During the holidays, I decorate many Christmas trees for myself and clients. Honestly, I do get bored decorating with the same or same kind of decorations year after year. Therefore, I love to challenge myself to come up with new ways to decorate a tree, at least new to me. For a few weeks, I had an idea to strand hundreds of shatterproof ball ornaments together to create an ‘ornament garland.’ Last week, I was able to decorate a pink Christmas tree using this notion and it turned out amazing.
This tree looked a little like the one from ‘Charlie Brown.’ However, with a few hundred ornaments, it became a show stopper!
Pink Christmas Tree
Sharing our gifts and talents is one way to spread kindness, but also the holiday spirit. When my friend Dawn, who owns a salon, mentioned not feeling the holiday spirit yet, I knew that I was the one to bring it to her. So, I asked her to pick a color palette and I would do the rest. While I love my blue decorations, I was so excited that she chose silver, pewter grey and blush pink Christmas tree ornaments. It’s feminine and a little edgy!
Again, I like to think outside the box to create something unique. It makes decorating more fun. So, here are a few ideas that you can do, no matter what color you decorate with.
Strand clusters of ornaments to create an over the top garland.
Don’t just hang ornaments on the tree. Push floral wire through the top of bottle brush trees to hang.
Again, hang a few oversized pieces related to your theme on the tree. For instance, disco balls, bells or signs! The oversized look creates a ‘wow factor.’ Floral wire is great for this.
For the base, I wrapped a cardboard box in pink and silver wrapping paper. Then, placed the tree stand inside. Lastly, I tucked tissue paper into the box, under the tree branches, to look like a gift box.
Spray topper is a cluster of floral stems, picks or ‘sprays’ on top of the tree. See more details, here.
DIY Ornament Garland
400 shatterproof balls (for a 7 foot tree)
20+ large shatterproof balls (optional)
50+ mini shatterproof balls (optional)
First, push one ornament through a 3-4 foot section of wire. Then, make a small circle loop about six inches from the end to prevent the ornament from going though.
Next, strand balls onto the section of wire. Be sure to push balls around so that they lay accordingly and leave no gaps. Add in a few large and mini balls to fill in.
Make another small loop with the wire about six inches from the end. Then, use both end sections of the wire to tie onto the underside of the tree branches. Simply, wrap wire onto the branch.
When one strand ends, make another and hang end to end at different angles to create an organic or swag like look. Work in 2-3 foot sections to maintain control.
TIP: When hanging the garland, an extra set of hands is helpful.
FYI: Some balls may pop off from their plastic topper. Simply replace or hot glue back on, if necessary.
Here are a few pink Christmas ornaments from Decorator’s Warehouse in Arlington, Texas. If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, I encourage you to shop in the store as the selection is much wider than online. Plus, there are over 13 fully decorated Christmas trees in many different colors and styles to get inspiration from.
Christmas is in full swing! Therefore, I have rounded up a few simple Christmas decor ideas that you can DIY or repurpose from things you probably already have. Plus, I included a handful of my favorite decor finds that make decorating easier for any season.
6 Simple DIYs To Do This Season
One way to personalize a home is to fill it with personal touches that are handmade or unique. Basically, this can be achieved by incorporating a few DIYs or crafts into your holiday decor.
Two Table Top DIYs
For instance, I cut and tore long strips of cotton fabric to create frayed ribbon. Then, I tied the silverware together to add a romantic touch to my holiday table. This is great trick for holiday wrapping, as well.
In addition, I sliced and dried oranges in the oven for four hours. Next, I wrapped the dried citrus and fresh eucalyptus stems with yarn on holiday gifts for eco-friendly gift wrap.
Christmas DIY Decor
The best way to give new life to inexpensive or old bells (or anything metal) is to apply ‘Rub N Buff.’ For instance, I love the antique gold color. Read all the instructions, here.
Cutting bead board into ornamental shapes is still one of my favorite holiday DIYs. Since I typically have a pile of scrap wood in my wood shop, this is easy and inexpensive. Use any weathered or chippy wood, or textured wood panels for this project. Then cut, sand and hang. Get the full instructions, here.
Lastly, I like to make ‘snow globes’ to decorate during the holidays. Consequently, by adding faux snow and a few holiday figurines, like bottle brush trees, reindeer, or Santa Clause, to any glass container, it looks like a snow globe. For example, here are a few that I made, or you can use any lidded glass jar, cloche, clear ornament or even a gumball machine to create a snowy scene.
One of the best ways to add seasonal touches to your home is by changing out the wreath on the front door. However, I love to use seasonal wreaths indoors, as well. For example, hang wreaths over mirrors, interior doors, or above the fireplace mantle. Here are two different wreaths that I made for Christmas to match my decor.
On the left, I took a plain pine wreath and added blue and white poinsettias with sprigs of faux lamb’s ear, pinecones and blue berry picks. Then, I tied in large shatterproof balls and wooden heart ornaments with gingham ribbon.
On the right, I tied faux florals onto two pine greenery sprays secured to a gold hoop with floral wire. Lastly, I added blue velvet ribbon that I used throughout my home to hang miniature wreaths.
Many of the ornaments and picks are from Decorator’s Warehouse, the largest Christmas decor store in Texas, y’all. Use my code Cutertudor for 10% off!
6 Ways to Repurpose Old Things
Many times, I decorate my home by reusing and repurposing things that I already have. I love the challenge of thinking of new ways to use old pieces. For instance, I repurposed vintage cookie cutters into napkin rings and flower frogs into holiday postcard stands. To make a wreath, I used the rings of an old basket… probably a basket that my dog decided to eat!
Sometimes, it is as simple as using a piece in a new way. Other times, it becomes part of another decoration altogether. For example, architectural pieces are always great to repurpose or layer into something artsy. These decorative moulding pieces were the perfect base for miniature wreaths and figurines.
Books can be used many different ways, especially old books with worn pages. They add character to a space and texture when stacked together. Plus, the words or images on the pages themselves provide an additional pattern or graphic quality. From stacking books to use as risers that elevate the decor to using pages as placemats, the possibilities are endless.
5 Fabulous Finds that Never Go Out of Style
I picked five things that are classic enough to use year round, but especially fun to style during the holidays. These are great pieces to have in your decorating repertoire.
I love glass cloches. Not only are they one of my favorite things to style, but they are functional too. In addition, you can turn any table top decor into a ‘snow globe scene’ by adding some faux snow. It’s such a pretty way to display all the treats that you will be baking this holiday season. You can find some great ones, here.
Miniature Wood Boards
These miniature decorative bread boards, pictured below are From: Susie, and come in both rectangular and round shapes. From serving as drink coasters to candle risers, they are so versatile. Plus, you can personalize each with a decal cutting machine for ornaments, gift tags or place cards. You can purchase both, here. Just use code ‘cuter10’ for 10% off!
Wood Cutting Boards
The snowman shaped cutting board is food safe and perfect for holiday parties, hot cocoa bars, and charcuterie food boards. Frosty makes a pretty cute plate charger, too. When not using, simply layer with other wood boards for a quick holiday touch in the kitchen. You can find a beautiful selection of wooden boards, here.
These particular wood lanterns are handmade in Texas and available in 3 different sizes and colors. Find more ways to style these lantern trays, here, or buy them here.
From holiday centerpieces to coffee table decor, they are perfect for showcasing seasonal decor or candles. For example, fill a bowl with ornaments or pinecones to place inside. Or, add faux greenery like a mini wreath or pine garland and bottle brush trees or Christmas figurines. Antique Farmhouse has an amazing selection of wood and metal style lanterns, here.
Tiered or Flat Trays
Trays are one of my favorite things to style seasonally and for holidays. Find my tips to decorate a 3 tier tray for Christmas, here. Where else are you going to show off your Christmas collectibles?
For the 10th DIY of Christmas, I am sharing my favorite gift wrapping ‘how to’ tips and a few DIYs, too. I love to coordinate packages with my holiday decor. Therefore, I chose ticking striped and checkered paper with ribbon in my favorite color, navy blue! I always add personal touches to gift wrapping without spending a lot of money, too! Here’s how I do it!
Gift Wrapping Tips
Tip One: Gather an assortment of wrapping and tissue paper, gift boxes, ribbons, bows and gift tags. Plus, tape and scissors. Keep all of this together in a basket. When any family member needs to wrap gifts, it will be easy to find.
Tip Two:Color coordinate the color of paper for each kid or parties that you will attend. Between Santa gifts, visiting the in-laws, and gifts for friends or teachers, there are many packages in the house. To avoid any confusion of what packages go where, I wrap gifts in different wrapping paper. It’s a lot easier to say ‘honey, put the green polka dotted wrapped gifts in the car,’ when heading to my in-laws, rather than reading a bunch of tags and sorting through a pile of gifts.
When my kids were younger, I wrapped my kids’ gifts in different patterned paper without names on tags. Then, on Christmas morning, I told them which one belonged to each one. This was to keep the kids from shaking the boxes till no end, or guessing what each one got before they were even opened! They are sneaky like that!
Tip Three: If you do not find gift tags that coordinate with your wrapping paper, search the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby. I love the selection of paper. For instance, I found this farmhouse inspired paper with 20 different designs for $5. (Don’t forget to download your Hobby Lobby coupon to your phone when you are standing in line).
To DIY your own gift tags… first, cut paper in half; sheets are 4.5 x. 6.5 inches. Then, fold over paper and punch a hole into the top left of paper. Last, pull bakers twine or string through hole to attach the gift tags to bows.
Tip four: Be creative with your embellishments. Not only can you DIY your own gift tags, but y0u can add an assortment of embellishments to your gifts. For example, use natural elements like pinecones, cotton stems, or fresh greenery, or shop the craft section for Christmas crafting supplies, like the wood word cutout below. Include ornaments, jingle bells, photos, candy canes or wood letters on gift tags.
Here are a few ways to make DIY personalize gift tags, as shared in Modern Texas Living magazine last year.
For this DIY idea, I wrapped green ribbon in the shape of trees around the package three times. Next, I slid the gift tag cut from scrapbook paper between alternating rows of ribbon. This is great when you need to mail gifts, so the bow doesn’t get squished.
Tip five: Use tulle for bows on packages when traveling. Tulle is very forgivable and can easily be fluffed if mashed. Therefore, when we are traveling to see family, even a short distance, I wrap gifts with tulle.
To DIY a bow, wrap the package in tulle and tie a knot. Then, take about three feet of tulle and fold into 8 inch loops. Next, place the looped tulle above the knot and finish tying a bow like you do your shoelaces. The last thing to do is fluff by separating the tulle. The added tulle will make the bow look fuller.
Tip six: Think ahead for next year, and stock up on gift wrapping supplies when its on sale! The stores have already marked it down by Dec 20th. For instance, I have done this the past few years, and I am always prepared for the next year. I keep all my wrapping supplies together, (tip one), and often buy them on sale… so I have a nice selection without spending a lot! I’m cheap like that, like a baller on a budget. However, I would rather catch the quality paper on sale, than buy the cheap paper that easily tears.
Plus, if you buy neutral supplies like striped or polka dotted wrapping paper, solid colored tissue paper or tulle, y0u can use it for birthday gifts throughout the year, too!
Do you know what to do with Christmas cards that come in every year! Here are four ways that you can creatively display Christmas cards! With simple items like clothespins, flower frogs, or a Santa mailbox, I hope these ideas encourage you to DIY a fun display this year.
How to display Christmas Cards!
Idea 1. Hang as a banner.
For this idea, all you need is cards, clothespins, and any kind of ribbon, jute, or even a string garland. First, I clipped cards to a cute Christmas pom-pom and jingle bell garland. Then, I layered it with another Christmas garland for a fun and festive look. This can be hung on the mantle or across the windows.
Idea 2. Display in flower frogs.
This summer, I found a bag of vintage flower frogs at an antique store for less than $10. I knew immediately that they would make a great display for Christmas cards. If you didn’t know, flower frogs are used to hold stems at the bottom of flower vases. The prongs are great for holding a sheet of paper.
To display them, simply insert the card between the prongs. Next, group them together on shelves with other Christmas decorations. I love the vintage vibes!
Idea 3. Clip to greenery.
Using clothespins, clip cards to greenery garland or wreaths! This is an easy DIY, but it allows you to show off cards from friends and family. Therefore, I love to hang cards above the kitchen sink so I have a nice view when washing dishes.
Idea 4. Stick in the mailbox.
First, find any post box style decorative mailbox, and fill with paper or plastic bags. Then, add cards using tape if necessary to hold in place. Lastly, hang the mailbox on the wall or a wreath.
The ‘Santa Mail’ boxes would be perfect for this. You can find them at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Kirklands or the Findery in Waco, for my local friends. I spray painted this galvanized mailbox years ago, here.
Thank you for checking out this 9th DIY of Christmas, Christmas card displays. Have you seen the rest of the 12 DIYS of Christmas…
On the 8th DIY of Christmas, I am mixing it up to share my best tray styling tips. Hopefully, this will inspire you to gather a few of your favorite Christmas finds to decorate a tiered tray. These are great to show off your holiday collections and display on the kitchen island coffee bar or on a coffee table.
Three Tips to Styling a Tiered Tray for Christmas
Tip 1: Choose a theme and color scheme.
First, choose a theme to decorate the tiered tray. As far as theme, it can range from cozy winter, to a more whimsical style with gingerbread houses and candy canes. Then, pick a color scheme to accentuate your particular idea. This could be a neutral vibe for a winter or neon green and cherry red for a fun Christmas feel. Other themes that I love for tiered trays are hot cocoa bars, vintage Christmas and seasonal.
Tip 2: Decorate with a variety of materials.
The purpose of the tray, whether it is more functional or designed to be pretty, will determine what items that you put in the tray. Either way, try to include a variety of different materials like greenery, dishes, art and themed decor. I like to use this simple guide to give me ideas, while I am shopping or looking through my decor stash. However, an exception may be if you are using the tray to show off a collection of Santa themed mugs, or decorate a large tray to act as a hot cocoa station. Then, you may have more of one kind of item than the other.
Greenery – mini potted plants, sprigs of seasonal greenery, plant orbs, pinecones
Dishes – mugs, stacks of appetizer plates, sugar & creamer sets, bud vases, small canisters, mini risers
Art – small seasonal signs or artwork, postcards
Themed Decor – seasonal or holiday decor, figurines, wooden beads, mini houses
Tip 3. Use a variety of textures.
Choose items that are made from wood, metal, glass, textiles (paper or cloth) and natural elements. These materials will have different textures from shiny metallic finishes to fluffy bottle brush trees. By using a variety of textures, the tray will appear more interesting to the eye.
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