Yesterday, my youngest son and I finished decorating our home for Christmas. All we have left is the Christmas tree, and we’re waiting on my husband to wrangle the tree into the house. Then…I can work my decorating magic.
This year, I focused on a Kid Crafted Christmas. The kids and I have made ornaments, plus we’ll be using ornaments from years past to decorate our tree. I found myself wanting to keep our decorations simple and fresh. I bought a wreath for the front door from a local Boy Scout troop, and a pine garland from Trader Joe’s for the back porch. Inside I hung a boxwood wreath in the kitchen and laid cedar branches on the fireplace mantel.
This Amaryllis bulb grown especially for Longwood Gardens is front and center in our dining room. I was thrilled when it bloomed this week. I’m waiting for the bulb next to it to bloom, hopefully by Christmas.
My new favorite ornament, paper stars, festoon our dining room chandelier. I may leave these up through January until it’s time for Valentine’s Day decorations.
I made this chalkboard in October from an Ikea frame I bought at Goodwill. I spray painted the frame glossy black and spray painted the glass with chalkboard paint. I’m having fun writing seasonal messages on our DIY chalkboard.
This colorful table runner from Pier One fits in with my Kid Crafted Christmas. I used the brown tablecloth at Thanksgiving and left it on the table for the rest of winter. The mercury candlesticks are a Target find, and the glass candle stick came from Ikea.
Every year I say I’m going to personalize these stockings; I never do. They go nicely with the fresh cedar branches I bought at Home Depot for $6.98. On the right is a big version of the paper stars made by one of my kids.
I found these candy canes on clearance after Christmas at Pier One a few years ago. They’re nestled inside a metal basket I bought this fall at the Clover Market.
Behind the candy canes is one of my burlap-wrapped containers. I cut a huge square of herringbone burlap, wrapped it around the container and tied everything together with twine.
I was so excited when I found this 18 inch tall glass vase at Target this fall for a mere $7.68. I always pass up these vase because I don’t want to pay more than $10. I filled the vase with pine cone ornaments and colorful ball ornaments. I may go back and add a string of lights inside the vase.
We wrap up this Christmas House Tour with my boxwood wreath from Trader Joes’. Under $10, this wreath was a fantastic buy. I tucked in Santas I bought at Pier One a few years ago.
Have you finished decorating your home for Christmas?
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