christmastime outside & DIY banner

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 I‘m happy to be sharing this post @  Jennifer Rizzo’s holiday house walk.  So  much inspiration and holiday cheer to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
I finally finished feathering our nest outside to welcome the Christmas festivities.
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It starts at the curb on our mailbox with some extra tree trimmings, a pinecone bell, some gold pinecone decorations & burlap ribbon.
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As you walk down our walkway towards the front door the greenery, pinecone, baubles & burlap theme continues.
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Remember the burlap | pinecone swags I added to our sconces for the fall season?  You can read about it here.  I added the greenery & mercury glass ornament to the swags.
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The swags are complimented with the silver bells I got years ago at Target, which I embellished with some tinsel to give them a more vintage feel.
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Between the sconces | swags I hung my semi DIY banner on the window , which reads {merry & bright}.
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It’s a burlap banner with chalkboard panels.  You can see how to make it at the end of this post.
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On & next to the church pew under the window sit | hang some baskets also filled with greenery, pinecones & mercury glass ornamnets.
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I love the mix of bling with rustic.
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This hanging white metal basket from southern living at home is so versatile and has seen many looks.
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As you get to the front door you’re greeted with the oversived mercury balls sitting on wreaths on our cast iron urns flanked by the parkhill lanterns.
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And hanging on the other side is the bird cage I altered a few years ago.
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It’s hard to see.  It’s hard to photograph.  But I painted the birdacage & added a faux mini tree w/ a couple of clip on glass feathered birds.
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The tag reads (joyeux noel} & it’s hung with a tasseled ribbon.
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I moved Mr. reindeer over by the garage.  So he’s front & center.
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I love him!  One of those purchases I will never regret.
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I understand it might not be for everyone, but it’s TOTALLY for me.  {love}
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It’s all done…except the front door wreath…coming soon…just couldn’t get it all done.
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So about that DIY banner.
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So I bought this burlap banner earlier this year when our local hobby lobby opened up.  I was so excited since I had heard about HL online but had never been in one in real life.  Anyway this banner was super reasonably priced to begin with but I got it at 50% off for a few $$.
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It has 12 burlap penants and I wracked my brain about what I could write on it so it would have multipurpose.  I almost- almost decided on {welcome}…
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Until I decided to layer a chalkboard layer on top of the burlap that I could write & erase.  I cut 12 cardboard penants slighty smaller than the burlap & painted three coats of chalkboard paint.
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I used 3 black brads to attach the cardboard pennants to the burlap at each corner.  Remember to condition your chalkboard surface by rubbing a chalk sideways all over and then wiping clean before using.  Then the possibilities are endless.
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I used a stencil to write my {merry & bright} message which I had on hand.  You can find them at any office supply store or even hardware stores.  Can’t wait to use it throughout the year with different inspiration.
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Love this fresh holly.  It’s so delicate & pretty.  So glad the outside of the house is ready to share with you and welcome all our holiday guests.
partying with:
feathered nest friday @ french country cottage 
home & garden thursday @ a delightsome life
share your cup thursday @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson
wordless wednesday @ oh my heartsie girl
home sweet home @ the charm of home
treasure hunt thursday @ from my back porch to yours
simple&sweet fridays @ rooted in thyme
motivate me monday @ keeping it simple
amaze me monday @ dwellings-the heart of your home
motivational monday @ burlap & babies
making monday @ grace langdon art
masterpiece monday @ boogieboard cottage
wow us wednesdays @ savvy southern style

 

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