A Downton Abbey-Inspired Tree Topper


Christmas day is almost a week away; my time is being crunched and I seem to be getting more stressed over shopping, prepping and organizing the house for all the holiday parties and the big day ahead. I want everything to be easy… and still stylish so I’ve come up with some inspiring decor touches that you and/or your kids can have fun doing in little time and with little money.

Each day until Christmas I will post a simple & stylish holiday decor idea that can help get your home in holiday-shape over the next nine days. All projects are affordable and easy (level 1). We will celebrate day four of the ‘Twelve-Daze‘ series with a tree-topper idea that is fun and breaks all tradition! Goodbye traditional angels and stars… and hello to an era gone by…

A Downton Abbey tree topper:


Needed: Black top hat (found at vintage shops or party-supply retailers), a long red scarf from the Dollar store & your tree!

Assembly is easy: Place the hat at the top of the tree. For safety reasons, make sure it is clear of all lights. Tilt/angle the hat to give it some character. Wrap the red scarf around the tree on an angle. If you wish, purchase many scarves and continue wrapping them down the tree; similar to winding garland around the tree.

Here’s some other unconventional tree topper ideas (not my pictures):


A Crown!


F6660894Beautiful glass antlers!



A bird’s nest theme!

I hope you have fun with this one- SO many people have come to my house and commented on the top of the tree. Now the next thing to consider… how to out-do this idea for next year!

I look forward to posting another simple idea tomorrow- HINT: Christmas Project for DAZE #7 will most likely include some vodka; just in time for Christmas parties – see you tomorrow with another easy-breezy holi-dazed project! Enjoy! KL

“I’m In A Pickle,” said the tree!


Each week until Christmas I will post a simple, yet stylish holiday decor idea that can help get your home in holiday-shape. All projects are affordable and easy (level 1-2). We will celebrate today with one of the simplest ideas:

Pickle Jar Snowglobe:

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Needed: Medium sized pickle jar -cleaned and labels removed, decorative snow, village tree, school glue.

I love that Bick’s Pickle jars have a red/white flagged design on the edge of its lid. This makes for the most festive base to the Pickle Jar Snowglobe! A few things: the bigger the jar, the taller the tree you will need to fit inside -just make sure that the base of the tree fits through the opening of the jar. Places like Michaels sell bags of trees; all varying in sizes which makes it fun to create little forests. You can also find these trees pr-decorated with battery-powered LED lights!

Here’s all you need to do: 1/ Glue the tree to the inside of the lid. 2/ Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup of decorative show in the jar. 3/ Insert the tree into the jar and screw the lid on tight. 4/Turn over -give it a quick shake to settle the snow around the tree and you have a super-simple snowglobe. Make 5 or 6 of these (using various sized jars/trees) and line them down the middle of your dinner table- sprinkle a few votive candles around and you will have a charming winter forest to dine in! One; placed on a guestroom nightstand adds a ton of simple, handmade charm. And all for the love of pickles!

To add a blizzard effect to the inside of the jar you can spray it with window frost or old-school hairspray. Once dried, it will look like wind-blown frost around your tree. Enjoy! KL