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What to get: Spray paint and candles from your corner hardware store
What to do: Head to the roof or nearest park, lay down some newspaper and ever so slightly paint the bottoms of your candles. (Spray is best for the ombré effect.) To dry, place the candles wick-down in a drinking glass. Voilà: a super chic new menorah or mantle accent.
Photo: Oleander + Palm
What to get: Rosemary sprigs from the grocery store and twine and wire (something pliable, like floral wire) from the hardware store
What to do: Bend the rosemary into a circle, secure the two ends with the wire and mask that by tying a small twine bow around it. Use these little guys as napkin rings, string them together as a garland, or fasten each atop wrapped gifts.
Photo: Spoon Fork Bacon
What to get: Cinnamon sticks from the grocery store, twine from the hardware store and greenery scraps from the corner stand (or branches cut from your own tree)
What to do: If you’re looking for a much quicker way to accent your table, simply bundle a cinnamon stick and greenery together. Then roll your cloth napkins and tie it all up with rustic twine or colorful fabric ribbon.
What to get: Mandarin oranges from the grocery store
What to do: Slice your mini oranges about a 1/4-inch thick. Pat dry with a paper towel and place on a cookie sheet. Heat in the oven at 250 degrees for about three hours (flipping over halfway through). Use dental floss to tie the slices to a fresh wreath or hang on your tree.
What to get: This is where you hit up Michaels. Get mini pinecones, Mod Podge, a foam brush, a glue gun and ribbon. Then grab some Epsom salt at Duane Reade.
What to do: Lay out newspapers. Set your pinecones upright and sponge on the Mod Podge. Sprinkle with Epsom salt and leave to dry. Cut several short strips of ribbon and one long strip. Every few inches on the long ribbon, tie a short strip in a simple knot. Hot glue the base of a dry pinecone to each knot. Once all are dry, hang and enjoy.
Photo: Town and Country Living
What to get: Cranberries from the grocery store, Epsom salt and freezer bags from Duane Reade, and Mod Podge, baker’s twine and a darning needle from Michaels
What to do: Remember this as a kid? Same concept, just crystalized, like the pinecones. Put some cranberries in a freezer bag, and spoon in Epsom salt and Mod Podge. Seal the bag and shake to cover the berries with salt. Spread on a newspaper to dry. Once dry, string with the needle and twine.
What to get: Apple cider, cinnamon sticks, oranges and cranberries from the grocery store
What to do: If you’ve tackled several of these projects and have leftover materials, throw the edible ones (cinnamon, oranges, cranberries) into a saucepan with apple cider. Your apartment will smell amazing. Then, afterward, sneak booze into it and call it a night.
There comes a time in every woman’s life when all she wants to do is light some candles, crack open a bottle of wine...
And do some crafts.
As New Yorkers, though, we have some constraints. Like: Where do we find the right supplies? Will this look like a bad episode of Design on a Dime? Oh, and where will it all fit?
So we rounded up some of our favorite holiday DIY ideas that are quick (since we have, maybe, one free night), easy (no crafting experience needed) and space saving (because obviously).
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