Get crafty with homemade décor

Oh no! Thanksgiving has come and gone and you still haven't trimmed the tree or strung the Christmas lights? Don't despair or get all bah-hum-bug; get creative with homemade holiday décor ideas from Lowe's.

These fun, easy projects are a great way to spend quality time with the family before your holiday celebrations ensue and also make fantastic, thoughtful gifts for family and friends.

Fundamental ornaments

Jazz up simple shatter-proof ornaments by using interior paint in a gloss or semigloss finish with fun holiday colors such as red, green, gold, silver or blue. First, paint with a primer and allow ample drying time.

Paint stars, monogram your friend's names or spatter the paint in wild colors to make a style statement. Wrap painter's tape or place round self-stick felt pads around the ornament and paint over them for fun stripes and funky polka dots, and remove after paint has thoroughly dried for at least 24 hours.

Spectacular wreaths

Turn a tired wreath into a show-stopper with a little TLC. Use an artificial wreath from seasons past with no attached lighting and spray it with one coat of white paint. After it's dry, spray it again with one to two coats of orange-peel ceiling texture paint for a flocked look. Add painted pinecones, ribbons and bows for a modern take on a traditional look.

For a more vibrant décor option, use a wreath with battery-powered lights and attach brightly painted ornaments you just created with 22-gauge wire. Wrap the wire around the wreath's metal frame to secure the ornaments and voilá -- you have a fabulous decoration guests will ooh and ahh over.

Wrapping wonders

Give mirrors a holiday makeover by wrapping them with Christmas ribbon. Measure the size of your mirror and cut two pieces of ribbon, per mirror, about 4 inches larger on all sides. Place the ribbon diagonally over the corners and tape it down. Tie a large bow and place in the corner similar to all the presents under the tree.

For more ideas on how to make your own holiday decorations, visit Lowe's stores nationwide or

Information courtesy Lowe's