Santa Claus is coming to town! But before he does we’d better get our Christmas letters in the mail so they can get to the North Pole in plenty of time! One of my children’s favorite holiday activities is writing letters to Santa, and this year I’ve used that magical mix of dreams and anticipation as the inspiration for our Whimsical North Pole Christmas Mantel and decorations.
This year I decided to do something completely different, and a lot more colorful, with my Christmas decorations. In the past I’ve stuck to fairly neutral tones with lots of gold and glitter, but this year I wanted something more whimsical, fun and colorful. The theme for my Christmas tree this year is Polar Post, a letters to Santa Christmas tree. I wanted the decorations on my mantle to match, but had trouble finding exactly what I envisioned so I decided to use my Cricut Explore Air 2 to create my whimsical decorations.
For my first project I had my husband help me cut out a stop sign shape from a piece of scrap wood I found in the garage. Once the stop sign was cut I sanded it and painted it red. While the paint was drying I opened up Design Space and created a simple “Santa Stop Here” saying for my sign. Click HERE to find the project in Design Space.
I cut the saying out in white and aqua vinyl and then used transfer tape to put it on my stop sign. I used red and white ribbon to hang it from a big aqua painted frame. This was a quick and simple project, but I love how it turned out. I’m thinking about making another one of these signs for our front porch, wouldn’t that be cute?!?
I needed another colorful sign, so I opened up Design Space to find some inspiration in the project section. I found this Be Good for Goodness Sake Wall Art project and thought it tied in perfectly with my North Pole theme. I simply resized the image so that it would fit on the wood board that I picked up at Michaels. Both of these signs took me less than 30 minutes to make and I love how they add the perfect pop of color and whimsy to my mantle.
All that was left was to hang the stockings with care, but of course we needed new ones that matched. I bought some plain white stockings and used my Cricut Explore Air 2 to cut out each of the kids names in red foil iron-on vinyl. I used the Cricut Easy press to iron-on the vinyl to the felt stockings. Have I told you how much I love the new Easy Press?!? The large heating surface area, heat temp guide and timer make projects like this so easy.
I decided they needed a little something extra so I cut out a few North Pole post sayings like “special delivery” “Do Not Open Until Christmas” and some Santa Mail post marks. I love how it transformed ordinary stockings into extraordinary fun and personalized stockings for my kids. They look adorable hung with my DIY felt Letters to Santa envelopes.
I am so happy I decided to stray from my traditional Christmas color scheme, I’m absolutely smitten with my whimsical North Pole decorations this year. For more fun Christmas inspiration be sure to check out my Polar Post Letters to Santa Christmas Tree.
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