Remember that box from the fall mantel? My 50 cent treasure:) I simply erased Welcome Fall and changed it to Joy to the World. (Oh, I've been having some F-U-N with all the chalkboards around here these days! hehe...the choices are endless!). Then I filled it with stuff I had around the house - some pinecones, apples (those are fake in case you were wondering;), and some glasses filled with coffee beans and votives. The candles needed some height, so I flipped 2 small ramekins I have upside down, and they're sitting on those. Shh...our little secret.
I added some holly and berry garland (again, that I had), and some white poinsettia flowers here and there. I will probably be switching this out with the real deal, when we go to get our tree. Either that or hitting Michaels - they have some of the most beautiful real-looking garland right now! Have you been? If not, check it out! Amaaazing. I'm thinking of swagging it and/or lighting it up with little white lights - I'll keep you posted;)
Then I needed a teeny bit of height - it just drove me crazy to have it all so low - so I flanked the box with the glass hurricanes leftover from my Thanksgiving centerpiece (remember, I filled them with beans and lentils?). Pretty simple here- I filled one with pine cones and one with a strand of berry garland. Tied both with a string of jute and you're done.
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