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For a devoted recycler, Christmas can be downright painful, with its piles and piles of wrapping paper, discarded holiday cards, ribbons, gift tags, and of course, the now-dead Christmas tree. Luckily, getting creative with your gift wrap can result in eco-friendly — and clever — ideas. Below are 19 ideas — some super earth-friendly, others just a little — to get your creative gift wrap going.
- Upcycle paper grocery bags as gift wrap and decorate with natural materials.
- Print out old family photos, wrap a box lid, then reuse the box year after year.
- Make gift tags by cutting last year's Christmas cards into fun shapes.
- Save your turkey's wishbone and make this gold wishbone DIY as decoration.
- Wrap gifts with items you'd normally discard: Bubble Wrap, shopping bags, newspaper.
- Make gift tags out of old playing cards or baseball cards.
- Use an old map as wrapping paper and mark the recipient's hometown with a paint pen.
Swapping out standard furniture for something unexpected can add loads of personality to a boring bedroom, and these upcycled nightstands are prime examples. With an open mind and a discerning eye, you'd be surprised what you can discover while scouting your own home! The ideal nightstand substitute should have a height that works and a level top — though you can place a tray on top of a slightly uneven or textural surface to make it work. See three surprisingly chic nightstand ideas we're dying to steal!
While we wouldn't consider vintage suitcases the most convenient travel accessory, this charming inn uses a stack of them as a nightstand — just think of the storage possibilities!
Designer Annie from Annilygreen used a couple of extra chairs to serve as nightstands in her bedroom. While the chairs have a concave surface that can be tricky in some circumstances, they're perfect for holding her globe-shaped lamps.
Jacquelyn from Lark & Linen transformed a few empty wine crates with some wood stain. We love how they add an element of rustic warmth to her airy bedroom!
If you've fantasized about transforming your home into a Winter wonderland but are stumped about where to start, you might want to take cues from HGTV host David Bromstad. Unabashedly embracing the more-is-more philosophy of decorating, David demonstrates how nine trees can be better than one! Glistening amid a carpet of cottony snow, David's mini forest (in the heart of Miami, FL) packs a whimsical punch. We caught up with him to get details on everything from his favorite faux-tree resources to the best technique for DIY snowballs!
POPSUGAR: You make faux trees look so beautiful! Do you have a favorite resource?
David Bromstad: Faux trees can be found everywhere. There are tons of varieties, and prices range from really inexpensive to superexpensive depending on the type and size. I adore faux trees, especially since I live in the South. Real trees just don't hold up well down here in Miami. My favorite resources are Grandin Road and Frontgate. You can shop from your living room and you have a huge selection to choose from. All my trees are faux, and most or them are flocked with snow — my little Winter wonderland forest in Miami!
PS: How did you create the fake snow and snowballs?
DB: Creating fake snow is easy! I buy it. It's super inexpensive and worth getting if you're looking for that Winter wonderland look. Artificial snow can be found anywhere you can find Christmas decor. Some of the snow even has sparkles in it — I love a little sparkle! I have to admit that the snowballs were actually expensive — and worth every penny — but can also be made with Styrofoam balls and cotton. By customizing the size and look of your snowballs, you can make them your own. There are endless possibilities!
Keep reading for more of David's Christmas decorating tips!
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We've all marveled at creative staircase styling — painted ombre steps, decoupaged risers, and of course, the ever-popular staircase gallery — but those all require one thing: time! Lots of it. So, in the spirit of offering quick and easy solutions, we've rounded up three that can even be done on a weeknight. We know — crazy, right?
What literary lover wouldn't relish at this sight? To pull off the look, pull a selection of hardcover tomes in a coordinating color palette, and get to stacking!
Let There Be Light
Nothing beats the soft glow of candlelight, except when you pair it with Moroccan lanterns! Forget about having to remember to blow them out, and replace real candles with battery-operated votives.
Sure, pineapples happen to be a trending motif, but they also represent hospitality. We love the idea of welcoming holiday guests with these lining the stairs!
Even though some of her clientele includes celebrities with extravagant wardrobes, LA Closet Design CEO and designer Lisa Adams believes that any closet should be a natural extension of the home. "The closet is where we most often spend the first and last moments of a day, and unfortunately, at those times many of us deal with universal closet issues like cluttered, overstuffed, and unorganized spaces. Instead, I look at both your room — and your life — and then I create a space of peace, beauty, and even glamour," says Lisa. Placing equal weight on function and aesthetics, Lisa's designs cleverly combine efficiency while encouraging a sort of leisurely, celebratory dressing ritual most of us only dream of having. Keep reading to see some of LA Closet Design's covet-worthy closets and tips for replicating the look.
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