Out with the old, in with new! And old!

Out with the old, in with new! And old!
This year I had a serious talk with myself.  I asked myself why I’ve hung on to so many ugly Christmas decorations for so long.   “Does that stack of plastic poinsettia placemats have sentimental value, or were they on clearance at Wal-Mart?” I prodded. “Clearance,” I mumbled.
“Did you plan on revisiting your “Country-Christmas phase” from a decade ago, or can we admit that you never liked it in the first place and throw out that 3-foot tall gingham Santa thing that falls apart and stabs someone every year?”  “I’ll get rid of Stabby Claus,” I sighed.
It really wasn’t hard to part with a lot of my junk once I got going; it actually felt like a relief!  If you’ve found yourself with a little extra breathing room in your Christmas storage bins too, here are a few great holiday decor ideas that you might want to try.  Yay for non-ugly stuff!
Nikki from Grand Design Co. made these Christmas stockings with $3.99 IKEA rugs!  I love the burlap trim too.  She says you can make one and a half stockings per rug.  If my math skills serve me, that’s like $2.65 per stocking!  Cheap, easy and cute.  That’s my new Christmas decor criteria.

Better After reader Dana also got creative with her stockings by using a fleece blanket.  They practically give these blankets away; you could make stockings for your whole neighborhood!

I love mini Christmas villages, however, I’ve never wanted one for myself.  So much work and money! I just prefer to let you put one up so I can look at it.  BUT, thanks to Shannon from Fox Hollow Cottage and her little church project, I think I’m going to keep my eye out for village pieces at the thrift stores during the year. Because how pretty would an all white, glittered and sparkly village be?!  Answer: So pretty!

And keep that can of white spray paint out, because look how easily it turns creepy into cute! I’m pretty sure that before elf was not really Santa’s little helper, but actually a demon vampire.  The blue glitter is really helping it’s cute-ability factor too.  From Crystal at Beautiful Haven.

And don’t put away the blue glitter yet!  Give your holiday wardrobe a kick of color too!  (get it? Kick of color? AH Ha Ha! Ha! Ha.  ha. … Sorry.)  Anyway, it’s so unexpected and fun.  From Francesca at Restyle Restore Rejoice.

I hope you enjoyed these holiday revamps!  May your days be merrier and brighter!



  1. December 23, 2011 / 3:15 PM

    And a Merry Christmas to you as well!

  2. December 23, 2011 / 3:24 PM

    Super cute ideas today! I can identify with the need to clean out ugly decorations. Need to do that myself!

  3. December 23, 2011 / 3:30 PM

    Ah hahahaha! Stabby Claus! I love it, so funny 🙂

  4. December 23, 2011 / 4:17 PM

    I’m loving the rug stockings! I never would have thought. I’ve spray painted over plenty of old Christmas stuff and it’s such an improvement

  5. December 23, 2011 / 4:33 PM

    I am amazed that the elf had ‘good bones’ and that it was just a bad paint job. She looks really cute without the makeup!

  6. December 23, 2011 / 4:35 PM

    I need to ditch some old, ugly decorations as well. I don’t even remove them from the attic crates…
    These ideas are wonderful. Love the redone village idea.
    Merry Christmas!

  7. December 23, 2011 / 4:41 PM

    Thirty years from now your kids will be combing thrift shops for the tired Christmas decor you ditched!

    Ah, the joys of changing our minds!

    Happiest of Holidays! Thanks for the elfin’ memories!

  8. December 23, 2011 / 4:50 PM

    awesome redos, girls! Love the 1st stockings and the shoes especially.

  9. December 23, 2011 / 6:32 PM

    LOVE this post. Yes, I too have “THOSE” bins which stay packed away – maybe this July I will dig them out and get rid of the stuff. That Church is adorable and only on your blog would I find a Christmas Eve Eve post involving a demon vampire. LOVE it! Thank you Linsdey for all that you do and for making our holidays a lot more merry! 🙂

  10. December 23, 2011 / 6:55 PM

    The blue sparkle soles are awesome! What a great idea!

  11. December 23, 2011 / 10:56 PM

    Was just cruising by and… HELLO. There is my lil’ church. Thanks for including me. That elf makeover was great. I’ll have to be on the look out for some of those now! Have to say, LOVE the glittery heels. Mega CUTE =)
    Merry Christmas Lindsey.

  12. December 24, 2011 / 1:21 AM

    I’m with you on the little elf. What was up with the lipstick on an elf? So much cuter in white. The fleece blanket stockings look totally do-able.

  13. December 25, 2011 / 12:09 AM

    Have a wonderful Christmas Holiday!

  14. December 28, 2011 / 10:10 AM

    I love the kitty in the before pic of the creepy elf! No need to cute that little guy up!

  15. January 23, 2012 / 12:24 AM

    These are great and really cute ideas!!

  16. Anonymous
    July 19, 2012 / 1:12 AM

    I love the little white church house. I wanted the same look for my mantle because I’d seen the buildings in a white/ivory color but it was like $5 a building-OUCH. So I took just regular painted buildings from my dollar tree on sale , sprayed them with a white matte color and blew some med clear glitter to look like snow. After I added some little LED lights it was like magic as we added some white fake trees on cotton quilt batting. The whole thing cost me less than $15 and made my mantel showroom/magazine looking.

  17. June 21, 2013 / 2:08 PM

    This morning I curated a “DIY Ceramic Animal Hall of Fame” collection (obviously, just my humble opinions) and this elf made the list! Obviously, not everything on the list is very “ceramic-y” but they are all adorable. I linked back to the original blog that created it, but wanted to let you know since I saw it here first. My apologies though, I know an elf isn’t an animal… I’m pretty sure anyway… The post is here: http://paintingsunny.com/2013/06/21/diy-ceramic-animal-hall-of-fame/

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