Friday, November 6, 2009

Project Day : Early Bird Xmas Branch



my living room

I know Christmas is still over a month away, but I have to tell you these things now so you can get prepared right? That's my excuse for making this pretty decorative branch. Here's how:
  • Go for a walk and find a long tree branch. I found this piece of driftwood washed up on the rocks. But you can use any branch, or, a piece of dowel from the hardware store. And if you are desperate, a broom handle will suffice.
  • Get some fairy lights and twirl them all along the branch, securing them as you go with wire or fishing line.
  • Find a place to hang/suspend the branch and secure it with fishing line. I have a beam in the middle of my living room so I secured the line over the top. If using a doorway, screw in some little hooks either end and suspend the branch with fishing line that way. Just take sure it is secure and can stand the weight.
  • Add some decorations. Have some fun, I added some sea shells and some little white birds I had left over from a party.
  • Wait until dusk, plug in and switch on (preferably whilst drinking a glass of champagne).
This only took me about an hour and it was so fun. I loved adding things as I went along, like the sea shells. I don't know how I will ever take it down it's so pretty.
If any of my readers end up creating one of these branches I would love to feature it in my December Xmas posts. So get cracking! I am off in the caravan now. I will be posting while away so you can come along for the beach ride if you like. Take care of you. Simone xx

PS: Winner of Coastal Living comp is #34 - Kimberly from Boardinghouse.
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54 comments:

  1. I LUV IT! How creative Simone, and thanks for giving us the directions on how to make our personal xmas branch.
    -marie

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  2. Hi there Simone your such a creative force, so prrrretty!! Please pop along to my week long guest blogger event, starts this Monday, think you will enjoy! Sharon xxxooo

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  3. So lovely...never too early to start decorating and thinking about the most magical time of the year!

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  4. Simone!
    That is just the prettiest thing ever! I'd never take it down either :-)

    Smiles,
    ~Julia

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  5. Very nice, and definately need the glass of champagne with it!! Have a lovely break :-)

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  6. This decoration looks so good that I just have to try to make it! It looks like really festive!
    Enjoy your beach ride and I will definitely keep an eye on you blog for updates!

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  7. very beautiful and I will venture to make one for over my kitchen window for Christmas!!Thank you for the in inpiration.

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  8. I really like this idea - the decorations look so effective displayed this way with the little fairy lights glowing between them. Lovely!

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  9. Wow Simone I think you have outdone yourself. such a simple idea and it looks so fab. I am a sucker for fairy lights I must say and I think you should keep it up all year and just change the christmas decorations for other seasonal objects. I can imagine it over a table too, cheers Katherine

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  10. So so so pretty ! Every year I decorate like crazy but rarely stop and take the time to enjoy the beauty. Starting early might be just the answer.

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  11. Gorgeous idea!. I love driftwood... U've given me an idea.. Will have to figure out the lights tho...Minus the lights and it would still work well.

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  12. This would be perfect in my home. Love your blog I always find something inspiring here!

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  13. It's so pretty, Simone. So natural.
    Best,
    Angela

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  14. Very simple and very pretty. I'll have to find where we stored the xmas stuff!!

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  15. Simone,

    Beautiful! You were lucky to find the branch. I search the beach for such things, but one of your other readers must get there first. I'll keep looking.

    Marjorie

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  16. This is just stunning! Some of my favorite things are included - sea shells, silvery sparkles, birds and white lights! I love it!

    Robin

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  17. that is just so pretty!! shells are not so christmasy here, but it is still lovely.

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  18. Wow, You are on a roll!!! Keep it coming!

    This is an awesome idea. I just did the math, and Christmas IS just around the corner!!!!
    Thanks for the great idea and your kind words!!
    xxx kim

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  19. Love your branch. You have given me a great idea for our Christmas setting. I love bloggers that are getting into the Christmas spirit already!!
    Have a wonderful time away.
    Ness xx

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  20. I love this idea, I am going to give it a go!xx

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  21. oooh! makes me want to get started right away with the decorations. so pretty!

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  22. This is so pretty! Of course I love of using a long piece of driftwood.

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  23. So nice!! i can't wait for christmas too...

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  24. wowwwwwww very nice,Thanks for sharing
    I love Christmas XMas and New year Festival, It's a time of happiness
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  25. So pretty, what a lovely idea! I am loving your early Christmas spirit...exciting :)

    Rachel

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  26. Gorgeous Simone - beautiful concept !

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  27. Beautiful! You are so creative! I love it - and it could fit in all year round too! xxx

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  28. So lovely :) Love Christmas and i cant't wait for chirstmas too !

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  29. Simply gorgeous, Simone. I love your touch!

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  30. hola simonne! beautifull early idea!!!!super enjoy your trip in the caravan!!!!!!an enormous kiss!!!

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  31. This is so pretty, Simone!
    And I'm going to get my brother-in-law to search for a nice driftwood branch for me while on his fishing excursions!
    Beautiful!
    Thanks for another wonderful idea! You are always so generous to share!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  32. Just perfect for an Australian Christmas - beautiful! Leigh

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  33. Great idea - I may use this (if I can figure out where to hang it in my dumb rental) to display some of our glass Christmas ornaments. Glass is not allowed on our Christmas tree until our preschoolers (currently ages 3 and 2) learn how to NOT knock over the Christmas tree.

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  34. Oh, I just love this Simone. Very stunning. I'm starting my search for that special branch.

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  35. It's gorgeous...you have inspired me to do the same...just put up a little something....mmmmm....what should that be?

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  36. Simone, you know what, I'm going to do that. I love that idea. Hope you are having a blast on your trip. Sounds fun.

    Thank you so much for dropping and leaving a comment too. We have some girlfriends in commen I see!
    xoxo

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  37. I love this idea! So very clever!!!
    Beach...here I come (or maybe the woods behind my house).

    Jane (artfully graced)

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  38. Love this idea SImone...it looks so pretty and festive, xv.

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  39. Maybe when my pavillion is finished outside, I could hang one there! So pretty what you've come with!
    Brenda

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  40. Beautiful ! I will take the idea and although I'm far from beach, my home has its style, so I'll make one for xmas !!
    Love the little lights and the candle at night... it's so warm...
    Thanks !!

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  41. So pretty Simone! I'm so glad you have started decorating for Christmas already...we have started watching Christmas movies already so decorating won't be far off! Tracey xx

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    Besiños
    Yolanda

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  44. Love this.. I did this in my kitchen last year (without lights) and never took it down. I might have to add some lights and change out the ornaments..but I just couldn't part with the look!
    x Trina

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  45. I think it is never too early to start decorating !
    Lovely !!
    XOX RINI

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  46. This is on my list of things to do - I love it!!!! My colors for Christmas are crystal silver aqua and seafoam - so here I go!!! Jennifer

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  47. Loooove it... As soon as we move into our new home in 2 weeks I'm going to start Christmas decorating and I'm definitely going to try this beautiful idea. I'll send you a pic x

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  48. Wow, that is so pretty!!! Thanks for the wonderful idea! ~ Violet

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  49. Still one of my favourites Simone! I've gone back to see how you attached your fairy lights! Mine aren't as pretty with all this green plastic!! Have to shop around I think. Pruxxx

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