November 21, 2020

How to create an alternative Pop Art Christmas.

alternative pop art christmas setup

I’m pretty fashionably late most years when it comes to decorating at Christmas. You see, Im a December baby, which means joint presents and a Christmas party calendar clash. Nevertheless, when Grazia got in touch and asked if I’d be up for styling a Christmas zoom corner, the concept was pretty appealing. How could I make Christmas come to life in the background of a zoom call? A Pop Art Christmas corner was calling out to me…

Having always sat with either my gallery wall or my fireplace in the background of any online meetings, I decided that the former was the perfect place for me to get creative. After all, as someone that get’s a little bit bored of a Christmas tree, surely artwork was the way forward for giving some subtle yuletide vibes.

Want to know how you can get the look? Try my tips on creating an alternative Pop Art Christmas below. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and all that.

pink and red alternative Pop Art Christmas.

Decide on a colour scheme

Just as you would decide on a festive theme for your Christmas tree, you should decide on one for your Christmas corner too. With my Pop Art design in mind, I opted for a red and pink colour scheme, with a hint of yellow a la Andy Warhol. As I said before, I’m not a particularly festive person, and this merry and bright palette felt like the perfect compromise.

close up of DIY pop art christmas art

Add festive art

It wouldn’t be an EJP corner if there wasn’t art involved, would it? Festive art isn’t so easy to come by, but there are plenty of ways to get the look by doing it yourself with gift wrap and Christmas cards. I made my own with these patterned beauties by The Completist – placing the cards on colourful envelopes for that screen printed Warholian vibe.

One piece of art that I did manage to find was this Ho! Ho! Ho! print by Gayle Mansfield Designs. The print is simple but suitably festive, and very in keeping with the Pop Art style. You could try your hand at creating your own slogan artwork if you don’t want to invest.

pop art christmas presents and kitsch deer

Wrap up your presents early

Beautifully wrapped presents will get you feeling ready for the big day, so either get started on your wrapping early, or simply wrap up some empty boxes if you don’t want to spoil the element of surprise. Again, I didn’t want to be too obvious with my gift wrap choices, opting for these stunning abstract designs from The Completist, and finishing the look with ribbon I’ve collected from various packages.

neon rainbow star in alternative Pop Art Christmas setup

Work in a dash of neon

If there’s a time for a little bit of shine, it’s Christmas. These neon stars from John Lewis are a wonderful way to add some rainbow to your seasonal decor. I leant this one against the wall (note the Christmas vinyl hung up too!) but you could pop a couple on the wall for a minimal Christmas aesthetic.

neon pink glass trees in alternative Pop Art Christmas corner

Get creative with Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations are not just for the tree, in fact, you can put them pretty much anywhere. I added these cowboy boot decorations to the top of one of my frames, and I also played around with hanging decorations in front of the artwork. These glass trees from W.A.Green make the perfect statement on top of my shelving unit.

How to create an alternative Pop Art Christmas.

Don’t be afraid to get crafty

There are lots of simple and cheap ways that you can make Christmas your own, so don’t be afraid to ditch the high street stores and make it personal to you. I crafted this Fa La La La banner in 30 minutes using card , some string and a pair of scissors. Why not get your kids involved and ask them to make some art for the walls, or their very own banners to hang up on your artwork – now that’s festive!

kitsch deer and cowboy boots in alternative Pop Art Christmas.


Want to know how to create my Pop Art Christmas look in your own home? Shop my props below!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Print | Gayle Mansfield Designs

Amazing Sign | Charlie Evaristo Boyce

Neon Pink Glass Christmas Trees | W.A.Green

Cowboy Boot Decorations | W.A.Green

Pink and Green Deer | W.A.Green

Pink Zebra Decoration | W.A.Green

Bright Christmas Cards (used in DIY art) | The Completist

Gift Wrap | The Completist

Rainbow Star Neon Light | John Lewis

You can see this feature in this week’s Grazia – don’t forget to pick it up! For more interior inspiration, colour clashing and general life admin, check out the rest of my blog. Follow me on InstagramPinterest and Twitter for more of the EJP in your life.


  1. Priscille says:

    Super nice ! Very inspiring and original, thanks for sharing 🙂

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Emma Jane Palin is a freelance art consultant, interior stylist and multi-award-winning blogger residing in Margate, UK. She has worked with various home and lifestyle brands not limited to West Elm, Apple, John Lewis, Habitat, MADE, Caran D'Ache + No.3 Gin. Emma is also a regular contributor to Hunker where she writes about design trends and interior advice.

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