Christmas Ideas

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I love to recycle or actually upcycle,so I found this from Lushome

Reusing things which I already have is a great idea……

Christmas ornaments are great holiday decorations in winter. Colorful and bright, Christmas ornaments can be creatively used as winter window decorations, giving a festive look to New Years Eve party and all special events in winter. Lushome created an inspiring collections of window decorating ideas that reuse and recycle green branches and Christmas ornaments and create spectacular window displays.

Winter window decorating ideas are fun, simple and quick. There is always many Christmas ornaments left ofter Christmas that can make gorgeous winter holiday decorations for New Years Eve party. Christmas tree decorations and string lights, paper crafts and candles centerpieces are perfect window decorations that add color and glow to New Years Eve.

Snowflakes and stars, hearts decorations and Christmas balls, green branches and ribbons can brighten up interior windows and add unique look to New Years Eve party decor. Creative ways to reuse and recycle Christmas ornaments for all winter holiday decorations help save money while allowing to experiment with fresh window decorating ideas.

reuse and repurpose-

and I wanna try this fireplace-reuse my old cardboard and save,and decorate for Christmas,too…..

How to Make a Cardboard Christmas Fireplace

source:Ehow

If your image of Christmas includes stockings hanging on a fireplace but your home doesn’t have one, you can make a surprisingly realistic version from cardboard. Start with four cardboard display boards — the kind students use for science projects. You can find them at hobby or office supply stores and home centers.

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Things You’ll Need

  • 2 white tri-fold cardboard display boards
  • 2 black tri-fold display boards
  • 1 4-foot pine board, 1 inch x 12 inch
  • Utility knife
  • Clear packing tape
  • Duct tape
  • 4 pieces scrapbook paper, 12 inch x 12 inch
  • Mod Podge
  • Assorted wood trim pieces
  • Hot melt glue gun
  • Paint

Step 1

Start with display boards that measure 36-inches tall, with a 24-inch center panel and two 12-inch side sections. Trim 1/2 inch from the front edge of each side section of all four display boards. Using the 1 x 12 as a straightedge, cut the cardboard with a utility knife.

 

Step 2

Form the columns of the fireplace: Fold back the front section of a white display board and use it as a guide to score a line across the center section underneath.. Don’t cut all the way through, just score. Fold along this line. Repeat on a second white board.

Step 3

Fold the two boards into columns. Stand the black display board up and set one column on each side.

Step 4

One at a time, lay the pieces out flat and tape them together, holding the seams tightly. Tape one white display board to each side of the black board, wrapping around and overlapping on the back.

Step 5

Stand the fireplace back up and measure each column, making sure it remains 11 1/2 inches square from top to bottom. Tape all corners on the inside with duct tape and the outside corners with clear packing tape.

Step 6

From the fourth display board, cut a piece 23 inches wide and the full width of the display board. Measure up from the front edge 11 1/2 inches and score, then cut through the 11 1/2-inch sections on each side to form a “T” shape.

Step 7

Lay the top part of the T across the top of the fireplace, between the columns. Fold the sides of the T down into the columns on each side. Fold the middle of the T down between the columns on the face of the fireplace. Tape in place. Paint the entire cardboard surface with Mod Podge to seal it.

Step 8

Make the mantle: Measure and cut trim boards to fit the 1 inch x 12-inch board. Glue and nail in place. Paint the mantle with a coat of water-based primer. Fill any gouges, knots or dents with dry wall spackle and let dry completely. Sand until smooth. Paint with the desired color.

Step 9

Paint the sides and face of the fireplace gray. Tear scrapbook paper into brick-sized pieces and Mod Podge them to the area around the firebox. Note: if you prefer, you can brick the entire face of the fireplace.

Step 10

Glue corner trim at the front edges of the fireplace. Cut molding to fit around the edges of your brick area, and glue it in place. Set the mantle on top of the fireplace.

 

and a cool way to use my old light bulbs

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How To Make Reindeer Christmas Ornament -:

  1. Paint the glass part of the light bulb with brown acryllic paint and leave it to dry
  2. While waiting make your antlers by cutting a pipe cleaner in half and another into smaller pieces (about eight 2-inch pieces)
  3. Wrap small pieces around larger pipe cleaner to create antlers as per photo
  4. Hot glue on to the metal part of your light bulb
  5. Wrap the base of the antlers with ribbon or fabric and glue in place
  6. Thread a jingle bell or two onto the thin piece of ribbon and tie in a knot to create a loop
  7. Glue to the top of the ornament so it’s ready to hang on a tree and then finish by giving your reindeer a cute face using markers, paint or a red foam ball for the nose

Penguin Ornament

Instructions

  1. Start with an opaque bulb or paint the clear glass white until covered (that might take a few coats)
  2. Add the black “tuxedo” penguins are so famous for using the black paint to add a beak, black paint for eyes and red for rosy cheeks
  3. Create a loop from the ribbon or string and glue to the top of the bulb
  4. Wait for it to dry before hanging    

 

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source:the Whoot

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