Downright Simple is a collection of my DIY projects, crafts, baking and other ideas. Hopefully, this site will allow people to take on all kinds of projects they thought were impossible and see just how easy and Downright Simple things really are.
Christmas comes and goes so quick and once those decorations are taken down and put away, the space just feels empty and blah. I couldn't quite make the change to put up all the normal decor on the mantel so I went shopping. But, all I bought were four letters that spelled "SNOW" and a clearance burlap tree that was glitter green ($1) from Hobby Lobby. Then I ran through the rest of the house and gathered some items to make it still feel like winter without the merriness that comes with the Christmas season.
I built a small platform to nail the letters to out of some scrap 1x4
and 1x2 boards laying in the garage. Next I spaced out the letters and
attached them to the front of the 1x2 with my brad nail gun. I ran down
to the basement and spray painted the platform white to match the
It still didn't feel complete, so I picked apart some pine cone sprays I
had in a Christmas bin and hot glued them to the "O" letter. I also
had a 12 pack bag of those $1 glitter snowflake ornaments so I cut the string off and hot glued a few to some letters.
I have a bunch of lanterns that I bought in black when they were on sale
on Black Friday with the intent on making some gifts for people. Well,
lets just say I got busy with other things, so I have a ton of lanterns
waiting for next year. I pulled one out, spray painted it white, added
a flameless candle, some pine cones and a burlap bow.
The mantel still needed a few extra things. I grabbed some extra dowel
rods and some platforms I had bought for a different project, drilled a
hole in the center the size of each dowel rod and spray painted them
white. I added a glitter snowflake ornament to a few of them for filler
and height on the winter mantel. Oh, and that glitter green burlap
tree I bought for a $1, also got some fresh white spray paint for a snow