This year, here at StoneGable, I have something new to decorate… our open shelves in the breakfast room. I’m not adding too many new things to the shelves, just giving everything a little Christmas polish and sparkle! And by sparkle I mean a fun star garland that I made. “Stars” is my Christmas theme this year. So, I’m lacing stars through all of my Christmas decorating! My shelves have a distinctive farmhouse look… a modern farmhouse look with things old and new… and lots of stars!
Today is FARMHOUSE FRIDAY and the theme this year is CHRISTMAS!
As you can see, tiny white star garland hangs from the open shelves. I have been working with Cricut this Christmas and have been having so much fun creating stars! It’s a little addictive! Come back tomorrow and see what I did with my mantle this year! And I’ll show you my Christmas tree on Monday!
The stars dance and play across the length of the shelves! I’ve made hundreds and hundred of them! They didn’t take long to put together. I finished them while watching tv!
It’s a good thing I love boxwood because it comes in handy when I’m decorating for Christmas! I borrowed this boxwood topiary from the hutch in my living room and put it in a vintage white ironstone chamber pot.
I took a black frame and added a fun black and white striped paper to the back of it and fixed a boxwood wreath in it with a small screw. Black, white and green is really my very favorite color combo and it works great for Christmas. Don’t be afraid to use a little black with your reds and greens. It can look smashing, sassy and classy!
Preserved boxwood wreaths are a little pricy. I buy a couple each year and they last and last. I finally have a nice collection of boxwood wreaths to decorate with. I’ll be showing you my Christmas house on Wednesday and Thursday. I bet you will see lots and lots of boxwood!
I’m also using faux greens and pinecones on the open shelves. For years I used real greens, but I had to change the water frequently and sweep up the dropped needles and then right before Christmas I usually threw them out and had to create new arrangements.
I now have boxes of great looking faux greens. I usually find them at local home and decorating shops. I wait for them to go on sale and scoop them up. Just like the preserved boxwood, they last for years!
One of my favorite faux greens tips is to buy a great garland and cut it apart. I like to buy one that resembles a fraser fir and one pine. Then I combine them for a pretty, interesting look!
White ironstone pitchers are perfect for greens and red berries!
Another tips… If you use faux greens like me, burn an evergreen tree scented candle so you get the full Christmas effect!
I tucked a couple of battery operated candles that are on timers in bowls on the shelves. They light up in the evening and look magical!
I made this little christmas tree and put it in a black frame.
And this little J O Y sign too!
I also collect sugar cones, those big pinecones! I think they are a work of art! I usually can find them at Christmas Markets and Christmas Craft Shows. I’ve had my sugar cones for years too!
Even if you don’t have open shelves you can use these ideas on a bookshelf or mantle or even a table. I hope my open shelves inspire you to try something new and different this Christmas!
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