5 Easy Projects to Update your Holiday Decor!

This weekend I confessed in my weekly email (subscribe if you haven't already!) that I've been preparing for Christmas for months. The presents are bought and wrapped. The Christmas cards are ordered, addressed, and stamped. And this week I started decorating. 

Instead of killing myself to get my entire house decorated the weekend between Thanksgiving and December 1st like I usually do, I'm taking my time decorating each room at my own pace. The biggest benefit so far is I've had time to redesign my decor and complete projects I've been wanting to do for years

Pinterest is a great source of inspiration but I'm hoping this post to be a great MOTIVATOR. Here are the projects I pinned - primarily holiday themed - that I completed this weekend!

White-on-White Holiday Canvas

I saw this canvas on Inspiration for Moms and thought it would fit really well in my winter wonderland themed dining room. 

Since I love all things related to Christmas music, I chose a line from one of my favorites "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas".

"Faithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more." 

A quick trip to Michael's for the wooden letters and some hot glue and white spray paint letter and VOILA!


Ease of Completion: SUPER easy. Counting trip to Michael's, it took maybe an hour.

Christmas Reindeer Wall Mount

I have a new gallery wall surrounding my TV and I knew I wanted to substitute some Christmas decor on it. I thought this little reindeer I found on Tidy Mom would be perfect.

I used chalk paint for mine and subtracted the glitter on the antlers and pom pom nose but otherwise I stuck pretty close to the original. 

I'm SO happy with the result and he looks perfect on my gallery wall!

Pinned: One Year Ago!

Ease of completion: Another EASY project. Counting the trip to Michael's, this one probably only took about 45 minutes. 

Gilded Reindeer Vases

I've had some vases from my sister-in-law's wedding sitting around waiting to be infused with new life and I knew this project from Sew Can Do would be a great way to pretty them up and make a great centerpiece for my holiday table. 

I made quite a few adjustments to her material list. I used white chalk paint and gold craft paint that I already had on hand. I also cut the reindeer using my Silhouette, which was much easier.

I absolutely love how they turned out!

Pinned: One year ago

Ease of Completion: The craft paint was tricky. The gold leaf might have been easier truthfully.

Rag Wreath

A couple of years ago I made this Paper-Doily Wreath from Martha Stewart. It looked great for a while but the paper doilies were starting to show their age and it was basically falling apart. So, I stripped it down and decided to reinvent the wire wreath frames as rag wreaths. 

I needed a new wreath for my front door and a smaller wreath for my OTHER gallery wall (No judgment! I like gallery walls!) so this tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous was perfect. 

Unfortunately, I looked at tutorial that used regular fabric when estimating how much burlap I would need and I ended up with WAY. TOO. MUCH. I used a bow I already had for the larger wreath and used this tutorial Refresh-Renew to create a bow for the small red wreath. 


Ease of Completion: There's a lot of cutting and tying and a lot of mess from the burlap but otherwise not that bad. 

Mr. & Mrs. Claus Pillows

I have been meaning to add some holiday pillow covers to our decor for a while but never had time. I absolutely loved these pillows from Sabbe Interior Design.

I had planned on buying some plain white pillow covers but since I was now covered up in burlap I decided to make and paint my own. I used white chalk paint to outline the silhouettes. It's a little bit different look but I was really happy with the result. 

Pinned: A year ago

Ease of Completion: Their version would be easier than mine.