This year, forego those store-bought plastic reindeers and craft your own holiday décor instead.
Personalization adds a unique and elegant touch to your home. And with a little ingenuity, even items you’d normally throw away like candy wrappers and old magazines can be transformed into spectacular vases, holiday gifts and jewelry.
"Grab a sheet of paper and hold it in your hands. Think of all the things you can do with it: Crumple it, fold it, rip it, paint it, weave it, stitch it, tear paper into strips to make papier-mâché or cut it into intricate designs. Each sheet of paper contains endless possibilities,” says Kayte Terry, visual merchandising manager for Anthropologie stores and author of “Paper Made,” a new crafting book full of project ideas made from every day materials.
Here’s a project you can try at home, that just takes 10 steps. Terry is offering directions for a “Ring Around the Rosey Vase,” so you can plant your Holly this year in a vase made by you:
Use a craft knife, ruler, and cutting mat to cut magazine pages into 600 1/4 inch strips. Use cylindrical objects of different sizes as rolling instruments. Roll the strips around the object once, then brush glue on the next section of the strip and roll again. Dab glue at the end of the strip to seal the coil. Brush each roll with decoupage medium and set aside to dry. Trace the bottom of the jar onto the cardboard with pencil. Add 1 inch to the diameter, and use a craft knife to cut it out. Cut a magazine page in a circle 2 inches larger in diameter than the base. Brush one side of the cardboard circle with white glue and center and press it facedown onto the magazine circle. Use the craft knife to cut slits 1 inch apart from the edge of the magazine circle to the edge of the cardboard circle. Brush edges of the magazine circle with glue and wrap each 1 inch tab around the edge of the cardboard circle. Brush glue along the outer edge of the circle and attach a row of paper coils around the base. Vary the size of the coils, making sure that each coil’s edges of touch the next. Continue gluing the paper coils, stacking them in uneven rows. Every three rows, brush the inside and outside of the vase with decoupage medium and let dry. Leave more space between the coils as the rows stack higher. Check the height of the vase by placing the jar inside it. Add paper coils until they rise about 1" above the glass jar. Remove the jar. Brush the inside and outside of the vase with decoupage medium and let dry completely before replacing the jar.
You don’t need to spend a fortune on crafting supplies. By rescuing materials from your recycling bin, you can transform your home for the holidays with unique colorful objects.