Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas Decorations

Hey everyone :)

Firstly I want to set the mood so I have some Christmas music playing on Spotify (specifically 'Santa Tell Me' by Ariana Grande), I have my Christmas jumper on, twinkly Christmas lights flashing and a cup of tea (I would have said eggnog but I'm not keen on the stuff lol).

I've been meaning to do this post since the start of December but I kept forgetting to do the pictures for the post ... I know I'm lazy!

So for those of you who don't know - I live in shared accommodation currently with 6 other people (you could say flatmates). I've lived her nearly three years come the 16th Jan (2015). It's cheaper than having a house and I'm small and don't have lots of stuff so one little room is okay for me :)

So this is my third Christmas here and the last two Christmas' I didn't decorate - mainly because I was always at work and spent more time at work than at home and because I only have my room and no other storage - all the decorations would have had to sit in a corner till the next year.

However this year we decorated our office at work and it got me in the mood and I had just gotten £25 worth of Tesco vouchers so I thought I would get some and get in the festive mood this year.

christmas decorations shoutjohn

christmas decorations shoutjohn


So I firstly found these - they are wooden N O E and L letters that you can organise how you like. I decided to put them on my window ledge facing into my room (I'm on the second floor of my house - so they won't be seen outside). I also decided to intertwine some blue/white tinsel around the letters so the display didn't look too lonely or boring.

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While shopping I saw that Glade Christmas candles were on sale so I bought a few of these and popped them at the end of each of the window ledges and wrapped the end of the tinsel around them to complete the display. I didn't want the tinsel just hanging of the end of the ledge.

christmas decorations shoutjohn

christmas decorations shoutjohn

christmas decorations shoutjohn

So because the house is shared (my room is technically the living room of the house and the largest (score!) and so I have two windows on the same wall and in between the two windows I have 3 narrow canvas paintings (as you can see above) those were looking bare so I looped some tinsel over them and behind the frames to keep it hanging. 

I also bought some twinkly icicle lights which were long enough to cover both windows, and the space in between, and then a little bit of my wall. So I started those of in one corner and pinned them over the windows. They are outdoor usable as well but I decided to keep them inside. It's a great mood setter - put them on slow-glo, pop a movie in, get some popcorn ... 

christmas decorations shoutjohn

christmas decorations shoutjohn

christmas decorations shoutjohn

As mentioned above I have two windows in my room - so the other window - again I found a centre-piece for the window - this one was the word 'sparkle' again - I think this is wood, painted white and then coated with sparkly, white, diamond-looking glitter. Again to keep the blue-theme I decorated the rest of the ledge with blue/white tinsel. You can see some of the icicle lights hanging down in the above pictures which adds to the Christmas(ey) effect :)

christmas decorations shoutjohn

christmas decorations shoutjohn

Again similar to the canvas paintings I have - I got some different coloured tinsel for my mirror and a photo-frame I have in my room. As you can see I looped metallic-purple tinsel around the top of the mirror and for the photo-frame I used a metallic-blue tinsel.

I then decided my ceiling looked pretty bare. So I then headed to Asda to look for some specific decorations I had in mind. I ended spending I think £4 (they were £1 each if I remember correctly).

christmas decorations shoutjohn

christmas decorations shoutjohn

christmas decorations shoutjohn

christmas decorations shoutjohn

So I ended up getting three different types of decoration.

I got a large red star which is flat and you just open out and hang. I like it but I feel that (as you can see in the picture) it hangs not from a point and looks like its upside down.

I also get a red snowflake which thinking about it now I should have looked for a blue or silver one. It still looks cool. Similar to the star - it is flat-packed and you open out and hang.

Now the last decoration silver snowflake ceiling hanging - my parents always had these every year at home. They string across your ceiling from two points and look cool. Only bad thing is they rip easy and break easy. I actually bought two but you'll notice there is only 1 in the photos because I broke the other one the other day when I was moving things around my room.

I decided against getting a real/fake tree this year as I go back to my reasons as to why I didn't decorate the last two years. The tree is only used for 1 month of the year and I don't want a tree box sitting in my room, taking up space for 11 months of the year.

I still think my room looks pretty festive and I'm happy with it. In total it cost me about £35 I think (baring in mind £25 was Tesco vouchers I saved up all year round) so really it was only £10 (inc the Asda spend).

Decorations and Cost Breakdown

Tesco:
Blue/white tinsel - £1 (two lots)
Silver tinsel - £1
Metallic purple - £1
Metallic blue - £1
NOEL sign - £5.50
Sparkle sign - £3.50
Icicle lights - £11.50
Glade candle (sale item) - £2

I did get some coloured Christmas lights (which are not featured in this post) if you want to see them in action they are in a background of my latest video about Zoella's new book 'Girl Online'.

Asda:
Red star - £1
Red snowflake - £1
Silver ceiling decoration - £1 (two lots)
(I also noticed the Glade candles are in sale in Asda too for £2)

That's everything :)

I've also done a quick video of the decorations in action so you could get a more closer look and see those twinkly icicle lights flashing. You can check it out here:



If the video doesn't work the link is: http://youtu.be/WfGPfBnjN7A

Hope you all enjoyed the post and/or video! Let me know in the comments what decorations old/new you have used this year.



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