Hallmark’s photo stylist, Erin M., has a knack for making all things look lovely. Today, she is breaking down how to create your own modern Christmas decor from traditional elements. Get ready for some major eye candy and inspiration!
Take a world tour.
Look for inspiration from other parts of the world. Do a little Pinterest or Google searching for visuals of decorative details from the folk art and handicrafts of other cultures. I love the crepe paper flowers, punched tin ornaments, and vibrant colors from Mexican traditions! I also incorporated pom-poms and trims from India, and some tassels and painted wooden beads that I made myself. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. A patchwork of ideas from different cultures is a beautiful representation of our modern world!
Hunt and gather.
Canvas your house for things to repurpose. Think texture and color—fabric scraps, bits of yarn, POM-POMS! (a personal fave), recycled paper goods or giftwrap are all likely candidates. Also think about gathering things from nature. They are free and beautiful! Twigs, pinecones, branches, bits of greenery, acorns or seedpods all work great.
Pair pops of bright color with natural materials for an unexpected modern punch. An unexpected color palette is even better! The logs in this fireplace are just plain old logs with a coat of bright paint on the end—easy peasy. I wouldn’t recommend burning those logs though, I’m pretty sure the paint would up the flammability factor!
Simple is always beautiful.
‘Nuff said. Resist the urge to over-embellish if you’re going for a clean, modern look.
More fun together.
Host a craft night with family or friends to make some decorations or wrap gifts. Have everyone bring some snacks, put on some Christmas records, pour some drinks and let the holiday creative juices flow!
Photography: Jane Kortright