Last time, I showed you how to make silverware holders from jute webbing. What better time to show you the rest of the dining room than while it is cleaned up for the previous post. Like the other Christmas décor in our home, Christmas decorating in the dining room is pretty basic. I don’t completely change out everything, but add a little extra bling here and there.
A big fluffy burlap bow made with leftovers from my thrifty window treatments finish off the greenery on the table. I just folded two loops and used a string from the frayed edges to tie it all together.
The greenery came from a friend’s yard, and another friend gave me the big-is-beautiful pine cones.
In case you missed the place settings last time:
Ok, moving on to the side board/ baker’s rack. This was originally a dresser that we found at a sample sale in High Point, NC. We bought it to use as a side board, then amazingly found a top that fit it perfectly in the basement of another store when we moved to South Carolina. So, is it a side board, a hutch, a baker’s rack?
Where was I? I get sidetracked occasionally. Anyway, I left the hutch pretty much as it is year round. Mom’s blue and white Lochs of Scotland transferware gets center stage with just a few silvery pine cones thrown into the mix. I had to dust for the close-ups.
Another music wrapped candle- it stays out year round.
The frosty music page birds are wintry, but I love them so much that I leave them out year round, too.
The hymnal Christmas tree is left over from a couple of years ago- he’s starting to look a little ragged. I tried to tape it together at the top, thought I did a good job of it until I saw this picture….
And that’s all I did to create a no cost, no stress Christmas dining room. When I see all the gorgeous Christmas decorations in bloggy world, I start to feel a bit inadequate, but the no-stress factor outweighs the envy. I love that I can leave most of these decorations in place throughout winter- another low-stress bonus.
What do you do to keep down the stress at Christmas? Any low budget decorating tips you’d like to share?