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Winter on a tray

winter on a tray decor

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Decorating with trays is one of my favorite ways to switch up the decor in my home. Sometimes you might also hear it referred to it as a vignette. Today I’m teaming up with 15 other bloggers to bring you some inspiration for creating your own winter wonderland on a tray. And a big thank you to Katherine from Katherine’s Corner for putting this together and inviting me!

If you’re coming over from Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate, welcome! I hope that you will stick around and come on over and follow me on Instagram!

Now how to create a winter tray

1.) Start by choosing your theme or look that you are going for.

My theme for decorating for the holidays this year was winter wonderland, with whites, greens, golds and snowglobes. (Speaking of snowglobes, I made the cutest snowglobe ornaments for the tree, you can see the DIY here). So I knew that I wanted my tray decor have the same neutral wintery feel. I especially love this theme as it is something that transitions nicely after the holidays and you can keep out during winter.

2.) Shop your home

I always start by going through my decor and shopping my home first and then selecting which items I want to use.

Winter on a tray

3.) Choose a focal piece.

Last year, I made the cutest little winter scene in a glass cannister and I loved the way it came out so I decided to do that again as my focal piece.

I filled my cannister with some sugar to make it look like snow. Then I added my little ceramic house and a bottle brush tree.

4.) Group items of different heights

Since the cannister was short,  I used this reindeer statue to add some height.

4.) Add some greens.

I always add a touch of greens, whether real or faux to soften it up a bit. I love this faux tree I picked up at our local garden center. I added a sprig of faux holly and pinecones too!

And then I added the beaded garland for some texture and I think it just adds some fun.

Super simple and it’s something I can leave out all winter long!

Winter on a tray

I’m linking similar items to everything I used below:

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  • Reply
    November 30, 2022 at 8:30 am

    So pretty Nicolle! The snowy house in the jar is so cute and I love all the different textures you’ve combined on your tray~ beautiful!

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    November 30, 2022 at 11:00 am

    Nicolle, you’ve created the perfect tray that covers Christmas and January. I especially like the wood white-washed deer.
    Merry Christmas hugs,

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    Patrick Weseman
    November 30, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

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    November 30, 2022 at 1:20 pm

    Nicolle, such a pretty tray with the winter greenery and lovely touches of white. It will last you throughout the holidays. Especially liked the natural wooden beads.

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    November 30, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    What a beautiful tray, Nicolle! The science of vignette’s and trays is still new to me, and I appreciate the opportunity to see them brought together from start to finish. This one is perfect! I hope you’ll consider linking up at the Whimsy Home Wednesday Link Party: https://thevixensden.com/whimsy-home-wednesday-no-6/. The rest of the hostesses would really enjoy seeing this beauty!

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    Barbara at Mantel and Table
    November 30, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Great ideas Nicolle – I love that you used sugar for snow – brilliant! Thanks for the inspiration! It’s great touring with you. Happy Holidays!

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    Debbie- Dabble
    November 30, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Love that you used a glass sugar jar and put that sweet house and tree inside of it!! so darn cute!! everything is so pretty and the addition of the red berries added that great pop of color!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    November 30, 2022 at 3:07 pm

    Hi, Nicolle; I love your composition, with so many textures and the festive splashes of colour!

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    November 30, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    HI Nicolle, Stopping by from the tour. I love the use of a jar! I love a jar!
    Great job! laura in Colorado

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    Deanna | Life By Deanna
    November 30, 2022 at 4:20 pm

    Very cute!!

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    November 30, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    That deer is the best!

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    MaryJo Materazo
    November 30, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    I love your tray! What really caught me eye was the different scale you used between the reindeer and the other elements. Great composition. It’s nice to “meet” you touring with you today. XO- MaryJo

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    Calypso in the Country
    November 30, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    Very pretty! I love how you mixed in the whites with the rustic beads and pine cones. Great styling – and great tips!

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    Clearissa Coward
    December 1, 2022 at 12:28 am

    I love your winter vignette. It is so well done. And it makes me think of cozy winter days to come. Thank you for sharing at #omhgww. Pinned and tweeted if buttons are available. See you next week.

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    Paula Short
    December 1, 2022 at 9:44 am

    Oh my. I absolutely love your winter tray decor! Stunning. You do such lovely work.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with Sweet Tea & Friends this month my friend.

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    Denise/My Home of All Seasons
    December 1, 2022 at 10:41 am

    Such a gorgeous vignette Nicole! Love the jar. You’ve created such a pretty winter wonderland that can take you past Christmas and right through winter! Thanks for sharing!

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    Decorative Inspirations
    December 1, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Great minds do think a like! Of course I love it Nicole. One of my favorite color palettes for Christmas. Your tray is beautiful. Love the reindeer and the snow scene in the jar too. So much fun touring with you.

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    December 1, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    What a lovely tray vignette. Love your snow globe in a jar. All of your elements are perfect together.

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    Linda Primmer
    December 1, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Beautiful structure no texture. Love the little White House in the jar. Reindeer seems to be popular this year. The beads are a lovely addition. A pleasure hopping along with you.

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    December 2, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Nicole you created such a sweet tray styling! The little trees are adorable! You gave great tips that make it easy to accomplish for anyone. Sometimes our creativity just needs a tiny nudge in the right direction.

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    Kathryn Griffin
    December 2, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Nicolle! I love the house in the jar. Such great layering! So lovely hopping with you! Merry Christmas! Toodles, Kathryn

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    December 2, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Your tray is lovely!!

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    Katherines Corner
    December 2, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    How clever!!! The little house in the jar is wonderful. Your tray is festive and can easily transition into the winter months after December. Thank you for joining in the fun. Pinned! Hugs!!

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    Allyson @Southern Sunflowers
    December 3, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Your tray decor looks wonderful!! I love the wooden deer. What a clever idea using sugar for snow in your canister!

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    December 8, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    Nicole, your little house inside the apothecary jar is so sweet. I love using apothecary jars and you did am excellent hop of showcasing a winter scene.

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      December 9, 2022 at 6:15 am

      Thank you Carol! I love decorating with them too, there’s so many things you can do!

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