Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kid-Friendly Christmas Ideas - Part 2

Welcome back! I'm so happy you stopped by today!

Last time, I told you about how excited we are about having ALL of our kids and grandkids here at our house for Christmas this year!  Now that we've kid-proofed the house, let's move on to some decor!


Kid-friendly Christmas decor doesn't have to look like you walked into a coloring book or cartoon! And it doesn't need to be costly, either. This year, I chose a "Natural and Neutral" theme, and all of it is kid-safe, and easy to create!  In some of my next posts, I'll walk you through how to make adorable ornaments for the tree, and a nativity that the kids can put their hands on and play with.

Wall Decor


A couple of years ago, when we were living in Hawaii, I needed some quick, inexpensive Christmas wall decor for our little apartment.  Today, as I was going through some older posts, I realized how this is such a great idea to use when you have kiddos around, too!  Nothing breakable because it's up on the wall, it's all FREE printables, and you can adapt the letters for whatever holiday saying you choose!

https://journeyswithjuju.blogspot.com/2013/12/printable-christmas-wall-art.html
This year, the O Holy Night banner will probably go on the fireplace mantle, since we are forgoing the traditional Christmas stockings.  Look for it in the weeks to come, to see where I've decided to display it.

The Tree  


We normally put up an artificial tree due to my allergies, but this year the big tree is staying in the box because of space-constrains. When I started thinking of a smaller tree, I remembered that we already had the perfect one! Normally, it's on the front porch or in the front garden. I made it from a tomato cage and some faux green garland that we already had.


Here are the easy steps:
Supplies are one tomato cage, some faux green garland (I think I used 2 strands), floral wire, wire cutters, packing tape, and mini-lights.

First, turn the tomato cage upside down, with the wide round part on the floor.


Then, using floral wire, tie the loose ends together into a point. For safety, wrap some packing tape over the wire, so you don't accidentally cut yourself.


Next, starting at the bottom, begin wrapping the garland around, using the branches to tie around the tomato cage wire at the junctions. Wrap all the way to the top.



Lastly, add the lights, again use the branches to hold the lights, using them like a twist-tie.  Fluff out the entire tree to hide the wires of the cage.


Next time, I'll show you how we are setting up the tree on my skinny little table that won't take up a lot of precious space in the living room!


What are your plans for Christmas this year?  Will your home and table have friends and family gathered around, or will you be going "over the river and through the woods" to someone else's home?  I'd love to hear from you so please keep up with me on Instagram, Facebook & Pinterest!



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