I Hope all of my American friends enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving!
I’ve been working on a few Christmas projects as I begin to” Deck the Halls”
I started by redoing my Christmas “buckets”, these were a real favorite from last Christmas and I still get questions/comments about them. I’ve changed them up a bit this year!
This year I’ve used bigger oval galvanized buckets. They’re new so a little shinier than I wanted but I love the shape. If anyone knows how to weather these up a bit I would love to know.
This is one of the two buckets that flanked the fireplace from last year.
This year I filled them with birch, pinecones, and mercury glass which is what I’ll be using for all my decorating this Christmas.
I also added some cinammon sticks wrapped in brown satin ribbon and this lovely faux white pointsettia flower.
The twig lights add a lot of sparkle.
Many people have asked where to get these lights and I’m sorry to say that I don’t know. I got them from a booth at a Christmas show last year and unfortunately they did not sell them this year. One reader said they’ve seen them on Amazon. I’ve seen something similar at garden centers as well as the home depot.
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says
Such a pretty accent piece! Love the birch logs -they are perfect! 🙂
vintage maedel says
Beautiful!!I think I'll try something like this too!!
Amy Kinser says
I love your buckets and how you filled them. So beautiful.
Kimberly, love them and the little lights are perfect…
ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says
The Sweetest Days says
Wow, I really like that! I had seen some nice silver buckets the other day that I really liked and wondered what I would ever do with one. Now I know! I agree, just a little bit of greenery will be the perfect touch.
Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes says
I am so glad you showed these buckets, they are adorable. I have a galvanized bucket so I'm going to try filling it but it probably won't look as nice as yours.——
I didn't think it was possible to be in love with Christmas decorations but it's happened to me 🙂 I was inspired by your decorations from last and have been itching since August to try them. These are just as inspiring – the beautiful chocolate satin ribbon and poinsettia are just lovely! i am looking forward to seeing the rest of your decorations!
Lovely…again…Happy holidays!!, xo, Mariaelena
I Pinterested you!
That is beautiful, love that ribbon! It's just beautiful.
Blondie's Journal says
This is just lovely!!
Something Nice and Pretty says
I love the buckets filled with all you have in them…very natural and pretty at the same time!
so pretty! Esther from fleurcottage
These buckets are gorgeous. I love the mix of textures. Beautiful.
Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) says
Gorgeous, both last from last year and this year.
Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants says
These are gorgeous! Have you tried to sand them a bit to see if you can get some of the shiny off?
Natasha @ Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive, 365 says
I love this idea! What a pretty way to celebrate Christmas. You are so clever!
Best wishes for a lovely week,
A Vintage Vine says
Looks gorgeous! Love the rustic, natural look..you always mix those two so well!
Jennifer Rizzo says
I love that with the logs! I have to get some of those!
Low Tide High Style says
What a pretty way to decorate for the holidays! I hope your drywall repairs are done soon!
Love the natural look. For those asking, Kirkland sells the lights used in your arrangement.
Heaven's Walk says
Kim – your buckets are so pretty! GREAT job on them! I think that you can age that shininess by soaking your tubs in a large tub (or sink) of vinegar for a few hours. Worth a try! 🙂
My Frugal Farmhouse says
I am going on Amazon to look for those lights, they are so pretty. I love nature inspired Xmas decorating. I use tons of it here, I live in the country so there is tons of it available for the taking. Love the buckets.
My Frugal Farmhouse says
Oops, guess I said tons of it twice,I'll have to proof my comments!
♥ Sonny ♥ says
Totally beautiful~! I love it..
Town and Country Gals says
All the elements you used, the birch, mercury glass, pinecones, etc, are my favorite things to decorate with thru the seasons! Love the way you put them together in those cool buckets!
Kim hi, Had bucket almost exactly like yours and weathered it perfectly. this is what you have to do: spray or rub it with Muriatic acid (very strong and corrosive so be sure to wear mask, gloves and do it outside!) this is the only thing that will take off the shininess. Vinegar won't work. Then you can rub or spray with a salt water solution and leave outside for a day or two to rust it. I can send you a photo of how mine turned out if you want. Thx to John Dugan who posted this method on the net. It works.
Those are GORGEOUS! I love everything about them, the birch logs, the pine cones, the twinkle lights the silver and white mixed in. Totally yummy… what i want to know is where is everyone finding birch logs???! They're wonderful…
Kellie Collis says
This is lovely! What a gorgeous idea! Have a delightful weekend, Kellie xx
These are beautiful!! Can't wait to see your mantel…its always beautiful every season!
AC Moore has similar twig lights for around $30.
Your fireplace bucket is so amazing that I had to replicate it for my own home. I walk by it everyday and just love it's rustic elegance. Thank you so much for the inspiration for the beautiful piece.
Just wanted to let you and everyone else know that there are a bunch of the twig/branch lights on Amazon.com. They range from $20.00 on up to $50. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas I really enjoy reading your blog!
Would you happen to make one to sell by any chance?
Thank you for your interest! I’m currently not selling them.