Every. Single. Year.
As I am packing up the bazillion bins of Christmas
decor, I make a promise to myself that the next year –
I will not go all hog-wild crazy and cover every surface
of our home with cedar and pine and magnolia and –
glitter. Lots of glitter.
Then, every year.
Every. Single. Year.
I consistently break that promise to myself.
I pull out all of the Christmas decor bins.
I start going thru them one at a time, and its like renewing a
lifelong friendship with friends you haven’t seen in a year.
You start reminiscing with these friends…
remembering Christmases past.
All of a sudden, you are surrounded by these little
friends, and realize you simply can’t let them down.
So – any promise of not going hog-wild crazy goes out
the door – and in it’s place…tabletops and mantels and
cabinet fronts and shelfs and the cats –
if they stay still long enough –
get tied with a bow, swagged with
a cedar boughs, glittered….and Christmas-tized.
Because you can’t show favoritism, you feel
compelled to use all of your friends.
Each one is special, after all.
If you would also like to make a Lighted Doughbowl…
here’s how I did it.
I am showing you the step-by-step “how to”
as I create the Doughbowl I also made for my
Breakfast Room Hutch.
It is made with fresh clippings of pine and wild magnolia.
First, start by adding a layer of artificial greenery in the
bottom of your bowl.
(I am using a dough bowl, but any large bowl in deep
platter-type vessel would work. Even a basket!)
Next, add a string of lights. This is a string of 100.
You can see I did not spend a lot of time placing them.
I just bundled them up and placed them on top of
the artificial greenery.
You can use more or less lights, but I think the 100 strand
Next, add cut pine, cedar, magnolia, etc, to the four corners.
I like pine because it spreads out. It also helps camouflage the
cording of the lights flowing over the side of the bowl.
I used six large sugar cones and placed them in a
random pattern in the bowl.
If you do not have these large cones, regular pine cones are
also very pretty. Just pile them on.
Next, I added bits of wild magnolia…
… and bits of red berries.
(these are faux)
And when I was done – I had a beautiful display of pinecones,
pine bough, magnolia and red berries – all backlit with sparkly
white lights that just glow.
So in literally minutes….I created two very different versions
of a Lighted Dough Bowl.
One filled to the brim with large sugar cones and clippings
…. and another filled with small cones and sparkly red, blue
and snow-filled glass balls.
Cheers to another year of hog-wild decorating.
I’d love it if you would pin this and share the
Since Thanksgiving is a few days away,
I thought I would remind you of this
quick and easy idea for a Hostess Gift.
It also makes a great gift idea for neighbors and friends.
There’s a cute last-minute Placecard Setting idea as a bonus.
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