You know what warm saltwater breezes, toasty sunshine and sandy feet do to me? They render me completely useless, a lifeless blob incapable of any motion beyond swaying in a hammock and digesting all the food with no signs of filling.
That’s the closest I can get to a valid reason why it’s taken me so long to post the chandelier tutorial after the before-and-after reveal for the safe house. We flew off to Costa Rica just hours before the first wintry cold-front hit Atlanta, and spent three once-in-a-lifetime weeks living in a villa on the beach.
I’m sorry, but I’m also totally not, know what I mean?
Anyway: it hit me like a mack truck that while we were lazing away, Christmas season hit. Full-on, enjoy-every-second, slips-away-too-quickly Advent season!
THE TIME HAS COME.
Haul out the greenery! Cover every surface in impossible-to-remove glitter! Pop in the Christmas tunes! IT’S HEEEE-ERE!
Can you tell I love this season? Do you love it?!!
I thought today we could dust off last year’s budget-friendly Christmas ideas in case you weren’t around for these. Let the holidays commence! *Pulls the trigger of official starting pistol*
*Glitter flies everywhere.*
Simple, budget-friendly Christmas Decorations:
This is one of my favorite projects from last year! Whip up your own free little wreaths in five minutes with materials you probably already have on hand.
These glittery snowballs are SO fun and simple to make. Hang them inside on branches from your yard or on pop ’em on your Christmas tree. (Store them like ornaments and they’ll last for years!)
Make a kissing ball to hang in your entry, or display it on a pretty plate for a simple centerpiece!
Every year this monogram wreath gets made over in new ways. I love how versatile it is: good for indoors or out.
Looking for the EASIEST possible way to make your home feel festive for the holidays? This post has you covered:
This may look like an involved project, but it’s actually straightforward and quick. Make it with split-log firewood!
Stuck with cheap, thin fake garland? Spiff it up with this simple trick – and learn where to score FREE fresh greenery!
Use spare glass jars, greens from your yard and tiny ornaments to make a little wintry village!
Make your own gilded garland! Swag it on a mantel or staircase for a little added drama!
Deck the Walls with DIY Holiday Art!
One of my favorite little holiday traditions is to make a new little art piece every year. I haven’t started one yet for this year but the wheels they are a-turnin’. Click on the photo to see how to make these pieces. You can totally do this!
Inspiration for your Christmas Mantel:
You’ll want to stop by and read this post! Click on any of these photos for more details about any of these mantels.
Little Christmassy Tips to Enjoy the season:
If you plan on entertaining, have more fun and less stress this year:
My absolute favorite tradition that leads to an album you’ll TREASURE your entire life:
Check out this holiday home tour for even more inspiration!
Have you started your holiday decorating yet? Do you go all-out? Can we make this year’s Christmas season last two more months? Okay, three. Four. I can be flexible.
PS: Advent season begins tomorrow! Check out this post for easy, beautiful advent ideas!