Christmas Decor 2012

Merry Christmas everyone!! Can you believe I have been trying to get this post written all month? I finally realized that it was now or never! Because by the time December 26th rolls around, no one cares anymore about Christmas stuff.

Christmas decorations are pretty low key around our house this year. We are living in our tiny house now but things are still in disarray as we continue to work on projects large and small around here. Important things like kitchen countertops and appliances and the bathroom. You know, things like that. So, I decided that I would just go easy on the decorations to make things simpler. In fact, we don’t even have a tree up, just the mantle got a little Christmas pizazz. But, that is not the case at the church. I still invested some time into making some decor for the church and I wanted to share it with you today.

In the past, I have always made everything on my own with the exception of having a bit of help from Jason and my mom in hanging it all up. But this year, I was busy. I didn’t have weeks to get everything together like normal. So I decided to make a party of it and invited all of the ladies at church to come for a crafting night and we made all of the decor together. I had all of the projects planned and brought everything to the church with me and we spent a Saturday assembling everything. It was super fun and we all decided to make it a yearly event. Why did I not think of this sooner?! I guess sometimes it’s good to be busy, it causes you to get creative!

Our theme was O Starry Night and because of my time crunch, I relied heavily on Pinterest. I will share the links to the pins that I copied inspired me. And so… here is what we came up with:


I jazzed up the front door by drawing on it with a erasable white marker. Everyone loved it so much they said I should keep it year round. But, even just after a few weeks, it has really gotten smeared from lots of people going in and out so it’s definitely disappearing soon. It was fun while it lasted :) (pin inspiration)

star shelf 1

In the entryway we have a sitting area and we made a ton of stars to put on the shelf. I’m kind of in love with them. Plus, they were all super easy to make.

star shelf 2

There are stars made of foam board and sprainted gold (pin inspiration), stars made of paper, tin, wood, and cardboard. Basically anything you can think of (pin inspiration).

star stick

Then we just mounted some of them on skewers for varying heights. I cut the base from old pallets left over from a another project (you’ll see it in a minute) and drilled a hole in them.

star stick 2

Then, we hot glued the stars to the sticks. Easy peasy. For this particular star (we made about 20 of these), we cut 2 pieces of kraft cardstock into star shapes and drew on them with metallic paint markers. Then I sewed around all the sides but one, sewing them together. Next, we stuffed it with cotton balls to give it some puffiness and then sewed them shut. I loved these little guys (pin inspiration).

o holy night

Back to the shelf area… I also added a banner. The wooden letters were from the craft store. We just glued a little moss to them and ta-da! Instant gratification! The tinsel star garland was super fun to make. Using glittery pipe cleaners, we bent them into star shapes and fastened them together (pin inspiration). They take a bit of time but they are worth it! We made a few of these and added them in other places as well.

food cart

Another place where we used the tinsel garland in gold this time. We also made the hanging stars out of kraft paper, twine, and sprainted clothes pins (pin inspiration). The easiest project yet! You can also see the book pages compiled to made a runner on the tabletop (pin inspiration).

coat rack

We added a couple of puffy stars to our coat rack too. Aren’t they cute?!

pallet tree 1

My favorite thing I made was the pallet tree. It was super easy if you can use a few power tools and I made it myself so you can too (pin inspiration). I have seen a bunch of variations of these trees on Pinterest and after looking around, I decided I wanted a big one. This is about 8 feet tall. There is a place here in town that you can get pallets that are already disassembled for free. So I just helped myself to some pallet wood and cut them to varying sizes and nailed it together. Easy and cool :)

pallet tree 2

And an up close photo because it deserves it :) I love the old school lights.

tinsel 2

I also hung some more tinsel garland on the entry doors. I couldn’t help myself. I had more tinsel left and I had to use it!

book pages

Another book page runner on a little table. The trees were all from last year.

gold stars

On the tree I hung some wooden stars sprainted gold with sprainted mini clothespins. I originally was going to hang the stars with twine so I drilled a hole and then, at the last minute, I decided to use the clothespins instead. I wish now I wouldn’t have drilled the hole!

gold stars 2

I actually bought the wooden stars in 3 different star shapes. Another one is shown above.


We took some wooden discs and painted a star on them. We made them in gold, black, and silver.


Remember the yarn wreaths I made last year? I adorned them with stars this time to spice it up a bit. I like them :)

banner 1

And for the pièce de résistance… the backdrop. We painted a large 12’x15′ drop cloth in black.

banner 2

Then, I wrote the words on it with a white paint pen to make it kind of look like a chalkboard (I freehanded it but I used this pin as a guide for the letters).

large stars

Next, we hung stars from the top with fishing line. The stars were crafted using branches that I tied together with twine in a star shape (pin inspiration). I love how the stars look against the dark color of the backdrop! If it wasn’t so big, then it would make its way into my house next year but… it’s pretty large :)

And there you have it! Our church Christmas decor for 2012. I’m pretty happy with the way everything turned out especially since I only spent about half the time I usually do planning for it. I guess sometimes it’s okay to do things at the last minute!

I absolutely love the Christmas season and I’m always a little sad to see it come to an end. But this year, I’m hoping to be able to get back into the swing of things and start doing somewhat regular posts again. Besides, I have a ton of stuff to update you all on our little house. I just need some time to organize my thoughts and away we’ll go! Stay tuned :)

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!