I’m excited to be joining the Home for the Holidays blog tour sponsored by Sondra Lyn at Home! This is my first year participating in the tour but I’ve been a fan of this tour since it began 3 years ago and I think it’s a great way to kick off the holiday season. I’ll be sharing my ideas for Christmas decorating on a budget.
All week long there are 30 blogs with a different topic each day. There is no shortage of amazing holiday decor, craft and recipe ideas. I hope you will click on the links below and also come back here tomorrow to get the links for Friday’s featured blogs! I don’t want you to miss a thing!
But first, let me show you how I decorate for Christmas (farmhouse style) on a budget. Come into my kitchen for the first tip:
Tip #1: Frame free printables
Pinterest is a great source for finding loads of beautiful, free printables. Inexpensive frames can be found at craft stores and second-hand stores. Maybe make the frames look a little more festive with a coat or two of paint. Take note of that ribbon in the image above.
The printable above can be found at Yellow Bliss Road. Kristen has even made a newer, updated version of that print.
I love these prints from On Sutton Place
I placed the prints in inexpensive, unfinished wooden frames that I painted black. They are hanging on the wall in my powder room.
Tip #2: Use artificial stems
I re-use artificial berry stems every year. I also pick a few of them up at black Friday sales every year to add to my supply.
This year I used them to make small wreaths on the kitchen cabinets.
These are super easy to make, cost very little and pack a big farmhouse style punch.
I have also added berry stems and lights to my salvaged wood chalkboard.
Tip #3 Use what you already own
Every year I decorate my bannister and every year it looks a little different.
Just by changing up a few elements gives it a fresh, new, updated look. This year I went with layers. And I used what I already owned. And of course I added a few berry stems ; )
There are at least 4 different garlands on the bannister this year. I layered them with a string of battery-operated lights and sparkly garland for a fun, festive look. It may not be a farmhouse looking garland, but I like it anyway ; )
Some pieces of berry and evergreen garland found it’s way onto this hanging candle chandelier.
Tip #4 Make your own farmhouse decor
These three framed shadow boxes cost me nothing to make. By using an old pallet and some leftover plywood pieces I was able to create some one-of-a-kind framed wall art. I decorated the inside of each one a little differently. You can paint them, add a stencil design, or use vinyl as I did on two of them.
The reindeer is in the center is a little different. You can find the full tutorial on how I made that one and the other two also, by clicking here.
Stenciled signs like these are so simple and inexpensive to make. Come back tomorrow for a full tutorial on how to make them.
I made the Merry Christmas banner in the photo above and I’ll be sharing how to make one next week.
This shelf was also made from pallet wood and I’ll show you how to make that next week too. I don’t have a fireplace so the stockings will be hung on that shelf.
Tip #5 Use plaid ribbon
I have heard or read that plaid is big again this year. Now I don’t care what the trends are. I use what I like and I love plaid at Christmas! Use coupons to buy ribbon at JoAnn’s, Michaels, etc.
I have added a big plaid bow to a boxwood wreath and have tucked in more berry stems into a reindeer feed bag on my upcycled cupboard door coat rack.
Another plaid bow-adorned wreath is on the guest closet door.
The same plaid ribbon is used as garland on the Christmas Tree.
BONUS TIP: Use red and white buffalo-checked tablecloths as Christmas curtains!
And a big, loopy, plaid bow adorns the garland-wrapped bannister.
I have a few more Christmas projects that I’m working on. I hope you’ll check back often to see what I’ve made. I can’t wait to finish and show you the pallet wood tree – you’re going to love it!
Be sure you come back here tomorrow to get the links for more featured blogs! Here’s a run-down of the topics and featured blogs:
Monday – Holiday Mantels
Tuesday – Holiday Recipes
Wednesday – Holiday Crafts
Thursday – Holiday Decor
Friday – Holiday Tablescapes
Are you ready? Here we go!