Holiday DIY/Decor Favorites from Christmas Past

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Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa-la-la….let me explain. It’s early, yes. And I am all about Thanksgiving – being thankful, counting blessings, turkey feast with all the trimmings with family doesn’t get forgotten. But there’s a lot going on this month with birthdays, a wedding, a countdown to a two week vacation AND Christmas decorating at the studio and apartment because it will be a part of our local symphony’s holiday tour of homes fundraiser as well as decorating at home.  That means: it’s time to dig out the Christmas decor and get busy!

Holiday DIY/Decor Favorites from Christmas Past

So I thought I’d gather up a few of my past favorite DIY holiday decorating photos from Christmas past for inspiration and to refresh my memory of what’s in all of those boxes stored in the attic and what I might need to add to a shopping list.

Oh yea! A Christmas tree farm inspired dining room. Classic red and green. I love that vintage red truck, pine trees, string lights and plaid tablecloth. Definitely something to keep back for decorating our home. 

Christmas Tree Farm Inspired

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More traditional red and green. Definitely sticking with the classics for home. I think I’ll mix them in with the wall gallery in our living room. 

DIY NOEL Wall Art

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Birds & Berries Christmas Tree

Originally a tree in our family room, but this year I’m cutting back to only one Christmas tree at home and this birds & berries theme fits right in with the things I’ve already mentioned. Shopping the attic is working out for decorating our home this year! 

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Succulents & Spruce Christmas Tree

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Last year I used this coppery gold succulent beauty at the studio and I plan to do the same this year. I love the mix of copper and gold, oranges with evergreen. I might add touches of red and switch things up above the built in bookcases and on the mantel. 

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Ombre Christmas Tree // No Sew DIY Ruffled Tree Skirt

Ah, yes. The turquoise/aqua/mint ornaments with ruffled no-sew tree skirt. I haven’t used these decorations in a few years but I think they’ll complement the navy/mint studio workshop well and look wonderful in front of the grid of 9 windows. 

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These ornaments were so easy to make and so cute! 

Easy DIY Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Bells Tutorial

easy DIY pipe cleaner Christmas tree bell ornament tutorial

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DIY Vintage-Look NOEL Wall Art

‘Deck the halls with boughs of holly…fa-la-la-la-la-la”…well, I did that once. Holly is quite scratchy! Ouch! Guess what?! Hometalk.com and CountryLiving.com are hosting a Home for Christmas themed blog hop! Oh my Christmas! Time to belt out your favorite Christmas carols, top your cocoa with some marshmallows and to get inspired! Grab your slippers and get your pin-finger ready while you’re at it!

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Once the Christmas tree was all decorated for the holidays,

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I needed a little holiday cheer for above the mantel. The stormy beach portrait that’s there most of the rest of the year really wasn’t going to work.  So I decided on a “NOEL” idea for filling the empty space. Did you see the cute wooden circled monogram letters at Michaels? I knew I wanted to do something with them. This is the perfect project!

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

Materials I used: (I’ve included some affiliate links so you can find the supplies easily and to maybe add a little jingle to Santa’s wallet.Ty!)

  • extra large monogram wreath letters N – O – E – L 
  • craft paint and foam brushes (I chose berry red and forest moss)
  • paper towels
  • velcro picture hanging strips
  • TransTint dye (Note: a bit on the pricy side, but this dye is AWESOME! It’s water based so it’s not oily and makes for a gorgeous wood stain. Tip: Easiest clean up ever! Just let brush dry and hide styrofoam cup on a shelf in the basement/out of the way. Dye will evaporate. Simply add water and resume use on your next project!) That bottle is going to last YEARS! 
  • paint or chip brush

What I did: 

1. I gave each letter two coats of paint and let dry. Note: One coat/dry brushing would actually look fantastic too! I wish I was a little more carefree. One coat/dry brushing means step 4 is going to look WAY better…so adopt a technique as if you’d had an extra cup of eggnog. Tip: If hanging in a grid pattern and using two colors like I did, paint the N and L the same color and the O and E the same color to avoid one color on the left, one color on the right. Mix it up!  

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2. Sand the edges, distress as desired. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

3. Next, add a drop or two of TransTint dye to water in a styrofoam cup, more TransTint dye for a darker tone if desired. TransTint dye WILL stain fingers and work surface. I recommend wearing gloves and protecting your work table with layers of newspaper or a tarp or old vinyl table cloth or if you live in a warmer climate (lucky you…make up the guest room for my impending arrival!), work outside.

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

4. Dip the brush into the TransTint dye, tapping excess from the brush. Randomly brush, fling, stipple, drip (get messy and creative – have fun!) the TransTint dye onto the painted wooden letters. Wipe away or dab with paper towels as needed. Sprinkle TransTint to create a  “dirty, worn, aged” finish. 

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5. Let dry TransTint dye dry overnight. 

6. Optional: Secure a small holiday wreath to the “O” with a ribbon for a touch of texture. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

7. Hang and display using velcro picture hangers. You might want to grab a level while you’re at it. 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

I love the worn, aged finish. Vintage goodness! What do you think? 

DIY NOEL Christmas wall art tutorial @diyshowoff

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