It’s been several years since we’ve put a full-sized tree up (due to traveling and toddlers) and I’m so excited to have a whole wall and Christmas display this year! For many years, we did red and gold, but this year I went with black & white stripes with bright pops of color and I love it.
On the right below, the advent hanging on the wall is one I had as a kid and now my kids love it. The vintage magazine bucket below it holds all the Christmas books.
- To make the striped wood sign over the mantel, I cut 1×6 boards down to 24″ and painted them black and white. I screwed in two more boards (running the opposite direction) on the back to hold the sign together. Then I added a a strong wire hanger to the back for hanging (this is pretty heavy…about 10-12 pounds).
- I had planned to make the ornament wreath but then I picked this one up at Target for $14 on sale since it had a few dents (which are barely noticeable)! The deer in the middle is actually the top of a broken stocking holder.
I love how bright and festive it is!
- The garland on my fireplace is a few years old from Costco (they still sell them!). It has only red and gold ornaments in it so I just made it match by adding a bunch of the bright colored ornaments.
- I cut the “falalalala” on my Silhouette CAMEO using Adhesive White Cardstock and my 12×24 mat.
- The bow on top of my tree was also cut with my Silhouette using Striped Scrapbook Paper from Michael’s.
- The striped ribbon and wrapping paper is also from Michael’s. The wrapping paper was in the dollar bins!
- The kids LOVE the train around the tree. It’s a hand-me-down from my in-laws and another thing we haven’t put out the past few seasons! It’s a little noisy, so we don’t leave it on all the time, but it’s pretty fun having it run around the tree.
- The tutorial for the Merry & Bright Chalk Art Sign above the stockings can be found here.
In the other corner of the living room, we have another advent, the ornament wreath I made last year, and a cute metal “Noel” sign I found at Hobby Lobby last year.
Finally, our Elf, Christopher Pop-in-Kins made his appearance! We don’t do much with him other than move him to a new spot each night, but the kids love finding him each morning. Do you do an Elf? I think this version is slightly less creepy than the other Elf. Slightly.