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Top 12 DIY Christmas decorating ideas

Thank you so much for all the kind comments and emails about our study makeover! It took forever but sometimes life gets in the way. ha. This past weekend we had a second Thanksgiving that my mom cooked for everyone including my brother and his family. On Thanksgiving day, my brother spends the day with his wife’s family so my mom has made it a tradition for the past 10 years, to have a second Thanksgiving the Saturday after. During dinner we were talking about our blog and all of the DIY Christmas decorating ideas we have as well as the Christmas projects my grandfather is working on. I think he has cut out 100 wooden snowmen. No joke. Anyway, I have rounded up our top DIY Christmas decorating, crafts and projects over the course of the year, some new and some old.

diy christmas decorating

Our Christmas family room from last year was a red and white theme. Layering red pillows and a coordinating throw is an easy way to dress up a couch or chair. Looking to create a wow factor? Try hanging wreaths with matching ribbon on the windows. Adding a shelf to the wall behind the couch allowed me the ability to create a pretty Christmas vignette.

DIY Christmas decorating

Create a Christmas vignette on a table top. Dressers, chests or small accent tables are perfect to create a pretty display on. I used an old picture frame and hung red ornaments with red ribbon to create height on the above shelf.

DIY Christmas decorating

Create an owl Christmas tree topper.

DIY Christmas decorating

Making your own DIY ornament wreath is actually very easy. I had never made one until a couple weeks ago and I am so glad I did.

DIY Christmas decorating

Looking for a more traditional wreath craft? Our DIY boxwood wreath is the perfect solution. Many times when I purchase boxwood, it smells like cat pee. Yes, it sure does! However, this wreath didn’t and it adds the perfect green color to our entry way.

DIY Christmas decorating

Decorate your dining or kitchen table with fresh greens and candles.

DIY Christmas decorating

DIY Christmas decorating

Decorate a Christmas tree in a specific theme. First start by choosing your color. Most stores will already have the colors coordinated and packaged together. For the tree below, I used the Martha Stewart Winterberry collection and purchased red ribbon to use as garland. So easy!

DIY Christmas decorating

Don’t forget to add a few Christmas items to your bathroom! I know that sounds crazy but trust me, you will enjoy it and so will your guests :). For this bathroom below, I used blue as my accent piece and simply added ribbon around a frame and vases. Along with a few fun hand towels, the bathroom was complete.

DIY Christmas decorating

Or if red is your color, incorporate red and white hand towels along with fresh greens.

diy christmas decorating

Don’t forget the kiddos! A hot chocolate party will please them, trust me :).

diy christmas decorating


DIY wall art is a quick and easy way to add color to a room. For these next projects, scrapbook paper and ornaments were my go-to items.

diy christmas decorating

Another fun scrapbook craft is this whimsical DIY paper star.

diy christmas decorating


Add pops of color using throw pillows and blankets as we did below in our study. This is a perfect way to spread Christmas cheer, even to a playroom!

diy christmas decorating

DIY Christmas decorating doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, it can be fun if you take one room at a time. I find that for me, I get overwhelmed if I try to do the entire house at once. Start small and work your way through the house. We have a surprise for you tomorrow morning so check back early, it’s going to be fun!

Our Christmas home tour 2012

Today I am sharing our Christmas home tour with you. So many fun parties going on in the blogosphere, I couldn’t resist joining. Some pictures you have seen and some are new. Hope you all are having a stress free week while venturing to the malls to get your last minute shopping done. Is that even possible? Probably not! Most of the Christmas festivities are celebrated here so this weekend I will be on the hunt for fish, fish and more fish! I need to get going on that little o’l project.

christmas home tour 2012

First stop, our family room.

christmas home tours 2012

christmas home tour

The DIY shelf/mantel I installed a couple weeks ago is coming in handy.  I used a chalkboard wall art piece and adorable tree from HomeGoods to spice up this shelf.

christmas home tour

I added cute little owls to our silver and gold Christmas tree this year. The homemade owls nest is one of my favorite crafts I did this winter.

silver + gold christmas tree

christmas home tour 2012

Target sent me the following complimentary decor items from their Threshold holiday line for our mudroom/sitting area. I chose to swap out the leather chair that is usually in this room for the bench during the holidays. It takes up less room!

Christmas bench

The gray cable knit sweater tree, mercury glass hurricanes and faux fur from Target pair perfectly with the red poinsettia. I love brown and red together.

Christmas bookcase red robin

Our dining room isn’t looking quiet this clean at the moment but here is what it looked like last week.

christmas table

I used setting the table as an opportunity to teach my son table setting etiquette. He wasn’t impressed.

christmas table

christmas table

Candlesticks & glass vases – HomeGoods

christmas table

silver + gold christmas tree

Our Christmas vignette in our mudroom filled with candle holders and trees from HomeGoods.

christmas home tour 2012

christmas home tour 2012

Our handmade reindeer.

diy christmas decorations

Here is the Christmas tree I decorated in October for Home Depot featuring the Martha Stewart Christmas collection. This tree is now in our dining room.

christmas home tour 2012

What tour wouldn’t be complete without visiting our bathroom? ha. This bathroom that we just renovated, will never look this pretty and clean again! My husband has fully moved himself in and the door is back to being closed 24/7.

diy bathroom renovation toilet

Who doesn’t need a little holiday cheer in their bathroom? Towels from HomeGoods.

DIY bathroom renovation target bath items

My husband asked, when are  you getting rid of all this Christmas stuff in my bathroom? He wants to use my pretty little glass jars that have Christmas decor in for what, I don’t know. He asked if he could use the shelves for his magazines. Eww.

DIY budget bathroom renovation shelving

I hope you enjoyed our Christmas home tour and maybe even got a little inspiration for your own home. I would love to see your homes. Leave the link in the comments below or email me a picture. *New to our blog, see our other “Home Tours” here:

Home Tour


Our Christmas table

I finished up our Christmas table last week and now, no one is allowed to eat at the table. ha. Just kidding. My son asked, why are you setting the table and taking pictures? My response, “I don’t know, seems kind of silly huh?”. Besides taking pretty pictures of the table to share with you, it was a teaching opportunity to show my son the correct way to set a table. Table setting etiquette is a must in my book. Even if you are a boy! Using lego figurines as the guests  made the lesson a bit more interesting. ha.

christmas table

I used holiday greens, plaid placemats with burlap that I cut out and added to the top, glass vases and candlesticks we had around our home.

christmas table

The silver ware was my great gram’s.

christmas table

A quick shot of our Martha Stewart Christmas tree that I decorated last month for the home depot challenge. I was in our family room but I moved it into our dining room.

christmas table  I added a few greens to the hutch as well.

christmas table

Some fun white bowls from Target. These are part of the collection I got to keep from our Woman’s Day feature.

christmas table

The new lense I got has an early christmas gift allows me to focus on one certain item and make that the focal. I love how it blurs out everything else. In this picture, I chose the greenery as the focal point.

christmas table

Again, the greenery was the focal point. I added faux snow from Pier 1 inside the vases along with boxwood sprigs.

christmas table

I used a mix of silver and glass candlesticks. I love how the silver looks against the glassware.

christmas table

I will show the entire dining room during our Christmas home tour later this week. I swapped out the striped curtains for bright red.

christmas table

Using fresh holiday greenery is a quick way to dress up any Christmas table. Pick a tray for the center, add some greens, pinecones, festive ornaments and candles and you a pretty Christmas centerpiece for any table.

Our Christmas Tour (2011)

Welcome to our Christmas Home Tour for 2011. We are under renovation so some of the rooms are lacking in the “decor” department but you’ll get the jist :)
christmas tree
book case 2bookcase wreathcabinetChristmas Kids Corner 2

Kids Corner North Pole



Equestrian themed mantel for Christsmas

Equestrian Mantel
Red DIY Dog christmas sweater

Dog sweater tutorial.

Happy Holidays from our home to yours!

PS. My gramp made all the wooden reindeer and sleigh! The amount of cutting for those little guys was amazing!

Handmade Wooden Reindeer & Sleigh , Christmas Tree & North Pole Kids Corner

This past weekend we finished decorating the tree, creating the North Pole Kids Corner & finished up the family room Christmas decor. I.AM.DONE! Smile 

christmas tree

My Gramp made these reindeer & Santa sleigh by hand! I kid you not! Give the man a picture of something and he will make it! Aren’t they adorable! They fit right in with the Kid’s Corner!

Christmas Kids Corner 2

reindeer 2

I printed the Ho HO sign here


The amount of cutting that my gramp did to make all 9 reindeer was amazing! I love Rudolph Smile


I found this tinsel wreath a few days ago for $5 at Wal-Mart & these little tin holders in Target for $.50 each.


I decided to hang wreaths from the bookcase we made over the summer.

book case 2


bookcase wreath



I covered some random pillows I had with left over linen from another project & found a reindeer printable online & traced onto felt and attached Smile 


fireplace 2island 2island 3island christaslantern

Thanks for taking a peek!

Kids Holiday Cookies & Cocoa Tablescape

Christmas time in our house is all about family, fun, baking & decorating! One of the fun events that my son enjoys is a “Santa Cookies & Cocoa” party with his little friends Smile He chooses a few close buddies and occasionally a girl, to come make homemade cookies one day after school. We started this tradition last year when he was 4 and it was one of the first things he asked about this year when I started pulling out the Christmas bins!
The best part of this tablescape is that is cost under $12! I bought the red & white runner at homegoods for $9.99 and a few greens at the local tree farm to mix with the ones I picked in my neighbors backyard.
I used simple white plates and layered with some festive plates I bought a few years ago. The napkin ring holders are bell ornaments that I had in one of my Christmas bins. Each quest will be able to take theirs home Smile Aren’t the little snowman cups adorable! The kids love drinking their hot cocoa out of them!
These little snowmen I made with socks, tea & rice. I had purchased one about 10 years ago but it was starting to look a little worn so I decided to make one. This is the easiest craft on the planet! Aren’t they little cutie pies Smile I will post a tutorial soon!

When I was decorating the table, I wanted to make sure that it was easily “interchangeable” with my Gram’s blue willow china. Take away the snowmen & festive kid dishes and formalize it up! By adding the blue willow on top of the already placed white dishes, some silver and blue ornaments, candles & few other festive embellishments you’ll have a new look in minutes!

Now it’s time to make cookies and party like 5 year olds! Smile 

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