Our family room has a wall of windows that looks onto our deck and backyard. I enjoy having the deck "accessorized" all year long. After the Christmas holidays, it can be a challenge. I decided to continue the indoor theme of white and black, pops of red, and natural elements onto the deck. For the holidays, I had a swag hanging on each deck post with icicle lights hanging between them. I decided to dress them down from the Christmas decor to a warm and cozy winter decor.
I began with the following materials, including swags I had made from an artificial Christmas tree. These swags are almost 20 years old! When I first made them for our house, I had hoped they would last at least a year or two. The material is indestructible! (I'm so glad I saved it from a landfill.)
I saw these cute gloves on sale at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts for $1.00/pair. They were the original inspiration for the winter swags. I thought they would look cute tied together and hung on the swag. I decided that the gloves might need a little body, so I decided to use plastic grocery bags to stuff the palm and the thumb.
I used one quarter of a bag to stuff the palm and part of another quarter to stuff the thumb. The remaining part of the second quarter was stuffed into the palm of the glove. I chose to keep the stuffing light.
Next I tied each cuff of the gloves with twine. I used about a 30-36" length of twine. Tie one glove with twine and form a bow. Then tie the bow again. I did this to keep the twine secure.
I decided that the bow would be simple, and not have the multiple loops of the holiday bows. I was able to purchase the ribbon in an after Christmas sale. I thought the black and red check with white snowflakes would compliment the cozy, winter theme. I will attempt to explain how I tied the bow. There are many good tutorials on line. I used the Better Homes and Gardens Tutorial. Click Here for the link.
These colorful winter glove swags add color and pop to some our gray winter days. Every morning I enjoy this view with a cup of coffee and the newspaper. Delightful!
More Winter Deck Decor
I like to decorate my large deck planters, even in the winter. (If truth be told, I do not like to move them from the deck for the winter, so if I can't move it--I decorate it or disguise it! In this case, I chose to decorate it.) We are very lucky to have cardinals grace our backyard. I've come to learn that cardinals can symbolize that angels are near. I love that sentiment, and it warms my heart to think of all the angels in heaven that were once in my life. I was delighted to find some cardinal, winter decorations at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts in their after Christmas sale for 75% and 85% off. Our local grocery store had their bags of pinecones on sale 50 cents! I continued my indoor theme of black and white, natural elements, pops of red, and twinkly lights to the outdoors.
In the above scenario, I kept my rustic birdhouse and surrounded it with pinecones. I left the twinkle lights to poke through, so we could have the night time fun of twinkle lights. Then I placed a small evergreen tree with 2 cardinals in the planter. My favorite rusty star pick was left to finish off this design.
In the second planter, I used the pinecones and twinkly lights at the base. Tall sticks from the yard were stuck into the underlying dirt. I hung this cardinal in a nest with its eggs on one of the twigs. I think it was meant to be an ornament, but I love the way it adds color, interest, and whimsy to this arrangement.
A third pot features a rustic birdhouse made of natural elements and a cardinal. I put one of my garden hooks in the pot, and hung the birdhouse from the hook. I had the greens and pinecones in the pot from Christmas. The rustic birdhouse and cardinal were from the JoAnn Fabric and Crafts after Christmas sale. I purchased the cardinal decor for such reasonable prices, that I figured that even if the snow, rain, and sun did their worst, I wasn't out any money. They would please me for a season. I am happy to report, that the cardinal decor is standing up beautifully and I am confident that I will be able to store and save them for future use.
I did leave my icicle lights up and intertwined them from a stick garland that you may have noticed in the background of some of the photos. At night, the deck is aglow and it looks particularly beautiful when we get a little bit of snow.
Enjoy and have fun with your outdoor spaces, even in winter.