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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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diy decor - ball garland

    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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        Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

        Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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        Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

        However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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        The leap happens when we realize two things:

        1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
        2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

        Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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        Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

        My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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        In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

        “Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

        Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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