After noticing that most of my Christmas board pins at Pinterest were decorations that used vintage book pages and music sheets, I realized I had a theme going on. I'm not trying to say I'm unique here- seems lots of people with blogs are making decorations with book pages.
I noticed that some posts I read and pinned were from a few years ago, so I'm not even in the first wave.
But I was drawn to it this year and I really like how the worn and faded pages coordinate with the vintage ornaments I've used for years. The mellow colors of the pages play off the sparkles of the silver and glitter we decorate with, too. I'm also loving the way the black print works with the touches of black I've added to our living areas in the past year.
Doesn't this sweet, miniature paper chain look fabulous on the reproduction feather tree with some of my grandmother's vintage ornaments? The rings are about 1-1/4" each- we used an old tiny stapler we have (that uses No. 10 staples) to make them. This little chain was actually my daughter's idea, and it's turned out to be one of my favorite new things we made.
Plus, as it surprisingly took a lot of circles to get all around the little tree, my son helped out when he was home over the Thanksgiving weekend. We moms love it when we have something that all of our kids helped create, don't we?
My daughter and I also made ornaments for the tree- that we don't have up yet. We always start the house decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving and then put the tree up two to three weeks before the big day so it doesn't dry out as much.
Both the clear balls stuffed with shredded paper and the folded paper ornaments were inspired by Miss Mustard Seed. We used a photo how-to from BHG, but I'll be posting a tutorial in the next week with some of the tips we learned as we made them.
These sweet little birds are another of my favorites and they were easy-peasy using the tutorial from Under The Table and Dreaming. Yesterday, I showed how I added these to an old "JOY" glitter banner and hung them on our new vintage window frame as a part of the mantel decorations.
I hung some of the larger pleated book page ornaments in the window. I'll be adding ball ornaments between these when we decorate the tree, I think.
I also wanted to quickly update a very old (I think at least 10 years...) "Merry Christmas" banner I made from shipping tags. I cut the book pages into triangles and used a glue stick to attach them to the backs of the tags.
I think it took about 15 minutes. And I'm appreciating how the old is new again!
The most amazing thing about all these decorations is that I the only thing I bought were the clear balls- all the other items I already had including the glitter & glitter paper, glue sticks, twine, and books. A new decorating scheme for only $4.99 and using up what we have- what a deal!
I have a few more ideas to use more pages from the old books that came from my in-laws stash (believe me, they weren't anything anyone would want to read again!), but I'm not sure I will have the time. We'll see.
I did, however, take the time to create my favorite thing by far and I hung it over this glitter house scene on our entry cabinet.
Curious? You'll have to hang on- it's coming next week!
In the meantime- this box has been in our dining room for a week as we slowly decorated. I think it's about time to be put away, don't you?
What's your decorating theme this year? Or do you have one?
This is linked to Saturday Nite Special