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I have the joy of teaming up with some DIY ladies as part of a Christmas blog hop.   We are welcoming you into our homes for a Christmas Home Tour.  We are each sharing five tips with you on how we decorate for the holidays.  If you’re hopping over from 2 Bees in a Pod…welcome!  I love their southern vintage style.

Christmas Tree Ideas

Before we get into our tree too deep, let me say, it photographs awfully!  The best place to set up our tree is this corner in the living room.

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One – Decorate with humor.  Put a ladder in the tree!  Do make sure to set the ladder against the tree last!  I placed the ladder then turned to add some of the branches to the top…and almost climbed the ladder instead of my stepstool!  Yikes!

The ladder is my spindle ladder…click to see the tutorial.


Another humorous…or not…is my dead bulb ornament.  Collect your favorite color of Christmas bulbs that are burnt out and add into a glass terrarium ornament.


Two – Use handmade ornaments.   Any store bought ornament looks better hanging next to an empty spool of thread made into a drum. Don’t you think?


Three – Make the tree glow.  Adding white bulbs deep in the tree branches make the tree glow from within.  This year I used white pinecones lights to add a glow to our tree.  I’m always asking about the icicle ornaments.  I bought them many years ago but found these at Amazon that are similar.


Four – Decorate in your current style.  We live in a cabin.  Our first couple of Christmas trees had a cabin style.  Since I started blogging, my style has evolved into a farmhouse style.  Our tree has grown into a farmhouse style too.  I added ribbons of burlap starting from the top, tucking in here and there until I reach the bottom.

Below are more links to Christmas tree items made in past years.

Three French Hens
Icicle Branches
Picket Fence

Five – Collection of tips for artificial trees.
Cut up pieces of garland to add around the tree pole.  Add pieces of garland or real tree branches into the tree.  Use water picks to add real pine branches.
Add a bucket of pine branches to set next to the tree for pine smells.
If your tree has sections, add the topper before placing the last section.  It’s easier to get it straight on a table than hanging 6 feet from a ladder.

To help find all those light plugs next year on pre-lit trees, place the plug in a zip bag.  Just zip close leaving the wire coming out from the bag.  The bags are much easier to find than green plugs in a green tree.

Christmas Tree Past Ideas


Sharing our home for Christmas

I tend to keep the other decorating around the house simple…and fun!


Like opening the Christmas decor box once again this year only to see a tangle of Christmas lights.  Once again not wanting to untangle…I found the plugs…and they worked!  So I hung them tangled on a nail and added a burlap bow.  Done!


For the last eleven years…I’ve detested our living room mantel.  This September I redecorated our living room and mantel into an industrial farmhouse style.  I love it.  So for Christmas, I kept the mantel simple and added a few bottle brush trees.  Done!

Here’s more Christmas decor around the house.  Click on the images to see tutorials.



Be sure to hop on over to Finding your joy in the journey to hear how she readies her home for the holidays. I’ve added a link to everyone else participating {and the day they post} so you can be sure to check out all the amazing blogs in this series.

Monday, December 5

Organize Nashville

Creatively Homespun

At Home with Zan

Uncookie Cutter

Tuesday, December 6

Timeless Creations

Craftivity Designs

Green with Decor

My Life from Home

Two Purple Couches

Old House to New Home

Wednesday, December 7

Our Crafty Mom

A Purdy Little House

Roots North & South

Pender & Peony

Organize & Decorate Everything

Thursday, December 8

Flourish & Knot

Rocky Mountain Bliss

Pocketful of Posies

Recreated Designs

Knock it Off Kim

The Interior Maven

Little Bits of Home

Friday, December 9

Love My Simple Home

Brooklyn Berry Designs

Simple Nature Decor

2 Bees in a Pod

Country Design Style

Finding Your Joy in The Journey


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    1. Michele says

      I love how original your projects always are. Thank you for sharing!! I’m in love with that spindle ladder. So wish you would come back to project challenge for the new year! 😉

    2. Kate Evans says

      Hello Jeaneatte, yes my kids love the Christmas tree. These ideas will definitely help for me to make happy my kids on this Christmas. And this decoration idea is really amazing and stunning. Thanks for the lovely blog.

    3. Sarah says

      Your home looks so warm and inviting for the holidays! I love all your tips, but especially the one about hiding the lights deep in the branches of the tree. I do the same!

    4. Howard Landers says

      Hello, Jeanette! First of all, I just to say thank you for sharing your ideas about decorating for Christmas, your photos is so beautiful and elegant for me. Thank you, Have a Merry Christmas Eve.

      • Jeanette says

        The zip baggy idea has saved hours!!! One year I was convinced a light strand lost a bulb. Then 2 hours later I found a green plug buried in the plastic pines!

    5. Maria Brittis says

      I am loving your home! Makes me feel happy! Love the white mni trees. They are so popular this year. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and it was great to meet you in this home tour,.

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