Friday, November 15, 2019

Easy ways to decorate for the holidays with ornaments

Have you started any holiday decorating yet? I usually wait until the week of Thanksgiving, but we had such nice weather last weekend, I finished up the Christmas decor outside already! I've never done it this early and I have to say, it's SO nice to have it done! 

I like to share inspiration early on so you can get some ideas for your own holiday decorating. I'm thrilled to be bringing you some tips today using some beautiful pieces from Pier 1! You may have seen these photos along with my face in this month's HGTV and Food Network Magazines. I'm thrilled to be working with them to share these fun tips. 

This is a sponsored post but all tips are my own!

I tend to use the same staples every year when I decorate for the holidays. I find you can make any room look festive with a few basics -- and the items I use in every room are ornaments. I know, I know...on the tree, of course! But I encourage you to think outside of the box with these beautiful baubles!

Fill a tablescape with ornaments: 
Holiday decorating ideas with ornaments

Isn't that stunning? The thing about using ornaments is it's SO easy -- for this display, start with a sparkly table runner. Place some bottle brush trees on top and then start piling on the ornaments!

You can use a long piece of greenery and wind it around, or just use sprigs of it tucked here and there (it will go a lot further this way). Use wire to secure the ornaments (these beauties pictured above are from Pier 1) to the greenery, or I find that they usually stay put if tucked in well enough.

I also love using ornaments as simple and pretty place tags at the table -- run some skinny ribbon through one and then punch a hole in the name card to run through as well. Or just tie the ribbon with the ornament around the cutlery as they did here!

Decorate the mantel with ornaments: 
Fun ways to use ornaments in holiday decorating

I use ornaments everywhere in my decor because they are GREAT filler and they make a big impact with color. Placing them throughout this display adds so much to this mantel! Don't forget to tuck some battery-powered lights in for some twinkling lights at night.

I really love that perfection is not needed -- in fact the organic placement is what makes it feel even more lovely! I like to stay within the same color family, but definitely change up the sizes. Use small ornaments to big, as long as they all have a similar design or color.

Also, how fun would a DIY ornament garland be? You can easily string the Pier 1 ornaments along a ribbon to make a custom addition for your mantel, stair railing or over the front door.

Add an ornament to a gift box:
Using ornaments as gift wrap decor

I love this idea! What a pretty and easy way to dress up a gift! This wrapping pictured is beautiful, but even a solid color would look great with the sparkle of an ornament tied on!

You could even use a specific ornament color for each family member instead of writing names on tags. This would also be perfect for an ornament exchange -- but change it up on the outside so they don't know what's coming in the gift! :) Everyone will want to pick your present!

I love these simple and pretty ways to incorporate ornaments into your Christmas decor. You can find so many beautiful options at Pier 1 that don't cost a ton. Even the simplest colors or designs look festive when you use multiples in one spot.

Look for my photo with these tips in this month's issues of Food Network and HGTV Magazines!

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Large DIY Christmas box decor for the porch {or inside!}


Hello there!! I wasn't planning on sharing this project just yet...but I finished it up and loved it SO much, I just had to. HAD to. 

If you don't like Christmas ideas this early, look away. Just come back in a couple weeks! ;) For those of you that do, this was a super easy project and I think it's just adorable. 

I saw something similar floating around Facebook, but I couldn't find a source. I knew it would be really easy to recreate so I did just that. This is a GREAT project if you have scrap wood laying around. 

I grabbed some scrap luan (I've used this stuff on this wall and this wall in our home) and cut it in three different sized boxes: 
Using scrap wood to make large wood holiday present decor

I used spray paint in Christmasy colors -- red, green and black. You can make the colors work for your decor! 

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Give the boards a few coats of spray paint: 
Spray paint tips to avoid issues

I shared a couple quick spray painting tips in this short video: 


Be sure to check that out if you're not familiar with spray paint! Those tips will prevent issues with drying and give you a nice, smooth surface. You can also use a brush or roller to paint these. 

After they dried, I used gingham ribbon I found for half off at Hobby Lobby: