Christmas Holiday Decorations, Deck The Halls

December 17, 2018

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Get your home holiday ready!

🎵 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Everywhere you go
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow 🎵

Let’s just start by addressing the Elephant in the room… You guys are probably thinking, ‘Kusum, we are only 9 8 days (see why the change in # of days on IG here) away from Christmas and you are just starting to talk about Holiday decor?
How last minute do you think we are?’


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I know, I know, some of you have had your Christmas decorations up for weeks, if not months, but I am pretty dang sure that there are a bunch of you out there who will (wantingly or unwantingly) wait until the last minute to bring out the tree, put up the lights, and take care of every.other.detail in between (and yes, one of those details also includes stuffing the stocking aka gift shopping (well, as far as gifts go, I already have you covered - check out my detailed gift guides here (for the travel lovers), hereherehere, here and here, and more to come. Well, let’s just say that there can never be enough gift options or ideas ;)).

Honestly, I am not the last minute kind (at least if I have a choice or if I can help it). Ideally, I would have liked to put up the Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving (not before, especially after I had Made My Home Fall Ready with so much TLC, some even called my decorations Fall on steroids haha, thanks, I will take it!)... 

BUT, 1. Our crazy busy life seems to be going through a domino effect, between insane amount of travels this year, catering to work deadlines, catching up with life in between, and that too with a hyper-energetic toddler in the picture, everything seems to get pushed to a later date (that’s kinda the sad reality but I am working on fixing that). 2. I wanted to flock the Christmas tree I had bought last year, and the flocking powder got super delayed by the time it arrived (looks like it is something that is in great demand). More details on the whole DIY Flocked Christmas Tree below (as a LOT of you showed interest on my IG stories in learning about the process). 3. And I wasn’t really going to do much about other holiday decorations until my tree was up and the DIY project turned out exactly how I wanted it to be (and so happy to declare that it exceeded my expectations, woohoo!). LOVE LOVE LOVE how the tree in our house looks right now!!!

Once the tree was up and all of the other decorations that I had ordered online during Black Friday sale arrived, and a few full days of shopping trips to a dozen stores (totally unplanned, but who was I kidding? I should know better about myself haha), my home finally came together and it is now HOLIDAY READY! (But if you know me, you probably already know that I will be updating my #HolidayDecorations until that very minute when it is actually time to bring the decorations down! #Storyofmylife haha, which means more shopping is on the cards, or as the hubby says, it’s never off the cards when it comes to me :p).

No matter if you have already Decked The Halls or you belong to the latter category, below are some ideas and products to up your #HolidayDecor game this year (that is not to say that you don’t already have an A game when it comes to decorating for the holidays, but there’s always something new that we can learn from each other and improve :)).

On that note, HAPPY DECORATING!

















Now back to the DIY Flocked Christmas Tree business, I will write a separate detailed post, but that won’t happen before the holidays for sure. So here is a quick and efficient guideline for you to make your own FLOCKED TREE this year and save some $$$ (it would have cost me a minimum of $250 to buy a similar one or this or this too, but I only spent $25 on it this year, woot-woot (paid $55 for the tree when I bought it last year). Plus, how immensely satisfying is it to make your own, huh!?

  1. Order this flocking powder (the best one in the market, trust me, I did a ton of research before ordering) as early as possible (told ya, it is in great demand)
  2. Set up your faux 7.5 ft. Christmas tree (or if you want a smaller one, this is 3 ft and currently only $12.50), or get a real one (you can flock either)
  3. Get a spray bottle and fill it with water (you will constantly be refilling it until you are done with this project, so the bigger the bottle the better)
  4. A big size strainer
  5. Spray a generous amount of water on the areas you want to flock, sift the flocking snow on top of it, then spray water again (this is the most important step as the flocking snow is made of a self-adhesive material which is activated when it comes in contact with the water). If the flocking snow doesn’t stick well then it will shed when you move the tree around or when you decorate it. Repeat this step until the tree is fully flocked.
  6. Let it dry for 24 to 72 hrs. (based on how warm it is outside and how moist your tree is).
Tips: The floor will get really dirty during the process so do it outside the house, preferably with some kind of rag underneath it. And make sure that the strainer doesn't get wet or the flocking powder will stick to the mesh and will block it. 


BEFORE: Christmas tree from last year 



AFTER - Flocked Christmas Tree from this year




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“Its all fun and games until Santa checks the naughty list.”

xoxo,

Kusum

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