Have you ever gotten a phone call at the last minute letting you know you had guests stopping by from out of town?
They were in the neighborhood for the holidays and they had a hot minute and wondered if they could drop by for a visit in about 30 minutes.
What did you do?
Did you panic?
Did you start cooking?
Did you clean off your kitchen counters?
Did you shove everything in your living room into the closet?
I made a project.
I couldn’t help it. I had this blank chalkboard in the kitchen that needed a little something and I had this random garland leftover from another project that was sitting on the kitchen counter and in that moment inspiration struck and I knew that I knew that I knew I could make it and still greet the guests with my red lipstick on.
Here’s my simple five-minute DIY for Christmas.
I made a simple Christmas tree. It’s such an easy project. All you really need is some garland.
Check your Christmas tubs.
There’s probably a little bit of this leftover in one of them from another long-ago Christmas.
You can also find this at your local dollar store, too.
Five-Minute Christmas Dollar Store DIY
chalkboard (or piece of wood)
1. Find your garland
This is the glump of garland that I started with.
You don’t need a long piece like this.
You can use shorter pieces for this project.
2. spread out your garland
Unbend the garland and spread it out.
Remove any kinks and straighten it.
Then get ready to measure.
3. measure your garland
You’ll need four pieces of garland.
Each piece is about 3 inches shorter than the previous piece.
So, for example, my first piece of garland was 14″ long. My second piece was 11″ long. My third piece was 8″ long and my last piece was 5″ long.
Does that make sense?
Measure and cut your garland like this.
4. glue the first piece to the bottom of your chalkboard or wood
Here’s my first piece.
I just hot glued it to the chalkboard.
I thought later that I might have added little hooks or even command strips, but I was in a hurry.
If the glue makes little indentations or anything in the chalkboard I’ll just patch it after the holidays.
5. keep adding layers of the tree
I just glue the second piece on top of the first.
And then the next piece on top of that one.
And then the last piece at the top.
6. glue a snowflake to the top for the star
This was just an old ornament that I got at the dollar store years ago.
You could use a jingle bell or a star or even just draw a star on the top with chalk.
The glue will be dry before you are finished.
Here’s the finished tree.
It was literally the easiest (and cutest) DIY ever.
Those are always the best.
I try to make it a point never to overthink Christmas.
Especially when you have guests about to knock at your door.
PS You know I did NOT start cooking when I got that call.
I just distracted them with sweet tea.
And just in case you missed it?
Here’s another dollar store DIY I made with these jingle bells.
You can see it here.
Or this wood slice tree project I made on a chalkboard.
You can see it here.
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