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Concerning Christmas!

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So the other day while wandering the dollar store I (again) stopped at the basket area and looked longingly at all the baskets that I felt such a pull to buy but in reality have absolutely no use for.

As I continued along to the “tupperware” (not actually Tupperware), my mind stayed with the baskets and tried to come up with an excuse- oops, I mean reason -to buy a cheapie basket.

And you know what?  An amazing thing happened.  I did get an idea!

And so I did buy a basket!  Finally!  I’ve always wanted to!

I also bought a light-up Christmas necklace, white craft paint, and wooden blocks.

supplies for Christmas Scene


I painted all the blocks white (except I got lazy near the end and left the bottoms of each cube unpainted) and built them into an igloo.  Good thing Hubby had wood glue or it would have been a terrible mess with the hot glue gun!

Then I lined the bottom of the basket with cotton balls.  I didn’t much like the way that looked and I was considering cutting or ripping the cotton balls to make it look less “ball-y” and more fluffy but instead I just put a layer of stuffing on top.  Which I got by cutting open a stuffed animal.  Don’t judge me!

I went out and cut a few snips off a pine tree (the branch hung over the fence into the sidewalk so I figured it was fair game) and I glued them together to try to make a bushy tree.  It kind of worked.  Then I wrapped the light-up Christmas necklace around the “tree.”  The necklace has a very small controller/battery pack with a button and the lights can blink fast, blink, or be solid.

lighted tree


Then I had to go out again and try to find a figurine to go in the display.  I wanted a polar bear.  But I would settle for an elk, moose, or (fingers crossed) reindeer but unfortunately I couldn’t find any of those in the look and size I wanted.  The closest I came was a baby polar bear by Schleich and I decided it was just too expensive for this otherwise dollar store project.  So I found a Santa tree ornament in a second hand store and decided he looked about right.  He’s more like Father Christmas than Santa (meaning he’s not fat, I suppose).

Santa figurine in front of lighted tree

So I had my basket all set up.  It had a layer of cotton balls (mostly unseen) underneath a layer of white stuffing (pulled from an innocent -but creepy- panda bear with a doll face).  I put the lighted tree near the corner and tucked the battery pack between the basket and the “snow”.  So it’s pretty easily accessible, but not visible.  I put the igloo in another corner, with the doorway facing towards the middle of the basket (partly because the blocks don’t line up very well on the back and I didn’t particularly want anyone to see that!).  And then I put Santa outside the front of the igloo.  He’s the perfect size to fit the scale.  The tree is a little tall.  And honestly, I don’t think trees are that common where igloos are situated . . . Especially not blue spruce . . .

Now, after I had finished assembling my beautiful winter wonderland, Hubby gave me a string of mini lights.  They were marketed as Halloween lights but the colours are orange, purple, and green.  Not that Halloween-y.  Not Christmas-y either but it would work fine for my purpose.  The string is powered by a rather larger power pack that takes AAA batteries.  So I attached the battery pack pretty much out of site on the outside of the basket, hanging from two elastic bands.

fire light's battery pack: out of sight out of mind

Then I ran the lights underneath the cloth lining of the basket.  I bunched the orange lights together with a twist-tie and put them under the now-removed igloo.  Then I added some snips of red yarn coming out of the “snow” right above the lights.  I replaced the igloo on top so that now there’s a homey glow coming from the igloo and if you take a peek through the cracks you’ll see a little “fire.”  The remaining lights on the string are just spread out under the “snow” and are mostly invisible.

I’m hoping to somehow incorporate this (or another) Christmas Scene Basket into a Christmas tradition.  I’m thinking that every morning there will be something in the basket, such as a candy or small toy.  Like an advent calendar.  But I’m not sure yet.  Doll is too young for me to worry about it this year anyway so I’ll spend the next year mulling it over and see if I come up with an awesome idea for Christmas 2017!

If anyone has done something like this, or is inspired by my post and makes one, I would love to see pictures!  I would love to add your picture to my post too, if you’re OK with that!





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  • Reply Belle December 6, 2016 at 06:42

    The decorations are so cute!

    One Awesome Momma

  • Reply My Daily She December 6, 2016 at 07:17

    This is so sweet! I love creating things that are full of memories (at least for me, with the shopping) for our house too!

  • Reply Amanda December 6, 2016 at 08:01

    This is so cute, I never thought about making something like this. Great job!

  • Reply Georgiana December 6, 2016 at 09:05

    Love this craft idea! Especially love the igloo. I bet my kids would really enjoy making this.

  • Reply brett December 6, 2016 at 09:21

    so crafty and patient, wonder where you got that

    • Reply Jaclyn December 6, 2016 at 20:14

      It’s a mystery 🙂

  • Reply 2momsandababyblog December 6, 2016 at 14:11

    Aw that’s so cute! Love it!

  • Reply The Cool Mom December 6, 2016 at 19:34

    I love this! I think my son would enjoy making it, too

  • Reply thetaylor411 December 6, 2016 at 20:07

    Wow, I love this! Great idea.

  • Reply Julie S. December 6, 2016 at 21:22

    Oh I love this, what a cute basket and so festive and fun.

  • Reply Sam December 7, 2016 at 10:39

    Cute idea! I feel like the basket idea will actually discourage little fingers from wanting to touch everything, but rather just look in. Nicely done:)

  • Reply Shann Eva December 7, 2016 at 19:04

    What a great idea! It turned out so cute, and I love your plan for the future as a tradition.

  • Reply allaboutbabysworld December 8, 2016 at 11:09

    what a cute idea! I love it!

  • Reply elizabethdoren2 December 9, 2016 at 04:28

    Beautiful and so festive! I need to get on Decorating ASAP.

  • Reply fullestmom December 9, 2016 at 09:25

    Very pretty and I love that you did it with items from a dollar store. There is beauty everywhere! It turned out really well and your photos look great.

    • Reply Jaclyn December 9, 2016 at 11:47

      Thank you! That means a lot because I’ve been really struggling with getting good pictures.

  • Reply ShortsSweetMom December 10, 2016 at 00:05

    What a cute and creative idea. I like your plans to incorporate this into your Christmas traditions.

  • Reply Wendy B December 10, 2016 at 09:21

    Such a sweet idea! I love Christmas scenes and you did it so well. One talented girl! Great thought on the advent-like tradition too.

  • Reply Lacey December 11, 2016 at 20:25

    That is so cute what a fun idea for a Christmas decoration. And I’m happy you found a reason to buy the basket!! I always am trying to buy baskets that I have no use for. I always think I know there is something in my house that can be hid in this basket. lol

  • Reply Christy December 16, 2016 at 07:50

    What a cute idea! Especially since I love the Dollar Tree! Great job!

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