I have been holding out on my Christmas decor posts till now. Don’t get me wrong, not a single piece of Christmas decor is up yet. I really wait till the end of November/beginning of December. I am yet to learn how to schedule such posts in advance for blogging purposes. Well, I blog as things happen around the house. But I do have some tips for you from years past.
Decorating for Christmas is so much fun, simply because of the myriad options available. You do not have to limit yourself to the tree and nativity scene. There is something for everyone. Though you can buy all the stuff you need to decorate your house, nothing beats the charm of handmade, simple items that bring back memories when you unpack them year after year.
I have put together a list of 5 super easy DIY decor tips that will help you do just that.
(Psst… these are from last year’s decor, so some of the pictures are not that great, as I was just getting to know my camera then.)
1). HANDMADE STOCKINGS FROM BABY CLOTHES
This is such a fun way to put those precious baby clothes to use. And they are special because you use something close to your heart to make them. You could use other fabric that’s of not much use to you otherwise, like an old blanket or quilt or maybe even grandma’s old place-mats that are not quite your style.
I made these stockings using two of Boy’s baby T-shirts. All you need to do is free-hand or trace a sock on the fabric, cut it out and stitch them closed to make a stocking. Make a loop with the fabric for hanging at the top. I used the hemmed bottom band of the baby shirts. Fix some bauble on each stocking for added glamor and you have adorable little stockings to display each year. You can embroider or paint something on them too.
Granted, they are no good for stuffing gifts, but aren’t they cute or what?!! They bring back such sweet memories. Sigh!
2). ONE-OF-A-KIND RIBBON WRAPPED WREATH
Wreaths are all the rage now. There is a wreath for any season or event. But they actually started out as Christmas decorations. If you want something different other than the traditional holly wreath or the faux evergreen one, try making ribbon wrapped wreaths.
I used a thin cardboard circle as the wreath base here. Wrap a broad ribbon in the color of your choice, overlapping tightly for a lovely effect. Layer on multiple ribbons for a different look.
Make a bunch of them and create a grouping for a bold statement. They add a little cheer in just about any room. Mine was actually in the kitchen last year. And the year before, I made two more ribbon and yarn wrapped letters to spell out my favorite word – JOY.
3). ORNAMENT FILLED TRAY/BOWL VIGNETTE
This is a no-brainer trick. Fill trays or bowls with leftover ornaments and place them around the house for instant holiday cheer.
Place a little tree or candle in the middle to make it more interesting. If you use a candle, you will have a nice, shimmery effect going on.
4). SNOWFLAKE ORNAMENT TWIG TREE
Twigs and branches are my go-to pieces of decor. Why should it be any different at Christmas?
Fill a lovely clear vase with little ornament balls. I got these pastel ones last year at Target. Add twigs and hang snowflakes on them. Watch them shimmer and shine at night!
5). KID-FRIENDLY CHRISTMAS VILLAGE SCENE
I really really want to collect a pretty Christmas village set. But I realize the time is not quite right now, since I have a boisterous little guy around. There is no point in displaying expensive decor items and then expect kids to be extra careful around them. Let them be kids. Save the crystal and fine porcelain for when they are a little older, I say.
In the meantime, collect a few pieces from the dollar store for a kid-friendly Christmas village scene. Make it fun. Add toy people and vehicles to the vignette. These firemen stood guard outside the village for the entire month of December last year. Adorable!
I may post some pics of last year’s tree in a couple of days. I do have some cute DIYs planned for this year. Let’s see how much gets done!
When do you bring out the stars and tinsel? Tell me, is the magic of the season working on you yet?
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