Happy December! It’s that time of year again where the red Rubbermaid boxes with green lids come out of hiding and my house explodes in Christmas décor. I love, LOVE, L*O*V*E this time of year!
Question: Do you have Christmas décor items that you put back in the box year after year without using them in your holiday decorating? Stuff that you LOVED way back when, but now no longer fits with your Christmas design style or colors? I decided to update a couple of items that I haven’t used in the past few years and I couldn’t be more pleased!
First, I have this wooden holly swag that my friend gave me many years ago (thanks, Renee!). It’s super cute, right?
I have decorated with it and loved it for more than a decade, but my Christmas décor colors have changed over the years and it no longer matches my style, plus the raffia was all snarled up. For my DIY, I removed all of the raffia then painted all of the pieces with flat black spray paint,
then painted the round “berries” white and the leaves a light greige color. I did this to both sides to make the finished project look good from all angles. After the paint dried I grabbed an old spoon and scraped the edges to reveal the black paint beneath for a distressed look.
Using the spoon handle to distress the paint edges was way faster than sandpaper would have been. If you notice how I was holding the spoon, it felt similar to peeling potatoes. I just love the little center vein that was routered down the middle of each leaf. That, coupled with the distressing, gives these holly leaves nice dimension.
Once all of the pieces were distressed, I grabbed some light blue ribbon and inserted it in the holes. I added the 3 round “berries” to 3 of the leaves with the ribbon and laid it out on my counter in the approximate way that I wanted it to hang…
…and then I tied a knot at the top. So, here is the finished swag:
Just in case you are interested in making a set of your own, here is a pattern for the holly leaves and round berries. This would make an awesome neighbor gift, right?
My other project was an item that I painted sometime in the 90’s which was in sore need of a makeover in order to come out of the Rubbermaid this year:
Again, it wasn’t horrible, just didn’t fit my current décor. This little “JOY” sign got the same treatment as my holly swag and I kind of love it now:
I half thought that I would paint the stars with silver nail polish. Who knows, maybe next year. I am really liking the subdued whites this year, so for now, it’s just how I want it.
And, here is the final resting place of each for Christmas 2016:
I’m liking the new looks…for now. Who knows, I may change it back to bright colors in another decade.
So, do you like the before: colorful versions, or the after: distressed shades of white? What Christmas color scheme are you liking right now?
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