If you’ve been too busy to deck the halls, time is running out.  I too am feeling the crunch! Last night I put the finishing touches on my holiday decorating by adorning  my fireplace.  It was really quick, easy and inexpensive.  Here’s how I did it.

I started with a blank slate.  I took down the artwork and put away all the accessories.  I selected a color theme, traditional red and green. The day before I had purchased 4 inexpensive artificial red hydrangea bushes and 2 green berry bushes for $2.99 each.  I always use artificial greenery around my fireplace to reduce fire hazards. I cut two of the hydrangea  bushes apart so I could accent a wreath and the greenery with single blooms.   I tied a bright red bow on a wreath I already had and placed a string of garland across the mantel, accenting both with miniature lights and the single steamed red hydrangeas.  To add height and interest to the mantel I placed two tall cream colored pottery vases at each end.  I filled each vase with one bush of green berries and a bush of red hydrangea.  To hide the light  cord from the wreath I placed a cloth Santa in the center of the greenery. To add more sparkle to the mantel I attached bronze colored Christmas bulbs.   Two red and white stockings were hung with care.  At the base of the fireplace I placed two gray willow baskets and accented them with cream vases.

It feels so good to step back admire your efforts. The entire process took me less than 45 minutes.  By recycling existing decorations and just purchasing a few new accents the total cost was less than $20.   I love getting new decorating ideas and would love to see how you and your family prepare for the holidays.  Send me your photos and stories and I’ll share them with everyone.

Happy Holidays,