Holiday DIYs

‘Tis the season for crafting! You’re not the only one adding more pins to that DIY board as the holidays approach. We challenged our favorite bloggers to create some fun, easy DIYs with nothing but a box of crazy-festive crafting supplies. Check out what they came up with and try them out on your own!

This DIY post comes from Kris and Tammy of Creative Me, Inspired You. They each created a holiday-inspired DIY for you to try on your own! Read on for instructions and photos.

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Happy New Year Wreath

by Kris

With the holidays coming up, I wanted to create a fun, yet different, home decor item. As I was brainstorming, I realized there aren’t a whole lot of DIY ideas out there for New Year’s Eve. I’m planning for a New Year’s with lots of colorful hats and party blowers, confetti, and noisemakers. So what other decor can you add to the festive theme? How about this fun-tastic, colorful Happy New Year wreath! Let’s get going.

Materials:

  • wreath (try finding one at your local dollar store)
  • silver spray paint
  • colorful card stock
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • bamboo skewers
  • embroidery floss
  • sparkly ribbon
  • armature wire
  • festive holiday items (mirrored balls, gift wrapping bows, wooden stars, and anything else you can think of!)

Step 1

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Spray paint your wreath silver and set it aside until dry.

Step 2

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To make flowers for the wreath, cut a six-inch square from a piece of card stock (I used pink, aqua, and lime).

Cut the square into a basic circle shape and draw a spiral. You will cut along the spiral to make the beginning of the flower.

Step 3

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Begin to roll the flower into a coil shape. Using Tweezers will make this step easier.

Continue rolling until the paper is in a tight coil. You can loosen the coil to make bigger flowers, but keep it tight for smaller flowers.

Add a dollop of hot glue to the center point (at the base of the flower) to hold it all together. When you’re done, allow your flowers to cool until dry.

Step 4

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Begin assembling your wreath using a hot glue gun. I started with a couple of flowers and two mirrored balls (check your local craft store!).

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I filled up the wreath by adding flowers, more mirrored balls, and some small gift ribbon bows, as well as a few jingle bells.

Step 5

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To create these fun and festive bows, hot glue the ends of a piece of ribbon to make two loops. Then, use one piece of ribbon to tie them all together into one bow. Add this bow to your wreath!

Step 6

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Add some 3D elements to your wreath by using armature wire and wooden stars. Glue the wire to the back of the stars and then tuck the wires into your wreath to create a cool, dimensional look.

Step 7

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To make the flags that read “2015” and “Happy New Year,” you’ll need embroidery floss, bamboo skewers, letter stickers, and card stock.

Cut one bamboo skewer to five inches and one to six inches. Then, wrap both in embroidery floss so that they’re colorful. To secure the floss, just add a dot of glue to each end of your stick and make sure to wrap the floss around it.

Cut flag shapes from the card stock (a rectangle with a “V” cut into the end) and glue them to the bamboo skewers.

Add basic black letter stickers to write your message on the card stock and tuck the flags into the wreath. You can easily replace the stickers or the flag with each new year!

happy new year wreath

Holiday Gift Box Ornaments

by Tammy

You don’t need many supplies for this gift box ornament DIY. With some folding techniques, you can create these boxes entirely out of paper!

Materials

  • holiday paper
  • scissors
  • embroidery floss
  • glue
  • decorative items (ribbon, jingle bells, wooden stars, cinnamon sticks, Santa hats, and anything else you’d like to use!)

Step 1

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First, cut your paper into an 8-1/2” x 8-1/2” square.

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Fold your square into a triangle, corner to corner.

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Unfold and then refold into a triangle again, but fold across the opposite corners.

Step 2

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Unfold the paper again. Now you have a criss-cross crease from corner to corner. Take each corner and fold them in towards the center.

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Now, fold each of the points back toward the outer creased edges of the square.

Step 3

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Keep folding! 🙂 Fold two parallel sides of the square in towards the center.

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Unfold those last two folds, and do the same with the opposite sides.

Step 4

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Unfold those last two folds, and make four cuts as shown above.

Step 5

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Now, fold the two small triangle pieces (on the two sides that were cut in step 4) in towards the center. Fold the top and bottom sections in towards the center as well.

Step 6

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Fold the top and bottom sides (that you just folded in Step 5) up to form the sides of your 3D box.

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Then, fold the two triangular sides up into the inside of your box (just like a present!). Use glue to hold down the bottom triangular tabs.

Step 7

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Cut a second square out of the same paper, but make sure it is ¼” smaller on each side (8-1/4” x 8-1/4”). Follow the same instructions (Steps 1 – 6) to create a box bottom. The smaller size square will form the bottom of a box that will slide perfectly inside the top box you just completed!

Step 8

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Decorate the top of your box with ribbons, cinnamon sticks, stars, jingle bells, Santa hats, or any other decorations you have. Attach loops of embroidery floss to the sides of your boxes so that they can also hang as decorations on a tree.

Happy Holidays!

Kris & Tammy of Creative Me, Inspired You

 

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