Christmas Decorations With Charlotte Smith

Christmas Decorations With Charlotte Smith

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Decorating for the holidays is always fun. But it’s even more fun if you  make the decorations yourself. Charlotte Smith joins Kent Pierce on set to talk about some “Do It Yourself” decorations you can make from common household items.

Plastic Bag Wreath
Believe it or not, this fun wreath is made from sandwich bags/ dry cleaning bags. Take a wire hanger and stretch it into a circle for the wreath form. Then go around and tie your plastic bags/ strips of dry cleaner bag around the wire. Feel free to embellish with bells or ribbons or even spray with some glitter! Easy. Cheap. And something your kids could help with also!
Fabric Embellished String Lights
Find a fun and unexpected use for old sheets or fabric scraps. Tear your fabric into thin strips and tie them around a strand of LED lights. I used an old white sheet and a strand of red lights, but any combination could work to suit your holiday decor!
Drinking Straw Garland
Here’s an easy and festive way to use drinking straws (either new or cleaned and recycled). Cut your straws into 3 inch lengths. With a needle and heavy duty thread or monofilament, string your straws one at a time into a garland. To add some texture, you could alternate with a bead or a different colored straw.

Shatter Proof Ornaments in a Fun Container
I love these mini shatter-proof ornaments and try to grab a bunch during the after-Christmas sales. Even a small bowl filled with these can be festive but look around your house for other fun things you could fill! Gumball machine? Cloche? Vase? Jars? Fish tank? Be creative!
Norfolk Pine
If you celebrate Christmas, the Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only star of the show. These evergreen Norfolk Pine houseplants were $4 at Home Depot and they are the perfect little holiday touch. Tuck some moss around the base and bring in a woodland ornament and a sweet winter vignette is done!
Snow Globe Jars
Next time you go to toss that old jelly jar, think twice. Any old jar with a secure lid can be recycled into a sweet winter snow globe. For actual snow globes with water, you’ll need to a strong epoxy-type glue and a few water proof accessories. I like to add a few drops of clear glycerin (found at the drugstore) to help keep the water from getting cloudy. Glue your miniatures to the lid of the jar. Fill the jar with water, some glitter and a few drops of glycerin. For snow globes WITHOUT water, you can use epsom salt… set up your little scene the same way but go ahead and glue everything onto the bottom of the jar. Fill with epsom salt, replace the lid and enjoy! Consider hanging little items from the lid with monofilament if you want to add an extra detail!

Pom Pom Trees
These styrofoam trees are always at the craft stores and maybe even on sale right now! You’ll also need a bag of pompoms and some straight pins (for an optional bit of sparkle, grab some sequins too.) Simple stick each pompom onto your tree form with a straight pin and work your way around until the whole tree is covered. (If you have sequins, thread a sequin onto your pin before the pompom to layer the two around the tree.)

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