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A Wee Christmas Display

by - Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I'm not sure what to call this... Christmas diorama? Mini merry montage? Whatever it is, I think its my new favourite Christmas decoration :)

Still on my mini cars with Christmas trees kick, I happened to come across a box full of HandyMan's toy cars from when he was a child. Score! So I tied a dollar store flocked mini tree on the prettiest vintage red convertible.

I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it. I thought I might put it on the sideboard in the living room and create a village scene. I wrapped up a few raisin boxes to look like gifts...

and then I spied my thrift store display case which was sitting in the dining room. It still contained some shells from our jaunts to the beach this summer, but after swapping out the shells for Christmas trees and I have this:

Cute overload!! The aquarium sand works perfectly as snow. I put it in the window sill in the front entry and wouldn't you know it, the metal frame of the display case echoed the leaded glass in the window. Like it was meant to be there.

The rest of the front entry was looking a little bare so added in a few more things. The Home Depot was kind enough to send me some ornaments from the Martha Stewart Arctic collection so I decided to make a swag with them using a few simple pine cones and some twine. I also updated the chalk board which now sits on the radiator.

And all of a sudden, the front entry feels a bit more festive. Its like Christmas magic!

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  1. Tammy Partin Spangler12:43 PM

    This is too cute!!  I love your garland on the stairway, too!  The colors are beautiful!

  2. ramblingrenovators12:43 PM

    Thanks! Its my first time using cool blues but I'm kinda in love with them now.

  3. Stacey Keeling12:43 PM

    I just love the little car diorama. It is just perfect and I might have to copy that great idea.

  4. ramblingrenovators12:43 PM

     Would love to see what you come up with! :)

  5. That is a brilliant display.. very clever!

  6. Mariel Wangsgard12:45 PM

    So clever! I'd love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday - Tuesday) at 'Or so she says ...' Hope to see you there!

  7. Carmel - Our Fifth House12:46 PM

    Oh my word  - that display case with this Christmas scene is just too darn cute!    - carmel @ our fifth house

  8. Londen Huffman12:46 PM

    Cute, Cute, Cute!!! And i love the way it looks in the window!

  9. well, time to find some cars, twine and trees! too cute!

  10. Julie Khuu12:46 PM

    Cute overload is right!!! Such a darling vignette, I can see this reworked so many ways and for every single holiday!  So vintage and chic!

    Also- I’m hosting a décor-to-dress giveaway where 3 winners
    will WIN a fabulous frock of their choice just in time for the holidays!  Hope you’ll stop by to enter the contest!



    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  11. I LOVE it! so adorable and Jen you are so creative! Love the little trees and tiny gifts!! I was at the Dollarstore looking for these little finds and can't find them :( 

    Will have to go with you next time!  

  12. Cute overload is right! That's a festively sweet display you've created!

  13. auntie shan12:46 PM

    First off, that DISPLAY is quaintly *beyond* CUTE!! Positively love IT in that spot!

    However, just a Point to be aware of seeing as IT is IN a Terrarium and that your "Vintage" window is likely *not* made of UV glass - *any* SUNLIGHT exposure for more than a week "could" breakdown the Green-Dye of that Tree and permanently STAIN the WHITE roof of Handyman's lovely pristine Vintage Car! - Especially, if that roof is Plastic as well... [just saying...]

    I noticed that the Neighbours have the SAME window..? - [great shot, btw!] - Wonder "WHAT'S" on Their SILL?! :-D

  14. I LOVE it! The vintage car, the colours of your garland, and your pics! :) I love decorating for the holidays!! 

  15. Katrina Sullivan12:46 PM

    so darling!!! I love the mini trees on the car :)

  16. Well that is pretty much genius. So stinking cute!

  17. pixiedust812:46 PM

    Gorgeous! I'm going to do the ornament garland, although no idea where I'll store it after the season...

  18. So adorable! Really like this tiny Christmas-themed display. This idea is a keeper. :)

  19. ramblingrenovators12:46 PM

    Glad you like it! I'm pretty sure you have some display cases you could use to set a scene ;)

  20. Amy Walters12:46 PM

    Love the glass solarium winter scene...such a fresh and quirky take on the classic Christmas Village!

  21. ramblingrenovators12:46 PM

    I always loved Christmas villages but they always seemed so... elaborate. This one is doable ;)

  22. Ok seriously, I am totally going to wrap up all of my raisin boxes tonight! So cute.  Slightly off topic, but we are flying for Christmas this year with a 17 month old, which is making me quite stressed. I had read somewhere to wrap up snacks, so that on the plane she could have something to unwrap and to eat - double time waster.  I was very busy thinking about how I was going to wrap up bananas and baggies of gold fish, but had never thought of raisin boxes!  I think she'll just have to eat raisins for our whole flight.  Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. ramblingrenovators12:46 PM

    I took a flight with Chloe when she was 20 months old. Snacks were good but I think she was more fascinated with the TV. Thank goodness for on-board cartoons ;) Hope your flight is uneventful!

  24. Cutest thing ever! I need to work on more little bits of Christmas everywhere in my house. I think first I need cool glass cases from the thrift store, though :)

  25. Love it! It makes me wish I had an awesome thrift store display case to make one too! And a collection of vintage cars ;)

  26. Chloe Moon12:46 PM

    I love the lil car with the tree!! So cute and different!! =) The aquarium looks great!! =)

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