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Making Merry...Whimsical Christmas Decorating

Now that we are officially into the Christmas decorating season, I thought I'd share some whimsical ideas I've been working on out in the sunporch!

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly...all opinions are my own.

I bought a roll of white Kraft paper at the craft store (inexpensive, in the party aisle...this stuff makes great wrapping paper, too).  I had thought about doing black paper with white for a chalkboard look, but decided to go with a different look.  Adding a length of paper to the table and using a marker to write Jingle Bells song lyrics around the edge, 
makes a quick and easy table covering...

nothing perfect about this writing...

A feather-type tree makes a whimsical centerpiece...

I love this cute vintage cloth mat...

and this sweet retro church music box.

Vintage planters are always great on a table...

I love this simple little project...I ordered a bunch of prints of family photos from Shutterfly and used them to make whimsical place cards for our Christmas gathering.  I made simple wire wrap photo holders, looped them onto different sizes of bottle brush trees, and cut out faces from the prints.  When a party isn't going on, you can use this simple DIY trick to display your Christmas cards
I have a forest of 15 trees made...I think everyone will have fun with these!

I found these vintage ornaments at the thrift store a couple of weeks ago...always one of my FAVORITE finds...and love how they look together in a bowl...

Little trucks are always a charming decoration, especially when paired with a tree...

I made this the colors and the graphic look...

Makes a great focal point over the French doors...

A wood peg rack, turned vertically, makes a great place to hang skates or scarves...

A champagne bucket holds a poinsettia...

Vintage flashcards are always fun accents...

I hope you found some ideas to inspire you!

I am joining~
Thrifted Merry Christmas Blog Hop

Until next time...

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  1. Love your decorations, Linda! You've got some great ideas. Your kitchen looks so festive. Love your sign!

  2. Yes thank you! SO much inspiration :)

    I LOVE everything!

    Happy Christmas to you and yours

    Karen x

  3. Linda,
    What great decorations. Love the Make Merry over your French Doors. All your vintage Christmas decor is too sweet. Happy Decorating.

  4. YES, I'm inspired by your decorating ideas for Christmas! All fun ideas!

  5. Hi Linda: I love your decorations. The look so warm and homey!!!

  6. Very festive. Yes, you have inspired me!

  7. This room looks like nothing but fun! Love the sign. Love what you've done with the paper runner. Love the photo idea. Vintage touches add such warmth. Jealous of those ornaments!!! Happy December!

  8. Love this room! So bright and fun. Great idea to use the white paper as a runner and the sign you made is perfect.

  9. I love this merry and bright and full of ideas!
    And, I LOVE your header!
    Happy December!!

  10. danke für die tollen inspirationen!!! einen schönen abend wünscht angie

  11. LOve all of your decorating...The picture place cards are genius and ohhh your little vintage truck and I love your Make Merry is all perfect!


  12. What a fun way to decorate, Linda! My favorite is the sign you painted for over your doors. The letters look like old billboard letters from afar. I've got that same wind-up church!

  13. Linda...I found so many great ideas here...the white Kraft paper (never knew what aisle, and do you find it too heavy to wrap with? Any tips?). Love how you used it here! The ornaments in the bowl are cute...I've bypassed them many times as I have my parents. But those go on the tree, it would be nice to have some vintage ones to display like this. Love the red letters above the door and the poinsettias in the champagne bucket! Love everything actually! :)

    I went to a neat place today where a couple not only do events with their vintage things but advertise on Facebook. My daughter and I had a ball today...I will post soon, I think you'd like it. You are a true "vintage gal"!!!

    Thanks also for your visits! :)

    Jane xxx

  14. Simple....
    Yet, Beautifully done!
    Beth Boothe Durant, OK

  15. So pretty and Christmasy Linda! Love the little vintage deer planter. So cute. Mimi

  16. Linda, I want to come and hang out in our sunporch! I got lots of ideas. It looks so inviting and I especially love the Make Merry sign. If I find time, I might copy that.

  17. I love every single thing in your sun porch, and especially love your sign, Linda!

  18. Everything looks so festive. I love the sign!!


  19. Oh how cute Linda! Love the paper idea on the table. I just may do that for Christmas. Thanks for sharing. You Holiday home looks beautiful and so very festive for Christmas

  20. Linda your going all out! There is so much in this room that I adore it would be silly of me to try to list them all! You truly have created a pretty, cheerful and fun space to enjoy the holiday season.

  21. So many great and sweet ideas Linda,- I love your trees, and the sweet heart hanging,- the truck is wonderful and so many other sweet pieces you have spread around in your sunroom. So festive !!

  22. I love your whimsical touches. You sort of have a retro theme going on. I love the old ornaments together and the vintage flash cards. The sign that you made to go over your french doors is probably my favorite though! You did a great job. It's the first thing I saw too.

  23. Love the sign over the french doors. Your decorations look so festive and just add a nice vi take touch!

  24. I always enjoy your posts. I love the idea of covering the table and writing the song. Cute! Your room is adorrrrable. I've been looking for an old truck to carry my brush tree. Ugh. I couldn't find one and had to break down and buy a new one. Just not the same effect.

  25. So many great ideas, Linda!! I adore your vintage Christmas decor...from the table with that wonderful old truck carrying the tree to the sled flashcard, the bottlebrush trees, vintage skates on the hooks and on and on and on...
    The table runner is such a fun idea. Such a delightful room...LOVE IT!!!!
    Mary Alice

  26. Linda! I feel like I'm looking through the pages of a magazine! Your Christmas decor is BEAUTIFUL! I love everything you did. So many GREAT ideas. Love your Merry sign over the french doors and your simple table decor is perfect!! Love it all!

  27. I love all your ideas especially the tree in the old rusty truck that is so cute ,it all looks wonderful

    Now I want to see Sophie and Bailey all decked out in their Christmas decor

  28. Linda, I'm quite certain
    that you could tag everything
    on your porch, open the
    doors to the public and sell
    out in a flash! It's so pretty!

    Looking forward to hearing
    more, next week....

    xo Suzanne

  29. Oh my--what a wonderful post, filled with such great ideas. Where to your sign, love the wreath around the dress form's neck, and the place cards--LOVE THEM!!

  30. I just love this room, Linda! Every single detail.....I have to go back and savor it some more....The little truck with the tree is so adorable <3 You are so incredibly talented - definitely putting me in the Christmas Spirit! xoxo

  31. You should be helping design at the Bachman house!

  32. You are amazing! I love every one of your festive ideas, especially the plain paper table runner that you made so special.

  33. This is such a merry room--love it! That tiny deer holding candy canes! Cute, cute, cute! Blessings, Cecilia

  34. Your decorating looks really lovely! You have made it look so christmassy and welcoming, love the little church, love it all! Pam xx

  35. Hi Linda! I'd love it if you would pop over and link this post up to the Vintage Christmas blog hop on my blog today?

  36. Love the clean, fresh look of your decorations! What a great idea for the table runner!

  37. So many gorgeous fun ideas here! The white paper is so easy and lovely, truly sets off the table and the snow outside. I think I need a sunroom. Thanks for linking up to the Thrifter Merry Christmas Blog Hop and do come back for Thrifter Share next week!

  38. Love all of this, Linda! Especially that little white perfectly rusty truck.


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