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Simple Christmas Decor

Holiday time…..mmm, mmm, mmm.
Doesn’t it just get you all nice and cheery to put up your fluffy tree, your twinkling lights, hang your stockings, and put out all of your family decorations.
There’s something sweet about those old childhood ornaments that sit high up on the tree.
(But nothing sweet about those cheap glass balls near the bottom that keep getting crushed by an excited 2 year old.  Eek.)
I added a few simple things to my Christmas decor this year.
I took down most of the items on top of our entertainment center…….
……..and replaced it with a bit of holiday cheer.
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I found this old empty picture frame at a yard sale months ago……for $5.  It’s been shouting at me from the garage to use it. It’s about 4 feet wide and maybe 2.5 feet tall.  And nice and rugged.  So I cut out some vinyl ornaments using my Silhouette cutter…….and attached them right to the wall, inside of the frame.
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**Vinyl is not re-usable, but comes down nice and easy when you’re done.
And the great thing about having your own machine and using it for decoration is that it cost me a couple dollars to create a quick decoration.  And I buy all of my vinyl here……..they sell it by the roll or small sheets. 
Next, I cut out a rectangle piece of burlap and then cut out some heat transfer paper on my Silhouette.  I ironed it right to the burlap, framed it, then placed it in front of that mini tree. 
(**Remember, you can use freezer paper to make a stencil and then use paint to create a picture {like I did here}.  Or you can cut out shapes from felt or fabric and sew/glue them to your burlap.)
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Then I filled up this basket with pine cones and mini ornaments.
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And together, they all make me happy.
And cheery.
And completely ready for Christmas.
Have you hung any lights?  Sewed up any stockings?  Cut down a fresh tree?
How are you decorating for the holidays?
Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Mandy Coffey says:

    i adore this! I'm featuring it on my blog today

  2. staysea says:

    Now I know what to do with those cool frames I have in my garage. Not only a great idea for Christmas but I can keep changing out the image….Thanks….

    I have 4 trees this year. One for each kid and 2 for me…The Christmas Spirit is over flowing at my home.

  3. Jody and Amy says:

    So cute! I was wondering if you have ever made stockings, if so where could I find your cute pattern or instructions?

  4. Kristen says:

    For the last 2 weekends, my plans have been to sew up my tree skirt and some stockings – maybe this weekend they'll get done!

  5. Suzie Bee says:

    That frame is absolutely beautiful! I am madly in love with it. What are you going to do with it after Christmas? It's so gorgeous it'd be a shame to hide it. Maybe you need a series of seasonal cut outs to replace the bauble ones, so you can keep it up all year round!

  6. Aubrey says:

    My mother-in-law gave me some great advice about the Christmas tree: Hang all of your fragile stuff up high out of reach, then hang a bunch of fun toys or stuffed animals on the lower part of the tree so your kids enjoy it too. It has worked MIRACLES with my 2 year-old, and I'm enjoying my holiday because I'm not playing Christmas tree police all season!
    Good luck!

  7. Shannon says:

    Hey I have some questions for you about the silhouette machine. If you wouldn't mind sending me an e-mail I can e-mail you back with my questions.

  8. MamaD says:

    Can you come decorate my home! I've been very uninspired lately…

  9. Bridgette says:

    We are going for the simple theme this year. Our tree has popcorn/cranberry garland with dried orange and apple slices.

  10. Ashley says:

    I would love to know where you got the ornaments to cut. I LOVE THEM and totally want to copy them!


  11. Heidi Ferguson says:

    Ashley, I've seen so many mantles this year that are nice but just…overdone. Too much stuff! When you have that much stuff things get lost, your mind gets full and overstimulated, ya know? This is the first grouping I've seen this year that I actually love and is not 'too much stuff!' Great job. Don't change a thing.

  12. Bec says:

    I love the classy simplicity of it all! You have such great taste. Thanks for sharing!

  13. Ashley says:

    Marcia, I've been meaning to add a translator but kept forgetting. I just added one to the right sidebar. Thanks for the reminder! :)

  14. Bethany says:

    I love how simple and sweet this is!
    I don't have a cutter, but it wouldn't be *too* much harder to do this by hand! Maybe felt would look cute…
    Off to have fun!
    Thanks for the idea :-)
    Happy Homemaking!
    ♥ Bethany

  15. Marcia Gullo says:

    love your blog.gente worldwide read his blog. please put a translator.


    Marcia Gullo

  16. cccris says:

    simple, but beautiful

  17. kiki says:

    So pretty!!! Now I have a good hint for Santa what He can bring to me!!!!
    Our home is decorateed with many swedish Ornaments, mostly in red, White and silver, come and have a look, if you like:

  18. Clare G says:

    Super idea! Guess I know what I'll be doing today.

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  20. Momof3 says:

    Love it! Love it! Love it!

  21. Snapshotsofhappiness says:

    Very nice!

  22. Army Wife Quilter says:

    how cool is that. but you have to through them away when they come off the wall. they arent reuseable are they?

  23. Isabella Costallat says:

    Simple, but fantastic! I love it!

  24. Jenni says:

    looks beautiful! love that frame and what a steal!

    can't wait for my silhouette machine to come in so i can start making some cute little things like that!

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