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15 Minute DIY Ornament Backdrop

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

Have I mentioned yet that I can't believe it's already the holiday season already??  Maybe once or twice?  Hmmm...well, I still can't!

A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to work on a really fun project for some SheKnows articles I was writing, and while I can't share the articles with you yet (still waiting for them to go live on the site), I can share a few of the projects I put together to make the whole thing come alive.

These articles were focused around entertaining for the holidays ... and in my opinion, if you're going to entertain during the holidays, you'd better GO BIG!  

Seriously, holidays are the only time that over-the-top decor just feels right.  I don't know about you, but I tend to tone-down my decor for everyday living.  But, when it's holiday time -- and I mean ANY holiday -- I like things to be full-on seasonal, and over the top!

But, hold on ...

Just because decor is seasonal, festive and larger than life, doesn't mean it has to be difficult to put together, or even expensive.  Take this simple ornament backdrop as an example.  It started out with these $.97 clear, plastic ornaments that I found at Wal-Mart ...

I bought them for three reasons ... first, I've been on the hunt for some inexpensive orb ornaments ever since last Christmas when I had an idea for a West Elm knock-off ... second, because I knew I could use them to make a really inexpensive backdrop for my entertaining-themed articles ... and third, I loved that they were plastic, because that meant they were unbreakable (take that Mr. Zach!). Win-win-and win!

After stocking up on about 20 of these ornaments, I found this floral stem at Michaels for around $2 and simply cut off individual stem pieces.

Then, I just tucked a single stem in each ornament ... like so ...

Simple right?

Next, for the backdrop portion, I found the large poster frame that I used to display photos for my friend's bridal shower, and made a few tiny adjustments.

All I did was cut out the ribbon I had used for the bridal shower, hung the ornaments with different lengths of string, and taped the string to the top edge.  

Figuring out the length and spacing for the ornaments was something that I basically eyeballed.  Once I found the length and spacing that I wanted for one row, I based all of the other rows off of it.  I worked with each length separately, and did not move on to the next length until I was happy with the results. Lastly, I worked from left to right.  You can visualize it if you know that the very first row that I placed was row #3 (second closest to the floor).  Next, I spaced right a few inches for row#2, then spaced right a few inches for row #4, and wrapped things up with a final space right for row #1.

Once everything was taped to the back of the frame, my backdrop was ready to go.  Here's the finished product:

Oh yeah ... did I mention this entire project only took me around 15 minutes?  That's my kind of holiday decorating!

Here's the cost breakdown:

  • 17 clear plastic ornaments @ $.97 each ... $17, Wal-Mart
  • 1 holly floral stem ... $2, Michaels
  • 1 poster frame ... $0, already had
  • String ... $0, already had

Grand total:  $18

See ... holiday decorating is nothing to be scared of! 

Keep your eyes peeled over the next week, because sometime this week I plan to give those plastic ornaments another exciting holiday makeover.  This time, I'll be knocking-off one of my absolute favorite ornaments from West Elm.  

What can I say?  I'm just pretty sure I can make it for less!  Anyone else making ornaments for their holiday decor?  If you're still looking for ideas, you can also try out the doodle ornaments I made last year.  These ones are fun for the kids!

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Reader Comments (2)

I really love this! So fun! If I wasn't on a no-spending-money-on-more-Christmas-things kick, I would run out and go pick up some clear ornaments right now! Maybe I'll score some on the after Christmas sale & I can do this next year!

December 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Thanks Sarah,

I totally hear you on the no-spend kick, and you'll probably find some great deals in the after-Christmas sales! I haven't even started my holiday shopping yet, so I'm on the hunt for some good deals myself.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xo, Kelli

December 5, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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