For Christmas decorating, Don’t forget the bathroom!!
After the Thanksgiving Feast is done, it's officially time to start the Christmas Decorations!! I’d like to share an Elf arrangement with you. Mother made these when they first opened the florist. Christmas decorations need to be in every room - Don’t forget the bathroom.
This design is created on Styrofoam placed on the back of the toilet. I used a cheap roll of toilet paper that could withstand spray paint. The trick is to make light coats, so the paper does not dissolve when sprayed. I made many coats of paint to get the rich, red color.
First, paint the roll of toilet paper red. Not the whole roll, stand the toilet paper on an end. Paint the top of the roll a solid red. Pull out about 12”-18” of the toilet paper and lightly spray both sides. Let this dry completely.
Next, create the base. The styrofoam should about 1” thick. Cut a piece of styrofoam to fit the back of the toilet. I cut a block 2” smaller than the edges of the toilet lid.
Carefully add snow. Follow the instructions on package.
Next, add the toilet paper to the base. Fold the end of the toilet paper in half, bring the end of the paper through the center of the toilet paper roll and out the top of the roll. Place the roll of toilet paper to the left of the base. Place the end of the toilet paper from the top of the roll to the right edge of the base. Secure the toilet paper to the base using wire and the wood picks. Make hairpins out of the wire by bending them in half. Secure the toilet paper to the styrofoam with the hairpins.
Now, create a playful scene. Add the elves to the toilet paper. Have one elf climbing up the back of the toilet paper. Another, could be sliding down the pulled out toilet paper. Another elf could be laying in the snow. Make your own scene.
Finally, make a forest scene by using Christmas greenery as bushes and white branches as trees.
Place the arrangement on the lid of the tank on the toilet
New Christmas lights LED options highlight brighter.
This picture was taken without using a flash. Notice how bright the lights are in the decorations. These lights are LED (light-emitting diodes). The wreath and the candles shed light on the items surrounding them.
LED lights offer new alternatives for lighting Holiday decorations. LED lights are brighter, use less energy, last longer, and don’t get hot! This is great for decorations of fresh Christmas greenery.
Fresh Christmas trees bring the aroma of evergreens into the decorated space. Christmas trees of fresh greenery tend to dry out after the are cut. It is important to place the fresh tree in a tree holder of water and Christmas tree preservative. LED lights are great in decorating fresh Christmas trees. The brightness of the light illuminates the ornaments hanging nearby. LED lights do not heat when they are lit. This helps prevent fire hazards.
LED lights are also available in small battery-operated lengths. Using LED lights are more economical. The energy used to lite LED is 85% less than traditional lights. LED lights are brighter and last longer.
Celebrate with an Advent Wreath!!
Advent marks four Sundays until Christmas Day. Commemorate each Sunday by lighting a candle on the Advent Wreath. Most are produced using artificial wreaths. This is a precaution because of lit candles. I used mechanical candles painted purple and pink. Mechanical candles, used in weddings, have wax inserts inside a metal tube. As the wax burns, a spring-loaded insert keeps the wick at the top of the candle. The tube never loses the height. Inserts can be reloaded. The wax burns for about 2 hours, depending on the size of the insert.
There are many ways to create an Advent Wreath. In this concept, I placed white miniature Christmas lights inside the green wreath. Then, bows of sheer wired ribbon were placed below each candle. Because mechanical candles are used, the candle never burns down to the ribbon.
Remember, NEVER LEAVE BURNING CANDLES UNATTENDED!
In a large gathering, flowers announce location!!
Thanksgiving is a great time to gather large groups of people. Make the family larger! Invite friends that are unable to meet their family, to join yours. When this occurs, different options are available. Have a food table, a drink station, and the dinner tables. Flower arrangements decorate and draws attention to the different spaces.
In this arrangement. I used wet foam in a copper pitcher. This design is made of yellow Gerbera daisies, orange miniature carnations, bronze pom-poms, Fall leaves, and wheat. I placed clusters of grapes on wooden picks. This arrangement was placed on the table holding the assortment of drinks.