Deck the Halls with Paper Flowers!


Our Christmas tree is finally up and  accessorized! I really surprised myself this year by going in a TOTALLY different direction with my decor.

I have never been one to go the traditional red and green route…. In fact, before I got married, I wrapped my tree in feather boas and adorned the branches with these fun little black and white numbers… Bustiers, High heels, Hand Bags, Beads, Crystals, Rhinestones….you name it! If it was black and white and feminine, I was making room for it on the tree!

These whimsical ornaments were perfect when I lived in my black and white “Bachelorette Pad” high in the sky above downtown Dallas! But my taste has changed. And while I still love the idea of a non-traditional tree, I wanted something different.

I’m sure you’ll remember the post I wrote a few weeks ago about my trip to Laurie Anna’s Vintage Home in Canton, TX…. Well the vintage inspiration that I found in her store must still be with me! I started decorating my tree on Sunday with no real vision in mind….all I knew was that I wanted to create a whimsical look with soft colors. What I ended up with is this vintage-esque creation…

The flowers were a DIY project…I made them out of craft paper and tissue paper dusted with gold spray paint. (there are 40 of them!)

I glued small glass ornaments in colors of bronze, gold and silver to the center of the flowers.

Luckily, I was able to use several silver and white ornaments that I already had.

I purchased several of these rusted crosses at Laurie Anna’s…

The framed ornament was an engagement picture and a wedding gift from our friend and photographer Karey Roe with Rink Photo.

The mantle….

Flanked with trees made of branches from Laurie Anna’s, glittered garland, an apothecary jar filled with ornaments and of course, more paper flowers.

I found the mirror at Home Goods earlier this year. It was a bright, brassy gold which I did not care for, so I spray painted it this taupy-gold color.

I love our fireplace screen! I found it at Garden Ridge for only $79.00!

To create a bit of contrast, I dressed the back of the book shelves in wrapping paper that I found in the wedding section at Target. I secured it with only 4 pieces of double stick tape so that it can be easily removed after the Holidays.

I picked up the pearl embellished mercury glass votive at Michael’s for only $2!

Now comes the real work! Shopping for all of the gifts to put under the tree! (wrapped in coordinating papers of course – I’ve already stocked up!)


  • Danielle

    Can I ask where you got your chair from? It’s the exact style I’m looking for! I love your blog – you have wonderful ideas!!!

    December 01, 2010
    • Thanks Danielle! I actually got the chair at Target 2 years ago. I bought 2 of them as temporary pieces as they are not very comfortable.
      You should look at I.O. Metro…they have great chairs for reasonable prices!
      Emily Hewett

      December 01, 2010
  • So gorgeous…and fun! Great idea Emily! and I love the stone on your fireplace!

    December 01, 2010
  • kacie

    love your style! where did you find the blanket on your chair?

    December 01, 2010
  • LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything! Seriously, can you come to my house :)

    December 01, 2010
    • Thanks Britney! :-) But something tells me you do not need my help!

      December 01, 2010
  • Deb

    Oh my GOODNESS! That is lovely. You are so talented. I’m inspired. :)

    December 01, 2010
  • LuAnn

    I love the way you put everything together with such style and not necessarily with tons of money. That always makes it so much more fun. The best part is that if you don’t spend a ton of cash, you don’t have to feel as guilty when you redo everything! Love your blog!!

    December 01, 2010
    • Thanks LuAnn! It was super easy and inexpensive!
      Emily Hewett

      December 02, 2010
  • Sham

    I LOVE your tree! So beautiful and unique!

    December 01, 2010
  • Those flowers are gorgeous! Everything looks fabulous (including the Garden Ridge rug)!

    December 01, 2010
    • Ha! You noticed the rug! I now have one upstairs and one downstairs! :-)
      Emily Hewett

      December 02, 2010
  • seema

    Absolutely STUNNING! When I saw the first photograph I thought it was an inspiration picture out of a magazine…seriously.

    December 01, 2010
  • Nicole Marie

    Looks beautiful! I would love to see some pics of your “bachelorette pad” and the black and white Christmas tree. That looks so fun!

    December 02, 2010
    • Thanks Nicole! I know I have pics of my condo, but I will have to find pics of my tree. I will do a post on them!

      Emily Hewett

      December 03, 2010
  • Beautiful – I love all your Christmas decorations. The DIY flowers are a wonderful addition!

    December 05, 2010
  • Louise

    Very beautiful! Would you consider selling paper ornaments? I am having a very hard time doing it myself! Lol

    July 30, 2012

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