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How To Decorate Your Mailbox For Christmas

As I previously mentioned, I wanted to decorate my mailbox this year. I found some inspiration on Pinterest but I did not know if I would be able to get magnolia leaves. On Friday I went to Lowe’s and purchased some cedar garland and managed to get a few Christmas tree trimmings.

It was rainy and gloomy but if I was going to get this decorating done the week before Christmas, it was now or never.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

THE FIRST ATTEMPT

I spent a lot of the following Saturday working on the mailbox and what I ended up with was a monstrosity. The lime green color of the cedar, the silver picks, the red ornaments, and the big red bow shouted “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” It looked like I had stolen the Grinch’s hair to decorate the mailbox.

But, thankfully, I ran into my neighbor who has a magnolia tree in their backyard and they cut some limbs for me. The next day I started over completely.

How-To Make A Magnolia Arrangement

THE SECOND ATTEMPT

It was raining all day and my mailbox needs pressure washing so ignore it and the dreary lighting .

Step 1

If you have a brick mailbox, you can do what I (Matt) did, drill a hole in the grout and you can always fill it back in later. Matt had a roll of wire mesh (hardware cloth fencing) in the garage. He cut a piece for me and marked the middle with a sharpie.

He also gave me access to his vast zip-tie collection.

Step 2

I started by zip-tying the Christmas tree limbs on each side.

I let the mesh shape itself around the mailbox.

Step 3

Because I needed to be able to thread the zip ties and fishing line through the mesh, I removed the screw and moved the arrangement to the garage on top of a wooden box.

I had already separated the pieces of garland and cut the magnolia stems off of the limbs. I started layering the cedar pieces over the Christmas tree limbs. I used different size zip-ties by threading them through the mesh.

Step 4

I decided where I wanted my pinecones to go so I wrapped the bottoms with fishing line and the threaded it through the mesh, allowing some give so that the pinecones could sit on top of the magnolia stems.

Step 5

Once I had my base, I started installing the magnolia stems.

I wish I had paid more attention during this step. I should have noticed that the front of the arrangement was showing the brown side of the leaves.

Step 6

I added some red ornaments with skinny zip-ties and then took the arrangement outside to check on how it was looking. I also added some silver glittered ting ting. I made sure to confirm where the arrangement would sit in relation to the screw hole.

Step 7

I brought the arrangement back to the garage. The next step was the bow. This year I purchased the worst outdoor, red velvet ribbon ever made. It does not have wire so making it do anything is impossible. My bows made with this ribbon are horrible but it was slim pickings this year.

I used a zip-tie to secure the bow by threading it through the mesh. However, I did not tighten it completely because I still needed to put the screw back through the mesh.

I brought the arrangement back to the mailbox, installed the screw, and tightened the zip-tie securing the bow.

Cedar and Magnolia Leaves For Christmas

My original plan was to visit a Christmas tree farm or store selling trees to get limbs and I hoped to find someone with a magnolia tree that did not mind cutting a few limbs. I finally went to Lowe’s and purchased cedar garland and got a few straggly Christmas tree limbs. I worked on a floral arrangement for the mailbox using the cedar garland and the tree limbs for hours. What I ended up with was not what I had envisioned.

Thankfully, I ran into my neighbor who has a magnolia tree in their backyard and they cut some limbs for me. I tore up everything and started over.

OUTDOOR DECOR

I added magnolia leaves to the front door garland and wreath. If I had more leaves, I would redo the wreath completely but it’s a week before Christmas, so it’s just fine.

Please ignore my mailbox. It needs to be pressure washed.

I prefer the mailbox arrangement from the side. I should have paid more attention to what side of the leaves were facing forward as I zip-tied each stem. Again, it is a week before Christmas, it’s fine.

INDOOR DECOR

Since I had two magnolia stems and some cedar leftover, I placed some cedar around the den.

I placed the magnolia stems and some cedar on the foyer table.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with my decorations this year. Merry Christmas!

Dining Room Christmas Decor

I am much happier with this year’s Christmas decorations. Last year not so much. I did not have enough ornaments or picks, and I did not like my dining room table decor. I did not really like the decorations on my foyer table. This year, I am not completely thrilled with my dining room table but I like my tree.

Christmas 2019

I purchased a few things after Christmas 2018. I decided I was going to do silver and gold and in October and November 2019, I scrambled to find inexpensive ornaments and picks to fill the tree. I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars so the tree, table, and china cabinet looked bare.

My plan was to do some Christmas decor shopping after Christmas and to my surprise, once I went to TJMaxx/Homegoods and Hobby Lobby, there was nothing left to purchase. My mother, in another state, found all kinds of things at a local craft and decor store. She found tons of greenery, gold and silver ornaments (all sizes), picks, and wreaths. Thankfully she picked up a few things and shipped them to me for me to use this year.

SHOP DECOR FROM CHRISTMAS 2019



Christmas 2020

So this year I was much more prepared. I ordered sale and clearance Christmas items up until this August. I had the gold ornaments from last year, the gold ornaments my mom bought for me last year and sent to me, and I had been slowly purchasing the white and gold ginger jar ornaments from Williams Sonoma all summer since they were on sale for half price.

In October 2019 I was perusing the Ballard Designs website and found these pine and gold glittered trees and wreath on clearance. I got them for almost 80% off. I wish I had ordered three. I also wish I had purchased the greenery chargers from Pier 1 two years ago because since going out of business, the new online Pier 1 store is not carrying the chargers and I had to settle for pine garland from Target cut in half as my greenery chargers.

The vintage style plates I found on clearance at Pottery Barn set the colors for the dining room area. I’m not crazy about the table runner but it was on clearance and it looked cute on the Pottery Barn website. I found similar patterned ribbon at Hobby Lobby a few months ago to use in the tree.

All the gold and silver trees came from TJMaxx/Homegoods. I added a few brass deer from Kirklands and two oversized glass ornaments that my mom found last year to the china cabinet this year.

I found the bells on Etsy. I hung them with twine on the antique record player and a couple of doors in other areas in the house.

My mom found the cedar garland last year. I put one piece on top of the foyer table and one piece on the mantle over the fireplace. I am not completely satisfied with the foyer table but it will do.

Last year I used the two mini trees outside of the front door in the black planters. This year I put one in a fishbowl planter. I used some of my extra ornaments to decorate it.

I can say I am pretty happy with the tree. Here it is day and night .

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