For years my Christmas decorations have been strictly limited to golds and bronzes (with maybe a smidge of red) because I liked the monochromatic look and it best matched the rest of our house–case in point: Christmas 2006, Christmas 2007, Christmas 2008…
Well now we have a toddler, so our formerly neutral decor is currently splashed with all the colors of Fisher-Price and Playskool…and I don’t see that changing any time soon. Oh well. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
Time to add some color to our Christmas!
When it comes to Christmas, holiday decorations, shopping everything, I have a tendency to take it to a whole ‘nother level faster than Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes.* At the risk of blowing funds already set aside to ensure Kate’s “Sweet 16″ rivals that of a Kardashian, I knew I had to keep my budget for colorful Christmas decor in check. A couple packs of colorful ornaments and some gift-wrapping supplies later, and color had successfully (and inexpensively) infiltrated our holiday!
I twisted some colorful curling ribbon around these gold and bronze Christmas trees to give them a little splash of color:
Kate picked out this red stocking with colorful jingle bells to hang alongside mine and G’s plain cream colored ones. To make them all a little more cohesive I pinned colorful Christmas bows on ours and stuffed them all with colorful confetti picks.
One of my favorite things to do for Christmas decor is to wrap some of the frames on our photo gallery wall to look like presents. Instead of our typical gold and bronze, I chose something a little more playful this year:
I purchased two $5 packages of miniature jewel-toned ornaments. Most of them went on the tree to start dotting all of that gold and bronze with a bit of color, and I hung the rest of them on this lampshade using coordinated curling ribbon.
I made these sequined elasticized bands a few years ago to be napkin rings, but they didn’t quite work. They look great, however, stretched over the glass shades of the chandelier!
I made the colorful garland hanging from the windows out of felt Christmas tree ornaments (3 for $1!) from Target, strung on gold curling ribbon. It’s hard to capture their impact in pictures, but they give the whole space a fun and playful punch of color!
Close-up of the felt Christmas trees (and my first attempt at using faux snow):
I’m sure we’ll add even more fun and colorful things to our holiday decor each year, but this gets us off to a good start!
(Check out this post to see some neat pictures of this year’s Christmas tree.)
*You know what holiday comes after Christmas, right?! Awards season! Woot!!