How to make a Woodland Christmas

Did you see my Woodland Christmas party I featured yesterday?

It was such an easy decorating theme and I’m proud to say I used only things I had on hand, so the cost was minimal.


I decided on a winter woodland theme because as Aussies experiencing Christmas in the heat of our summer, I thought it would be novel…. plus, I hadn’t used this theme before!

The white owls were my feature item and were a big winner on the night. There were 18 owls painted on shapes that I cut from MDF.

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You can’t beat candles and fairy lights for atmosphere and I use them often when decorating for night time gatherings.

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For this event I used 90 candles in recycled jars. Some were on the shelves, others hanging from the roof, plus more spread around the room on the tables. I used 5 hour burn time tea lights and a handful of pillar candle. . . so the candles were still twinkling as the night came to a close.

Tip: pop your candles in the freezer for an hour or two to extend their burn time.

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The table runners were made from left over pallet wood.

My daughter Aimee had already sanded them last week when we worked together on another pallet project. I simply added 1” high scrap wood supports underneath to lift them up off the table. Our table was a whopping 3.5 metres long, so I used two table runners down the centre of the table.

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The shabby table runners were given a coat of white paint and then distressed. I think they added a nice touch to the tablescape, by lifting the feature items up off the table. . . . while also keeping the items below eye level.


The secondary items were a multitude of pine cones, fresh greenery, wreaths and some recently sourced tree trunk segments. Everything got a spray of Santa Snow, which instantly gave it a wintery look.

Once I was satisfied with the vignettes, I finished with a sprinkling of faux snow. I’ve had a bag of Faux Snow in my stash for a few years, so I’m not sure where it originated from.

Added to that was lashings of white table cloths, napery, and dinnerware.

The overall look was a winter white Christmas!

And the best part. . .  it was so cheap to do with nearly all items sourced from nature for free.

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I’m sharing my Woodland Christmas How-to at this week’s link parties and with these friends: French Country Cottage, The Vintage Farmhouse, 36th Avenue, Clean and Scentsible, Live Laugh Rowe, The DIY Dreamer, Transformation Thursday, At The Picket Fence, Nifty Thrifty Sunday, Common Ground Vintage Inspirations and Tutorials & Tips Link party.


  1. That is just gorgeous Kerryanne! Love the owls! 🙂

  2. Kerryanne, this is one of the cutest Christmas themes I’ve seen. your owls are adorable, I’ve had a “thing” for them this year. Just so original and fun!

  3. The faces on your owls are just adorable.

    Thank you for the tip about putting candles into the freezer for a while – I’ll certainly be giving that a go as I use loads of candles.

    Toni xx

  4. Oh Wow Kerryanne!!! You got that soooo right!!! Just looks all so so so very lovely! Like! Like! Like!!!

  5. You have really made those owl eyes shine! Gorgeous Kerryanne!

  6. this is just beautiful.what a great job you did!

  7. Wow, your woodland Christmas is amazing, Kerryanne! The owls you painted are just gorgeous. And I love how you used what you had, as well as “gifts” from nature. The candle light makes it all even more magical! Merry Christmas!

  8. Those owls are soooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Love the whole theme, a magical winter wonderland. I want the owls, they are so adorable.
    Happy holidays

  10. I LUV those owls! Your theme is wonderful.

  11. I love woodland themes…and yours is FABULOUS! Sweet owls, and I LOVE all the candles. Pinning your gorgeous table!

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