I never did a little recap of the holiday decor. Most of it can be seen on Instagram, but here are some highlights. Much of the decor was the same but there were some little changes…..
I needed a way to display an assortment of gnomes and this snowy tree display was very easy to make. The materials were simply
- One 15″ styrofoam cone
- 29 (approx.) 2″ x 3″ wood ovals
- One 2″ wood circle
- Joint compound or similar
- White acrylic paint with gel thickener
- Hot glue
For tools you will need
- A long serrated knife
- A ruler
- A hot glue gun
- A paintbrush
I cut the cone into 5 even pieces about 3″ tall each. Be sure to do straight horizontal cuts. (My gnomes were about 2 1/2″ to 4″ tall and I knew some would have to have their hats between the shelves above them.)I made a mark of about 3/4″ on each oval which would show me roughly where to hot glue them to the cone.
I then glued the ovals to the bottom of each foam piece. (They can be scored with an blade and snapped if you want to cut them, but I just put whatever fit easily on each layer without being overly exact.) Going from the bottom of the cone up it was 9, 7 , 6, 4 and 3 ovals.
I then hot glued the cone tree back together. Start from the bottom up. I recommend doing it on a kitchen counter so you can easily see if each layer is level. I put a little cardboard in some areas to make mine straight. Glue the circle on top last. This gluing part does not have to be perfect as the paint, texture, and mica hide a lot.
I rubbed a little joint compound on foam to help fill the holes in the foam and give it some “snowy” texture.
I then painted the display with a warm grey-white acrylic paint that had some gel thickener in it for more texture. I started at the bottom and sprinkled it with mica as I finished each section.
That was it!
I was pleased with this project. I think it could be used for other figurines or items as well. Next time, I might try painting it green and covering it in greenery for a woodland effect. Wrapping the cone in tinsel could be great as well.
- I bought the ovals and circle at woodcrafter.com
- I originally foolishly thought I could just push the ovals into the foam. That did not work.
- My 3 oval shelf was very tight to glue 3/4″ onto the cone. I probably should have trimmed off 1/4″ from each oval tip.
- I think I might glue pebbles in the foam underneath to weight it a little more at base.
Christmas was the only holiday I really decorated the whole house for, but this year Halloween started to creep from the couple of shelves it normally lived. We had vintage noisemakers in the foyer, paper mache pumpkins on the sideboard, embossed die cuts decorating doors, and little devils and pumpkin people haunting assorted nooks and crannies. Here is a little snippet of what was….
I wanted to post a little entry on some of the vintage decorations I had out this Spring. Most of the large groups were shown on Instagram already, but I have included some new additions mixed in here.
I am always adjusting the collections, but this is how they shaped up this year. I have started taking things done, but the colorful kitsch will stay a little longer to compensate for those Rainy Spring days!
Here is a long overdue recap of Christmas 2016 decorating…..
UPDATE: The contest is closed and the winner (chosen by random number generator) was the-farmers-wife on IG!
A few nights ago, our dear friend, Tziporah Salamon, modeled this antique clown costume from the vintage shop as well as some pieces from my collection. She looked fabulous! You might recognize her from the documentary “Advanced Style” or from the pages of the New York Times as she was a favorite of Bill Cunningham. She has a one woman show called “The Fabric of My Life” and is now doing her “Art of Dressing” Seminar at various venues. Her Rizzoli book will be out next Spring!
Thank you TZIP!