It’s the most wonderful time of the yeeeear…
And it seems to have come earlier than usual. Since when did we go full Christmas from the 1st Dec? I thought that was Advent.
Anyhoo, if everyone else is getting in the Christmas spirit it’s difficult to avoid feeling all festive, so I’ve given in. This weekend I popped to a well known homestore to take back some mirrors and buy a screwdriver – livin’ the life.
I pondered over buying a Christmas tree, but they were all either too big or were in small pots, meaning I’d need to keep a tree in my flat all year round. So instead I opted for the free version of decorating – off cuts.
My mother has taught me well over the years to be frugal and waste not, want not.
So I eagerly eyed up the cut offs where the well known homestore man stood in his apron, cutting the trees. Whilst putting my “I’m just being creative” face and voice on, I asked for the remnants. He looked rather baffled at my enthusiasm but obliged and offered me the lot.
People left with trees, I left with a bouquet. #minimal
I settled myself onto the floor amidst the already dropping needles and began to arrange my “garland” around my mirror. It’s best to lay these sorts of things out on the floor first so you get the right shape without precariously balancing things on mirrors.
Once the main structure was created I hung it on the wall and began inter-looping the fairy lights, whilst hiding the wires and pulling forward the bulbs. I added in extra bits of pine to thicken it out.
I tied my remaining pieces to my antlers and wrapped fairy lights around them. Overall the only things I’m using for decorating are: candles, pine off-cuts, antlers and fairy lights.
On my dining table I used a large white candle holder and made a mini wreath to go around it. I admit it’s a bit rough and ready, but I quite like the string showing.
Not only does it look pretty but as the candle warms up you can smell the pine.
May I present to you my 6 simple tips for decorating your home at Christmas:
- You’ve got to have the Christmas tunes on when you do things like this, otherwise they won’t come out right.
- Forage as much as you can, pinch some ivy from the park and do as I did and get some off cuts from your local tree provider.
- There really is no need to go out and buy ridiculously expensive decorations. You can make your own from card and glitter, plus they have a bit more meaning to them. Even if they do look crap at least they’ll give you a giggle.
- For the minimal look think Scandinavian lodge, natural materials and neutral tones. The wood will provide the warm addition to your colour palette.
- Invest only in fairy lights and some string, that’s your basic tool kit for binding up pine. Look around your home for things to decorate, it might be the staircase that you could intertwine ferns through or around mirrors or candle displays.
- Always turn on the fairy lights BEFORE you begin decorating with them, you don’t want to get all that way only to realise they don’t bladdy work.
See? It’s quite possible to not overspend on decorations and still achieve a lovely Christmas feel at home. (and yes, that is wood chip on the wall)