Decorating for the holidays used to leave us in a sea of golds and glitters. This year, we wanted to take a different approach and include hand made, simple decor that is easy to create as it is to leave up throughout the entire winter.
Table decor doesn’t have to be expensive. For a quick holiday get together with the family, we’ve used a winter themed table runner on one side (burlap would be a great alternative), and brown paper on the other side, with bark pencils that invite the kids to draw on the table. A simple strand of twinkling lights run down the center of the table, and a marble cakeplate take the place of a trivet on the table, making it simple to serve everyone. Simple burlap wrapped faux trees make their place on the table, as well as the mantle.
Easily decorated with our growing collection of winter-themed snow globes, the mantle is a great place to highlight some of the DIY projects that we’ve completed this year, like the twig tree on canvas.
Hanging the stockings on the mantle is a classic tradition we’re sticking with this year. The custom knit stockings from Stuck on You add a touch of classic red and white color, with a quality design that are going to last year after year. I couldn’t decide between the Christmas tree print, or the stripes, but was swayed by classic styling to go with the stripes, and we can always add in a bit of a mix next year.
Tip: The Stuck on You knit stockings are on sale during the pre-Christmas sale for only $29.99
The knitted stockings replace some of the ones that we’ve picked up over the years, before the kids were born, and then letting them choose their own. I’m so much more happier with the cohesive look of the stockings and the fact that they can easily stretch to be filled with those fun things on Christmas morning. The crisp red and white design and solid red back, different choices of font to choose from and gorgeous colors are something that I quickly foresee being one of my favorite part of the holidays.
For the mantle, and for around the house, I used some clear ornaments filled with twigs for a bit more of a rustic but modern touch – and the result was great when stacked on pillar candle holders.
Simple decorating is as easy as putting twinkle strings of lights on random things around the house. I’ve strung a set on the kids’ chalkboard, I’ve put a set on a couple of pieces of art in our house.
Adding a but more rustic decor was just as easy as sending the kids outside to gather sticks that were the same length. Pulling them from the tree, and some trees on the boulevard, and from a quick walk to the urban forest, we were able to find different colors of sticks to create stars and hang from the house. To make these, I used five sticks from outside, hot glue and strung them with bakers twine from the light fixture over the dining room table.
Cheap holiday decor doesn’t have to be filled with glittery things that you’re going to buy in the dollar bin and toss out once the holiday is over. Finding everyday items, like twigs from outside, and creating beautiful and natural Christmas decor creates a fun, and simple, way to celebrate the season.