I want to share my favorite decorating success this year. If you’ve been following along, you’ll remember it’s a new house for me this year so I’m trying new things in new arrangements. I have an extensive Santa collection and have displayed it much the same way from year to year. This year I grouped them by style and these photos are of my Woodland Santas on my dining room sideboard.
STEP BY STEP SANTA DISPLAY
Here is how I created the display. I started with a random collection of left over stuff – little pieces of greens, some berries and balls.
I gathered all the Santas that fit my woodland theme and found a couple other things that could help fill up the length of the sideboard. I’m lucky to have Santas in a variety of heights and sizes so I won’t have to resort to using any risers. This sleigh was a Michael’s find years ago and has been used differently every year – this year I’m going to work it in with Santa.
Often displays fade right into my light colored wood, so I’m adding draping cedar branches because I love drapey touches and it helps ground the grouping.
As I focus on the sleigh, I’m really just using up my little pieces of mixed greens and kind of filling up the back corner (knowing that I’m going to put something toward the front). Notice that some of the greens spill out of the frame of the sleigh to give dimension.
I found these gold vine balls in the bottom of a bin and think they look great in my woodland scene. Add some berry sprigs and red balls tucked into the tree and this part is almost done. Here’s the place to really vary the way the display looks – the sleigh could be filled with small wrapped packages, fruit, giant natural pinecones, little stuffed toys…anything to complement the theme you want to develop.
I love this pinecone ribbon but didn’t have much left so had to use it sparingly. I looped it up and over the sleigh and attached it loosely in a few places with little pieces of wire (or pipe cleaner would work too).
I had a few fresh greens that I picked up for free at the fresh tree lot so spread those around as a base for all the Santas and to connect the two ends of the display. I twined the remaining bit of ribbon through the greens and judged it done.
I love the way this display turned out and how it showcases my Santas. Do you have a favorite holiday collection? Let’s see how you display your collectibles. Share a comment with us and we’ll be delighted to send you the FREE Designer Florist Bow instructional guide – 13 photo filled pages that take you step by step through the process to make your own designer bows.