As well as the themes listed below, you will also find more themes on my post for 2010 on Christmas Themes.
Choosing a theme for this Christmas was my first task as part of my 10 week plan for Christmas. I like the idea of having a theme for Christmas and this year will be the first year that I have really done so. I think it will be advantageous as:
- It aides decision making process, in relation to things like cards, decorations, wrappings etc.
- It helps can simplify what Christmas accessories you make / buy for the house.
- It allows for simple and coordinated look for Christmas celebrations.
- It adds to the memory – it was the gold Christmas etc!!!
On a recent conversation on Australian Mother’s Online, Squiggle Mum shared her themes from last year and what she was going to do this year:
- 2008 – gold/red/bird theme
- 2009 – silver/apple-green/bauble theme
I think they both sound completely gorgeous! I am however keeping my a little simpler than this, being my first time and hope to build up to such lovely themes. I am going to have a colour based theme red, green and silver. This means that lots of my current decorations etc will all fit in to this theme and the Christmas Tags that we have been making are in these colours as well!
While I was combing the internet for inspiration I did come across a number of amazing ideas and creations. I have grouped them into potential themes, but you could take most of these ideas and mix and match them to suit your theme:
Non traditional Bright Colours (Pink, blue, green, yellow, orange etc).
- Christmas Tags from Martha Stewart – This link goes directly to a PDF that you can print out.
- Felt Christmas Tree Tutorial – Thompson Family Life has beautiful pink, blue and yellow felt trees to make using her easy to follow tutorial. e.
- Advent calendar – Loveland Miscellany allows you to print our her beautiful design and has a tutorial on how to put it together.
- Sparkly Happy No Sew Christmas Stocking – A Fanciful Twist has a free downloadable PDF pattern that you can use to make these very cute stockings.
- Christmas Baubles – Inspirational Tips, Techniques and Tutorials shows you how to make delightful Christmas Baubles using Laura Ashley and Amy Butler papers and wall paper glue.
Raw / Natural Theme
(I have already chosen this theme for 2010!! To have altogether as nicely as I would like, it would take me greater preparation that I can give it this year. )
The first three items come from the crafty Jessica at Zakka Life:
- Felt Bird Cage Ornament – Jessica gives you a pattern and step by step tutorial on how to make this. It requires some basic stitching.
- Gift Wrapping with Mizuhiki Cord – A very stylish way to wrap your Christmas gifts.
- Walnut Shell Place Card Holder – You can download the very sweet design for the place card as well as find out how to turn a walnut into a card holder.
- Tiny Pine Cone Garland – Redbird Crafts show you how to make a very sweet garland out of nature.
- Green Wrapping and Brown Tagging – MayaMade has beautiful examples of how you can present gifts beautifully without such a significant environmental impact.
- MIni Christmas Tree – Esprit Cabane show you how to make a miniature Christmas trees from a few branches of wood.
Red, Green and Silver
- Opulent Ornaments – A very fun way to decorate a shelf for Christmas using 3-inch terra-cotta flowerpots and glass ball ornaments.
- Fabric Advent Chain – A low sew option for a beautiful fabric garland.
- Make Your Own Christmas Cracker Favours (Bon Bons) – Easy to follow tutorial on how to make your very own personalised Bon Bons.
- Mini Shopping Bags – Martha show you how to use mini shopping bags to brighten up gift giving.
- Glitter Hurricane Lantern – Again from Martha! This lantern would make a gorgeous table centre piece.
Do you choose a theme for Christmas each year? If so I would love to hear what you have chosen for 2009.