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.

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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.

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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.

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