Tuesday, December 2, 2014

home decor ¦ homemade for the holdidays

i LOVE decorating for the christmas season...being that it's my favourite time of year, this really is no surprise. each year i decorate my home with homemade creations that make me smile and add a little magic to our season. home decor can not only add some special touches to your own home, but can make great gifts during the holiday season!
my favourite thing to make are banners/garlands...i love hanging and "swagging" them over windows, shelves, mirrors, etc and they really don't have to take a lot of time or be super complicated and are a great way to use up what you already have on hand or recycle cool packaging you may have acquired.
this banner was created with kraft tissue paper, printed brown paper bags and some string. the embellishments were equally simple and stuff i already had on hand...sequins, glitter, stamps and stickers. none of which bespoke a christmas theme to begin with...so no need to think you need christmas themed papers or embellishments :)
i love this wreath, i came across the idea for this a couple years ago and couldn't resist making my own. you can find the how to over on this blog, it's super simple! foam balls, yarn in your choice of colours, a few embellishments, foam wreath form, ribbon, and a hot glue gun!

this wreath would make an excellent gift! another favourite thing of mine to make is paper christmas trees...you can find so many different paper tree tutorials online and i usually make a few new ones each year as there is always a shelf space that could use a little extra sparkle :)
these little ruffled crepe paper trees i made last year after a little search turned up this tutorial.
my little piano roll paper tree has weathered well over the years and i still love it! i have no tutorial for this one (it was created by gigi for kenner road about 4-5 years ago), but i used vintage piano roll paper, hot gluing 4-6 inch long strips that were about 3 inches wide that i cut at 1/2 inch intervals, onto a foam cone form. because the paper was on a roll, it automatically curled up to create a tree like appearance. once that was done, i used a paint brush to brush glue onto the paper and sprinkled with glitter, topping the tree off with some ribbon adhered by a decorative stick pin and some beads :) there's a ton of decorative christmas tree ideas here
i did mention i loved banners/garlands? with nothing more complicated then a 2.5 inch circle and/or scalloped circle punch, some music sheet music, vintage book paper, and coffee filters...yup coffee filters, you can easily replicate this garland. i punched a TON...a ton...of circles from al the above listed papers in varying shades of cream and white. i sprayed them with some glimmer mist in browns, punched holes into the centre of all the punched circles. i then randomly threaded them onto twine (jute) in bunches, knotting before and after each bunch. using vintage christmas light reflectors and beads i finished off the ends with loops for hanging. the tin barn stars came from a scarlet lime project kit years ago...i added them onto the garland as an after thought one year and they have stayed there ever since :) i painted and inked and glued things onto each of the stars and finished them off with some ribbon.
sorry for the grimy window...my kids like to use dry erase markers on the window :) they draw, do their homework or create their own countdown calendars to birthdays or events they are excited about.
would love to see how you decorate for christmas, feel free to leave a link or picture in the comment sections!
ronda has some great home decor ideas as well, so head over to her blog!

happy tuesday!


  1. OK favorite so far!! awesome <3

  2. Gorgeous decor, Jessi! I love it all! The tags and yarn wreath are my fave. :)