Hello and how was everyone’s Thanksgiving? I hope your turkey was juicy, your sides were scrumptious and your dessert was sweet. One of my favorite things to do and kind of a tradition in my home has been to put up the Christmas tree and holiday decorations the day after Thanksgiving. Christmas is one of my FAVORITE holidays; I LOVE this time of year. So it should come as no surprise that I like to enjoy the tree and decorations for as long as I can. Everyday I come home from work and one of the first things I do is plug in the tree. It’s also super fun seeing my boys extra excited all month long, admiring the decorations in the stores and on the streets. And dare I say it, but people are actually a little nicer in New York this time of year.
I struggle with my goal of living a more simplistic lifestyle some days, but I’m still working towards it. So I was determined to decorate this year without bringing a bunch of stuff in the house. I took a peek at what I already had and then shopped around the apartment to see what I could repurpose. I had been poking around Pinterest for weeks and my board was filled with ideas. While I got about 75% of the decorating done that day there are still a few areas that need work.
I started by making these Christmas Tree Jars. Aren’t they adorable? I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way they turned out, not to mention the fact that I made all three for less than $5. I grabbed a few washed out glass jars and some Kosher salt from the cabinet. I picked up the red yarn and a pack of miniature trees and sleighs at Michael’s with a 25% off every item coupon. I hot glued the trees to bottom of the jar and filled with salt. Then I grabbed my serving tongs and positioned the sleigh. I finished off the jars by tying a bow around the top with red ribbon because it just looked so plain without anything. The last thing I did was cover the books with some wrapping paper.
I grabbed some decorations from Christmas’ past and moved on to the shelves. I found these reindeers last year on sale at Michael’s and put them in my cart without a second thought. They were plain wood with kinda rusty looking antlers so they got a makeover with some white and silver craft paint. I also picked up the little tree during the same visit. Last year I had this stuff in the kitchen but it looked so nice on the shelf and it fit perfectly.
I love using wrapping paper to decorate; it’s such a nice way to add decor that you can change from year to year. I’m a huge fan of red and green, the traditional holiday colors. So I picked up a roll or candy cane inspired paper and wrapped the frames above the IKEA Trofast AKA toy storage. I liked it but it still needed something else… So I printed a snowman and a tree on a manilla folder, cut them out, painted them black and attached with some spray adhesive. If you have a Silhouette you can whip these up super quick but I don’t so I improvised.
The area by the front door gets the same kind of love for every holiday which means I fill the glass hanging thingy with holiday appropriate decor. Being Christmas and all I filled it with a bunch of red ornaments and hung the wooden Santa plaque above the front door.
The lighting in the living room is pretty much nonexistent; fortunately I get a lot of natural light during the day. Right now I have two sources of light but could always use another. One is a lamp on the coffee table by the front door and he second is a three bulb light in the corner. It was looking plain and boring as usual so I decided to spread the Christmas love. I wrapped some artificial garland down the base and tied a bunch of red ribbon bows for a pop of color. So simple, so festive and so inexpensive.
I’m still working on projects for the 25% that I didn’t get to decorate and plan on posting those ideas as soon as I’m done. I’m also DIY’ing some gifts from the heart and planning a holiday party at my house for my toddler, some of his friends and of course their moms. I cant wait to post details about the party; I found some great crafts and ideas on Pinterest.
Let’s take one last look at my holiday decorations.
How do you decorate for the holidays?