Ahhhh- my favorite decorating time of the year is here!! I typically don't do a lot of seasonal decor, except for Christmas (and a little bit for fall). Christmas I go all out- we have 4 giant Rubbermaid tubs devoted to Christmas decor. This year we've been a little behind on the decorating because I was out of town and then sick. But this past weekend I got a good start! And I'm linking up a couple of crafts to Kim's Dare to DIY party as well as Centsational Girl's craft party- unfortunately these decorations were done last year, not this year. But I haven't blogged about them before, so that counts, right?
We haven't put up our tree yet, but here's our mantle:
I start with a simple lighted garland and then add a ton of other stuff- in the garland are Christmas ornaments, pine cones and decorated floral picks. The 4 stuffed creatures above each stocking (the stockings are mine, my husband's, one for the dogs and one for the cats) were made by my mother-in-law and sister-in-law- they are (from left to right) a santa holding a snowman, a skiing snowman, a large snowman holding a "Merry Christmas" wreath and a penguin holding an "I love snow days" sign. Everything else was made by me. Let's take a closer look:
These trees were pretty simple- I bought styrofoam cones at Hobby Lobby** and then wrapped them with twine and yarn (hot gluing the ends down as I went). The white yarn at the top has sequins in it, which kind of makes it look like snow- right? Then I got cardboard stars and painted them with gold craft paint, hot glued a straight pin to the back and stuck them into the styrofoam. Easy! A secret- the trees are sitting on soup cans which makes them appear to be floating above the garland- there wasn't enough room on the mantle otherwise!
This wreath was another easy craft- I just wrapped a styrofoam wreath form with some red ribbon I already had on hand, hot glued some ornaments on and hung it with another ribbon from the mirror.
Finally, the Noel sign. I saw this on Frugal with a Flourish's blog last year (see link here) and had to re-create it. It's a Pottery Barn knock-off (original cost $149! I did it for less than $10). I bought press-board letters at Hobby Lobby and stapled/hot glued them together (seriously, the back is a hot mess- you don't want to see it). Then I painted them with a combination of gold, burgundy and brown craft paint. It's propped up on a piece of wood so that it doesn't disappear behind the garland- garland is great, it hides everything!!
There you have it- my Christmas decor so far. What do you think? Stay tuned for a peak at our outside decor!!
**Disclosure: I was not paid or compensated in any way by this company for this post.