1. Patio lights (purchased over the summer) are strung across the dining room and kitchen. Total cost: Free.
2. Foil bunting hangs across the curtains, giving the dining room a little more shimmer. Total cost: $2.50 for foil scrapbook paper.
I’m still brainstorming ideas for the pine cones, though my time for decorating is getting short. Chuck and his family arrive on Tuesday, so I need to wrap up this project and call it done.
Speaking of done, our gingerbread ski lodge is completed and Salem has already taken to nibbling at it. I swear there isn’t anything that cat won’t eat. I’ll post pictures tomorrow.
Don’t forget to email me your address if you want a Christmas card!
1. Cinnamon stick snowflakes tied with white yarn and traditional plastic ornaments from the dollar aisle at Target hang in the kitchen window. Total cost: $1 (for the ornaments)
2. Vintage hot chocolate tins from last year, found deep in the back of my pantry, sit on the ledge. Total cost: Free.
3. Large “Texas-sized” jelly beans fill a glass vase – this was the big splurge. Total cost: $3.50 for the beans. YUM.
4. Sticks from the yard were spray-painted silver and placed in a holiday glass with cotton balls. (Same arrangement on the mantel.) Total cost: Free.
Tomorrow is the last day of school for the semester and my last day at the magazine, which means we’ll start making our gingerbread house in the afternoon. Let’s see how much comfort eating I do with the 1 lb.-bag of M&Ms.
1. Using Photoshop, I typed out “Let’s Meet Under the Mistletoe” on the front and back of white card stock I already had and strung up the message with the same white yarn I’ve been using for all the other projects. Total cost: Free.
2. For the faux mistletoe, I had leftover dark green felt that I used for the stockings. Per usual, I strung the leaves together with yarn and affixed it to the top of the archway. Voila. Total cost: Free.
I’ve been smooching the boys all week, so they quickly learned to steer clear of the kitchen entryway when I’m around.
1. My Secret Santa at work left me a 10-piece frame set as a gift last week, so I immediately began brainstorming ways I could use them as Christmas decor. I simply sat down with Photoshop, typed out “Good Tidings of Great Joy” and put each sheet in its own frame. Then I used green damask patterned wrapping paper I already had to fill the others. I also used silver paper to wrap the books that were already sitting on these shelves. Total cost: Free
2. Classic paper chain garland with the same vintage holiday paper I used for the bunting on DIY Christmas Day 2. Total cost: $3.99 (repeat price)
3. I purchased a half-yard of burgundy taffeta from the discount bin at Hobby Lobby for a quick covering on the sideboard. Total cost: $1.34
4. Finally using the holiday serving dish my Uncle Chuck and Aunt Carole gave us for our wedding TEN YEARS AGO, I filled the glass holly-engraved pedestal piece with a small strand of lights and a few traditional ornaments I bought on the dollar aisle at Target. Total cost: $2.99 ($1.99 for the lights, $1 for the ornaments)
5. Two Advent calendars – one with chocolate, one without – were gifted to us. Total cost: Free
On my list of supplies yet to be man-handled are pine cones (thanks Holly & Todd!) and green felt I’m determined to craft into mistletoe. There are Cinnamon stick snowflakes to be finished as well. This whole “Making Christmas from Scratch” isn’t turning out to be half bad.
1. White swag made from one large bag of cotton balls and white yarn. Strung together using a large quilting needle. Total cost: $.99 (for the needle)
2. Long red, wool scarf, given to me last Christmas by Corey. Total cost: Free
3. Two small, green felt stockings stitched together with yarn. I found the 1/2-yard roll of felt in the clearance bin at Hobby Lobby. Total cost: $1.17
As you can see in the far right hand corner of the photo, there are tree limbs. More on that later.