DIY Upcycled Holiday Decor

Every year I like to craft something for our home for the holidays. Last year I made an easy and magnificent magnolia leaf wreath that looks so pretty dry (pics below), I was able to reuse it this year. So this year I had a new project: gift-wrapped presents for the front porch.

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  This project was SO easy. I literally spent $0 on it. All I did was take some wooden wine crates and painted them with a high gloss (very important because wrapping paper is shiny) acrylic craft paint (purchased at Michael’s). My 5yo helped me with the painting. We did need to use 2-coats of paint to get full coverage on the wood. I then reused some pieces of ribbon collected from past present-giving/receiving and VOILA, beautiful statement-making decor for the front porch. ONE KEY TIP: you have to make at least 3-of these to create a nice presentation. This is a general principle of design. If your porch is larger than mine you might want to do 5 or 7, but keep the numbers odd, it will give your display a more natural look.

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 One caveat: if you live somewhere with a lot of precipitation, make sure decor like this is covered by an overhang!! 

To find empty wine crates, call a wine store near you. Where I live they can be found for free or for a few dollars apiece. I have about 10 in my garage left over from my days of owning a store, and wine crates are up there with duct tape and binder clips in terms of my belief that you can do just abuot anything with them. I’ve used them for everything from gift boxes (throw in a bottle of wine and some glasses for a chic housewarming gift), to book shelves, to stools to speaker boxes. 

Enjoy and be a spark in the world!

BTW here are pics of the magnolia leaf wreath when it was fresh and this year dry. 

   
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Decoupage Heart Project

Decoupage is a fun and easy way to create decorations from scratch or to add creative flair to an existing object. We made this “stained glass” heart for Valentine’s Day with just a few items.  You can also see a video version of this project on our YouTube Channel here. Craft supplies available for sale here.

Supplies for “Stained Glass” Heart
-Wax Paper
-Colored Tissue Paper (at least 3-complementary colors)
-Mod Podge Gloss (white glue will work)
-Posterboard
-Brush for glue

1. Tear up the tissue paper into small pieces. Use at least 3-complementary colors to get a nice layering effect.
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2. Cut a heart shape out of wax paper. Dip the brush in glue and brush a light coat onto the wax paper.
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3. Adhere a piece of tissue paper to the already gluey wax paper. Seal the tissue paper with a thin layer of glue over the top. Layer of glue should be light enough that issue paper should NOT look “white”. Overlap the edges of the paper to create the stained glass effect and make sure to not leave any surface uncovered. Once you are finished, allow the glue to dry fully.
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4. Create a Border: Take the posterboard and cut out a slightly larger heart shape border that is about 1-inch thick. When the decoupage is dry, tape it to the border
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Here’s another project I mention in the YouTube video. A gift box my best friend and I send back and forth to each other. We paste a new image with each gift sent.
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