Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Shhhh, I know it's early but while the cat's Mr. Frugalista's away, the mouse must play...
Decorating projects for the holidays
We usually wait until the first week of December to decorate but after finishing the Pallet Board Centerpiece, it looked lonely sitting there all by itself in the dining room. I've had a few DIY Holiday Projects on the go over the last couple of weeks and once they were finished I couldn't stand leaving them in the shop until December. Besides, with all the snow we've been having it feels a lot like Christmas.  Sorry Mr. Frugalista, I'll save the tree decorating for when you get back!

I saw an unfinished wood birdhouse church at Michael's and just had to have it.  Excited to dig into this project I forgot to take before pictures but I'm sure you're familiar with these little guys.
Wrapping a birdhouse with sheet music and faux snow
I paid a visit to +The Graphics Fairy LLC and found Vintage Christmas Sheet Music.  I choose I Heard The Bells Ring and Silent Night and printed them onto tan colored paper.  I measured the walls of the church and drew out my pattern pieces onto the sheet music and cut them out. With a foam brush I applied Modge Podge onto the back of each one and wrapped the walls of the church. The rest of the church was painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Old White.  I used Burnt Umber acrylic craft paint on the doors.

Once the paint was dry I brushed Modge Podge onto the base, roof and steeple and sprinkled white glitter, removing the excess into a tray.  Once dry I brushed thick globs of Decor Art Snow Tex everywhere that snow would naturally build up.  To give the sheet music a frosty appearance I dry brushed some watered down Old White chalk paint and wiped away the excess.  Using a hot glue gun I attached the caroler figurines.  I think it's so adorable on the mantle!

To add to my nature inspired mantle I made inexpensive snowscapes using a glass apothecary jar and candle holder.  I filled the bottom with faux snow, placed a mini bottle brush tree mounted on a tree branch slice and wrapped in red chaffon.   Then I laid a few Christmas lights painted with gold glitter onto the snow.  So simple yet so pretty!
Apothecary jars decorated in mini snowscapes for the holidays

I remembered I had three feather trees that I normally place on the family room mantle.  They worked perfectly for my snowscape!  I filled the bird cage (you probably remember it from my Spring and Fall mantlescapes) with gold Christmas balls.  When the light hits them they sparkle.
Bird cage filled with Christmas balls for the holidays.

To complete the mantle I wrapped a faux berry garland around a faux pine and spruce garland that came embellished with pine cones. I remembered I had a strand of glass beads in my sewing basket that replicate mini ice cubes and strung those through as well for a little glam. Can you see the Stiletto Stockings hung by the chimney with care?
Fireplace mantle decorated for the holidays.

Onto decorating the bookcases.  I found these wood blocks at the Dollar Store for $1.50. Initially I bought two but I had so much fun painting them in different color combinations that I sent Mr. Frugalista back to buy the rest of their stock. These were the keepers that made it onto our bookcase shelf!
Painted wood blocks spelling out the word Christmas in red, white and gold.

I painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ in Old White and Emperor's Silk.  The other letters were painted with metallic gold craft paint.  Then I applied a coat of clear wax and dark wax, removing the excess to give them an aged appearance.  I wish you could see them in person because this picture does not do them justice!

Moving to the dining room I made a cute holiday bunting flag banner for the mirror using scrapbook paper, silver metallic letters I found at Wal-Mart, and paracord from the Dollar Store.  
Mini Christmas bunting flag banner

Mini Christmas bunting flag banner with scrapbooking paper

You'll notice throughout this post that I have a fetish for mercury glass!  I bought some red wired ribbon at the Dollar Store and hung various mercury glass ornaments from the chandelier as well as the dining room window. I was going to add some pine garland and/or berry garland around the chandelier but decided I like the simple elegance of the ornaments.
Mercury glass balls hanging by ribbon on the chandelier

Merecury glass finials hanging by ribbon in the window

Last but not least I turned a clear glass candle holder that I purchased at a local thrift store for $2.00 and with Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint turned it into faux silver mercury glass.  So easy and quick to make!
DIY mercury glass candle holder

All you do is spray light layers of Looking Glass Spray Paint inside any clear glass vessel. Let it dry about 1-2 minutes between coats. Keep adding layers until it has a solid metallic finish. In a spray bottle mix one part white vinegar to one part water. Lightly spray over the looking glass paint and let it sit for about 20 seconds. With a paper towel carefully wipe away parts of the paint (I dabbed). Once dry apply another light coat or two of Looking Glass Spray Paint over the areas where you removed the paint. Ta Da!
DIY mercury glass candle holder
I love how it looks on our sofa table grouped with a couple of gold mercury glass finials.  

I had to throw in a couple shots of the banister.  The only DIY object on there is the Hockey Skate Stocking
Banister decorated for the holidays

The pretty gold grapevine stars were a gift from a friend in the Netherlands.
Gold grapevine stars hanging from the banister for the holidays

I thought I would close this post with this cherished sign that a friend gave me a few years ago.  Like Friends, Its The Old Ornaments That Mean The Most!
Friendship sign hanging from the banister for the holidays




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