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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with that means the Christmas rush will be upon us. I start walking around the house and mentally taking inventory of my Christmas decor before I take it out of the attic right after Halloween. My mother typically hosts Thanksgiving so I usually get a jump on holiday decorating. Pre Blogging I always started to decorate the day after Thanksgiving in that I'm not much of a Black Friday shopper. Since 2012, I decorate much sooner to get things photographed and posts written early so I can enjoy the break when the kids are out of school.
Each year I challenge myself to use my Christmas decor in new ways. That way things feel fresh and new to me, but it's always fun to add a few new things to the mix.
This year I've partnered with At Home stores to bring you some fresh ideas on using Christmas ornaments in your home. Christmas ornaments aren't just for the tree!
The one constant on this door in the last 14 years has been the backdrop of the garland. You can easily “fill” up garland with seasonal floral pics, ribbons and ornaments. I think this is now the 3rd season for this outdoor rug. I still love it here.
Christmas decorating for me is not complete until I've infused plaid throughout. Yes, you can mix more than one plaid ribbon and they can work well together. As long as the colors are similar they work. I also try to blend 2 plaids based on the size of the plaid pattern.
This ribbon is so pretty with the flannel feel. It has a rustic feel, but can easily glam up with some shiny ornaments. Plastic ornaments are great for the porch. If the wind catches one, you don't have to worry about breakage. I used several sets of these red ornaments on the garland. You'll want to place your plaid ribbon right after the lights.
Giant Christmas ornaments like these rustic Christmas bells are perfect for your garland around a door. These bells would also be wonderful at the bottom of our interior staircase on the newel post. Notice that when I made the bows for the bell ornaments that I also added a second plaid ribbon. It's just a simple red and white plaid ribbon. It works nicely with the other multi-colored plaid.
Back to these bells! Aren't they amazing. They come in 2 sizes. I have the smaller of the 2. They are a great statement piece for the front door.
The NOEL sign was a fun DIY project that you can complete in a couple of hours. I placed a smaller faux tree that I've used for years in my kitchen in the galvanized bucket. I placed a few more of the ornaments on it as well. Carry your plaid theme down and out as well. Here I made a bow using both plaids for my existing lantern. Look how cute that little grapevine deer is! I already had the little grapevine presents (or these) so I knew the reindeer would blend well with it. I'll be sharing more of the porch soon! See how I carried the plaid ribbon onto the small wreaths on the shutters.
The moment I saw that gorgeous old world Santa, I knew I had to have it! The details are amazing from the faux fur trim to the life-like features of St. Nick's face!
Lanterns just aren't for candles. They look unique filled with more Christmas ornaments such as the red ball ornaments and the patterned fabric balls that remind me of a cozy sweater. With the plaid bows, it's the perfect play with pattern.
I've been using this wreath for a couple of years now, and all I did to coordinate it with the rest of the front door look, was change out the ribbon to match and add 3 of the shiny red ornaments from the above mentioned set to the bells. It's hard to believe that these ornaments are shatterproof!
This has to be my favorite Christmas porch to date!
Moving inside now…..another way to use ornaments in your holiday decor is at the dining table. Some work perfectly as napkin rings like this fabric star ornament!
These fabric star ornaments are so sweet with my existing china and napkins.
Our master mantel has been the same for too many years. It was such fun to pick something new to go with our colors! This is the one room that I match our bedroom colors and not my traditional reds.
We watch TV most nights on our loveseat so I wanted to really do something special on the mantel this year.
This 6-foot mixed mantel swag was meant for our mantel. It is full and lush. What I found so unique about it is the greenery that cascades down the front. It features several varieties of greens and pinecones. I did secure it to the top of the mantel by placing 3 clear Command Hooks…one on each end and one in the center. Then I tied a little twine into the swag to hook it to the Command Hooks for stability.
Look closely so you can see all the pretty that has been weaved into this lush swag. The first thing that I did was add 100 Clear LED Lights in warm. I prefer warm. The cool lights let off a bluish tint.
Here is a list of what's in the garland with links!
- 2 sets of shatterproof bird ornaments
- small vintage-look glass ornaments
- 2 wired garlands with clear, acrylic beads
The beaded garland really sparkles with the lights. Notice how I hung the bird ornaments? I hung them in a staggered row across the bottom to give the look of a garland.
The mantel has now really become the centerpiece of the bedroom.
Another gorgeous Woodland Santa from At Home that I could not pass by! Look at that speckled faux fur coat. He is just so magical! The new kitten gets fussed at when he tries to attack the Santa. Now to avoid getting in trouble, he runs by it and gives a quick slap at the bells. It's hysterical!
As you can see, ornaments are not just for Christmas Trees! Here are ways that you can use them!
- decorate trees
- decorate garland
- decorate swags
- hang from chandeliers with fishing line or ribbon
- vase filler
- lantern filler
- bowl filler
- adorn wrapped gifts
- napkin holder
- placecards at tables
- decorate wreaths
- place them around potted plants
- miniature ones are great around candles
- filling a sleigh
What creative ways have you used ornaments in your home? I'd love to hear them in the comments.
Be sure to check out your local At Home Store! I am seriously like a kid in a candy shop. There is just so much to see. You can decorate your entire home! It truly is the best stop for Christmas decor!