Hi there! Throughout the weekend, I saw photos and posts from friends decorating for Christmas. There's just something about this joyous season that brings out the child in us, isn't there? Today I'm sharing my mantel and a simple tree skirt, both inspired by The Nutcracker Ballet.
Last year, I created a Nutcracker Inspired Dress Form Christmas Tree and enjoyed it so much, I decided to extend the theme and nontraditional colors to my mantel. I started with the ballet pink lace runner from last week's fabulous finds.
Next I added the tall glittered nutcracker from last year, sparkly pom-pom garland and a wintery white thrift store tree.
On the left side, I placed the handmade branch tree I found at an estate sale a few years ago and used previously as a winter centerpiece. I decorated it with my "new" Shiny Brite ornaments, then added the same sparkly silver garland I used on my Christmas dress form tree, across the entire mantel. I tucked in some faux mercury glass lights that I bought years ago on clearance in the garden section. Various tiny white bottle brushes were also added to the winter wonderland.
Last, Clara and an assortment of Nutcrackers were placed in the wintery white, metallic and pastel colored mantelscape. Do you recognize the gold tree? I'll be sharing its makeover soon.
Here's a peek at the full mantel....
When I first posted my dress form Christmas tree, I shared my sentimental attachment to The Nutcracker and sweet memories of my girls performing in the local ballet. I've held on to this beautiful tutu Dear Firstborn wore and have always wanted to find a way to display it without cutting or altering it.
I realized with a little creativity, it would be the perfect tree skirt for my alternative Christmas tree. I started by shaking the full skirt out. Next, I tucked the attached leotard inside the tulle skirt, and then draped the skirt around the base of the dress form. Shake-Tuck-Drape, easy as 1-2-3! I realize not everyone has a spare tutu in the closet, but check thrift stores! Shorter tutus could be combined or several yards of tulle would create a similar effect.
When it comes to Christmas decorations, do you prefer traditional colors or nontraditional like neutrals, metallics or pastels?