I love, love, love decorating for Christmas! There’s nothing like soft Christmas lights to make your house feel cozy and whimsical. Over the years I’ve decorated our house in many different styles. From primitive and rustic complete with a classic popcorn garland to a more classy and luxurious design with lots of gold and silver.
This year, I did something completely different and new, but it fits perfectly with our C is for Christ(mas) series. So without further ado, I present you with…
I don’t like going over the top with anything, and this would be no different. So I decided that the best way to decorate with a Christ centered theme was by having a couple of simple, but meaningful elements. The key is making little vignettes like this one, so you don’t break the bank.
In the picture above, you can see just how simple it is to bring in religious elements without making your house feel like you’re walking into some kind of shrine. The image in the frame is of the hymn, “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” I found it on Etsy for $1 and printed it out. I loved the font so much that I didn’t even realize that the song is in French! Oh well, at least you can make out a couple of words. The angel is from the dollar tree and I thought it would go perfectly beside the frame.
I love this mirror that I got a couple of years ago and although it doesn’t really go with the coastal style of my home, I love how it looks at Christmas time. Here I have a very simple garland draped over the mirror and some silver doves that hang from it. I love how they catch the light and really sparkle. The dove of course is the Christian element here which represents the Holy Spirit. I got them at the Dollar Tree also!
Next, I decided to make a paper garland out of cream colored card stock. I printed out the hymn, “What Child is This?” and used a 1 1/2″ circle punch I bought at Michaels to make the circles. (Unless you have a coupon for Michaels, you’re better off getting one on Amazon) I found a rubber stamp for $1.50 at Michaels of the three wise men and decided that I would stamp that onto the card stock and mix some of those in there too. I draped it over the wreath and hung the angel in the center of the wreath. I threw in some silver pinecones and a couple of wooden crosses (also found at Michaels) and left it at that. Again, no need to go overboard.
These letters were really easy to make using foam poster board from…you guessed it! Dollar tree! After cutting out the letters with an X-Acto knife I brushed glue onto them and then sprinkled white glitter over them.
This is what it looks like all together. Recognize that piece of wood the wreath is hanging from? Yup! It’s my coastal flag turned over! So far that piece of wood has carried me through summer, fall and now winter! The little frame has the same song I printed earlier. I just printed it smaller this time so it could fit in that frame.
Now for some ornaments! These were really fun and easy to make. I bought some clear glass ornaments from Michaels and using the same cream colored card stock, I cut skinny strips of it and wrapped it around a pen so it would curl up inside the ornament. This time I printed “The First Noel” onto the card stock. I felt like the little strips of paper were lonely in the ornament, so I went out back and cut a few sprigs off our Ink Berry bush and put them inside the ornament as well. Finally, I used red bakers twine to hang them.
And what kind of Pinterest worthy round-up would this be if I didn’t include at least one craft using a mason jar? Or at least the lid of a mason jar? Unfortunately, I can’t take credit for this idea. I’ve seen it floating around. But you can make it more original by using your favorite hymns or even your favorite scripture.
I’m almost done! Just a few more pictures!
I’ve been dying to find an old window that I could hang on my wall for the longest. And wouldn’t you know it that I found it at Target! On clearance too! I love that place. Anyway, I printed out a couple of my favorite Christmas hymns and also the story of Christ’s birth in the book of Luke. I used my husband’s 1611 Bible because I thought the old English looked better than a newer translation. I ripped the edges of the paper then wet it and crinkled it up before flattening it to give it an aged look.
And my favorite piece of all is this simple wood sign I made. I got the inspiration for it by the singing the hymn, “Good Christian Men Rejoice.”
The reason this is my favorite element is because it very succinctly captures the reason why we celebrate Christmas. If it wasn’t for the birth of Jesus, we would all be condemned to an eternity separated from God. So let’s remember that Christmas is more than a baby being born in a stable. It’s about God’s redemptive plan of salvation!
I hope you enjoyed visiting with me today and my wonderful co-hosts! But now it’s time to see what you’ve got! Link up any post that you have related to Christmas. Maybe it’s a craft, a favorite memory or a recipe. I can’t wait to see what you all have been working on!