Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Think Outside of the Christmas Color Wheel

 Hello everyone! All I can seem to think about lately are the holidays, and if you're anything like me, that involves bring the magic into your home decor. Tom Badger of was kind enough to share this post on thinking outside of the box when decorating your fireplace mantel for the holidays.

Christmas is no longer restricted to red, green, and an occasional burst of yellow. If you walk through the Christmas section of any home store, you’ll be able to easily spot non- traditional holiday colors being used in just about anything. If you’re a stickler for all things traditional, this might just infuriate you, but there’s no need to discredit what you don’t understand. Embrace a little change, just as much as you can stand, and see what doors of home décor can open for you.

At my home, I have a non-traditional fireplace that just screams for attention in our den. My challenge this year was to make it stand out. To do that, I had to think outside the traditional Christmas color wheel.

Hands On Projects For Kids
The focal point of the fireplace is a canvas creation my nieces and I cooked up. I call it a handprint wreath because they used their precious little hands to carve out the shape of the wreath. We used poster paint because we tend to be messy and it washes off easily. I had the background already painted and dried. 

Think Outside of the Christmas Color Wheel
Then, they used green paint and alternated between painting their hands green and pressing their handprints onto the canvas to shape the wreath. After that layer dried, one person made a fist and we painter the underside of her fist to make the shapes of the flower pedals. They used their little fingers to make the cranberries around the wreath. After that dried, I went in and put some detail on the flower and made the bow. I’m no Picasso, but we’re pretty happy with the end result.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color
Using the poster paint for the handprint wreath actually threw me a curve ball with the colors. The paints I used are primary colors so none of my traditional Christmas décor matched. What do you do? You use what you’ve got. I was able to find some Viking glass pieces that I collect, and incorporate for additional color. I also had some non- traditional light blue ornaments on hand that I threw into a glass basket on the top shelf.

Think Out of the Box
It’s all about using what you have. Sometimes, you just need to repurpose it. One way I found was to use a tall clear cylinder and I filled it with something colorful. What’s better at Christmas time then wrapping bows? They’re easy to find, inexpensive, and they come in an array of colors. I sank some cranberries at the bottom to use as an anchor and to tie into the cranberry color in the candle next to it. I didn’t have cool colors in stockings so I decided to try using a bed of tinsel icicles on each shelf to create some interest and whimsy.

The cost of my fireplace project was next to nothing. I purchased the canvas and poster paints on sale, and the glass cylinder was on clearance too. No matter what you choose to decorate your fireplace this year, make sure that it means something to you. Having a good story behind your embellishments will give your guests something to remember about your get-together. Good design doesn’t have to be expensive. You can make the most of what you have by stepping outside of tradition and trying something new.

This guest post is courtesy of, seller of fine fireplace screens, tools, fireplace candelabra, and many other fireplace accessories.

1 comment:

  1. How clever! I'm going to pass this along to my sister. It's a great way to get the kids involved with decorating. I think this is a wonderful idea for a family project (the hand-print wreath) and the wreath they made looks really nice. Plus, it's a fun story for the kids to tell, especially since you gave it a place of honor in your home.


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