EASY CHRISTMAS DECOR DIY
We all love an easy Christmas decor DIY, right? Well, today I’m showing you how to create a beautiful and oh so easy arrangement that you can create over and over in so many ways! This should be one of your go-to ways to add Christmas beauty to your home this year!
Today is the Christmas Pinterest Challenge! My group of blogging friends were giving an inspiration image from Pinterest and asked to recreate in our own style. How fun!
A big thank you to Cindy at 407 COUNTRY ROAD for organizing our group and choosing this oh, so pretty challenge!
This Christmas image is a Christmas crate from The Grace House Interiors. Thank you Jennifer!
What a brilliant idea of a Christmas arrangement. I like to think of it as Christmas In A Box!
MY INTERPRETATION OF THIS EASY CHRISTMAS DECOR DIY
Here’s my interpretation…
This year I’m feeling rather nostalgic and it is reflected in my Christmas decor. Lots of greens and metallics. Quite traditional. And tons of bling and shine!
I’ve had this copper box in my basement for years and when I saw Jennifer’s crate with the trees in it I went searching. I had really forgotten about the copper boxes. So glad I found them again!
This is the bigger of the two boxes and I thought it would be perfect to hold a Christmas arrangement.
HERE’S WHAT I USED
Really, you don’t need much to create this easy Christmas decor DIY.
I love to create what I call “decorating recipes”.
If you know the elements that go into a decoration and know tips on how to design them, you can create them! And you can create lots of them. All unique and different!
Here’s the recipe for a Christmas Box Arrangement
- a container (crate, box, basket)
- greens, berries, fluff
- several tallish items (like the tree and candle)
- one or two items that are smaller (like the burnished gold ornament, pinecones, smaller trees)
- a repeated element to use outside the arrangement
- things to add height inside the box that won’t be seen
This easy Christmas decor DIY is now even easier with a “recipe”!
One of the best decorating tips I can share with you is…
When you have to fill something up like a basket or create or box with decor… DON’T!
Use something other than your good decor to fill it!
Here’s what I mean…
The copper box is deep and filling the bottom of it with greens would be wasteful. So here’s what I did…
I added some pedestaled things in the box that became a perch of sorts for my decorations.
The first thing to go in the box arrangement was a gold glitzy tree. I sat it on the wooden candleholder.
The tree gave the arrangement height.
Next, I placed a battery operated candle beside the tree on the glass candleholder. The glass candleholder was balanced on top of a metal decorative pedestal.
The base of the tree and candle were higher than the top edge of the box. That’s actually good. My plan was to fill in with greens and I did not want those decorations to be hidden by the greens.
A large burnished Christmas ornament was nestled in between the candle and the front of the copper box.
It really does not look very pretty yet! But, it’s more important to get the items correctly placed in the box first!
ADDING THE GREENS TO THE CHRISTMAS ARRANGEMENT
Here’s where the arrangement comes together.
Adding an assortment of Christmas greens will make the centerpiece look so pretty and finished.
I started with a spray of faux pine needles and draped them over the front of the box.
It’s really important to let greens or any “fluff” drape beyond the boundaries of the box, create or basket you use.
This will diffuse the hard lines of the box and soften the look of the arrangement.
I used an assortment of greens and leave for this Christmas box.
It’s important to tuck the greens around the items in the box and not hide them.
If you have been following StoneGable then you probably know one of my favorite designer tricks.
It is summed up in the children’s nursery rhyme The Farmer In The Dell
“THE CHEESE STANDS ALONG”
Think of this Christmas arrangement as the “cheese”.
Don’t let it stand alone. Add an element that is like something in the box … outside the box.
I added another gold Christmas tree and another smaller one too.
And of course, I finished it off with snow!!!
I’d love to see your Christmas creations if you make one following this decorating recipe! Just email me a picture!
YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SEE THESE CHRISTMAS POSTS…
HOW TO HANG CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS THE EASY WAY
DECORATING WITH CANDLES FOR CHRISTMAS
Please visit my blogging friends and see how they interpreted this fun challenge!
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
I love your version, Yvonne! When I saw your first picture, my immediate thought was that I loved the copper box that you used. I don’t know why you originally purchased it but I’m glad that you saved it and discovered it in your decor stash to use for this challenge because it makes the perfect base for your arrangement. Adding two trees beside your crate is the perfect finishing touch for this lovely display! This former teacher gives you an A+ on this project!
From one former teacher to another…Thank you! I used work with Birch Lane often and I chose this box years ago for a project.
Excellent post! I am going to shop around my house for the ingredients for this decorating recipe. I really appreciate the tip about using pedestals in the bottom. I am always stuffing paper and plastic bags in the bottom of stuff to lift it. This will be a much sturdier option and a good way to use up old candle pedestals that are out of style for now. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Hi Janet, I’m so glad you are going to make your own Christmas in a Box!
I love all the softer colors for Christmas. I remember saying to my husband about 30 years ago that the red/green of Christmas just didn’t work with my decor! I don’t think he even answered me! I use a winter wonderland theme with a lot of items that I can leave out for a couple of months instead of a few weeks. I take the tree down but leave the mantel decorated for the season, instead of just the holiday.
Yvonne, this is one of your best posts. I’m sitting here thinking of all the box-type containers I have and just where they might be. But in reading this I see several mistakes I’ve made over and over, one being the pedestals being taller than the rim. I also recognize your rule of three! Right now the oven is full of thanksgiving goodies, but come Friday I’ll be hunting down those boxes! Have a wonderful holiday.
I love your beautiful styling. So festive.
Hi yvonne! I love the pedestals to add some height. And, the candle! I added a tealight, but I love the larger candle. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! laura in Colorado
This is so pretty and magical! I just love the simplicity and those fabulous golden bottle brush trees! XO, Christy
Wow! This is so magical! I love the coppery tones the box gives off – and I especially love how you deocarte around the box! Those trees are gorgeous!!
I love your copper box. It’s gorgeous. The candle is a fabulous addition. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
I was just telling my husband how much I love your blog. He said he feels like you’re our neighbor because I talk about your ideas and what I’ve learned so much . We have sooo many similar things in in our homes. The latest was your bedroom vanity stool. I ordered it, put it in our master bath, opened your email and there it was!! Maybe it’s a teacher thing. I taught K-2 for many years! I use what I have too, as we learn to do while teaching.
I use tuna cans as pedestals! They work!
Lovely arrangement! We are celebrating the holidays alone this year. Wishing you safe but happy holidays !
Using your copper box is a great idea. It adds elegant color and such a sophisticated base. I love it. Thank you so much for joining in. You gave much nicer tutorial than I did. I got excited and skipped a couple of steps! Happy Thanksgiving.
This is such a gorgeous arrangement, Yvonne! I love the sparkle of the bristle trees against the smoothness of the beautiful box!
I love this! Thank you for sharing your steps too!
Of course, I love your Christmas crate, Yvonne. You are always so inspiring and make me want to be a better decorator in my home. 🙂 Love your tips… I ALWAYS learn something from you!
Yvonne, this is so pretty. I love the copper and the bottle brush trees. And the way you elevated them is genius. Beautiful little vignette!
Wow Yvonne, the textures and metallic colors you picked for your arrangement are just fabulous mixed together! I think I need to do some serious faux greenery shopping, yours always looks so pretty.
Love your copper box, Yvonne, what a great item to have any time of year. Combining height and filler in the vignette is always so smart. Love the neutral color scheme with the pop of bling. Happy Holidays to you and Bobby.
Hi Carol, happy Thanksgiving to your and yours!
That copper box is stunning and I love those glittery trees. The whole thing is so elegant!
I had such fun participating this month with you all in the Pinterest Challenge! Looking forward to next time! 🙂
-Niky @ The House on Silverado
Me too Niky! And it’s such a nice group of bloggers!
Always love all your wonderful design tips, Yvonne:) Placing something or two similar outside the box is brilliant! Beautiful presentation.
So sweet Lora!
Oh, that copper box! I want a magic basement filled with things like that. I adore the way you’ve coordinated everything. I always learn a new decorating trick when I’m visiting, too. Thanks for the inspiration, Yvonne!
Beautiful styling and great tips Yvonne! I love that copper box and all the sparkle in your arrangement. The greens you chose are so pretty too!
So fun hopping with you. Happy Thanksgiving!
Yvonne, once again, you have made such a gorgeous arrangement in that beautiful copper box. It’s so pretty! I love how you have used candle holders to hold the Christmas items. What a great idea! Also, I really like how you have put a few items outside the box that look just perfect with your arrangement. You always have such wonderful ideas and I thank you for always sharing them with us.
Hope you and Bobby have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for!
Thank you, Mary-Ann! Happy Thanksgiving!
Love your copper box and your display is stunning. Thanks so much for sharing how you add lifts inside the box, never thought of that. Now I am on a mission to add a few lifts to some of my displays.
So glad you liked the tip Marty!
This is sooooo beautiful and elegant! You really hit this challenge out of the ball park! I love your style and everything you do (I have followed you since you started blogging doing tablescapes) and I have learned so much from you! Thank you for sharing! Pinned this one for later! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas season!
Tee @ Teediddlydee
Hi Tiffany! Thank you so much! Merry Christmas!