I was totally crushing on this plaid wrapping paper I purchased at TJMaxx . . . I explained how we reuse cereal and other food boxes to wrap gifts with and trick our kids.
The traditional red/plaid Christmas I had planned on, evolved to a more burgundy/maroon, which I think was a better choice for our home. Using things that I already had on hand, made my Christmas decor easy and cost effective!
We chose the very first tree we found, and I think it was perfect!
I had my kids write words that symbolized 2015 for them. My 15-year old chose the word "Focus" which I think fits his year perfectly! He's been doing wonderful in his first year of high school so far!
Unpacking the Christmas decor, Baby K really got a kick out of this brass bell, he thought it was the coolest!
Adding simple bows to our neutral stockings helped to carry the theme through the house.
I made mini wreaths, out of arborvitae and some from boxwood and holly bushes in my yard.
Adding an old scarf to the tv console as a garland worked perfectly and was definitely baby friendly. I had a paper banner up before this, and Baby K completely ripped it apart. The scarf, however, he had no interest in.
Our plate rack wall got adorned with fresh clippings from the yard and I added a Pottery Barn Christmas Tree plate to top it off.
I made a garland out of fresh clippings from the yard and boxwood mini wreaths out of a paper plate!
I just couldn't get enough of the little wooden reindeer I found at the Salvation Army, I tucked them in between our plates on our open shelves. And what better place for Dancing Santa to hang out, then near his reindeer!
Some of the reindeer relaxed on our kitchen table as well with these lanterns filled with ornaments and fresh cranberries.
I also brought it way back to the days when people used to string cranberries for Christmas decor
(Shout out to my 6 year old Cayden for handling this messy task!)
I think it was a fun addition.
In our bedroom, I added a cozy plaid blanket, a Holiday pillow, a sweater pillow and some string lights to our bed, which created the most amazing ambiance-I'm pretty sure the lights will stay a while.
A Dollar Tree mini wreath, a candle and some greenery tucked into this small lantern added the perfect finishing touches for some easy Christmas Bedroom decor.
Speaking of bedrooms, we added string lights and a mini tree jam packed with vintage wooden ornaments, and filled a wooden Tonka truck with lights to complete the Christmas decorating in the boys' room.
Lastly, we put out sugar cookies for Santa, and I laughed about the fact that I couldn't find my Christmas cookie cutters, so I improvised with my spring cutters!
And the part that made my 6 year olds year---was me catching Santa on tape in our living room!
Thanks to the "Krinl" app and to Ashley from www.house-of-five.com blog for sharing the app on her feed.
Until next Christmas!
, by Carli A