Want to do a little Christmas decorating or add to your holiday decor without breaking the bank? Well, Annie get your glue gun! Seriously, if you can plug a cord into an outlet and pull a glue gun trigger, you’re crafty. Moving on.
Here’s what I did to add just a touch of Christmas to my dining room, which I chose because it’s the most sparsely decorated room in my home. I love it that way – it has a Scandinavian feel (in my opinion) – which plays into my minimalist goals. It also seemed like the perfect blank palette for some wreaths and whatnot.
I bought two faux boxwood wreaths from At Home for the two windows in my dining room. They were $14.99 each, and after the holidays, I can hang them on my exterior doors and add seasonal touches to them like flowers in the spring, maybe red, white, and blue ribbon for Independence Day, and autumn leaves in the Fall. You know I love to reduce, reuse, recycle!
I purchased red and white plaid ribbon – 60% off at JoAnn Fabrics ($3.20 per roll and I used 1.5 rolls) – and with my glue gun made a loop of wide ribbon around the wreath. This will be the hanger. I tied a wide-ribbon bow to the top, and slid the ribbon hanger onto the valance piece of my horizontal blinds. This project took maybe 20 minutes to do both wreaths. It would have been 15 minutes had I not dropped the glue gun and subsequently stuck my finger directly into a glob of hot glue, causing unChristmas-like profanity and walking in circles until the pain subsided. That was a good 5 minutes right there.
I also picked up a faux boxwood ball ($9.99), which to me looks a little or a lot like mistletoe. Ribbon-scissors-glue gun, and boom – ready to hang!
You can see a theme here, and I do love a theme (or at least symmetry), because next came two faux potted boxwoods ($9.99 each) for the table top. These are perfect because the pots are neutral, and again I can remove the ribbon and use them throughout the year. One more time: ribbon-scissors-glue gun and voila! My potted boxwoods have the same red plaid trim as the wreaths and the made-up mistletoe.
There was still a good amount of ribbon left on the spool, so I made a large bow and attached it with a strip of thin ribbon to the light fixture above the dining table. I have plenty of ribbon left for next year, too.
With the narrow ribbon, I tied a bow around my existing pillar candle holder. I love how the red plaid ribbon ties it all together. See what I did there? Ha! I tossed a pinecone garland around the pillar candle in the window seat for some texture.
Lastly, I added the vintage ceramic Christmas tree that belonged to my parents. It’s nice to have something sentimental in the room, and Mom’s little ceramic tree puts a smile on my face. Who doesn’t love something to smile about?
So, for a grand total of $75 plus tax, I added a nice little amount of Christmas to my dining room, most of which I’ll use all year simply by changing the ribbon or leaving it au naturale. You could totally do this for even less by making your own wreaths or hitting up the dollar store. Get creative – if you grow herbs in the kitchen, put those in matching pots with seasonal ribbon for a table top centerpiece. The possibilities are endless!
The holidays can be hectic and stressful, and as much as we want to welcome our friends and family into a Chip and Joanna worthy home, Christmas decorating should be enjoyable and on the “if I get to it” list, and it certainly should not put you in financial distress. Thanksgiving, Christmas, any holiday for that matter can be enjoyed with loved ones without stressing yourself or your pocketbook.
Merry Christmas and cheers to a happy holiday season!