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Christmas Decor for a Small Apartment

Living in a small apartment doesn't offer many options for elaborate holiday decor. With a little ingenuity, however, I've created a lovely holiday-themed apartment. A miniature lighted Christmas tree carefully placed on my side table greets visitors as they enter my home. Making good use of my front room window, I have adorned it with decor, using tinsel and garland, as well as miniature stockings hung with suction cups. As a festive alternative, you might try hanging shiny ornaments on the window in much the same way. If your apartment is designed with a staircase, decorate the banister. Use garland, tinsel, holly or even holiday greeting cards. Finally, if your apartment is furnished with a fireplace, decorate the mantel. I've placed a two-foot tall animated and musical Santa on my mantel. I hope my blog gives you some fun decorating ideas for your small home.


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2 Creative DIY Outdoor Wall Sconces

by Luke Patterson

Spending time in outdoor living areas can be both relaxing and invigorating. If you don't want to limit the time you spend outdoors to daylight hours, it can be helpful to install some outdoor lighting. Light fixtures have the ability to transform an outdoor space into an enchanting or whimsical area.

Here are two ideas you can use to create your own outdoor wall sconces in the future.

1. If you want your outdoor living space to have a rustic feel, create some mason jar sconces.

Clear glass mason jars provide the perfect raw materials for outdoor wall sconces. All you need to create a unique rustic light fixture are some pieces of wood cut to the size you want your wall sconce to be, some old mason jars, chain, and a few screw-in hooks.

Start by distressing the wood pieces to give them an aged feel using either paint or stain, then screw a hook into the top of each piece of wood. Attach chain to the mason jars by drilling holes into the lid of the jar, then simply hang the jar over the hook in the wood.

Affix your new sconces to an outdoor wall, add an electric candle, and you will have a unique lighting fixture that will add to the ambiance of your rustic outdoor living area.

2. If you want to create an elegant outdoor living space, convert recycled wine bottles into wall sconces.

Wine bottles can easily be used to transform your outdoor living space into a more elegant area when converted into wall sconces. For this project you will need access to large wooden medallions, recycled wine bottles, a metal clamp, and a scoring tool or glass drill bit.

Start by either painting or staining the wooden medallions to match your design scheme. Remove the bottom portion of your wine bottles by scoring the glass using either a scoring tool or glass drill bit. Slowly rotate the scored area over a candle flame for about 7 to 10 minutes to heat up the glass. Immediately place the bottle under cold running water, and the bottom section should break free.

Use a metal clamp to attach the neck of the wine bottle to your wooden medallion, with the newly-opened bottom section facing up. Add some electronic candles to the wine bottles and attach your new sconces to your outdoor walls.

Creating your own outdoor wall lighting fixtures can be a great way to personalize your outdoor living space in the future.