Woodland Christmas Critters

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I have collected lots of table top Christmas trees over the past few years, and love the way they look all mixed together on my dining room table. This year, to go with our Woodland theme, I thought I’d add a few little friends to the forest.

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I originally planned on painting all the little woodland animals white -you know how I love a little spray painting. 😉 But after seeing it all together, I kind of liked how they looked. Not to mention the kids pleading in the background. What do you think, should I paint them?

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I found most of them at Michaels. I started out with one of those tubes of North American animals, but I didn’t like how the animals weren’t to scale. (Maybe you didn’t know I was quite that particular about things -well I am, and just the thought of the raccoon being the same size as the deer was bugging me.) So, I found these other, larger animals. At first I thought it might be a little expensive to get enough of them but…about nine or so 50% off coupons later and it worked out great. 😉 Most of them worked out to be a dollar or two.

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I have to say I kind of love them. At first glance it’s just a regular, shiny, silvery Christmas tree display.

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But then, you see them, hiding in the trees, and you can’t help but smile, even at the skunk.

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It’s going to be hard to put them away after Christmas.

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With a forest of trees and woodland critters on my table, life really is a party!

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  1. Julia Mander says:

    Don’t spray them – they look really natural and super cute! I love the whole woodland theme you have got going on – just stunning

  2. Christine says:

    Again very beautiful:))
    You have truly inspired me:))
    I soo need to collect table top trees or even make some:))
    Thanx Dannyelle:))

  3. what a great collection of trees and animals! perfect!

  4. you’ve solved a great mystery for me! i’ve been looking for little plastic woodland animals everywhere! i didn’t think to check michaels:) silly me. i love all the trees!

  5. I am a lover of white…anything and everything! BUT, that close up of the little fox just stole my heart away! All of the little animals did…my vote would be to leave them the way they are! You COULD always get another set just like them and paint THEM. Just an idea!

  6. Pam from Louisville says:

    I vote not to paint the forrest friends. They look great just the way nature likes them to look. Your centerpiece is beautiful.

  7. What a beautiful tablescape! I love the glitz of the trees and the little animals peeking through is so adorable. I especially love the fox!

  8. Magical! adding the animals was a perfect idea. I had to smile when I saw the skunk – too fun!

  9. What fun to have the different trees and group them together. Your little critters are cute. Love the theme of this centerpiece.

  10. loving the mirrored trees!

    hope you’ll find a moment to stop by (if you haven’t already!) and enter a giveaway i am hosting: http://www.hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/12/personalized-lovely-giveaway.html

    smiles and happy weekend to you.


  11. I LOVE your table! I’ve been using a lot of silver this year and this totally inspires me. My favorite it the little critters – ADORABLE! Visiting from Crafty, Scrappy, Happy!

  12. Don’t paint them. I love the bits of color. Reminds me of the black and white pictures with just one color showing up. The table is lovely.

  13. Mrs Julia Mander says:

    Hi Dannyelle – This is April 2014 I have just returned from New York singing with my choir “Inspiration”. Whilst there I made a trip to Micheals especially to buy the animals. I bought the North American ones and was so thrilled to find them. They will have pride of place in my little “Life’s a Party” inspired forest this Christmas. Love from England x

  14. Love it Julia! Thanks for letting me know and so happy you were able to find them!


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