Deck the Halls

With Thanksgiving arriving so late this year, I had to kick it into overdrive to get our apartment in tip-top Christmas shape before December was already halfway over. And while I have some go-to decorations I rely on year in and year out—including a semi-DIY wreath, holiday-themed candy bowls and lots (and lots) of candles—I decided to get extra festive this year and create the majority of my decorations by hand.

Thanks to all the Pinterest inspiration I’ve been OD-ing on this holiday season, I was able to pick out a few cute projects that were simple enough for me to handle without losing my mind and subtle enough to avoid making our apartment look like Santa’s workshop. Here are a few of my favorites:

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I adore the hand-painted pinecone idea, which I’ve seen in years past for Christmas decorations and even as place-card holders for dinner parties. I finally decided to take on the project myself to create a bowl full of glitter-tipped pinecones. I love how they look like mini Christmas trees with snow-covered branches, and they add just the right amount of glitz to the centerpiece on our kitchen counter.

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Mason jars bring such a homey feel no matter how they’re used, which is why I wanted to incorporate them into a lot of DIY decor this Christmas. From peppermint jars and ornament holders to holly-filled candle creations, these decorations whisper “Christmas” without going too gaudy, and are beyond easy to make.

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I have to admit, my wreath was a tiny bit more festive last year, with real limes mixed in to add a pop of color and some more dimension. This year, I decided to keep it simple with a “snow”-covered wreath sprinkled with scented pinecones and frosted berries.

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How did you decorate for the holidays this year?

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