Home Decor5 Tips for a Simple and Handmade Christmas December 18, 2013My goal for our Christmas tour this year was to have a simple, cheap, and handmade Christmas with the style Anthro Christmas Lodge. That sounds like a lot to tackle and maybe even impossible, right? Well, here are the five main things I used for creating my simple and handmade Christmas. I put it everywhere. I grouped it in a vase above like a tree, which was my favorite. I also put it on every ledge, mantle, and surface I could find. The best part? It was free! My parents have a ton of cedar trees, so we cut away. You may have a tree in your own yard that with just a few clippings, you’d have greenery to spare! Or a friend might have one and be oh so kind to let you snip a few. The great thing about this is that with one of these trees, you can snip a good bit and the tree not look weird and sparse. And I love the festive, natural feel it brings in for Christmas. Because of the style I was going for, I threw these handmade, woven blankets (all found at thrift stores for a few dollars and washed), everywhere. But my favorite was using it as a tree skirt. It gives more personality and color to the tree and I love when you can re-use and re-purpose. Scatter them everywhere. It’s amazing how simple it is to toss out a few ornaments, but how it immediately brings on the Christmas. I wanted to make my own garlands this year, so I loaded up on wooden and colorful craft store beads. They come in huge bags (at Michael’s craft store) for $15 and are in the jewelry section. But there were so many other amazing bead choices that would’ve made fantastic Christmas garlands. I made this solid wood bead garland for the mantle. And paired it with cinnamon sticks for the tree garland. My favorite of all Christmas decorating tips: glitter letters. I bought packs of glitter stickers for a few dollars from Michael’s and have used them for everything: decorating gifts, a little happy “merry” thrown around, and my Joy to the World globe. I literally just stuck them onto our every day globe and they’ve stayed for weeks! I tried peeling them off and they came right off with no issues. So, take some everyday items and turn them festive just for the season with some lovely glittery words. I also wanted some large scale glittery words to really make a statement. I free-handed these on the back of glittered scrapbook paper and cut them out. Just make sure you draw the letters backwards so that when you flip them around, you will have a readable and not backwards word. And the best part of this simple, handmade Christmas? It was a blast to create!