For this Christmas, I had to be a little creative as far as the budget was concerned (as I’m sure I’m not the only one). A lot of the “decorations” are actually made of plants: pine branches, cedar branches, holly cuttings, and Nandina berries. Thankfully, we live out in the country, so obtaining said branches was pretty easy.
The star in the middle is a paper star that I picked up years ago at their after Christmas sale at TJ Maxx and I love it so much! I had high ambitions to make a wreath this year, but that didn’t happen and the frame was accenting this giant empty space, so, I grabbed the star and voila! in thirty seconds I had a happy Christmas decoration.
In the corner near the books, you can see an old-fashioned jug that my husband has had for forever (no idea where it came from) and it’s perfect for displaying my seasonal foliage. When we picked up our Christmas tree (back before Thanksgiving… cough… cough… I love Christmas, so it’s never too early for me to get Christmas decorations started), we asked for the branches and I stuck one in the jug and it actually has stayed green for almost 6 weeks now! I love free Christmas decorations.
This is our Christmas tree! (bear with me on the terrible lighting, I was having a hard time when I took these pictures) Thankfully, I didn’t have to spend a lot on the decorations for a few reasons: I had picked up the glass ornaments and the sparkly snowflakes on a 90% Christmas sale about three years ago and they are so versatile, I use them every year for just about every theme. I did make the white ornaments you see out of air-dry clay. It was super easy to make and took about 30 minutes total (not including dry time–which you can speed up by placing them in the oven for about an hour on a low temperature).
I also grabbed some extra Nandina berries from our walk through the country/woods/along the road and placed them in the tree for some extra pop of color. I did splurge on the ribbon at TJ Maxx, paying about 7 bucks for a large roll of it, and I did buy $12 worth of wrapping paper so it would coordinate with my rustic natural Christmas theme.
I think the table is my favorite part of the Christmas decorations. For one thing, my brother-in-law made me these pine chargers for my Christmas present, and they couldn’t have been more perfect. I also love the centerpiece for two reasons: it was free and it is beautiful. The Centerpiece (as shown in the other picture below) is simply several long pine branches and a few cuttings of Nandina berries tied together with a twisty tie.
The napkins that you see are made of drop cloth (no sewing involved, just cutting and fraying the edges in the washing machine). I tied them together with twine and garnished the center of the napkin with cedar branches.
I love food, so of course I have to show you a picture of our Christmas breakfast! It was super easy to make because I don’t have time or energy to spend hours and hours in the kitchen. The cinnamon rolls are my favorite because the dough is croissant dough (from the tube) and the filling is so simple you will have yummy cinnamon rolls in the oven before the coffee is even done brewing. I won’t even pretend that the rolls are healthy, because it is no where near healthy. It’s Christmas though, so no counting calories for me! The filling is 1/2 cup of melted butter, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 cup of white sugar, and one teaspoon ground cinnamon. Spread the mixture across your sheet of croissant dough, roll it up the dough, cut it into 8 pieces, place it in a pie or cake pan, and bake for 14 minutes on 350 degrees Fahrenheit or until lightly browned, and tada! you have delicious, stress-free, amazing cinnamon rolls!
Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing New Years!