This Old Colonial Home

Filling our house with love and a lot of DIY

Deck the Halls

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Since Thanksgiving fell so late this year, we quickly had to turn from thankfulness to the Christmas craziness. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t allow myself to get into the holiday spirit until after Thanksgiving, even if that does mean there are only 4 weeks left (eek!). That being said, we wasted no time this past weekend getting ready for the first Christmas in our new home.

The first thing I tackled – after cleaning – was the mantel. I didn’t really have a plan of attack. The only thing I knew I wanted to incorporate was a 6-pane window I found in the attic of our garage. So I started with that and worked around it using items I already had. One issue I encountered – there’s an outlet on the wall above the mantel, which you can easily hide with a picture or clock, but with a window, not so much. In comes the “Happy Holidays” sign. I decided to hang that from the window using gift wrapping ribbon and voila, the outlet is now strategically hidden!

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I continued to go through our Christmas storage bins, picking out anything that caught my eye and might work. I used pre-lit garland, candle sticks, my favorite chalkboard platter, and real pine cones left over from my Thanksgiving place card holders! Oh and remember those two wooden sleds I snagged for free (see post here)? I used the smaller one by the fireplace, adding a little faux garland to it. Here’s the final result:

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In the dining room, I changed out the table runner and added a simple glass bowl filled with ornaments. I also put a few decorative items on the ladder shelf, including 3 mason jars with pine cones inside, to carry over from the living room.

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Outside, I used the larger sled on our front steps. I added real pine branches, which I found in someone’s curbside leaf pile, and I used that same gift wrapping ribbon for the bow! I am beyond happy with this decoration. It was completely free!

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And, of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without lights! I placed candles in all of the front windows and my husband adorned the bushes. I love white lights, they’re so classy!

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Next weekend we get the tree! What are some of your decorating tricks?

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3 thoughts on “Deck the Halls

  1. Those sleds are fantastic and I love the old window pane. What great finds! Holiday decorating makes me happy, but what REALLY makes me happy is when it’s FREE! Great work Kelly!

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    • Thanks Shayna! I would love to go out and get a bunch of new decorations, but it just isn’t feasible right now. Besides, there’s something satisfying about coming up with new ways to use old items! Happy Holidays!

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  2. I love the use of jars for decorations… we do that too 🙂 I also use glass jars for storing craft and “office” supplies/materials. The sled is a truly fabulous find, but I find your clever cover for the outlet brilliant 🙂 Oh – and the snowman with #s on his legs is pretty fabulous… kids would love that!

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