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Easy DIY Christmas Decor Ideas

Easy DIY Christmas Decor Ideas

DIY projects are very fulfilling tasks to take on. Not only do you get the satisfaction of accomplishing something, but you save a good part of your holiday budget, allowing you to allot it to your other holiday needs. When you start a DIY project, you also get to bond with your family when you enlist their help. Get the holiday look you want without having to spend a fortune by checking out these lovely Christmas projects you can quickly accomplish on your own.

DIY Holiday Lanterns

Sparkly Paper Lanterns

Sparkly paper lanterns add glitz and glamor to your Christmas decor without the hefty price tag or even the sweat. Just coat a store-bought paper lantern with glue, and sprinkle silver or gold glitter until the lantern is fully covered. To avoid making a mess out of all the glitter, lay used newspaper on your work space. Hang the lanterns on your doorway or above tables to make holiday gatherings extra festive. Visit the Two Delighted blog for a detailed tutorial on this sparkly lantern DIY project.

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Fun, Fancy, Easy-To-Make Garlands

Elegant Ornament Garland

Ornament garlands can be pricey, so why not make something with what you have on hand? Put your old Christmas balls and ribbons to good use by turning them into an elegant garland.

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    String old ornaments through the ribbon one at a time. Create a random pattern with a variety of ornament sizes and textures for added visual interest. Hang the garland above your mantel, on the door or a bed post, or by the window.

    Bowtie Garland

    Macaroni crafts scream kid-friendly, making this project perfect if you want your children to help you make Christmas decor! This alternative DIY garland from the Gold Jellybean allows you to use things that may already be available in your home, such as glue and glitter, which my kids will definitely love working with. Simply coat the pasta with glue, sprinkle glitter on it, and tie a yarn or string around it.

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    This cute garland can be used to decorate your kids’ bed posts or even as festive kitchen decor. It’s also perfect as a finishing touch for your Christmas tree or as an ornament for your wreath, swag, or centerpiece.

    Gilded Pine Cone Garland

    Recycle some old pine cones by painting them anew! Spray them with a shimmering gold spray paint, then tie them along a string to create a garland. Hang the garland on your door, window, or staircase for an elegant touch. In my case, I used gold leafing, which is more time-consuming but really pretty.

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    Photos from Jen Lutz
      Photos from Jen Lutz

      Aside from making pine cones into a garland, they can also be used as table centerpieces when placed in clear bowls or hurricane glasses.

      Mini Christmas Trees

      Miniature Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree

      Infuse a winter wonderland feel into any room of your home with a mini, snowy Christmas tree. For this project, all you need are cheap bottle brush trees, mason jars, hot glue, and some salt.

      Photo by Steve Snodgrass via flickr. CC BY 2.0
        Photo by Steve Snodgrass via flickr. CC BY 2.0

        To make, simply glue the miniature trees to the underside of the jar lid and sprinkle some salt over it for a frosty touch. You can also include a miniature Santa or a reindeer for a more Christmas-y theme. Wrap a fancy ribbon around the mason jar to make it even more adorable. Visit the Put it in a Jar blog to see a heartwarming finished product.

        For a more creative holiday season, get crafty and decorate your home with these budget-friendly DIY Christmas decor projects. You can even spread the cheer by giving your creations to family and friends!

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        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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