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Dec 11

Decorate your Deck with these Unique Christmas Projects

Twinkle lights, garlands, and wreaths are a good place to start when decorating your outdoor space for the holidays. With all the freezing weather we’ve had this week, we thought these projects would be fun and easy. We’d love to see how you decorate your deck for the holidays, so make sure you post a picture on our Facebook page!

Scented Ice Lantern


  • 2-liter plastic bottle
  • 24-oz plastic bottle
  • Boxwood
  • Cranberries
  • Masking tape
  • A wide candle
  • Essential Oil
  • Water


1. Cut the tops off of each bottle and place the smaller one inside the 2-liter.
2. Use masking tape to secure the edges, so they stay the same distance apart all the way around.
3. Add your boxwood and cranberries to the plastic ring you just created. Add any other decorations you’d like at this point, too.
4. Fill the ring with water about 3/4 of the way, leaving room for the water to expand upwards as it freezes.
5. Freeze the lantern completely.
6. Pour a little hot water into the smaller center bottle and remove it from the ice lantern. Run a little warm water around the outside bottle to loosen and remove it as well.
7. LIght your chunky candle and let it burn for at least 30 minutes, creating a deep indentation.
8. Carefully place your candle into the center of your ice lantern.
9. Add a few drops of your essential oil into the wax pool of the candle. Use whichever oil you prefer. A great festive scents is doTERRA’s Holiday Joy Blend.

Let us know on Facebook how this project work for you! Click here to see the original instructions.

Bird Seed Ornaments

I love this project not only for how simple it is but also how fun it’ll be to watch the birds that come in the yard!


  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 3 tbsp. corn syrup
  • 4 cups birdseed
  • Molds (muffin tin, cookie cutters, etc.)
  • Nonstick spray
  • Drinking straw
  • Waxed paper
  • Ribbon/twine


1. Combine the flour, water, gelatin and corn syrup in a large mixing bowl. Stir until well-combined.
2. Add the birdseed to the mixture, stir until well coated.
3. Spray your molds with cooking spray, and spoon birdseed mixture into each mold. Use the bottom of a measuring cup to pack it down, and make the top smooth.
4. Poke a hole through top of each birdseed mold using a drinking straw, making sure it goes all the way through.
5. Leave the birdseed mixture in the molds for two to three hours.
6. Remove the straws and lay out a sheet of waxed paper. Gently remove the hardened ornaments from the mold, and place them on the wax paper upside down.
7. Allow them to dry for at least two to three more hours, or overnight.
8. Cut your ribbon and carefully put it through the hole.
9. Hang them from the trees in your yard!

Let us know on Facebook how this project work for you! Click here to see the original instructions.

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