How was your Thanksgiving? Are you in a turkey coma? Are you heading out to brave the Black Friday crowds? If you get a steal today, leave me a comment and tell me what it was? I don’t usually head out on BF. If I do it’s usually late in the day when the real frenzy is over and the early birds are back home in bed recovering!
Lots of folks have already started decorating for Christmas big time. If you’re just getting started, hope this posts offers a little inspiration. (Click on the titles below to be taken to that particular post/tutorial.)
My heart absolutely melted when I first saw this gorgeous scene in a Pottery Barn catalog. I tore the page out and saved it, determined to one day decorate my porch with beautiful Christmas garland. The next year when this same stunning scene appeared once again in the PB holiday catalog, I was done for. I knew I had to have it for my front porch.
Unfortunatley, the garland was only 5 feet in length which meant it was going to take 4 strands to completely wrap two of my front porch columns. That added up to way more than I cared to spend (over $200) so I decided to make my own PB (knock-off) garland. Here’s how the garland looks in this year’s PB catalog. Beautiful!
Below is how my knock-off garland looked on my front porch the first year I made it. I purchased lit garland to make mine. The PB garland isn’t lit.
Here’s how it looked last year. This year will be my third year decorating with this same garland and it has held up well.
You’ll find the tutorial to make your own Pottery Barn inspired garland here: Pottery Barn Inspired Garland Tutorial: Make Your Own for a 1/3 the cost.
Create a Wine or Beverage Chiller for a Party or Special Dinner: This tutorial will show you step-by-step how to create a Cranberry wine chiller for champagne, wine or any beverage you wish to chill for a party or event. It also make a beautiful display on your table or sideboard.
Make a Colonial Williamsburg-Style Apple Tree Centerpiece: The first year I made this apple tree centerpiece for my Christmas table, several folks asked for a tutorial. It may look complicated to make, but it really isn’t. Your guest will oooh and ahhh when they see it. It’s always a big hit displayed on a buffet table for a party or for any holiday occasion.
You can also make it lemons and limes. Let your imagination guide you!
Holiday Centerpiece you can make in 15 minutes: This has to be one of my all-time fave centerpieces to make for the holidays because it literally takes about 10-15 minutes to make with greenery from the yard and the only cost is for the fruit.
Make a Candy Cane Mouse to Top Off Your Presents or to Decorate your Tree: I love making these to attach to Christmas presents or as ornaments for the tree. This is a fun craft to make with children, too.
Fast and Fun Gift Giving Game, Perfect for a Christmas Party: Have a party planned and want to get your guests laughing and giggling with each other. This is a fun game and doesn’t drag out like so many gift exchange games can. It’s literally over in about 5 minutes and your guest will love it and asked for a copy so they can play it at their next party.
For additional Christmas inspiration, click on the category heading The Holiday Home at the top of BNOTP. Then click on the subcategory, Christmas. Under that heading you’ll find lots of Christmas decorating ideas, recipes, home tours, crafts, table settings and even some tours of your favorite Christmas movie houses like Home Alone, The Holiday, A Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation.
Let the season of joy begin!
See you Monday for Metamorphosis Monday!