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Festive Facelift- Transforming your Home for the Silly Season!

With less than two weeks to go, getting your home Christmas ready will now be in the fore front of your mind. If you are anything like me, that means getting busy with some DIY projects and I have been scouring the net for some gems for you to be inspired by.

Sure, a full floral arrangement in the centre of the table is gorgeous (and Florist with Flowers can certainly help you achieve that, you can check out our Christmas range here), but if you are wishing to do something a little different this year, you may find some interesting alternatives below.

Creating street appeal for your property is always important, not just when it is for sale. I’d cringe with embarrassment if I knew my house was the worst looking one in the street ordinarily, but more so at Christmas time. Imagine being the equivalent of the Christmas Grinch of houses when the festive season rolls around!

Decorating the outside of your house is entirely personal- some people love lights, others don’t. So for those of you looking for a different way to decorate your home, consider these ideas. They will certainly dress up the front of your home, add a touch of fun and festivity, and as an added bonus, people won’t grumble at you when you don’t get involved in street dressing.

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Image: Naptime Decorator via Kensington Furniture
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Add to that the current trend of up-cycling, and you are sure to be onto a winner. These pieces are a novel way of creating large eye catching displays for your front lawn.

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https://flic.kr/p/GuY4ZZ | Tire Snowman | I saw this tire snowman in front of a farm house in northeastern Nebraska. It was still on display well after Christmas. I thought this was such a clever idea. It is a good way to recycle old tires.:
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Images (L-R) via Etsy, Hometalk, Etsy

There really is nothing better than walking into a home to smell the sweet scents of something baking. Here, we showcase some inspirational gingerbread pieces, when the ordinary old gingerbread house just won’t do. Why not create a Christmas garland made of gorgeous gingerbread like this one by Donna Hay.

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Or if you fancy the gingerbread featuring on your table instead, you can bake the pieces for individual tree place settings.

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Or instead of a snow covered gingerbread house, why not make it a Aussie farm tractor!

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Many people say that the smell of a fresh tree IS Christmas for them; they simply cannot resist the smell, and if this is you, I have some alternatives for you! Whether you want to try something new, or perhaps do not have space for a real tree, you can still get that special smell of pine indoors with these alternatives. Why not try a fresh floral garland like these or a wreath for your door or your table?

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With a little over a week to go before Christmas, next week’s blog will be on quick Christmas decorating. We’ll have 10 decorations that can be made in 10 minutes or less!

Fwf x

 

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Creating a Christmas Theme- “Seas and Greetings”

Each and every year, those powers that be create irresistible colour schemes that differ enough from the previous year, that you almost have to throw everything away and start afresh.

Thankfully things have been made at affordable prices as well, and are not made in the same quality that they used to be, so you don’t feel quite so bad….

Still every year, my husband is flabbergasted that again,  I have decorations, and bits and bobs in the trolley- things I can only assume he thinks are unnecessary.

Given that Australia is just one huge island, it seems fitting to many that their Christmas has a decidedly ‘beachy’ feel. And why not? We do after all have a hot and balmy Christmas, void of snowflakes, and snowmen, and many more images so often associated with a great (Northern) white Christmas.

Whilst away recently, I found a gorgeous starfish in a home wares store and I guess that is where my inspiration for this themed piece began. Initially, I had hoped to find enough driftwood to create the display, but unfortunately, had no luck.

I created a beach inspired Christmas tree, with space-poor families with small children in mind. Like us, many young families live in apartments, so giving up floor space is hard when it is such a valuable commodity. And, anyone with young children knows that a traditional Christmas tree with all those sparkly things at toddler height spells disaster.

Creating something like this is fun, and relatively quick and easy, and it can easily be tailored to match any colour scheme.

What you will need:

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3 x 1.2m lenths of raw pine (I chose varying widths to give a greater visual weight at the base)

A hand saw

Sandpaper

Ruler, pencil and rubber

Tape measure

String/jute/nylon twine

Selection of decorations

 

What to do:

1. Start by measuring out the lengths of each of the pieces along the wood. I chose to increase the lengths of each layer by 5cm so I measured out 20cm, 25cm, 30cm, 35cm, 40cm, 45cm, 50cm and 55cm.

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2. Use the hand saw to cut the lengths required.

3. Lightly sand the edges of the wood to remove any rough surfaces and rub out any pencil marks you made.

4. Lay the pieces out on a flat surface to get an idea of how it will look, spacing the pieces out to see how large you should make the intervals.

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5. Begin by lying the largest piece of wood over your string on one end, with equal amounts of the lose string either side. Tie a double knot on one end of the largest piece. Do the same on the other side of the same piece of wood.

6. Measure the distance you wish to have between each piece and knot both pieces of string together at each end so that the next piece isn’t able to drop down out of place.WP_20151117_12_47_08_Pro

7. Repeat step 5 and 6 until you have secured all pieces of wood. If your string runs out, simply tie another piece of sting on and continue.

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8. Add a large loop to the top to be able to attach to a hook. Add your star or centrepiece to the top.
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9. Decorate!

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Christmas theming can be a whole lot of fun when you get to personalise it, so for an extra special touch, I added wooden initials for each of our names to finish it off :-)

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Choose other items for your home that coordinate with your chosen colours and further strengthen you theme. I have found this fantastic table setting that matches this weeks theme, as well as some awesome accessories.

There is no limit to the possibilities!

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Image Coastal Vintage via Pinterest
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Image Glamour Drops via Pinterest

 

Stay tuned for more decorating ideas and Christmas themes in the coming weeks.

Fwf x

 

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