Winter Woodland Vignette in a Basket

In the past, I usually tended to go a bit overboard on my Christmas table vignettes.

Which meant, there was little table space for entertaining . . .

~ ~ places for drinks and an appetizer or two.

This year I solved that problem by containing the vignette in a basket . . .

~ ~ so that it could be removed easily and room made for entertaining guests.

Felted Wool Santa-Housepitality Designs

I do not get much of a chance to do much crafting . . . but I really do love to.

Several years ago our Craft Group in the neighborhood, “The Crafty Chicks” . . .

~ ~ made these great felted wool Santas.


That was before I was blogging and I would have definitely had a tutorial.

I enjoyed making it so much that I made four of them.


I began creating the Winter Woodland Vignette by placing this tree . . .

~ ~ made of cardboard, evergreen, and pinecones into the basket.



Added greenery and cute animals and birds of winter . . .



I have been collecting these owls over the years.


Love to incorporate lots of birds into my holiday decor.




Another Quail by Raz sits on top of one of my very favorite books. . .

~ ~ Nell Hill’s Oh Christmas Tree by Mary Carol Garrity



I am pleased with my Winter Woodland Basket Vignette as I still have ample table space . . .

~ ~ and can easily be removed for even more space.

Do you use baskets and trays to contain seasonal and everyday vignettes?

Have a great day . . . we are experiencing record breaking temps . . .

~ ~ broke the record from 1903! . . . and the kicker is . . . our heating system went down!!

So we will have to crank up the fireplace until the repairman arrives!…BRRRRR!!!

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  1. Awww. This is beautiful. So warm and happy wonderland feelings. Love nature❤️

  2. Oh dear, hope the repair man gets there QUICKLY!!! It is 24 here right now:( I love, LOVE your vignette, and the Santa is so pretty, I wish I could have made some too!!! You know I collect Santas! Love the birds too, especially the quails! Gorgeous, my friend!!! XO
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  3. I love this woodland basket. I would have to go stay in a nice warm place until the heat was fixed. Cannot stand being cold. Hope it is repaired soon!
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  4. Gorgeous, Shirley! I think you need to come to my house and create one of your beautiful vignettes. LOVE! And, I love that Santa you made — he is fantastic!
    Hope your heating system gets repaired quickly. We’ve been shivering here, too. Today starts a warm-up, though and we are happy! 🙂
    Stay warm!
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  5. Beautiful vignette….what a great idea to put in a basket too so it can be easily moved! Hope you get your heating system fixed SOON!!!!
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  6. This is so pretty, Shirley! Your vignettes are always wonderful! I love the crystal reindeer in this vignette- such an elegant touch! Your Santa is fabulous too! It’s very cold here today -20! I definitely getting the spirit to decorate! I have been holding off on decorating until my Dad decides if he is moving permanently into assisted living. I don’t want to be in the middle of decorating and have to move him there and empty his other apartment! Thanks for the inspiration!
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  7. PLZ, PLZ, PLZ.. a tutorial for that amazing FELTED WOOL SANTA.. Did you make the gorgeous natural tree, also??? SO much talent… love everything about this vignette!!!

  8. Shirley, what a great idea. I also love birds, snowmen and Santa’s, Your vignette really looks so good on your table. Looks like your into the swing of things. Does your little sweetie like to craft?
    Hope you get your heater fixed quickly. Have a great weekend and stay warm.
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  9. so adorable and cute. love that it’s functional too. I always love a winter woodland theme!
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  10. Shirley! You did a Great job on making your Felted Wool Santa! You are so talented, and love to decorate and share your talents! Thanks! I so much enjoy your post and your Joy & Happiness you share with others!!!

  11. Shirley I just love the woodland themed basket. You must have looked high and low for all of those different animals. So darling. Jo

  12. I love your owls!! The vignette is perfect. I do use baskets or trays.
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  13. Where did you get those precious white owls? I live in Atlanta.

  14. So thankful you have a fireplace to keep you warm. The systems always go out on the hottest days or the coldest days!
    I love your little Santa. I’m learning from you blogging girls to use baskets and trays. I’m making plans to do that all year too because I get tired of removing individual pieces on my dining room table. But I’m thankful that my family comes that often to use my dining room table!

  15. Shirley, such a pretty vignette! Love all the birds, and your felted Santa is precious! Hope you stay warm!
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  16. Hi Shirley! Oh, I love your vignette in the basket and that’s a great idea. I use baskets sometimes but mostly have used trays for vignettes. This is just darling and your little Santa is so cute! I can see why you made 4!
    Be a sweetie,
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  17. How sweet! What a great idea!
    Shirley you have made a lovely vignette for your table leaving much leftover
    Room for drinks etc.
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  18. Girl, you are the vignette queen! And you certainly don’t disappoint with this one!!

    We should get together some time during December. I’ve been thinking it would be fun to have a little party with all the bloggers in this area. Would you be interested?
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  19. That is so pretty, Shirley! It looks perfect in that basket. I love that little owl and your tree.
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  20. Those are the cutest Santa’s! They look so professionally made too. I bet being part of a craft group is fun. Your basket full of nature inspired decor is very pretty. I like using trays and baskets to corral things as well. Hope your heat gets fixed soon!

  21. Great vignette Shirley. That tree is so pretty and your collection of birds and owls adds so much whimsy. With our downsizing a bit I think I’ll enjoy decorating for Christmas more. Smaller trees and plans to do different things for me. I feel this home has a warmer feel since a bit smaller. Still have crafting to do, I’m so behind from other projects I’m trying to finish

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  22. Did you buy the tree or make that too? LOVE both the Santa and the tree!!!
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  23. Shirley that looks so pretty and I love your Christmas pillows too!! Seeing this makes me want to start pulling my Christmas decorations out…if I wasn’t having 20 for Thanksgiving I would!! Can’t wait to see more of your beautiful Christmas decor!
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  24. That is so beautiful! I love your St Nic!!
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  25. Your woodland vignette is gorgeous, Shirley! Using birds and other creatures is such a great idea for winter. I love creating displays on trays, in baskets, etc. that can easily be moved. Sure hope you get that heater up and running soon!
    Mary Alice
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  26. Your winter woodland basket is utterly charming! I, too, love birds and used them as my primary ornaments last Christmas. Cheers, Shirley!!
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  27. PS – Oh gosh, hope your heating system is back by now!
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  28. Shirley,
    This is fabulous. I love the quail and that tree is so pretty. Love your winter wonderland basket vignette. So cute.
    Hope you get your heat on and going. Man it is cold in Chicago. Not ready for this nonsense of being so cold already.
    Stay warm. I think you guys are going to warm up by the week end. We are suppose to hit middle 50’s woooo hooo!
    Kris 🙂
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  29. I love your basket vignette, the santa, the bird, the basket…well all of it just looks wonderful. I kindof use trays for table displays for the same reason you like the basket system…it can be moved. ha! When we lived in Frankfort Ky we had a neighborhood craft group…and it was so much fun!
    Stay warm. Still cold in KY.

  30. Shirley, I love the idea of a pretty basket with so many nice things in it. That little white fluffy owl is so adorable. I hope you’re not without heat for long, and thank goodness for gas fireplaces! Stay cuddled up.

  31. I love it Shirley and the Santa is precious! Yes, I love using baskets and trays, even a little strawberry cart I have. It does make it nice to be able to move it if necessary.

  32. Shirley, I would love to have been in that craft group! Your winter woodland basket is beautiful. You have inspired me to make one myself this Christmas! Thanks sweet friend! xo

  33. What a gorgeous winter display and vignette. Love it all Shirley.
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  34. Very clever to create your vignette so that it can be moved as it certainly does make it easier to find a place for a glass or a plate. As always, your creations are a perfect fit for their environment.
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  35. I love your snowmen! A craft party sounds like fun. Your decor is beautiful! I haven’t done anything much yet.

  36. Shirley, Your Winter Wonderland vignette is WONDERFUL! It has all the elements I love..pinecones, birds,greenery, berries and Santa. You’re really inspired me to get busy. Thanks and stay warm.
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  37. Love your vignette. I often use a big silver tray for the holidays and like that but the basket is a great idea. Your Santa is adorable. I also love crafting but don’t do much anymore.
    Sorry to hear about your heating problem! Hopefully you are nice and warm now.
    Our cooktop died this week and its only 5 years old! Needless to say I’m not impressed.
    Have a great weekend

  38. Ugh! Can’t believe that happened with your heat! Hope by now you’re cozy and toasty.

    It’s a great idea to contain your vignettes Shirley because you’re right…things can quickly get out of hand and while it looks great, it’s not always practical. Form follows function as they say!
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  39. What is it with these furnaces this year??!?!?!! Ours went on the fritz, too, and we were freezing our toucases off around here. The guy came out and it was an easy fix, but dang…who needs the aggravation when it’s this cold this early????? I hope yours is up and running by now.

    I LOVE the idea of a vignette in an easily-removable basket! What a terrific idea! It corrals the scene to make it look even more cohesive, and you can just whisk it away and back again at a moment’s notice. Perfect!!! Smart thinking, lady!

    I LOVE those little white owls. They look so cute and innocent…like me! 😉
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  40. P.S. – Gimme all of those Santas! GREAT job on those!!!
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  41. Beautiful woodland vignette! Love the tree, I just might have to try and make one of those…and I have my fingers crossed for you that your heating issue is a quick and inexpensive fix!
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  42. What a pretty piece and the birds add such sweetness.. Just lovely…
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