It's a DIY Christmas At Our Humble Home

Good Morning Friends! Now that the halls are decked, the baking gift-boxed, and the presents delivered, it's time for some serious chillaxing. Before I get too comfy in my armchair by the fire, I thought I would share a little holiday tour or some of the handmade goodies in our humble abode because it's a DIY Christmas around our home. 


A DIY Christmas At Our Humble Abode


We'll begin the tour from where I'm sitting relaxing by the fire. 

I found the wooden sleigh two weeks ago at Goodwill for $15 and it was UGLY. First I had to eject poor dusty old Santa and his sack of toys from the sleigh. Then I took sandpaper to the glossy finish, painted it red, stenciled the top, and gave it an aged patina with dark wax. To add a festive holiday touch to the sleigh I used part of the Christmas Blend Hot Cocoa stencil and it looks so much better now. 

Upcycled Wooden Sleigh For The Holidays

The Skating Silhouette Pillows in the photo above were made in the wee hours during a sleepless night after consuming one too many coffees earlier in the day with a good friend at Starbucks.

Sentimental Dickens Christmas Village Mantelscape

Every year I set up our Dicken's Christmas Village and this year I set it on our fireplace mantel for the first time. Even though the trend these days is to update these miniatures with paint, most of my buildings and figurines are inherited so it stays as is. In the past, I've always set it up around the base of our Christmas tree in the basement family room but I'm liking it much better upstairs where we can enjoy it.

Dickens Christmas Village Mantel Display

On our bookcase flanking the fireplace is a wooden church birdhouse with decoupage sheet music that I made a few years ago. The miniature tree beside it has sentimental value because it was made by our kids at one of our annual sleigh rides at Fort Edmonton Park many years ago.

Decoupage Sheet Music Wooden Church Birdhouse

On another shelf, I filled one of the DIY Glass Cloches that I made with gold glittered Christmas ball ornaments for a little sparkle. The small wood sleigh beside it is another Goodwill find that I upcycled with red paint. The festive letter blocks are a dollar store find that I painted holiday red, metallic gold, and white. 

DIY Glass Cloche Christmas Decor

In front of the window are the Parisian armchairs that we picked up for a song on Kijiji and gave a makeover with new upholstery. To add a festive touch I made festive pillow covers with red chenille fabric leftover from the high heel stockings that I made for gifts one year. 

DIY Chenille Holiday Pillow Cover

On the other side of the fireplace is our eclectic Christmas tree with no theme, no color scheme, or matching ornaments. Instead, it is filled with a mishmash of vintage, homemade, or gifted ornaments with sentimental value where each one tells a story.

Sentimental Eclectic Christmas Tree

Let's move into the dining room where I've hung mercury and milk glass ornaments from the chandelier with red and white ribbon. While not homemade, I thought I'd include them for inspiration on where to hang ornaments other than the family Christmas tree. The mirror on the wall behind it is a DIY Antiqued Mirror that I made from an inexpensive full-length mirror from Walmart.

Mercury Glass Christmas Ornament Chandelier Idea

From the dining room, we move to the kitchen where I enjoyed decorating our DIY kitchen chalkboard wall for the season.
I'm far from a chalkboard artist so I cheated with the same stencil that I used on the upcycled sleigh shown earlier and this awesome Homestead Blend Coffee stencil. It's an easy peasy way to create professional-looking chalkboard art with either a stick of chalk or chalk pen. 

I think I found the idea for the hanging mini ornament countdown to Christmas on Pinterest. 

Chalkboard Christmas Advent Calendar Idea

Down the hall on the way to the loo, I decorated our hallway gallery wall with handmade ornaments gifted to me over the years. The wreath on the mirror came from my sweet friend in Germany and the felt banner by a sweet friend from the UK.

Hallway Gallery Wall Decorated For The Holidays

As you head down the stairs to our front entry, I decorated our banister with lighted evergreen garland and hung a chenille stiletto stocking (mentioned earlier) and a hockey skate stocking that I made for gifts one year. 

DIY Stiletto and Hockey Skate Christmas Stockings

On the mirror in our entry, I hung a thrift store wreath that I upcycled with holiday picks and ornaments. 

Upcycled Thrift Store Holiday Wreath

Just outside our front door is the large DIY scrap wood lanterns that we made to welcome guests during the holidays and long into the dark winter months. 

DIY Outdoor Scrap Wood Holiday Lanterns

I hope you found some holiday decorating inspiration here and enjoyed the tour of our humble abode during the holidays.

May the peace and blessings of Christmas be yours!

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