Sarah is here to share a touch of Christmas from Illinois. Her front entrance is looking very festive, and decorating didn’t take her a lot of money or time. She’s sharing her tips for easy, affordable and attractive Christmas decorations below.
I love just about everything about the holiday season. One of my favorite activities is decorating our house both inside and out.
We had never done this before, but Steve asked if this year we wanted to decorate with a theme, so we chose “red and gold.” I think this will become a new tradition. It has made decorating much simpler and everything feels less cluttered and classier.
I used this line of thinking when decorating our front step and chose to go with the gold part of our theme. I thought I would share some tips I have when decorating.
This is the sad view that I started with. What you can’t see is the rotten pumpkins that I had just removed from the steps.
I began by going to my parents’ and helped my mom gather clippings from her boxwood bushes.
Tip #1: You don’t have to buy expensive decorations. Branches from pine, cedar, boxwood and other evergreens make beautiful natural decorations.
I gathered my supplies and laid my branches out in the general shape and size that I wanted to hang from my front door. I used floral wire to tie small bunches of branches together.
Tip #2: When wiring together live branches make sure to tie them really tight. The branches will shrink as they dry out.
I used ribbon for decoration and also to hide the wire that I used. I like to use wired ribbon to help it hold its shape.
Tip #3: I always scour after Christmas sales for ribbon. I can often save 50-75% by doing this.
For my lanterns I wired a few branches from my trees to the handles.
Tip #4: When trimming branches from a tree, look at how the branch is hanging before it is cut. If you want the branch to hang down, but it is curved up on the tree, it will be very difficult to force it into the position you want.
I also added some pinecones that my mom’s cousin had given us. Again I used floral wire to tie them together and tied them to the handle. I took some more wired ribbon and tied a knot to finish it off.
To complete the look, I added a really cute dog.
Merry Christmas from Illinois! I will be back after the New Year.
That is indeed a cute dog. Does the craft store sell Blitzes?
Thanks for all of your posts over the last year, Sarah. It’s been great to see what you and Steve are up to in Illinois. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season!