December 15, 2011

Christmas Decor 2011

So. This is probably the least I've ever decorated for Christmas. As I mentioned, doing the Parade of Homes last year & decorating definitely burned me out. I wanted to do at least the tree and mantle this year, so that's what I did. It was simple, stress-free, and very enjoyable. :)

The storage in the house we're in right now is not the easiest to access, so I just had Patrick get the first few tubs he could easily get to, and that's how I decided what colors I'd use to decorate. :) I ended up with aqua, gold, and some touches of red & green on the tree. I knew I wanted to tie the red & green in so it would match our stockings.

I had a horrible time trying to get pictures, and didn't really have the patience or time to mess with it just imagine that it's much more breathtaking in person. Ha! :)

This is the first time I've had to decorate over the mantle since we always had the TV over it in our old house. I used to hate that come time to decorate for Christmas. But now that I had the freedom to put up anything? I was stumped. I wanted something simple and cheap, so I ended up putting something together that would match my decor.
I bought these 3 trays at Dollar Tree for $1 each, obviously. :) I spray painted them a champagne color, then added a few coats of Martha Stewart glitter paint in antique silver. (Pretty stuff, but doesn't give near the coverage I anticipated.) Then I cut letters out to spell JOY using glitter paper from Hobby Lobby. I decided to use that rather than to glitter my own paper because I didn't want glitter to be flaking everywhere.

And this is the finished product! I love the way it turned out and think it works great in our living room. The mantle was pretty simple to put together - some fresh garland from Lowe's mixed with lights and a gold leaf garland from Michael's, topped with a few Dollar Tree Christmas trees. I also put some ornaments in the DIY apothecary jars I made last year.
Because of a certain busy little toddler that lives here, I barely put any ornaments on the tree this year. Just lots of mesh, some glitter picks, and a few larger ornaments.
Like I said, I didn't get very good pictures, but here's a slightly closer look at the tree. Oh! And I should mention...the Scentsicles I was so excited about? Yeah, don't waste your money. All it did was make our house smell like Vicks for 2 days, and now you can't even smell them. Pretty sad about that. If you tried them, I'd love to hear how they worked for you though!

Well that pretty much wraps up my decorating for the year. Can't wait to check out everyone else's! :) I'm linking up at Kelly's Korner, Blue-Eyed Bride, Thrifty Decor Chick, The Nester & The Christmas Cheer Link Party.


  1. Your JOY project turned out so cute! Love how creative and budget-conscious you are!

    And I TOTALLY agree with you about the scentsicles. I was stoked when I found them at Michaels and came home and hid them all throughout my tree...and then started getting a headache from the gross fake smell they put off. Two days later the scent is gone already (although I can't say I'm not happy about that) :/

  2. LOVE your decor! I am going that route next year. I just tried to do too many decorations this year and now I am dreading taking them all down. Ha!

  3. Gorgeous! Love love love the trays. Great job!

  4. Seriously can you come decorate my house??? I love love love the trays!!

  5. Your mantle and tree look beautiful! thanks so much for linking up and participating in "Oh What Fun It Is"... I am LOVING your JOY trays, what a creative and darling idea!! Merry Christmas!

  6. The Joy trays are so great! I love the glitter paper. It's just so fun! And, it makes me smile to see your stockings - I just love the way they turned out and now you'll get to add another one next year. Yippee!!

    Beautiful as always, Sarah!

  7. I never would have thought of the glitter try idea! They turned out so cute!

    I keep buying that glitter paper from HL Pretty soon everything I own is going to be covered in it! I love it!

  8. Gosh! I love your decorations!

  9. Love your mantel decor, it looks so great. What an awesome way to paint and display the plates. Love it all!

  10. I LOVE your JOY project! It turned out beautiful!!! Merry Christmas!

  11. I am in loveeeeee. Such fabulous, fun decorations...and the JOY project turned out PERFECT! Are you super mom? I mean, geez. I'm impressed :)

  12. love the decorations and the joy project sounds so easy something like I might even be able to do :)

  13. Our tree only has lights on it because a certain pesky toddler cannot be trusted with ornaments...somehow he can go to everyone else's house and not mess with their tree though :/ Oh well! I'll just have to save the decorating for next year! We also hung our stockings on the banister going upstairs because the first thing C did was pull the stockings off the mantle and got smacked in the head with an iron holder. OUCH!

  14. Sarah, your tree is BEAUTIFUL !!!! And sometimes less is MORE !!! Praying you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year !

  15. Beautiful decor! Loving all your colors (: Thanks for linking up with me for the Christmas Cheer link party (:

  16. Love your JOY project and thanks for sharing how to make it. Love your Christmas decorations and I'm a new follower!! Love your blog.

  17. I praise blog a lot of congratulations for your work and happy friendship navidad:)

  18. I love what you did over the mantle! I hope you don't mind, but I pinned it to Pinterest, what a great little craft to share!

    Merry Christmas!


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