Monday, December 23, 2013

Jacquie's Up-Cycle Nation: Quick Holiday Vignettes

Oh the excitement and joy!  Families are gathering and tables are almost ready for festive feasts, laughter, and new memories to be made.  Why not take a few minutes to create centerpiece-worthy table toppers from left over decorations.
Every year the decoration bin bottom grows deeper with broken ornaments, figurines without a village and random offbeat menagerie. It's a sinkhole of misfit décor! But how can one throw sweet pieces in the trash?  Everything has a bright side, right?
By using simple household items the cast-offs can be up-cycled into jolly new holiday vignettes.  
Salt, or sugar, in small jars makes a perfect base for glittered candles.
Sculpt large snowdrifts using wool roving, fiberfill, or batting. And any household mirror can be transformed into an instant skate pond.
These wee snow babies lost their original lighted snowscape to one unsupervised pet many holidays ago.  They are so happy to be up and skating again!
Place up-cycled vignettes in the entry, a side table, alongside the appetizers, or anywhere compliments are sure to gather.
A very Merry Christmas to all and to all a good up-cycle!
Jacquie Wheeler
Hand of Bela Peck