I love Christmas decorating, so it's only natural that my decorating extends to my bookshelf. This year I went for a more low key design; most of the decorations can stay up past Christmas. Since it took me so long get everything up this year, it would be a shame to take it down in only a week! If you're running behind like me, but would still like to enjoy some Christmas spirit surrounding your books, maybe this will inspire you!
The easiest way to Christmas-fy your bookshelf is to fill picture frames with Christmas things. This is especially easy if you already have picture frames on your shelf. If you don't, you can always find some on the cheap at a thrift store or just lean the cards up against your shelf. In my frames I used a piece of plaid fabric that I cut from a plaid skirt that I found at the thrift store. If you're looking for plaid fabric to decorate with, a little (haha, pun intended) tip is to look in the children's section because those clothes are generally cheaper. I also used some old greeting cards that we received last year, or you guessed it, that I found at the thrift store.
This is another simple decoration that anyone can make. This is a book tree! You could use all green books, but I didn't have enough that were the right shape. I just piled up the books I did have of varying lengths to create the triangle shape and then "trimmed" it with some thin red ribbon and silver balls. I found these little balls at the dollar store and they had a wire sticking out of them, so I just wedged them in between the books. On the top I used an angel ornament, but you could also balance a book upright if you don't have an angel or a star ornament. Underneath the ornament you'll notice that I used some more of the plaid fabric. I couldn't find a book small enough to complete the tree, so I just covered an old pill box with the plaid skirt.
Look, it's more plaid in the last picture! For this decoration I just found a stick outside and hot-glued a fake bird I got from the dollar store to it. It's hard to see, but I also added some glitter sprinkled in the hot-glue on the branch to look like snow, incredibly fake, sparkly snow, but still snow.
No matter how late you are, it's still so much fun to bring the Christmas cheer into your bookshelf. You can see that I have a particular liking for plaid, sparkles and hot-gun, but you can customize it however you'd like. Hopefully these somewhat easy, decor options have inspired all those last minute people like me to throw something together for the season! Have you decorated your bookshelf for Christmas? Are you ready for Christmas? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments and feel free to tweet me (@Sunny_Smith9) any pictures of your decorations!
Reading: 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp
Listening: Christmas music
Watching: All the vlogmas vlogs on Youtube