Easy Christmas Idea #1~Buckets and Balls

Today I am sharing the first in a series of Christmas idea posts.

Easy Christmas Ideas ~A series at Blue Clear Sky~

I will be sharing some simple ideas for Christmas decorating using items you may already have or that you can find inexpensively. My goal is to inspire readers looking for affordable and easy ways to decorate this Christmas. Your style may be different than mine, but many of the ideas can be altered to suit your taste.

Easy Christmas Idea #1 ~ Buckets and Balls

Hiding the base of a tree can be easily accomplished with a bucket, pail, or crock (in this case an ugly plastic stand.) I used a $2 galvanized bucket from the dollar store to hold a tabletop tree. Filling the bucket with beach stones helps to keep the tree steady and balanced. Shiny and matte white, silver and cream Christmas balls from the grocery store and bead garland from earlier years fill a thrifted vintage silverplate tray and add sparkle and interest to the arrangement. This would be a great way to use new, thrifted or vintage balls and garland.

I'm sharing with...
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage


  1. I like this Elizabeth. I saw some buckets at Dollarama today. A little spray paint in one's color of choice would change it too. Thanks for sharing. I look forward to more ideas.

  2. Very pretty! I am not sure I could pull this off because I have small grandchildren, but its beautiful! I love your site!

    Blessings to you and yours.

  3. Elizabeth,
    I always like to use old buckets too:) thanks for siler tray idea...just might use that one this year somewhere here or at my shop.


  4. Hi Elizabeth,

    What a pretty tree!
    Love the pearl garland...
    The white and silver is very elegant!
    I look forward to the next part of your series.
    Have a great week!
    All the Best,

  5. I really love that idea. All of that silver and white is so pretty together. I like that combination at Christmas. That would be pretty used as a centerpiece too.

  6. I love the bucket idea... I think I already have one and will have to try this myself!


  7. Oh, that looks SO pretty, especially on the silver tray!

  8. Hi Elizabeth,
    That is a really great idea! Thanks for it and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. What an effective way of hiding the tree base, I can't bear to see those stands, will have to give it a try!!

  10. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I just became a follower. Love your blog ;-)

  11. So pretty! Great idea!

  12. Both beautiful and thrifty! I'll be looking forward to more of your ideas!

    Thank you for sharing your terrific ideas at Potpourri Friday!

  13. Super cute- sharing this on FB- thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!


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