I have teamed up with fourteen other lovely bloggers to share tours of our Christmas home decor. I have never done an official tour of all things Christmas-y in our home and I am really glad I get to share it with you today. Get ready to see a ton of photos!

Laura's Craft Life 2013 Christmas Home Tour

First up, you are greeted at the front door by my Christmas wreath. I love the little plush Santa face. I made this wreath years ago (probably almost 10 years now). Next year, I think it will need a little update since the berries don’t hold up to the weather that well!

Christmas wreath

On the other side of the door, when you are leaving, you can see our vintage wooden bell hanger. It sounds just like Santa is visiting every time you open or close the doors. I love the bells.

vintage log and bell Christmas decor

When my husband and I got married, my mother-in-law gave us much of her Christmas decor she used while my husband was growing up. I went through it all, pulled out all the items still in good shape and have tried to fit them in with my decorations I had, as well as the newer ones I have made or purchased.

You all know I don’t have a fireplace or a mantel. So, I use our front table as sort of faux mantel to display holiday decorations. I have been collecting Christmas trees for a while now and have grouped them all together to create a vignette in our front entryway.

Christmas tree faux mantel

Christmas tree display front entryway table Christmas decor

The two trees on the left were my mother-in-laws.

Christmas tree display left side

I made the ribbon and butterfly styrofoam trees right next to them.

hand made styrofoam trees punched and ribbonOn the other side I purchased the little tree with ornaments and candy canes (on the right) when I was in college, because I couldn’t really do a real tree!

Christmas tree display right side

The ribbon wrapped styrofoam tree I made. And the jingle bell tree and glitter tree I purchased.

ribbon wrapped styrofoam tree

The little ‘Ho Ho Ho’ and ‘Merry Christmas’ signs were purchased from Target. They were actually the inspiration colors for my advent calendar I made this year.

Christmas tree display

As you walk into my home you see the hallway on the right leading to the kid’s bathroom and bedrooms. I hung some ornaments with monofilament line. Each of our photo collages gets an update with a velvet bow.

ornaments hung in hallway

The kid’s bathroom (which is also our guest bath) got a few cute touches. I have displayed a Christmas candle on the back of the toilet.

holiday candle in bathroom

My grandmother passed away last year, and I received this adorable Santa she made from my stepmom. Since it is the kid’s bath, it seemed fitting in here for them to enjoy.

hand made yarn Santa

The sink gets extra Santa love from a little guy I inherited from my mother-in-law.

yarn Santa doll

Moving back to the living room, I have hung above our large window my ornament garland I made last year, as well as a new ‘Merry Christmas’ felt sign I purchased from Target. My angels get a special place in the little alcove window at the top.

front window ornament garland and angelsTarget Merry Christmas garland

I know deer are all the rage right now in home decor, but we have had this guy up in our house for years! My husband is a hunter, so I try to incorporate his mounts into our decor as best I can. (In marriages, you must compromise, right?)

yearly ornament hung on deer

Funny story. I have always wanted to add a little pom-pom garland or Santa hat to the deer. He is very prominent in our living room and I want to give him a little holiday love. My husband adamantly refused. Every year, we have a tradition to purchase a new ornament for the year. Sometimes it has special meaning and other times it is just one I find pretty. We compromised by having the deer’s antler be the special display place of the new ornament we purchase for that year.

new ornament tradition new ornament 2013

Our bedroom is right off the living room. I use this door to hang our advent activity calendar. You can see one of the many Christmas card ribbon displays to the right of the door. And we have our Christmas advent book countdown right next to the basket we keep our library books in. The little chalkboard countdown hanging sign was from Target this year.

Advent calendar on door

I love our quirky Christmas tree. Every year we try to purchase a Christmas tree permit and go out and get our own tree. It is a tradition to listen to Christmas music, drink hot chocolate and drive around for an afternoon in the woods looking for a tree. Some of my favorite holiday memories with my kids involve getting the tree. And each year our tree is a little different from the last year.

Christmas tree 2013

We put our tree right near our hobby room doors. Since we don’t have a mantel, we also use the area above the door to hang our stockings.

Christmas tree and stockings Christmas stockings

I found these adorable knit stockings for the kitties at Target this year. I made little tags with their initials out of metal rimmed tags from the office supply store, glitter stickers and baker’s twine.

initial tag for stocking

The dog got an update to her felt stocking as well. I found this yarn wrapped letter at Target, too!

yarn wrapped initial for stocking from Target

I embroidered our names on each of our stockings. Olivia’s isn’t done yet, because I have been searching for a silver stocking since she was born and finally found one this year.

embroidered stocking

To the left of the tree we have our bookshelves.

Christmas tree with bookshelf

I have a small display of snowy themed items on the top of the bookshelf. I made the snow globe. And the little house on the right I actually made when I was in elementary school!

bookshelf snow display

We have our gingerbread houses displayed on the top shelves of the bookshelf as well.

bookshelf snow display with gingerbread houses

Our back door gets some simple garland and a peel and stick sign.

back door garland

Our kitchen counters get cluttered really fast (especially during the holidays), so I only have a small ornament display on one counter to keep the extra surface clutter to a minimum.

kitchen ornament display

In our dining area, I have my snowflake wreath hung near the window. I also have all our paper snowflakes we made taped on these windows.

Dining area holiday decor

snowflake wreath in kitchen

I found some clearance holiday dishes at Walgreens two years ago for only $5! We use these for much of the holiday season.

Christmas holiday dishes

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my home! Be sure to check back tomorrow for a round-up of all the other great ladies on this blog hop tour!

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