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DIY Framed christmas decorations

You may remember that I previously discussed the new trend for framed Christmas messages as part of festive decorations and I have finally given in and recreated this look for myself in my home. There are loads of printable artworks available via Etsy or even given away for free on blogs – just take a quick look on Pinterest and you’ll find something you like. There’s a massive variety of styles, quotes and colours available so there will be something that matches your festive theme. I love the chalkboard look so I’ve used free Christmas printables from lovely interiors blogs The Shabby Creek Cottage and The Cottage Market. I printed these images A4 size and used some old white frames I already had to hang them in.

decorating with christmas art prints

Recently I got a new tool for precisely this job. It’s a Hardwall Takker and it allows me to hang my Christmas frames wherever I want by just winding the handle. I no longer have to get out the drill (or hubby for that matter!) when I want to hang a photo, I was impressed by how easy it was to use the Takker to hang my new festive prints exactly where I wanted them. I was drilling into the chimney breast wall, which is usually really hard to drill into, but with the Hardwall Takker I could easily manually drill into any wall surface, even exterior walls – so my next project is hanging some fairy lights outside! I’ll tell you one other thing I was impressed with – the tool collects all the dust where it is drilling, so I didn’t even have to move my sofa to avoid getting mess all over it because all the plaster dust was contained within the tool and I could tip it straight into the bin.

DIY decorating with christmas art prints using hardwall takker

The Takker came with pins that are pushed into the wall, without any need for plugs or screws and I could hang my pictures straight on them, although the tool set comes with a selection of hooks and hangers. I also got the Takker because I thought it would be a fantastic way of hanging my Christmas decorations in my living room. I wanted to recreate a Buddy The Elf white decorations scene so I needed to tack up strands of decorations, garlands and paper chains, and this tool made it super-easy to do so! Here’s how my festive DIY session turned out – I’m really happy with it :)

DIY festive decorating with christmas art prints using hardwall takker


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Festive framed artwork decorations

I’ve spotted a trend for festive interior decor this year – framed Christmas prints. I’ve seen them popping up in interior design magazines and DIY hacks are all over Pinterest so I’m certainly going to be following this trend and creating my own festive artwork this year. I love this idea for Christmas decorating because it takes up no room, just a little wall space, plus it’s thrifty – you can use frames that you already have hung in your home and simply replace the images for the month of December with your favourite festive quotes or photos.

festive christmas posters DIY art print

Image courtesy of www.landeeseelandeedo.com

There are plenty of ready-made and ready-framed artworks out there to buy, but I think it’s even more special if you make your own. I love the idea of printing quotes over the top of sheet music – an idea that I might use myself to decorate my bedroom for Christmas, which will tie in with the makeover ideas I’m planning. And this is the perfect opportunity to design a piece of artwork yourself, simply hop on the computer, type out your favourite festive quotes and send them off to be printed ‘poster size’ online using a service such as Pixel2Print. Make like a graphic designer and use different colours, fonts and text sizes to add interest to your prints. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing and check out my Chirstmas board on Pinterest for all the image credits:

 DIY festive christmas posters artwork prints

You don’t only have to stick to quotes – images from Christmas films, vintage christmas cards and your own festive family photos can be collaged together on the computer to create a unique artwork that is personal to you and your family – maybe get a copy printed out for each family member and you can all hang your festive artwork each Christmas from now on.


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Rocking around the Christmas tree…

I wanted to share with you my lovely little Christmas Tree. This is the first year I’ve ever had a ‘theme’ for my Christmas decorations – usually it’s dripping with baubles and tinsel of all colours – but this year, due to the need for a smaller tree in my little flat and therefore not being able to fit all my decorations on the tree, I’ve chosen a theme and stuck to it. See if you can guess what it is!

    

   

  

Merry Christmas from Cassiefairy.co.uk!