Amy’s Free Ideas

The pink and white decorations were simply poked into holes on the frame. The white branches for this tree, and the wreath were both cut from a white hundred yen store Christmas tree.

These rustic stars add a bit of Christmas to the space, and are a welcome change of pace from a wreath. The maroon decorations blend in better than a fire engine red would. Although these were not purchased at a 100 yen store, often they do sell rustic star shapes just like these that you can embellish yourself with a bit of greenery, ivy, and Christmas ball ornaments, all sold at 100 yen stores.

Pink is a twist on the usual red, but it can be a refreshing change, especially if the whole house is swimming in red. The dark brown of the vine wreath anchors the candy confections and makes it stand out against a white background. Wreath, bow, branches, and berries were all purchased at  hundred yen stores, and were used to make the matching tree (photo on the right) as well.

View how to make wreaths

This small nativity set sits on a kitchen counter, but would work just as well in a bathroom--since it is ceramic, it won't be damaged if splashed with a little water.

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The Tree is decorated in maroon, this time. The gifts are wrapped styrofoam cubes. The tree ornaments were bought at  hundred yen stores, but you can make cute ones from Sculpy or Hearty. If you get small cookie cutters at the hundred yen store, it is pretty simple to make gingerbread men with brown dough.  You can use an “8” cookie cutter to make snowmen, or make 3-D ones by making 2 small balls from the white clay, and stack them on top of each other. Draw facial features with fine tip markers, and add details, such as scarf and hat from different colored modeling clay. Even children can make these.

A small shelf allows you to display a number decorations that would be too small to stand alone.

The gingerbread house was made of felt, including the felt m’n’m’s. The wreath on the front door is made with ric-rac, as is the garland on the roof. There is batting “smoke” coming out of the chimney. The shutters were made of striped cloth covering felt rectangles to resemble gum, and the porch pillars are felt tubes with narrow ribbon coiled around them to look like candy canes.

The table, chairs, and teapot were purchased at 100 yen stores. The miniature nativity set ordered from the Oriental Trading Company.

This gingerbread village is not edible, but is just as fun to look at. The houses and train were purchased at a dollar store, and embellished with "candy" and "gingerbread men" from a craft store. If you want to make one like it, you could make a similar village from cardboard boxes and embellish with decorations you make from Sculpy, or a light weight medium such as "Hearty"

Link to craft site that sells Sclupy and Hearty

Is this bear drinking hot chocolate or mint tea? This vignette is made to look as if the bear is eating a treat right next to his tree. Although this bear was not purchased at a hundred yen store, everything else was, and sometimes you can find cute bears there, too. The only pink decorations I could find to decorate the tree that year were the pink holly leaves, and berries that I purchased separately and combined on the tree. In years since they, they have started selling pink balls, too.

The candy canes were made from Sculpy. Roll a tiny rope of white and another of red. Lay them next to each other and roll them together a bit, then twist the rope. cut into 1 inch lengths (or to fit the tree) and curl one end into a hook. Bake on a low setting according to package instructions.