November 30, 2011

Silver and Blue Christmas For You: I'm Changing My Style

Silver and blue is all the rage for Christmas this year.  I'm sure you've seen it in magazines as well as in your favorite stores.


For me, the Dollar Store, Target and Club G.W.  have done it again!  Whaddya think?


I've always been very traditional in my taste with regard to Christmas decorations. But this year I've been itching for a change. A short time ago I never would have associated the colors silver and blue with Christmas.  But somehow it works.  And I'm really liking it!  It isn't rocket science by any means, but I thought that maybe my project might give you an idea or two for your own holiday decorating!



Absolutely love this bird!  (Confession: she's from Target and cost  $3.00.  One of my more expensive purchases!)

So, here's what you'll need:

One plain candle (Target 2 for $6.99)
One bottle acrylic paint of your choice
Epsom salt for the candle (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture, but you probably already have this around.  If you don't,  I know you can get it pretty inexpensively in grocery stores and pharmacies.)
Mod Podge
Glitter
Blue sparkly snowflake ornaments (Target, $1.00 for 4)
Glass bird ornament (Target $3.00)
Pedestal for display (I made mine around Easter time, you can see how here.)
Silver tray for display (Club G.W.)

Dollar Store:
Silver Balls that come in a plastic tube (6 for $1.00)
2 pkgs Blue and White Snowflake Glitter Picks (I pulled the wooden picks out and saved for a later project) ($1.00 per pkg of 4)
White snowflake ornaments (6 for $1.00)
Cost:  $7.00 for items that actually had to be purchased.

The hardest part (and I use the term "hardest" loosely here) is painting the candle.  Just place a rubber band around the candle in the top third of it to serve as a painting guide, then paint only the bottom third.  You'll only need one coat and and it should dry rather quickly.  Then spread the Mod Podge over the painted part of the candle ONLY, and roll it in Epsom salt for that sparkly, snowy look.  Once that dries you can do the same with the Mod Podge on the top half, only sprinkle that part with glitter.  Candle done!

Place the candle in the middle of your pedestal and place the ornaments all around it and on the silver tray beneath.   I attached the bird to one of the styrofoamy (word?) glitter pick snowflakes.  I thought it had the whole bird bath thing going for it.  And I could see this done up in so many different color combinations.  I'd love to see yours if you try it!



I ended up placing some vintage silver glass ornaments in the bottom of my pedestal.  And I think I'll try a very simple plain homemade burlap table runner once I get some time to make it!  Wishful thinking, I guess.

Now don't forget that Tuesday's Club G.W.{Goodwill} with Charm Bracelet Diva party is still going on here.  Please stop by and join us!

Finally, remember when I mentioned that I was floored to have reached 500 Followers and that a giveaway was in order?  Well, get ready cause it's coming!  There are a few items,  lovingly handmade by me, that might just be yours in time for Christmas!  Stay tuned so you don't miss the chance to enter!

Until next time,

xoxo

I'll be linking up here:











13 comments:

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Love love love!!!! I haven't done any blue yet but it's about the only color I haven't included!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Awesome! You achieved a very expensive look. Love the blue. I'm changing up the traditional Christmas colors too.

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I love blue and silver holiday decor!
This is so pretty, Kathleen!

Hope you can stop by tomorrow or the next few days and join in my first ever linky party sharing your favorite holiday gift or gifts to give at the Favorites on the First party at the Polohouse.

:)
xx
Alison

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

Bravo!! It beautiful and you sure know how to stretch a dime better than anyone I know!

Faith said...

I have lots of blue and silver Christmas decor, never put together as beautiful as this! Will defiantly be trying to pull it off!!

Screaming Sardine said...

Love the candle. I've been itching to try using epsom salt with a candle. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. It really looks quite lovely.

Pinning on pinterest. :)

Cheers,
Tracy Screaming Sardine

Audrey said...

See! That is why I love you! You managed to achieve awesome elegance on the cheap. Love it! Gotta go...I know I have some of those parfait,clear glass things around here.... somewhere...lol!
Thanks, Kathleen!
Audrey

lvroftiques said...

Kathleen I think it looks beautiful! And I am runing to Target to see if they still have any more of those birds! I'm also going to pin this one to my pinterest. What a beautiful project! Vanna

Sara said...

This is GORGEOUS!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin' party! (and red during the holidays!) http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-15.html

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Beautiful, Kathleen! I love the blue and silver so much that I am also using those colors this season. Hope to see you at my Christmas blog party starting the evening of 12/7.
Hugs,
Sherry

Kim said...

I used to use blue and silver years ago, and now I see that it is all the rage. Wonderful inspiration. I love your project.

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Your centerpiece turned out beautiful I am decorating this year as usual primitive and I have added red and silver with pine berries and pine cones thought may have to make myself a pretty candle to sit on the table

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

This is beautiful, Kathleen! It is sparkly and wintery looking goodness at its best!

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