Each year on Black Friday, Dane and I choose to forego the crowds and spend the day decking the halls. We plan a special breakfast with mimosas, blast Christmas music, and put up our decorations.
This year, my morning started off with a 5k with the neighbor ladies. I’m not a runner anymore, but it really felt good to still be able to do it -asthma and all!
Anyway, as I started unpacking last year’s decor, I wasn’t thrilled. My 2019 self was REALLY into red. Lenna was just starting to see color then, and I thought red would be exciting to her. For those of you who know me well, you know I don’t do colorful. It gives me anxiety. I just can’t.
Actually- funny story. this past Sunday, the neighbors and I went to get pedicures to end our long weekend right, and naturally, I go for the muted grey polish. The neighbor who lives next door talked me into something more festive. While she was right about needing something more exciting, it pained me a little to see red on my toes.
As if it wasn’t already slowly killing me inside, the pedicurist kept making me say how pretty it was. It was like a slow stab each time. Like, OH MY GOSH, SO PRETTY! Please don’t make me say it again! It hurts! Ha!
Okay, so anyway, I needed to kill the red this year without spending a fortune to replace it all. Also, I hate to waste. So I grabbed a few paint sample colors similar to the palette of my home and a gold leaf pen and went to work. It definitely took more time than I thought, but I also should’ve secured a babysitter. It’s hard to craft and entertain a toddler at the same time!
First, the beaded garland
What was once a shimmery red, now a beautiful shade of ivory. Yes, I know how that sounds. Bur really, the ivory really is a beautiful contrast against the tree. I used the Rust-Oleum Paint + Primer in the color Ivory, Satin finish. Purchased at my local hardware store. Would it have been cheaper to just buy new beads? Probably. But would I have found exactly what I was looking for? Probably not. That's the beauty of a good DIY -it's custom!
Next, the ornaments
Dane and I moved into our house April 2019, and I'm just now figuring out the color palette I like for our home. It wasn't something I was thinking of until recently. But at any rate, I decided to pull those colors into our Christmas decor this year.
I used small paint samples of both Benjamin Moore Duxbury Gray and Wrought Iron to paint over a few of the colored ornaments I had from many many years ago. I think I had picked these up a few years back as part of an assortment. I must've pulled out the silver and gold ornaments and left the mix of reds, blues, and greens.
Once I got them painted, they looked a little flat, so I grabbed a gold leaf pen I had gotten from Hobby Lobby last year, and added some detailing. I love how it added a little bit of festive shimmer and ties in nicely with the other gold ornaments I already have.
The golden glitter ornament I've actually had (and used) every year since I made them back in 2013. I just filled a clear ornament with glitter. This year, I dumped out all of the glitter inside of each ornament, and just left what was stuck to the sides. This way, if Lenna pulls on it I won't have a pile of glitter to clean up.
Finally, the wooden trees
These trees are something I had Dane cut down for me from his scrap wood last year. I painted them red, white, and a few shades of green, and then placed them on our gallery wall with the advent calendar I made last year. This year, I'm leaving the gallery wall to winter art, and put the trees on the kitchen counter and entry table instead.
Decorating for Christmas doesn't have to be expensive to be beautiful. You just have to be creative with what you have.