HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS

I love looking around the web for handmade Christmas decorations.

Handmade decorations always make a house truly feel like a home and they add so much character to any space, plus the satisfaction of knowing that you have made something yourself.

As you know, I love creating messes and making things. I like getting the kids involved. They get so excited! Chaotic Monkey starts with loads of energy and gets distracted about 5 minutes into it and runs off covered in material and glue. Big Monkey usually lasts 10 more minutes before he has the urge to draw something, so I tend to finish it on my own. I don’t mind. I find it therapeutic, except the cleaning. I don’t like the cleaning part…

MollyMooCrafts has an abundance of amazing craft projects to make with the kids but I find this tree garland particularly adorable, don’t you think?

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - MollyMoo Crafts

I find the colors in these decorations by Picklebums very uplifting and they would bring an extra personal touch to any tree.

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Picklebums

The amazing Martha Steward has the most beautiful place setting ever, but we wouldn’t expect anything else from her now, would we?

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - MARTHA STEWART

Pompoms. Who doesn’t love pompoms? They are so whimsical! And Northstory has a such fun way to make them look delightful for Christmas.HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Northstory

This wreath by That is My Letter would not only make you stand out from your neighbors but it would help you clear out all those fabric bits and pieces that you have in that basket somewhere in your house and you will then be able to buy more!!! or not… 😉

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - That's my letter

These beautiful trees by Beautiful Matters, are easy to make, beautiful and so versatile… a little forest in your house!

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Beautiful matters

I love, love, love this simple and yet stunning center piece by InspireMeHeather. Did I mention that I love it?

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS Heathers candles

If you are lucky enough to have pine cones in your area, you can make the cutest tree out of them. Yes, you heard me right. Just ask Tapelu2. So cute!!!

HOME-MADE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS - Adorable-DIY-Christmas-Decorations

So, between all these amazing examples of beautiful and yet easy hand-made Christmas decorations, plus last year’s ones, plus the ones I’ve made on the blog(here, here, here), you have no excuse not to personalize your home-decor during this festive season with your very own hand-made Christmas decorations

Share your projects on #ChaoticChristmas so we can all see them and appreciate them.

Have fun!
Chaotic Itzi

MAKE YOUR OWN ADVENT CALENDAR

Today is the 1st day of December. The 1st of December!!! Which means that there are 18 more sleeps until Star Wars: The Force Awakens!! I can’t wait!!!!
Oh yeah, and 24 sleeps to Christmas!
Make your own Advent CalendarThis year I wanted to make an Advent Calendar to help with the countdown to Christmas at home, to build it up more and, to be honest, to blackmail the kids into being on their best behavior for the month. Oh yeah, mother of the year and all that… that’s me…
Make your own Advent CalendarI wanted to make something simple but pretty. I decided to use 4 different patterns with just a couple of materials. Nothing complicated.
Advent Calendar - making the felt patternsI made Christmas stockings and mittens from felt and I made parcels with toilet rolls and wrapping paper.
Advent Calendar - making the parcelsOnce I had all the parcels together, I added the numbers with washi tape and I hot-glued them to some red ribbon.
Make your own Advent Calendar -Make your own Advent CalendarIt will definitely help with the build-up to Christmas.
24 sleeps. 24 treats. All waiting for them right there, on the wall.
Make your own Advent Calendar - 3This month is going to fly.
Are you ready for it?
Chaotic Itzi

MY GALLERY WALL

My gallery wall is finished and I am very happy with the result.
My finished gallery wall 6The longest part of the process for me was choosing the color scheme and the prints to get the mood I wanted for the stairs. I wanted something subtle, soothing, cheerful and fresh. Once I got that sorted, the process went very fast as I couldn’t wait to see the end product.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe prints are very lighthearted full of love and joy.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall One of my favorite pictures on my wall
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallThe main part of the gallery welcomes us in the morning as we do downstairs for breakfast and, no matter how grey or wet the day is, we all go down smiling and looking at the prints.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wallOrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I have deliberately not gone for a pattern when hanging the frames. I didn’t want something too regimented. I like the idea of being able to add more bits and pieces to the wall in an organic way. I also had to work with the hooks that were already on the wall, which limited the creativity in some parts of the wall.
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall I am delighted with the result.
What do you think?
OrganisingChaos - My finished gallery wall
Chaotic Itzi

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CHOOSING A COLOUR SCHEME FOR MY GALLERY WALL

I have been working on putting together a gallery wall for my stairs.Choosing a color scheme - grey, coral, white and blue

I guess that when planning a gallery wall, the main considerations are the frames and the prints, or at least they were for me. I had good few frames lying around. They were different styles and sizes, which is good, but also different colors, which is not so good for me. I like the idea of totally different frames in some gallery walls but not for this one. I was looking for some bit of uniformity.

Deciding on what color to use in the frames has been the biggest delay in getting this infamous gallery wall started. I might have mentioned before that I am a bit anal complicated when it comes to colors. I knew I didn’t want anything dark. I wanted to keep the stairs light and airy so I needed a light color. I also knew I wanted something neutral enough so the frames would not clash or take away from the prints.

Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme
After much deliberation (first world problem, right?), I decided to paint the frames light grey with Autentico Chalk Paint and complement the grey with some coral and light blue decorations and prints. I love the grey, coral, white and blue combination. It is light and fresh, calm and uplifting.
Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme

I have used chalk paint before (here, here and here) and you have probably figured out that I pretty much love it. There is no need for sanding and it covers any surface with very little effort, perfect! I decided to leave some frames grey, to lightly distress others and to mix the grey with some white in others to keep it lively and playful. A bit of variety within the uniformity. I like that.

Organising Chaos - Choosing a color scheme

I now have to plan how I am going to organize the frames on the wall. I like the random factor with some sort of order. You know what I mean, don’t you? I am hoping to share the final wall very soon.

Very soon…
Chaotic Itzi

DECORATING PUMPKINS, 4 WAYS

I didn’t grow up celebrating Halloween. It is not something that was big in Spain when I was a child but since moving to Ireland and having children, Halloween seems to be getting bigger and bigger in my house. More decorations, more lights, more sweets. Bigger is better according to my kids and I kind of agree. I usually find myself buying bags of sweets with my shopping, keeping black pieces of paper so we can make bats to hang around the house and planning costumes from about mid September onward. We can safely say that I have totally embraced this Irish pagan festival.

Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways

When it comes to the traditional Halloween pumpkin, I usually carve it.  The problem is that if you submit to peer pressure from the kids and carve it few days in advance, the pumpkin gets a bit yucky by the time Halloween comes so my options were to hide the pumpkins or to decorate them in a different way to avoid the unwanted pumpkin soup…

1. PAINT IT

The main advantage of this way of decorating your pumpkins, is that you can literally use anything you have around in your house. Any color and any type of paint as it is not something you are going to keep long-term. Painting the pumpkin will also help disguise any ugly or brown parts that the pumpkin may have.
Paint it all or just a little bit. You choose how much work you want to take on.

Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 waysOrganising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways

2. DRESS IT UP

So many ways you can dress the pumpkin up: cut out shapes, bandages, buttons, bows, washi tape… Make it as cute or as scary as you want. It’s Halloween, anything goes really….
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 3 ways
3. CARVE IT

Carving is the most traditional and popular way of decorating pumpkins around this time of the year, but that doesn’t mean that carving has to be boring. You can have funny, scary, cute and evil faces. You don’t have to limit yourself to carving faces. You can go for different designs, it all depends how handy you are with the knife.
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
4. DRILL IT

Drilling a pumpkin is a similar technique to carving in that you still need to empty the pumpkin and put a light inside, but the drilling gives the pumpkin a more contemporary and a slightly grown up look. More sophisticated, maybe?

Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways
Organising Chaos - Decorate pumpkin: 4 ways

What are your plans for Halloween? Have you bought your pumpkin?

Share your designs and plans with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag
#chaoticpumpkin #chaotichalloween

Chaotic Itzi

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NO TRICK, JUST A TREAT: FREE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLES

Organising Chaos - Free Halloween PrintablesThis week we are enjoying our first mid-term break and some quality time with the Scottish cousins that are over for the break. As the boys don’t have any cousins in the country (they have them in Australia, Spain and Scotland), whenever we are together, we always make a huge effort to hang out as much as possible which involves plenty of sleepovers, big messes, constant cooking and loads of tea and coffee.

We are also planning a Halloween party for Saturday. This party is also an excuse to celebrate all the kid’s birthdays as we haven’t managed to be together for any of them. The kids are very excited. We are trying to make decorations to have the house ready and that is where the marvelous artists that offer their prints for free in the world-wide web come to the rescue once again and not for the last time.

These free printables will make your house look amazingly spooky and stylish for your Halloween party.
Organising Chaos - Free Halloween Printables

Pumpkin soup Trick or treat printable  /  Happy halloween girl / Halloween treats / Halloween invitations

Organising Chaos - Free Halloween PrintablesHappy Haunting  /Spider CiderHalloween silhouettes / Straw FlagsWitching you a Haunted Halloween

What are your plans for Halloween? Are you having a party?
Let us know,
Chaotic Itzi

PLAIN RUG + FELT BALLS = HAPPY RUG

PLAIN RUG + FELT BALLS = HAPPY RUG

OrganisingChaosBlog - Making a rug special with felt balls
When it comes to interior design, I have always been a fan of the Scandinavian style. I love the whites, the greys, the soft colors, the textures… Scandinavian interior design is renowned for its simplicity, utility and beauty, and that is exactly what I want in my home – simple clean lines that allow a space to work for a busy family with young kids but it is still beautiful.
One of the main features of the Scandinavian style is the light colors. I guess it is to maximize any bit of light that they get in the winter months and, having lived in Ireland for 15 years and experiencing the dark (and wet, and cold) winters, I need plenty of light colors around the house to help me make it to Spring.
OrganisingChaosBlog - White rug + felt balls = happy rug
Last year I bought a plain inexpensive white rug for the sitting room. It was a bit of a characterless rug but I bought it with the idea of maybe painting some design in it or dying it. A year passed by and the white rug was still under the sitting room table. Still white. Still plain.
OrganisingChaosBlog - Making a rug special with felt balls
As much as I love white, I also like colors. A touch of color always lifts a space, adds a touch of fun and it makes any space more summery even in the depths of winter. If that touch of color comes in the shape of colorful gorgeous felt balls, well, that just divine!!! So what do you do when you have a white rug and a load of colourful felt balls? The only thing you can do!
OrganisingChaosBlog - White rug + felt balls = happy rug
OrganisingChaosBlog - White rug + felt balls = happy rug
I love the subtle color that the balls bring to the room and I love how the rug makes the wood on the floor and on the table that bit brighter.
OrganisingChaosBlog - White rug + felt balls = happy rug
What do you think? Are you a white + color kind of person? Or are a color + color kind of person?
Let us know

Chaotic Itzi

UPDATING FRUIT BOXES

When we were planning our 20 year anniversary, Mr B and I realized that at least 1/3 of our guests would be children. Most of our friends and family are at the similar stage in life as us, with kids, and we wanted to make sure that the party was very inclusive and that both parents and kids would have a great time.
Kid's area at the party
I decided to set up an area for the kids. I organised some entertainment for them and I set up a little table for them to help themselves and to have fun. As the table was very small, I needed more surface in which to put food and drinks as well as carry them from the house to the field where the party was held.
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
I decided to use some fruit boxes that my local fruit shop kindly donated. I love the wood mixed with the different designs and colors in the fruit boxes but I also wanted to personalize them and also to make them fit into my design scheme.

I used some paint to color the sides of the boxes in some of them as some of the designs weren’t to my taste.  I used washi tape to decorate the sides of the box.
Updating a fruit box with washi tape
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray 3
I covered the bottom of the box with some pretty paper matching the washi tape. It looks pretty, don’t you think?
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
They were extremely useful on the day to carry food and beverages around and to display food. It also helped us in the tidying up the following day. I am currently using them in my room (I have glued some felt at the bottom of the box to avoid scratching the shelves).
Updating a fruit box to use as a tray
I love the idea of extending the life of something that has already done a great job. It now looks prettier and it will last for another good few years. Up-cycling at its best!
Updating a fruit box with washi tape
Have you up-cycled anything recently?
Chaotic Itzi

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