I love Christmas and I love decorating, so, the last week of November I haul out all the storage totes from under the stairs, pile them up in the family room and try to organize what goes where. At the end of the season I try to pack away according to displays in different areas of the house, thinking it will make things easier next year. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t.
This year I started a bit earlier because I’ve been an exhibitor at a few Christmas Craft shows and I decided to re-purpose some of the stuff that I haven’t been using. Turns out, I’m guilty of being a Christmas decoration hoarder, even I couldn’t believe the amount of decorations that filled the family room. There was no room to move, it looks like someone has dropped a bomb in there. I should have signed up for ten craft shows.
By the time I had thinned out the supplies I still had fifteen totes left. After much humming and hawing I decided to put out the display I usually put on the dining room table, that way I will stop using the dining room as a crafting area.
The base for this display is a restaurant-sized pizza tray (garage sale find). We also use it to serve pizza!
I actually bought these two blue trees from the dollar store this year, even though I really didn’t need them. If you’re on a budget and don’t like to pay the prices at Michaels Craft Supply Store, the Dollarama has some good finds. Don’t get me wrong, I love the crafting supplies at Michaels. I just can’t justify their prices, unless of course, you have a 25% coupon off already reduced at 70% merchandise. Anyways, I stuffed some tulle into the glass jar and nestled one of the newly acquired trees in there.
Next, I joined three branches of greens into a circle, fluffed them out and laid on the tray, adding the other tree and some battery operated lights (also from the Dollar store).
After you’ve repaired your broken ornaments (I cant bear to throw things away), start arranging them on a tray. Guess what other trees came from the dollar store? I just keep adding things until the display looks ‘just right’, or, until I absolutely, positively can’t fit anything else on the dish
And that’s it, a Christmas ‘tablescape’. #tinyflashesofdelight indeed.