I don’t know about you, but having Thanksgiving fall so late in the month really threw off my Christmas decorating at home. In fact, my girls are wondering why the Elf on the Shelf hasn’t been to the house yet and I’ve had to explain that there isn’t enough Christmas magic in the house without the decorations up. 

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon pulling down Christmas containers and going through decorations. I’m discovering that my decorating style has changed so much over the years that I’m disinterested in using what I already have. It all seems much too commercial. So, I started making some new holiday decorations that will work with my regular home decor.

In a pinterest inspired project, here is one of the quickest and easiest projects I’ve worked on.

A wood star using paint, wax, hot glue and cheap yard sticks.

I started with five $.69 yard sticks from Home Depot and placed them in a wonky star pattern.

Then I hot glued them together at the ends and in the center. Because “Home Depot” is less than charming to read, I painted it with Chalk Paint®.

Yep…I painted it right on the floor. Then, I used straight dark wax to age it and make the ruler marks stand out. 

The entire project took less time that it took my girls to get their jammies on and brush their teeth…which, unfortunately is saying more about how much they dilly-dally when it comes to getting ready for bed. 

Since I had the dark wax out, I decided to add some dark wax to my yard sale find, cardboard reindeer’s. 

Once I had the star wrapped in lights and hung above the mantle, I started incorporating other things within the arrangement. I pulled the Provence painted picture frame out of my laundry room and hung a Boxwood Star in it and the soda crate gives it some height.
Once their is enough Christmas magic in the house, the Elf will put little treasures in the advent box.

The small trees on the mantle are preserved Cypress trees so will last through the year.

Last years pine cones fill the empty space along with some vintage books. 

It’s a start but I still have a lot of decorating to do! 

Is your house all ready for Christmas, do you procrastinate and do it at the last minute or do you add touches all month long?