You’d be surprised what the “old construction scraps” lying in your garage can be used for if you have a little creativity and a whole lot of Christmas cheer. This brilliant homeowner turned an old window frame into a wall hanging by simply spray-painting it white and handing it on the exterior of her home. Paper cutouts of Christmas trees hang in each individual cell, alternating colors. This quirky decor idea is proof that the most interesting materials for cool Christmas decorations can be found just about anywhere and don’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
Christine and Gabe Bridger, who own this cozy Michigan home, used vintage sweaters to craft their own unique stockings. To make your own, begin by taking an old sweater and tracing a stocking template, then cutting and sewing it inside out. (Make sure the foldover is sewn the opposite way.) Using scraps, sew on a loop, then add a monogram using metal house letters.
It's the season of lights, so make the most of it by filling your home with twinkling colors. Look for mini lights to add specks of color to the Christmas tree or garland in the house. For a more dramatic look, consider C7 and C9 lights to frame your doorways or illuminate outdoor trees. Drape your house in icicle lights that cascade down a few inches from the roof line, or cover your shrubbery with net lights that add instant sparkle. You can stick with a single color for a monochromatic look or spice it up with an array of hues. If you plan to turn your property into a holiday spectacle for your neighbors to enjoy, consider laser lights that dance on the walls or your house and pair them with inflatable characters that expand to take up space and move in the wind.