“ Welcome Winter. Your late dawns and chilled breath make me lazy, but I love you nonetheless.”
Finally I got a chance this month to do some fun crafting and decorating. January can be so sad when you have to pack away all your pretty little Christmas decorations. Then on top of that, here in Arizona it never seems like Winter sticks around for long. We never get snow. Christmas is the only thing we really have that tells us that Winter is officially here in Phoenix Arizona.
I walk into the stores and as soon as I see them mark down Christmas, they start clearing shelves within hours to start selling Valentine. This is kind of depressing to see to me, just how fast they are at erasing such a special time. Sometimes I feel like I am in a mouse maze. Every year same thing, same thing. I love Valentine’s Day but let me hold onto Winter just a little bit longer. When ever I hit the big department stores I always feel like I am being pushed to keep that cycle of never ending buying over and over.
I worry about our planet and what all that plastic waste is doing to us all. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to shop for new things, but do they have to be so soon after each holiday. I bet you somewhere right now, someone is putting Easter on a shelf. Easter is my second favorite holiday with Christmas being number one but I am not ready yet for Easter. Let me enjoy big chunky sweaters, fuzzy socks, hot cocoa and the idea of snow at least for a little while longer.
Anyway, like I just wrote up above, I am not ready for what ever the stores keep pushing for me to be ready for and by the time I am ready to start decorating for those holidays everything is sold out because everyone bought those items as soon as they were put on the shelves to sell. That is when I have to get creative with my second hand items.
Even though this may seem a little late, doing a post on some Winter decor, you can still officially keep Winter up for at least another couple of months. So one Sunday, I decided to do some really easy DIY’s out in the garden. I desperately needed a break from all the organizing and decluttering, I needed something fun to do.
First I started with some little trees. I had a whole basket of Aspen branches my husband cut up for me one day that were perfect for this first project.
So easy to make. I had my husband drill little holes in them. This is not one of my original ideas. I think it’s an old Scandinavian craft. I do not know where it originated from. Just being honest, I can’t take credit for everything. Wish I had someone to give credit to but you all know how it works, nothing new under the sun. We all inspire each other and when I do get inspired by someone else I try to give credit to them.
I only did a few of these little twig trees. They are so easy and cheap to make you can do a whole Forrest of them on a shelf.
This faux tree I bought a year ago was actually the inspiration to make my little natural twig trees. I bought this plastic tree a year ago but I am slowly trying to make better choices in things I buy now. I thought why not show you all how to make your own versions using organic items from nature. Keeps more plastic out of the ocean.
Once you drill the holes into your little logs add a little glue.
Then add tiny branches from trees and plants in your garden.
Second project uses old pallets. Living in the city these are everywhere being thrown away.
Just cut a couple to the size you like for decorative signage. Then use stencils or free hand something pretty to them. I bought these stencils last year after Christmas at 80% off and I am finally getting around to making a sign with them.
I used some left over white paint I had from my room make over. I still had some paint in a plastic cup covered with plastic. Nothing gets wasted in a frugal home.
Then I allowed my twig trees and sign to dry for a few hours.
While those items were drying I started working on my third and favorite project using some faux snowballs I picked up on sale after Christmas. I bet you all know what these are going to be turned into.
I had some Christmas tree trim that I picked up at the tree lot and used this as a base for my snowman. That’s right, I’m making a snowman. The thing about growing up in parts of Arizona where you don’t get snow is how much fun we have making faux snowmen with all kinds of other supplies.
Just glue one piece one on top of the other to create a snowman. I made a pom pom myself for the head.
The snowman was my favorite project to make with these frugal decorations. I think I could have spent all day out there in the garden making snowmen.I added Aspen branches for arms and sewed a little grey felt hat for it. Glued little black beads for eyes and buttons. Some orange felt was the added touch for a nose and a piece of grey wool yarn for a mouth.
Because we have been having rain off and on we have mosquitoes everywhere. Every time we have rain I have to walk around our yard looking for water puddles to prevent problems with these pesty little blood suckers. For added protection I still have my Citronella candles around to keep those little monsters away.
I let everything dry for a whole day before I did the last step on my sign. I stained it the next morning, then I allowed that to dry another day.
Winter is still around our house, at least for awhile but I am itching to make some hearts. I love hearts so much I have them up all year long, doesn’t have to be Valentine’s day around to encourage a little love. Maybe for February I will have a fun 3 frugal DIY decorating projects using hearts, sounds like a plan to me. Can’t wait to get back out in the garden to create.
All three of these projects together cost less then a couple dollars to make.
Faux snowballs-$1.50 for 10, only used two so about .32 cents.
Twigs and branches- free
Pallet boards- free
Stencils- under a dollar (it was a year ago so I can’t remember exact price but it was like 80-90% off)
Paint- tiny bit I had left over from a couple months ago.
Stain- left from a relatives move
Felt- .25 cents
Total-$1.67 for all three projects
Happy frugal decorating everyone. Remember, use what you have, buy at local small businesses as much as you can, recycle and repurpose, and try to cut back as much as possible on plastic products. Always have a ton of fun saving money and being creative.