Friday, December 20, 2013

$5 Friday: No-Sew Pillow and My Christmas Home Tour

Happy Friday before Christmas! Today I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and showing you some of my house... we just moved in September, and then I had my sweet baby in October so my decorating is far from finished. I guess it's always a work in progress because I change my mind and switch things out all the time anyway! I don't know why I am so nervous to show you guys my home. I guess I thought I would wait until every room was finished and "perfect" before I would ever blog about it. But let's get real. I am a busy mom and I just don't have time to make things perfect, so I am going to show you how it is today. We didn't get invited to one of those home tours everyone was doing for Christmas, but I'm going to pretend I'm one of the cool kids and show you mine anyway!

Let's start with the tree... my favorite part of Christmas decor! I love to sit by our tree at night and enjoy the cozy fire and white lights giving off a festive glow.

This year, I wanted a natural, snowy looking tree.... I would love to have a flocked tree someday but for now I'm happy with the different textures of white that I added to our existing ornaments. I started out with all these red ball ornaments:

 I saw the darling sweater ornaments over at Lily Pad Cottage, and I knew that was my solution! I picked up a few sweaters at the thrift store, and used some materials scraps I had to transform my bright red ornaments into beautiful white "snowballs" as my kids call them :)

 I also nestled my paint-dipped pine cones from last year's mantel in the branches. I got the cute furry ornaments with the jingle bells at Target. Those were my only purchase to complete the tree... I re-used everything else I had on hand. The final result is a peaceful, calm feeling tree (which is something I need this year!)

This year I gave our stockings a makeover to match the snow white tree. My 6-year-old asked me if I had painted them when saw the new stockings! I actually got new ones at DownEast Home (they were only $2.50 each!) They are Pottery Barn stockings with names embroidered on top, so I just covered the tops of the stockings with new fabric. I used blizzard fleece and flannel in natural colors to match, and secured them with hot glue! For less than $15, I have five beautiful new stockings.

Another budget-friendly item I used is this printable burlap sheet (I got a pack of three from Walmart for less than $3.) Did you know they made these?? They are laminated burlap sheets so they can run through your printer! Brilliant! I found the cute Merry and Bright printable here.

This reindeer head is one of my favorite finds at Target last year! Now, on to the entryway...

I hung a simple wreath with updated my every day pillows with my DIY sequin pillow, and this new shimmery holiday one:

This is the fastest pillow I have ever made. For reals. It took me 3 minutes! I found this metallic burlap holiday placemat at Target for $3. I cut off one end of the placemat to fit my pillow form. 

The placemat is already sewn around all the edges and has another material on the back, so it is basically all done for you. Just slip your pillow form in the opening and close it up with hot glue!

See? I told you it was easy :)

I staged the entry bench with a few pretty packages. I love this buffalo plaid wrapping paper I found at TJ Maxx:

I didn't do much in our dining room, but I added a few festive touches...

The chalk art is from the Caravan Shoppe, another engineering print trimmed to fit my chalkboard frame (36"x36"). Did you see what I did with their Christmas Tree print?

I put some pretty mugs in the center of the table because hot chocolate is one of our favorite treats in the winter... pretty much a daily beverage here in Idaho. 

One of my kids' favorite things at our table is the "Christmas Chair" designated by the red berry wreath. Whoever shows the most Christmas spirit in our family that day, gets to sit in the special chair for every meal the following day. 

I also added some sparkle with these DIY Glitter Marquee Letters in the kids study area:

Well, that wraps up my Christmas Home Tour.... I hope you enjoyed having a little peek into my new home. Now it's off to finish up shopping, mailing, and wrapping! Have a great weekend and a Merry Christmas!

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  1. It looks so beautiful!!! Thanks for sharing and giving us some great, budget friendly ideas! Merry Christmas

  2. Love all your decor. The marquee letters are great! I've been making simple pillows out of placemats and napkins like your for years. Found a great winter placemat at Target (dark grey with 2 huge silver and bronze snowflakes stenciled on it) opened a tiny bit of the stitching, stuffed it with loose batting and used fabric glue to "stitch" it. All my friends think I painted it and made it. Took me about 5 minutes and $3.99. :)


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