Thursday, December 09, 2010
Vintage holiday style and decorations are back in fashion this season for home décor. It is once again hip to pay tribute to holidays past. Soft hues of pinks and peaches mixed with pastel blues and warm lime greens are being paired with traditional cranberry and forest green. Gold and silver metallic tinsel are also being used to complete a color pallet that is warm and inviting.
It is easy to achieve a vintage look on a budget. For tree decorating, all you need is simple white lights, colored ornament balls, strings of tinsel and a star topper. If you want to add a little glitz to the ornaments, add a little white glue to the top with a foam paintbrush, sprinkle a little glitter into the glue and tap of the excess.
For tabletop decorations, try wrapping Styrofoam cones with tinsel and hot gluing a few small ornament balls around the cone. If you have clear vases or bowls, fill them to the rim with ornament balls and bits of tinsel.
For mantles, create your own signature style vintage wreath with the simple instructions below. All the items needed are readily available at any craft store. Have fun decorating this season and get creative expressing your vintage style.
Small wood birdhouse
FolkArt Craft paint: Belle Blush, Taffy and Fresh Foliage
Tissue paper: cream; peach and light green
Folk Art Texture Paint
Rhinestones and ribbon
2 square Styrofoam wreaths
Small glittered plastic snowflakes
Velvet flowers & small ornaments
Small decorative tree
1. Paint the birdhouse. (for this project I am using the back of the house as the front) paint the roof taffy, the base fresh foliage and the house belle blush.
2. Cut the tissue paper into small random shaped squares. Apply the squares to the house with Mod Podge. Add the cream to the roof, the peach to the house and the green to the base. Topcoat with a layer of Mod Podge. Add additional layers of tissue if needed. Allow for dry time between layers.
3. Cut the decorative paper into a rounded door shape. Mod Podge to the front of the house.
4. Using a toothpick, add sparkle Texture Paint to the roof and base of the house. Poke the ends of the snowflakes into the Texture paint. Allow to dry.
5. Hot glue a rhinestone for a door handle and a ribbon embellishment to the top of the house.
6. Hot glue the two wreaths together. Glue and wrap the tinsel around the wreath base. Hot glue small ornaments into the tinsel and a flower into the corner. Attach the house and the decorative tree to the center of the wreath with hot glue.