Have you finished your Christmas decorating yet? I am just getting started and am so excited to show you a couple of projects I worked on last week- adding Christmas cheer to the sideboard and fireplace mantel. I’ll share a few tips for decorating with garlands and wreaths along the way.
Decorating the Sideboard
Removing the baker’s rack top from the sideboard actually gave me more flexibility in decorating it. I love the way my Bethlehem village looks tucked in among this Austrian Spruce Garland I received from Tree Classics.
I set up the buildings at varying heights using vintage hymn books and spools.
Since my existing décor doesn’t go very well with traditional Christmas colors, I kept the garland embellishments neutral with burlap flowers and music note ribbon. I did sneak a little of my favorite purple in there with the scented wax pine cones I made last year.
TIP: Cut the ribbon into 10-12” pieces to tuck into the branches here and there. This is much easier than trying to weave it in and out. It will also save on how much ribbon you’ll need.
Hiding the cords from the village is kind of a pain, but at least the garland has battery powered lights, one less cord to hide.
Decorating the Fireplace Mantel
If you have been following along for the last few years, you know I usually decorate the fireplace mantel with a garland. This year, I decided to go a different direction. I didn’t want to take down the picture on the mantel, so I created a chalkboard to cover it.
The wreath (also from Tree Classics) forms the “O” in this sweet old hymn. I used a wreath stand, but you could also hang it on a ribbon attached to the frame.
TIP: Use black poster board to create a lightweight insert for an existing frame. I simply attached it to the glass with double sided tape. No need to even remove the picture!
TIP: To create flow from one room to another, use some of the same decorating elements in each room.
I used the same flowers and ribbon on the wreath and the garland.
Another option for a wreath is to use it as a centerpiece. I experimented with the same wreath on the coffee table, placing a candle in the center. The attached battery operated lights mean no cord hanging off the table.
TIP: Use neutral elements on your wreath and use it all through the winter!
Which way do you prefer the wreath?
What are your favorite ways to add Christmas decorations to your home? Do you add a little touch here and there to your existing decor, or go all out?
A big thank you to Tree Classics for providing the wreath and garland. All projects and opinions are my own.
For free graphic to create your own chalkboard art, click here: DIY Christmas Chalkboard Art