I’ve put away my Christmas tree and taken the red tub I had it in back outside. Now I’m focusing on after Christmas winter decor.
So how is Christmas decor different from winter decor? I’m about to show you.
First, you don’t have to put away all your Christmas decor:
As you’re starting to put away the Christmas decor, take another look at some of the items that you used. Could they also be used for winter decor?
I’m referring to green trees and little decor items that could be either/or. Like the little white birds with winter caps. They were sitting on my kitchen shelves for Christmas. But they fit perfectly in a winter vignette as well.
The netting/snow can stay out. Snow isn’t just for Christmas. I’ve layered it in this vintage suitcase as a base for my winter trees.
Tips for finding cheap winter decor:
I know many of you won’t take down your Christmas decor until New Years or after. But the reason I wanted to write this post today was to give you a couple of little tips.
I was in Reasor’s, my local grocery store, yesterday. I had to pick up a couple of things. They always have lots of decor right in front. The Christmas decor was 50% off.
I didn’t want any Christmas decor per se. I didn’t even buy a thing to decorate for Christmas this year.
However, it occurred to me to walk around all the displays and look for items I could use for winter decor that was half price.
The wood bead strand above was half off. So was the little bear in between the birds. And the cedar tree off to the far right. The wood slice was not on sale, but it was a good buy at $3.99.
what I purchased for winter decor:
- Wood beads: $3.49
- Cement sitting bear: $.85
- Cedar tree wrapped in paper: $1.75
- Wood slice: $3.99
Each item I purchased can be used in year round decorating.
How the vignette goes together:
So now let’s look at how I put this scene together. I already had the largest tree situated at the back of the suitcase. I purchased it for about $3 last year at the same grocery store.
- First I brought out my vintage suitcase to begin as a base
- Then used the same white netting from my Christmas tree and layered it
- I added one of my framed horse photos in the back
- Then I happened to find fairy lights in my closet to add to the netting
- I situated three trees of various sizes on the netting/snow
- Arranged the wood beads
- After that I added a white pitcher filled with faux lamb’s ear on the wood slice
- Then I added two little faux plants; one is the cedar-like plant that was half of
- I arranged the birds on the wood slice
- Then added the little sitting cement bear that was $.85
- And cut some sprigs of lamb’s ear to tuck in here and there.
Thrifty Tip ~ Frame your own photography:
By the way, each framed photo you see are ones I took myself and had prints made a few years ago. That is a very cheap way to acquire artwork for your walls, etc.
This sewing machine table is perfect to use for vignettes. I’ve been lugging it around from place to place for years.
Picking through your stash:
When you’re building a vignette, look in your stash and bring out items you might want to use. You’ll do a lot of editing and will put some back in storage. But it’s nice to have everything out to look at and decide on.
Start with one thing, like my vintage suitcase, and build from there. As you add each decor item, your vignette will begin to take shape. I always take a few steps back and end up editing and redoing.
For me to put together this vignette, I had to fight both Charlie and Ivy. Charlie didn’t want to get out of the photo.
Ivy went berserk and tried to take off with everything I got out. I put the long tobacco basket that I didn’t end up using in my vignette over to the side. And this is what happened.
Ivy Wanted everything on the table:
And that was Ivy on her best behavior. She of course went for the netting. I picked her up and the netting came up in her claws. So I had to put her down and start all over again.
Then she went crazy for the twinkle lights that are electric and had to be plugged in. I fought her for some time with those fairy lights.
She went for the wood beads and it took me awhile to distract her from them.
I don’t know how many times I picked her up off the sewing machine table and put her down on the floor.
So that’s my winter decorating. I just hope Ivy leaves it alone.