Saturday, December 4, 2010

December 4th-Mantel Idea

My friend Charity emailed me her mantel this morning.  The picture looked better on my computer than it uploaded.  I'm in love with everything about it.  It makes me want to redo mine even though she helped me with mine and I love mine. I wanted to highlight the frame with vases in front.

This is how she made this little section of her mantel look amazing!!! 

(Old frame, scraps of ribbon, old ornaments, and random pieces of greenery and flowers.  It's just hot glued onto the frame and leaning against the wall.  I think it makes such a pretty backdrop.  I backed this one with burlap, but without the burlap it could be hung on a door as a wreath, or even mounted on the wall somewhere. 
So, that's my easy and cheap holiday decor idea.)

Thanks for sharing Charity!!  Hope this inspires you some more to get creative with what you have already in the house or the years of holiday decor stored in the attic.  Pull it out and get busy!!


Friday, December 3, 2010

December 3rd-2 for 1, A gift and decor

A few years back a friend bought me this huge napkin if that is what one would call it.  It was Christmas themed and she had it embroidered with our name on it.  I loved it, no, I LUUUUVED it.  Never quite knew what to do with it until now.

I had a old canvas that was even painted on, but I staple gunned the napkin to it and hung it outside by the trees.  I think it adds a little extra something to the corner.  I used heavy duty all weather tape that you can find at Walmart in the hardware section.  Again, for me it was free, but getting this embroidered was probably under $10 if you find something similar at a store.  I hope this helps you think outside the box a little, whether you buys napkins and embroider them for someone this year or decorate with them.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

December 2nd-Decorating with vases, garland, and ornaments

My goal this year with decorating was to repurpose things that I already had.  I didn't want to "have" to buy many new decor items and that is why I love having creative friends.  They may see something in a different light than me and what they come up with is MAGIC!!  Here is an example of what you can do with some old jars, vases, candle holders, etc, some garland and ball ornaments. 

this is how the project turned out

Candle stick were used as base under the vases to give some height
All of these candle sticks I found at Flea Markets for cheap.  Do not pay more than $2 for them!
Keep searching and you will find them for $0.50 maybe $1.  Once you find them this cheap you will turn your nose up at pricier ones.  
A strand of garland was cut apart and the ball were placed in the jar with some ball ornaments.
I'm learning that layering is good when putting objects into jars.

This is really a easy fix if you need something new to for your decor this year.  The vases, balls, garland, were all something I had already.  The 2 candlesticks I found at Savers and a flea market.  I paid maybe a total of $3 for both.  Think about what you can alter.  Don't be afraid to cut things apart.  Get in there and revamp old decor into something MAGICAL!!
Until tomorrow...


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December 1st-Decorating with Silver Chargers

This idea, I really can't claim, but I loved it so much I wanted to share it with you all.  My Charity came over to help me duplicate a Pottery Barn mantel(saving for another post), and proceeded to work her magic on the rest of the house.  She brought over some silver chargers(you can find these at Hobby Lobby for like $10) and we used them to decorate with.
This is one of the ideas...

the silver charger, aka my blank slate

one has Peace on it and the other Joy

I cut the words out using my Cricut on some cheap contact paper(shelf liner).  You can get a huge roll at Walmart for next to nothing.  I'm too cheap to use my good vinyl on something I will remove once Christmas is done.  If you don't have a Cricut you can also print out the font you want on the computer and cut and trace onto the contact paper.  Because these were borrowed charges, FREE, and the letters cost me pennies to cut out.  I have them tacked onto the wall using the 3M Velcro( Velcro strips )tabs.  I just adore this wall.  Thanks to my Charity for your inspiration on this one.  PS:  She did the mirror and wreath too but I will post more on that another day.  Post links to your blog to share your inexpensive Decorating or gifting ideas!!
Happy Holiday Decorating!!