I love a good folded napkin, yes, I am a proud napkin nerd. Nothing makes a table special like a well folded napkin, and today I want to share with you how easy it is to fold a napkin into a Christmas tree. To make these Christmas tree shaped napkins you’ll need a square napkin, my favorite napkins are from World Market, they wash well, come in lots of colors, and are very affordable. I chose green but other colors and patterns would work great too.
Start by folding the napkin into a square, and rotate the napkin so the ends are facing you.
Begin folding each napkin layer up, leaving a small border and keeping the points of the napkin lined up.
Continue folding until all the layers are folded up. Tip: Any time I fold napkins I always keep an iron nearby and press every few steps to keep things nice and uniform. This is totally optional though.
Carefully flip the napkin over and fold the right end across to the left side of the napkin, creating a point at the bottom.
Repeat by bringing the left end of the napkin towards the right so both edges create a nice point. Take the top triangle end of the napkin and tuck it in under a layer.
Turn the napkin over and tuck each corner either up or down, depending on the look you like best. Repeat all the way down.
Once finished I like to give the napkin a quick press with the iron, again optional.
These festive Christmas trees are sure to impress your guests! You can even add a star at the top of the tree to write your guests’ names out of paper or salt dough. Be sure to check out my other Christmas blog posts, and next I’ll be sharing my favorite present wrapping hack with you, it’s life changing!
It’s December and you know what that means… it’s time for the Christmas 2020 home tour! Obviously this has been a hard year for everyone, not a single person has been exempt from the stress of 2020, which is why it’s so important to cherish and celebrate what we do have. We all find comfort in different ways, I find mine in creating a well dressed home, and this year my home has been more comforting than I could ever imagine.
Every year I find so much joy in decorating our home for Christmas. I very much enjoy surprising my family by adding new decorations and switching things around, so our Christmas home is a little bit different every year. I think it adds a bit of spontaneous fun.
During this month we we snuggle by the fire watching Christmas movies, baking cookies and treats while listening to Christmas music. We will laugh, we will cry for our loved ones no longer with us, we will open presents, and we will give thanks to our Savior who is born. It all happens here inside our home and I love sharing it with you.
Last Christmas this room was an huge, unfinished mess. It gives me so much joy that the media room is finished and gets to join our 2020 Christmas tour. You can read about our media room before and after HERE. Our next winter project is to remodel the loft space, so look forward to that joining the 2021 tour.
Brian and I joke that we have the hardest living room to photograph ever, but it’s honestly true! It’s a bright room full of backlit windows and sun glares, we usually wake up at 6 am just to get a few photos before the light gets crazy. Those big windows and gorgeous views come with a price. This year we upgraded to a 10 foot tree and we really love it.
Every Christmas home needs festive garland and this ornament garland was incredibly simple and fun to make. You can find the tutorial HERE.
I recently created this Christmas present centerpiece made out of wrapped up boxed food. It’s the perfect low waste decoration, and after Christmas unwrap the food and keep it, or even better donate it. You can view the tutorial HERE.
December is here and I couldn’t be happier! The Christmas home tour should be up by the end of the week, but today I want to share with you one of my favorite ways to decorate using little wrapped boxes! This Christmas present centerpiece is the perfect way to decorate a table top, coffee table, or any other surface that needs some holiday cheer.
I’m no stranger when it comes to wrapping up little boxes, I find that it makes really cute affordable holiday decor, but this year I decided to take it a step further and turn it into a centerpiece. Not only is this centerpiece festive, it’s also extremely practical and budget friendly. Why, you say? Because we’re wrapping up food boxes! We all eat food so why not first turn it into a Christmas centerpiece?
Lots and lots of food boxes!
3-4 rolls of coordinating wrapping paper
Tape & ribbon
Various bows & curly ribbon
What are the best food boxes to wrap?
Walmart and Dollar Tree are great places to find affordable box food in a variety of sizes. I usually go around finding boxes I like, stacking them together to see if the sizes work. Some of my favorite food boxes to wrap are Pop Tarts, large food boxes such as hamburger helper or scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese boxes, large and small candy boxes, Jiffy cornbread, little boxes of raisins, and jello and pudding boxes.
I want to make this centerpiece, but what if I want to eat the food first?
No worries! I generally prefer to keep the food in the boxes because it’s easier and I like my boxes to have some weight. However many times I’ve gently opened the boxes removed the food and taped or hot glued the boxes back shut. You can always take a photo of the cooking instructions with your phone for later. If you do remove the food before wrapping you can toss the boxes after Christmas if you like.
Start by wrapping all the food boxes in various wrapping paper. Crank up some music, sip some tea, or have a glass of wine… this is the most time consuming part.
I used regular tape for the gift wrapping but if you want to a cleaner look for the ends you can use double sided tape, and I’ve even used hot glue before to secure the edges.
Create a base using the largest size boxes, then continue stacking the boxes in a random pattern. Once I finished this step I realized I could use a few more boxes so I went off to the pantry for more cornbread and pudding boxes to wrap.
Once you’re finished with the layout it’s time to start adding bows. Old bows work great for this so be sure to save them for next year.
Naturally no matter how well you arrange the boxes you’ll end up with a few gaps, so I like to fill them in with curly ribbon.
Once the Christmas season is over simply unwrap the food and stock it back in your pantry for a later day. Better yet put a smile on someones face and donate the unopened unwrapped food boxes to a food bank for a family in need!
If you took the food out before you wrapped them you can toss them or keep the boxes for next year. I hope you enjoy creating your own Christmas present centerpiece, if you do be sure to tag me on Instagram or leave me a photo in my Pinterest pin.
I am thrilled to be home and back to working on my blog. As some of you may know we were evacuated from our home for weeks because of the Cameron Peak fire. Then we were evacuated from the place we were staying because of the East Troublesome fire. Things have definitely been stressful! The wildfire did come onto our property and burn some of our trees but our home is fine and so is our new back deck!
Brian finished the back deck in July but after a few weeks many of the boards shrunk despite us acclimating the wood. We suddenly had dangerous wide gaps between the boards, so he had to unscrew each board and move it over, buy more wood and also let that acclimate. Then my patio furniture was on backorder for 10 weeks. Once the patio furniture arrived and we put the finishing touches on the deck for the second time, then we were suddenly evacuated because of the fire. Looking at the fire satellite map we knew the fire was on our property and we had accepted the fact that the new deck was cursed and might had been damaged or completely burned. But I’m happy to say the deck was just fine… the deck curse is broken!
Ok let’s see some crazy before photos back when this area was a hideous looking sunroom.
I dismantled the interior and filled in nail holes while Brian removed the structure piece by piece. We kept the back metal wall of the sunroom as a retaining wall and covered it with deck boards. Brian did all the wood work while I painted the back of the house and the exterior metal stairs and stained the deck.
We love the final result and yes it was worth all the blood, sweat, and tears. We have a front deck that we love with an incredible mountain view, however it gets very sunny and it’s not very private. The back deck has a completely different feel from the front deck. It’s isolated, cozy with trees and rocks, and is always shaded. So now we have the best of both worlds. Below you can see where the fire burned next to our house.
Does anyone else love tree faces as much as me? They’re so cute and look like tree people!
We went with Polywood Adirondack chairs again because of the durability. We had them at our Texas home and they were very durable in the harsh summer sun and I felt confident they would survive Colorado winters. I was also concerned with chipmunks and squirrels chewing things up so again I felt confident going with Polywood products. Polywood is made in the USA and made from recycled plastics so it’s an overall win for me. Plus they have a ton of colors and styles to choose from.
We did have a big rock roll down during the fire that broke the bottom of a chair you can see above but Polywood has a great warranty and replacement parts available. Luckily nothing else was damaged.
Briefly we had some real potted plants on the deck and they were eaten instantly. So I went with faux evergreen trees and shrubs. They look very realistic from a distance and sort of real up close but hey… they’re animal and winter proof. Plus no watering!
We’re no strangers to outdoor string lights, I’ve bought so many over the years from various places but these LED string lights are hands down the best we’ve ever bought.
This is just phase 1 of our deck, you can see above how the boards just stop. That’s where we plan to continue the deck into what I call mega-deck! Mega-deck will extend off towards the area where the fire burned. So I’m actually relieved we hadn’t started any deck work over there yet. Mega-deck will extend around the trees, have a dining area, a bar counter, another lounge area and if I get my way with Brian some swings and a slide that goes from one level to the other. It will be epic.
I love to change up my decor seasonally inside and out so I went with washable removable pillow covers to compliment the buffalo plaid pillows. So once Christmas comes I’ll change the orange covers out to red. Yes, we will be enjoying this patio in the winter, that’s what heaters and blankets are for!
As for the fire you can see how it wrapped around our driveway, into our side yard, and in a small area went up on the hill behind our deck. Firefighters had hoses and sprinklers around our house to prevent the fire from spreading. We are extremely grateful for everything they did to save our home.
We did lose a few trees, and I’m worried about the trees that seem to be alive now but have charred trunks and branches. Only time will tell I guess. Hopefully this summer everything comes out nice and green again.
There’s nothing I love more than fall. The weather is cool, the trees turn golden, pumpkins everywhere, and Christmas is just around the corner. This is my happy time and probably it’s yours too. I mentioned in my last Halloween wreath blog post that I normally don’t decorate a lot for Halloween. I can’t do scary but really I’m just hyper focused on Thanksgiving and Christmas. This is the year I’ve decided to change all that! Yes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but since we’re in the middle of a pandemic I think we all could use a little more fun. So I’m excited to share my first ever Halloween spooktacular tablescape!
I’ve always been a big fan of black and white decor, especially when it comes to setting the table. I’m a firm believer that we all need a set of basic white dishes and basic black dishes. Nothing anchors a table like black or white, and the combinations you can create year round are endless.
I’m a Le Creuset fan all the way, but I can’t help but be totally obsessed with these Staub pumpkins. They’re the perfect size for soups, side dishes, and individual desserts. I have the black pumpkins and the orange ones… I’m already feeling like I NEED the white ones too! They’re adorable, oven proof, and double as home decor, you can’t go wrong with these!
The ghost centerpiece was a cute, last minute craft project I made. We’re having a not so scary Halloween this year and these friendly ghosts fit the bill. I love them especially paired with my super easy white washed pumpkins.
If you follow me on Instagram I gave you a sneak peak of our back deck. I’m so happy with the way everything turned out, and I can’t wait to do a full reveal on the blog so stay tuned and again happy fall! It’s been a rough year so soak up all this fall goodness and Halloween fun.
Welcome to our Christmas 2019 home tour. Well… since a big chunk of our house is still in heavy construction mode, it’s more of a mini tour this year. Plus, I’m weeks late putting this on the blog. I gotta tell ya it’s been an exhausting year. Lately I feel like I’m constantly behind on everything, but better late than never I say.
This time of year I love to break out the flannel snowflake sheets and my ever-so-favorite, funny Christmas pillows. If you’re not familiar it’s one of the lines from the Christmas Vacation movie… one of the funniest too!
Last year’s gingerbread salt dough garland I made found a home on our new fireplace mantel. You can easily make your own salt dough ornaments or garland, it’s a really fun Christmas project for all ages.
Every year I like to switch up our Christmas decor, and wouldn’t you know I’m already dreaming about next Christmas’s decorations. Ah… next Christmas when I won’t be so exhausted and more of our home will be finished. I’m going big big big next year!
Last year I mentioned one of my favorite Christmas decorating tricks was wrapping up little tiny boxes. It’s one of my favorite budget tips! I like to use soap, pudding, and other small boxes. Open up the box, remove the contents, tape it back together, and wrap! Decorate the boxes with scrap wrapping paper and ribbon and they look so cute combined with other decorations. At the end of the season you can simply throw them away or save them like I do.
My other trusty Christmas decorating trick is also red ornament balls and pinecones. I can’t get enough! You can read more of my Christmas decorating tips in last years How to Decorate for Christmas on a Budget.
Every year I like to add a new Christmas decoration to our home and this year it was SANTA PAWS!
Santa Paws was meant to be here in our new mountain home, plus he serves me wine… how sweet is that? I scored him 30% off on a Black Friday sale. If you also need a Santa Paws he’s still on sale! His Christmas attire is removable so I may just keep him up year round if I have room.
I bought super cheap basic wreaths this year and gave them a little pizazz with SnoFlock, pinecones from the creek nearby, and berries. I’ve got to say having a bag of SnoFlock on hand this time of year is an essential for me. Our bag has lasted me 3 years!
This right here is what I call Christmas cheer… we’re making spirits bright! Break out those extra wine glasses and fill them with candy canes or other small Christmas items for instant, simple decor.