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Bring the Holidays Into Your Home

By Michelle Hopkins Nov 26, 2014

There’s excitement in the air as family and friends gather together for the holidays, and we all want our homes to reflect this joy. To inspire you with fabulously festive holiday decorating ideas, REW spoke to three talented artists taking part in this year’s Got Craft? Holiday craft fair. Everything you need can be foraged or bought fairly inexpensively at your local home hardware or craft store.

Jennifer Chu, owner, Green with Envy Floral + Textile Designs

  • Head for a walk in search of nature’s bounty that has dropped on the ground – branches, cedar, boxwood, holly and pine cones. Then buy hurricane lanterns and large white candles. Cover the base with your greenery and you have a beautiful centerpiece for your table or entryway (see image gallery above). You can also tie a ribbon on the hook for a hint of colour or use spray snow on the greenery.
  • A doorway festooned with pinecones and garland sets the tone for a rustic welcome.
  • Think fairy lights this holiday season. These tiny lights pack a big punch! You can hang them, create a glowing garland for your sideboard buffet, mantel or front entrance or entwine them in a vase or other container.
  • Another hugely popular trend is the chalkboard. You can purchase a simple wood frame and some chalkboard paint and write words on it such as Joy or Peace or your holiday dinner menu (see image gallery above).
  • A moss-covered or spray-painted branch makes for a fabulous rod on which to hang ornaments or small clear vases with tea lights in them (see image gallery above).

Tamara Komuniecki, owner, Delish General Store

  • Make Pinterest your best friend … it is a repository of inspiration.
  • Mason jars can be used in many different ways. Fill three jars with white fairy lights, add a little greenery at the bottom and voila – a simple yet stunning vignette. Or dip them in metallic paint, sparkles and add tea lights for another gorgeous look.
  • Float cranberries and a candle for a gorgeous luminary. 
  • If you are on a budget or your condo doesn’t allow a real Christmas tree, pick up some cedar bows. Place them upright in a large vase or bucket and create your own unique tree on which to hang your homemade ornaments.
  • Washi tape – a Japanese masking tape that has thousand of uses and comes in a plethora of colours and designs. You can use it on your walls and it will not peel paint off. Use Washi tape to create your own ornaments, wall trees or advent calendars.
  • Fashion a string of lights using ping pong balls and globe or fairy lights. Cut a small X in each ball and string them right over the lights (they won’t get too hot), and it looks fabulous. Add a little splash of colour on those ping pong balls with some Washi tape.
  • Dip pinecones in paint and string them with fishing line and you have nature’s garland.

Kerri Pfeifer, owner, Rogue Florist

  • Run a garland made out of foraged evergreens down your table, around windows and your mantel – not only does it add a fresh look but it smells heavenly too!
  • Add cedar, pinecones or a selection of candles in various sizes for a simple yet elegant look.
  • Create wreaths made out of willow branches and grape vines (see image gallery above). Hold all the stems at one end to tie. Then, start with the grape vines and weave in the willow branches. Finish off by decorating with holly, flowers, ornaments … whatever you like.
  • Trim your tree with metal cookie cutters, which come in a large selection of shapes and designs. Wrap them in fabric, fabric trim, twine, ribbon or Washi tape. 

Mark Your Calendars

Vancouver's largest indie craft fair, Got Craft? is celebrating its 16th show Saturday and Sunday, December 13 and14 between 10am and 5pm at the Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver. Admission is $3 at the door. 

“The holiday show includes 25 per cent new vendors [this year],” says Andrea Tong-Tucker, one half of the husband-wife production team. “As well, there are new free DIY workshops by Delish General Store, Small Wonder and Spool of Thread. D.I.Y. workshops will be on making gift tags, ornaments and sewing projects.”

Got Craft? showcases independent, local vendors with an expansive selection of curated handmade goods ranging from jewelry, clothing, ceramics, stationary, housewares, plush toys, local artists, and more.

“We have always aimed to bring together a community that fosters handmade and a do-it-yourself culture,” adds Tong-Tucker. “Participants are hand picked and this holiday season, we’ll be featuring exclusives such as The Beautiful Project, Cabin + Cub, and Belvedere Gents.”

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Michelle Hopkins
Michelle Hopkins is a Vancouver-based freelance writer with extensive magazine, newspaper and online writing experience in home décor, new home developments, culinary adventures, wine, travel and more. Michelle writes for many notable publications including Real Estate Weekly and other Glacier Media Group publications, Western Living Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, Home Décor & Renovations, to name just a few. Michelle is passionate about anything to do with real estate.
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