DIY: minimalist holiday decorations

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DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.

As much as I adore the holidays, I’m pretty lazy about putting up my own decorations. I’m down to watch Christmas movies any day of the month, and I’ve definitely already played Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” more than a few times (…starting in July), but there’s something about decking the halls that I can take or leave because it calls for actual effort.

In an attempt to be a bit more festive and a little less Grinch-y, I decided to put together some decorations that require very little work, but still end up looking stylish. What’s even more fun about these decorations is a bunch of the items I used were FREE. The hangers featured in one of the wreaths came from a local laundromat that was super willing to donate a few when I explained they were for a DIY, and the pine branches were spare clippings from a nearby Christmas tree shop! Y’all, my heart felt so full after receiving DIY donations, I can’t even write it out, but I’m gonna chalk it up to holiday spirit.

Easy minimalist DIY holiday decorations.

DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.

ASSORTED ITEMS USED:

• wire hangers
• tree clippings
glass ball ornaments
• thin branch/dowel
white twine string
gold/red ribbon
hot glue
gold star garland
• mason jars

DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.

to make: mason jar trimmings

So you wanna make a corner or shelf just a little more festive? All you need for this is to snag an empty mason jar and throw a few tree clippings in. Add a metallic ribbon (and some star garland if you’re feeling extra) to finish it off. Simple, yet chic.

DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.

to make: straight wreath

Find a branch (or dowel) your desired length, and start gluing your tree clippings down! I found it helped flesh out the “wreath” by gluing in layers on both the front and the back of the branch. Once you’ve reached your desired density, tie twine to the branch ends and finish off with a well-placed bow. Tada!

DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.

to make: glass globes

These are too dang fun. Carefully pull the metal top off the glass globe and fill with whatever simple garnishes you’re interested in. I alternated between fir clippings, eucalyptus berries, and pieces of the gold star garland. Whatever you choose will be front and center, so get creative! Carefully replace the cap, tie off with metallic ribbon, and you’re set to hang these stylish ornaments!

DIY holiday decorations that have chic payoff with little effort required.

to make: asymmetrical round wreath

This DIY took the most work, and that’s honestly only because I had to bend the hanger. Laundromat hangers have a removable bottom “rung”, so pop that out, and bend your hanger into an open half-circle. Take the tree clippings and hot glue them across the bottom of the hanger. Flesh out to your desired density by layering the branches on the front and back of the hanger. Finish off with a few bows, and you’re done!

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Have you been getting crafty with decorations?
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9 Comments

  1. zuzana December 6, 2017 / 10:26 am

    what an idea. I have 3 boxes full of deco on my sofa for the last week and just cant get into decorating. Minimalism rocks

  2. Taylor December 6, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I love all these! They are simple minimal and look chic. Nice ideas!

  3. Marcie December 6, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I love how these turned out! These are perfect for an apartment or a dorm room, too! It’s just enough to be festive, but not enough to overwhelm a room!

  4. Nostalgia Diaries December 6, 2017 / 11:01 am

    I love how simple and elegant these are – and I think that using the clothes hanger is so clever. Beautiful! – Corey

  5. Krista @ Reroute Lifestyle December 7, 2017 / 8:59 am

    Kate, these ideas are SOOO cute. I’m in Thailand for Christmas, and I really want to perk up our apartment with some holiday spirit. Def going to go materials hunting around town tomorrow with these in mind!!!

  6. Melanie December 7, 2017 / 2:21 pm

    These are all such great ideas!! We just moved into a camper, so the minimalist theme is definitely what we are going for! Thanks!

  7. Jenni December 7, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    The bulbs are lovely. What a fresh idea!

  8. Love Cake Create December 7, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    Love these decorations, this is something that I could totally try! I usually prefer to buy my decorations but I’ve got some glass globes that I could use for this project.

  9. Mistle December 8, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    These are all great ideas for decorations!! Nothing overly crazy which can be nice sometimes. I have yet to decorate my house. I probably will not decorate this year because life has been way too busy.

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