Now that the Christmas tree is decorated, it’s time to take care of all the other areas of the house. I like to decorate the bookcases that are in the living room. Adding lights makes them super festive and creates the best nighttime mood.
But I don’t decorate with just anything. I am going to show you how to reuse old decor to make bright Christmas vignettes. Because pretty can be made from just about anything. Even if you don’t know where it came from!
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The Mostly Blue and White One
In order to fill the space of the shelves, I like to use printables and place them in frames. There are so many great bloggers out there who make pretty printables. My favorite is Katrin of Northern Feeling.
And you know those clear plastic ornaments that are empty inside for you to fill? Well I added a pine cone that was painted in a metallic color.
Pine cones are really my favorite way to decorate for fall and winter. This year instead of leaving them alone, I’ve painted many of them in different metallic shades.
The Silver and White One This second vignette is all about white and silver. It was built around my little cherub. Unfortunately he was too heavy to hang on the door with the wreath so I thought I’d display him here. He has good company with the snowman!
The bottle brush tree just adds to that crisp white feeling.
The pine cones were painted in various shades of metallic colors and look great against that white metal basket. You may recall I had used this for the fall vignettes too. It has a sunflower at the center, but I turned it around so you can’t see it. Keeping things clean here.
The One with Shades of Green When I first moved here, a little over a year ago, I found boxes of Christmas ornaments and decor hidden away in the closet. Who left them behind? Why were they here?
A lot of it was outdated and no matter how much I tried to revitalize them they simply looked awful. But some of them were salvageable, case in point the wooden Christmas tree you see below.
The little houses were hand painted gifts to my kids. I believe they were meant to be birdhouses but I think they make fine ornaments too.
There were little presents hanging from the tree but I didn’t like them. Instead I took the light bulbs you see and painted them in various shades of gold and then hung them on the tree with some twine. The star was a mustard yellow but I repainted it to look more gold.
Pine cones again. Can you tell I’m obsessed? This one was painted in the same shade as the star on top of that tree.
This little horse was on my tree last year. But now he has been moved to sit on top of a vintage wood box (similar) that my mom had gifted me when I was still a child. It is a beautiful jewelry box with intricate scroll-work but it never showed until now. I repainted it from the lackluster brown it was into this whitewashed metallic look. So much better and now the pretty details pop!
The Brown One
This shelf is all about the brown tones. It takes its cue from the picture frame.
The little brass basket is full of presents which originally hung on the wood tree. You see everything finds a new place in my vignettes.
This strange looking light fixture used to have a wire and plugged in but it had been in disrepair for many years. I took the wiring out and painted it this metallic color. I suppose I can add a tealight inside to give it some glam. Or I can even paint the glass-work. What do you say?
This little feller was also on my tree last year but now he has hopped onto the shelf.
What’s on Top
A few metal pieces and a wreath make up one of the top vignettes of the bookcase. The lights only add to the beauty and ambiance.
There were many small wreaths in those boxes I had found and what I did was pick and choose through them and make up my own wreaths using various parts of the old ones. Now they look much fuller and with the addition of the pine cones and the painted lights they are so pretty.
And that is how after finding a box full of old holiday decor I was able to reuse them to make Christmas Vignettes. To whom did all that stuff belong to? I will never know. But I’m sure glad I was able to reuse a lot of the stuff.
Do you also reuse your old decor and give it a fresh look?
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