Friday, December 08, 2006

Christmas DIY

I am not a "traditional" Christmas decorator, meaning I tend to steer away from the sole green and red combo. I recently helped decorate a home for our local Christmas Tour and thought I would share some of the DIY projects we created. You can click on each image to get a better view.

First up is a simple tree. We cut a medium sized branch from a tree in the yard and suspended it on the floor using fishing line tacked to the molding and rafters above. We then decorated the tree with prisms and balls in a color theme complimentary of the living area.

This eye catching arrangement was so easy to make. We took a large glass vase and filled the center with a cylindrical piece of floral foam which we had cut to fit. We then took the purple balls, which consisted of flat and shiny finishes for variation, and filled up the space around the foam. The twigs and sticks were then arranged to suit.

A simple pewter tray filled with choice ornaments is quick and easy yet makes a huge statement.

Just about everybody has a glass cylindrical vase. We took plastic faceted beads and layered them with cranberries, creating an illusion of cranberries on ice. The branches were spray painted metallic silver, then embellished with silver berries we tore off an old, out-of-date garland.

We took an iron tree and decked it with clear prisms, creating an icicle effect. We then used marshmallows as snow, placing pinecones around to keep it sophisticated.

So, if the Season has you gloomy and seems so mundane, I hope these creations inspire you to go out and have fun creating something new and different for your Holiday decor this year.


tallulah said...

I have a smaller version of the first tree photo in my house. People come over and just stare at it. Most comments say that it looks "Dr. Seussish". But I love it!
Great ideas for Christmas decorating. I love the marshmallows for snow.

Another Shade of Grey said...

I love it too, but most traditionalists do not appreciate it.

e said...

hi! i'm new to your blog. i'm from australia, where it's hot for christmas! i loved your ideas, esp the twigs in the vase with balls. i too am a strict silver minimal / modern christmas decorator -- i stick to silver tinsel (i love the cheesiness of tinsel), stars and balls. on the weekend i made doorknob decorations, by hanging a small silver ball (matt with glitter patterns on it) together with a small, silver-tinsel-covered wire star. sticking to one theme looks cool and sophisticated but still fun; in our heat, the silver looks so fresh against other white decorator items. thanks you - i look forward to exploring more of your blog!

Another Shade of Grey said...

The doorknob decorations sounds cute. Would love to see a picture. Glad you enjoyed my blog. Feel free to hang around. There's much more to come.

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