I recently showed you the wonderful bunch of burlap I received for free. then last week, I showed you the wine crates that I received for free. I decided to use these things to create a fun holiday tabletop display.
And since I told you that it was going to be a thrifty Christmas, I decided to use candy, which I would have bought for the holidays anyway, and create something fun.
I started with the wine crate and put a stack of books in the bottom. Then I cut some burlap to add to the inside. I filled my large glass jar with candy kisses. Okay, I should probably tell you that it would take about 10 bags of kisses to fill this jar full. And that wasn’t going to happen! So I first placed the largest bowl I could get into the jar upside down. That takes up all the middle space and no one knows its there.
I used two freebie tall glass vases and hung candy canes all the way around them and then filled the rest of the jar with wrapped peppermints.
A little ribbon here and there and it’s a fun simple display that can be moved whenever I need it to. I will probably move it to the kitchen table soon.
I love this ribbon! It is a burlap ribbon. It is a large bolt that was normally $12.99 at JoAnn's. I was at JoAnn's last week and was looking for a couple of items. Sadly, this was only the second time in 2012 that I have been in JoAnn's. Their prices just sky rocketed and I really can’t afford to buy there anymore. Back in the 1990’s I used to work for JoAnn’s. That was back when they were little stores and not the huge ones they are today. I miss the little stores. They were fun and friendly.
Back to the ribbon. When I was shopping, I found a section of Christmas ribbon way back in a corner of the store. Not with all the new Christmas stuff. This was last year’s inventory and it was marked 90% off! Needless to say, that is where I bought some ribbon! So, this large bolt of burlap ribbon cost $1.29 (instead of $12.99). And as if that deal wasn’t good enough, I used a gift card I received last Christmas to pay for my purchases. I still have half of the card to use!
You can see the different spools of ribbon I was trying out in the background of this picture. I picked them up at Michael’s last year for 50% off (each were normally $1.00). I need to redo my little bow on the jar. Kinda came out askew. LOL
I thought it was a fun way to had Christmas cheer without costing a lot of extra money.