You might have already decorated your house for Christmas, but we’re just now in the thick of it. Our holiday gear is sorta all over the place, having moved a few months ago, so like every year, our overall goal is “simple and sane.”
I like the personal challenge of upcycling, going handmade, and otherwise thirfting as much as possible, and the kids love this just as much as myself (if not more). I don’t have as much time this year to completely decorate from scratch, what with an ever-looming book deadline, but I do want our home to feel festive.
So this week’s step for a more relaxed Christmas? Decorate your home. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with decor ideas when you scroll Pinterest, so I say stick simple and thoughtfully curated decor—less is more. Here are some of my favorite finds around the Internet for simple, doable decor inspiration, along with some of our own.
We’ll bring out the string balls we made a few years ago, and we may make a few more. I like the idea of stringing them together for garland.
Our Jesse Tree is a simple mason jar with twigs from the yard. Done. And last year I made ornaments with Shrinky Dinks.
Last year I made a yarn sweater wreath:
It was simple but time-consuming—I kept the supplies in the car and wound the base yarn whenever I was a passenger. Once that was done, I had the wool felt diamonds and contrasting criss-cross yarn done in a movie’s worth.
In a few weeks, we’re all going to show you our festooned homes for Nester’s Christmas Tour of Homes, but for now, here are some of my family’s decor inspiration.
Tomato cages plus a strand of lights equals a simple Christmas tree:
We don’t yet have our fireplace installed, so this weekend I bought some old skis at the thrift shop, thanks to this photo—a simple spot for hanging stockings:
I bought one at the hardware store this weekend, too, because I want to put our tree in a galvanized tub:
Popcorn string with dental floss—of course. Fun movie-watching craft:
We might get some dollar store animals (or the animals the kids no longer play with) and cover them with glitter for a fun winter scene:
Mason jars with Epsom salt makes for sweet votive candle holders:
I love this free “Joy to the World” printable:
And finally, I think gifts make up just as much of the decor as the decor itself, so I’m digging the new Martha Stewart line from Staples.
Classic with a hint of retro, it fits our family well. And I love that it’s shipping paper—nice and thick; easy to wrap.
If you’d like to use it, too, you can use this coupon for 50% off any one Martha Stewart Home Office product. Good till the end of the year!
So your task this week? Decorate your home without losing your head. Keep it simple. Less is more.
Head here to watch for all of this year’s six steps (and feel free to pin it to make it easy for you to find).
What’s one of your favorite items you have in your home for the holidays?