Monday, December 20, 2010

If It Aint Broke. . .

I found myself repeating several elements of my fall decor for the fast approaching holidays. Not that I can't have an original thought, but I might as well tweak an already good idea rather than start from scratch. Now if come Easter I'm posting the exact same ideas mentioned below we may need to talk. . .

First up was the use of mirrors behind my main display area. For Halloween I created a silhouetted haunted house scene with a night sky full of bats. Read about that project here.
I replaced that wall display with some circular adhesive mirrors that I glued glittery snowflakes to. They are across the room from our tree so at night you can see the reflection of the tree lights in the background. Very cool.
I justified spending almost $20 on a mini-rubber stamp set by creating this framed decor using the stamps and a square punch. Read about that project here.
My sister has a similar stamp set for Christmas that she found at a post-holiday Michael's Blow-Out Sale. Even came with their own stamp pads!
I mixed it up by using a scrapbook paper page from a pad I just convinced myself I needed of vintage-y holiday papers as the background. I think the blue "let it snow" with the mittens is my favorite one.
Here it is up on the wall in our entryway. I picked up a $6 12x12 frame from Michael's.
I tried out a Martha Stewart project involving painting glass jars into jar-o-lanterns. Read about that here.
I took the same idea and bought some blue and red oil based paint with the intent on making a blue jar with white snowflakes and a red jar with a white Santa Claus face and beard. So far I have only taken on the snowflake jar. I faced reality about how hard it would be to make snowflakes that could actually pass for snowflakes, especially considering I was using a pretty small jar. Instead I looked to the leftover stickers I had from my Christmas cards this year. So cute!
Finally, last fall I took a scrap of witchy fabric I had and stuck it in a frame. Simple, yet sweet.
Same table is now filled with Christmas CDs and the frame that now features red fabric covered in white snowflakes.
So there you have it - double take holiday decorating, or "use what you have already done successfully!" Do you have any standards that you bust out no matter the holiday? 

Shared on Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday.

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