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Today I am sharing an in-between-the-holidays door decor I created this week. I still have snowmen decorating the kitchen above my cabinets and snowflakes on the mantle. But truth is, we have had an extremely warm winter. It is a wonder my fake snowflakes and snowmen haven’t melted.
I kept my Christmas wreath up waaaaay longer than was acceptable to do – at least two months – because I didn’t know what to put up next. With every weather report, I am still hopeful that we will have a little snow yet. So in that spirit, I put together a little swag that represents my wishful thinking. Take a look.
Weeks before Christmas, I shopped the Hobby Lobby 50% holiday decor sale with my in-between-the-holidays door decor idea in mind. I picked up a lovely evergreen swag, regularly $49 for $25. There were lots of frosted looking swags and garland but I wanted something that wouldn’t look quite so arctic and icy. Here’s the swag I chose.
Love the pine cones, large and small. And the greenery was full.
Last year, well, actually last year in December – so December 2015 – I attended a Christmas decorating class at a local seasonal store called Annie Mo’s. Annie demonstrated how you can jazz up a cheaper piece of holiday greenery with picks. The swag on my mantel was a purchase I made from her shop after the class. She showed me how to shape the piece and how to bedazzle it by adding a few contrasting picks of greenery in order to create interest.
The lighter colored greenery is the picks I added to my mantel piece. I love the realistic way this looks.
So I tried her trick on my door decor. I stopped by her shop and bought a few really nice picks to use with my Hobby Lobby swag.
My tiles are 18″ squares so you can see these are larger picks on covered wire stems. The greenery looked like mistletoe to me. I love to kiss so had to buy it. Now to park PC in front of my new door decor and get him to pucker up. It is a little frosty looking. Or the white frosting could pass for dust, which is more likely around here lately with our 60 mph wind gusts. I bought two of them.
And I bought two picks that had crystal looking buds on the tips of its branches. They had such a fairy tale look about them with their glitter-covered boughs. Took both sets of picks and just kind of wove the stems into the swag. I like symmetry so I wanted the same things on each side of the swag. Annie Mo would have encouraged me to fight my inclination toward balance in order to make the swag more interesting. Interesting is overrated in my book if it means asymmetrical.
Icing on the Cake
I originally planned to add snowflakes to the swag for the icing on the cake. But then I had a brainstorm! Ice skates. I started watching eBay for auctions of used children’s ice skates. The cheapest and smallest pair I could find to bid on was still close to $20 plus close to $10 for shipping. I wasn’t willing to pay that much. Besides, with our crazy winds, a pair of heavy skates, with a gust blowing the right way, could easily break my glass door.
Instead, when I was shopping for my kitchen cabinet snowmen, I found the cutest pair of tin ice skates. Tied together with a leather lace and accented with pine cones. Love at first sight.
I used a large paper clip to attach the skates to the center of my swag where it rests on my wreath hanger.
Aren’t those adorable? Just exactly what I was looking for. Annie Mo had some equally darling, giant-sized skate ornaments that would have been pretty cute, too, but they were very sparkly. I was really trying to go with a woodsy, more natural look.
In-Between the Holidays New Door Decor
I give you my new door decor.
Yay, yay, yay! I love it. If I do say so myself. Took me about ten minutes to put it all together. Not terribly fancy but all the more me. And still a little hopeful for the possibility of some winter weather before we go into spring.
So, what do you have on your front door now in this in-between time? Would love to see a pic. Share on Instagram and use #onceuponatimehappilyeverafter or #insta2017📷 so I can check it out.
Finally, please stop by my friends’ blogs to see their latest door decor. Carrie at Curly, Crafty Mom designed a neutral Valentine’s Day wreath…love that it isn’t pink and red!!! Lauren at Mom Home Guide used flannel scraps to create the cutest mid-winter wreath. And my new friend Bethany from The Southern Couture painted an embroidery hoop and added pom-poms – love a good pom-pom garland – for Valentine’s Day. Clever, clever girls. I hope to join them again next month for our February wreaths. Won’t you join us, too?
The weekend is in sight, girls! Hallelujah. This has been a long week and it ain’t over yet! Thank you for taking a few minutes to stop by. I am always so glad you do.
Hugs and kisses,