Decking The Halls, D.I.Y. Style

by Fiorella Valdesolo (Brooklyn)

When it comes to party decor, I usually start and stop at a few strands of white Christmas lights, despite being pretty savvy in the way of interior decorating. So, with the holiday season fast approaching, what better time to test-drive some D.I.Y. party decor? Below, three of my favorite crafty bloggers offer up their favorite ideas, and I do my best (no judgment, please!) to bring them to life.

1. A Sweet Garland by Joy of Oh Joy

The Idea: “Play with your food! Just like we did when we were kids. Use a needle and thread to string giant marshmallows to make garlands, adding patterned cupcake liner, pom-poms or colorful tissue paper in between for some color. Tip: Make the marshmallows extra festive by spray-painting them gold first.”

The Execution: I love me some marshmallows, so I bought extra (in two sizes) and made two versions of this special garland. For the big marshmallow version, I opted for striped bon-bon liners and spray-painted a few of them a shiny gold. For the smaller variety, I alternated the baby marshmallows with tiny colorful fabric pom-pops.

The Conclusion: I was a bigger fan of the miniature marshmallow garland, so I’m making more of those and saving the bag of big marshmallows for s’mores. Win-win.

2. Big-time Confetti by Jordan of Oh Happy Day

The Idea: “These days, I’m in love with giant confetti. You just get a package of tissue paper and a circle cutter from the art store and cut 3”-wide circles. It’s the size that makes them extra fun!”

The Execution: How did I make it this far in life without a circle cutter? This little craft store gadget is genius and fairly inexpensive (mine cost $13). I used red and yellow tissue paper, and, for an extra touch of glimmer, shiny silver origami paper to make my confetti.

The Conclusion: Super easy to execute. I love the way this confetti looks scattered haphazardly across a dining table or floor.

3. A Woodland Wreath by Jan of Poppytalk

The Idea: “Forage for wind-blown branches or, if you’re near a beach, driftwood to make a wreath. Once you find the perfect pieces of wood (you can make a square or triangular version), tie the pieces together with crafting wire. Select a few different colors of yarn, then tie a knot around one end, leaving a longer piece hanging. Wind the yarn around the stick until wrapped and finish off by tying a knot with the piece you left longer at the beginning. Repeat on other branches. Hang the wreath using pieces of yarn.”

The Execution: I chose three more slender branches and opted for yarn colors that fit my apartment’s color palette, but there are endless possibilities of shades and varieties (neon or thick, nubby yarn could be very cool).

The Conclusion: I love the idea of a wreath that isn’t just Christmas-y, that way you can put up a version of it year-round. Come summer, I’m definitely doing a driftwood variety.