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DIY tips to get your home holiday ready

Hosting this holiday season? Here are a few quick and inexpensive tips to spruce up your home.

MINNEAPOLIS — Thanksgiving Day is officially two weeks away and if you're planning to host this holiday season, here are a few fun ways to get your home sparkling and ready for guests:

Upcycle old furniture

Instead of buying that gorgeous new console you've had your eye on for months, you can give an old and/or inexpensive piece of furniture a makeover by adding a fresh coat of paint and hairpin legs.


You know the drill. Sand it, prime it, paint it, seal it. When it comes to choosing a color, consider which three colors are the main focus of the room. You may wish to choose one of those colors for your project. White is often a safe choice because it helps brighten up the room.


Mid-century modern decor is on trend. Hairpin legs come in a variety of lengths and even the shorter legs help give your furniture a new, elevated look. You can get a pack of four 8-inch hairpin legs for $23.99 on Amazon. Screws are included. To install the legs, hold each leg in place and drill holes into the furniture using the holes on the leg as a guide. Then, drive the screws into each hole.

Shot glass candlestick holders

The blog Home Made by Carmona gets all the credit for this one. Check out step-by-step instructions here. By the way, you can get a pack of six shot glasses from Walmart for $4.97.

String light wall art

You can pay $24.99 for a painting that lights up when you click it. Or, you can buy a pack of six string lights for $8.99 on Amazon, a blank canvas for a few dollars at the craft store, and use paint you already have at home. All you need to do is paint the canvas. A solid color is the simplest and fastest backdrop. Once dry, paint something holiday themed over it such as a snowflake. Whatever you'd like. If you're not comfortable painting your own designs, use a stencil. Next, use a drill to make 20 tiny holes in the canvas. That's because each string comes with 20 bulbs. The design should face toward you as you drill. Now, flip around your art and pop each bulb into the holes you've made. You may need to tape them down as you go along. You may also tape the battery pack onto the back of the canvas. The pack linked above comes with a flat battery pack, making it easy to tape down with a basic transparent tape. 

If you make any of these projects, tag @kiyaedwards and use #sunrisers. We'd love to see how your creations turn out!