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DIY Winter Wonderland

Decorations for After Christmas

January 10, 2020 By Taina Laraba

· Styles and Decor,Holidays,Create Craft

DIY WINTER WONDERLAND

DECORATIONS FOR AFTER CHRISTMAS

It’s that time of year when you’ve just taken down all your Christmas decor and the house just feels a bit… sullen. Why not create some winter magic with a few DIY Winter decor projects?

Framed Snowflakes

  • Picture Frames (Dollar Tree)
  • White Spray Paint 
  • Newspaper
  • Snowflake Ornaments (Dollar Tree)

Step 1. Remove glass from frame.

Step 2. Spray paint the frame white.

Step 3. Place glass on the newspaper, draw lines around it and cut out.

Step 4. Put frame back together with the newspaper inside.

Step 5. Hot Glue the snowflakes onto the glass.

Bottle Brush Trees

No matter your style - there's bottle brush trees for everyone!

Just like many of the things we use to decorate, these to can be changed to match out decor.

Bleaching

To turn your bottle brush trees white, simply put them in a bowl with 4 cups of bleach and allow to sit for a 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally to help remove the green paint.

Bottle Brush Trees are very inexpensive...

However if you'd like to make your own:

These are the materials you'll need:

  1. Bend the brush back and forth until the wire breaks. It should only take a few times of going back and forth.
  2. Use the wire clippers or needle nose pliers to pinch both ends closed (sort of twisting at the same time) so that not very many nylon bristles fall out.
  3. Using the wire clippers, clip the brush to the length of the tree you want. Make sure to pinch the wires and twist to close.
  4. Trim brush in a cone shape, rotating as you cut. Once the brush is in the shape of a tree, place on the wreath and boom shaka laka! Knock off bottle brush tree! Each toilet brush makes about 4 trees.

 

 

Yarn Trees

  • Styrofoam Cones
  • White yarn and White and Silver Yarn
  • Straight Pins
  • Dowel Rod
  • Small Wood Slice
  • Wooden Stars
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue gun

I used straight pins to attach some white yarn to the bottom of the cone.

Then, I wrapped the yarn all the way up the cone. You can adjust it as you go to keep everything lined up.

I found it easier to keep the first layer even, and then go for the messy look on the following layers. Once I got to the top, I started going back down in a less organized fashion. No need to be perfect here!

After you're done wrapping, insert pins at the bottom again and cut off the excess yarn.

At the top of the cone, insert a pin or two to keep it from unraveling. I also used a bit of white Elmer's glue to help keep it positioned correctly on top.

Now, to get the look of the Target trees that I was inspired by, I found some white and silver twisted yarn and followed the same process, pinning at the bottom, wrapping up and down the tree in a sort of messy way and pinning again.

Next, I used some wooden star cut outs that I found on the wood craft aisle in my craft store. I attached tooth picks to the backs of them with my hot glue gun. Then, I inserted the stars into the top of the tree. The styrofoam will help hold them in place.

To create the base, I broke a dowel rod down to about 4-5 inches (you can cut with a hand saw if you can't break it with your hands.. please be careful of splinters!).

I drilled a hole into a wood slice using a drill and a bit the same width as the dowel rod. I put a small amount of glue into the hole before inserting the dowel rod to make it a little more secure (after watching my tree fall over a few times before I decided to try glue! Oopsy!). Then, I pushed the dowel rod into the center of the bottom of the styrofoam cone. This is easier if you have a sharp point from breaking the dowel rod, but if yours is flat, use a screw driver or similar object to poke a hole in the styrofoam first.

Snowflake Coasters

  • Snowflake Stamp
  • Wood Coasters
  • Paint Brush
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Mod Podge

Hobby Lobby Products - Coasters $3.99 and Snowflake Stamp .99

Using your small paint brush, carefully apply the white paint to on the stamp. Do your best to only get it on the raised snowflake.

Using a flat surface, firmly press the stamp down on the coaster. Repeat Steps 1-2 until you have your coaster covered in snowflakes.

Once your paint has dried on all the coasters, apply one even coat of Modge Podge. It will dry clear!

Book Wreath

Perfect for decorating your walls this winter!

The tightness of the roll totally determines the look.

So start rolling page. And roll more pages. And more. And then more after that. You have to roll ALOT of pages, an estimated 120 per wreath

Use a bit of hot glue on the bottom corner and fold over.

I dumped Mod Podge on a paper plate and dipped the edges in the glue. It will go on thicker and thinner in spots and that’s ok. After glueing your tips, immediately dip in another plate with your glitter.

I wanted to show you a closeup of the glitter. See….perfectly imperfect. Just get it done =)

Now using a piece of white foam board from the Dollar Tree, it’s important that you lay out the outside ring of cones and stack the next layer a bit to be sure you like how big/small it is before you start glueing them on. After determining the ring looks like you want, start one by one picking up the cones and hot glueing them to the foamboard.

If it's easier for you, use a piece of thin round wood to glue your cones to. I think this is how I would make this rather than trying to form a circle on my own. https://thefrugalhomemaker.com/2012/12/04/music-page-wreath/

If using this method, simply tie your ribbon, or piece of organza to the bottom of one of the cones to hang.

After the outer ring is done, start the inner circle - hot gluing the cones in place.

Poke a hole some place in the foam board to hang your wreath.

Burlap Snowman in Frame

  1. Cut thin strips of your burlap and tie a knot close to the end. That knot makes it really easy to form the center of your rose and wrap the burlap around it.
  2. Twist the burlap strip.
  3. Begin rolling the twisted burlap strip around the knot and use a hot glue gun to secure the rose as your wrap.
  4. Once the rose is the desired size, cut the strip and hot glue the end to the back of the rose.  Cut a small felt circle and hot glue it to the back of the rose. At this point you could cut round circles from felt to glue onto the backs of the flowers, but it's really not necessary with this project.

Now, go find the perfect frame at the thrift store and a piece of foam core board at the Dollar Tree. Then attach your rosettes like see in the above inspirational photo.

Felt Trees

Inspired by the Pottery Barn for Kids

  • Styrofoam Tree
  • Felt Squares
  • Hot Glue Gun

I made the first tree using 3 full sheets of felt for a 14.5″ tall cone. I started by cutting two inch strips of felt and then cutting those into triangles (top left picture above). I saved a little felt to hide the cardboard under the first row and a small circle to finish off the top.

Because this tree sat flat on the ground, rather than on a trunk, I wrapped some strips of felt around the bottom 2 inches of the tree, so the Styrofoam wouldn’t show under the first row of triangles (top right picture above). I then hot glued triangles, overlapping slightly, in a row around the cone (bottom left picture above). I worked the same way all the up the tree and capped off the top with a small circle of felt.

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