Winter decorating with… pompoms?

Winter decorating with… pompoms?

I probably get annoying with all of the blog posts I write about switching out my home decor for the seasons. The truth is, I really write these posts for myself. I often use my blog as a reference when I’m trying to remember what I used for decorating this time one year ago.

This is especially true with this year’s winter decor. I have a feeling that one year from now I’ll be trying to remember, “What was that weird obsession I had back at the beginning of 2018?!”

Oh, yeah… pompoms!

I started making pompoms last summer after a couple of friends told me how fun they are to make. I bought all of the supplies and tried to get my girls and their friends to hang out with me as we trimmed yarn into poof balls. The girls’ attention span for pompom making was short, so I put the craft away for another day.

This winter, I felt the urge to try making pompoms again. I found that it was a really quick, simple and fun craft to do while stuck inside for winter. As I was thinking about how to switch my home from Christmas to just plain, “winter,” I decided that pompoms could add some texture, fun and whimsy to my home decorating.

I really look forward to swapping out my Christmas decor for something more neutral. In fact, I can barely wait 24 hours to take the tree down once we have opened our gifts. I get tired of having a huge tree in the middle of my living room and constantly vacuuming pine needles. And then there’s my issue with the color red. I do not enjoy being around the color red, so by the time Christmas is over, I’m ready to wipe away the bright red and replace it with the calm of white.

This year, I had been busily making pompom bookmarks and even pompom animals in the days after Christmas. As I worked on adding touches of winter white to my decorating, I decided to whip up a few pompom accents for my decorating.

They give the feeling of falling snow. But instead of bringing in the cold feeling of real snow, I love how they add softness and warmth to my living room.

I also kept all of the snow globes from my Christmas decor

And I added this white cotton wreath, which I absolutely love!

And just a reminder… even if you don’t love winter, at least you can love the fact it brings spring, right?

So, what do you think? Have you ever made pompoms? Could you decorate with them? Do you love your Christmas decor or do you take it down as quickly as possible? Leave me a comment! I would love to know!

 

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DIY winter mantel

DIY winter mantel

As much as I love coloring, doodling, photography and creating images on my computer, I’m really lacking in creative skills when it comes to decorating my house. So I always get excited when I complete a DIY decorating project that actually turns out well. This week, I’ve been working on a few DIY projects that I like enough to show you here on the blog.

I’m one of the few people in the world who really doesn’t enjoy Christmas decor. I’m not sure who convinced millions of Americans they should bring an entire TREE inside their homes in the winter, but this person should have really applied his or her genius to something with more lasting impact, like world peace. Almost as soon as we are done unwrapping gifts, I am ready to remove that big decoration from my living room.

But once the tree and ornaments are gone, I’m left with a sad, boring living room for the rest of January. So, I’ve been thinking about how I could decorate my mantel for “winter” without it looking totally “Christmas.” I’m also working on some projects to display some of the nature photos I’ve been taking the past few years. The two ideas combined to create this winter mantel.

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I enlarged this snowy farm scene photo that I took in November to 24 x 18 inches. I had thought about printing it on canvas or even trying to create my own canvas print. But then I saw some ideas to adhere a photo to a piece of wood, and I thought that would fit in well on the mantel of our big stone fireplace.

Once my husband cut the wood and sanded the edges, the rest was pretty simple. I applied one coat of dark stain to the wood. Then, I used Mod Podge to adhere the photo to the wood. I used a rolling pin to smooth out the photo, and then applied a second coat of Mod Podge to the top of the photo, going all the way to the edge of the wood.

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After it dried, I sanded the edges of the photo. I wanted it to look like the photo was really embedded in the wood, rather than a big photo just stuck on top. I sanded it hard to make the edges uneven, and in the process, I beat up the wood as well. I applied more stain to repair the wood and purposely tried to make it a little messy so it soaked into the photo. I then gave the whole thing one more coat of Mod Podge.

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I really love how it turned out. I’ve been wanting to start a collection of snow globes, so I thought this was the perfect time to start. I found a few on clearance that had a winter scene, rather than being totally Christmas.

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I also asked my husband to cut a smaller board that was 10 x 10. I stained it as well, and used my Silhouette to cut out the words “Let it Snow.” I added that to my little box of birch wood that I put together near the fireplace.

The weather cooperated perfectly with my new decor this morning. We were greeted by a light snowfall when we woke up. I guess my “Let it snow” sign really worked!

My project isn’t perfect, but I’m happy with how it turned out! And I love that I finally used one of my own photos in our home decor.

So tell me. Do you love to keep your Christmas tree up as long as possible? Or are you like me and you can’t wait to take it down? Do you do anything special for your winter decor?

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