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Monday, November 21, 2011

Castaway Christmas - Adornments

Castaway Christmas, part 2.

The Victorians loved their Christmas adornments. Originally made from food, then later glass and paper.

Today the humble bauble has a multitude of variances from material to placement throughout the home, but the premise is still with us.

These delightful trinkets add the glitz & glamour to our homes and start the layering process of Christmas decorating.

Castaway Christmas focuses on the coastal inspired bauble, including the recently popular 'natures own' baubles of late.

Here's just a few ideas to help get you inspired this year as the handmade Christmas theme runs through in a bid to create the unique, the beautiful and the wow in our homes.

Lets take a look at the baubles themselves first.

A sisal covered bauble, this can work for a coastal or country Christmas scheme.

Fabric covered baubles these really remind me of French Provincial style.

Newspaper covered baubles with glitter.
I love the aged feel of these, vintage and a little shabby.

So simple, just add the string of your choice for a nautical take.

I've seen a lot of these pinwheel fans this Christmas.
So easy to make, I like these ones make from old music sheets.

I like the muffin tray used as bauble storage - how clever.

These are made from tooth picks and remind me of sea urchins.

A trend that's starting to appear this Christmas, tribal inspired baubles
for a wild Christmas look.
(Pier 1)

So sweet and easy to make. Mother of Pearl buttons threaded onto
wire and shaped into a heart.

I featured these last year, made from beautiful Paua shell.

For those who love turquoise, these glitzy creations are featured in all
major stores this year. Birds have been a popular theme in decorating and
are still with us this Christmas.

Beach in a bauble.

Handmade shell star bauble.

Glass terrariums make beautiful baubles.

Coral bauble.
(Boho Beach)

White feathers and pearl bauble.
(Boho Beach)

A new take on the monkey fist knot  - a nautical bauble.

I like these sea urchin inspired glass baubles. I'm currently trialing
a DIY take on these - will keep you posted.
(Isola Bella)

I quite like the tropical leaf behind this bauble - it really pops.

Starfish make naturally beautiful Christmas ornaments.
(My Island Home)

Interesting take on the icicle - crystal quartz.

Maps are big in decorating at the moment, and it's no surprise to see them pop
up at Christmas - so inspiring.
So simple to do, but really elegant. Take a glass bauble and decorate with a letter
transfer. I think this is a fantastic idea for family, where everyone has a bauble with their
initial on it.
(Pottery Barn)

I so love Humming birds at the moment. They are so cute, I first saw them
in the Caribbean and found watching them to be quite mesmerising.

Pearl cluster bauble.

The other beauty of baubles is placement. Today there are many different styling options, here's a few to inspire.

I like the textures in this wreath and the black front door is gorgeous, so reminds me of London.

Hung from driftwood, simple but so effective. I also like the improvised cake stand.

A bauble chandelier, I love this cluster effect.

There are some great glass vessels now, vases all shapes and sizes - apothecary jars.
Baubles really make a statement in these containers.

I'm trying this one for sure.
How effective, choose your baubles and glue on some magnets - easy peasy.

I'm showing this because I also adore the colour combo.
Chocolate brown and gold what a gorgeous colour scheme for Christmas.

(all images Pinterest, unless stated)

Happy Island Styling.


  1. Gorgeous Post Zoe! LOVE all those baubles and dekkies, but my favourite is the glass urchins, hands down!

  2. Thanks, I definitely got some ideas from this blog!it's amazing.