This time last year, Charming and I were in the middle of a major move. I know. Who moves over Christmas? I guess I like a challenge. Christmas last year was pretty simple. We finished the move literally a few days before Christmas and I had already gone through a major purge of all my Christmas things after the girls moved out. I hadn’t even put up a tree for a few years but was doing little vignettes throughout the house. And last Christmas, Charming was only five months so I didn’t feel the need to go nuts. (Unlike this year)
So when I came across this picture one day last year while browsing the net and dreaming of a less stressful Christmas, I saved it to my favorites because I knew I wanted to give something like this a try.
The idea comes from Style Estate in a great article called “A Whole Bunch of Christmas Porch Decorating Ideas”. I couldn’t find the original article or a tutorial but I thought “What the heck! I’m gonna figure this one out on my own!”
So I grabbed three different sized boxes and some wrapping paper, some ribbon and a few doodads for the top of the boxes. I used the same wrapping paper for all three boxes because I hadn’t yet dug out the other Christmas things and didn’t want to climb over the boxes in my cold cellar.
|I didn’t remember to take pictures until after I wrapped the boxes. Oops!|
After the boxes were wrapped I spent a few head-scratching minutes wondering exactly what would hold this contraption together. The answer is……tomato stakes!!! I was thinking about wood dowels when I remembered the unused stakes from the garden. Yay! I poked a whole in the middle of the boxes with a pen, jammed the stake into the planter and secured the boxes on the stake.
It’s at this point I should mention, I had not actually emptied the planter from the summer plantings. It was still full of soil and a few stragglers. I decided I would leave the little hanging plant since he was still green and kind of cute. Had to give the little guy credit for hanging in on into the cold weather.
I just added a little tinsel and some more ribbon and it looks utterly charming sitting on the porch.
Linking to all of these great parties!