Now that the Christmas season is getting into full swing, it’s time for some decorating ideas. I’ll show you some of my decorating ideas from previous years, with a few new ideas thrown in for this season with links to patterns for quilted and crafted items. To begin, if you have some stairs, it is a fun place to hang your Christmas stockings using sill sitter type hangers. I don’t have a mantle, and some years have used the bookshelves for these, but I really like them on the stairs.
Sometimes it is a nice change to use stocking hangers for special ornaments that might otherwise get lost on a heavily laden tree. This one is from our first Christmas together, quite some time ago. I tied a red ribbon on it and hung it from the top reindeer instead of the decorative stocking I used last year. Now I remember our first Christmas every time I go upstairs.
Make a simple table runner for an end table. This is a free pattern, along with a couple more quickie projects, still available on my blog HERE. The focus fabric in the middle is a baking print with little cookie cutters and bags of spices tied with Christmas bows.
Add a festive Holiday Wreath to the front of the house. These are not that hard to make, and I’ll teach you how to do the bow too, HERE. See more wreath ideas with the Festival of Wreaths post from Monday.
Hang a Santa hat on your hall tree or coat hook.
Make a Christmas Ornament mini quilt, and display with a few favorite Christmas pretties. I changed all the candles in my collection of depression glass candle holders to red ones, and added some candle ring greenery. This cute little reindeer warming his hooves over the chimney is a favorite holiday piece.
Don’t forget the guest bathroom counter. A simple Santa and playful reindeer with some red candles is festive for guests.
I collect small Santa figures, and gather many of them together in a display on an antique corner shelf. Not all I find make the cut though, only the ones I really think are whimsical without being too cutesy. This picture is overly bright because I just couldn’t get enough light into that corner so I had to use the flash. My two favorite Santa figures are on the top shelf, in the middle and on the right.
Pull out a Christmas quilt for the guest bed, and make one for your bed too. My Christmas Trip Around the World quilt goes so fast, that I made it from beginning the cutting to finishing the binding in just over a week – and that was around my work schedule and social commitments!
While we are in the guest room, make sure yours it is truly ready with my Checklist for Guest Room Readiness. Using a table runner as a bed scarf is one way to add a holiday look without making or buying a whole quilt.
Christmas themed throw size quilts go on the ottomans. This one is a simple sampler done in reds and greens.
Another fun place to add a bit of holiday cheer is the kitchen window. I put this little mouse here with his teacup. I like his goofy feet that dangle.
Set a pretty table in the dining room. Next week I’ll show you a new Christmas tablescape, but for now here is last year’s rustic green and gold themed tablescape.
Put a small tree on your breakfast table.
Make a Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug for a cute pair of reindeer.
Sew a fun Candle Wrapper for a jar candle to sit on the counter.
While you are unpacking your Christmas boxes, are there things that you haven’t used in a while? Seems like every year there are a few items that I unwrap and then decide not to use. This year, those items were put in a box, will be donated in time for someone else to enjoy this year, and reduce the amount of stuff I will store for next year. I pick up new things at the thrift stores during the year, so this helps keep the total in check. I have a goal of reducing one whole box full this week.
Most of all, take time to breathe and enjoy each day. This is a fun time of year, but not if you are stressed out trying to make everything perfect. I personally think the best memories are made when things go a bit haywire, so embrace the days and just enjoy yourself! Laugh at the foibles, and make new memories with family and friends.
Now, for more Holiday Homes, Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate has put together a fun blog hop. Since I am on the last day, all these links are active now. Have fun!
Do you have traditional decorations for this holiday time?