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DIY Christmas Decorations

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With the holidays quickly approaching, I’ve been starting to feel the spirit of Christmas. The malls and stores have begun playing Christmas music, grocery stores have all kinds of displays with festive cookies and other treats, flurries of snow have made an appearance (unless it’s already a winter wonderland where you live), some homes have their Christmas lights up, and so much more.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of Christmas being so close. If you haven’t felt it yet, I have lots of ideas that will get you in the mood for the season, and it starts with decorating your own home with some fun DIY Christmas décor.

Here are a couple of ideas for Christmas decorations that you can make yourself:

Christmas Wreaths: There are so many types of wreaths you can make for the season. Just about any craft store or super store will sell the items that you need to create your own. If you’re on a tight budget and get there before they sell out – Dollar Stores also have lots of crafty things to make wreaths! You can use a green wreath and hot glue tiny or regular size ornaments to it in your favourite Christmas colours. You can also add pine cones to it. Fill it up as much as you can, leaving only the green showing on the edges of the wreath and the edges of the center, with just a few branches peeking out from in between. Don’t forget a bow at the bottom to add a punch of colour!

If you’re more of a shabby-chic type person, you can also make a burlap wreath. There are videos to show you how to make these with either a clothes hanger or a wire frame. Once they’re covered in your choice of burlap, you can add large flowers or Christmas ornaments to part of it, such as the bottom or offset to the bottom-left side. Add a large ribbon bow to the top of it to match the other items that you chose.

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Festive Mason Jars: These are super cute for center pieces or for your hall table. Start with any mason jar and add some Epson salt to it, about 2 inches or so – this is your snow. Add a tiny Christmas tree, reindeer, or basically anything small from your Christmas village. Put the lid back on and tie a festive ribbon around it with a bow. Pretty simple, right?

Instead of a snowy scene, you can add a couple acorns to your jar to fill the bottom layer, then add some pinecones (they look even better with the tips painted white), and to top it off – add some coloured, glittery sprigs to give it some height. You can also finish it off by tying ribbon of your choice around the top of the jar.

What other Christmas décor do you like to create yourself? We would love to hear your crafty ideas.

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Decorate Your Christmas Tree Like a Pro

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Whether you’re using a real Christmas tree or a fake one this year, there is a “professional” way to decorate it. Now, don’t get me wrong… there is no “proper” way to decorate your tree, so if you have a preference for how you like to decorate, then by all means, decorate ‘til your hearts content!

However, IF you want to decorate your tree LIKE A PRO, here are the steps:

Step 1: Make sure your tree is nice and full. Purchase/cut down a lovely real one, or make sure your fake one is “fluffed”. Spend some time separating each bristle on the branches, if they bend.

Step 2: If your tree is not pre-lit, then this is the time to add your lights. Start from top-to bottom, making sure your plug is accessible. Make sure to tuck the cords in when you add a new strand of lights.

Step 3: If you have any garland, now is the time to add it. I prefer not to add garland or tinsel on my trees, but this is a personal preference.

Step 4: Start with your biggest decorations, your “core-elements”. A good idea would be to add large ribbon bows, feather-like sprigs, or big flowers first. If you have some different types of sprigs that lay flat on the branches, you can group a few coordinating ones together to make them fuller. You’ll want to start on the top or bottom again, adding each one to your tree in a zig zag pattern, so they have more equal spacing between one another.

Step 5: Now it’s time to add your accent ornaments. Continue adding these in a zig-zag pattern, from top to bottom.

Step 6: Add your finishing touches. Whether it be a star, an angel, or whatever else you like at the top of your tree – put it up and wrap a skirt around the base.

Additional Tips:

  • Use coordinating colours for your tree, without using too many different styles of decorations. Perhaps 12 is a good number for the amount of different ornament styles.
  • You can add some keepsake or personal ornaments, but if you want to keep a cohesive look, you can decorate a smaller tree for these ones.
  • Before you hang your lights, plug them in to make sure they are all working. As you put them on the tree, keeping them lit will also help you hang them evenly.
  • You don’t have to use an actual tree skirt that is store-bought. You can use large rolls sheer ribbon…faux fur throws…or even burlap! Get creative with this part.
  • Add a light-timer or even a light-dimmer to your lights to control the intensity of them throughout the day.

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Our First Christmas Together

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There are many firsts in life. Your first pet, your first kiss, your first heartbreak, your first job… but what about your first Christmas together? When you wake up on Christmas morning, it won’t be what you’re used to. The many years of family traditions will be different this year.

A “normal” Christmas for me would be spending quality time with my family on Christmas Eve at home, and waking up on Christmas day with my family where we open gifts together and gather at my aunts’ house to share a big, warm, delicious meal together. I’ve even had to make it in time for a second meal, on the same day, for my partners’ family dinner to spend time with them.

This year, things will be different. I will be in a new home, making new traditions and sharing new memories with my partner and our families together. We will be decorating our new home and finding ways to bring some of our family traditions into our home for our first Christmas together. Maybe we will invite our family over to help us put our tree up, hang the ornaments, or join us for Christmas Eve. What we do this year will create a new “normal” for the many more Christmas’ to come.

Here are some adorable ornaments to capture the memory of your first Christmas together.

Our 1st Christmas Snowman Couple Ornament

Our 1st Christmas Snowman Couple Ornament

Reindeer Heart Ornament

Reindeer Heart Ornament

Love Birds Ornament

Love Birds Ornament

 

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