My love of handmade and repurposed is well known. However, I have to admit that there are some adorable vintage style, simple and handmade looking ornaments around and I won’t lie… I just adore them!
Fairy Lights. Regardless of your decorating style, budget or location this festive season, you can’t go past a few packs of fairy lights. They come in so many low voltage, low heat and solar options these days, so get a pack or two and you’ll be surprised how easily you can add some twinkling flair to your space. They look great strewn across the centre of a table, scripted into a word in a window display or bunched into a tall glass vase.
We found this picture on Pinterest (and unfortunately we can’t find the original source to give the appropriate photo credits), but we just love the simplicity of the display and had to share it. To replicate the look, all you would need is a bit of plywood painted in a white or neutral background, some branches in ascending widths nailed down, a strand of fairy lights and decorations. What a great idea as an alternative to the traditional Christmas tree.
Freedom Furniture in Sydney have a range of cute cone shaped trees for a more modern take on an age-old favourite – the Christmas tree. If you’re game enough to move away from the plastic green monster that is currently boxed up in your garage waiting to battle through another year of torturous tinsel, then these cone trees are an uncomplicated alternative.
They come with fairy lights and in a range of colours, styles and heights and since they have a woven design, you could still hang a few baubles and ornaments on them.
I can imagine using these as jewellery stands throughout the rest of the year. Just throw on some necklaces, bangles and earrings and they’ll hold well to the woven design.
Baubles are great in place settings, so if you manage to find some lovely large ones like these then grab a few! They come in handy for decorating throughout the year.
Bed, Bath n Table has a range of small trinkets that are all under $20 each and have a great, rustic and worn look to them. We love our ornaments a little shabby looking. It takes the ‘edge’ off being mass produced. Btw, it’s pretty easy to make your own wooden ornaments like these. Just check out my post on jigsaw jingles.
Loving this really sweet glass hummingbird ornament.
I LOVE the white porcelain ornaments and tea light candle holders. They make for such warm, simple, subtle festive decorating that isn’t overtly Christmassy which makes them a versatile buy.
I snapped up some of these vintage looking wooden horses and ceramic carnival horse ornaments for a nursery styling project in the New Year.
Traditional wreaths are also a cute burst of colour, and they are looking mighty realistic these days!
Laura Ashley Home is known for their up-market larger furniture pieces, however we were surprised to find that they also had some lovely hand-stitched ornaments in sweet Scandi designs.
I just love this look as an alternative to a traditional pine tree. It is so easy to recreate by spraying a branch in white spray paint, propping it up in a tall glass vase and filling the base with fairy lights.
You can’t go past a pretty bauble during the festive season. How delicately sweet this one is!
Kikki.K is one of my favourites for christmas stationary and gifts. Can you see our drool marks and finger prints on the glass of their adorable window display?
Christmas wrapping paper cut into triangles and stuck around the edge of the table = instant Christmas bunting!
Some very cute gift ideas double as very sweet place settings.
Sheridan is usually synonymous with bedding and bath towels, however we spotted this really big and beautiful hand knitted Christmas stocking. It just oozes festive charm!
With only a few weeks to go till Christmas, I know there is a mad rush to get homes decorated, entertaining underway and presents bought and wrapped. So if don’t have the luxury of indulging in some handmade magic, then we’ll it slide and allow a few store bought bits and pieces this year (as long as they are adorable like these!).
Happy faux-handmade decorating and gift giving!