This Christmas, I decided to pare down our decorations. When I decided I didn’t need a Christmas tree, it triggered concerned inquiries from not one, but two, trusted friends! Let me assure you, that I am feeling fine! Admittedly, it … Continue reading
The new pine cone tree fits right in with his felt and feather cousins!
I might paint it another time, but for this year’s Scandinavian-inspired theme, the natural finish seems perfect! It took a while to put together, and Steve took the opportunity to make about two zillion conifer-inspired puns, so I have multiple reasons to be glad that project is over:)… but I’m really happy with the results!
This year’s Christmas is pared-down and pretty (if I don’t say so myself!). Most of our decorations are white, with touches of gold and silver.
I love how our simple white felt stockings from West Elm have fit into all of our Christmas themes, just by changing the ornaments. Here are the links to the past years’ mantels:
And this year, I used scrapbook paper and gold contact paper to make these ornaments that add a bit of gold and glam to our mantel. The stripes and dots make me think of a beautiful Kate Spade look.
And a few more looks at our mantel this year. Like the simple Christmas branch, it came together so quickly, which is a relief this busy season!
Last year, we celebrated a fabulous and fun retro mid-century Christmas with lots of over-the-top colors and decorations. This year, I’m going in a different direction with a pared-down Christmas.
I was inspired by pictures of simple branches hung with ornaments. I was going to do this in addition to our Christmas tree, but I’ve decided to do it instead of a tree, and it feels very liberating! This idea is great for people who live in small spaces or just want to simplify.
Our overall look this season is Scandinavian-inspired with touches of gold and glam, and our centerpiece here fits tight in.
Hope you’re feeling cheerful and warm this season!
You know decorating for Christmas is a serious thing in our house, and to keep my sanity, I usually try to start planning early. This fall, though, every spare moment outside of work and basic survival has been consumed with stuff for the boys’ school and birthdays! Now, I’m starting to feel a bit of breathing room – or I’m forcing myself to maintain some sanity.
I honestly had so much fun with last year’s retro Christmas that I thought about recreating it. I’ve decided, however, to try a new variation I’m going to call a “Mod Metallic Christmas.”
Here is an inspiration photo (source):
Three years ago, I did simple white and grey Christmas theme, and I’m excited to add some glitter and glam this time around!
Taking inspiration from The Design Cookbook, I created a “recipe” to help me focus my vision for this project and keep it on track:
- Color scheme: white, grey, black, gold, silver
- Natural elements like branches
- Glam/ mod touches, such as clean lines, geometric shapes, and faux fur
Some projects I’d like to work on include:
Metallic garland (source):
Tin can luminaries (source):
Dip-painted wooden ornaments (source):
Painted pine cones (source):
Felt garland (source):
And here are some more inspiration photos (source):
What do you have in mind for holiday decorating?
As you know, this Christmas, I’m decorating with a retro mid-century theme. Our tree is trimmed with glove ornaments in red, turquoise, and pink, including these scrapbook paper and washi tape globe ornaments.
I was looking for the perfect tree topper and saw this fabulous atomic topper from Over the Top Finials on Etsy. They have lots of fun products!!
Since I had all the supplies in the house already, I thought I’d try a DIY version, and I’m pretty excited with how it turned out!
Here’s what I rounded up to make the tree topper:
- 11 bamboo skewers – paint with silver spray paint
- Medium styrofoam ball – paint with silver craft paint
- Toilet paper roll
- Green felt to cover roll
- Assorted small balls and beads. I used some vase filler (which also came in handy when making my ornament wreath; I might have some trouble filling a vase in the future…)
Here’s how to put it together
- Paint the skewers and styrofoam ball and let dry
- Cut the toilet paper roll lengthwise and tape it into a narrower and tapered roll. Push the narrower end into the styrofoam ball. Cover it with green felt to blend into the tree.
- Cut the skewers into varying lengths, cutting on an angle to make sharp ends.
- Stick the small balls and beads into the skewers.
- Stick the skewers into the center ball, spacing them out in all directions and with varying lengths.
And here’s how the tree has come together, including the retro Christmas Ornament tree skirt!
For the last few years, I have had a different theme for Christmas decorating each year. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I need to change all my decorations! I’ve gotten creative about re-purposing and adapting our ornaments and other decor to fit each theme. When I did my white Christmas two years ago, I bought lovely white felt stockings from West Elm. They worked just as well for last year’s white and red Christmas. For this year’s nostalgic retro Christmas, all I had to do was change out the initials on the stockings.
I used felt in our Christmas colors of red, pink, and blue and added white felt monograms. I attached them to the stockings with safety pins, so it will be easy to change them again, when needed! It’s amazing how this small project completely transforms the look of our stockings and mantel!
Here’s a look at last year:
And this year:
While we’re enjoying this year’s cheerful nostalgic Christmas, I’m already thinking about themes for the future – Scandinavian Christmas or a metallic Christmas – and it’s good to know I’ll be able to re-use these stockings again!
My passion for pretty papers goes way back, but I confess that when washi tape first became popular, I didn’t immediately fall in love – it’s not too late, though! I had so much fun combining patterns and colors to make these pretty ornaments. These lovely decorations are quick to make, and I will be bringing this project to work for our holiday party. I also made a personalized version of these ornaments with kids’ names inside.
- Clear Plastic Ball Ornaments
- 2.25-Inch Circle Paper Punch
- Scrapbook paper. This is a great project for using small leftover pieces of paper
- Washi tape and other embellishments
- Glue stick
- Ribbon for hanging
The process is very simple:
- I then cut out two circles in matching paper and glued then back-to-back
- I then added washi tape or other paper scraps to decorate the ornament
- These circles fit perfectly into the ornaments, which snap together
- Add a ribbon for hanging and you’re done!
Go crazy with the paper (I did!) and have fun!!
Every year, I make personalized Christmas ornaments for our family and friends. This is usually a simple project with store-bought ornaments. This year, I’m doing a little DIY, because I didn’t find anything quite right for our retro mid-century Christmas.
I’m making some clear globe ornaments to give to our local friends. For those that live further away, I wanted something easy to mail, so I was excited to find this inspiration for ornaments covered in scrapbook paper. Besides being pretty, these ornaments are lightweight, flat, and sturdy, so they’re perfect for sending to friends!
Here’s how to do this cute project:
- Paint the edges of the Unfinished Wood Ornaments with silver craft paint. The center will be covered in paper.
- Print out names and the year on Clear Shipping Labels and then stick them in craft paper and cut them out. I cut matching circles for the back.
- Use regular hole punch to cut the paper around the hole in the ornament.
- Use Yes All-Purpose Stik Flat Glueto glue the paper to the ornaments
- I used some very fine sandpaper to clean up the ornaments after the glue dried.
What fun to be able to send a bit of holiday cheer!
I made the first of these stockings more than a decade ago, and how our little collection of stockings has grown over the years! I made the first ones when our oldest was born, and back then, it was just Steve, me, baby K, and our old dog Cooper. Over the years, I added extended family for the Christmases we hosted, two more babies, and now, I am very excited to add the stockings for my twin nieces!
- fleece fabric (less than 1/2 a yard per stocking)
- cuff fabric (only about 7″ long x about 20″ wide – I find scraps for this)
- ribbon for hanging (5″ long; I also used scraps)
- iron-on applique letters for name
Make a template for your stocking. I’ve included a half inch seam allowance on my pattern
Use the template to cut out two pieces of fleece.
With the right sides together, sew around the sides and bottom of the stocking, leaving about 7″ open at the back top. Clip the seam allowance around the curves.
Cut a cuff that is about 6.5″ tall and 10″ wide. Hem the cuff.
Sew the cuff to the top of the stocking, with the right side of the cuff facing the wrong side of the stocking, as shown.
Flip the cuff over as shown. I found it helped to pin it in place for the next step.
Line up the edge of the cuff and the stocking and slip your ribbon in, too, with the ends tucked into where you’ll see. Now sew up the last 7″ of the back of the stocking, sewing through the stocking, cuff, and ribbon.
Flip your stocking right side out and iron on the letters!
Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!