More Simple and Inexpensive Christmas Decor {from Our Fifth House!}

Okay, I do not want to freak you out or anything, but Christmas is less than 3 weeks away!  Ack!

Are you finished decorating your house?

Have you started yet?

I haven’t!  Unless you call this “decorated for Christmas”…

Jonathan and I found this little tree, that used to be my mom’s, while we were getting some things out of our guest house (aka:  storage building).  The boys were so excited when they saw that little tree!  Precious.

I am hoping to get our real Christmas tree up this week.

So if you are like me, you are still looking all over blogland for some great Christmas decorating ideas.

That’s why I am so excited to have Carmel, from Our Fifth House, here on my blog today! 

She is going to share some great ideas for simple and inexpensive Christmas decor.

And guess what?

She’s another Kentucky Girl!

This state is loaded with DIY talent!  :)

She lives in the city right next to me, but we have never met.  I am hoping we can get together during the new year.  (Got it, Carmel?!)

Now, here she is…

Hello, I’m Carmel from Our Fifth House, and I am so delighted to be here today!  I was so very honored when Traci asked me to participate in her Christmas series!  She said she was running a series on simple and inexpensive Christmas ideas, and I thought to myself, “Wow, is she reading my mind or something?”  I honestly can’t think of two other words that would better describe how I like to decorate my home for the holidays!

To deck the halls in a simple and inexpensive way I follow three basic rules.

Christmas crafts don’t have to be time consuming.  When you keep things simple you can create a lot in a small amount of time.
I made this wreath using some clothing that my son had outgrown.  The shirt had a small stain and the vest had a hole in it, so they weren’t worth donating.  Repurposing these items kept them from realizing their trashy future.  ;)  The wreath form and wooden letters I purchased at Hobby Lobby.  It not only took just 15 minutes to make, it also only cost about $5  – thanks to a nice little 50% off sale!

I also made a little Christmas village to use as a centerpiece on my kitchen table.

This was another very simple and easy craft project.  These paper mache houses ranged in price from $3 to $6.   I placed a battery operated votive in each house and in the evening they are so cute!  My kids love this village and my daughter is begging me to add a snowman.  That may be my next craft project.  ;) Those evergreen pipe cleaners are probably my favorite.  You can do so much with them from making a sweet little Christmas tree to using them as napkin rings!

My second rule is the easiest to follow.



Decorating with the cards that you receive brings in such a warm feeling and personal touch to your decor.  We’ve yet to receive any cards just yet, so I hung up a few photos.  You really don’t need to a buy a Christmas card holder.  You can string up ribbon, twine, or a crochet chain (like I did) to your windows and use clothespins to hang your cards and pictures.

Simple and sweet!

Last but not least is rule number 3.

Even if you don’t have a chalkboard you can turn a mirror into a message board using dry erase markers.  I love adding some of our favorite Christmas movie quotes and scripture verses to lots of wipeable surfaces in our home.  It’s just a fun way to bring in even more holiday cheer!

Apart from following these rules, my main focus when it comes to decorating my home for Christmas is bringing in the feeling of hope and joy.  I want to cherish and be grateful for the very best Christmas present that we’ve ever been given – Jesus!

Thanks so much Traci for inviting me over to your beautiful and inspiring blog!  It was such a honor to be here today!




Cute stuff, Carmel!  Thank you so much!

If you have never visited Carmel’s blog before, you are in for a treat!  Just click on the button below to check it out!



The Winner of the 20 North Ora $25.00 Gift Certificate is…

Shirley (daisyjean@******)





  1. I visited the Silhouette website. The Silhouette is indeed a neat machine! There are many things I could with this machine. I am a mother of 5. I was thinking what I would do with this machine and I believe I would give it to my two teenage daughters who have health issues and are home-bound to give them the opportunity to create things. I believe they would enjoy doing things with the vinyl and glass etching. In case they are permanently home-bound due to their health this could also possibly enable them to make things to sale since they can’t work. Thank you.

  2. How fun to see you over here Carmel! Hope you’re enjoying your holidays! Loved seeing a little peek into your Christmas decor. I need to swing by OFH for a visit SOON – I’ve had so little blog reading time lately with our home renovations underway…look forward to catching up with everybody soon. Happy Monday!

  3. Hey Traci, Carmel…..we KY girls gotta stick together! :) Carmel your little village is so precious….and you just KNOW you have to add a snowman for your daughter! lol So glad we got to meet back in the summer…we need to find some time to do that again…what a great day it was. OH…and I agree with you whole heartedly…..Jesus is definitely the most precious gift we’ve ever been given! :-)
    Hugs to both of you!
    My Cottage Charm :)

  4. I am not able to see the photos either! Please re-post Carmel’s post. Thank you so much! Take Care and God Bless! Donna

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