my minimal lifestyle

i have a proposition. a Christmas one.

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i’ve been working on projects for decorating around the house.
most of the projects you won’t see here.
popcorn strings, paper streamers.
even toilet paper as banners.

later this week you will see a few projects I thought might be worthy of being introduced to you.
and you need to behave as if they are the best projects ever.
okay, not really.
I’ll still love you.
probably cause I don’t know you.
if I met you…would I still like you??
shush, you probably shouldn’t answer that.

christmas decorations

where am I going with this??
oh yes…decorating for christmas.

i have a proposition.

i propose…a no purchased, no fancy, no magazine worthy Christmas house.
well, at least in my house.
you should join in.

see. let me explain.
I was starting to get out my decorations and look at what I had.
I realized I would need to buy some new ornaments and various other trinkets to update my décor.
I started my list.
and then I realized the cost.
oh. my. goodness.

I don’t know if I really ever sit and think about how much I spend on Christmas.
it’s Christmas.
it’s what you do.
and secret…as a blogger, décor is something I do a lot of. especially around the holidays.

then I realized something.
my family doesn’t like hearing “be careful with that
no, that goes over there
that doesn’t match. it needs to be moved

are you kidding??

how can Christmas be a family thing if my family can’t even decorate as they choose?

so. my house is going to be different this year.
it’s going to smell like popcorn and peppermint.
it’s going to be bright and colorful (that’s not different).
there will be lots of various kinds of paper.
lot’s of recycled projects.
I dare say we will see glitter and ModPodge.
and it will be AWESOME!!!

so join me.
let’s try for the Charlie Brown style and have a happy home.

some ideas that I am using this year and yes, they are obvious.
these decorations have gotten a bad rap for being…dorky?
but, not in my house. no siree.
only the coolest of the cool decorate like this!!

1. popcorn strings.
2. candy canes.
3. paper streamers.
4. socks as stockings.
5. popcorn wreaths. (tutorial to come)
6. cut pine branches.
7. twigs. maybe with ornaments.
8. pinecone christmas trees. (tutorial to come)
9. paper snowflakes.
10. popsicle stick stars.
11. macaroni anything. really, it’s endless.
12. fruit loop and cheerio garland.
13. cookie ornaments.
14. gingerbread house.
15. coffee filter angel.

maybe you can’t do your entire house.
maybe you have lots of decorations already to be used.
that’s great!
perhaps if you have kids you could give them their own tree??
oh the smiles and giggles!!
and the memories they would gain.

Nellie is the founder of NellieBellie, and takes basically every photograph you've ever seen on this site. She also runs our web design business, the Savvy Sites Administration.


  1. Melissa-TheHappierHomemaker

    November 13, 2012 at 5:21 am

    Great Idea Janel! I actually am going to do two trees this year-so I can have the “pretty” one I imagine but we can have the sentimental, colorful, fun family one too!

  2. Kelly @ View Along the Way

    November 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    LOVE IT! My house will totally be Charlie Brown Christmas, but not because I’m trying for that look. :)

  3. Bliss

    November 12, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I pledge I won’t be buying anything, good Lord I already have more than enough, and I’m with ‘ya on #1, 2, 6, 7, 13, &14.


    • miznelliebellie

      November 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      That’s alot of numbers you are in on!! Love that!
      We just made a pile of paper snowflakes tonight.
      I’m ashamed Levi had never done it.
      Aren’t I awful!!

  4. Linda @ Fingers in the Dirt

    November 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I’m in! Even in our grown up and launched kids house, we could use some homemade goodness. I’m thinking about a small tree for our grandson that’s decorated with pictures of him. I also have enough old sheet music to decorate the world with garlands. Henny and the Peeps could use a wreath made out of seed and other yummy things.

    • miznelliebellie

      November 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      A wreath made out of seed!! Love that idea!
      We do small trees for the kids in their rooms that they get to do as they want.
      They love that!

  5. ChiWei @ One Dog Woof

    November 12, 2012 at 8:55 am

    This post put a smile on my face! I’m almost afraid of going through my feed and seeing all the picture perfect holiday decor that’s going to make me feel and my home feel inadequate, so your idea is wonderful! Can’t wait! Oh, and that snowman/wreath picture came out great :-)

    • miznelliebellie

      November 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      just close your eyes to the perfect. they probably have dirty underwear on the floor too!! I’m glad you could smile about decorating…isn’t that what we should do :)

  6. Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

    November 12, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I love this idea…you are so smart, chica! I too hate telling my kiddos not to touch anything…I’ll try it your way some;)

    • miznelliebellie

      November 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      try my way some :). I’m so pushy!!

  7. art is beauty

    November 12, 2012 at 7:04 am

    sounds good to me. I think I am going to make sheet music garland. Just a matter of motivation…:) I do though have a billion decorations that I already own to use. Cause my kids all decorate their own trees in there room too..:)
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with. Maybe I will make a caramel corn wreath so when we get snowed in I can start eating something delicious to survive..:)

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