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Simplistic Christmas Decorations for a Small Home

There’s something about the naturalistic characteristics of wood, pine, and cork that’s enticing. Throw in heirloom white spray paint along with a touch of gold and you have  simplistic but yet eye catching Christmas decor. The rustic feel with that “shiny” look definitely taunts your eyes. You wonder how something so simple can make you want to stare at it for a while. I guess it goes with the saying “less is more”.

To be honest I have been feeling that statement much throughout my own life. I have started to simplify my decor along with setting more intentions on a simple daily routine. Being more mindful of things and also focusing in on what matters are definitely goals I am starting to aquire for myself. So where does this tie in with decor? Well, let’s just say much of how you represent your home sets a tone for your everyday emotions. Think about when you step inside of a home that is updated and decorated to your style…there’s something about that moment that sends a burst of “happy feelings”.

The white, bright, and natural look is definitely something that is coming back in style. Have you been to Hobby Lobby, Jo-Anns, or Michaels? Yeah…I think you catch my drift…Here’s how I added natural and simplistic Christmas decor. And YES, I am the weird person who goes outside and picks sticks to incorporate into my home decor…maybe the inspiration is from my almost 2 year old who loves finding sticks…either way, they add a wonderful touch to our home! 🙂

I used these two colors below to spray paint the sticks. There’s something about the off white color and bright gold that makes things pop. I also used the heirloom white to a update some of my decor such as the star holder on our shelf divider between the kitchen and living room. Spray paint seriously goes a long way in updating your home without having to spend too much. #budgetfriendly most definitely!

A few weeks back I also made a rustic “JOY” sign that is displayed in our living room. You can watch the video below to see the process in how I made it.

How do you decorate your home for Christmas? I hope you are enjoying this holiday season!

Wishing you well,

 

DIY Home Decor, Dollar Store DIY

DIY Friday~ DIY Christmas Garland {$7 & under 30 minutes to make}

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a beautiful Garland to hang in the house, right?! Tis the season to bring out the decorative Garland. This DIY Friday I’ll take you through the steps of how to make your own Christmas Garland. Here’s the best part, total cost = $7! No joke! Plus it took me about 30 minutes to make (I swear I timed myself, so 28:37 to be exact).  I’m proud to say that I’m a Dollar Tree shopper (anyone else?). It’s my favorite budget friendly place to purchase DIY supplies (don’t be shy about shopping at the Dollar Tree, it’s a great place for DIYers & crafters)! Follow along as I take you through the steps of how to make your own Christmas Garland (anyone can do this, trust me!)

{Supplies}

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  • two plain garlands
  • 1 ribbon
  • 4 of your favorite Christmas bouquets (I went with a crisp classy gold and white theme)
  • floral wire (OPTIONAL, it’s just for extra coverage if the glue isn’t holding on very well, or to help hang the garland within your home)
  • scissors

{Steps 1-4 }

1.First take the two garlands and twist them together so that they look like one (this helps to make the garland look fuller)

2.lay the garland on the floor so it’s easier to hot glue pieces onto it

3.cut the top part of the bouquet pieces so that they are separated (some of them pull of nice and easily without having to cut them, try that first)

4.This step is optional, but I choose to spray paint the green leaves a metallic gold

{Steps 5-8 }

5. tie the ribbon on the garland I placed 7 pieces along the garland all spread out, but really there’s not a right or wrong way (I didn’t even measure either)

6. take your spray painted leaves and hot glue the white hollieberries onto each one (I ended up doing a total of 7)

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6. lay out all the bouquet pieces on the garland  (don’t glue until you have them all placed to your liking) I ended up doing somewhat of a pattern to help evenly disperse the decorative pieces.

7. once the decorative pieces are placed to your liking hot glue all of them onto the garland

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That’s it! Super easy & cheap (but still looks store bought and beautiful)!

{Extra Decorative Tips}

  • use any leftover ornaments and hot glue them onto your garland
  • wrap lights (batter operated) within the garland
  • buy white frosted spray paint and make it look like a snow dusting
  • buy an extra garland to make it look fuller
  • buy an extra garland and cut pieces and then twist them around the main part of the garland so it looks like actual branches
  • use what mother nature offers! (if you live within an area that has pine cones scoop some up and spray paint them to your liking or leave them plain)

{Where to Place the Garland in the Home}

  • on top of your fireplace mantel (place decorative objects around the garland and that should secure its place or you can use command strips)
  • around the frame of your doorway  (use 2-3 command strips to secure its place)
  • around the frame of the front door (use 2-3 command strips to secure its place
  • drape it on a front porch railing (use floral wire to help secure it)
  • on a staircase railing (use floral wire to secure around the railing)
  • hang it above an arch way (use command strips to hang it)

Garlands are so fun to make because there’s not a right or wrong way AND you can personalize it to your own liking. I hope this encouraged you to put on some Christmas music (or watch your favorite show/movie) and decorate your own Garland. I find so much pride now when I look at mine. It’s fun to spot items in your home that you have created.

Happy DIY Friday!

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Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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DIY Home Decor

DIY Friday~ How to Make Your Own Christmas Door Hanger

It’s DIY Friday again! Can you believe how close it is to Christmas? (7 more Fridays by the way, no one is counting here!) This time of year always seems to creep up on us, don’t you think? Now, I am all about waiting until Thanksgiving is over to do anything Christmas related, but I can still start to think about my Christmas decor for this season. I love the preparation for Christmas, it’s literally the best time of the year. Growing up I remember spending a day listening to Christmas music and decorating the whole house with all our Christmas decor goodies! (it’s funny how childhood memories start to flow back into your life once you become a mom!) As I was thinking about last years Christmas decor items that I have, I knew I needed to buy something to hang on our front door.

So, this Friday I decided to do it myself and make one instead of buying one. Did I listen to Christmas music while crafting you might ask? The answer is no (I’m very strict with myself about this!) Instead I had a glass of wine and watched Modern Family (anyone else a fan of that show?) Of course this was all once Johnny was down for the night. It was a much needed my time! Follow along as I guide you through the steps of how to make your own personalized Christmas door hanger. (might I add I purchased most items at the Dollar Tree!)  Continue reading “DIY Friday~ How to Make Your Own Christmas Door Hanger”