Affordable Boho Christmas Decor In Our Living Room
This year’s boho Christmas Decor is without a doubt the most affordable holiday decor I have ever done. Just like my pampas grass Christmas tree and foraged dried floral Christmas tree, most of the items in today’s tour as part of Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk are either handmade or found outside in nature.
I’m thrilled to be part of her blog hop today and if you are coming from Number Fifty-Three then a big welcome to you and I hope you enjoy all the tours and Christmas decor.
You should start at Jennifer’s house tour HERE if you haven’t already to get through the entire series of tours from this week.
If you are new to my blog, I was born and raised in Germany and met my husband here in the US at a bar during an internship. My poor parents! We have lived in our half-double for over 20 years and just never moved on from our starter home. I love showing people that you don’t need your dream home to have a pretty home that you are happy with. We live here with our 2 kids and 3 cats and I hope you enjoy the tour.
Affordable Boho Christmas Decor with handmade macrame, pampas grass and dried flowers
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As I mentioned at the beginning of this blog post already, this year is probably the most affordable decor ever came up with and I made most of it myself.
I always feel a little off naming this all boho decor because it’s also eclectic and European and there are so many ways to decorate in a bohemian style. Some do it colorful, some more global, some completely neutral… You name it, it’s out there. This is my take on a boho vibe. To me foraged and handmade things fit within the category.
Mantle Pampas Grass Garland
For this year’s fireplace decor, I removed the wood bead garland because I wanted to mimic the other side of the room with a pampas grass garland that also has other dried grasses added. Check out my tutorial HERE.
I love how the garland turned out because the shape kind of reminds me of feathery fluffy angel wings. The best part is that the garland was free because I had all the materials on hand.
I always love having an advent wreath of some sort as we did in Germany growing up which were always real pine wreaths. A couple of years ago I bought this metal one at Target and I still love it because we use it for the nuts that we love to eat.
Below is a photo of the new smoker I just brought back from Germany and added to my collection. He is sitting with the others on the fireplace bookshelf. They are a touch of whimsy and I love them.
If you want to start your own German smoker collection then check out these websites HERE, HERE and HERE.
I know I have plenty of photos of Willy but I couldn’t help myself. He’s such a poser sometimes.
Handmade Dried Floral or Pampas Grass Christmas tree
The new dried floral Christmas tree this year was entirely made out of dried greenery and some feathers and I used the same tutorial as my pampas grass tree video which you can see below.
I was so into last year’s boho Christmas decor color palette and pampas grass Christmas tree that I wanted to do something similar again.
Can you spy our black cat Walter in the below photo?
When I showed this tree for the first time people thought there was a Christmas tree under it somewhere. Nope, it’s completely made out of grasses and dried flowers. No faux or real pine around!
If you are new around here then you can see last year’s DIY pampas grass Christmas tree in the below photo. I definitely wanted a similar look with all the different textures but have it slightly different. And I’m already wondering if I could do the same thing again next year. I guess it’s a great thing if you are happy with what you made and have.
If this video doesn’t load for you then you can also watch it on my YouTube channel instead as well.
Lunch Bag Paper Snowflakes
I brought several boho Christmas decor pieces back from last year. It is great to show everyone that you can use the same items and still make them look slightly different.
This is also the third year that I brought my lunch bag paper snowflakes back for the Holiday season. They just have such a big impact and are so cheap and easy to make. Perfect for a kids Christmas craft!
Did you notice that I hung my modern macrame wallhanging above the lamp now instead of the dining room? I like it there a lot.
From the leftover green macrame cord, I made a macrame Christmas tree this year that also lights up. I’m so happy with how it turned out.
I did treat myself to this new mirror. I still love the old one but I was ready for a change with less pattern. The graphic tribal pattern really dominated the room and especially during Christmas season I have so much hanging and standing around that I wanted to tone it down a bit.
That’s also the reason that I moved most of my plants into the bedroom for the holidays. That’s a room that won’t be decorated for the holidays anymore due to the jungle it has become during the winter. I even have plant lighting up there now. You know I’m a bit crazy with my plants.
Handmade boho Christmas ornaments
Last year we used our large faux flocked Christmas tree with the handmade macrame Christmas ornaments, baking soda paint ornaments, and faux palm paper fan ornaments. This year we got a large real Christmas tree with more fairy lights for that spot and all those handmade ornaments of mine look completely different on a real tree.
I also added some new pillows to the sofas and chairs.
I always like seeing how a Christmas tree looks with the lights off. I also brought the starfish and glass icicle ornaments back. I just love them so much. The starfishs were on my corner tabletop Christmas tree with the orange slices before. Which I loved so much. I didn’t bring the fabulous orange slices back because they turned brown in the attic and I didn’t have time to make more. They are a super affordable, easy, and pretty boho Christmas decor accessory though.
I also love the metal Christmas tree collar I bought two years ago which we needed due to the robot vac wanting to eat the tree skirt. I also found the perfect tree stand (size large) that fits inside of that collar and it’s super easy to use. I love it.
Tutorials: macrame Christmas ornaments, baking soda paint ornaments, and faux palm paper fan ornaments
My favorite way to decorate these types of real Christmas trees is still just the glass icicles and fairy lights on them and I actually left the tree like that for a couple of days again. My kids prefer more things on the tree though.
Maya wasn’t into posing as much as last Christmas. Her two eyebrow whiskers crack me up. They are like antennas.
Also check out the rest of our downstairs Christmas decor HERE. Here’s a sneak peek above and below.
But don’t think that the entire house is now brown, rust, and beige. The kitchen and dining room have a lot of green and my bedroom still has a lot of blue. But I do love how cozy the more neutral colors make our living room feel.
I hope you liked my boho Christmas decor ideas and now it’s time for you to check out Clean and Scentsible who is up next on today’s tours.
My DIY projects shown in today’s post:
Oh I was looking forward to seeing your home. Love the paper snowflakes and one day I will make those. Also totally obsessed with that icicle tree- it’s GORGEOUS!!! Love all of your textures and layers so much. So glad to have you on this tour this year!!! XOXO
You should totally make some snowflakes. I always feel like Elf 🙂 when he cuts all the snowflakes and garlands. My favorite Christmas movie 😉 And thank you.
Wait… you MADE you tree? You made it????? How talented does someone have to be to MAKE the tree!!! And it.is.gorgeous! Second only to Walter, who I found myself playing a game of Where’s Walter in every picture.
Thank you so much! Walter is such a stinker 😉 The best thing about the tree is that I can make a dried flower arrangement out of it after Christmas and the rest goes into the firepit. No cleaning up ornaments LOL
Absolutely gorgeous, Julia! And so are your kitties!
Thank you Lori! Except of Willy non of the others really felt like posing this time.
I love your calm and lovely home! Thank you for sharing all the craft ideas! Do you have a source for your German smokers? I have several already in my collection, but my local shop has closed and would love to add more.
Thanks so much Karen! Try these 3 websites:
My husband bought me beautiful German shaved wood trees last year from Erzgebirge Palace. I’m sharing them in my next tour. Just wasn’t able to get everything out yet. Merry Christmas!
Thank you for the Smoker sources. I found two that caught my eye and they are on their way to Kansas. Looking forward to more of your inspiring posts!
Oh awesome! Glad you found some.
So beautiful Julia and I always love seeing your kitties! I’ve never seen those smokers before – they’re so cute! And, of course, I love your pampas grass tree and mantel. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Thanks Jenn! I was so upset that 2 of my smokers broke and am now even more careful when I store them away again. There are so many fun ones to buy.
And Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones too.
Hi Julia –
I always enjoy getting to see your home, your authentic style. and your can make anything attitude. It is so refreshing to see – a true original. My daughters feel the same way as your kids about the amount of ornaments on the tree. :-). I tell them that come January – I am happy I kept the decorations on the tree to a minimal – much less to put away. XO
Oh thank you so much Diane. I feel the same about your blog and ideas.
Our kids will one day understand what we meant when they have to pack it all away. The nice thing about this years dried floral stuff is that I won’t have to pack anything away. It will go into the firepit 😉 Merry Christmas to you and your family
Your home will forever be one of my absolute favorites! I love seeing what you will create! This year is no exception! How could you possibly top the pampas tree from last year, but you did!!! And, now a garland too! So, so good!!!
Awww thanks so much Doreen. That is so sweet of you to say. Merry Christmas!
Your home is just stunning, so warm and cozy, warm and welcoming! I love how everything is on a budget, you would never know. You are so creative with everything you make. I had a cat growing up that looks just like Maya, the cat was the happiest cat EVER, would pur even when it was getting a bath. lol Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home with all of us!
Thank you so much Kristin. She is a very happy cat too. The other two are a bit moody 😉 Merry Christmas
Oh my goodness, I LOVE your home decorated for the holidays. Such great boho decorating and LOVE all the tutorials for ornaments and pampas grass tree. All so very beautiful! Merry Christmas! xx
Thanks for the sweet compliments Danielle. Merry Christmas to you too.
Julia! Besides the obvious fact that the cats (especially Willy) steal the show, I am in love with your cozy Christmas home! That icicle tree is stunning and of course the paper bag snowflakes and smokers (I have one … may need to get more)!
Thanks Kelly, yes you need more smokers 😉 There are so many fun ones. I want to buy a new one every year now. Merry Christmas to you guys