If you read my Liebster Award post, you already know that I love Christmas. However, it’s approaching way too quickly this year! I don’t have time for any big Christmas projects, and I would guess most of you are short on time as well. I didn’t want to give up having a few new homemade touches around the house, so I came up with three fast & frugal Christmas crafts.
#1 – Christmas Card Collection Bin
Hold onto your seats! This is a 2 minute, $2 idea that helps control Christmas card clutter.
Tub from Dollar Tree or similar ($1)
Washi Tape in a coordinating color ( $1 ish – partial roll)
Step 1 & Only:
Wrap tape around the bin in a swag pattern, then make a simple bow out of the same tape. Here’s a shot to show how I made basic loops of tape into the bow. It’s just one big loop squished together in the middle, then a small loop to attach it to the bin. Easy!
Fastest project ever! Here’s what it looks like perched on a mini cake stand and surrounded with Christmas Story awesome-ness. I’m excited to have one dedicated place for all the Christmas cards to be stashed.
#2 Joy Wall Decor
I’m pretty much snowed in, so had to finish this project using materials I could find around the house, I LOVE the way it turned out!
Wood Letters ($4.50 total Hobby Lobby – 50% off sale)
Craft Paint (On hand)
Twine (Found in garage!)
I decided a rustic red would complement the twine I found to wrap the “O”. I didn’t have any, but was able to combine some bright red with a copper metallic paint. I tested out different mixes on the back of a letter until I found the perfect color.
The starting letters were solid semi gloss, but I wanted some texture. I achieved it by brushing the paint on with an almost dry brush using only side to side brushstrokes. It took three coats, but each only only took a couple minutes to paint.
Here’s what it looked after the first coat:
While that was drying, I wrapped the “O” in twine. To get started, I used some double sided tape to hold the rope in place. I also ran the tape along the outside edge. Hot glue would probably work even better.
After 3 coats of paint were dry and the O was wrapped and hot glued on top of the J&Y. It looked like this:
The good: I liked the look of layering the O on top of the J & Y.
The bad: The rope was a pain to wrap around the wide base and ended up bulkier than I wanted.
The solution: Raiding the gift wrap supplies for some ribbon!
Much better! Here’s what it looks like hanging up by the kitchen:
#3 – Sparkly Faith Table Decor
I wasn’t planning on doing this project, but sometimes fate intervenes. I generally try to avoid Wal-Mart but our snow had starting falling and I needed to grab a few last minute things before I hunkered down for the weekend. I was supposed to be grabbing groceries, but somehow I ended up in the fabric section. Oops! I’m sure I had a good reason. Once there, I was so excited to find an endcap of wooden words for $2.97. How could I say no?
Then I headed back to check out, but accidentally wandered down the craft aisle. How did I not know they made craft paint infused with glitter?!?! And it was only $1.77! So a project was born:
Wood Wal-Mart sign ($2.97)
Glitter paint ($1.77)
Base coat paint (on hand)
My instinct was to paint the letters black before applying the glitter, but it seems I don’t own any black paint. Crazy.
I found a dark green in my stash and went with that instead. It was a bit of a mess even after shaking, but I figured out a craft stick could save the day!
First coat of green:
Then came the glitter. It says to wait an hour between coats, but I’m just not that patient. I found I could pounce it on with the brush and get really good coverage. Here’s what it looks like now:
So fun! This is definitely worth a trip to Wal-Mart. It’s probably a good thing I’m snowed in. I would have bought glitter paint in every color and started making the whole house sparkle! Hopefully the urge will subside by the time I’m ready to brave the cold.
I love that all of these crafts were super cheap and have very minimal hands-on time. Which one is your favorite?
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