12 DIYS of Christmas: 4 Christmas Card Displays 

12 DIYS of Christmas: Christmas Card Displays

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…

  • Holiday berry napkin rings for $1, here
  • Christmas countdown calendar here
  • Snow globe lamp, here
  • Christmas candy Tray, here
  • Home for the Holidays wood ornament, here
  • Beadboard ornament, here
  • Snow globe treat container, here
  • Tiered tray tips, here
  • Christmas card displays

12 DIYs of Christmas 2019: DIY Snow Globe Container for Treats

12 DIYs of Christmas 2019

DIY Snow Globe Container for Treats

Today, I am sharing the 6th DIY of the 12 DIYs of Christmas 2019, y’all! This easy Christmas dessert snow globe container is a great gift for teachers, neighbors, friends or favors for kids Christmas parties. The best part is that you can fill them up with any kind of treat. My favorite is white chocolate popcorn, but store bought candies works great too.

DIY Snow Globe Container

The DIY snow globe container cost me about $5 to make with supplies from Dollar General. However, most craft stores like Joann’s or Hobby Lobby will have these items, too.  It only takes about 5 minutes to make! Here’s what you will need…

Supplies:

  • plastic mason jar style container
  • clear plastic round ornament
  • small Christmas figurines like mini trees, snowmen and deer
  • faux snow
  • hot glue/glue gun
  • ribbon

Directions:

Step 1. Take the clear plastic ornament apart (it comes in two halves) and snap off the small hanger.  You can see it pictured on the left.  You only need one half of the ornament per container.

Step 2. Remove the two parts of the lid.  Hot glue 2-3 small figurines onto the flat part of the lid. I like grouping a deer, Santa or snowman next to a tree.  Snip the top of the tree with scissors, if necessary to fit under globe.

Step 3. Next, hot glue the fuzzy faux snow onto the lid, around the figurines. If you can not find this exact lid, hot glue the figurines, then faux snow & the round ornament directly onto the lid.

Step 4. Lace ribbon through the holes of the circle lid.  Then, replace and hot glue the flat lid inside the circle lid. Lastly, hot glue the round ornament on top of the circle lid.

Step 5. Fill the container with any kind of treat.  Then, replace the lid and tie the ribbon on.

 

Easy Christmas Dessert

In addition, I filled these containers with my family’s favorite white chocolate popcorn treat. It happens to cost about $5 and 5-10 minutes to make 5 cups, too. Find the delicious recipe, here. Basically, you pour melted white chocolate over popcorn, stir, pour onto a cookie sheet, and add your favorite holiday sprinkles and small candies.

 

 

I hope you enjoy this 6th holiday inspired DIY in the 12 DIY’s of Christmas.  Here are the previous projects shared in the 12 DIYs of Christmas 2019,

  • Holiday berry napkin rings for $1, here
  • Christmas countdown calendar here
  • DIY snow globe lamp, here
  • Christmas candy Tray, here
  • Home for the Holidays wood ornament, here

Now, tap the red pin on the top left of the picture below to save this blog post to your ‘Christmas Crafts‘ Pinterest Board.  I hope you are having a wonderful Christmas 2019, y’all!

Cottage Style Christmas Living Room Tour

Christmas Home Tour

Cottage Style Christmas in the Living Room

Over the past year, I have really tried to hone in on my decor style. I love the modern cottage style, especially during the holidays.  Most importantly, I just want my home to feel warm and inviting, cozy and comfortable.  With natural elements and a fairly neutral scheme, I think it feels ‘just like home’ in my cottage style Christmas living room.

Cottage Style Christmas Tree

Y’all, my Christmas tree from Hammacher Schlemmer is gorgeous. I forgot how amazing it was to decorate without a flocked tree…AKA a flocking mess.  Anyways, it has the most magical glow with 5 different light settings and 2500 twinkling lights.  On the tree, I added cotton stems, magnolia blooms, and tiny blue and white churches.  Plus, a mix of mercury glass, burlap and wood ornaments.

 

Cozy Cottage Style Vibes

When I think of cottage style, I think of comfortable living with a light and airy color palette, patterned textiles, and eclectic furniture. Therefore, I lean towards neutrals with blues and greens and use a mix of old and new furniture.  For example, the coffee table and dresser belonged to my husband’s grandmother, but the linen couch is custom order from a local furniture store in Waco, Texas.

 

My favorite combination is weathered woods mixed with lots of natural elements like lots of greenery, pinecones, and even cotton stems. However, I do like to add in a little spark with galvanized metals and vintage silver.

 

Fireplace Mantle Styling

Above the fireplace mantle, I layered a nativity scene art and “For Snto us a Savior is Born,’ sign on a chippy blue gate with fresh garland and a Blended Bay wreath from Lynch Creek Farms. Lanterns filled with battery operated candles are placed in front of the fireplace.  For this room, I really wanted the holidays to feel Christ centered.

Next, I hung blue ticking stripe stockings from Returning Grace with monogrammed wood beads from Hobby Lobby.  In addition, I layered a glittery Merry Christmas garland with felt pom-poms.  Mixing textures creates variety and variety is the spice of life!

 

Thank you for taking the tour of my cottage style Christmas in my living room.  Next, my dining room decorated for Christmas is posted here.  Or, you can tour my bedroom decorated in blues, here. Lastly, if you want to see more holiday inspiration or how I am updating our 1986 Tudor style home, catch me on instagram @cutertudor!

 

5 Ways to Style Mercury Glass Trees

5 Ways to Style Mercury Glass Trees

For 5 Way Wednesday, I partnered with Lenox to share 5 different ways to style mercury glass trees. These Lenox mercury glass trees from the Wintry Woods collection add a beautiful sparkle to any home during the holidays. Not only are they pre-lit and offer a romantic, twinkly glow, but the green mercury glass contrasts beautifully with fresh and faux greenery.  Plus, they are gorgeous during the day or night!

How to Decorate with Mercury Glass Trees

1. Dining Table Centerpiece

For this centerpiece idea, first, lay down a table runner to group the decor.  Then, use a mix of shiny mercury glass trees combined with the snow covered texture of pinecones and bottle brush trees.  I love to mix the sparkly glam with rustic, natural elements during Christmas time.

2. Fireplace Mantle Decoration

First, hang a holiday inspired artwork, sign or wreath in the center of the mantle.  Then, place a couple of mercury glass trees on either side. Lastly, decorate with fresh or faux greenery, adding ribbon or Christmas stems to the garland as preferred.

 

3. Holiday Vignettes

These mercury glass trees make a beautiful statement to any holiday vignette.  When styling a vignette, decorate in groups of three and vary the height of the objects using books or risers.  Also, use a variety of textures found in glass, metal, wood, and natural elements. These are the perfect addition of twinkly lights and a sparkly finish.

4. Coffee Table Christmas Display

Much like the other holiday vignettes, these mercury glass trees can be grouped together with other collections of Christmas trees.  However, when placed on a stack of chippy pedestals with faux snow too, they become a unique holiday display. It’s like looking into a snow globe!  Plus, it would be fun to pair these in the middle of a Christmas village.

5. Buffet Table Styling

When decorating a buffet table, show off your collection of mercury glass trees and holiday decor. However, leave room for entertaining and serving pieces, too.  These gold rimmed bar glasses and snowflake carved plates are also part of the Lenox holiday collection.

If you have a console table to style, place a glass tree next to the lamp with one more holiday decoration like a Putz house or snowman!

 

I hope you are inspired with these ideas to decorate with mercury glass trees.  They are one of my favorite things to collect and use in my holiday decor.  Plus, they make beautiful gifts for the home decor lover!

I hope you check out the rest of the Lenox holiday collection, including the porcelain lit tree that everyone remembers from Grandma’s house. But first, check out how I used the Lenox pinecone and holly platter to start a new tradition in my home… Dessert for Dinner, y’all!

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12 DIYs of Christmas: Count Down Calendar

12 DIYs of Christmas: Count Down Calendar

With a few minutes and a few dollars in craft supplies, you can put together this easy DIY Christmas count down calendar or advent calendar!  It’s a fun tradition, especially for kids!

I hope you enjoy this 2nd holiday inspired DIY in the 12 DIY’s of Christmas. If you missed the first day of the 12 DIYs of Christmas, you can see how I made a set of berry garland napkin rings for $1, here.

Last year’s DIY Christmas calendar was featured in Reclaim, UK magazine, in the December 2019 edition titled “Styling Advent Calendars.” It was made with a picture frame, and the same numerical paper tags and paper bags.  Here is a page from the magazine! So exciting to see my work in print!

This year, I used a similar technique, but found some super cute numbered clothespins from Hobby Lobby!  In addition, I hung the Christmas count down calendar across a large chalkboard in my dining room.

Christmas countdown calendar using paper tags, bags and clothespins hung across chalkboard.

 

Supplies for a Christmas Count Down Calendar

  • Clothespins – numerical wood slice pins from Hobby Lobby
  • Numbered paper tags – these are gift tags from Michael’s (can print or write your own on cardstock)
  • Paper bags – these are from Hobby Lobby but any small paper bags will do
  • Ribbon or jute string – length of picture frame, or chalk board
  • Push pins
  • Notes of activates or scripture, treats for bags…

Instructions for a Christmas Count Down Calendar

  1. First, find a large, empty chalkboard, memo board, or picture frame to use as the base. Then, cut ribbon a foot longer than the frame.  Pin the ribbon with push pins near the top of the frame.  For a narrower frame, you may have to hang several rows.
  2. Layer the bags, numbered paper tags and or clothespins on the table. You can fill with scripture, small treats or candies, or family friendly activities.
  3. Start by placing the bags with numbers 1, and 24 on either side of the ribbon.  Next, find the center to hang bag 14.  Lastly, hang the remainder of the bags on the ribbon.

This is a great DIY whether you use it as an advent calendar or a fun Christmas count down calendar with winter activities with the family.  For example, here are some of my family’s favorite activities for December.

  • Decorate cookies with grandparents.
  • Set up a hot cocoa bar in the breakfast room.
  • Take hot cocoa in a thermos and drive around to look at Christmas lights.
  • Put on Christmas pajamas and take selfies.
  • Have a Christmas  movie marathon with our favorite popcorn treat.
  • Bake cookies for family and friends.
  • Play Christmas music all day.
  • Let older kids shop for other family members.
  • Volunteer to bake treats and feed the homeless.
  • Decorate gingerbread houses.
  • Donate gently used towels and blankets to an animal shelter.
  • Have a family game night around the fireplace.
  • Make homemade snow globes with the kids.
  • Make our own homemade peppermint candles.
  • Shop or make gifts for teachers.
  • Read ‘Twas the night before Christmas on Christmas Eve.

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Christmas countdown calendar on large chalk board.