Lighted PVC Candy Canes DIY Christmas Home Decor

These PVC lighted candy canes are a fun Christmas home decor idea and pretty way to greet guests at the front door. Welcome, friends! 

Lighted PVC Candy Canes Tutorial DIYShowOff

{a big thanks to mom for letting me decorate her front door}

{Christmas wreath and snowman welcome mat also found at Lowe’s}

Materials for a set of two:

  • Two 2″or 3″ (that’s how they’re specifically labeled) PVC drain with 5 SS strain
  • Two 2″ PVC P-trap with union 
  • Two 2″ x 2″ PVC solid pipe in 2 ft section (stock)
  • Two 2″ x 22.5D street elbow
  • sanding block/sand paper
  • FrogTape®
  • Valspar Primer for Plastic
  • Valspar Outdoor White spray paint
  • Valspar Red spray paint
  • Two strings of 35 white Christmas lights
  • Rocks/gravel for weighting the bottom
  • Two bows 

Tutorial: Attach pieces to create a candy cane shape in this order: drain on bottom, 2 ft. PVC pipe, P-trap, elbow.  sanding PVC pipe - lighted candy cane tutorial

Lightly sand and wipe clean each piece of PVC. sanding PVC pipe - lighted candy cane tutorial Spray each assembled PVC candy cane with primer and let dry.  candy cane tutorial - priming PVC Give each candy cane two coats of white spray paint. Allow to dry between each coat.  candy cane tutorial - spraying painting PVC Remove the bottom pieces (the drain/stand). Wrap FrogTape around each candy cane to create a twisted/striped pattern. It gets tricky around the bends but just do your best. Mine are imperfect but it doesn’t take away from the final result. Imperfection adds character, right?  Using your thumbnail or a credit/gift card, burnish the edge of the tape. Rub the edges to ensure paint doesn’t seep under.  Give the candy canes two coats of red spray paint. PVC candy cane tutorial - spray painting Carefully remove the FrogTape before the second coat of spray paint dries.  FrogTape lighted PVC candy canes Allow spray paint to fully dry.  Drill holes where desired along the candy cane. I drilled mine randomly in the white sections. Remove the plastic/PVC shavings. (Note: Great gift idea for a DIY lover! The Rockwell Jawhorse is awesome for DIY projects…it held my PVC in place perfectly while I drilled!) lighted PVC candy cane tutorial - drilling PVC Remove the bottom drain/stand.  Keep the plug on the outside and push the entire string of lights through a hole that’s been drilled near the bottom of the candy canes right above the drain area. Work the lights up through the candy cane. I used a thin yardstick to help. Lighted PVC Candy Cane Tutorial at diyshowoff.com Fill the bottom drain/stand with a handful of rocks for weight and reattach to the candy cane. PVC candy cane tutorial Attach bows, plug in and admire your work!  DIYShowOff PVC candy canes Lighted PVC Candy Canes tutorial So festive and welcoming! They’d look pretty indoors with a red and white theme too… christmas How to Make Lighted PVC Candy Canes

Looking for more inspiration? Visit the DIYShowOff tutorial page for links to more holiday DIY.

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Pop over to see my Succulents & Spruce themed Christmas tree!

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I Spy A Winter Wonderland Lamp

 Winter Wonderland Lamp Makeover Story…

White Christmas decor

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, 
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We’re happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

I know. It’s August. Why in the world am I thinking winter? Well, I love a good DIY challenge! And thinking about December in August is a challenge, isn’t it? Besides, when August temps are high, it’s the only time I’m wishing for snow.

and…

HomeTalk and Lamps Plus are hosting a Holiday Design Contest and I’m excited to be participating!  What is HomeTalk? A fun community based around all things “home” and Lamps Plus is an awesome source for lighting – what a great team!

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp Tutorial:

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp Makeover

Materials:

  • Fillable Clear Glass Ovo Table Lamp

Winter Wonderland Lamp Tutorial

  • assorted small white accessories from around the house. Mine include Christmas bulbs, snowflake ornaments, a white owl, ceramic angel, seashells, small white feathers, stars, mask, organza butterfly, nesting dolls, poker chips, chess pieces, faux dahlia, pearls, etc. 
  • paper doilies
  • Martha Stewart Decoupage Multiple Surface Durable Matte Finish
  • craft chip brush

Lampshade Tutorial:

Working quickly and in small sections, apply decoupage to lamps shade with a soft bristle chip brush.

decoupaged lampshade tutorial

Apply decoupage to the back side of the paper doily. 

Martha Stewart Decoupage

Place paper doily onto the freshly brushed decoupage on the lampshade. 

decoupage doily lampshade

Apply a coat of decoupage to the paper doily and surrounding area. 

Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage Doily Lampshade

Repeat steps above for all paper doilies, staggering the designs. 

Attach lampshade to lamp and give entire lampshade one to two top coats of decoupage, allowing 1-2 hours of dry time between each coat. Let dry. 

Ta-da:

paper doily decoupaged lamp shade

Filling the Lamp:

winter wonderland ornaments

Filling the lamp is super easy: Unscrew the wing nut on the bottom of the fillable lamp to separate the bottom piece. Carefully fill the lamp with baubles. In my case, it was my white “I spy” collection from around the house. At the bottom of my lamp, I added a little bit of old tissue paper to act as a cushion. When full, replace the the base and secure with the wing nut.

fillable lamp

Attach lamp shade.

I Spy Winter Wonderland Lamp

Hot cocoa, a warm throw, cozy fire, holiday music and dreaming of a white Christmas…

DIY Christmas Lamp

What I love about my “I spy winter wonderland lamp”:

  • I love that while my lamp definitely has a winter wonderland vibe, it’s a subtle enough style to display all year long since it doesn’t scream “HO-HO-HO! Merry Christmas!”
  • Great for a winter decorated side table or vignette to coordinate with any holiday theme or color scheme. White goes with everything!
  • Perfect for a guest room night stand…who needs to count sheep when you can hunt for treasures?
  • And a fun quick “I spy” game and conversation starter for guests in the living room.  
  • Easily refillable for a new look. 

Winter Wonderland Vignette

Thanks to HomeTalk and Lamps Plus for inviting me to participate in this fun Holiday Design Challenge! 

*LampsPlus supplied the lamp for this project. All thoughts, opinions and project tutorial are 100% in my own words. 

Christmas in the sitting room

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the DIY Show Off home! We have an odd room we often label the sitting room that sits right off of our dining room. It’s probably the room that gets rearranged most in our home, as I’ve shared in the past…

sitting room makeover

Now that I’ve shared some projects for a new sitting room look this week, I wanted to put it all in one post to show the entire area.

I’ve been snapping pictures every day for about two weeks, different times of the day, different manual settings, with a tripod…photography is hard work when the lighting is tricky and the French doors have been making it a challenge. But here goes the best I could do…

Be prepared, there are a LOT of pictures.

  •  table is made from a small cushioned stool and an old window

  • candle ring with chalkboard message makes for a nice festive door knob

  • Christmas vignette:

DIY tomato cage Christmas tree tutorial

Every time I decorate this little area, it’s my favorite space. I can’t decide what my favorite part is:  painted chairs, His & Hers pillows, barrel side table, window coffee table, eclectic vignette…the entire room is comfortable and cozy. What do you think? Do you have a small area for quiet conversations or reading?

I’m sharing a bit of my Christmas home tour over at Unskinny Boppy today kicking off her Home for the Holidays series.

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DIY Tomato Cage Christmas Tree

Bringing back an oldie but goody.
{scroll down to see all 4 of my Christmas trees}
A couple of years ago, I made a lighted tomato cage tree – a DIY Christmas tree using lighted garland and a tomato cage. I was able to find everything I needed at my local True Value Hardware.
Materials: 
  • Tomato cage.  Ask a store associate.  They should have them in the warehouse/storeroom since it’s not garden season.I got the largest they had.
  • 3 – 9ft. lighted garland
  • Thick rubber band
To make the tree:
Using a rubber band, gather the “stakes” to make a tee-pee top and secure together (sorry for the bad picture! I didn’t check it before going to the next step…too late now!).
Starting at the bottom (with the plug end of the garland), start to wrap the bottom wire circle with the garland. Wrap a few branches here and there around the wire frame to secure.
Working around the frame, continue wrapping.
When one garland ends, plug in another and continue wrapping to the top.
Fluff.  If there are gaps, fill in by twisting branches around the frame or fluff branches to fill ‘holes’.
All done! We don’t have a live tree and I love the smell of pine. So I headed out to the backyard and clipped small pieces of different real pine.
Just tuck them in open areas for a fuller ‘real’ look with pine scent! (Mine are only tucked but you can use floral wire to make things more secure if needed.) I do this closer to the holiday since there’s no way to water the fresh sprigs or add only when entertaining.
Need more height?  {This year I used an old small barrel}
Or this also works great for a base:
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • fabric
  • large rubber band
Take the handle off of the bucket.
Stretch a rubber band around the top of the bucket.
Sit bucket in the center of a piece of fabric and tuck under the rubber band.
It’ll look like this:
 Add a round tray (aluminum cookie tray or rattan works) and it’s the perfect base to add height to your tomato cage tree.  If you have an out of the way spot, it can just rest on top. Otherwise attach with wire into the holes were the handles were removed.
You could also paint the bucket instead and fill with stones for weight to use outdoors.  The base was a little to high for my purposes so I didn’t end up using it…oops!
My tomato cage Christmas tree in 2010:
 This year…
  DIY tomato cage Christmas tree tutorial
Have you assembled your own tomato cage Christmas tree? They’re beautiful for outdoor entryways too!
3 more OF MY CHRISTMAS TREES
 colorful eclectic Christmas
DIYShowOff Christmas Tree
{tips for decorating your Christmas tree – can you tell lights are strung vertically? I create a faux root ball to give our 7.5′ tree another foot of height.}
vintage natural Christmas

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Chevron Reindeer Games sign tutorial

DIY Chevron Reindeer Games Sign 

DIY colorful Christmas chevron reindeer games sign

It’s officially time for Christmas decorating in our home! I know! By blogging standards, I’m late to the game. With a family room makeover in progress, it’s at a point where plans for completion can be put on hold until after the holidays and I can still decorate that room to be pretty once I put away the ladder and some tools. I really loved the chevron garden sign I made for summer {here}. I decided I wanted to create a fun colorful Christmas sign incorporating some of the fun colors in the fabric I chose for the curtains.

Remember the tabletop I replaced on the kitchen bar for the apartment? {If not, you can see my post on my DIY wood plank kitchen bar top.} Time to recycle it! I knew it’d be a great material for a DIY sign one of these days. Tabletop to holiday decoration. Why not? To prep for making a sign, I scuffed up the finish with sandpaper and gave it a coat of left over teal paint and let it dry. I’ll call it my “canvas”.

This is what the top looked like before:

kitchen island before

Tips for creating a chevron pattern using FrogTape:

It’s hard to explain how to create a chevron pattern words/pictures {next time I’ll do a video} but some tips:

My first row is measured. 5″ strips of FrogTape.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

Depending on how it would line up, I creased the edges of the tape (non-sticky side) to create a line for cutting.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

Cut on fold.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

I placed the angled side on my center pencil line and cut the bottom flush with the bottom of the canvas and smoothed it into place.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I drew vertical lines with my pencil from the peaks and “v’s” of my first chevron row.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Once my first line was in place, I used a piece of FrogTape for spacing, I worked from the center out by placing another longer piece of tape angled from the center pencil line down to the right pencil line.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Then I pulled up a corner and folded it on the pencil line so I would know where to cut. Most of the time, the pencil transferred to the sticky side of the tape, creating a cutting guide.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I repeated those steps until I reached the top and finished.

I used pink and white craft paint to add more color.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

My plan was to paint the blue area showing green and peel away the FrogTape, but I decided to keep the FrogTape in place. {Paint colors: Benjamin Moore Pacific, DecoArt Pretty in Pink “Hope Pink” and Americana Warm White, Green is FrogTape}

Using my Silhouette Cameo, I chose a reindeer from the online store and my Cameo cut it out {brown vinyl}. I created my letters for “Reindeer Games December 25th” using the software and chose the premium dark red vinyl and LDI Fancy Font. I peeled away the negative vinyl (the parts that are not the design) and applied my transfer paper. I made sure the transfer paper was secure by rubbing with a credit card.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

Peel away the backing {the vinyl is transferred to the tacky transfer paper} and place on canvas. Rub the design with a credit card to get it to stick and peel away the transfer paper. In my case, all of the design wasn’t transferring, so I had to be careful and some of my reindeer was applied just as I would a sticker.

I followed the same steps for my lettering, however, knowing that the transfer paper was tricky for my project, I chose to use Delicate Surface FrogTape (the yellow tape) to help transfer my letters. This worked a little easier than applying by hand like stickers and kept my lettering evenly spaced and level.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign tutorial

I haven’t had time yet, but since I have FrogTape and vinyl on my sign, I’m going to seal everything with a coat or two of ModPodge. Ta-da!

Colorful Christmas DIY reindeer sign tutorial Non-traditional. Colorful. Fun. I love it. It fits in perfectly with my eclectic colorful family room.

DIY chevron Christmas Reindeer Games sign

What do you think? I just sort of quickly staged for photos so I could share this today. I’ll be re-arranging, re-decorating. In fact, this mantel is even moving to another wall. More on the family room renovation and Christmas decorating coming soon.

colorful Christmas decor

I will attach a saw tooth hanger to the back and hang and rearrange but…I wanted to get this done to share and to tell you something important:

 

*I was not compensated for my review but I did receive vinyl and I participate in the Silhouette America affiliate program and will earn a percentage of sales when you use the code “SHOWOFF” for your purchase. This is a sponsored post brought to you by FrogTape. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. Results may vary. 

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DIY Holiday Highlights ~ My Home for the Holidays

By now, our homes are probably all decorated and ready, right? Time to show it off!
 
And if not – why not?!  Maybe you’re like me and decided that spending 10 days lazing in a tropical environment sounded like a better plan so if your Christmas tree this year is all decked out with lights only (and a few that aren’t working)…it’s okay. Rationalize it. There’s only 4 more days until Christmas. Christmas is peaceful and about family. You know that going to the dark spidery recesses of the basement, messing up the semi-organization to find ornaments will induce stress.  So let it be. Rejoice. Bellow out a Christmas tune and admire what you’ve done. Christmas memories aren’t made from perfection. Years from now, we’ll be laughing and joking…”remember that year our poor tree only had lights because you were too sun-baked to trek down a light of stairs, battle cobwebs and destroy the basement looking for our collection of meaningful ornaments only to pack it all back up a week later?”  More likely:  No one will notice or remember.  So, if you’ve had other things going on, you’ve been working hard or different priorities…it’s okay.  It’s Christmas. I’m just thankful that you’re here.
 
Our Christmas decorating was toned down a bit this year all around. More natural, more DIY, less commercial. What is commercial…is from my collection purchased in past years or recent from thrift stores. I’d offer you a cup of cocoa and some Christmas cookies if I could.  Let’s take a tour of a home that’s ‘just good enough’ for the holidays. Looks festive. And if you squint, it might even look clean. It might even look completed.  Here we go…

white Christmas  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sitting Room
 
 
 
 
 
 
I‘d love to see your home all dressed up for the holidays! Ready or not – be real. And if you are ready and your home looks like a Better Home and Gardens holiday article – all the more reason to share! Go ahead, brag. You’re super woman and I want you to get some recognition for all of your had work! Then take a few minutes (or hours) to visit the links to drool over celebrate beautiful holiday homes…
 
 
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