I've continued to follow more and more blogs ever since I started NielsenHomestead and the holiday season is where it's at when it comes to blogging. Blog traffic is at an all-time high as Christmas enthusiasts are searching for the latest creative project for their home or craft for their kids. Sorry to break it to ya, but Christmas here at the Nielsen house isn't anything real extravagant this year, but I'll share my trees and some other Christmas spirit with you! I do love Christmas. The trees are looking good, but the house is still feeling pretty plain, so the overall aesthetic isn't quite there yet… ah, when your house and profession collide. We're still in the midst of getting settled, painting rooms, and searching for an extra set of car keys that have caused slight screaming, serious frustration and flipping this house and my parents' house upside down to still, no keys. I even dug through our trash that had a week-old turkey caracas in it. It was as enjoyable as it sounds. Deeeeesperadooooo… oh, Clint Black.
Now for our trees…
#1 This is my 3' tree. But I think it's really my Mom's. Thanks MOM! It's a bright and festive tree, very fitting for our kitchen. I also added garland and sugared fruit to the top of the kitchen cabinets. I found all of that in the basement of our last house, but I added some lime green tulle to match the tree. Have you guys used this wiry stuff?! It is so easy to work with and creates such a nice full look no matter what way you twist and turn it.
So that's the kitchen Christmas decor (please ignore the blonde cabinets... they will be updated in the future, but that's a whole other ball of wax), but I've yet to show you our big tree or the retro tree in my studio. No promises, but I'll challenge myself to crank out two more tree posts by the 25th.
Remember when I threw the gold and emerald inspired bridal shower for my dear friend? The bright green tulle and the gold kitchen utensils you see throughout the kitchen tree and garland are actually from that shower decor. The green tulle ran down the table and the utensils were a part of the centerpieces you see here... the best part: they turned out great and weren't more than $5 a piece.
We were packing up the old house at the time and I had no access to any of my supplies (they were all in the storage unit). However, I managed to wrangle up a bottle of gold spray paint, some spray adhesive, a little gold glitter, and all of the 10 cent kitchen utensils from the local Goodwill. The cashier looked at me like I was a lunatic for buying all of these used-semi-gross-utensils. She had no idea what I was about to conjure up! Here's what they looked like before...
Add in a foam floral block, a little hot glue, a lime green tin bucket, and some Spanish moss or peat moss, and you've got yourself a cheap and relatively easy centerpiece. I also took a skewer stick and wrapped a small paper "celebrate!" banner around it, and then stuck it in the floral foam.
Whether you're using the glittered utensils for Christmas decor, or for a centerpiece, here's how to do it. As I mentioned in the last post, don't be all stiff about doing this. Loose as a goose, baby. Have fun with it! Here's what you'll need and where you can find the supplies. Steps are below.
Follow the links to find these items here:
1. Super77 Spray Adhesive - any hardware or big box store 2. Krylon Gold Spray Paint - any hardware or big box store 3. Tin Buckets - Dollar Tree 4. Kitchen Utensils - Goodwill 5. Spanish Moss - Dollar Tree 6. Gold Glitter - any craft store 7. Glue Sticks - Dollar Tree 8. Glue Gun - any hardware or craft store 9. Green Foam Blocks - Dollar Tree
- Give the utensils a good wash.
- Lay out all of your dried utensils on a flat surface in a well ventilated room, or better yet, outside. I did it in our back yard at the last house and created The Great Dust-Gold Bowl of 2013. It'd be smart to wear a ventilation mask as well. Save yourself a few brain cells. Mine are long gone from too much oil painting and turpentine exposure in college. Lightly coat each utensil with gold spray paint. A few layers should do the job. After drying (make sure they're really good and dry), flip them over and coat the other sides. *Optional - For a glossy effect and to secure the gold spray paint, you could easily cover each utensil with a layer of glossy clear coat like this, after all of the gold has dried.
- Time for a glitter explosion! Whenever working with glitter, I always do it on top of a newspaper or large paper with a fold down the center so I have a good way of pouring the excess glitter back in the bottle. Decide which utensils you'd like to glam up with some glitter. Set them aside and get your spray adhesive ready.
- Do a few test sprays to see how far the spray reaches. Decide which part of the utensil you'd like to add glitter to. If you want an exact glitter line, tape it off with some painters tape. I used that tactic on the wine bottles at our wedding.
- You'll need to work pretty quickly here. Spray on the spray adhesive and sprinkle the glitter on top of the spray adhesive. Be generous with the glitter and it will stick like a dream! Shake off the remaining glitter and set the utensil aside to dry. Repeat as needed.
- Fire up that hot glue gun and glue the floral foam block to the base of the tin can. A little hot glue goes a long way but make sure it's good and secure.
- I chose to put about three utensils in each centerpiece since they're pretty tall. But let the spirit move ya and add as many as you'd like - just keep your number odd. Odd is good. Even is stiff. Use the utensil to puncture the floral foam where you'd like it to be and then remove it. Shoot some hot glue into the hole you just made and put the utensil back into the hole. If you need to use more hot glue to secure it, do so. Don't worry about it looking awesome right now because the moss will cover all the foam and hot glue ugliness.
- Once your utensils are all in place, it's time for some moss. This is the fun organic part of the project that pulls it all together. Break off a good amount of moss and glue it over top of the floral foam and surround the utensils well.
- And then it should look something like this!