It’s the most wonderful time of the year…I love Christmas time, I love the summer sun, the braais with family and friends, the carols and year-end parties and the decorations!
Last year we had our first Christmas together with baby Nur and we promised to start a couple of traditions for our little one! Some of them were to always put a Christmas tree up- lights and all, to have a gift exchange and to have a small Photoshoot so that we can send pictures to our families and friends.
With a tight budget this year and my backdrop obsession still growing – I challenged myself to create a fun Christmas backdrop for a reasonable cost that can add some drama to the photos with the tree we kept in store from last year!
From Pep Home I found;
- 22 piece Christmas decor starter pack for R59.99
- 4 glitter snowflakes for 12.99 ( I know we don’t have snow but I love some sparkle)
- A wreath for R16.99.
From MRP home;
- A pack of cute mini gold baubles for R59.99
- Forest green tinsel – 2m going for R29.99
- With the gold 2m tinsel for R39.99
I loved the colour and brushed finish of the tinsel from MRP. It wasn’t too shiny compared to what they were selling at Pep Home and the Crazy Store.
From the Crazy Store I bought;
- The cute acorns and present 12 piece set for R19.99
- A Merry Christmas banner for 34.98
So I started off with hanging the artificial grass that doubles as Nura’s play mat. To hang this, I used a combination of double-sided tape and cutting a small hole through the mat so it hangs off the existing wall hooks. I then lined the tinsel on the top edge, allowing some to overhang on the sides then continued to decorate the tinsel with baubles by either sticking big ones with double-sided tape or tying the smaller ones and sparkle snowflakes off the tinsel string, using more thread where I wanted to vary lengths.
I took the wreath and added acorns and baubles to this to make it more vibrant then hung this centre of the the mat.
I didn’t like the ribbon on the ‘Merry Christmas’ banner so I took this off and stuck up individual letters with double-sided tape so that I can re-use them next year.
I stuck the baubles, presents and acorns around the Merry Christmas lettering directly to the mat using a glue gun. All along I’d been using double-sided tape so that the decor is easy to salvage and re-use in Christmas seasons to come. We had a cheap string of Christmas lights that I added afterwards to line the tinsel edge (I also added 1 more string on green tinsel for volume). All this decor can be used on your tree too.
And there we go. Christmas backdrop decor for R274.91! We will use this for our Christmas pictures after we put the tree up and I will also be doing one for a charity’s children’s Christmas show. They will use it to take pictures with Father Christmas while sitting on hay!