25 Thrift Store Christmas Decor Ideas

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I know what you're envisioning when you saw the title-- cheap plastic Christmas decor circa 1980's, or cheesy nutcrackers that cracked too many walnuts. But WAIT. There's more to thrift store decor that what meets the eye. With a little paint, perhaps some glue, you can elevate easy-to-find thrift store cast-offs into classy, chic Christmas decor. Really. Case in point: this 1970s cheesy plastic wreath became almost porcelain like with a coat of glossy white spray paint: While this isn't from … [Read more...]

Natural Christmas Decor Ideas (aka Free Christmas Decorations!)

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When I first started blogging 6 years ago, I remember a woman who decorated her entire home for Christmas using materials she found in her backyard. She didn't spend a DIME on decorations, it was literally all from the woods. The effect was stunning-- simple evergreen boughs, a few swags of pine, an advent wreath made with the just the ends of a tree branch. I wish she still blogged, that post had a profound effect on realizing how much we tend to spend on temporary decorations when … [Read more...]

DIY Gift Idea: Lavender Sachets with FREE Printable Labels

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Happy Monday! I'm in full holiday mode over here, the {happy} chaos has begun! I'm popping in today with a simple DIY gift idea-- Lavender Essential Oil Sachets. You can use any essential oil you love, however lavender has specific qualities that make it perfect for using in closets and drawers... namely, moths find it abhorrent. No matter how clean your home may be, even the best of us experience moths so help keep the peace by tucking these among your sweaters and in drawers. The lavender … [Read more...]

15 Beautiful Christmas Outdoor Lighting DIY Ideas

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'Tis the season for light! Last year's post on gorgeous ways to use Christmas string lights went bananas, so it's apparent how much people are embracing light as the days get shorter and the nights longer. These 15 DIY outdoor lighting ideas for Christmas will add that wonderful glow to your home so enticingly that I won't blame you if you don't take them down until spring. ;-) If you love an idea, be sure to click the link and visit the sourced website to get the full tutorial. These … [Read more...]

Free Printable Holiday Wish List for Kids

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I don't know how it works in your family, but in mine, I like to get most of my Christmas shopping finished before the start of the month. I realize many people like to 'respect the turkey' and wait until after Thanksgiving, but for me, that adds to my stress level. By starting before Thanksgiving, I can usually get everything purchased, wrapped, and sent so I can spend this special season with my family instead of the crowded stores and frazzled lines at the post office. Plus, it allows time to … [Read more...]

DIY Pear Wreath {Fall & Holiday Wreath Combined FOR THE WIN!)

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When it comes to fall decor, I like to keep it simple. Life is too busy these days to change the decorations each month, so when I find something that can take us through a few holidays I'm stoked. Case in point: this DIY fall pear wreath goes falls into the category of fall decor but also would look great through Thanksgiving and Christmas. A double (triple!) duty wreath that I can move around on a whim? Hooray for easy fall decorations! Typically I find inspiration while browsing the … [Read more...]

How We Drastically Changed Our Christmas Mornings {for the better}

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Is there anything MORE FUN than Christmas morning? The chaos of unwrapping gifts, squeals of delight, my husband and I sitting bleary-eyed watching it all unfold... it truly is the most wonderful day of the year. HOWEVER, I've learned a few things over the years about making the morning go smoothly, minimizing the mess while not interrupting the fun, and also teaching my kids it's not about what you GET, but what you GIVE too. Here's what's in our Christmas Morning Survival Kit, which I tuck in … [Read more...]

FREE Printable Christmas Decorations Inventory List

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I know, I know, you don't even have all the decorations up yet and here I am already discussing post-Christmas organization! Can't help myself, I'm a planner, so in the middle of the decorating and attempting to locate missing bins and lights and wreaths it occurred to me there was a better way to find all the decorations that have been creatively tucked into various corners of my home. Believe it or not, having an inventory decreases the amount of stuff you'll have because you won't find … [Read more...]

Great Gift Ideas for HER {Holiday Gift Guide}

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Almost all our gifts have been bought and even wrapped (I can assure you, that is a first, and it only happened because my husband suggested cracking open a bottle of wine and watching Love Actually so we wrapped during the movie last Saturday, wild times...) and now it's time for a little day dreaming. A little wish making. A little... Dear Santa... slip a few of these under the tree for me, please.  ;-) These gift ideas for women would also be appreciated by best friends, sisters, mothers, … [Read more...]

As Ever, Ideas for the Last Minute Christmas Card Sender

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I wish I had a legitimate excuse for always ordering my Christmas cards late, but I don't. I mean, EVERYONE is busy. But even my busy friends still seem to get their cards in the mail on time. Let's face it, I'll probably always be a last minute Christmas card sender. It's not that I love my friends and family any less (in fact, I probably love them more than they know), but I'm always waiting for the 'perfect' photo. And the 'perfect' stamps. And the 'perfect' time to sit down and put them … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour {Holiday Decorating Ideas, Lemonade Style}

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Each year I struggle with posting a Christmas home tour. Not because I don't love decorating for the holidays-- obviously I do, hence the glam Scandinavian handmade holiday explosion!-- but rather it's because I strive to keep this blog a place of reality. And the reality is that I have two young kiddos and very little free time to spend fluffing pillows and arranging greenery for hours on end. There may be a season where that IS my reality; perhaps next year when both kids are in school full … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Birch Candleholders {more woodland decor, I can’t help myself!}

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Growing up in New England, I was surrounded by birch trees-- and to me the peeling white bark so beautifully symbolizes nature's perfect imperfections. Since taking birch bark off the tree can damage the tree, I used birch scrapbook paper to get the same look without being a tree killer.  And thus, these faux birch candleholders were born from thrift store glassware with just a roll in paper, piece of tape, and dash of gold! A more simple rustic Christmas craft you will not find. ;-) The … [Read more...]

DIY Whimsical Woodland Ornaments {aka, my dream come true}

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I've always loved miniatures, so when I saw woodland ornaments at West Elm recently I WANTED THEM. My West Elm allowance has been blown this month however (new coffee table, woot woot!) so I knew I had to knock them off. So that I could save for another West Elm splurge that's a little bigger. ;-)  Getting to play with teeny bottle brush trees and mini-deer in the name of Christmas crafting made me all kinds of happy! Keeping with my natural woodland Christmas theme (Glam Scandi, I call it) I … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Woodland Fairy Light Shadow Boxes

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Are you looking to add a whimsical touch to your holiday decor this season? I wish I came up with the idea for these glorious fairy light boxes myself, but truthfully I saw a similar version at Terrain and just knew I had to DIY them. Especially since I can't find them on their website anymore.  They were super easy to make (of course, I mean, it's ME, I can't do complicated!) and add a beautiful glowing touch to these dark nights. Plus the kids are enthralled by the dimming lights and rush to … [Read more...]

DIY Peppermint Bath Bombs {Homemade Gift Idea!)

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I have a treat for you today... a recipe for a homemade gift you'll that's perfect for pampering the ones you love-- Peppermint Bath Bombs! These little treats pack a powerful punch when added to a warm bath. Place them under running water and they'll dissolve and fizz and create a wonderful soaking environment. Best yet, you can add whichever scents you choose. I used peppermint because it's seasonal and invigorating, but add lavender for calming, rosemary for energizing, RC or eucalyptus for … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Advent Calendar {Kids Craft Idea}

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Popping in for a minute for a super quick Christmas craft: a stamped advent calendar that doubles as a kids' activity to keep 'em busy. As much as I love our photo advent calendar, it was getting tired, so on a recent shopping trip I picked up a few supplies to create a new one. Advent calendars provide a tangible way to countdown until Christmas morning, plus you can fill these little bags with either small treats or activities from this advent activity printable. BONUS: you can pick up all … [Read more...]

Great Gifts for Guys {Gift Guide 2014}

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My husband is a tough one to shop for when it comes to holiday gifts. Basically he loves anything emblazoned with his favorite team and most especially if it’s fleece, but just how many fleecy Notre Dame shirts can one own? (apparently, a lot)  Each year I start planning early for the hard-to-gift man, and here’s what’s on my shopping list for my husband this year! MONEY SAVING TIP: as always, don’t forget to go through Ebates if you’re doing any online shopping! You will EARN money for … [Read more...]

Easy Christmas Art Idea: Tea Towel Wrapped Canvas

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I'm a sucker for anything Anthropologie, so when I saw this wintery tea towel at the end-of-year sale I snagged it for about 70% off the regular price. The colors and shimmer also became the inspiration point for my entire holiday decorating plan, but I digress. I thought about framing it, but realized a FREE solution was under my nose... er, workbench. I had a pile of wrapped canvases (the type you can get at Michaels for cheap with a coupon) and suddenly the simple idea emerged to put the two … [Read more...]

A Handmade Holiday {Scandi Christmas Style & Ideas Galore}

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Last year’s Christmas clutter had me feeling totally depleted.  After the holidays I’d just had ENOUGH. Enough stuff. Enough clutter. Enough stress and blowing the budget. Enough of mismatched styles and towering bins of décor I no longer loved. Amidst the chaos, I made a snap decision to start from scratch. My budget (and free space in my home) doesn’t allow for a huge shopping spree, so I created a careful plan to focus on how I wanted my holiday décor to feel this year. I wanted it to feel … [Read more...]