How To Step Up Your DIY Decor For The Holidays

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Are you ready for the holiday season? Do you have your decorations ready? If you’re anything like me, the chances are that your answer is no, but that’s okay because I’m here to tell you that all of your problems can be solved with this article. Quarantine has given us a lot of time to sit and think about what we can and cannot do, so let’s use this time to put our hands to good use outside of typing away at our computers all day, shall we? I challenge you to put together the perfect Thanksgiving atmosphere with the help of our tapped expert – celebrity interior designer, author, and trendsetter Nikki Chu.

“I draw inspiration from all the amazing boards and images on Pinterest. I also look through a lot of magazines and hashtags on social,” the Unboxed with Nikki Chu host admitted. As a lifestyle and design expert for several TV networks such as HGTV, E!, Oxygen, and OWN Network, Chu has designed interiors for celebrities such as Gabrielle Union, Tisha Campbell, Karrueche Tran, and Tyra Banks. 

MadameNoire got the scoop from Chu about creating the perfect decor in your home with the help of your own two hands for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s! We’ve even snagged a few DIY instructions for yourself to get started.

Colors Galore.
When it comes to DIY decor you definitely want to establish a color scheme before you start. I love to search pinterest for new and unique color inspiration. The reason why establishing a color palette before you begin your project is important is because you will have to purchase supplies, paint, and materials that will all reflect this palette. 

Key Decor Staples

When it comes to holiday decor, I typically use untraditional colors and objects related to the season. However, some key staples everyone should have are a wreath, candles, doormat, and metallic/holiday-inspired tabletop decor.


Budgeting Matters.

When it comes to budgets that is very much a personal matter. Some people enjoy spending a lot of money on DIY home decor because they know if wrapped and stored correctly, you will be able to use it for years. Consider it an investment of sorts or if you would rather spend a smaller amount of money, just grab some of the key staples that add a holiday vibe. 

The Planning Process.

Depending on the project – November is a great time to start converting your home with holiday decor. Give yourself some time to get all your materials and be ready a few weeks before thanksgiving.

Deck The Halls

Decking your home out for the holidays creates a happy and joyous environment. Especially since we are spending more time than ever in our homes this year. Adding a little love and light will truly uplift your spirit. 

Get The Kiddies Involved!

Children love to be creative! By involving your child in the making of any DIY project will increase their self-esteem, and will create a special memory or bond for the rest of their lives. The beauty of this process is that it can become your tradition to make decorations together every year.

Thanksgiving Must-Haves:

  • Be sure to set your table with some decor to make your meal special
  • Because Christmas is so close, try to be more generic with your decorations so you don’t have to take them down and only a few weeks later redo your space for Christmas.
  • Don’t forget to season your turkey days before cooking it.

Christmas Must-Haves:

  • Wrap all your gifts using the same wrapping paper and ribbons for a designer look under the tree
  • If you want a non-traditional Christmas look try using all metallics with black and white to decorate or jewel tones instead of the typical red and green.

New Years Must-Haves:

  • Have some fun and invest in beautiful champagne glasses
  • Why not get a cool neon sign that says “Happy New Year”? They are inexpensive and make a big impact in your home!
  • New Year’s is about all things that glitter – have fun and sparkle!

Check out these cool step-by-step instructions for the ultimate DIY decorum for this holiday season.

DIY Pumpkin Vase (Courtesy of via

Supplies: Faux Pumpkin, Styrofoam Block, Fall Stems, Hot Glue

Step One: Use a small knife to cut the stem off the top of the pumpkin. You’ll want the hole large enough to fit your Styrofoam block. Use hot glue to secure the block inside.

Step Two: Begin filling your centerpiece with fall stems. If you’re not very familiar with flower arrangements, just go with the flow and use a few tall stems and faux branches in the center to give the vase arrangement some height. Once those were in place, add in a fall foliage bundle of the orange flowers, cotton branches, and pinecones.

DIY Candy Cane Door Decor (Courtesy of

Make wreath at left: Arrange candy canes in a circle with the hooks all facing the same direction. Affix together with hot-glue (don’t worry if the ends don’t line up, as they will be covered). Top center with round peppermint candies, overlapping them slightly and holding in place with hot-glue. Thread ribbon through two candy canes at top to hang.

Make wreath at top right: Wrap a 12-inch foam wreath form in white ribbon. Attach candy cane sticks, small candy canes, and peppermint balls with hot-glue to conceal the form. Loop a ribbon around the top of the wreath to hang.

Make swag: Attach extra-large ($9 for 3; and regular-size candy canes together, staggering the heights and direction the hooks face, with hot-glue. Tie a bow around the stem, and insert greenery.

DIY Wine Glass Glam (Courtesy of BuzzFeed via Momtastic)

Supplies: Metallic gold spray paint, masking tape, newspaper, wine glasses

Instructions: Wash wine glasses thoroughly. Wrap tape around the base of the wine glass leaving the area exposed you want to paint gold. Cover the rest of the glass with paper. Tape up the sides too to be extra cautious. Spray from a good distance, at least 1 1/2 feet to get a nice even coat. Do the same with the other glasses in your set. Now you’ve got a festive gold set for your holiday party!

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