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Cheap, Quick and Easy DIY Christmas (My Favorite)

12.13.2009
It's that time again....time for the weekly blog party at the Newly Woodwards. I have gotten so many awesome ideas from the previous weeks of the party and I know this week will top that even more.

This week was Dare To...Deck the Halls and the challenge was to DIY a holiday decoration. Throughout the Dare To.... party one of my themes has been cheap. I am trying to not blow the bank on Christmas decorations which is very easy to do (at least it is for me because I have a slight addiction).

My other theme for this week is "quick." Like I mentioned last week, I am slightly behind in the handmade gifts department so all of my DIY time has been devoted to that endeavor without much time to spare. I had a grand idea for an Christmas card holder but I knew it was going to take me over an hour to construct and that is valuable quilting time. I will keep that one filed away for next year.

OK the first project. "Handpainted" and Unique glass ornaments. Doesn't sound quick huh? Well I am happy to report that they were so quick that when I hung them on the tree today Derek did not even realize I had snuck away to do them. They are also so easy that kids could do it and it would be a great family project.

So how do you do it? Start with clear glass ornaments (I got these 60% off at Jo-Ann)
Pop off the top and squirt in a couple of colors of acrylic paint. I used a variety of red, silver and ivory. I alternated squirts to layer the colors and get a cooler effect in my opinion.
Place a piece of cardboard or cardstock over the top....and shake shake shake.

Let dry overnight-
And then pop the top back on and enjoy.

Couldn't be easier right?

Of course I did a couple of variations. If you want your colors to be more flowey and less defined, add no more than four drops of water to the ornament before you squirt in the paint.


Your colors will look more like this with the water-
Without the water you get this-

Also you do not have to cover all the glass in the ornament when you shake since the inside looks cool too-

There you have it-10 completed ornaments in 15 minutes all ready to hang on the tree.

I also did a little side project that won't win me any DIY awards but I wanted to share it anyway.

I always struggle with decorating the entry way because it is not a lot of space with a lot of doorways. We have two matching artificial trees that were given to us by the in-laws when they no longer used them. Since we have gotten a live tree the past couple of years they have been gathering dust in the basement. So this year I flanked the door with them.


I went with an all red theme with red lights and red beads. But I wanted to keep it simple so the main tree was still the focal point. We also were missing tree skirts. Again, since I am trying to be cheap this year I did not want to just go out and buy two. I was also concerned that a full size skirt would be too large in order for the door to clear.

So I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a yard and a half of red satin for $3.

I squared it off and cut it in half.
Then I seamed all four sides.....
and wrapped the rectangles around the base.
The finished product-



So much cheaper and easier than cutting and sewing a circle.

Head on over to Kim's the check out all the other great ideas!

I am also linking to:

The DIY Show Off

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18 comments on "Cheap, Quick and Easy DIY Christmas (My Favorite)"
  1. Everything looks great, Jenny. I totally understand about needing time for gifts. haha.... I finally cut myself off tonight. No more working on holiday decor. Everything looks fine. =)

    I def. want to try those type of ornaments next year. I always see the clear ones and never know what to do with them. I may pick some up after the holidays if they are on a good sale. =)

    Thanks for joining in. I've loved getting to see all your projects through the weeks.

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  2. I have wanted to try glass ornaments like that before, but I haven't got around to it. Yours turned out so nice! I love the trees in your entry as well, so beautiful!

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  3. I just bought a bunch of clear balls also, and was thinking of doing something similar. I like that you showed variations!

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  4. I love your ornaments - and I absolutely love that those trees lights are all red!

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  5. I love your ornaments - and I absolutely love that those trees lights are all red!

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  6. I love this idea. I made something similar with my mom years ago and she still has the ornaments for the tree. Its great too because you can quickly do some to match your holiday decor that year :)

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  7. Your ornaments are so pretty!! Great idea on the tree skirts - those puppies can be expensive!

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  8. I have an old magazine clipping with instructions on how to make these ornaments. I decided not to make them this year, now I wish I would have. They look awesome!

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  9. Those are so pretty, and such a quick and simple project! Love it. I never make tree skirts either. I like the wrapped look.

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  10. sweet ornaments and tree skirt.

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  11. I love this project (Ornaments). My daughter made one last year and I wanted to make more this year, but we're unable to find the clear ornaments. I'll have to keep looking. Great project--thanks!

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  12. Love the ornaments! So simple and so much more interesting than a plain red ball. You're right...a great kids' project!
    Beth

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  13. Great ornaments! You did a wonderful job! Looks so easy, I need to add that to my project list! The red lights make the foyer look so warm!

    Cheers!
    Tina

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  14. Love the tree skirts! Beautiful ornaments.

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  15. I really like the ornaments! My husband made me one like that when we were dating and its one of my most treasured ornaments!

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  16. Everything is so pretty. Those are my favorite ornaments to make, they always turn out so pretty.

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