5 Clever—and Cheap—DIY Christmas Tree Alternatives

5 Clever—and Cheap—DIY Christmas Tree Alternatives

When Mr. D & I were first married, we could afford a Christmas tree. We also had no room for one. So we strung garland along the curtain rod in the living room & hung ornaments from it. Our presents went under the round table we used as a television stand. this worked well for us.

Not everyone can afford a tree, has room for a tree or perhaps WANTS a tree. this doesn’t mean you can’t have some type of tree with the help of Midwest Living & some ingenuity. Midwest Living shares 5 very clever (and cute) ideas for substitute trees. Even if you have a traditional tree (or more) you might still want to add one of these cuties!

Clever Trees

18 Vibrant DIY Christmas Decorations

18 Vibrant DIY Christmas Decorations

One of the things I have learned making & selling my wreaths is that we all use a variety of colors to decorate our homes for Christmas. Red & green may be standard but they are by no means the only colors we use to celebrate Christmas. Christmas now allows us to incorporate all our favorite colors into our decorations. No matter what color combination you prefer, you can find it & use it to celebrate Christmas.

Woman’s Day agrees that any combination of colors can be used to create Christmas decorations. To help you discover new ways to use your favorite colors or to find new colors to use this Christmas, they have put together 18 decorations in vivid colors to use in your home! I’m sure you will want to add a few of these bright touches to your home this season!

What colors do prefer in your home? Are you a traditionalist or do you go way out with your color scheme? Do you add a few touches of bright & vivid colors or are all your decorations merry & BRIGHT? Please share your color schemes & ideas with us! We love to hearing how you bring Christmas cheer into your home!

Vibrant Decorations

45 Beautiful Holiday Wreaths

45 Beautiful Holiday Wreaths

I enjoy making & sharing my deco mesh wreaths. I know some wreath makers add more embellishments to their wreaths than I do. I keep my wreaths simple so my clients are able to personalize their wreath. They can add their own touches to give each wreath a unique look. Midwest Living seems to agree with my approach. They have put together a selection of wreaths you can make for your home this Christmas. Some wreaths are made from scratch. Others, like the wreath above, begin with a pre-made wreath to which you add your own touches.

I believe our Christmas decorations should reflect our tastes & even more important, our personalities. Make a statement this season with a wreath you personalize. It’s easier than you think.!

Christmas Wreaths

42 Quick and Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

42 Quick and Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

Way back when I was a kid, people put up their tree, some lights outside, a few decorative pieces around the house & that was about it for the decorations. Now, we like to add Holiday cheer to every room in our house. Even if it is just a bi, we still enjoy adding SOMETHING. Unfortunately, this can be expensive, sometimes VERY expensive.

Wait, not so fast! You can still display decorations all over the house without the expense when you take a page from Midwest Living… or simply visit their site! Midwest Living has a large list of easy & inexpensive ways to decorate your home this Christmas! These little trees are just one example. So cute & colorful & easy to make, you may add them to every room in your house! Hmmm, not a bad idea!

Easy Holiday Decorating

76 Heartwarming and Festive Christmas Decorating Ideas

76 Heartwarming and Festive Christmas Decorating Ideas

There are almost as many different ways to decorate your home for Christmas as there are ornaments for your tree. You are no longer forced to stick with the tried & true. Instead, you can go with a decorating scheme that suits your tastes, style & home.

You don’t even have to stick to just one style! You can go contemporary in  the living room, elegant in the dining room, country in the kitchen, eclectic in the family room & rustic in the bedroom! Why stick with just one style when so many of them are available & so much fun!

You also don’t have to spend a fortune to spread the Christmas cheer throughout your home. You can make many of your decorations. You can buy $ store decorations & transform them into something more fabulous. You can even shop thrift stores & repurpose your finds into beautiful displays!

Country Living has created a display of 76, YES, 76 decorating ideas! If this doesn’t get your Christmas creative juices flowing, you need to have a little egg nog & watch Charlie Brown again!

Christmas Decorating Ideas

50 Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

50 Easy Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

Two fabulous things about a great centerpiece: its simplicity & versatility. Once a centerpiece is done doing its job on the table, it can be moved to a new location! A centerpiece done right can serve you as a beautiful decoration long after your special event. As I said, a great centerpiece doesn’t have to be complicated. The example in the photo show the elegance of a very simple centerpiece. Midwest Living share this cranberry centerpiece & 49 more with us for the Holiday season. Time to fill our homes with the Simple Joy of beauty!

Christmas Centerpieces

50 Gorgeous Holiday Mantel Decorating Ideas

50 Gorgeous Holiday Mantel Decorating Ideas

Decorating the mantel in your home adds such a brilliant touch of elegance to your home. While we don’t have a mantel in our Simple Joy Cottage, so I use ideas like these on our sideboard, dresser & bar. It takes so little to decorate a flat surface like a mantel or sideboard. They aren’t very wide so I like to work with height. A touch here, a touch there and TA-DA! Christmas beauty abounds! And such a Simple Joy!

This tips & decorating ideas come to us from Midwest Living.

Christmas Mantel