Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I spy christmas details: easy little DIY projects ...

I spy Santa boots.

Well actually you might remember the thrift store boots I sprayed gold for my Fall door display?

I ask you. Why buy a pair of new, shiny red boots when you already have an old pair just waiting to be re-sprayed? This time in a bold happy red.

Then I used these four items:

1. thrift store boots sprayed red
2. fresh and fake greens
3. strip of fur I bought at Joann's fabric store
4. set of battery operated LED lights (I bought mine at TJMaxx for $6.99-it's 10 feet long too)

And now....transformation time!

1. Obviously you'll need to spray your thrift store boots bright red
2. I filled up the bottom of the boots with some brown Kraft paper I already had-- but you can use whatever you happen to have to stuff them.
3. Then I used fake and a few real branches--just stuck them inside with the battery operated lights

4.  I cut the strips of fur and wrapped each boot, tucking the tops of fur inside and using white masking tape to hold the ends together.

And ta daaaaaa......

This is such a cute little project and I think every house with kids needs to have a pair of Santa boots around, so I hope you let me know if you make your own!

My next easy project happened by chance. My boxwood bushes needed a haircut and I had all these fresh clippings leftover so....

I removed all the fake boxwood off these little wreaths I already owned. I was actually ready to throw them out (the greens looked too plastic) and basically I just started cutting and sticking the pieces of real boxwood into the cracks. When they didn't fit easily I used wire.

At the end I started using fishing wire to catch the pieces hanging out.

In case you're curious the wreaths are about 6 inches in diameter...

and when I was finished I put them on my front windows to add a little color.

I've been having fun decking the halls around here...

How's your December going?

I'm off to take care of a few errands myself
but I hope you found a little inspiration here today.

As always, I'm so grateful for your visits.

peace and love,


I'm sharing this post with friends:

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Simply LKJ said...

You are so smart to just purchase thrift store boots. I always love the boots filled at Christmastime, but then think, "don't you wear those"???? I need to remember to save my boxwood clippings next year!

Karen said...

Such a cute idea with the boots. I have a pair that I never wear. I'll definitely have to do this. The little boxwood wreaths look really cute. I wonder how long the cut greens will last. I wish I knew how to make the dried kind. I have a couple of these wreaths and they aren't inexpensive, but it would be fun to make your own.

Your house looks festive and fun. Great job.

Carla from The River said...

I pinned your idea. I just love the boots. So cute and clever.
I like the idea of the wreaths as well. It adds a perfect touch to your Christmas decorating.
Thank you for sharing,

Unknown said...

The boots are adorable!

Mary Ann Pickett said...

You are so brilliant!

Marry Christmas!!!

Joanne said...

Never would have thought to spray a pair of thrift store boots. What kind of paint did you use?

Art and Sand said...

Your house is looking so festive.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love these ideas so much! The boots are SO cute! Oh to have fresh boxwood shrubs!

La Contessa said...

I have ELF SHOES..............found at a THRIFT SHOP years ago!!!!!!
I would tell the BOYS that one of SANTA's HELPERS must have LOST them in the DASH to get on the SLEIGH!


Leslie Harris said...

Rust-oleum 2x ultra cover in gloss apple red. I got it at Home Depot.

Nancy said...

definitely inspired by this. we're on a "less is more" theme this year for decorating for Christmas (my husband usually does it up a la the griswolds). pinning these ideas for next year though!

michele said...

don't you love using what you have? i'm all about that too. your boots are so happy and sweet and would look right at home in any house! i have been taking photos around our place today, and yep, even of my red boots since i hardly own anything red and knew they would add a little cheer to the decor. what is my deal with red? i grew up with it. it's a perfectly good color. i even wear it in winter. i just can't live with it. gotta get some rest to start all over again tomorrow since i want to REALLY be done with the decor tomorrow so i can enjoy sipping and baking next week. peace to you, crafty. xox

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