ALL IS BRIGHT
THIS BLOGGER AND MOTHER OF FIVE PUTS A TWIST ON TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DECOR WITH EASY DIY PROJECTS AND A BOLD COLOR PALETTE.
DIY projects and bold colors brighten this family’s Christmas.
Every year, Charlotte Smith gets her whole family involved in creating bright and cheerful Christmas scenes throughout their Southport, CT, home. Using pom-poms, yarn, ribbon, and felt, the author of the crafty blog At Charlotte’s House makes easy, do-ityourself holiday decorations with her kids—Eleanor, Oliver, Martha, Louisa, and Arthur. Gathering in the kitchen, where she turned a narrow pantry into an art-supply closet and coated a thrift store dining table in durable Maxx Gloss paint, they make new ornaments and garlands to add to those from previous years. “A lot of my decorations are thrifted or sale finds that we put our own touches on. I stock up on great deals in a broad color palette to make each year easier, and I blend the old and new decorations together,” she says. Instead of traditional holiday colors, Charlotte uses her home’s palette of pink, green, and blue. “If you look at vintage Christmas decorations, you’ll see they don’t have to be the traditional red and green. There are blues, lighter greens, and pinks, and they can work with what you already have,” she says.
CHARLOTTESMITH HELPEDHER KIDSMAKE THISGARLAND OUTOF LEFTOVERSCRAPSOF FELT ANDRIBBON.
RIBBON GARLANDSInexpensive wire-edge ribbonholds its shape twined around the tree. The colors of theliving room sofas inspired the palette.YARN ORNAMENTSCharlotte cranks out yarn pom-poms(a $7 tool from Michaels makes it easy) and tassels to dress the tree andpresents,below.STRINGPOM-POMS ANDLENGTHS OFPAPER STRAWS ONTOFISHING LINE.