Saturday, November 28, 2009

Using Christmas Fillers & Picks

I like to pick up Christmas filler and picks {usually at the end of the season clearance sales}, but the dollar store makes it so easy to buy them now. I'm not always sure where I'm going to use them, but I like to have them on hand.

This piece below is all dollar store items. The holder it's in is the glass vase and candleholder I put together last week. The bells are sold in packages, with glitter and without; and there are four berry filler pieces. I wound up not using them on one of my mantels, so I put this together. The bells help hide the stems. This makes for a nice tall arrangement and I will probably use it on my dining room table Christmas Eve for the buffet I will have set up.

You might recall that my second trip to Goodwill netted me the finds below. The next two projects include the two pots you see sitting on top of my fab window panel find {that will become pillows}. The black and polka dot pot had cream/beige polka dots and I decided to keep the design ~ I just painted the polka dots white. The smaller pot was a peach/pink. Both were $.99 each.

Once the polka dots were white and dry, I took my floral foam and glued a piece inside.

I took this filler piece that already had the berries and a couple of pine cones on it, purchased at Michael's, and just stuck it in the foam.

A red ribbon, some reindeer moss, a few dollar store ornaments tucked in and Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown! A nice size table top piece.

Trying to incorporate some of the lime green color that is so popular this year, I found this craft paint at Michael's to be the closest to the color I was going for. I painted that little peach/pink pot, two coats plus a little bit of touch-up here and there. The existing paint was shiny and I sanded the pot before painting, but it still needed that little extra.

I had found these pick/filler pieces at Michael's and loved the pink color. When I saw them I thought they looked like they had a Christmas tree shape to them.

The other side appeared flat. So I put the two flat sides together and wired them together. This wire is great and so handy to have around. It even cuts with scissors. I've used it on numerous occassions for many different projects.

Added some foam {that I had to shave off bits to fit in this little pot} and stuck in the piece that I wired together.

Stuffed in some reindeer moss and added a ribbon around the edge. A perfect size topiary piece that will fit in just about anywhere you need a little decoration!

Okay, back to decorating. I've got Holiday house parties I'll be linking up to soon!

Linking this post up to DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land.


The Tuscan Home said...

You are a lean, mean, designing machine! LOL! Love what you've created...they all look absolutely divine! ((Hugs)) ~Liz

Red Door Home said...

Wow! I don't know how you find time to do all these wonderful projects. I love that you are using what you have and also incorporating bargain items you picked up last year.

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

You have been such a busy Christmas bee! It's making me want to rush home and get moving :). I love all of your arrangements. They are festive and beautiful!

Abatevintage said...

I love Christmas pics you can do so many different things with them and they really add so much to a room.

Great post.


Paula ~ castleandcottagesigns said...

so cute! making decor...the funnest part of christmas:)

Controlling My Chaos said...

Super cute and I love that it was cheap.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Very nice work, Kathy. You're becoming quite the thrift store goddess.

julie - eab designs said...

Love the whimsy of the white polka dots and also the topiary with the pink and light green combination. I think I have some similar Christmas picks I could use for a project like this. They would be so cute lined up down the center of a table.

Maria Killam said...

So cute, and I love how you styled it!!

Anonymous said...

I love the way everything you do is not only creative, but thrifty. my favorite. The first arrangement is my favorite - I like the way you incorporated the bells - so pretty and fun!

pk @ Room Remix

Connie K said...

Love it so cute !! You have some really great ideas that i might have to steal :) LOL! You are a "Craft Stylist" Thank you for sharing

Unknown said...

love the lime green. what's up w/lime green and purple this year? a few years back I had a client who wanted purple and it was nearly impossible to find - now I'm seeing all over!

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