‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Hey there, Sweet Friends, we are a week away from Christmas. Are you still decorating your house?
My Christmas Trees are decorated and I love how they turned out. I created some super easy and cute Yarn Garland and even a Faux Fireplace and wanted to show it off.
But before I get to the garland, don’t you just love the stockings? They are knit and so soft and comfy looking. No wonder they are made from yarn.
When I saw the stockings, I knew I needed a fireplace mantel to hang them on. My home lacks a fireplace, which is a bummer, but….. it is what it is! When the holiday’s started approaching, I decided to create a faux fireplace out of this old twin metal headboard.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicolas soon would be there. I was sort of wondering if my 14 year old son, Luke would ask me how Santa might get in…..
Well with no fireplace, how would Santa get in?
A few years back, when we lived in our old house with a fireplace, Luke asked about Santa coming through the chimney. “Mommy, Luke said, how will Santa get out of the fireplace if you don’t move all the packages?” If my memory serves correctly, Luke was about 8 years old.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
Even though Luke is older now, I know he still believes.
My boys and I have always had a tradition of leaving milk and cookies out for Santa and his Reindeer. I had the urge to create the faux fireplace not just for the stockings….
Remember last year when I had five Christmas trees at the Woodland Paradise? You can read about it here. That was a lot of work and this year I knew I wanted an easier and less stressful Christmas. That’s why I started with “Tips on How to Create a Less Stressful Holiday Season and a DIY on Fall Trees”. The Fall Trees have now been decked out with yarn garland and bulbs and stars and icicles and I’m loving the warm, soft neutrals on my tree. It sure creates a soft and comfy look.
This year I have two Christmas Trees, one in my main family room and one in the entrance way. I love coming home, because the first thing I see is the beautiful tree with the yarn garland.
It’s full of stars and bulbs and icicles and knit garland. My Grandmother loved to knit. Unfortunately, Grandma Flo died when I was ten years old and so she never taught me how to knit. Years ago, I took up looming instead. Looming allows you to make scarves and hats using yarn. It’s similar to knitting, just a lot easier.
I love how yarn comes in all colors and a variety of textures. Nowadays, you can even find thick and chunky yarn. I used a thick and chunky yarn on my “Yarn Christmas Trees” and had a bunch left over.
For this yarn garland I chose a a few thick chunky white yarn types, a thin grey yarn, a gold colored yarn and I also used a thick twine. The opportunities are endless.
Of course, I didn’t have to go to the craft store because I already had a ton of yarn hanging around from my looming days.
I think the Yarn Garland looks awesome.
I was all over Pinterest a few weeks ago looking for inspiration on a themed Christmas look and decided on a warm, soft and neutral look.
The yarn garland was the first thing I created for my trees. You can check out the tutorial below.
Materials for the Yarn Garland:
- Yarn, 3-6 different types of yarn. Choose different colors and textures for an optimal look. I chose 6 different types/ textures of yarn in a variety of neutral colors.
Instructions for the Yarn Garland:
- Cut each piece of yarn 5-6 feet in length.
- Tie yarn together at one end.
- Place knotted end of yarn on something to hold it into place. I used a door and also a set of dishes. Anything strong enough to hold the yarn end in place.
- Braid remaining yarn. I doubled up my yarn as I had six different types. When braiding, some areas can be loose and some areas can be tight. Mostly keep the braid loose.
- After braiding is complete, tie a knot on the end.
- Enjoy your yarn garland by placing it around your tree.
Step by step photos for the Yarn Garland:
Now, hurry and go finish decorating your Christmas Tree!
In case your looking for similar stockings and Christmas Trees, I’ve included links below.
Happy Holidays Sweet Friends!
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