Over the years, I've went from having a lone two-foot tree with no other decorations, to having Christmas tree as tall as me, complete with other Christmasy baubles scattered all around. This year, however, I didn't want to spend a lot of money decorating. Plus, too much decor in our apartment can quickly become overwhelming. So, today I'm going to share how I decorated a few corners of our apartment with free printables and dollar store supplies.
I'm going to start by listing the materials and instructions I used to make the candle in the picture above.
You can find the glass jar, white sand, and tealight at the DollarTree. The rest of the items can be found at any craft store. In all, I spent less than $5 on this project, and I made a few extras as well.
I used one bag of sand for each jar, but you could certainly use more to get the look you want.
I didn't take the time to measure anything. Eyeballing it worked for me.
Again, I eyeballed this, making sure that the center of the snowflake lined up with the washi tape.
Tadah! I would've preferred the look of a real tealight candle, but I was determined to only use what I had on hand, and strangely enough, that happened to be battery-operated tealights. I finished my decorating by combining my DIY sand candle with some free printables I found online, which are featured in the picture below. You can find them here and here.
Variations for the DIY candle:
Use a real candle instead of a battery-operated light.
Use red, gold, or other Christmas-themed washi tape.
Skip the snowflake sticker, washi tape, and tea light, and opt for a miniature spruce tree or a few glittery pine cones placed on top of the sand.
Don't try to hot glue a ribbon to your jar. Not only is it a pain to do (speaking from experience), but washi tape is much easier to place and reposition if need be.
Finally, here is the freebie I promised you earlier this week. Simply click the image below to download and print!
How do you usually decorate for the holidays? Do you go all out or go minimal? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. My new blog design will be here soon! I can't wait to hear your reactions!