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DIY Holiday and Christmas Decorations

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.

DIY Holiday & Christmas decorations

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.

Christmas tree jars

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.

christmas reindeers

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.

christmas frames, holiday decor

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.

front door christmas decorations

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.

christmas lights

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.

DIY Holiday & Christmas decorations

How do you decorate for the holidays?

Decorating for Fall – On a Budget

Happy Tuesday everyone!!

Is it starting to feel like fall where you are yet? It’s officially Autumn and I’m super excited! SO ready to say goodbye to summer and welcome cool, clear weather, falling leaves and cozy nights. It also means it’s time to Decorate for Fall and I wanted to add small simple touches around the house. As much as I’m trying to lighten things up I went back to reds and browns with mixes of orange. They are the colors of autumn, I see them everywhere and I love bringing them inside. In the spirit of simplicity I wanted to use what I had on hand which wasn’t much, a pack of leaves, a small welcome sign, some candles, battery operated tea lights and two hurricane jars. I also had some recycled glass jars I wanted to do something with and found the perfect  solution on Pinterest. Other than that, nada.

fall decor collage

One of the good things about living in a small space is a little decorating goes a long way, simple touches are all it takes. To keep things on the cheap l hit up the dollar store and came home with two packs of leaves, three packs of mini decorations, a small scarecrow and a craft pumpkin. On a trip to Home Goods I picked up a fabric covered pumpkin.

I have a couple shelves in the living room I LOVE decorating for the holidays. I used my welcome sign from last year, got the scarecrow from the dollar store and found the pumpkin in one of my mom’s closets. The milk jar and twig are always out and so is the frame.

fall decor shelf

I made some autumn lanterns with the recycled glass jars, a couple fake leaves some twine and battery operated tealight candles. The small topiary sits in that spot the majority of the year.

autumn decor - luminary, topiary

I have a glass hanging thing (not sure what it’s called) by the front door that I filled with mini pumpkins and gourds.

autumn decor, pumpkins, gourds

The media center got a simple update. I wrapped two books with the same decorative paper I used in the entry , filled the hurricane jars with leftover lentils and tied two fake leaves around the candles with some twine, I picked up that adorable pumpkin at Home Goods.

autumn decor, DIY, hurricane jars and candle  autumn decor, fabric pumpkin

I can’t sew worth a stitch so I asked my beautiful and talented niece for some help. I gave her one and a half packs of the fake leaves and asked her to sew them together to create a garland.

autumn garland, DIY, dollar store leaves

I love the way the autumn luminary looks when the tea lights are on, it has such a beautiful glow.

lit autumn luminary, DIY

Have you started decorating for fall yet? What will you be using in your home, are you making, buying or a bit of both?

DIY Sunburst Mirror – Part of my Financial Fast Challenge

Hi-Lo everyone! The work week is moving right along and things have been busy with regular events, planning for vacation and my wilton cake decorating course. But I’m still moving forward with my bedroom update little by little and for $0 of course. I’m over the moon to finally have a sunburst mirror; I’ve been crushing on them for a while now.

DIY Sunburst mirror

I love the color of my bedroom walls; it’s light and happy and feels fresh and open. But the accent colors I chose were more out of frugality than anything else. A couple years ago after I had the apartment painted but before the TV was mounted on the living room wall I bought some art to hang behind the TV. My first attempt at decorating a space…. Sorry, no before pics, I didn’t think to take pictures back then. But then my youngest started walking and it just made sense to mount the TV so I didn’t have to worry about it falling. That meant the artwork had to come down and my thriftiness wouldn’t let me tuck it away in a closet someplace. At the same time I’d decided to make an upholstered headboard and thought the artwork would look perfect above it, and it did. So I used it as my inspiration piece and attempted to decorate the room around it.

geometric art, marshalls

As you can see from the picture that meant red and brown would be some of the rooms accent colors, fast forward a couple years and I’m ready for a change so I decided to go with a softer, girlier (is that even a word?) color in here. Can you guess what my new accent color is…? It’s pink! I found a fabulous piece of fabric at Fabric.com that I’m going to use to reupholster the bench at the foot of the bed and a couple other pieces around the room. Now this is where the sunburst mirror comes in, it’s going to take center stage above the bed. While I did DIY the sunburst mirror I can’t take take credit for the how to. For full directions please check out Kayla’s post here. I’d been scouring the web for months looking for easy directions that required minimal supplies and hers was definitely that!! A little information before we move on, I purchased the supplies for this project months ago because it’d been on my to do list for a while. So it’s still a $0 project since I already had all the supplies on hand.


  • 16 wood shims
  • small mirror
  • paint
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • small piece of string or ribbon

I started by painting all the shims

painted shims

 next I attached the shims to each other one layer at a time

DIY Sunburst mirror instructions

once it was completely dry I attached some string to hang it with and glued on the mirror

Hang up a starburst mirror

I love the way it came out and the fact that it’s white means it’ll go with the next color I decide to try in here. Not anytime soon though, I’m going to enjoy pink for a while.

Let’s have a look at my Sunburst Mirror.

DIY Starburst mirror

The room already has a totally different feel. I want to LOVE this room redo when I’m done so I want to think about function, comfort and how it looks. In typical me fashion, I mean I’m still redoing the living room… That has been an evolution, you can read about the paint job here, the gallery wall here and the toy organization here.

But when I look at this simple DIY sunburst mirror it has me smiling from ear to ear.

geometric art, marshalls, before  DIY Starburst mirror

I’m two weeks into my financial fast challenge and I love crossing projects of my to do list for $0. I’ve seen some great mirrors in blog land, a lot of rope and sisal being used. Sunburst mirrors have been everywhere but I don’t mind being late to the trend. I found some supplies in my craft stash that I want to use for next weeks project.