With Hanukkah being so early this year, I really had to dig into my creative resources to decorate this year. I could have just put up my normal Hanukkah decorations, but I was hosting Thanksgiving and wanted to really celebrate that holiday without mixing it up with another. So I kept my autumn decor until this week when I decided to decorate with a “winter wonderland” theme.
Because this year was an anomaly, I knew I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on decorations, due to the fact I will probably not use them again. I remembered I had collected a whole bunch of Christmas tree trunk pieces that were cut off the bottom of the trees before they were set on their stands and thought they might be just the right thing to use, mainly because they were free!
I had also purchased some bottle brush trees on sale last year after the holidays were over, because I had seen a DIY bottle bush craft where you bleach them out and then dye them different colors. I though it was the coolest thing, and apparently I am not alone because I have seen them on dozens of blogs this year! I guess I am very on trend.
I found these funny wooden bird houses at Michaels and thought they would look festive if I painted them to look like little fairy homes, and then I glued on some bark I collected from the trees outside my home.
At first I was thinking they would look like a fairy shtetl but then I found these adorable felt gnomes at Target and decided to change it to a gnome village. Aren’t they adorable?
In addition to the bottle brush trees, I made coffee filter trees (seen above flanking the books on the second shelf from the top) by folding coffee filters in 4ths and then dying them the same colors that I used on the trees. Then I glued the filters to paper cones I found at Michaels. In case you were wondering, I seriously went to Michaels every day for like four days in a row. True story.
I thought the bottle brush trees came out perfectly. They are my homage to Anthropologie. Can’t you see this in an Anthro store?
Finally, I asked my dear husband to cut one of the trunks into slivers and then I used a stencil to glitter paint the words “winter wonderland” and turned it into a garland. I was pretty surprised by how great it turned out!
And that, my darlings, is this year’s holiday decor here at chez Glamour. If you would like to see last year check it out HERE.