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DIY Holiday Decor with Burlap

Here at Paul Michael Company, we think that burlap simply doesn’t get enough credit! While burlap sometimes gets a bad reputation, this fabric is actually one of our favorite materials to use for DIY holiday decorations! Here are just a few reasons why we love to decorate with burlap during the holidays:

  • Burlap is easy to find and inexpensive!
  • It’s versatile; burlap can be used for everything from wrapping presents to creating a festive tablescape.
  • The neutral color allows it to complement any color scheme and interior design style, from refined rustic to vintage-chic.
  • Burlap adds wonderful natural texture to interiors and decor.
  • Last but not least, burlap is an all-natural, renewable fabric, so it’s eco-friendly!

For inspiration, here are 6 ways you can achieve designer holiday decor with burlap:

 

1. Make burlap bags with ribbon and holly that are perfect for holding seasonal potpourri or even small gifts.

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2. Use ribbons of burlap to trim the tree.

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3. Create your own festive place holders for your holiday tablescape with burlap pouches filled with greenery.

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4. Make your own shabby-chic holiday table runner from burlap.

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5. Design your own vintage burlap Christmas stockings

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6. Deck the halls with DIY burlap holiday wreaths.

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Beautiful & Bountiful Thanksgiving Table Settings

No need to plan your entire Thanksgiving menu just yet. But if you want to plan early, now is the time to start thinking about your Thanksgiving tablescape. As we discussed in our recent post, Tips on How to Better Budget for the Holidays, planning holiday decor ahead of time helps prevent overspending and stressing!

With a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting, you can create the ideal atmosphere for giving thanks with family and friends. First, think about the look and feel you want your Thanksgiving table to have. For instance, do you want it to be rustic, casual, traditional or elegant? Next, think of creative ways to add warmth and decor that symbolizes bounty, thankfulness and joy.

For inspiration, here are the top pins for Thanksgiving decor currently on Pinterest.

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To find additional ideas for meaningful Thanksgiving decor, be sure to check out our recent posts on fall and Thanksgiving traditions. Then, when you start shopping, make it easier on yourself by heading to Paul Michael Company, your all-in-one store for holiday home decor in Arkansas, Louisiana or Texas.

Traditional Fall & Thanksgiving Decor Inspired by Nature

Certain things just make you think of fall and the upcoming holiday season. Continuing our series on the origins of fall and Thanksgiving traditions, today we are going to focus on traditional autumn decorations that come from the orchards and fields.

Fallen leaves: The easiest item to find and use in fall decor is all around us. Fallen leaves add gorgeous colors and shapes to decorative autumn displays and they are the quintessential sign and symbol of the season.

Apples: One of the most popular fruits to use in fall décor, apples make simple and beautiful displays that remind us of the crisp cool weather and warm apple cider. Many people now use the apple-picking season as a way to enjoy the outdoors and quality time with family and friends this time of year. And since apples originally represented the sweetness of life, it’s a very appropriate way to enjoy spending time with family and friends.

Acorns: From that tiny odd-shaped nut grows a mighty oak. Oak trees once were thought to be the only tree that could frequently be hit by lightning and still survive. Some people believe a plethora of acorns indicates a year of power, fertility and survival.

Wheat Sheaves: A symbol for a successful harvest, wheat sheaves are indicative of bountiful blessings and bring a sense of security and well-being to your home. In ancient times a good harvest insured sustenance throughout the winter feeding both the body and the mind.

Maybe over the years some of your family traditions have been forgotten or perhaps you’ve started your own family and are looking for new ideas. Let this be the year that you start your own treasured family traditions by using beautiful and timeless décor from Paul Michael Company in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.

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The Origins of Traditional Fall & Thanksgiving Decor

thanksgiving traditions decorations We can all think of several items that are traditionally used to decorate during the fall season and Thanksgiving, but what do we really know about them? In our last post we began to explore the origins of different harvest celebrations, and now we’d like to look into the symbolic meanings of some of the most widely practiced traditions in fall harvest and Thanksgiving decorating.

Cornucopia: Latin for “horn of plenty,” this traditional piece of decor comes from Greek mythology. After Zeus rewarded the goat goddess Amalthea by transforming her into a constellation, he took one of her horns and presented it to the King of Crete. The horn proved to be a magical horn that was filled with any food or drink that the King desired. It remained a symbol of abundance for the Greek and Romans

Turkey: Known as the bird of the harvest, the turkey plays an important role in White Mountain Apache mythology and ancient Mayan and Aztec tribes. The turkey is responsible for the beginning of agriculture life, as the myth goes that a turkey gave a young brother and sister seeds and taught them how to grow corn. The turkey was additionally revered by ancient North American tribes for the way it shared roosting and nesting space.

Pumpkins and squash: These fruits were believed to have been first cultivated in the ancient Americas along river banks long before corn. They were known to store well, which made them an important food to harvest before the winter season. Once maize was discovered, early farmers began growing squash with corn and beans, an ancient farming tradition that became known as the “Three Sisters.”

Stay tuned for our next post where will we uncover the meanings of other fall harvest symbols that are still used in fall and Thanksgiving decorations today. Carry on these fall harvest traditions with meaningful and beautiful decor from Paul Michael Company in Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.

 

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What Does the Fall Harvest Season Mean to You?

I know we’ve already been talking Christmas decorations, but we’d like to backtrack a bit to talk about an important celebration that happens before Santa and his helpers get involved: the harvest.

Here in the United States, harvest festivities occur throughout the autumn season and culminate with the holiday of Thanksgiving. But harvest celebrations have occurred throughout the world for thousands of years. Many traditions stemmed from ancient harvest celebrations that took place during the harvest full moon of the autumnal equinox as a way to give thanks to mother earth for providing us with food. And while many traditions revolve around the celebration of a successful harvest, they can mean different meanings to different cultures.

Harvest traditions and customs in the United States have taken on new meanings, however, as we have moved away from an agricultural society. Today, many people see harvest celebrations and Thanksgiving as a time to give thanks for not only food but for all blessings and individuals in our lives.

What does the fall harvest mean to you? And how does your family celebrate the harvest season? Share with us in a comment!

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If you are looking to decorate your home with decor to celebrate the beautiful fall season and all of our bountiful blessings, let Paul Michael company help! From centerpieces to wreaths to yard props, we have all the items and decorations you need to help you celebrate fall and the harvest in your own special way! So be sure to come by one of the Paul Michael Company stores in Arkansas, Louisiana or Texas soon to get the best picks from our fall decor!

 

 

 

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5 Unique Ideas for DIY Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths make wonderful decor any time of year. They are one of those accessories that help to turn a house into a home. And since they are easy to make on your own, they can be custom designed to celebrate any holiday or season. For inspiration, here are some of our favorite ideas for unique and beautiful DIY wreaths from Martha Stewart.

Make a multiple wreath display.

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Turn a wreath into a chandelier centerpiece.

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Play with different shapes; try an oval or even a star.

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Add a little sparkle with lights.

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Almost any item can be used to make a wreath; think outside the box.

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Whether you are looking for a pre-made wreath or you are looking to make your own, Paul Michael Company has you covered this holiday season. From infinite ribbon selections to all the fun toppings, we can help you achieve any theme of holiday decor, from cute and playful to elegant and traditional. To see some of the wreaths we’ve been busy making this fall, see our photos that we have been posting on the Paul Michael Company Facebook page.

 

 

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5 Unique Ideas for DIY Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths make wonderful decor any time of year. They are one of those accessories that help to turn a house into a home. And since they are easy to make on your own, they can be custom designed to celebrate any holiday or season. For inspiration, here are some of our favorite ideas for unique and beautiful DIY wreaths from Martha Stewart.

Make a multiple wreath display.

wreath designs

Turn a wreath into a chandelier centerpiece.

diy holiday wreath

Play with different shapes; try an oval or even a star.

diy wreath

Add a little sparkle with lights.

diy wreath

Almost any item can be used to make a wreath; think outside the box.

diy holiday wreath designs

Whether you are looking for a pre-made wreath or you are looking to make your own, Paul Michael Company has you covered this holiday season. From infinite ribbon selections to all the fun toppings, we can help you achieve any theme of holiday decor, from cute and playful to elegant and traditional. To see some of the wreaths we’ve been busy making this fall, see our photos that we have been posting on the Paul Michael Company Facebook page.

 

 

Photos via MarthaStewart.com

Planning Holiday Decor: What Kind of Decorator are You?

Do you lean towards casual and earthy decorations or do you always spring for the sparkly and glamorous decor? Or do you always go for elegant traditional holiday decor with all the trimmings? We found two fun online quizzes that help you determine your holiday decorating style.  One is an Easy Holiday Decorating Idea Finder quiz from Better Homes and Gardens.  And the other is a quiz on Oprah.com that you can take to find out your Holiday Decorating Personality!

Once you know what kind of decorator you are and the look and feel you want to achieve with your holiday decor, it’s time to start planning. Here are some helpful tips straight from designers that will help you get organized and make shopping for decor easier.

    • Holiday expert Matthew Mead reminds us that wreaths are not only for the front door. They make great centerpieces for the table, too!
    • Wedding planner Matthew Robins says his favorite trick is to buy large quantities of inexpensive items, such as apples.
    • Designer David Stark says many people forget that presents also make great decor, too! “Instead of wrapping them and sticking them in a closet, I suggest wrapping them early in a palette that works for your home and putting them out in little vignettes.”

Paul Michael Company can make shopping for holiday decor easy with our incredible selection and reasonable prices. From holiday wreaths, to Christmas ribbon and yard displays, you can find the perfect decor to fit your style and budget. Head over to a Paul Michael Company store in Louisiana, Arkansas or Texas to get the best pick of this year’s inventory of holiday decor!

 

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How to Better Budget for the Holidays

If you follow Paul Michael Company on Facebook, you might have noticed that our first posts for both Halloween and Christmas decorations went up in the same week and before it was even September! Some call this the “Christmas creep,” which is when retailers begin to display Christmas decorations weeks before Halloween. And while this makes some shoppers crazy, it’s actually meant to help! There are many benefits to begin planning for holidays early.

As one thrifty mommy blogger Annie Johnson says, the only way to truly stay on top of your budget during the holidays is to plan ahead.

“… when we don’t plan for these things ahead they can feel like an emergency.  It is so tempting to live like these things are emergencies and pull out the credit card to cover them.  That starts a vicious cycle where you are paying off the last thing when the next one comes up.”

Not to mention, if you wait until you are inspired by the Christmas spirit, you may let the tidings take you too far! That’s why it’s better to actually plan and purchase your Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas decor before you are swept away by the holiday cheer, as you are more likely to think carefully about how much you are spending. Why not try to make it an all-cash holiday season? Or how about trying to have all of your exchanges done before Christmas so you can really enjoy the New Year? These are just a couple of the goals you can try to set in order to enjoy a more organized Christmas.

Tell us in a comment what your tricks are for achieving budget-friendly, festive holidays?

For those that are looking for holiday decorations that look more expensive than they actually are, try visiting a Paul Michael Company store in Arkansas, Louisiana or Texas!

 

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Inspiration for 4th of July Spreads & DIY Decor

Get our your red, white and blue out because 4th of July is only a few days away! We wanted to get you in the Independence Day spirit with some inspiration for patriotic decor.

There’s lots of ways you can get creative with American flags, fabrics, flowers and decorative paper. Hang pinwheels and wreaths; create clever napkin holders; make your own unique centerpieces. Here are a few 4th of July spreads and decor we found from our favorite design publications to provide some inspiration.

 

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With a little creativity and plenty of supplies and holiday decor from Paul Michael Company, you can throw your friends and family and 4th of July celebration they’ll never forget! If you are a guest attending a gathering, don’t forget to bring the host something special!

Parade on over to the Paul Michael Company location nearest you. We have stores in Texas, Louisiana and two in Arkansas. We hope you have a festive holiday full of smiles and fireworks! Happy 4th of July!

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