Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Christmas Decorations on the Cheap Part 3: Make the Ordinary Fun
And by that I don't really mean just shove a Christmas ball into a bowl and stick it on your table and call it good. I mean use what you have, buy a few key pieces if you want and use those as focal points, but the big thing is don't buy into the mindset that you have to have your home looking like a Pottery Barn catalog with every season and that you have to spend a lot of money to get a certain look. It just isn't necessary.
Try to figure out something that helps you to show your own unique style and personality and just go with it.
For instance, when talking about key pieces in decorating, seen up above is the top of our antique bar in our den. In the center stands a hurricane vase (I think that's what it's called *laugh*) that I got at a yard sale for .50 a while back. That vase stays put all year, but during the different seasons the contents change. In the Spring/Summer I put small sea shells in it as I go with a coastal type of theme in the den for Spring and Summer. In the fall I put pine cones mixed with some Indian corn and put some fall picks sticking out the top.
And above is what I do for the Christmas season/winter. The contents are some vintage glass ornaments that I love but will not be put on my Christmas tree because I don't want them to get broken. In between the ornaments, to help protect them from breaking in an earthquake and also to add depth to the vase, I put a bunch of pine cones I harvested from my yard that I reuse every year just for this purpose.
Don't have a vase you can use for something like this? What about a glass bowl placed in the middle of your kitchen table? Don't have a clear glass bowl? How about a mixing bowl you aren't using with some Christmas ornaments in it? Even a plastic bowl with some unbreakable ornaments could look pretty festive.
On the right is a quart mason jar I had in the den and I just placed candy canes from a Christmas tree past on it (I bought certified peanut free candy canes this year and tend to reuse candy canes from year to year, so I had some extra). On the left I put some spools of Christmas ribbon I use for Christmas wrapping (for the most part they are old Costco ribbon spools that I bought at used stores for 1.00 or less through the years).
In front I put a red cinnamon scented candle that I've had since...wow since my husband and I got married I think (14 years?). I normally keep it in my china cabinet for emergency lighting "just in case", but I pull it out at times like this for decoration purposes. The steel platter is normally in my den floating around and I needed a place to put the candle so it didn't stain the bar, so voila! Instant landing zone. The pine cones I bought at a used store in a bag of big pine cones for like .75 years ago and I float them around from place to place to decorate during the fall and winter months. My son loves to play with them, so I'm thinking one day soon I'll have to buy more, but for the time being they are surviving.
And above you can see a few Christmas frogs that I have (I used to collect frogs hard when I was younger...still think they are neat, but I don't collect them anymore *laugh*) and think are really cute. They too get put into storage and pulled out with the Christmas decorations. Most were gifts given to me years ago that I just reuse from year to year.
I brought it home, put some lace carefully into it's tail with a knitting needle to replace the horse hair it used to have and then placed it in a small little bird's nest I had left in my Christmas decorations. Every time I see it it makes me smile.
There are a lot of different ideas you can do with cookie cutters to help you decorate. I saw a tip to turn them into napkin rings (just tie a string around the cookie cutters or if you have the metal frame type just put the napkin through the middle of the cookie cutter), tie them to some string to make into a little garland for your kitchen...get creative!
I have a few other tips for another post, but here's hoping you might have gotten some ideas from this one!