Who’s decked their halls already? I think I’m still in denial that it’s mid December already and Christmas is less than 2 weeks away (!?!?!). But that doesn’t mean you have to stop adding to the festive atmosphere. When I decorate for Christmas I always seem to keep adding. I’ll think I’m finished and then find something else that I can’t resist adding to the festive decor. I’m a big kid when it comes to this time of year and I love the smell of having a fresh tree in the house. The next best thing is having fresh greens or a wreath to bring that amazing smell into your home or to great guests when they arrive for your holiday party. They are so beautiful and surprisingly easy to make. (Tip: you can also lie a wreath flat for a pretty low- lying centrepiece for Christmas dinner). This just might be the best- smelling DIY you’ll ever make. 😉
Ivy, red berries, and any other fresh embellishments you’d like
Small branches or a wire wreath frame
1. If you’re using a pre- made frame you can skip this step. Begin by laying out the branches to form a circle the size you’d like.
2. Use twine or floral wire to tie together the branches.
3. Start adding your fresh greens and secure to the frame/ branches
4. Go around the whole frame until it’s full; trim away any excess to get the shape you desire
5. Add in other decoration such as ivy, berries, etc to get the look you want
6. Finish off with some pretty ribbon & loop a piece at the top to hang the wreath
7. Adjust the ribbon length so the wreath will hang where you want it on the door
Before I wind down posting for the holidays I wanted to share some photos of our house in all it’s Christmas glory! We only get to enjoy the tree, lights, stockings, and decorations for such a short time so I wanted to make sure I take it all in before it all comes back down again in January. I tend to stock up on decor on boxing day and pick items that go with an existing theme or catch my eye (penguins have a special meaning in our house and come out year after year, no matter what). So a penguin or two tend to get added each year for the next.
I stock up on basics at favourite stores like Homesense, Superstore, etc and will buy more delicate and fancy items after the holidays from stores such as Restoration Hardware and Hudson’s Bay. I also am lucky to have access to a floral wholesaler for fresh flowers, greens, and budget- friendly vases and filler.
This year I went with a traditional red & green colour scheme and chose specific elements to carry throughout the house: tartan accents, fresh Christmas greens, & clear glass vases with white ‘snowy’ filler. See the end of this post for Where to Buy.
The ‘fancy tree’ (aka Mom’s tree): We’ve only put a few presents out to see how Ari would resist them. So far so good!
Quick & simple decor idea:
Glass vases with filler of your choice & a branch of Christmas greens
In addition to the ‘fancy tree’, we also do a family tree that’s decorated with all of our sentimental ornaments- no theme here but love & memories!
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