Hello! It’s hard to believe Valentine’s Day is almost here! I have to admit that I not a very crafty person. My kids have never been the ones bringing homemade Valentine’s to school. And on the occasion that I do craft…well…let’s just say the simpler the better for me. So, if your craft-challenged like me, but would still like to add a little love to your house this Valentine’s Day, here are a few simple craft ideas that even I can do! Just click on the pictures for a the DIY details. Happy Crafting!
Paper Doily Heart Garland
Pink Painted Mason Jars
Felt Ball Garland
Sweater Heart Pillow
“I heart U” Printable
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
Have you started decorating for Christmas yet? If not, don’t panic, there is still time. You can find great deals on Christmas decor right now. Here are few ideas on how you can get it done on time and budget! Click on the highlighted words for sources.
The Christmas Tree
This year we have 2 trees, an artificial one that we’ve had for a few years that we put all of the family ornaments that we’ve collected over the years on, and this little tree (aka Mama’s Tree) with all the coordinating decorations. I toned it down with all neutrals but I did add little sparkle in some of the ornaments. I spent less than $100 on this tree, including the tree and decorations. I bought the tree at Lowe’s Home Improvement for $29. It’s a 6′ real tree, so it’s not huge, but I think it’s the perfect size for our family room. Also, a smaller tree requires less decorations. I forgot how much I love having a real tree. It smells amazing! I put it in the tree stand and sprayed a quick coat of flocking (in the garage). I let it dry for a few hours. I added LED string lights then I wrapped it with burlap ribbon. I kept it simple by adding various silver, white, and clear ball ornaments similar to these found here, here, and here. I had already had this set of ornaments that coordinated well so I added them, as well. I didn’t have a tree topper, so I wrapped the top in burlap ribbon and tied a bow at the top and called it good! I wrapped a faux fur tree skirt around the tree stand. I already had this, but you could also wrap a white knit throw around it or put it in a large galvanized bucket. Lastly, I wrapped a few presents in brown craft paper, tied them with jute twine and added a sprig of fresh greenery. I placed fireplace logs and some pine stems that I cut off the base of the Christmas tree in a galvanized bucket.
If you’re starting a decorative tree from scratch;
The Front Porch
For the front porches I used what I already had and added natural elements. On the lower front porch I planted a 5.5 gallon Green Giant Arborvitae in our existing whisky barrel planter (this tree can stay here all winter, then be transplanted in the spring). I collected large branches from our yard and placed in a smaller planter in the corner. I filled a lantern that I already had pine cones and holly clippings. I spruced up (no pun intended 😉 ) an old wreath and small artificial tree by giving it a coat of spray flocking. And I added a few decorative seasonal pillows to the loveseat.
For our upper front porch, I trimmed the front door with lighted garland that I already had. I hung a fresh holly wreath on the door. I popped 2 large poinsettias in our planters on each side of the door (I left them in their plastic container). I lined the steps with 6 galvanized buckets filled with fresh trimmings from my yard of Holly, Boxwood, Juniper, and Pine. At the bottom of the staircase I placed 2.25 quart Emerald Green Arborvitae on each side (these can stay here all winter and be transplanted in the spring).
Porch Decor Tips
Happy December! It’s time to haul out the Holly! I love fresh natural decor. So I wanted share with you these simple Christmas wreaths that I made. I used the trimmings from the Needlepoint Holly and Nandina bushes in our yard. However, you could also use Boxwood, Juniper, Magnolia or Cyprus leaves. All of these shrubs and trees are commonly used in landscape. Most likely, you have at least one of these in your yard too. Soooo….grab your clippers. It’s time to trim those shrubs and make a wreath! This is multi-tasking at it’s finest y’all!
You will need:
The Nandina wreath is a thin, soft, wispy wreath. It’s perfect to hang in front of interior windows and doors. I attached this wreath to our french door by stapling the ribbon to the top of the door using a staple gun.
The Holly wreath is a thick, full wreath. You can hang this wreath anywhere you want to add a pop of holiday color. It’s also perfect for the front door.
Happy wreath making!
I’m so glad you stopped by today! I’m so excited to be talking Christmas Decor! Have you started decorating yet? I’m just now getting started, so I’m running a little late this year. But that’s ok. After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year so why stress about it, right? I’ve put together a list of a few of my favorite Christmas decorations this holiday season. Just click on the photos below and it will take you straight to their link. Happy Shopping!
“A thrill of hope” Handmade Wood Sign
Bay Leaf Garland
Faux Fur Stocking
Grain Sack Stocking
Red Stripe Table Runner
Wooden Bark Plate Charger
Red Truck Pillow Cover
*Be sure to check out ALL of the cute pillow covers on this site. It’s hard to choose just one!
Merry Christmas Banner Garland
Olive Wood Nativity Scene
His Savior Names Ornament Set
Lighted Capiz Star Tree Topper
Pom Pom Knitted Throw
White Birch Tealight Holders
I hope this gives you a few ideas if you’re looking for items to add to your Christmas decor this holiday season. Some of these items would make great gifts, as well. Be sure to check back in for more Christmas decor inspiration. See you soon!