Today We are Sharing Our Simple Christmas Decor and The Mannequin Tree!
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year but living in a home that is constantly under renovation has made decorating a little bit challenging!
This year I decided to keep the Christmas decor simple with most of it being in our newly renovated kitchen and breakfast room area.
An antique seed box sits on our old farm table in the breakfast nook, and it’s so easy to swap out the contents seasonally. It was filled with white pumpkins and dried hydrangeas for Fall, and now it’s ready for the upcoming holiday.
Recently, I swapped out the chairs at the farm table with four cane backed French chairs that I found for $20 each!
They are in fantastic condition and look perfect in the breakfast nook.
The seats may get reupholstered in burlap or grain sack at some point, but for now I have left them as found with a lovely velvet seat. (Update: See what they look like now! Click HERE!)
Evergreens grow abundantly in our yard so I asked hubby to grab some clippers and go out and cut some greenery for me. I love being able to use fresh clippings from the yard for the holiday decor.
I filled the seed box with the fresh greens and layered in some of my favorite pieces……..an old chippy statue of The Holy Family, sheep, a few vintage Christmas ornaments, and two white flickering candles (battery operated).
Battery operated candles are amazing, and totally look like the real thing, and they are so much safer than burning real candles.
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My favorite battery operated candles are the ones I found on Amazon! I love that they have a timer on the bottom so it can be set to turn on and off at a certain time.
When they are lit, they look exactly like a flickering candles without being a fire hazard!
Of course, the Mora clock got a little “dressing up” with greenery, a boxwood wreath, and a bird sitting in a nest.
My mother (Edith) loved Christmas and always insisted that the tree have a bird’s nest in it. She believed that if your Christmas tree had a bird’s nest in it, then you would have good luck all through the next year.
I have several nests and always try to incorporate them into my tree and Christmas decor in memory of her.
Mannequin trees have been all the rage this year, and I’ve loved all of the pictures floating around Pinterest of these dress forms dressed in Christmas finery.
I have an antique dress form that I’ve had for years, so I decided I would try making a mannequin tree this year.
All you need for the “skirt” is lots of greenery, a glue gun, and an old belt.
I placed an old leather belt around the waist of the dress form, preferably a wide one, and then I hot glued the greenery directly onto it. Using a hair dryer on the cool setting helps to set the glue quickly.
Once the holidays are over, it will be easy to just remove the old belt with the greenery attached and throw it away, leaving the mannequin intact.
Of course, if you use faux greenery, it can be saved and used the next year.
The top of the mannequin was wrapped with burlap and tied around the waist to cover the ends of the greenery, and I adorned her with a couple of antique rosaries, added a few ornaments to the “skirt”, and topped her with a crown!
Of course, a bird sitting in a nest was a must! I love the way she turned out and she was so easy to make!
The French Provincial buffet always gets decorated, and this year I added greenery to an old garden bird bath, placed an Holy Family statue and some of my sheep under a cloche, and added a boxwood wreath to the mirror.
I hope you enjoyed a peek at our Christmas decor in the kitchen as well as our Mannequin Tree!