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6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs

6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs Author: Style At Home

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6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs


Holly Baker wears many hats: She’s a resourceful renovator and genius DIYer (as evidenced in Style at Home’s June and July 2014 issues, which feature Holly’s handiwork); she’s the blogger behind In the Fun Lane; and she’s a wife to her husband, Sean, and mom to her six-year-old daughter, Wren. At Christmastime, Holly also dons the proverbial Santa cap and jazzes up her home using her signature playful high-low approach to decorating. It’s the same MO that defines all her endeavours – style-driven, accessible and totally crafty. “I like to think our Christmas scheme is a fun twist on simple, natural holiday style,” she says. To that effect, red and white decorations (including plenty of handmade ones) impress alongside loads of fresh greenery, mostly clipped from the Bakers’ yard. The resulting look is perfectly festive and fit for Christmas baking sessions with Wren and grown-up dinner parties alike.


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6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs

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The Baker family knows how to decorate their house for the festive season without going overboard. Their 6 simple DIYs create the perfect cozy holiday home for their family to enjoy.

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty Source: Robin Stubbert

6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs

1 Guiding light

A holiday tradition, Advent candles are lit each Sunday in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In keeping with her home’s red and white holiday scheme, homeowner Holly Baker found these numbered candles to indicate the weeks. She notes that these would be a cinch to create with white candles, stencils and red paint.

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty Source: Robin Stubbert

6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs

2 Mood makers

Nothing compares to candlelight when it comes to creating an intimate atmosphere on chilly winter evenings. A grouping of candles sits in a bright red tray; when it’s lit en masse, it evokes a serene holiday scene. The rustic-look candlesticks were crafted by tightly wrapping twine around the necks and bases of glass bottles and then securing the ends with glue.

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty Source: Robin Stubbert

6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs

3 Wrap star

Who wouldn’t love to receive one of Holly’s brown paper packages tied up with yarn? She makes her gifts extra-special by topping them with pompoms created with a pompom maker (which can be found at craft-supply or fabric stores).

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty Source: Robin Stubbert

6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs

4 Rice effect

“I love decorating with greenery from our yard, since it’s free and festive,” says Holly with a laugh. For this simple display, vintage glass jars were filled halfway with white rice and their rims embellished with cedar sprigs attached with floral wire. Basic pillar candles were then nestled into the rice.

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty Source: Robin Stubbert

6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs

5 Final countdown

“The day we decorate the tree is always a favourite in our house,” says Holly. In lieu of a traditional Advent calendar, Holly adorns the Christmas tree with mini gift bags embellished with numbers (one through 24) and filled with tiny treasures. These ones were store-bought, but they can be easily made with paper gift bags and numbered tags or stickers. “Wren loves to look for the numbered bag each day,” she says. Holly also decorates the faux tree with hand-ripped lengths of fabric tied into bows, patterned garlands and straw ornaments.

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty Source: Robin Stubbert

6 easy Christmas decorating DIYs

6 Merry mantel

The fireplace mantel has a lovingly homespun look thanks to evergreen boughs, woolly cable-knit stockings and three strands of patterned garland. Each stocking was given a mock monogram with the addition of a lettered tag.

Image by: Style at Home By: Amanda Etty Source: Robin Stubbert
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