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Deck the halls on the cheap!

  • Learn how to turn an ordinary mailbox into holiday décor!
  • Sarah Fishburne, Home Depot's director of trend and design at home, shares her DIY secrets

The holiday season can be tough for the millions of Americans who are struggling just to get by. Although known as a season of joy and giving, holiday-related traditions, such as giving gifts, can get pretty expensive. Insert DIY here! There are tons of ways to make this holiday a DIY holiday, when it comes to decorating, gifts, traditions and even more.

So who better to help us create a DIY holiday than Home Depot! The company's top designer stopped by our studio to share her secrets. Sarah Fishburne is Home Depot's director of trend and design. She shows us how to deck the halls, without breaking the bank!

Step-by-step directions for the Martha Stewart Candy Cane Mailbox:

Supplies needed:

  • One mailbox
  • White Printer (suggested: White KILZ Original Primer Sealer Spray
  • 3/4" Painters tape (Suggested: Intertape Polymer Group Pro Mask Blue Masking Tape)
  • Red paint (Glidden Candy Apple Red)
  • Red glitter craft paint (MSL Pomegranate Red)

Step-by-step instructions:

  • Prime a mailbox with white primer and sealer spray (we used a white mailbox, so you don't need to spray paint it white)
  • Tape stripes of painters masking tape onto mailbox to cover the entire box. Starting in the center and working your way to the ends.  Make a candy cane pattern with two strips of tape placed 1/2" apart.  Continue that pattern with a 1– 1/2" space in between.
  • Paint the mailbox with red paint, you may need 3-4 coats, allowing to fully dry before adding a new coat.
  • Cover over the red paint with glitter to add sparkle
  • Let the mailbox dry for 24 hours and then remove tape to reveal the candy cane stripes

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