I usually wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating my house for Christmas. But this year I’m feeling the itch to get a jump start on things! So I’m going to just sneak some Christmas decor in here and there before the house explodes into holiday cheer on November 25th.
To me, there are 3 main aspects to the perfect holiday decor: greenery, lights, and scent. Bringing in pine boughs adds the instant green of Christmas. They are one of my favorite things to decorate with because so many things can be added to them to dress them up. Christmas lights add warmth to any room. And the scent of cinnamon and fir trigger warm memories from Christmases past.
I created two simple projects to get my Christmas decor started: a festive cloche and a sprightly scented dish.
Scented pine cones
Battery operated string lights
Small Christmas ornaments
Small glass dish
Artificial snow (not shown)
I used a cloche that I already had and selected a Styrofoam ball that was roughly the same diameter as the base. I cut the ball in half then cut off all but an inch at the base.
To disguise the foam and make it look more festive in the cloche, I applied some liquid glue on the top and along the sides then pressed on the Artificial Snow.
Trim off some of the greenery stems from the pick and place into the Styrofoam base. Add a few of the ornaments by removing the leaves and placing the ornaments on the stem and replace the leaves.
Clip the snowballs off the pick and tuck a couple into the leaves and under the greenery.
Finally, wrap the lights around the stems. The battery case with the on/off switch can sit tucked behind the outside of the cloche once the glass lid is on.
Arrange pine cones into a glass dish then top with a pretty Christmas pick. So easy!
A lighted cloche with holiday greenery and pretty dish of wonderfully-scented pine cones is the perfect start to my indoor Christmas decor. I scattered in some other festive items to complete this little look.
All of the items shown above (minus the cloche I already had) can be found at your local Old Time Pottery.