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2014 Christmas Decor & How to Raise Your Christmas Tree

I love sharing my Christmas decor! And this year I am also sharing a great tip on how to raise your Christmas tree, and it is SO simple!

I’m so excited to share my Christmas decor with you again this year!

Mainly because I think I have completely embraced and reclaimed the space over our mantle now that the tv has been moved elsewhere. Yay!

(Be sure to check out my past Christmas decor tours.)

I also have an amazing and SUPER simple little trick for you on how to raise your Christmas tree and it will barely cost you anything.

You won’t want to miss that!

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I present my 2014 Christmas mantle!

It may very well look this way for years to come because I am completely smitten with it.

The oversized chalk art is my favorite.

I hand drew it on chalkboard paper and mounted it on black foam core.

It’s propped behind the frame.

The lights around the frame are little fairy lights and they twinkle.

The whole thing is pretty magical in person!!

You can find the tutorial for the moss Christmas tree here.

Here are a few more festive corners of the house…

Garlands on the stair railing is a must for me.

It’s a fun way to sneak in more decorations and more Christmas lights into the room.

My black hutch is one of my absolute favorite spaces to decorate for the holidays.

I usually keep it fairly simple with a little bit of greenery and some pops of white and red.

You can find a tutorial for making my sweet fabric chalkboard bunting here.

I have a LOT of Christmas decorations, and I tend to group them together according to theme.

These are my sweet snowmen paired with some woodland-themed Christmas decorations.

See how I made the Mason jar woodland winter scenes.

Here you can see many of my various Santa Clauses.

I also have a tutorial for those wrapped Christmas gift decorations.

Can you believe they are made from stretched canvases?

You can see I’ve snuck decorations in everywhere.

This lantern is holding my bottle brush Christmas trees.

winter poinsettia wreath
This poinsettia wreath is one of my favorite handmade holiday wreaths!

I tucked the snowman ornament on it to add to the winter look, but he’s completely removable.

christmas tree 2014
Last year I traded in my 12 ft prelit Christmas tree for a 7.5 ft NON prelit tree (BOO!).

The prelit tree was 8 years old and the lights were starting to die strand by strand.

It was so sad!!

Plus it was ginormous to store so we downsized.

I miss that giant tree!

But did you see on Instagram how I raised the new Christmas tree?

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How to Raise Your Christmas Tree

To add a little height to our current tree I asked the hubs to build a platform to set it on.

This would both make the tree look taller AND allow easier access to placing presents under the tree.

He came back to me with 4 pieces of 6″ x 1/2″ PVC pipe.

I admit, I was skeptical!

But he placed the pieces of PVC pipe under each tree leg and… my tree was suddenly 6″ taller!

It’s sturdy and, after adding the tree skirt, gave exactly the look I wanted!

And the beauty of the whole thing?

It only cost a couple of dollars and practically no time at all to cut the pipe.

That’s my kind of fix!


How is your Christmas decor coming along?

I still have to put up the kids’ tree and finish decorating outside.

Then I’m ready to sit back and relax and stare at my mantle for a while!!


>> See where I party! <<

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Tuesday 24th of September 2019

I love your idea for making your tree taller! I'm going to try it this year. Looking at your pics, it appears as if there are rubber feet or stops on the bottom of the PVC pipe legs. What are those?

Michele McDonald

Wednesday 25th of September 2019

Thank you! They are little felt pads (like that go under chair legs). They helped prevent any scraping from the PVC pipe.


Friday 3rd of November 2017

Add the PVC and use a corner connector! That may work!

Ann Bono

Sunday 27th of November 2016

I'm not quite sure about the PVC. Do you slip the leg of the tree into the PVC pipe? Maybe a pic would help me understand better. Thanks, Ann

Ann Bono

Sunday 27th of November 2016

Sorry...I just saw the pic...that won't work for my tree. The legs go straight out. But the idea could help someone else. Your decorations are gorgeous!!!


Wednesday 26th of October 2016

Great idea to add 6" to the tree height. Is it possible to add up to 12" to the height?

Beverly {Flamingo Toes}

Monday 8th of December 2014

Wow Michele! It's all so gorgeous and welcoming! The mantel is so pretty and that chalk art is perfect there! I love every bit it!!

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