I bet you read this blog post title and felt like it was written just for you - yes, you! You procrastinator, you. There's no shame in it; you kept telling yourself you have time to get your Christmas decorations up, and before you realized it, we were in the December double-digits and you have yet to get into the holiday spirit.
If it makes you feel any better - I've been putting off writing this post for weeks and only turned it into a "last minute" Christmas décor thing because I took so long to write it! I just wanted to share a few DIY Christmas décor pieces that are super easy and inexpensive to make and that you really could make at the last minute. They'll add a personalized touch to your home for any upcoming holiday parties you'll be hosting or just make for something pretty to look at on a cozy night in.
For the first thing you'll make, the supplies needed are pretty basic and you might already have some of them from your previous Christmas decorating:
To make this festive jar, just start stacking your supplies, while wrapping the fairy lights along the edges. What I did was attach the tip of the fairy lights to the hook of one of the ornaments on the bottom to anchor it in place, and then I started with a layer of gems, then ornaments and then pinecones, and repeated that process until the vase was full. I kept the battery pack with the power button for the fairy lights at the top of the vase where I could reach it and covered it with ornaments so it doesn't show. Once everything was stacked, I put the lid on the jar, and ta-da!
The next thing I made was totally improvised as a way to repurpose a finished candle jar, because anyone who knows me knows that I'm a candle hoarder and I figured it would be cool to find a use for all the pretty jars they come in.
I literally got into an argument with my husband because I wanted to buy winter candles and he told me I already had a bunch. Then I had to explain to him that "Coconut Breeze" was not a winter candle scent and I went out and bought "Winter Nights".😌He still didn't get it, but whatever!
All this to say that I had a nice jar that I wanted to do something with, so after I cleared out the rest of the candle wax (I soaked it in hot soapy water for a while, then put it in the dishwasher, and the scrubbed whatever was left over off), I turned it into a tea light holder with a few simple steps:
Paint the inside of the jar - I used silver acrylic paint
Throw in a couple of tea lights
Light the tea lights, fill your favorite Christmas mug with hot chocolate and marshmallows, cuddle up on the couch with your coziest blanket and favorite person and/or pet and watch your favorite Christmas movie (mine's a toss up between Home Alone, The Holiday and Miracle on 34th Street!)
The last Christmas décor DIY project I did was make my own door wreath! All I did for this one was get a mini wreath to use as the "O" in the word "JOY", added wooden letters for the "J" and "Y", tied the whole thing together using some jute twine and there you have it!
Now that I've given you all these ideas, you have two weeks to get your Christmas decorating on - better get started right away! 🕯️🎄🎅🏻🤶🏻🎁
If all else fails, you can buy this Christmas Countdown Chalkboard Wood Sign from the BashfulLettering Etsy shop and call it a day! 😉