This first one pictured is my GLITTER HOUSES project (red letters in caps represent the link to the original project). All I needed to purchase for this item were the dollar store ceramic buildings. I bought five for $1 each. The instructions I read indicated that the crafter used glue for the glitter. I just used paint--it stuck fine. I also added fake snow to the parts of the buildings that had snow on the original piece--it was molded rather than just painted white so it was easy to see where to add the snow even when the whole piece was painted.
The Santa is a Jim Shore Christmas tree ornament and is one of my favorites of all time.
This brings me to the fact that I have been a bit obsessed with red and white the last few Christmases. I made this candy cane hanging with a frame from the dollar store (which I painted) and last year's wrapping paper and an ornament that was on one of my packages last Christmas. I think it is quite adorable. (I can't find the Pinterest photo that inspired this one--oops!)
More red and white: One can find hundreds of Pinterest photos extolling the versatility of mason jars so I won't bother to link to any. This was more a matter of expediency: where to put the votive candles I had bought for the holiday season? A bit of left over snow from the globe project and ribbon I had in the drawer and this jar became a vision in red, white and silver.
This RED LANTERN with bottle brush tree project is another example of the less than great. This lantern, originally black, has been sitting on my porch for years. I sprayed it red in the few hours before a huge rainstorm headed our way. A warning to the wise: one shouldn't spray paint in damp weather. It dripped a whole lot in some places and got gummy in others. The bottom of the inside didn't dry for days. It was also expensive--I did already have the spray paint and the snow but the tree (which is adorable) was a $7 purchase for this specific project. (I think I am going to regret the loss of my black lantern.)
I do quite love this lace Christmas tree. (As it turns out, this one was inspired by a photo of an auction on eBay, one that is no longer searchable.) It cost me absolutely nothing and was super easy. I merely covered the cardboard backing of a frame that already hung on my wall (it held a family photo and will again when Christmas is over) with sweet fabric from my stash, and gathered each piece of lace with a needle and thread. I then pinned the lace to the fabric. It really adds a lot to my shabby chic wall above my desk. Its inspiration was more elaborate and had bits of costume jewelry as stand ins for the star and trunk of the tree.
The BASKET OF LOGS (see below) is certainly one of my most questionable projects. I adored the look of it in the photo I saw and was thrilled when I realized I had almost the exact same basket in the garage. I painted it to make it darker and happily tossed in the greenery and berries I already had, as well. I added a string of battery operated flickering lights which is very reminiscent of an actual fireplace (something I don't have) but I was stumped when it came to the logs. The ones in the photo are from a fir or pine tree and we use an artificial tree. So I finally rolled up magazines and catalogs (we all have plenty of those this time of year), wrapped them in brown paper (it arrived in a package just in the nick of time), secured each with a rubber band nearer the bottom than the top so they would be hidden by the greenery, and drew bark on them with a sharpie. When it is darkish and the lights are flickering, it looks pretty authentic. Honest.
At least it was free! Last is the darling LIGHTED HOUSE on the silver serving tray. This one was also absolutely free and came together in a couple of minutes. I just needed some inspiration to make it shine. What could you make with what you already have?