I fully admit, I’m not much of a crafter.
I suppose it’s because I seem to be able to make what I desire out of found objects as-is. I simply enjoy the look of an element in its authentic form without having to touch glue or scissors.
However, I took a walk on the wild Christmas junk crafting side this weekend with a few very easy and cool ideas using supplies I had. And here’s what I came up with!
So if you think you aren’t the crafter type, you may be after viewing these…
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Take this simple cranberry fake garland for example. While I loved the look, the piece I had wasn’t long enough for what I had in mind.
Purchase fresh cranberries in a bag.
Thread a large needle with heavy string.
Pierce the middles of cranberries, selecting random shapes and tones.
It doesn’t get much simpler than picking up some fresh cranberries, threading a big needle with some heavy string and getting to it! (creating in front of a kid’s Christmas cartoon made the job much quicker I might add..)
The top is the fake and the bottom is the real deal. How I LOVE the variation of the shades on the latter!
I strung the strands across my blogging area wall unit. Here’s one section. I love how the real berries look against the antiques!
As the cranberries dried, they started to shrink, so you’ll want to reposition them every so often to keep the string looking full.
They lasted about 3 weeks. I imagine they may last longer outdoors however I haven’t tried.
~ Tap handle ornaments ~
Vintage tap handle Christmas ornaments
These fabulous antique tap handles are from Anything Goes Here Etsy. Since I just received them, I had to do something fun with them!
Canning jar rings
Vintage tap handles
Thread raffia through the handles, then tie to a canning jar rim serving as a frame.
I love how different handle colours and rims still make the ornaments look different and varied!
Canning Jar Rim Wreath
This project came about completely by fluke. I was shopping in a local store that had a garage sale area, and noticed some canning jar rims strung up together with a robe belt.
I thought… they sorda resembled an industrial wreath of sorts, but the tie was too loose. So I brought the works home to play.
Canning jar rims – the deeper antique ones are best for this
A thick rope or something to tie them together with inside
I literally untied the robe belt, shifted the rims into better positions, then tightened the belt, and BAM! Now that’s one cool industrial wreath for any season!
Tip: The rims were purchased with no rust. Once I hung them outdoors on the shed, the rims started to rust, but randomly. Some did, while others didn’t. That is even cooler!
You can see it on my garden shed over the years HERE
My rock fireplace tends to feel dark, so I like to come up with unique ways to light it up a little.
These illuminated jars ended up giving the feeling that they are filled with snow and give off the most exquisite glow!
Place white mini lights along the mantel.
Position jars in front of the lights.
Fill each jar and their surrounding areas with Angel Hair to achieve a glowy dreamy effect.
Caution: Angel Hair is hard to find these days but if you do, be aware it’s made from real glass so wear gloves when working with it. Also, keep it out of reach of small children or pets for safety’s sake.
Idea: You can get a similar effect using faux snow as well.
Dark mantel no more! The combination of the jars, lights and angel hair has quite an illuminating effect, especially when dusk approaches. It positively glows and really feels like the bottles are lit up.
A little angel hair was also added to the faux evergreen (and very junkified) wreath.
Love the gate? It’s DIY too! Learn how HERE
So there are some very easy Christmas decorating ideas using next to nothing!
Which was your favorite idea?
Love unique Christmas decor?