That's exactly what we did! Our Mardi Gras Christmas is full of wildly colorful beads and ornaments. Last year, we took advantage of the end of season Christmas sales by purchasing $75 worth of multi-colored ornaments, bead garlands and various wreath decorations. Just a add a few masquerade masks (post-Halloween sales!), strands of beads from Oriental Trading and our decorations from years passed... and TA-DA! You have a colorful array of decorations.
Please join me for a tour of our decorated home...
I finally have a stairway to decorate. Inspired by the draped balconies of New Orleans Square in Disneyland, we attached the lighted garland to the railing using clear zip-ties and loosely laid bead garlands and necklaces over the edge. We finished it off with a collection of ornaments.
Pst...my tip for putting a garland on the mantle? 3M Hooks - easy to place, easy to remove - no damage!
Printable is available over at the blog Eighteen 25.
The kitchen got it's own jazzy treatment with this beautiful wreath on the pantry door and a jar of lighted goodies. The wreath, like the one above, was made by temporarily placing items in the foliage. The jar was inspired by having a ton of pieces leftover. Don't store them away - add them to the decor!
Ha! In all seriousness, I love our advent / 25 Days of Christmas calendar. I'm glad we've found such a great location for it in the new house. You can find the tutorial to make your own here.
Don't buy these accents- make them yourself! It's so easy and inexpensive - find the tutorial here.
I have this season tree branch pieces in our house now... trust me, there will be a blog about it soon. I love it and it became the perfect place for additional lights and party fun! It looks like it got caught up in a parade!
How party-tastic are your branches!
We layered in lights, colorful ornaments, our traditional ornaments (a must for us), bead garlands and necklaces, masks and streamers. Our tree went to a carnival and brought back the fun!
Thank you for coming to visit. I hope you were inspired to add a touch of Mardi Gras to your life! Keep checking back for tutorials and more fun and colorful crafts!