Get ready for a cozy and aesthetic post! I went all out for Sully’s and my first “married” Christmas: lots of handmade decorations to make our house feel extra pretty and special. I filled it with fresh greenery, twinkly lights, dried orange slices, and a Christmas tree that might be my favorite yet.
Come in and take a tour, will you?
We’ll start with the front door. I bought a cheap wire wreath form from Walmart and finished it with cedar, pine, and holly greenery. It makes me happy!
In the kitchen I made a wintry terrarium thingy with powdered sugar “snow,” pinecones, holly, and fairy lights. I surrounded the jar with more greenery.
One of my favorite ways to decorate seasonally is to fill vases with whatever foliage or flowers you can find outside.
I replaced a few framed pictures with Christmas versions. You can find this printable at my Etsy shop here.
I had leftover pumpkins from fall displays and didn’t want to throw them all away, so I kept a few in wintry colors and tucked some greenery in the corners.
Some of my favorite decorations are these darling houses I made with cardboard and hot glue. I had a gold wax stick left in the hot glue gun for this one. Kinda messy but still cute, especially with fairy lights turned on inside.
Here’s a bigger one with clear hot glue on the bookshelf. They bring me so much joy and look extremely cozy when it gets dark.
I made a few garland thingies with greenery, pinecones, and dried oranges. The orange peel star garland is still up from my fall décor but I thought it fit well.
Another garland for the doorway between the dining and living room. This one was hard to hang up, sheesh. I attached a bunch more orange slices on the side facing the living room. (Sorry for the weird lighting, btw. It’s been cloudy all week so I had to use my softbox lights.)
Added some pine greenery to the lights in front of the TV…
And set up a beautiful wooden nativity set that we got as a wedding gift!
Does anyone remember Sully’s tree he got last year from this post? He was quite excited to bring it out again this year.
I made a few paper bag snowflakes from @thekwendyhome’s tutorial. All you need are hot glue and paper lunch bags1 And I had fun draping greenery or pinecones over a bunch of our windows.
Before we move on to my crowning achievement, a brief note about dried orange slices. I also found a tutorial from @thekwendyhome on Instagram, but basically you bake thin slices of citrus at 250°F for a couple of hours, checking them often toward the end to make sure they don’t burn. I made some of the slices into ornaments using craft wire.
And here’s the whimsical cedar tree I hung them on! I absolutely love this picture. ❤ It’s so cozy and Christmasy, isn’t it?
I love the orange slice ornaments and the starfish tree topper. XD The latter is something of a tradition in Sully’s family so I thought I’d carry it on. 🙂
The dried oranges glow like stained glass in front of the Christmas lights.
I saved our honeymoon ornament for Sully to hang when he got home from work. 🙂
Sully’s not much into Christmas trees so I actually chopped this one down from my family’s farm, stuffed it in my car, trimmed it, set it up, and lighted it myself. It was quite the undertaking! But we did hang a few of the ornaments together – and Sully set the tree up after it fell over once, oh dear. I think it’s stable now though and it looks lovely.
Well that was a fun post to make. I hope this added a bit of Christmas wonder and coziness to your day. I love how people fill their homes with lights when the year is at it’s darkest – and when we’re celebrate the coming of the greatest Light into a dark world. What a beautiful thing to meditate on this month.
How do you decorate/prepare for Christmas? What was your favorite decoration in my house?
Thanks so much for reading, my friends, and have a lovely day!
P. S. Photos taken with my Nikon D7200 and a 35mm lens. Edited with Lightroom.