"The Reading Guy" begged, practically pled with me
to incorporate some red into our Christmas decor this year.
It was a losing battle, since this year was to be a
No snow in sight (as a matter of fact, temperatures
are to remain in the 70's throughout the week),
but I was determined to bring some winter
white into our holidays somehow.
Apart from a design palette of dreamy creams,
pretty pearls, and subtle silvers, I also took a new liking
to glitter this year. Glitter is $2 dollars a bottle and when
used properly, it makes an incredible visual impact.
Glitter can vamp up those dreary, basement bound ornaments,
or allow you to create your very own collection of custom
colored snowflakes. You can spray paint virtually anything
virtually any color and coat it with glitter in colors of your choice.
I stretched my glittering dollar even further after I
stumbled upon a fabulous Martha Stewart tutorial here.
We had far too many magazines laying around
and the project was simple, simple, simple.
After carefully following Martha's folding guidance,
I spray painted and glittered my trees in my custom glitter blend.
The result was beautiful, unique and my eyes
were almost as happy as was my pocketbook!
Our Christmas tree is quite large and our collection
of decor is thus far rather limited. So, I decided to use A LOT
of wired mesh in ivory and gold tones to visually fill the tree
as we slowly invest in quality decorations throughout the years.
Poinsettia bunches also have a large footprint, are available in
countless colors and serve as a soft counterbalance to the
harshness of the metal ornaments.
When working with such a large tree, it is recommended
to use only substantial sized ornaments--yikes, they are
exponentially more expensive than the average sized.
So, as if you didn't see this coming...we made our own
and you can too! Simply keep your eye out for large inexpensive
3D cardboard table decor, such as snowflakes, angels, trees,
pinecones etc. These typically include 4 separate pieces
to be assembled , but you can use the many pieces as individual
ornaments once you have spray painted and glittered
them beyond recognition.
No matter which color of Christmas you have been dreaming of,
may it be full of good will, great fun and maybe even a little glitter