had to just let it go. All that said …
This does NOT mean that I don’t appreciate holiday decorations! I do! I really, really do! I just appreciate everyone elses’ rather than my own; and I must say, I am pretty darn good at it. And THAT is what I want to talk about today … OTHER PEOPLE’S Artsy Craftsy Holiday Decorating Ideas. And I have found a bunch of them that I want to share with you. Let’s start here!
Stephanie, who guest posted on the Untrained Housewife, has a great idea for a beautiful hand knitted garland that is a) pet & kid friendly and b) reusable, year after year. Never buy new garland again! You could probably even hand wash it with no ill effects (but don’t quote me on that … read the label on the skein)! If you are handy with some yarn and knitting needles, try this one: Homemade Holiday Garland.
Also from Stephanie (she’s a very crafty girl!), here is a warm and welcoming wreath to hang on your front door. She lists out all the materials and provides easy to follow instructions right here at this link. Don’t pay a fortune for a premade wreath! Make your own! You might even be able to reuse materials from some of your tired, old decorations and breath new life into them. So pretty!
Next in our lineup of Artsy Craftsy Holiday Decorating Ideas are these gorgeous fresh evergreen winter urns and extra large outdoor chimney (or building) wreaths! Brought to us from Susan over at Learning and Yearning, these crafty projects look simple to make and they must smell just heavenly! Such a festive touch that wishes all those passing by a Happy Holiday Season! Use these links to learn to make your own evergreen Winter Urns and Chimney Wreaths.
Not to be outdone, here are two adorable ideas from Heather over at Green Eggs & Goats. She shows how to make these eye-catching ornaments out of the simplest things! It is so easy a child can do it. Her other great idea are these adorable hand knitted Christmas stockings. She provides you a link to a free pattern, and if you are new to knitting, she even points you to a couple good places to learn how.
Speaking of ornaments easy enough for a child, Kathy has the cutest idea here. She shared this post on the Untrained Housewife on how to make Frosted Thumbprint Candy Cane Ornaments, and you almost HAVE to have the kiddos for this one. These are SO CUTE!
Here are a couple of really cute ideas from KarenLynn at Lil’ Suburban Homestead. She shows us how to make these lovely glittered pine cone wreaths and alcohol link painted ornaments. I am not even sure what an alcohol link is, but I think I will be looking it up. Very pretty.
And last, but certainly NOT least, we found two terrific posts from Angela over at Untrained Housewife. She gives us the scoop on making this beautiful beaded & lighted vase centerpiece and a handy step by step on how to decorate a live Christmas tree. No, really … not a CUT Christmas tree, a live one that will live on for years! (I really like that part!) At the bottom of this post she also provides links to five different posts on homemade ornaments, so this one is just a wealth of ideas for artsy crafty decorating.
Well, that wraps up our collection of Artsy Craftsy Holiday Decorating Ideas. I hope you find a few here that you will make and enjoy yourself! I am sure you have a few ideas of your own! Please be sure to share your ideas (with links, if you have them) in the comments below. We would love to see how you decorate your house!
Wishing all of you a safe, warm, happy, and healthy Holiday Season!