Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Theme for the farmhouse tree

I've decided on a theme for the farmhouse Christmas tree....

It was an easy decision, really. I've always wanted a tree with white lights (my kids always voted for the multi-colored lights and although I like that look there's just something serene about white lights) and I like the rustic/ woods/ natural look so it was really a no brainer -

I decided on a tree with all white lights and a rustic/ woodland theme. After all, we are in a beautiful woody setting.

Some of our wooded acres

heading out the drive

Whew, now that that decision is out of the way, I started brainstorming on what natural elements to hang on the tree - like acorns, pinecones, sticks, and also stuff made from burlap, felt, etc. Oh, the creative juices have started flowing!

some of my materials

I started with an acorn jingle bell - we have lots of acorns. I decided to just use the caps. I picked up lots of them, brought them inside, and then glued them onto silver jingle bells. Next I added a jute hanger on top. Cute, if I may so say so myself. :o)



Another idea was to make wood stars out of small tree branches...I don't know if I'll make very many of those unless I figure out an easier way to put them together. We'll see; I like them but I'm still working out the logistics.




And since pinecones are easy to come by at the farm, I'm thinking of adding glitter/fake snow to those for some holiday sparkle.

Pinecones on the tree


I also plan on making felt owls, red birds, and doves. And burlap will definitely make an appearance somehow - monogrammed hearts or as a garland or some other rustic motif.

Then there's the can lids I've been saving...I might spray paint them or maybe put a burlap circle inside or maybe both? And perhaps little birdhouses (another use for sticks!). And so on...oh the possibilities are endless!
Can lids and acorn bells


I'm going to keep the color scheme pretty simple - whites/silver, browns, grey, and red. And lots of texture. Can't wait to get it done and decorated...But I'm sticking to my rule of not putting up Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving. Thankfully, I can work on making the decoratons until then. That should satisfy me for now. haha!

Do you have a  theme for your tree? What made you decide on that one? I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting,
Cecilia

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I just realized I'd pinned a post from Dishfunctional Designs on acorn jingle bells. I want her to get the credit for these. Here's the link: http://dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot.com/2012/09/acorn-crafts-home-decor.html. Sorry for the oversight!

22 comments:

  1. I love it - it seems like the perfect tree for such a beautiful woodland setting! I've never really had a theme - we have what I call the "tacky tree" - which is really just a mish-mash of all the ornaments we and the kids have accumulated through the years. I'd love to have a theme like this for a small tree in Vermont (if we do one there.

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    1. I hope you do one in Vermont...please share if you do!

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  2. Cecilia,
    The pictures of the woodlands on your farm are beautiful, taken just the right time of day. I love your ornaments, especially the bells. Your tree will be beautiful. We are going to follow you, and hope that you will do the same. Please check us out. Jeannie & Linda
    @ frenchhensnest.com

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    1. Thank you so much for visiting. I am off to visit and follow you back!

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  3. Your tree theme is perfect...the bells are beautiful and I so love the "twig star" such a great idea!!...Can't wait to see your decorated tree!!

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    1. Thanks Shirley! I'm excited about having a themed tree. I can't wait to do it!

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  4. I LOVE all white lights too!!! My kids AND husband always want the colored lights.. I just think it looks too busy!! I can't wait to see your tree!!! LOVE the pictures of your farm!! Beautiful!!!

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  5. Cecilia, I have acorns too! I am going to copy you with the bells and the trig star as well. I love them both. Did you get the bells at Michaels? Can't wait to see your tree. Your property is breathtaking. Have a beautiful weekend.

    Linda and Jeannie, French Hen's Nest

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    1. Thanks Linda and Jeannie! I got the bells at Hobby Lobby.

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  6. Oh....I LOVE this....totally pinning this! I think I need to do this on the rustic tree on the back porch! You are brilliant!

    blessings,
    karianne

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    1. Thanks Karianne. Please share your tree; I'd love to see it!

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  7. I've had a white tree for years and never gotten tired of it. But I've wanted to add some natural elements this year. This post is some perfect inspiration! I've got it pinned for after Thanksgiving...

    ~Lynn

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  8. love those acorn bells! cute! pinning as well!

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  9. How creative! I can't wait to see the finished tree!

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  10. Those bell acorns are the cutest thing I have ever seen! I still have a ton of acorn caps from my felt acorn garland and I might just have to add bells to them for the holidays. Great idea!

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    1. BTW -- we always do white lights as well. Personally, I can't stand colored lights (little girl Jess would definitely have to disagree but I've since matured into a very simple Christmas lady)

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    2. haha, I've been trying for years to get my family to agree to all white lights...with a 2nd home, I get to do what I want with this tree. I'm sure the urban one will still sport its multicolored lights and colorful decor. Fun, but I am looking forward to my farm tree! (oh, and my son who's now 25, said white lights were ok...so maybe he's matured!) :D

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    3. And thanks! I'm glad you like the acorn bells!

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