New Christmas Traditions for 2012
Christmas traditions are one of the most anticipated activities of the holiday season, but sometimes we all need to switch it up a little, start new traditions and have a little more creative fun when it comes to making our homes more festive. Keeping up with holiday trends is a great way to be inspired to start new projects that involve the whole family. Not to mention: a unique Christmas tree is sure to have all of your guests buzzing about your decor. To have your home ready by the time the first snow falls, check out these top Christmas tree trends of 2012. Continue reading
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…” The song’s on loop in our minds and the following images of holiday love are making us more and more excited for the Christmas season. From merry-go-rounds to gumdrops, these delightful pictures are sure to put anyone in the mood for Christmas.
Flock Your Christmas Tree
“Flocking” is a relatively new technique that gives your Christmas tree that sparkling winter wonderland glow. As a general term, to flock means to apply a downy, raised texture to something. However, when applying the term to Christmas trees, it means to apply a certain compound designed specifically to resemble snow. The result is a more natural look that gives your home an extra artistic edge. If you have an artificial Christmas tree, flocking can be a great activity for creating an even more realistic look. To add this gorgeous touch, simply apply the following steps.
1. Mix Together Ingredients
To create the light, airy look of snow, you can mix together starch and snowflakes for a bright white, frosty accent that really captures the essence of a fresh winter snowfall. You’ll need to combine 2/3 cup of starch with two cups of soap flakes and mix them together in a medium-sized bowl. This will add the perfect balance of soft, powdery texture with delicate flakes. Mix in 2-4 tablespoons of water one tablespoon at a time. Stop when the mixture begins to develop a thick, stiff consistency. Stir in a drop of blue food coloring at a time until the mixture features a glistening hue of light blue with the white.
Holiday Decorating Tips – 10 Easy DIY Projects
The holidays can be a major strain on your wallet, which only adds to the stress of an endless to-do list. Luckily, there’s a simple solution that will allow you to check more things off of your to-do list, save money, and even bring you closer together with friends and family. The following list of do-it-yourself projects provides all of this and more, so you can have a more creative Christmas this year.
1. Ornament Wreath
Want a shiny new wreath that lasts longer than a single season? You can complement your artificial Christmas tree with an artificial wreath or you can make your own ornament wreath for a fun and festive touch. First, collect different colors and sizes of ornaments and purchase a Styrofoam wreath. Remove all of the hangers from the ornaments and then use a hot glue gun to apply them in a style that suits you. Continue reading