Tour de’Christmas…

…Decorating on a budget
When it comes to Holiday decorating I used to go over the top, cover every inch with something festive. Now mind you I live in a shoe box sized house and become claustrophobic shortly after adding the Christmas clutter décor.  This year I thought I would try something a little more simple. I did not want to spend any money on our decorations so I used some thing we had around the house. Although some of the decorations may be slightly “white trash” (WT) I will except them and try better next year.
I made this wreath last year.
I received it as a gift at my wedding but after 4 years of storing it, it got a little ruined. I saved the wreath though. I took apart some old holiday picks I had in my Christmas box. I used some left over craft wire and added a little Christmas sparkle to the wreath. Instead of hanging this on the door as we usually do, I hung it on the wall in the living room. This minimized clutter knickknacks on the shelves!  Since this was going to be my main decoration this year I decided to use this as my color inspiration. (red, gold, pearl, silver) 
I did not have one of those nice hurricane vases that most people use as a center piece so here is my WT substitute. I used an old fish bowl and filled it with ornaments I already had (red, gold and silver) I also added a few bells to fill empty spaces.
 I then filled another vase I had with a couple ornaments and some red beads. 
            As for our tree, well as I have mentioned multiple times we live in a shoe box. Yes, five of us fit in a house about 835 square feet. “gasp” Okay, now that is over we can move on. So we have had 3 different size fake trees in the last 5 years. This year we are using the 4 foot tall tree. Mainly because the diameter is small and it still gives us space to walk in our living room! Our tree is pre-lit with white lights. We added a string of red/green/white lights to it. 
The kids love decorating the tree and I like a nice cohesive matching tree. Needless to say we compromised.  I picked out the ornaments that we would use and they could place them on. We used some ornaments that were handed down from our childhoods and then I used red balls as fillers. 
 Our tree skirt was made from Jake’s grandma Betty (Gammy). I will have to spend one day writing a post just about how wonderful she was. The skirt is reversible, one side is green with white polka dots and the other side is a patchwork of red/white/green fabrics. This skirt inspired the purchase of the red/white/green lights. 
There are a few other Christmas decorations here and there but not many. I added a little fake snow garland and a snowman joined by Mr. and Mrs. Clause to the bathroom. 
My hopes for next year are to add more white/silver decorations. I am so in love with this wreath and these trees.

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Until then…

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Sinner turned saint. Lover of Jesus. DIY crafter. Mom of 3. Blogger. Friend. married to her high school sweetheart. I blogs to share about the things I love. My hope is that my love for crafting, Jesus, family, and food will inspire you to try something new. If you enjoy what you read, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog!


  1. thanks for the comments and of course it’s okay to follow me! I am following you now too!! Have a great new year!

  2. I randomly came upon your blog the other day, and decided to follow you… hope that is ok. BUT I just wanted to say your decorations were very cute! Not WT at all!! 🙂

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