Decorate a Silver Ice Bucket

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If you see one of these at the thrift stores, or if you already own one, think about buying it or getting it out and decorating it! It is so festive in any color. Here is how I did mine for Christmas. For Valentine’s, I plan to put some red flowers in it. For Spring, some pink flowers. Add a bow….Voila…..So easy!

I was inspired by “PalmBeachThrifters” on Instagram. Please go and follow their page. They thrift great items and make fun reels on Instagram.

Poinsettias bought at Hobby Lobby.

My poinsettias were so huge you can barely see the silver ice bucket underneath them. But it’s there and gives me something substantial to hold the flowers. You can choose to polish the silver, but I like mine tarnished a little. For the next season, I may polish it. Below is a few pictures BEFORE and without decor.

I try to take pictures when I bring treasures home. I don’t always remember, but I am glad I did this time.
I paid 7.99 for this bucket. Sometimes they are worth more than what you pay at thrift stores. It depends. Learn about SILVER.
Cleaning it up. (But not putting silver polish on it)
I wrapped the bow all around.
Silver reflects light and is so beautiful! Even when tarnished.

I made a bow to match my poinsettias and wrapped it all around. I wanted it to look good from the backside too.

I hope I give just one person an idea to use their old silver or to go thrifting for some. Happy Holidays!!!

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Santa on a Silver Tray

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Do you have a silver tray laying around your home with nothing to do? Or have you just seen one at the thrift store or flea market? Use it as a SUBSTRATE for a SANTA CLAUS mixed media door hanger!

I did make this project on a Facebook LIVE. Click Here if you would like to see it.

First thing I did was clean my silver. But it was tarnished beyond cleaning. Much of the silver you find is that way. But it still serves as a wonderful backdrop for home decor.

My tray before I began.

I first decoupaged red textured scrapbook paper to the center section. I used Mod Podge to glue it on and also to seal it.

You don’t have to worry about the wrinkles on this paper while decoupaging.
It already has wonderful texture.

Next I glued down the round bead garland on the outer edge of the center. I recommend using Gorilla Super Glue. I used hot glue during a Facebook Live and it later came off. Hot glue put directly onto metal doesn’t want to stick. You could also use E6000 glue sparingly. A small tip applicator glue works the best.

Then I arranged the embellishments to see how I wanted everything to fit. I knew I wanted the buffalo plaid Santa to sit in the middle with florals and ribbons at the bottom. I did use hot glue for everything else because it was glued to the paper.

Here it was finished except for its bow and hanger.

I did turn this into a wall hanging, but if you put the bow on top then you could put it on an easel.

The silver on the beads and the tray really shine. I wish the photos could capture shine and sparkle.

If you worry about putting silver as a door hanger, you can put felt on the back so it doesn’t scratch your door.

Use up that silver. Save it from the land fills!

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Silver Bowl with Silver Deer Head

Hi Everyone! Yes, another Silver Bowl/Tray story. I have so many that I was saving to make into Holiday Decor that I have had to get busy!

Here’s an idea that is different in that it is not your typical Santa or Elf. It is more Winter themed except for the glamour crown. You can leave the crown off and it might make a gift for a man who loves to hunt.

I bought this plastic Deer Head ornament at Hobby Lobby. The silver matches perfectly with sliver trays and bowls.

I attached the deer head first by using E6000 and a little hot glue. He is looking sideways so I did not center him. I placed him off center so his antlers wouldn’t take up just one side.

Next I added the crown again with E6000. Anytime you are gluing to metal it is best to use this glue. The crown hides where the ornament tie was at for hanging it on a tree.

I then added all the floral greenery with just hot glue. The pinecones hide all the mechanics of the hot glue along with the simple black and white bow.

I hope theses photos do this project justice since it is silver on silver.

The red berries add just the right touch of color.

Repurpose those silver trays and bowls that you see at thrift stores. They make great bottom layers for all kinds of decor.

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Santa on a Rectangular Tray with Peace Sign

The shape of this rectangular silver tray was a perfect match for this project. A small Santa ornament from Hobby Lobby, diamond dusted poinsettia, harlequin decoupage and evergreen floral picks on a silver tray make this very elegant and sophisticated.

Lexi and I did a FACEBOOK LIVE video tutorial on how to make this and an angel frame. Click HERE to see that video.

The Facebook Audience helped me choose PEACE for the top. I love how the Santa Hat came already with Sparkles.

I began with a rectangular tray that was plain and tarnished. But I loved how it was blackish and had an ornate design at the top and bottom.

Here is how it looked BEFORE.

Since it did have that black tarnish I wanted to go with it…and add black and off white harlequin paper to bring it out even more.

I cut it to fit and used matte Mod Podge to decoupage it down with. I put some on top to seal it too.

Next, I arranged all the embellishments. The Santa, the peace sign and the greenery. I used hot glue to attach it all.

Sorry, my camera wasn’t flipped but here it is on finished. Come on over to Facebook and check out the Live Video.

I DIAMOND DUSTED the poinsettia and added a TOTALLY DAZZLED brooch to the center. I chose glittery berries to match the glitter on the flower and Santa hat.

I made it to fit on an easel. But you could also make it into a wall hanging.

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Santa in a Silver Bowl

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Take a large glass or plastic SANTA Christmas Tree Ornament and turn it into a remarkable piece of decor. I made other wall hangings with silver trays, but knew this Santa needed something different. He would not have fit well on a flat surface. The silver BOWL is perfect. The Santa fit perfectly inside with room for a festive bow and red glitter pine cones.

I painted the decorative edge of the bowl with red enamel craft paint. I wanted it to stand out and be seen since it is so pretty.

I hot glued and used E6000 to glue the Santa in the bowl. I made an easy crossover bow with red ribbons that matched the red of the paint and the red on the Santa. Then the glitter pinecones also matched perfectly so I had to add them too.

It all came together perfectly!

I have a FAST PLAY video on my YouTube Channel that you are welcome to watch. Please click HERE.

Don’t dismiss those silver trays you see when you are at garage sales, thrift stores and flea markets. There are numerous ways to repurpose them. Think HOLIDAYS!

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Back to Back We Faced Each Other

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Two elves and a silver dip platter….how do these fit together? I bought these two little elves to go onto a pumpkin. But after doing several pumpkins I needed to do something else. They are knee hugger elves, but I thought I would use them in a different way. I had this silver platter with a dip bowl in the middle. The tray was badly tarnished so I was keeping it for a special project. I thought if the elves could be sitting inside that dip bowl, it would be so perfect and cute.

Please watch my FACEBOOK LIVE video HERE if you want to catch the full tutorial.

I painted the silver dip platter with white spray paint. I used Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer. I let that cure for 24 hours. I then antiqued it with Valspar Antiquing Wax. This brings out all the details on the tray. I do not paint the bottom side of the tray in case someone wants to see the sticker or engraving markings on the silver. Plus I think the silver on the bottom is very pretty, even when tarnished.

I put a puff in the bowl portion of the tray for the elves to sit on. I hot glued everything. Then I sat the elves back to back for a 3 dimensional look. In case this sets on your table or island and people can look from all directions and see an elf. I also glued the elves together and then glued them to the puff. I bought the elves at Walmart and the puff at Hobby Lobby, all in the Christmas sections.

I used some poinsettias to put around the elves on the platter. Two on each side. Then I added the little gingerbread men standing up in between each elf.

Deciding to put RUB N BUFF around the edges.

I used antique gold RUB N BUFF around the edge to highlight all the design on the tray. The gold picks up the gold bells on the elves hat and the gold on the poinsettias.

After the video was over, I glued the gingerbread men down along with the old fashioned ribbon candy and peppermint candy.

This was a simple craft but very festive looking.

I think it turned out really cute. Something different. Think outside the box and make something with SILVER and ELVES!

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Silver Cake Stand Turned into Candle Holder

My sister found this cake stand at our local flea market. I had walked right past and didn’t see it. I just love anything that is on a stand or has legs of some kind. The elevation adds so much appeal to anything you put on top.

I could have tried harder to get it to go back to it’s original silver color, but after several tries I gave up. Comment below if you have a sure fire way of getting all silver tarnish off. So, I then decided to decoupage and Rub n Buff it. It can still be used as a cake stand if you use Saran Wrap and a pretty doily before adding food.

In this picture, I had already added Silver Rub n Buff to the outer edges. You can tell from the inside what color it was and how bad it was tarnished. The below picture has less glare.
The silver rub n buff was okay by itself, but I decided to add dark antiquing wax to warm it up and add definition.

I wanted a textured paper but I didn’t have anything that matched exactly or corresponded with silver. So I made some. I took a cream colored textured paper bought at Hobby Lobby and painted it with a silver paint and waxed over some of the ridges with the same Valspar Dark Antiquing Wax. Then I cut it to fit the cake stand.

I then waxed over the edges to make it look vintage.
I put another coat of wax along the edges to warm it up and give it more of a gold champagne tone.

I knew I wanted a trio of candles to sit on top of the cake stand. They were already a cream color and I didn’t want to decoupage them. I wanted to put some candle pins on them that would match the color of the cake stand so it would look like a complete set that was made to go all together. I had the lions and emblem mould that I thought would look perfect. It is by Prima Redesign and is called “Royal Emblem”.

The perfect mould in my opinion.

I made the castings from hot glue. They were not perfect but glue worked better than the paper clay I had used for my 4×4 candlesticks. I painted them gray and added some glimmer paint. But it just wasn’t a good match to the cake plate.

I again added the dark antiquing wax to add definition and then it matched the cake plate much better. You can put your pins in the back while you are creating the casting, but I didn’t do that. I added the upholstery tack that I use to make the pin to the back using E6000 glue.

I added a string of pearls to the plate for added interest.

Here they are without the Diamond Dust added.
I also painted my LAST SUPPER plaque to match.

I left the set alone for a week or so, but I decided the candle pins needed to be Diamond Dusted. So here are some pictures with the DD. Pictures really do not do it justice. Please click on the little video for a much better view.

Watch VERY SHORT 14 second video on how the Lions and Emblem now sparkle with Diamond Dust. Click Here. Or type this into your browser: https://www.facebook.com/TownandCountryStyleByKathy/videos/196828802394225

Let me know if you have used your silver in a different way or repurposed it. Also let me know if you try it. I would love to hear from you. As always, THANK YOU so much for reading and looking at my pictures. It means the world to me!

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