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Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Cheery Christmas Mailbox and Other Outdoor Decor

There are two things about this picture that I am really excited about. First, I have a mailbox to decorate! For the past 10 years, while living in Arizona, we just had a small identity theft prevention box in a large silver cube along with 25 other neighbors. Second, I also have a real live tree to decorate, which means extra fragrant branches! It was just to hard and hot to try and keep a natural Christmas tree alive in Phoenix.

Sunday afternoon I set up a garland making station in my front yard. A bin filled with greens and a bit of water, as well as a container for trash, a stool, clippers and an amazing helper were all that were needed. I have been stuck inside a hotel or house painting for the past two months and it was just fantastic to enjoy the crisp fall day outdoors.

Once I had some manageable branches I simply laid them out and joined them together with green florist wire. 

Then I laid the garland over the top of the mailbox and kept adding to it until it reached the desired fullness.

A bow and long streamers were woven throughout the greenery with cheery red ribbon from Hobby Lobby. It was also attached with florist wire so it will stay put if a gust of wind comes along.

Our neighborhood really decorates for the holidays, so we wanted to participate but also keep things simple. There is a birdbath in the front yard of our home near the kitchen window that I thought could use a bit of natural beauty from an evergreen wreath. I didn’t even wire the branches together. They were just arranged neatly in the shallow bowl and I added in some poinsettia and additional ribbon.

I still have to add a bit of ribbon to the garland that surrounds our front door but the sun began setting. Tomorrow perhaps.

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I made one other wreath for our kitchen chandelier. The entire space will be revealed in its entirety tomorrow. The various garlands and wreaths took approximately 3 hours to create but it was an enjoyable time spent outdoors.

Do you have any outdoor decorations up?



GSGreatEscaper said...

Here in the cold cold Northeast, we took advantage of the unexpectedly warm Saturday before Thanksgiving to twine lights on the railings of the porch, place my cardinal lights in a lilac bush, put a wreath on the front window (decorated with silver-sprayed grapes and vines, and a red and silver bow) and place a small tree in an urn (decorated with silver ribbon, and some of the red/silver ribbon from the wreath) at the base of the hand rail. So red and silver are our outdoor theme this year. DH has put timers on the lights, so they go on and off while we are away for Thanksgiving, which makes us feel a bit safer. Because of the weather, it's not unusual for people to put up their outdoor decorations before Thanksgiving - and sometimes they stay up until March because they become buried/inaccessible because of snow. This week we added candles in the windows.

I was driving by a house that has been torn down and where a super-large foundation is being dug. A scotch pine had been cut down, its branches piled on the curb. I turned around and filled my trunk - now my Advent wreath is decorated with the branches and I made a large fireplace arrangement in a big old coffee can that I had sprayed red last spring to hold a geranium. Two days later, there's just one branch left on the curb - I guess others did the same thing!

Hope you are feeling better and I look forward to seeing the kitchen!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love the garlands, so pretty. Can't wait to see more.

Jane said...

So beautiful! Love the odor of fresh evergreens!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

How pretty! The fresh evergreens just add such a special touch!

Angela said...

Beautiful! I've never thought about putting greens in our birdbath before.

Linda said...

That looks lovely, Laura! :)

Yes, I am the daughter of an award-winning outdoor Christmas display decorator, my Dad. LOL For real, he was the one with the gigantic display year after year, with all of the lighted statuary, everything you could think of, and yes, he won neighborhood lighting contests year after year. So, let me put it this way... we have the STUFF.

If we wanted to do that kind of display, we could. But it's just become too much work and usually, I'm sick around this time of year (like this year), and it's usually too cold or wet, so like you, we've kept it simple. We have lights in the flower boxes, I draped lights around an old sleigh near the front door, and in various planters, and hey - I even lighted Dad's old painter ladder near the door. We also bought 3 light up snowpeople for a little winter scene between the forsythia shrubs.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

What a nice thing to have a mailbox to decorate. I love how lush your garland is.

Kelley said...

Christmasy indeed!

Hugs and happy weekend,

Terri Steffes said...

So pretty! There is nothing like tradition green and red to bring out the holiday cheer!

Bonnie said...

Very pretty. I am so glad you are enjoying your new home and feeling more settled.

Bonnie said...

P.S. It was 78 degrees today in lower Alabama!

sandy said...

It's lovely. You need a little snow. I can send you some!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Never decorated our mailbox, but then ours is not as pretty as yours:) Love what you did with the birdbath. I cut greens from our trees every Christmas to use as decorations.

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I can't believe that's the same place! I'm always amazed at what a little, ok a lot, of paint can do!! I know that you are loving your new home!

Carol said...

Oh, it sounds like you are really enjoying some actual real fall weather. Your mailbox swag is beautiful!