I’m going to be honest; I used to hate to decorate for Christmas. I can’t believe I just admitted that, but, the truth is I have always felt a little overwhelmed by all the “stuff” that we pull out of closets around the holidays. After becoming more active on Instagram and seeing all the absolute beauty that is created with holiday decor, I’ve changed my attitude. Throughout the rest of this post I will explain how I’ve created this change of heart and why you won’t see my Christmas tree on this CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR (not this year at least).
The first thing I had to tackle mentally was realizing why I hated decorating for the Holidays.
One word would describe this reason: holiday CLUTTER.
Only in the past few years have I started to really collect pieces of holiday decor that I enjoy decorating with. Until then we have had lots of hand-me-downs that, honestly, I could have done without.
My husband is very sentimental (I wish I could say I was more like this, but my minimalist loving heart only see’s extra junk) so we have a lot of ornaments and keep sakes that are very dear to him and NEED (for his sake) to be seen around the house during the Holidays.
I would love to say my holiday and Christmas decor is everything I wanted it to be and more, but no, it has been a slow process. My Christmas tree is decorated with lots of old sentimental ornaments and pieces my kids have made. My son has suddenly developed a desire to “help” us decorate and insists on decorating the tree which is wonderful! These happy memories of the Holidays and decorating the tree are what I want him to remember the most.
Because of this, I don’t have a beautifully styled or “themed” Christmas tree, or fancy Christmas living room decor either.
But, for right now, in this stage, this is what matters more; making lasting memories with the family.
All this to say, my “mini Christmas home tour” will not include pictures of my Christmas tree or my living room.
Not because my tree isn’t beautiful, because it absolutely is, it just doesn’t match the style of the rest of my house or the rest of this home tour. I know, I know, how can you have a Christmas or Holiday home tour without your tree? Because I said so! (LOL, next year I plan to have two trees, one for me and one for the kids).
Since we don’t have a fireplace (sniffle, sniffle), I’ve had to be creative about how I hang my stockings. I bought these burlap stockings about 5 years ago and just recently had them monogrammed with our names. I love mixing green and red with earth tones. I LOVE these stockings, and I had to display them so everyone could see them so I decided to hang them from a ladder next to the TV. In the years past I have hung them on the wall or from the bar, but, problem being they weren’t as “visible” as I wanted them to be. So this ladder solved that problem.
Note: since I wrote this post, I have created my own DIY FAUX FIREPLACE MANTEL. Click the link HERE to check it out.
Some of the best and cheapest ways to decorate for the season is with decor from the Target Dollar Spot! No, I’m not being sponsored by them, I just love it that much! This Joy tea towel and the two burlap base trees came from the Target Dollar Spot (and for only $3 each!). You can’t beat a better deal than that!
These are my DIY floating shelves (you can see the tutorial HERE) where I’ve added a little greenery, a few lights, and a festive sign. It doesn’t take much to decorate for the season, just a few touches here and there.
I added a touch of Christmas to my DIY Board and Batten (you can see this tutorial here ).
I added some Christmas touches to my entryway to really make this space festive. Once again, the Target Dollar Spot never disappoints with those $3 throw pillows! Also, when you are in need of Christmas tree decor, why not use antlers! lol. You can see my entryway makeover with my $10 thrifted bench transformation HERE .
How could I not have a CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR without an Elf on the Shelf! Quick side note; the easiest way to create free and fabulous Christmas decor is with a little garland from a Christmas Tree. I LOVE the way this light fixture looks with a little touch of green. And I couldn’t help but share my DIY Bakery sign with a little flair!
This was an easy DIY CHRISTMAS WREATH I whipped up with only a grapevine wreath, some clippings from the Christmas tree and a decorative vine I had laying around the house.
I hope this post has inspired you to WANT to create a fun and lovely Holiday Home.
Decorating for the season doesn’t have to be expensive, and I hope I’ve shared some helpful tips on how to add some easy and affordable Christmas decor to your home.
I want to share one more sweet pic before I wrap things up, I couldn’t help myself!
Thanks for stopping by!
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