Kindergarten Chic Christmas- Handmade & Colorful

I know there are some bloggers out there rocking Christmas straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog and I’m all, look at my paper rings folks!


I already blogged my dining room wall, which I like to consider the equivalent of my mantle. I also blogged about this fun kid project here. We left off with my complaining about the disaster and the diminishing daylight. And wouldn’t you know it–I got that house clean and guess what? It was dark.

Three kids live here. I wasn’t leaving it up to chance. When I was up and the sun was shining, I started snapping away. Before they could destroy it all.


Well Hudson was up, but one out of three means the odds were in my favor.

Just as I was finishing up, this guy appeared.


Excuse the over exposed photo. I was actually in the midst of photographing another wall when he appeared, rubbing his eyes. Since it was also the morning of St. Nick–I figured I would attempt to capture it. Later, Eleanor woke up and I caught her pointing and yelling something about presents.


Back to that Christmas tour you were promised.


We were all about the paper ring garland and homemade pom pom garland. Don’t mind Bruce (our elf) bathing himself in generic fruit loops. See the baskets of building toys and musical instruments? This is exactly why I figure I might as well embrace the chaos.

The pom pom garland is draped on a few windows too.



It is really hard to photograph something hanging in a window. Excuse me.


You can see the kid friendly nativity scene. We used that to do a little reason for the season review.


The stockings are hung on the bookshelf with great care.



colorful handmade kindergarten chic Christmas



I went all out decorating the kitchen. Note the mistletoe and festive dish towel.

Truth is–I just wasn’t feeling it this year. We hardly took one thing out of the attic! No sentimental ornaments. We kept it simple. I wanted festive and fun, but not stressed and chaotic.

It as handmade and family centered and perfect for us.




It was the box of lights and the box of generic ornaments and the mistletoe. I didn’t have to micromanage the kids or worry about breaking a “special” ornament.

Don’t get me wrong though, I love a good Christmas house tour. Speaking of holiday home tours–a walk down memory lane, if you will. Home Tour 2011 and Home Tour 2012. I’m already dreaming up next year’s Christmas. I am so inspired by what others have created this year. I’m constantly inspired.

So thank you for letting me share my holiday home with you. I hope you enjoyed it. I also hope you know how much I enjoy every single one of you. Your clicks, shares, pins, comments, and social media interaction are invaluable to me. They help me keep going and they help provide for my family. You have no idea how many times blogging money has kept us afloat–put food in the kid’s bellies and diapers on their butts. I’m truly blessed to get to share me, my perspective, my home, and my family with all of you. Helping provide for my family without ever leaving them is truly icing on the cake. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

All mushy stuff aside, tell me–What was your decorating M.O. this year? Or haven’t you begun?



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Hi, I'm Megan--the crazy mom of three behind this blog. Please don't be intimidated by the name. Note it doesn't say BALANCED Home. We hardly have it all together, but together we have it all. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I love rearranging, decorating, creating, crafting, celebrations, family, and holidays. I share a little bit of all of that and more on Balancing Home. I am married to my college sweetheart (Is that a thing? Well now it is.) and he is a very talented designer. I use him for his skills so I can offer up sweet printables to all of you. If you want to learn more randomness about me or my blog, stop by my about page.

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  • Barbara Brownlee

    Your house is perfect! Real people live there and it looks like I could drop by for coffee and not feel like I should have had my hair done. It’s bright and colourful and exactly what kids like. I am sure that, even though all the stuff didn’t come out this year, your kids won’t remember that. They’ll remember that it wasn’t a Christmas of “no, don’t touch” but rather one where children being children was celebrated. Good for you!

    • Megan Bray

      Thank you Barbara! I wish I could have all my lovely readers over for coffee. I really appreciate your kind words.

  • MyLoveforWords

    This is so cute! I’m going to add some kindergarten chic to our Christmas this year (and I may have to start by copying your pom pom garland). Thanks for sharing. -Emily

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks Emily! Good luck with that pom pom garland.

  • Tammy @ the colored door

    I love your Christmas tour! It is fun and festive and perfect for your family. Any way to take the stress out of the season is good in my book. I too love your Pom Pom Garland. Might need to add some to my tree.

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks Tammy! Funny how every holiday season feels so different. The pom pom garland is super fun. I kind of want to hang it in the kid’s rooms after Christmas.

  • Lil

    I love your Kindergarten Chic holiday decor. Thank you for sharing. I enjoy your blog. You help me to believe that it is possible to have decor and the explosion of toys. Thank you.

    • Megan Bray

      LOL– well you got one part right– explosion of toys! Thanks. Keep the faith.

  • Hatton

    Wow!! Gorgeous! I love that you use your table as the “mantle” — clever. I am going to borrow the rings idea – I think my 3 year old would have fun with that!!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks. I still dream of having a real mantle. Some day! I bet your 3 year-old will love it.

  • Julie Bigley

    As usual your house looks adorable! I love all the bright colors. You have inspired me to finish my decorating this weekend.

    • Megan Bray

      I’ve been thinking about you. Hope all is going well with work and mommyhood.

  • Amy Weir

    I LOVE your decorations, no need for Pottery Barn same ole’ same ole’! I’m a new follower, can’t wait to see what else you post!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks for following Amy. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • gigi

    The colors and the kids add a little extra JOY to the house!

    • Megan Bray

      The kids bring the lots and lots of joy.

  • PersiaLou

    The bright colors look just lovely in your home. So fun and festive! It’s perfect!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks! I’m thinking I might be able to leave some of it up as “winter” decor.

  • Abby @Just a Girl and Her Blog

    I LOVE this! What a perfect way to decorate for kids! The bright colors are awesome, and I really love how you centered it on making it family-oriented and kid-friendly. Beautiful job! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

  • libbywilko

    Adore the pompom garland…. Had plans to make one before Christmas but a medical with my Mum meant I dropped everything and flew down to see her and my Dad.