5 Cute Christmas Ideas from redheadcandecorate.com
Good morning, friends! It’s me, Julie from redheadcandecorate.com, stopping over today to share 5 cute Christmas ideas for decorating your home this holiday season. I really enjoy decorating for Christmas the most out of all of the holidays, and sometimes I try to think “outside the box” when doing so. It’s funny, because in a lot of ways I am very traditional in my decorating style, but then I love to throw in an element of surprise to kind of catch folks off guard. I like to have fun with it, and between you and I, sometimes my kids have to settle me down when decorating and tell me it’s time for bed!
I truly hope my ideas inspire you to try something you’ve never tried before…or maybe just sit back and drink hot cocoa while I do all of the decorating. Doesn’t that sound good about now?
Hat as a Tree Topper
Here’s our beautiful fresh tree from last year. There’s a lot going on in this photo, but what I really wanted to point out to you is the “hat”. I usually top our Christmas tree with an angel, but I had a little fun last year placing my daughter’s black & grey long striped ski hat on top. You can’t see it here, but the hat has a little green jingle bell on the end. You’ll note that I also used my other daughter’s ice skates down at the bottom, and the tree is covered in flannel bows. Together, with the scarf and furry tree skirt (made from faux fur fabric) it all gives off a cozy, fun vibe. A top hat, baseball hat (baseball lovers), chef hat, etc. would look great, too. It all depends on your family and what they love.
Decorating the Bedroom
I admit that I have only dressed our bedroom for Christmas once. Decorating the bedroom may sound like a lot of work when no one may see it, and it is…however, I had a lot of fun doing it just this once. Of course my husband thought I was nuts, and didn’t even realize he was sleeping with a wreath hanging over his head, but he went with it. Sylvia our rescue kitty, also didn’t seem to mind. To make it extra cozy, I made a faux fireplace out of a broken electric wood burning fireplace, and the “Merry Christmas” pillow I designed myself (see below for more details).
Here are some sources to help you achieve this cozy Christmas look:
Christmas Ornament Lanterns
These “Christmas Ornament Lanterns” are still one of my most popular Christmas ideas to date. I just checked and there are well over 38,000 clicks on this fun and easy Christmas decorating idea. I was inspired by Pottery Barn when I noticed they stuffed lanterns with ornaments for a living room they were advertising. Little did they know that thousands of people would want to stuff lanterns with ornaments! Here’s the secret to mine…I put a small set of white Christmas lights in the bottom of the lantern and then put the ornaments in. Battery operated led lights would work perfectly, too. Here’s a few sources to help you create these…
Thrift Stores are wonderful for inexpensive ornaments!
You won’t believe this, but I made this “Gumdrop Tree” 3 years ago, and I still have it. The real gum drops still look great, too. This “Gumdrop Tree” was so much fun to make with the kiddos. All I needed was a foam cone and tooth picks (gum drops were from the grocery store). I recently learned from a follower that her Mom uses pins to attach the gumdrops. Totally up to you how you would like to make one, but either way, just start at the bottom, and work your way up. Make sure the bottom is glued to a base when you work so you have leverage when pushing the gum drops in. Be sure to let the little kiddos know that these gum drops are not to be eaten.
Leftover Pine Tree Swag Wreath
Lastly…this ” Christmas Swag Wreath” was absolutely free, folks. I know it’s a bit different than a traditional round wreath, but it still looks so beautiful. To assemble, just grab left over limbs off of the bottom of your Christmas tree (we always end up needing to trim ours), and gather at the top with twine. Tie tightly together, and leave some of the twine to hang it at the end. I decorated this right on our front door and tied the big ribbon on last. It was very simple with no glue required.
Happy Thanksgiving, and see you next time!
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