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DIY Craft Ideas to Cheer Up Your Mood This Christmas

By Charlene Bazarian

While this holiday season will certainly be different than the traditional celebrations of years past, you don’t have to tone down your festive spirit! Get ready to deck the halls and bring some old-fashioned Christmas cheer to your family gatherings.

Santa’s top experts share some fabulous ways to deck your halls and delight your senses Christmas 2020!

Winter Wonderland!

Bring the enchantment of the wintery outdoors inside your home with this festive holiday arrangement. Draw your inspiration from Mother Nature herself with this DIY Snowy Winter Vase to adorn your table or to give as a gift.   Easy to follow step-by-step instructions from O’Malley’s Floral Expressions @omalleysfloral

Snowy Winter Vase

Supplies Needed:

  • Misc. vases, drinking glasses
  • Mod Podge Matte Waterbase Sealer
  • Paint Brush
  • Epsom Salt
  • Assorted evergreens, holly, or favorite bush stems (You can even pillage from your own yard!)
  • Pinecones

Step-by-Step Directions:

Look through your collection of vases and find the ones you would like to enhance or purchase some new ones.

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Photo Credit: O’Malley’s Floral Expressions

Paint the Mod Podge on the vase where you would like the snowy ice motif to be.  Press or roll the glued part of the vase in Epsom salt (use a container or tray to catch falling salt).

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Photo Credit: O’Malley’s Floral Expressions

Let sit for 24 hours to dry.  Once dry, paint another layer of Mod Podge over the Epsom salt area to ensure the salt stays put and doesn’t flake off.

Photo Credit: O’Malley’s Floral Expressions

Let dry.

Photo Credit: O’Malley’s Floral Expressions

Walk through your yard, neighborhood, or local hiking trail to clip evergreen, holly and any favorite foliage clippings or purchase some from your local farm stand or florist.

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Photo Credit: O’Malley’s Floral Expressions

Fill the vase with water and arrange your fresh evergreen clippings. After collecting your winter greens, start with the largest stem and trim to desired height.  Cut stems at an angle to allow for maximum water absorption.  Remove foliage from the bottom of the stem that sits in water.

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Photo Credit: O’Malley’s Floral Expressions

With the first few stems, build a “nest” by placing the stems in a crisscross pattern as this will allow support for the rest of the stems.  Continue to add greens to desired fullness.  

Photo Credit: O’Malley’s Floral Expressions

Disclaimer
The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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