Budget-Friendly Holiday Decor

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Before you buy that cute but pricey holiday decoration, think about going shopping in your own home to make it yourself instead! Professional interior designer Leslie Hart-Davidson from Hart-Davidson Designs shares three DIY projects that will inspire you to break out the glue gun.

Floral arrangements in festive containers are always high-ticket items at stores that sell holiday decor. Instead of shelling out close to $100 for a centerpiece, go look in your pantry instead. Metal coffee cans are a fantastic size for floral arrangements. Use bright red paint on the exterior of the can and place a black belt in the center to mimic Santa's coat. Fill the container with festive flowers (but not a fresh arrangement as the acid in the flower food will react with the metal container). Metal soup cans can be used to make smaller scale arrangements for powder rooms and entryways.

Candles and glass holders are always a popular decorative feature, but the texture is what drives up the price on ready-made glass items. Take an existing glass cylinder that a pillar candle will fit nicely in and add your own interesting texture by wrapping twine in a two or three inch banded section on the cylinder. The twine is a great texture base that could be used through the year by changing out floral bits or ribbon to denote each holiday. Adding berries and a red pillar candle will make the inexpensive arrangement fabulously festive!

If you're looking for a big-impact item that would look great on a mantel, consider getting a little artistic with this project. Gather craft paints and a leftover string of white lights, then head to the craft store to purchase a plain canvas. There are tons of sizes available, so measure your space to see what scale is most appropriate. Choose a design to paint in either a festive quote or your family's monogram. Let it dry, then flip over the canvas to cluster the string lights in opposite top and bottom corners. When the lights are dimmed in the room, the soft glow of the white lights from the back of the canvas makes a festive focal feature!

More information on these projects can be found on the designdemocracy Pinterest site as well as www.designisademocracy.com


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