Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Recycled Paper Towel Garland

In my Christmas Home Tour post, I mentioned there were still two trees to be decorated.  One of which was the small tree in our Master Bath.  Seeing all the great ideas posted by others inspired me to get working on the tree.  Since it's one of the last trees to be decorated, there wasn't alot to work with.  Here is what I managed to put together!

The large bronze colored bulbs didn't fit in with the color scheme of the other trees, but they work well in the Master Bath.  If you look closely, you'll see the garland is actually brown recycled paper towels.  Last weekend, I bought some glass vases from the Dollar Tree and the cashier wrapped them in the paper towels.  As I was unwrapping the vases,  the idea of using the recycled paper as garland came to mind.  The color and texture seemed to fit with the natural, beachy look I invisioned for the bathroom.  

To top the tree, I used a starfish and leftover pieces of ribbon from my front door wreath makeover.

For the mirror, I hung a white starfish hot glued to a small, wooden Ikea frame.  The backing is a bronze, patterned wrapping paper - bought on clearance last year of course!

And for the counter, I filled three, tree-shaped glass jars I purchased for half off at a local thrift shop.  The tallest tree is filled with shells from our trip to Wrightsville Beach this summer.  The medium sized jar is filled with raffia and the small jar with bells from the Dollar Tree.

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  1. That looks terrific!! The paper towels are awesome!

  2. That's wild that that's paper towel! I like your filled glass trees and I often use a starfish as my tree topper too! Kelly

  3. This is one of my favorite trees (and I've seen alot of trees this week)! LOVe the garland and the whole color scheme. Love Love the starfish topper. Just beautiful and not over done!


  4. Beautiful!

    and I love your blog name... I was just thinking the other day what I'm called since I work full-time, but am still the keeper of my home. =)