Simple Crafty Christmas Ideas

We  love little, crafty touches in holiday decor that bring together a variety of elements – holiday and everyday items, new and old –  to create an eclectic holiday display that represents you.  Have fun creating these holiday displays on your mantel, side table, dining table or across your kitchen bar.  With a little bit of inspiration, curate your holiday stash and try a few of these DIY projects to create a handmade look. 

We are into mantels right now and fun ways to decorate them for any season.  This special, little section of your room can make a huge impact, as it becomes the focal point of your room design. With no rules or limitations, you can completely transform the space into a whimsical wonderland.   Fill it with decor, colors and objects that do not fit into your everyday design style. Or, design your holiday displays to enhance the current decor and color palette.  Using accessories already in the room, add touches of holiday here and there.  The fun part is you can decorate your way.  

Today, we are sharing a rustic, woodsy mantel and side table with a hint of vintage and modern, and a touch of nature scattered throughout.  Start by locating objects in the room that you feel work for the design you have in mind. Next, sort through your holiday stash and locate objects that fit the style you are going for. You might not use them all, but it is nice to have choices and try different things.  Then begin to place your items, mixing different scales, textures and colors, to see what works.  Then you will want to add your personal crafty touches that tie it all together.  Let us walk you through the process and inspire you to create your own holiday displays.  No worries if rustic, farmhouse is not your thing, just use the concepts but do it your way.

Holiday Mantel

Start with a few elements that are part of your everyday decor, such as vintage windows, candle sticks or white vases, as the base of your mantel display.  For a cohesive look, make sure they fit into the color palette you have in mind.  Whites, woods, browns and metals are safe.  You also want to find objects in different textures, scales, heights and weights, to give your mantel balance.  


Everyday objects, like this vintage sugar mold, are perfect for a mantel.  It also beautifully displays this red tinted pinecone.  The combination of a cherry berry wreath, stone candlestick and wooden sugar mold look amazing, but by adding the handmade touch of tinted pinecones, the display is now your own.  Tinting pine cones or other natural dried items is so easy with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.

IMG_5701Tattered Angels Lobster Glimmer Mist is the color of choice for this mantel, but you can use the colors that work best for your color palette.  The tinted color and the touch of shimmer is subtle but so stunning on these oversized pine cones.  Simply mist all sides and from different angles to get in the nooks and crannies and let them dry.  Then add them here and there to your decor.  You can also fill a bowl with them for a centerpiece or add them to clear vases and jars.

IMG_5732Fill everyday vases with bits of fresh or faux holiday greenery and pinecones, add simple holiday decor pieces like a mini sleigh, reindeer or other woodsy holiday items.

IMG_5747Add touches of Christmas, winter, red, white, silver, gold and green to complete you mantel.  Using everyday items makes it so easy to transition your mantel to winter too.  When the holiday season is done, simply replace the red, berry wreath and pinecones with a bit of blue and white and your mantel can stay up until the spring flowers arrive.

Holiday Side Table

IMG_5670Grab a couple of natural holiday decor pieces, like this pair of  grapevine deer.  Christmas Trees, Santas or oversized ornaments would be fabulous too.   Add a few everyday items, such as bottles, perfect for adding drinks, water or flowers, a tray for cookies, cupcakes or candy and a vintage box or something fun to place little items in.

IMG_5651If you love paper as much as we do, it is so easy to incorporate it into your holiday decorating.  Place cut pieces of printed holiday papers, like this Canvas Corp Farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory to add a hint of the holidays to this clean, but rustic holiday display.

CCP2826 Farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory

A single piece of Printed Cardstock Paper adds just the right touch to your holiday decor.  Cut into tags, tray liners, place cards and other special details.  Adding paper elements makes it easy to transform the space each year into a different style, color palette or design esthetic.  

IMG_5642With this heart shaped punch by Marvy/Uchida we created these simple tags that are tied onto the cookie tray with pieces of Printed Damask Canvas and strands of 7gypsies Vintage Laces.

IMG_5663Line your box with Canvas Corp Spoons on Kraft, the simple printed paper looks spectacular as the liner.  Add everyday items that you need for the holidays such as salt and pepper shakers, sugar and cream for the coffee, napkins, silverware or other kitchen items that look great with a little holiday cheer.

CCP2937 Black & Kraft SPoons

 Add a touch of greenery and finish with a “Happy Holidays” sign cut from the Farmhouse Christmas Stripe on Ivory and slipped into the Vintage Standing Clip by 7gypsies.  These little stands are terrific for marking foods on the buffet, place cards or to add fun, little sayings to your holiday decor.

IMG_5675The strips of Printed Damask Fabric tied on the tray and bottles is a simple touch that adds a handmade feel.  Vintage bottles, jars and vases would look great here too.

IMG_5677So if you are looking for functional, decorating ideas with a touch of crafty, we hope this post inspired you.  Pull from your everyday items and add touches of holiday for a terrific combination.

Happy Creating and Happy Decorating!!!


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