Christmas 2015: Lantern Centerpiece & More (Traditional Christmas Colors)

Continuing on with showing y’all how I am decorating our home for Christmas; I’ve been working for almost a solid week on the rooms that span the back of our home (family room, kitchen, kitchen eating area, and the staircase–all of which are completely open to one another). In this entry, I will be highlighting a couple of centerpieces that I made, one, a lantern centerpiece for the kitchen table, and two a centerpiece for the kitchen’s island.  Also, I’ll be showing you how I decorated my kitchen window sills–I change the decor on the sills with every season.

So let’s start with the kitchen island arrangement.  The first thing I do when I go to make anything like this is to gather all of the materials I *think* I might use.

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I decided to made a candle ring to go around the candle first.  I cut off some stems for the big bunch of red berries and used floral wire to hold it closed.
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Then I started to add all of the accent pieces starting with a piece of pine garland, cutting apart the red berries bunch and sticking it in here and there and finishing off with burlap poinsettia flowers (they had a clip on the back, so I clipped them to the pine garland at each corner).  It turned out to be a fun little piece one that can easily be picked up and moved out of the way when necessary.

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Next, I’ll show you how I decorated the window sills; we have large windows that crank open and the sills are really wide, so I’ve had fun changing up the decor on them; here is a link to my Ever Changing Window Decor blog post so you can see what else I’ve done in the past.

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I was really looking forward to creating a centerpiece for the kitchen table using a pretty lantern that I purchased last winter.  This would be my first attempt at creating a Christmassy arrangement. In anticipation of how I wanted this centerpiece to look, I purchased a new Christmas tablecloth and built my design around that; burgundy and white would be my accent colors.  Again, the first thing I did was to gather all of the accents that I thought I might use.  I planned on reusing the big metal and mirrored tray that I’ve used to make every other centerpiece utilizing the lantern.  Here is a link to my A Lantern Centerpiece For All Seasons blog post just in case you’d like to take a look at what else I’ve created in the past year. Anyway, back to this piece, here we go…

I purchased this candle at Lowe’s and it is so pretty!
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Now, this may seems silly, but there are times that I definitely improvise.  I needed to elevate the candle just a smidge inside the lantern, but I didn’t have a candle holder big enough (in circumference) to fit the candle, so I used this little ramekin turned upside-down. 🙂 I knew that it’d be hidden by a pine candle ring, so it worked like a charm…The candle base snugged down over the ramekin nicely.

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I used an old pine candle ring that I had in my stash to go around the candle inside of the lantern…

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My only other accent pieces were these big bunches of red sparkly berries and pine, a Merry Christmas sign, sparkly poinsettias and white burlap wired ribbon…

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This was honestly so easy to put together, I just placed a red berries bunch on three sides and placed the Merry Christmas sign on the front and cut apart another berries bunch and arranged it behind and over the sign.  I used 4 of the sparkly poinsettias, one one each side…

I made a bow, here is a link to my How To Make A Bow Tutorial (Video) if you want to know how to make one of these bow.  In addition, I made a little ‘handle’ for lack of a better word, and tied it and some red berries to the bow.  I slid that handle over the top piece on the lantern and completed the project.

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When my hubby got home from work that evening, he took a look at this centerpiece and said “Wow, that looks beautiful!!!”, I took that as a huge compliment considering he sees everything that I create on a daily basis…haha. 🙂

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I’m almost finished decorating this part of the house, in my next post, I’ll highlight a couple other little centerpieces, a couple of cozy corners, and the powder room.

Sneak Peek:

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Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**

Christmas 2015: Sled Centerpieces & “Merry and Bright” Grouping

It is now day 6 of my decorating frenzy and I’m very happy with what I’ve gotten accomplished.  In this entry, I will highlight 3 different arrangements that I created to go in my family room.

The first piece was made *just* so I could cover a wall outlet that is to the right of the fireplace that would have driven me crazy to see throughout the Holidays.  I took an old (and I mean *old*) Longaberger basket and I filled it with a bunch of pine cones–you know those ones you might buy every Fall, they smell oh so cinnamon’y’ and wonderful.  I also threw in a pip berry garland that happened to already be residing in the basket.  Then I took a pine garland (that I actually used for all 3 of the highlighted projects) and trimmed off a piece of it and placed on top and placed more pine cones on top of that. I also added a set of 15 “DecoLights”. 

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I’ve had this little sled for several years and I just love it, so I wanted to utilize it in some way, so I decided this would go nicely in this little centerpiece, so I stuck it down into the pine cones toward what I thought would be the back of the basket.  I made a little arrangement out of a piece of that pine garland and some red sparkly bead berries.  I tied those things together with a pipe cleaner and tied them onto  to front of the sled; I tied a bow on the top, added a few of the red berry beads in and around the pine cones and lights, and sat a little stuffed snowman on the edge of the basket and called it done.

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Here is the finished project that covers that wall outlet nicely:IMG_2436

And it blends in nicely with the rest of the fireplace decorations:

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My next little project was a centerpiece for the credenza that sits under our tv in the family room.  I needed to make a lower profile centerpiece so as not to block the tv screen.  I found a cute little sled at our Home Goods store here in town and that is what I started with.

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This went together very quickly, I simply cut off a bit more of that pine garland that I used in the previous project and laid it into the sled. Then I just started to place some burgundy pine cone picks that I had in my stash and a cute little sign “My Family Is A Bunch Of Flakes” (they’re really not, but I thought it was a cute sign…haha).

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To finish this centerpiece, I added a few sparkly snowflakes and some cream colored wooden snowflakes, sat a snowman with a cute saying on his belly in front of the sled and called it complete. 🙂

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Here is the credenza with the centerpiece in place…(those are my pretty daughters in the pictures). ❤IMG_2457

The third thing I’m highlighting in this entry is my “Merry and Bright” corner grouping named as such because I found this cute sign at Hobby Lobby.

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I purchased this picture with a ladder that I got  last summer in mind.  That ladder has presented me with a challenge as I’ve traversed through the seasons.  This will be the third time that I’ve created decor to go on and around this ladder; I love a challenge, but admittedly this is not an easy little task because I’ve got to rig something with which to hang whatever decor on said ladder.  Here are the other two designs that I came up with…

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As I’ve explained in other blogs, I have basic ‘staple’ pieces in my home that remain constant throughout the year in certain places, i.e. on the hearth and mantel to name just two.  For this corner this ladder has been added to the Longaberger basket and my Grandmother’s old sewing basket staple pieces; this ‘corner’ is to the right of the family room’s credenza. Here is a blog post about how I arrange my Cozy Corners. For this specific corner, I always change out the quilt on the basket and the pillows and add accent pieces to match whatever season or ‘feel’ I’m trying to attain.

Okay, so here is how I created this corner’s Christmas decor.  I started by utilizing the rest of that pine garland that I had used to create the two sled centerpieces.  I wrapped a 35 white light strand around the garland and started at the top of the ladder and wrapped it around ending at the very bottom rung. I placed a woodland angel at the top, made a bow and and offset it to one side, I glued pipe cleaners to the back of the “Merry and Bright” picture and tied it onto the ladder.  I then placed some gold Christmas bulbs throughout the garland (simply by taking a sprig of the garland and threading it through the holder at the top of the ornament).  I made tufts of the bow ribbon by cutting 8″ pieces and catching them into two of the pine sprigs; I did this several times to fill in the empty gaps.

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Then I started to build the bottom of the grouping.  I placed a Christmassy quilt on the basket and placed two pillows on top of that, I then used some pine sprigs and pine cone picks to make a little arrangement.  Placing the wooden snowman atop the sewing basket finished this grouping off nicely. 🙂  IMG_2468

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While I’m at it here, I might as well show you two other little things that I did, these literally took me 10 minutes combined to put together.  Only supplies needed to augment two of my staple pieces were pine garland, wired ribbon and a simple burlap Christmas ornament.

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And here is the other one, it sits to the left of the credenza and to the right of the fireplace…

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I have several more centerpieces to show you, but I will save them for another posting as this one is becoming a novel. 😉  Here is a sneak peek at my kitchen table’s lantern centerpiece that I’ll be describing (among others) in my next posting…stay tuned. 🙂

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Until next time, y’all take good care! ❤

**In crafting there are no mistakes just unique creations**