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The Friday 5: Christmas Decorating Inspiration, Tips and Ideas

Balsam Hill Vermont Spruce Christmas Tree + Meet Me Under the Stars Pillow
City Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour

If you’re like me, you have basic holiday decorations that you use each year, but like to mix it up a little and add something new or different so that it’s not always exactly the same.  (And if you’re like me, most of your holiday decor is still nestled snugly in it’s storage boxes waiting to be unpacked this weekend!  Where did the time go?)

Or maybe you’re all done with your decorating, but this might spark an idea to add a little something extra to your holiday decorating this year (or pin some ideas for next year!)

1. Choosing and Decorating the Tree.  If you’re headed out this weekend to purchase a real tree, some tips on choosing and caring for it, and some inspiration for decorating your tree, real or not!

Christmas Tree Decorating Inspiration and Tips img Schneidermans the blog
1. Choosing and caring for a real tree
2. How to Decorate A Christmas Tree
3. Blue and White Christmas Tree
4. 14 Creative Christmas Trees
5. Modern Christmas Tree Inspiration

2. Christmas Tree Alternatives: Sometimes, no matter how much you might want a full-size tree, there just isn’t room for it. Luckily, there are a lot of creative alternative options…

Creative and Space Saving Christmas Tree Alternatives Schneidermans the blog
Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

3. Holiday Wreaths. Whether you purchase a wreath or make your own, there’s just something completely festive and welcoming about having a wreath on the front door.

Christmas Wreath Roundup img Schneidermans the blog
1. 54 Festive Christmas Wreaths
2. DIY Ornament Wreath
3. How to Make A Traditional, Natural Christmas Wreath
4. 29 Christmas Wreaths from BHG
5. Red Berry Wreath

4. A pretty holiday home tour that includes a link to hundreds more!

merry and bright mantel centsational girl

5. Tie it up with a bow.  I wasn’t going to post anything food related, but this was our most popular pin from our holiday decorating + recipes Pinterest board this week (this one was a close second), so I thought you might like it too!  It’s decorating of sorts and Martha Stewart gives you the template for the bow.  Then it’s as simple as laying the stencil on the brownies, dusting with powdered sugar and removing the template.  Clever.

Personalize -- and pretty up -- brownies by stenciling a big bow on top with powdered sugar. Click the link for a template!

For more Holiday Decorating Inspiration, check out our “Tis the Season Pinterest Board! Happy decorating…

Help! My Cat Ate My Tree!

When the holiday season approaches, I start to see a ton of great ideas in stores and online for decorating.  The problem is that most seem to center on some sort of greenery.  Not that I hate the smell of pine or anything, but my cat eats trees.  And plants of all sort.

There are actually many good reasons for people to choose not to bring a tree inside.  Some have the Sheldon Cooper Big Bang Theory attitude, calling a Christmas tree a “spider-infested fire hazard,” but some people just would rather forgo the expense and mess of a live tree.  So what, besides the artificial tree option, are the choices?

Here are a few ideas culled from the interweb – great options if you’re looking for some alternative Christmas decor!

The collection put up on the wall could be anything from flatter ornaments to small framed pics to vending machine toys.  I love the colorful look!  If you’re going to do this, consider the white space around each item and make sure to place larger pieces sporadically.  I think this would be a cool approach for permanent larger wall art anytime – just form a different shape!  Painter’s tape in your chosen shape will help you control the placement and make sure your tree isn’t crooked!

Talk about cost effective!  This is a wood ladder, strung with lights and ornaments.  What a stunning idea for a large space!  I wouldn’t try it with a yellow plastic ladder though.  The color might be a bit strong.

This is my fave – a 3D tree-shaped ornament mobile.  It looks like someone photoshopped the tree out of the picture!  The instructions for this fabulous DIY look are at http://www.notmartha.org/archives/2010/12/20/christmas-tree-ornament-mobile/.  (By the way, in searching for this topic, I found NotMartha, a new fave DIY blog.  Check it out for a ton of fun craft and decor ideas that don’t require you to churn your own butter.)

Very hip, very cool, very modern.  And just think about the cool look from the side with all the book cover colors cascading down the shape.

Another cool reuse of household item into decor.  This is a vintage clothes drying rack with ornaments hung on ribbons.  Very cool and a great way to show off your ornament collection.

So, if you, like many others, love decorating for the holidays but hesitate over the tree, come out of hiding!  There are a ton of ways to decorate without making the dog sick on sugary tree water or chasing the newly walking toddler away from the light strings!




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