We often think of holiday decorating as a show, but sometimes it can have a practical side. I was struggling last Saturday for decorating ideas because the fact is there’s no room in the RV to dress up for Christmas without feeling claustrophobic.
Since we spend most of our time outside I decided a few outdoor Christmas elements would be a better idea. This took me to lighting, tree trunks, and red cardinal ribbon.
When I say struggling, I really was because when you step into a minimal lifestyle, decorations can make a small environment feel even smaller.
During that Saturday, Robert was moving gravel and there sat a couple tree trunks that I thought would be perfect holders for outdoor lighting. An idea sparked and he quickly dug the holes, Dixie tried to help and for a change of pace, I watched and just took pictures.
It’s been great having Robert’s help, working together can be a challenge but most of the time it’s fantastic. Thank goodness for a sense of humor!
At this point in the project the decorating involved, digging holes and placing the tree stumps.
Adding a Sign
I’m not going to bore you with how I made this sign because it was a basic design, very similar to many of the other signs I’ve made in the past. This one included reclaimed wood and those cute little wood slices came from a tree branch.
Life here is about enjoying our surroundings, watching deer and smiling when the red cardinals visit.
This sign reminds me there’s nothing wrong with practical decorating.
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Light Supplies and Adding Details
When the sun goes down it’s dark at Quail Grove, we use an atomic beam flashlight when traveling outdoors and for additional brightness solar lights. Who doesn’t love solar lights?
Let’s start with what I used to install and put this lighting together.
- Outdoor Garden Solar Lights
- Cardinal Ribbon
- Red Ribbon Cord and berries picks
- Drill and 3/4 inch drill bit
I took these two light fixtures and removed the stems, then used a 3/4-inch drill bit to make one hole in each stump. This was a perfect fit securing the lights allowing me to move on with some Christmas details.
Practical Finishing Touches
These finishing touches included ribbon, cord and berry sprigs, some of which I had left over from previous seasons. The cedar came from our continuous clearing and within minutes everything starting coming together.
I stepped back and smiled thinking this is our life and I like it…
This simple outdoor lighting is perfect for our Christmas because it’s dual purpose.
When the holiday season comes to an end we can remove the extras and still have lighting that works year-round. In a world where decorating is a big show we find peace by keeping it simple.
We’re continuing the bird theme next week on the deck with more cedar.