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Christmas: How to Decorate with Holly Becker

img_9178When it comes to decorating your home for Christmas, we called in the expert: Holly Becker – the woman behind the award-winning design blog, Decor8. Her new book, Decorate for a Party, has the answer to every entertaining style dilemma…including Christmas. Read on for an extract…

‘You don’t need to live in Copenhagen to create winter charm at home during the holidays. We kept our palette modern in black and white and mixed in a little fresh pine (a lovely scent!), plenty of handmade and personalized elements and the glow of warm candlelight for a welcoming, cosy mood.

img_9361 Top Chairs with throws to cosy up the room. Wrap a birch branch with twinkle lights to create a warm glow.

Cupcake Case Tree

wintercraftparty6 Make this mini tree using white mini cake cases, double-sided tape to secure to the wall, and for the star, black-and-white washi tape.

To make: Start with the top case and secure to the wall. Tape a dark string below the case and let it drop straight down to use as a guide to keep your rows straight as you work. Create rows of 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 cases and finish the bottom of with a row of 3 to form the base. Cut 4 equal-length strips of washi tape and create a cross, then overlap with an X. That’s it!

Window Display

wintercraftparty1Using generic shop-bought party supplies, group similar colours and hang them at different heights from textural ribbons.

Straws on Paper Bags

bags1Paper straws are not just for drinks. These gift bags show another way to use them. First cut to size and glue white cardstock to a paper bag. Trim a few straws to create a tree motif and adhere with a glue stick. Top the tree with a button. Fill with your gift and tissue paper. Easy but lovely!

Light Bulb Ornaments

scandidiyfinishedfpRecycle light bulbs by turning them into ornaments for your tree. Some you may choose to spray paint (we used matte black on some of ours) and others you may opt to keep as is, especially if they are frosted. Use a glue stick and apply sequins, glitter or beads. Allow to dry overnight and then twist copper wire around the base several times and create a loop for hanging.  img_9013

Creative Wrap Ideas

scandi_giftsClockwise from top left: White butcher paper, gold washi tape, white twine and a hand-cut gold paper feather.

Kraft paper, paint-dipped doily, corrugated kraft paper heart, finished with black twine.

Handmade bamboo skewer star finished with washi tape and tied on with balck twine.

White butcher paper, black glitter tape with gingham ribbon.

White-paint-splattered kraft paper wrap, lacy ribbon and a white paper snowflake.

White butcher paper, black cardboard ornament wrapped with white yarn and Black-paper-topped tied on with black twine

Black paper-topped box, white twine with kraft star.

White butcher paper with polka dot scrapbook paper, white office tag, black ric-rac ribbon and a flagged paper clip.



For more ideas on how to celebrate any occasion, Decorate for a Party: Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings by Holly Becker and Leslie Shewring is available now.





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  • Reply
    November 30, 2016 at 11:22 am

    What a wonderful collection of Christmas decorations. My favourite has to be your light bulbs. I hate the glitz and sparkle of bright coloured tinsels sold in stores. These ideas are far more my kind of thing.

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    December 1, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Beautiful! I love the idea of the old light bulbs, simply genius! I’m doing this – right now. Fab blog x

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