I stood on the top of a too rickety ladder in my too crowded garage a couple of weeks ago and pulled down every vintage screen I could safely get my hands on. The plan is to make one of these like the crazy-talented Amy. In the mean time, I am using it to hold a scrappy garland I made.
You can totally make a scrappy garland. Gather some of the bits and pieces you have in your crafty "someday" pile. Tie them all to another item from your "someday" pile. Mine is vintage ball fringe. I added tags, Anthropology packaging, skeleton keys, super-clearance ornaments from Target past, ribbon. And there's room for lots more.
Then you can rush home from school while there's still a sliver a daylight, attempt to take photos, fail, drag the whole thing outside in view of the roofers next door, and try again. And then realize that they look kind of pretty. And completely capture the mood of the season...a little dark, a little cold, the sun just about the set, and the reflection from the Christmas tree lights in the window. Breathe.