Thursday, December 12, 2013

Handmade Holiday Style | 2013 Home Tour, Twinkle Lights, Hanging Stars and Target Ornament Crafts

This is my yearly holiday home tour.

I love setting up little vignettes around the house.  90% of my stuff is from Target, with some handmade crafts sprinkled in.

Our 'Charlie Brown' tree from the Tree Farm, decorated in pink + silver near our entrance way.  I made the chalkboard frame myself and added an ornament garland from Target.

 The crowns are a project for Jenni Bowlin that I did with my silhouette.  A little bit of glitter never hurts either.

My mini marquee letters (follow the link for my pictures and how to info) from years past, also made by me. These are paper but have held up really well over time and even survived the move! This year I added some evergreen sprigs from the tree farm and Avinash's new nutcracker.

 Our mantle.  I am not a fan of the white brick or the paint color, but I did what I could with it.  The felt banner and JOY sign are from Target.  The blocks and 2 are vintage finds from Round Top

I actually went back and took down the felt banner.  It was too much and making everything feel too cluttered.  I like it better this way, softer, more neutral with just little pops of color.  I think it helps the little details stand out more, like the vintage number and the leaves on the Diwali layout I put out for fun. 

The hanging stars are a new DIY project I put together recently.  

DIY Hanging Stars Garland
Supplies: foraged tree branch, punched stars, cotton balls, string + needle

Instructions: I spritzed the white cardstock with a little silver before punching the stars.   I used the needle and thread to string the stars and cotton balls up.  Avinash and I worked on the cotton balls together but I did the stars myself because the paper needed a bit more pressure and I didn't want him poking himself.  I used plain cotton thread here. Then I tied the strings to the branch and situated it on the mantle.
I think it would look darling in the new baby's room too.  You know, assuming that he ever gets his own room and we somehow manage to clear all the unpacked boxes out of the spare room.

We made a lot of ornaments together too.  Mostly just decorated ornaments from Target with sharpies and ribbons.  My favorite thing was to add little silver polka dots to the frosted ornaments.  Our Glitter Ornaments we made last year have held up pretty well and went back on the tree too. 

 Our tree this year is real one.  Ryan even chopped it down himself with a little help from Avinash.  We don't have nearly the ornament collection that my parents do at home but we are slowly building and making a stash. 

Gotta love a good bokeh Christmas tree picture.  Overall our house is still pretty messy but I really enjoy having the decorations up and seeing twinkle everywhere.

Thanks for visiting! In my etsy shop, in addition to my washi tape samplers I added a holiday set as well.  This set is cool because it comes with red and gold glitter twine and glitter ribbon.  Check out the Christmas washi tape sampler here.  I really had fun with the colors here, lots of red, green, silver and gold with pops of teal, chalkboard and lime. Every order from now until the end of December also comes with a free gift. Use code WASHI for 10% off any order or code RAINBOWS for free domestic shipping.

Here are some more of my holiday posts and DIYs:

How to do Christmas Tree Bokeh Pictures

Glitter Ornaments: more Target dollar spot crafts

mini marquee letters

linked up with Kelly, the Idea Room, the Nester and Craftionary.


  1. You have some great holiday decorations, love all the bright colors!

  2. Lots of fun projects and cute decorations.

  3. Love love your home tour! Love so much that ornament garland and scrolly mirror in the first shot. I must do the foraged branch with stars - so sweet! You've got lots of neat stuff! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Sooo beautiful! You have such wonderful ideas! Love your chalk board!!!!!!! :) Evie

  5. I love all of your unique handmade ideas!!!!! Great ideas! Thanks for linking up!

  6. Hello, so nice to see your beautiful holiday decorations!! I love the Charlie Brown tree, so cute. The SPARKLE letters are pretty, will have to do that for next year. The little tree is adorable and I love all the pink on it. Everything looks great and festive, hope your doing well and enjoying the new home. Thanks so much for the tour, loved it.

    Enjoy just having two right now, I know before Sam came along it was so nice just being lazy and doing lots of reading and crafts before he came. Wish I had PL back then, would be so cute to look at now that they are tween/teens.

    I love your December Daily too, what a great job on it and keeping up on it. I can barely keep up on mine so you are superwoman!!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  7. You have beautiful house. It's feel like I'm visiting your house right now.

    Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-shop. Nice to know you.


  8. The hanging stars are great, I love them!

  9. You have such great ideas! Beautiful home for the holidays :) Merry Christmas!

  10. Great decorations.. Love the garland and letter art.


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