colorful christmas decor

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Decorating our homes is always one of our favorite parts of Christmas.  Every year we like to mix it up and try something new. We have done traditional red and green decor and black and white decor, so this year we decided to decorate with lots of color!  Charlie, who is 4 years old, informed us that pink and blue are not Christmas colors, but we loved the way they looked with red and green. We made tassels, painted ornaments, used felt balls, and bottle brush Christmas trees to create our colorful Christmas decor.

Wreath

To make the ornaments for this year’s theme, we bought plastic ornaments at Michael’s and filled them with craft paint in the colors of our choice. To make these ornaments, follow the instructions from last year’s colorful DIY ornament post. We wired the ornaments to a boxwood wreath and finished it off with a pale pink ribbon.

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Mantel

We added color to Hallman’s neutral stockings by making a collection of tassels for each stocking. We decorated the mantel with our DIY painted ornaments, a collection of green bottle brush Christmas trees that we found at Michaels and Target, and a felt ball garland from Paper Source.

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To make the tassels, we started with a few skeins of yarn in the colors of our choice. To make the large tassels, we wrapped one color of yarn around 4 fingers 40-50 times depending on how thick the yarn was. Then we cut the  yarn and carefully removed the looped yarn form our fingers. We then cut a 12 inch piece of yarn from the same skein, folded it in half, thread it through the middle of the looped yarn and tied it in a double knot very tightly. This became the top of the tassel. Next, we cut another 12 inch piece of yarn in the same color and tied it tightly in a double knot around the looped yarn, about 1 inch down from first knot we tied. Finally, we cut the looped ends at the bottom of the tassel so that they were even. To make the smaller tassels, we wrapped the yarn around 3 of our fingers 20-30 times, depending on the thickness of the yarn. Then we followed the same steps we used for the large tassels in order to finish the small tassels.

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We tied varying colors and sizes of the tassels together, and then tied each tassel group to the loop on each stocking.

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Table

We continued our theme to the table using the same ornaments, bottle brush trees and felt balls to create a centerpiece. On each place setting we tied the napkins with a set of three handmade tassels. to add a pop of color to our neutral linen napkins.

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Happy Decorating!

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Hallman + Ashley

 

 

black, white and gold holiday decor

 

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We love decorating for the holidays and we begin thinking about our theme months in advance.  Last year, we used more traditional red and green decor and this year we wanted to go in a different direction. We knew early on that we wanted to use this black and white ribbon as the base of our holiday theme to create a fresh and modern look. We love the simplicity of black and white stripes mixed with boxwood and touches of gold.

Door

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To decorate the door, we used a preserved boxwood wreath and black and white striped ribbon. Inspired by the Sugar Paper ornament gift topper set, we decided to make some large polka dot ornaments to complement the striped ribbon. To make the ornaments we spray painted glass ornaments white and black. We also spray painted the tops of the ornaments gold. For the white ornaments we punched out black dots out of contact paper with a 3/4″ inch hole punch. For the black ornaments we punched out white polka dots from label paper with the same 3/4″ inch hole punch. Once the ornaments were covered in polka dots we attached them to the wreath with floral wire. To complete the look we had a custom joy decal made by ArtStudio 54 on Etsy. This decal can be used on any smooth service without hurting your walls or door.

Table

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For the table, we used 6 inch preserved boxwood wreaths from EAB Designs for each place setting. We tied black and white striped ribbon on the wreaths and attached a simple place card with a glue dot. We created a centerpiece with pillar candles, boxwood topiaries, our black and white polka dot ornaments and the Sugar Paper ornament gift toppers.

Mantel

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For the mantel we used preserved boxwood topiaries in 2 sizes and a boxwood cone tree on each side of the mantel. We had a large gold Noel decal custom made by Art Studio 54 in the same font as our joy decal. Next we used our DIY black and white polk dot ornaments mixed with the Sugar Paper ornament gift toppers. We tied black and white ribbon and gold bells on each stocking.

We had so much fun putting together this holiday decor and we hope it will inspire you to add a few stripes or polka dots to your own decor this year!

Happy Decorating!

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Hallman + Ashley

tis the season to decorate!

We love decorating for Christmas in our family, so much so that the day after Thanksgiving the stockings come out, the tree is put up and the lights are strung outside our house! We even put on holiday music so we can belt out our favorite holiday tunes while hanging the ornaments. This year is no different and we have already decked our halls with boughs of boxwood, juniper and ilex berries galore. We hope you enjoy our Christmas decorations just as much as we enjoyed making them!

Front Door:

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This wreath, I have so say is probably the easiest and cheapest wreath I’ve ever made! We bought this boxwood wreath for $9 at Trader Joes. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s in  your neighborhood, Target also sells great preserved boxwood wreaths in three sizes (11″, 18″ and 21”). We had the gold decal custom made for us by Art Studio 54 on Etsy for $7, including shipping! She can make almost any words or letters, and makes these fabulous gold monogram decals as well. The decals are removable, which makes them perfect for adding a little temporary sparkle and shine to your door.

Table:

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We brought out all the silver vessels we could find and even used some of them in unexpected ways. Does a gravy boat really need to be used for gravy? Is a votive just for candles? We think not! Using silver gravy boats, votives and mint julep cups in varying sizes we created a table scape of ilex berries, juniper, rosemary, kumquats and miniature evergreen trees. We added some more color to the table by making miniature wreaths with sprigs of rosemary and red ribbon…this table scape couldn’t have been easier to put together!

Mantel:

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The wall above Hallman’s mantel is gorgeous! They are currently redecorating their home and right now the wall above mantel is bare, which makes it ideal to decorate for the holidays. We desperately wanted to hang a boxwood wreath in the empty space, but didn’t want to make any holes in her walls. We decided to hang the wreath from an empty picture frame…voila, problem solved! Keeping with the silver theme, we used silver hurricanes and mint julep cups to hold the red ilex berries and taller evergreen bushes. No Christmas mantel is complete with out some greenery draped across the top, we used juniper on ours.

Happy Holidays!

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Ashley