Welcome to the Handmade Holiday Home Tour!
The DIY projects don’t stop around here during the holidays, in fact, sometimes I get carried away and have to stop myself from adding more DIY projects to my to do list. Of course, I buy things but I like to handmake things for the holidays for two main reasons. 1) You can customize things exactly the way you want them and infuse your own personal style into your home. 2) Decorating for the holidays can really start to add up so when I can I like to save a little money by doing it myself.
So let’s get started…. You may remember when I Upcycled an old Bike into yard art in this blog post. Well, the Jasmine has nearly covered up the bike and my annual plants haven’t survived the cold. So I decided to add a little holiday cheer to my UpCycled Bike.
I popped this Christmas tree in the bike basket added a bow and a holiday flag. I wrapped these shipping boxes with gift wrap paper and sprayed them with Rust-O-Leum Leak Seal. It’s a clear waterproof topcoat. I sprayed the bottom and all sides. I used a little extra spray on the folded areas. It rained here yesterday and my little presents seem to be holding up pretty well. I figure worst case scenario they only make thru one season and I can recycle everything and make more next year.
I have had this sweet little reindeer for many years. It was my Mom’s and while I loved it I didn’t feel it fit in with my decor so I did what I often do, I painted it and now I think it is adorable!!!
I found these boxwood wreaths at Trader Joe’s for $9.99. I used some ribbon I had from last year to make a bow and to hang it. Super easy and festive!!!
Ok, this is a bit embarrassing but I wanna be real with you guys…. So here goes. This is our very sad doormat.
Yes, it’s seen better days and I should have replaced it by now BUT I have had a plan for upcycling it. Famous last words for all of us hoarder types right?
So here is my quick and easy holiday doormat for almost nothing! I thought why not paint the backside and make a holiday welcome mat instead of buying one. So I spray painted it red with some paint I already had lying around. Next, I used a simple star stencil that I picked up at a craft store. I used a small craft roller to apply some white acrylic paint. To protect it I sprayed it with the Rust-O-Leum Leak Seal that I used on my outdoor presents earlier. The white stars were a little too bright so I watered down some black acrylic paint and wiped it in spots with a cotton rag. When spring comes I just may paint and stencil the other side.
Let’s head inside….
Simple tree branches gathered in a vase and tied with ribbon. Cookies for Santa and the hubby 🙂
I almost stored these unused holiday ornaments away but thought why not put them in a silver bowl. Instantly festive, don’t you think?
We use a real tree every year. I LOVE the fresh pine smell. We get our tree from the same NC family run tree farm that sets up right down the street from our house every year. It’s a family tradition to make a cup of caramel apple cider, I like mine with whip cream, and then head out to pick out our tree.We enjoy finding that tree that is perfect for us.
I always have them give me the extra branches that they trim from the bottom of the tree. I like to use them all thru out the house for decorating here and there.
I made these name tags with tree branches and a simple unpainted wooden angel cutout from Michael’s. I painted a small area with chalkboard paint and then glittered the rest with Sheer Frost German Glass Glitter. I then attached it with satin red ribbon to our dining room chairs. Read my post here about how to apply German Glass Glitter.
A glimpse into our sitting room.
I should have named my blog “The Accidental Decorator”. I often decorate without much of a plan and then realize that it all came together in the end. For example, I realized that this colorful whimsical tree represents our home almost perfectly. The main neutrals in our home are black and white. Our accent colors are lime green and different shades of pink. We also use lots of silver throughout our home from hardware, fixtures, and furniture. I realized that all of those elements are represented here on our happy little tree.
This is the first year that I have used ribbon and I love how it looks. I don’t think I will have another tree without ribbon!!! I had the red ribbon left over from a project last year. So I got the inspiration to give it a try and I was very happy with the way it looked. I love black and white and knew that I wanted to work that in somehow so I decided to fully commit and go with black and white polka dot ribbon and ornaments. I couldn’t find black and white polka dot ornaments (I guess it’s not a thing for the holidays) so I spray painted some old ornaments and used these foam pouncers to add the dots.
Of course, I needed black & white polka dot gift wrap to complete the theme.
My little helper Sophie. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays to you!!!
My other blogger friends have invited you into their homes for the holidays. I hope you take a moment to give them a visit and be sure to say hi!