I love decorating for the holiday season and it took me one Christmas of constantly moving and taking away decorations from my daughter before I realized I had to start decorating differently now that my children were in the picture. A dozen broken ornaments, a few beheaded Santas and one fallen tree disaster later, I have collected some of my favorite tips and decor ideas for making Christmas with little ones fun, festive, and stress-free!
Tree Branch Centerpiece
- Tree branches
- Vase/ Jar
- Ornaments (optional)
Keep the trimmed branches from the Christmas tree this year or pick some up from a local tree lot. Place branches in a clear vase or jar. Decorate with a few ornaments or leave bare for a minimalist look without spending a dime!
Splatter Paint Gift Wrapping Paper
- Solid Colored Gift Wrap/ Butcher Paper
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brush
Put the acrylic paint in a bowl and add a little bit of water to thin out the paint. Do not add too much water, just enough to make the consistency a little bit runnier so that it will splatter easily.
Lay paper on a covered surface or outside. If kids are helping out I would go outside and let the paint fly! Dip your brush in the paint and “flick” it onto the paper. Repeat until the paper is covered to your liking.
Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar
Advent calendars are traditions that many of us grew up with and want to pass on to our children. When I found this new take on an Advent calendar I fell in love with the idea. An Acts of Kindness Calendar is a wonderful daily practice of gratitude and service that will put your entire family in the holiday spirit. I used the free downloadable calendar by Wonder Mom Wannabe to create my own version of an advent calendar that my girls looked forward to opening each morning. Get yours here.
Yarn Globe Lights
- Strand of white lights
- 3-4 Yarn Colors
- Paint Brush/ Sponge
This DIY globe string light fixture uses only a few materials and is so easy to do. It’s a bit messy, but you won’t believe how beautiful this gorgeous globe fixture is when you finally hang it up.
- Blow up multiple balloons (match the number of lights on your light strand) to the same size and tie the ends tight.
- Mix craft glue, flour, and water with a paint stirrer until the consistency is that of runny pancake batter.
- Take one end of the string and begin soaking in the glue mixture. Take the end on the balloon and begin wrapping the string around the balloon in all different directions. You might want to turn on your favorite TV show because you’re going to be here awhile.
- Wrap in such a way that you leave an opening for the yarn globe to hang on the lights. If you forget to do this, don’t worry- you can use scissors later to make an opening. Once the balloons are fully covered lay in a safe place to let them dry overnight. The string should be nice and hard.
- Once the string is completely dry pop the balloons using a pin. Carefully, peel the balloon skin away from the stiffened string form and discard the balloon pieces. The string should hold the globe shape if it dried for long enough. Cut away a hole for the light fixture.
- I use these to hang in my girls’ bedrooms as a nightlight. They are adorable and the girls love them.