As I was pulling out last year’s Christmas decor, my thought process responded in typical Rachel fashion. Boring, boring, BORING. Yep, time for new decor! My taste changes almost yearly so inexpensive diy projects come in handy. This year I’m wanting to go with a crisp, fresh look. Simple, yet elegant… and of course with a little bling (I know that Gold is HUGE this year, but I’m resistant. Though admittedly beautiful, I’m still a silver kinda gal, so my bling comes from anything silver and sparkly). I decided to look through my craft storage closet to see what I could manipulate, when voila! I spied some twig branches that I had purchased a few years back in Kuwait.
I had been hired last minute to decorate a children’s winter themed birthday party – in the desert. The table center pieces that I wanted to make required twigs and there were ZERO to rummage through in our yard. HA! (The thought alone makes me laugh). Just for kicks, here’s a pic from driving around our old neighborhood.
Okay, so maybe I COULD have found a twig or two, but not the kind I was looking for. Anyway, I THANKFULLY found some faux twigs as I was literally sprinting through a store, pressed on time b/c I literally had A day to pull party decor out of my rear end, with 2 young kids in tow.
They looked similar to this but were much uglier in color:
I took them home, painted them white, and lathered them in white glitter. I then placed them in buckets as center pieces. This is what I came up with in my rush job (If you can squint hard enough you can find them. Lol. Please forgive my old business watermark that I tried to crop out).
As the time passed, those little suckers have come in handy! I was hired for a ‘Winter Wonderland’ themed smash cake photo shoot session (wow, that was a long description) as set decorator, where I used the twigs as props. You can almost see them here:
My services were also used for the cake and tutu/bow, but that’s for another post. (For kicks, here’s the cake before it was obliterated):
I’ve gotten numerous other uses out of those little twig branches, and even a few years of Easter use to hang Easter egg ornaments from. The list could probably go on for days, but let me just get to the darn point! (I know, I love to talk. HUSH, Rachel! See what happens when you’re at home all day with 3 kiddos under the age of 7?!) Moving on. Finally! I know, I know…
Back in the present:
I had the brilliant idea to take just ONE twig and alter it’s life line. I snipped away 2 sections from just one of the twigs, used acrylic paint and painted it a metallic silver, and then sprinkled it with silver glitter. Once dry I coated it with modge podge to keep the glitter from creeping it’s way throughout my home. Lastly, I centered each one onto a 16×16 inch white canvas, and hot glued it in place.
For an even cheaper version, you could use fresh twigs from outside, but like I said, I already had these on hand and they have had plenty of use. Here’s my finished product!
Let’s look at last year:
And again at this year:
What do you think?
Remember to stay tuned every day this week to see all the Christmas projects I’ve been up to!