I went all out this year when it came to Christmas décor. I decked our halls inside and out in a day. I couldn't stop myself. I was that pumped to transition into the most wonderful time of the year! I felt a little silly though, because it was an abnormal 60 degree November day here in Iowa!
I splurged a little bit this season and purchased a few new items to add to the decorations we've had for years. Much of what we have we 1) bought when we got married, 2) inherited when we bought our first home, or 3) inherited when we bought our second home! A lot of really great pieces, but many had seen better days...
Although I bought some new items, some assembly was required. I rarely buy a completely ready-to-use piece. I normally buy the elements to make a ready-to-use piece.
Here are just a few of the items I made or curated to make our home feel magical this holiday season!
DIY Christmas Wreath
I forgot how expensive pre-made wreaths are - $50-$100 plus! I was not willing to pay that much because I wanted a wreath for both our front and back door. I ran across some plain wreaths that were in the $10-$20 range, and they were 50% off. More my style. I then browsed a Christmas accessory isle that had small, festive items that could easily be clipped into or twisted into a wreath. Three small accessories was all I needed to create a simple yet elegant wreath. After discounts, this wreath cost me under $10 to make! I plan to carry this wreath into other seasons by simply swapping out the accessories.
I don't want to be misleading - I did not make these stockings, I just added the letters! Stockings are another item that can be pretty pricey. I found these stockings at the dollar store. I picked up a single piece of gold, glittery scrapbook paper for the lettering. Using a Sharpie, I drew out the letters on the back of the scrapbook paper. I'm getting better at hand lettering, you could certainly use stencils if needed. I then cut out the letters and glued them to the stockings! Easy as that. And by the way, we don't have kids...these stockings are for...OUR DOGS - Homer and Madison!! You could say we love them a little bit.
I absolutely LOVE to shop my house. I shop my house before stepping a foot out the door to go to a store. I believe that if you can take a moment to look at what you have with fresh eyes, there are so many possibilities!
The space above and the vignettes below are mostly pulled together from items I had. The only new items are the Poinsettia floral bouquets and the red/gold ornaments.
I upcycled this sled last Christmas. See how here.
I also tried incorporating natural items from our property, like the branches and sticks in this planter.
My motto is undoubtedly: "I'd rather be decorating." Indoor, outdoor, home, work, you name it, I'd prefer to be visualizing and executing the design ideas that are constantly running through my mind.
In this post, I'll share details about the wall decor I hung at our house during my Christmas break from work. I wanted to do something on the large feature wall in our dining room. As a person comes up the stairs from our mudroom, it's the first thing you see. We had some records hanging in frames which was a good place holder, but not very appealing. Thanks to some good after Christmas sales and imagination, I was able to pull together something that has impact and gives the type of first impression I want to leave when we have new visitors. I also like that this wall mixes pieces I already had with new items for a more modern look than I normally go for.
I based everything around the deer head. I found this piece for 50% off at Target - final price of $15. Once I had the head centered and in place, I started holding various pieces up to the wall to see what would look best where. I knew I wanted the "Every Day I Love You" saying to be in position that it could be seen from the mudroom. I got this piece for 50% off at Hobby Lobby - final price of $20. After hanging the saying, I positioned the 'S' so it fell around the same general area on the other side of the deer head. The 'S' was gifted to me several years ago and is from Hobby Lobby. The photo of Joel and I is one of our favorites from a few years back. We look like real grown-ups in it! The finishing touch was the wooden garland. These were 50% off at Target - final price of $6 for 6 feet. I secured each end of the garland on nails hidden behind the saying and the 'S.' From there, I draped the garland as pictured. I felt like draping the garland across the decor pieces tied everything together.
For hanging I used a level, small nails and a hammer. Everything was light enough so I didn't have to use any heavy duty equipment.
Here's some food for thought before your next decorating project: What pieces do you already have that could be reimagined by mixing them together with other pieces you have or new items you purchase? What angles will your decor be seen from? Think about how you want your decor to be seen from every corner of your home.