The winter months are finally here, and now is a perfect time to start making your home feel a little bit cozier--and festive! (If that's your thing.)
Whether you’re a DIY beginner or have been at it for years, there are plenty of small seasonal changes you can make to your home. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite winter and holiday DIY projects to spruce up your space!
One simple way to make your home feel a bit warmer is to add some comfortable throw blankets throughout your living room. Not only can a blanket add a pop of color and texture to your space, but it will also help keep you warm when temperatures start to drop. Instead of buying an expensive designer blanket, you can make your own at home with a sewing machine (or a needle, thread, and a good bit of patience). This version is easy to customize with your own trim!
Snow globes are a charming winter decoration that add a little bit of life and fun to your space. We wouldn’t have thought this was something you could DIY, tbh, but the results can be stunning–and fully custom!
Instead of hanging up a traditional Christmas wreath, why not create your own unique version with old scarves? Not only is this design cute and cozy, but it’s easy to make (less than 10 minutes with a wire wreath form), you can keep it hanging up all winter, and you’ll never be bored, since you can switch up the scarves throughout the season.
Faux Sheepskin Rug
Tile and wood floors can get chilly in the winter months. Rugs are not only a stylish accessory, but they also help make your floors more comfortable to walk on. Sheepskin material is kind of having a moment right now (and always, in our opinion), and you can make your own faux sheepskin rug at home with only a few supplies. This version takes cloud shape, but you can choose whatever color and shape you want. This project is quick to complete and doesn’t require any sewing, so it’s great if you’re looking for something fun and easy to do.
If you celebrate Kwanzaa, creating your own unique kinara with family and friends provides a gorgeous decoration for your home, as well as a fun bonding activity. This version is simple enough for little ones to help make it, but also durable enough to last for years. You can customize it to fit any size table or mantle by adjusting the length of the wood base, as well as the size of the candle holders.
Wine Bottle Candle
Candles are another great way to cozy up your space. High quality candles can be pricey, but making your own is easier than you might think! This project uses a wine bottle as a container. Remove the label for a more neutral aesthetic or keep it on and create a fun series from all your favorite wineries! Feeling sentimental? Using a bottle from a special occasion is a way to always keep that memory a-glow.
The most challenging part of this project is cutting the bottle. There are a few different ways to do it, but investing in a bottle cutter is the easiest. From there, you’ll just need to fill the bottle with soy wax and add the wick. If you want to add scents, you can use essential oils - peppermint, pine, and cinnamon are all great options for the winter!
Holiday Light Balls
If you want to create an impressive outdoor holiday display this year, try these holiday light balls. They look nothing short of magical, but there’s no wizardry needed to make them! You just need some chicken wire and a few strings of holiday lights. You can customize the colors to suit your taste, whether you want Christmas colors, winter whites, festive rainbows, or anything else.
Pro tip: if you’re creating an outdoor display, you will need to make sure you have an electrical outlet to power the lights.