Establishing personal holiday traditions as a couple is cool, but nothing can beat the excitement of seeing the holidays though the eyes of your kids. If you’re decorating the house with the help of little ones, you face the challenge of balancing your dream with their dream of going all-out Frozen. Interior designer Lilly Bunn gave One Kings Lane a tour of her bright living room and offered some ideas on how to balance helping hands and holiday style — ideas that we immediately stole, because her DIY living room decorations are amazing even if you don’t have kids.
This year, Lilly gave each of her daughters a mini fake tree to decorate however they wanted. They ended up looking so cute that Lilly admitted she bought herself a little white feather tree to join in on the fun.
Mini faux white trees from Macy’s ($100) are the perfect option for showing off bright, colorful ornaments. Cover the trees with DIY felt ball garlands from Hello, Wonderful and as many candy-colored ornaments as you can fit on the tree, like these lightbulb ornaments from Brit + Co ($23) and these DIY sprinkle ornaments from Adorablest.
When it comes to balancing grown-up elements like a refined pinecone wreath and kid-friendly decorations, Lilly suggests stocking up on cheap craft store supplies. You can’t go wrong with glitter, felt scraps and shatter-proof baubles. Her last tip? “Just put a nice bow on their creations at the end to give them a polished look.” Brilliant.
Kids love to cover every square inch of the house with decorations, so drape this DIY snowflake garland from Victoria Elizabeth Barnes over the mantel and hang these DIY felt ball wreaths from The Casual Craftlete in the windows. Everyone will love decorating their own stocking with our easy indigo batik DIY, and this pinecone wreath ($233) from Williams Sonoma keeps the room from looking too much like Candy Land.
When you have kids, more is never enough. Fortunately, Christmas is not the time of year to practice minimalism — the more the merrier when it comes to decoration. Lilly says that this time of year is the perfect chance to embrace your inner child and go for non-traditional decor without worrying about how chic it looks. If you want to maintain some sense of order, Lilly suggests buying a couple box sets of themed ornaments to make the room feel more cohesive.
Let the kids help you set up a miniature village scene with ceramic candle houses ($15) and DIY miniature yarn trees from The Sweet Escape. Spruce up the couch with these no-sew holiday throw pillows from The Wonder Forest and then pull out the paints and have everyone paint their own wrapping paper with this DIY from Oh Happy Day.
What projects are you making with your kids? Show us your DIY decorations by tagging us on Instagram + using hashtag #iamcreative!
(h/t One Kings Lane)