Christmas Projects

I love Christmas. Everything about Christmas makes me happy! Celebrating the birth of Jesus, Christmas music, smelling evergreen even though I live in South Florida, holiday lattes at Starbucks, the list could go on forever! This year I hosted Thanksgiving in Fort Lauderdale so I tried not to decorate for Christmas until Thanksgiving was over. It was hard but I succeeded. So instead of hitting the mall on Black Friday like I used to do I jumped out of bed on Friday morning to start decorating!

This is the first Christmas that I actually have a supply of Christmas decorations. Between the after Christmas sales last year and Kris' mom Terri giving me some of her amazing decorations I felt much more prepared. This year I went with a vintage country theme using lots of burlap, cranberries, fresh evergreens and vintage accessories & ornaments. Here are some pictures of my Christmas decorations so far...please excuse the poor lighting!

I made the wreath below for our front door using a plain wreath and cranberry garland from Michaels (about $4 each). I added some small pine cones as well that I had from Thanksgiving. I made the rosette from burlap and the bow from Pottery Barn vintage music sheet garland that we used for our tree. I am so happy with how it turned out!

One of my favorite blogs, My Sweet Savannah, inspired two of the projects below. Melanie from My Sweet Savannah posted a project idea from Making Memories, the scrapbooking company a few weeks ago. The project is a looped paper tree; you can find the tutorial here. Although I love the paper idea, I wanted to stick to my theme, so I made it from burlap instead! After I finished the body of the tree I decided to add a pine cone to the top of my tree and finish it off with a large cream grosgrain ribbon. I'm so excited about this little tree!

Sitting right next to my burlap tree is the stack of vintage books that I made earlier this fall; again inspired by Melanie from My Sweet Savannah. I added some cranberries to the top to make it more festive!

This wreath below was made from vintage books and a styrofoam easy to make, I promise! Here is a tutorial, but instead of rolling the paper, I decided to fold/fan mine at the bottom. This wreath is right next to my favorite handmade Santa can see the top of his head here!

I found this super cute fir tree pomander from Michaels for $3! I took off the red ribbon that was already attached and added my own red and cream plaid ribbon that I have used through out my Christmas decor.
My centerpiece for our dining room table was made from a square vase I already had, floral foam, fresh evergreen garland, greenery from my backyard and faux apples & cranberries from Michaels. I covered the bottom of the vase with some burlap and finished it with the same ribbon used on the pomander above! I was inspired by this beautiful arrangement from Pretties and Posies! Just discovered this is fabulous!

More to come soon! I am working on uploading pictures of our Christmas tree and some new items to my Etsy store including beautiful hand crocheted hats and rosette frames!

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