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Category: Holiday Decor

Simple DIY Valentine’s Decor

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

  • I love the neutral color and simplicity of this project.  You can drape this garland across anything that needs a little love.

Pink Painted Mason Jars

  • Place fresh flowers or baby’s breath in the jars and place on a table or sideboard

 

Kisses Artwork

  • I love this simple artwork!  Frame it in white and hang it on a white wall for an added pop of color.

Heart Tree

  • This would be a great centerpiece for a table or sideboard

Heartstring Artwork

  • This can be hung anywhere in the house that needs a little extra love.

Felt Ball Garland

  • I love this draped across the chalkboard.  It could be draped over a mantle, mirror, or artwork, as well.

Sweater Heart Pillow

  • These fun accent pillow for Valentine’s Day and a great way to recycle your kid’s sweaters!

 

“I heart U” Printable

  • Just print, frame and hang in your daughter’s room all year round as a daily reminder of your love.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

xoxo,

Karen

 

Last Minute Christmas Decorating on a Budget

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;

  • pick coordinating colors and theme (theme is optional) first 
  • start with basics – simple ball ornaments, ribbon, etc.
  • Add some decorative ornaments (this is where you add a texture, theme, color etc.)
  • Use items that you already have that coordinate well.  
  • keep it simple – you don’t have to add a lot of decorative ornaments to make it beautiful, you can always add more next year.
  • start small – don’t overwhelm yourself trying to decorate a huge tree.  A 5′ – 6′ tree is a great place to start.   

 

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

  • keep it simple – you don’t need a lot of decorations to make it beautiful
  • keep it natural – use natural elements from your yard
  • consider using plants that can be transplanted later
  • Add a pop of red to your greenery 

Simple Christmas Wreaths

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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!

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You will need:

  • Trimmings from plant of your choice 
  • Baling wire
  • Floral wire
  • Ribbon
  • Christmas music (optional, but strongly advised)

 

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  1. Cut baling wire to desired length. (I cut 46″ of wire to make a 15″ wreath)
  2. Bend baling wire in a circle and twist ends to secure
  3. Center stem on baling wire. Wrap stem and baling wire tightly with floral wire at the base of stem.  Wrap several times to secure.
  4. Layer leaves, moving around the circle and securing.  Repeat process all the way around the circle.
  5. If you have berries that are separate from leaf stems (such as Nandina) place berries on top of leaves, dispersing evenly around circle, and secure tightly with floral wire.
  6. Round out shape ~  Trim off leaves that are sticking out, make sure all pieces are secured tightly, add extra pieces to balance circular shape.  
  7. Cut ribbon to desired length.  Wrap ribbon around top or bottom of wreath.
  8. Hang and enjoy!

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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.  

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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!

Blessings ~

Karen 

Simply Christmas ~ A few of my favorite things

  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!

 

 

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“A thrill of hope” Handmade Wood Sign 

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Bay Leaf Garland 

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Faux Fur Stocking 

 

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Fringed Stocking

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Grain Sack Stocking 

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 Red Stripe Table Runner 

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Wooden Bark Plate Charger 

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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!

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Merry Christmas Banner Garland

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Olive Wood Nativity Scene 

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His Savior Names Ornament Set 

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Lighted Capiz Star Tree Topper 

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Pom Pom Knitted Throw 

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Christmas Candle 

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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!

Merry Christmas!

~Blessings

Karen