I love decorating for the Holidays. It is even more fun as the boys get older and seeing their excitement and getting into the holiday spirit. The decor makes everything feel cozy and makes me want to entertain family and friends over this festive season.
This month we’ve been busy with a little bathroom reno (I’ll be blogging all of that too!) so my focus has been there but I couldn’t resist starting early by adding a few Holiday touches throughout our home.
Each year I love collecting and adding a few new pieces to my holiday decor. When I pull out the boxes it is always fun to reminisce about the memories of our past christmases as a family. Last winter we completed our family room so it was a great opportunity to add another tree to our home since we spend so much time down here as a family. We added this beautiful 7 foot flocked tree. Kent has a wonderful variety of beautiful, quality faux trees and various sizes.
Since we like to put up our tree early, we go with a quality faux tree since a real tree won’t last that long. This one is a great price point and lovely quality. It is prelit, flocked and also comes with pine cones. Personally I do NOT enjoy adding lights to a tree, so a pre-lit tree certainly makes life easier. A good quality faux tree is worth splurging!
I like to keep the tree bare for a couple weeks. The tree really looks incredible with just lights. I really love the simplicity of the flocked tree on its own. Then early December we will decorate the tree as a family. We still like to keep it fairly simple so the boys don’t grab ornaments and toss them… Boys. *Que endless empty threats of “Santa’s Watching”. We like shatterproof ornaments such as these ones.
To make it nice and cozy I added a jute rug I previously owned and a blanket as a tree skirt around the base of our tree.
Over the next week or so I will finish decorating but I always love adding little touches of Christmas throughout each room in our house. This is where I like to add real greenery since we have a faux tree. I also love placing mini pine trees in pots in every room.
I created this gorgeous garland and LOVE how it turned out. It is so lush and full. It was incredible simple to do, so much so that I won’t go into a lot of detail but I will share what I did to create the garland for my mantle.
I won’t lie, I kind of winged it. I didn’t even measure. I started with an 8 foot faux garland that was only $4.99. Then I added then I added real greenery so it is a little fuller and so the color is more natural. It doesn’t hurt that it smells SO good. I got bundles of real pine + fur branches at Kent, but you could totally forage some from your property. I don’t have any pine I’m willing to cut so I crabbed 2 bundles of pine and 2 fur to complete this mantle. I used command hooks, to secure the garland to the mantle. Using the faux garland as a base is a simple hack. It is the anchor and a great starting point, then I placed the larger branches throughout while mixing pine and fur throughout, you can even use the wire within the faux garland to wrap around the real greens to help them stay in place. To secure them I also used these reusable decorating ties. When I was almost done, I stepped back a few feet to look where the garland seemed thin, then I placed shorter pieces to fill it in.
It can get a little messy so to help keep it from drying out too quickly I soaked my greenery in water for 24 hours and I will spray my greenery with my misting bottle I use for my plants. I caution you not to over spray them because you don’t want any water damage caused by too much or old water. A friend suggested putting plastic wrap down to help prevent any potential water damage cause by spraying the greens. In a few weeks I will swap out the real branches for a few fresh ones to get us through to Christmas. While I was in store at Kent today picking up some supplies for my bathroom I saw they had fresh magnolia leaves so I’m thinking I will add some throughout my mantle.
I’m so happy with how the garland turned out and it wasn’t expensive to do! I will add some candlesticks and our stockings come December. I really enjoy getting a jump start on our decorating in November!
For a little extra twinkle throughout your holiday decor, you can add these cute lights on shelves, mantles, picture ledge and dressers just to add a warm glow and a touch of magic.
These bottle brush trees are always a favorite. Anything mini is adorable but they come in all sorts of sizes and look great just about anywhere. These have been around for decades and yet continue to be so popular. I mean, who doesn’t love them?! I’ve always wanted to create a little display of them inside mason jars. I grabbed a 21 pack for $14.99.
I’ve always envied gorgeous holiday front stoops. We haven’t gotten to this point yet – we had some pretty serious plumbing problems over the weekend but I plan to use planters from the Kent Greenhouse and bundles of greens, large pine cones, and birch logs, berries and ornaments. I’ll just stick everything in the planters and tweak everything as I go. They also have some lovely pre-made Holiday planters in store.
These gorgeous prelit 4′ Porch Tree with a whiskey barrel base are such amazing quality. The mini trees are actually outdoor porch trees which run on batteries. Since I haven’t gotten around to our outdoor decor I have found a nice home for it in my living room. These would be really cute in a child’s bedroom too.
If you’d like to shop this post please click the links throughout the post or some links below. Please note some items are only available in your local Kent Stores. I hope you enjoyed my little DIY garland tutorial and how I minimally decorate for the holidays during the month of November.
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