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December 7, 2012

Santa Lantern Tabletop Vignette

A few years ago I picked up this over sized lantern 
that I wanted to use for Christmas decorating
It's 35" tall and about 12" square. 
I got the idea to light it from the top 
and my handy husband came up 
with how to do it!
 This is it turned upside down with his custom made light fixture. 
It's one of those lights like you use for a village piece.   
He created this mounting fixture out of little brass rods and 
he used an epoxy to glue in place.


fast forward to now

 I decorated it with a tree, a santa,
an over sized snowflake to catch the light and two cardinals.   
It's pretty much stayed the same for these 3 Christmas's

 This year I added my owl "Ozzie" that I used for my fall decorating

This year I set it up on my little
round table in the corner which
is between my kitchen and dining

The reindeer, trees, and a birch candle
are from Grandinroad- which I purchased during the Black Friday sales.

 The birch candle is battery operated. I wanted to make this feel like a woodland
setting to go with the Christmas tree next to the table which is loaded 
with birds and bird houses. 

 The table topper I used was purchased last season on mark down from Dillard's. 
 It goes with the dishes I purchased 
from them.  
I never visualized using it this way, but it just all sort of fell together.

 I captured some shots of it with the
sun shining.
I have a Santa Woodland picture coming that I will hang in place of the current piece on the wall. It just happens to be the same general size and another bargain purchase! 
(The funky brown thing on the left wall is a doorbell) 
   I'll zoom in on the tree another

 Evening glow!

Thanks for dropping by-
I hope you liked my Santa Lantern Tabletop Vignette! 

I will join the following parties:
The Charm of Home for
Home Sweet Home

Marty at
A Stroll Thru Life for
Tabletop Tuesdays

Thank-you Marty for featuring me on this weeks post for my 
Kitchen Table Cozied Up post 




  1. I love your tabletop vignette! It looks perfect in the corner along side of your beautifully decorated slim tree. How festive!

  2. Liz, I LOVE our vignette..especially the lantern with the woodland scene inside. Your husband is so smart to "electrify" the lantern and showcases the Santa scene. Yay, Hubby! Love all your other elements,too. especially the table topper. Great job Liz and Hubby! Oh, I thought the "funky brown thing" was actually a decorative piece. It's the prettiest doorbell I've seen.

  3. Your woodland vignette is lovely, Liz. It looks wonderful beside your pencil tree. I love it all!

  4. Its definitely looking like Christmas at your house. I have finally gotten around to decorating a few things but I haven't gotten my tree up yet. I peeked inside the ornament box and got all excited about the bird ornaments I bought last year so maybe I'll get that up this weekend. I love what you did with your lantern and the snow is a really nice touch!!

  5. Liz, another beautiful vignette! Love the lantern. It looks so great on the skirted table; and it's perfect for a Woodland theme.

  6. Isn't that just precious???? How very creative!

  7. Lizarooni!!!!!!!!! Would you PLEASE ask Dan to rub a little of his handy-man essence on a little cloth and send it to me to wipe all over Ramon's hands? I need stuff like this done all the time, and he doesn't have a clue!!! I have a lantern that is nearly identical to yours. I wanted an electric lamp put in it. Electrician was going to charge me $65 to do it. $65!!!!!! I bought the lantern wholesale, so that would have been TWICE the cost of the doggone lantern!!! No way, Jose! Alright...now that I'm done ranting and coveting your husband's handyman skills, let's get on with it: Beautiful!!! I love what you have done inside the lantern AND the surrounding area, especially the snow!!! Those anorexic reindeer are gorgeous! They are absolutely perfect for the vignette, especially standing alongside that pencil tree!!! The table topper is great, too, and just the perfect accessory for the snowy woodland look. Is that birch candle an LED? I want some birch candles, but I want them in LEDs which I've been unable to find at a reasonable price. I'm starting to think I'm going to have to make my own! OK...not that I'm being nosy (yes, I am!), but if this is between your kitchen and dining room, is that the front or back door? If it's the back, it's mighty fancy, young lady!!! No, wait...that can't be the back door. The doorbell box is right there. What I'm trying to say in a very apparently-not-hooked-on-phonics way is that I like that entry! :-) Beautifully done, my friend...and I'm totally jealous! :-)

  8. Your lantern looks so cute with the Santa inside. It makes a pretty Christmas vignette.
    Mary Alice

  9. Liz,thanks for stopping by to comment on my mantle post....I love the trees in your vignette and the Santa in the lantern,too.Happy Holidays!

  10. Great vignette! The lantern was perfect, and now spectacular with the light. Sally

  11. Beautiful Liz... I love the santa in the lantern and the light really helps it shine.
    Your table is all decked out so festive. Beautiful tablecloth too.

  12. You've created a beautiful and original Christmas vignette with your lantern. Your husband did a great job lighting it. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Merry Christmas preparations! Cherry Kay

  13. How clever. I love your beautiful lantern! Especially all lit up! Gorgeous, gorgeous topper too! Thanks so much for the good word, Liz! And for joining the new blog!

  14. Oh, Liz, it is beautiful! Gorgeous, gorgeous vignette! You guys did a wonderful job with the lantern and it looks so pretty on your table.

  15. You are always so creative in decorating your lantern. It looks wonderful all decked for Christmas! Hope you had a nice weekend!

  16. I love how you have the lantern lit! I may try to figure it out for the large lantern on the island.

    Everything you've done is absolutely gorgeous!!

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  18. Great idea! Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home and have a Merry Christmas!

  19. What a wonderful idea! I love how it all turned out. Happy Holidays! Joanie


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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