Whilst Christmas is a busy time of year for everyone, it’s also a good chance to find the time and tackle some of this project around the home you have been meaning to complete throughout the year. The best place to start when it comes to completing projects around the home, is to make a list and prioritise them based on what is most important to you. For example, you could prioritise them based on how easy they are to complete or how essential they are to complete before Christmas Day. If you have guests coming to stay over the Christmas break, then now is a good time to get started on those tasks. Below are a few DIY projects that you could complete over the Christmas holidays.
When it comes to tackling DIY projects around the home, the first place to start is by doing a big clean out. Get the whole family involved and take one weekend in December to do a general clean up. Go through each room in the house and take the time to sort through items and decide what you no longer need. Take the time to collect those unused and unwanted items and then go through one by one as a family and decide what can be sold, what should be given to goodwill and what needs to be thrown out.
DIY Christmas Decorations
The Christmas period can be an expensive time of year and buying new decorations can quickly make those costs add up. One way to decorate your home with unique decorations, is to use items you can find around the house. This is the perfect way to not only save some money but also a great way to get the kids involved over the holidays! Try this easy DIY Christmas decoration idea that can be displayed anywhere in the home and also makes for a great table decoration on Christmas Day.
Christmas Table Decorations
You will need:
- Glass jars (any type and size)
- Cotton wool or fake snow
- Any unused Christmas decorations or fake tealight candles
How to make table decorations:
- Start by finding old glass jars or vases and take the time to clean them up. If they have been sitting around your home for a while, they might need a bit of a clean with hot soapy water. If you don’t have any glass jars, pop down to your local second hand store, there are always plenty of unique jars to purchase and they are always a good price!
- Once the jars are clean and dry, place the cotton wool in the bottom of the jar and fluff it up to look like snow or add fake snow.
- Lastly, add your old or unused Christmas decorations or fake tealight candles. This is where you can get creative. You can make little Christmas scenes with ornaments or just place any Christmas decorations in the jar. You can also decorate the outside of the jar with ribbon or glitter.
Another option is to fill mason jars with fairy lights. They really add an elegant touch and create a nice ambient light, as the sun goes down.
One project that is on most to-do lists, is the garden. During the Christmas break, it is a good time to tackle those outdoor jobs. Start with a general garden clean up; mowing, trimming trees, cutting hedges, weeding, etc. Once you have taken the time to clean that up, you can start to consider your other outdoor jobs. If you are having the family visiting for Christmas, then an important job might be sanding and staining the deck. If you have a pool, this is often heavily utilised on Christmas Day, so this is a good time to start getting your pool ready. Other outdoor jobs around the home can include; creating pathways with stones and pavers, planting new plants, painting pots, painting fencing.
Throughout the year, you may not find the time to make those minor updates to your home that you have been wanting to do. Here are some simple updates that can be made to your home and most that can be tackled yourself. Some common updates can include; changing kitchen/bathroom/internal door handles, painting the walls (adding a feature wall is a simple way to easily change the look of a space), update window coverings, etc. If you have a little more time on your hands, you could update your kitchen backsplash, update lighting or change out kitchen and bathroom tapware.
The guest bedroom is an important space to spend time before Christmas cleaning up, especially if you have guests coming to stay. If this is a space that goes unused until the festive season each year, then this can often be a place that gets dumped with a variety of unwanted and unused items. If you do have guests visiting this year, then this should be a priority for the clean out, to ensure your guests can have their own space. There may also be a few touch ups or updates required for the guest room. Some updates can include; new window coverings, fresh bed linen and towels, ensure you check lamps and bedroom lighting is working, check ceiling fans (especially in the Australian summer) and ensure cupboards are cleaned out.
DIY projects are a great way to save money however, Christmas is also a very busy time of year for many and spending time with friends and family, doesn’t leave much time to complete those DIY tasks around the home. One way to get those projects done without costing a fortune, is to outsource some of those tasks to Airtasker. This is a great way to find a professional online to help you complete those tasks, on a budget and in timeframe that works for you.