I decided to go a bit minimal on both the Holiday tree and its decor this year. I often will reuse ornaments from years prior and "mix it up a bit" by combining a few new colors or elements to keep it fresh and interesting. I had bought a set of mini ball-ornaments with pearl, opaque and iridescent finishes for a small pencil tree I placed in a hallway about 10 years ago. Sheesh . . . ten years ago? I guess enough time has passed to reuse them without feeling I was looking at the same ole tree.
I also had small, silver ball-ornaments as well and decided to mix a few of those in. I already decorated the room with pieces of cut crystal. I enjoy the elegant and refined look such pieces produce during the holidays. Not to mention, these pieces were all bought second-hand at local thrift stores for great bargains.
I have been keeping my eye on antique and vintage chandelier prisms at Ebay but they always seem to go too high this time of year. (note to self . . . "Look for crystal chandelier prisms when it's 100 degrees outside") I know these pieces would be the perfect accompaniment to the holiday decor in this room, producing more sparkle, shimmer and icy elegance. (O.K. I may do this "crystal thing" again next year as I like it so much!)
In the meantime, I decided to create some ornaments to add a bit more interest and glimmer to the tree. I utilized items I had around the house and created these in less than hour. Wire, Gems and a Glue Gun is all it took!
What do you think? Click the link provided above to read about the process I used to make these simple ornaments.
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