Holiday Decorating: Snowflake Wreath

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Merry Christmas Eve!! Today we will be heading down to spend the holidays with Alex’s family and I can’t wait.  Good food, wine and a present swap.  I know I promised this tutorial on how to make an easy snowflake wreath a while back when I first posted about our holiday mantel for this season, and here it is finally.

Snowflake wreath

To get it started, I found these foam snowflakes at Joann’s.  My initial plan was to use felt and cut out snowflakes, but then I spotted these snowflake packs at 50% off I knew I could save a lot of time and labor by using them.  Half the pack is glittered and the other half is plain white.  Being that I wanted all glittered snowflakes, I bought 2 packs.

Crafty snowflake wreath

Next I grabbed a wire wreath frame and a 12×12 piece of paper.  I then traced a large circle onto the paper to act as my wreath frame.  With the foam being so light I did not want to use a real wreath frame, but I created a paper one to make sure I kept my snowflake in a perfect circle shape.

Holiday snowflake wreath

Once traced onto the paper, cut it out.

Holiday festive wreath

Now you have the perfect circle for the wreath base.

Holiday wreath

Using my glue gun, I started gluing on the snowflakes.

Christmas snowflake wreath idea

Keep adding on snowflakes as you work around the wreath.  To make them look more random, I moved around as I added them and made sure they did not all overlap in the same way.

Making a crafty snowflake wreath

And after about 25 snowflakes, we have a finished snowflake wreath!

Crafty snowflake wreath tutorial

Once all the snowflakes are glued down and it has cooled, it is time to add ribbon.  I found this shiny green ribbon in my wrapping tote and thought it would work great.

Christmas snowflake wreath

I glued the ribbon down on the back in the wreath and created a fun little bow to the front.  To hang it above our fireplace I simply used a tack through the middle of the ribbon bow.

Snowflake holiday wreath

And there you have it.  A super simple holiday wreath.  I think it looks great in our dining room on the bold navy walls, but you could also hang it on your door for some festive holiday decor.

Holiday mantel stockings


Holiday Decorating: Christmas Mantel

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Happy Holidays!!  I could not wait to start my holiday decorating this year.  Immediately after Thanksgiving I was ready to break out the Christmas boxes and get to decorating, starting with our Christmas mantel.  I don’t know if it is just the fact that I love Christmas or being in our home for the first year, but I was so happy to be decorating for the season.

Holiday mantel stockings

With the freshly painted walls and mantel (more on that here and here), I kept the mantel pretty simple.  First thing I did was dig through the box to see what we were working with.  I had the ornament swag that I made last year for our faux bookshelf mantel.  It was a bit short for the new mantel, but by placing it in the middle and adding a candle to each end, it actually looks pretty good.  And at no cost I gotta love that!  Maybe in a future year I will buy more ornaments and make a longer, dramatic swag.

Snowflake wreath holiday mantel

We still had the stockings from Target last year (Wez & Augie are going to share), but I had two stocking hangers from dollar tree that are hideous.  So after browsing the aisle of Target, we settled on getting 3 unique stocking hangers, the star, the tree and my favorite, the silver deer.  At $10 each, they make the mantel a lot more sophisticated.

Silver reindeer stocking holder

Next up, I did a quick DIY project and made a snowflake wreath for above the mantel.  I will share the tutorial soon.  It only took about 45 minutes to whip up and I love the contrast of stark white on the deep navy walls.

Holiday festive mantel

So there you have it!  Our first real Christmas mantel.  Now to finish decorating the tree, getting up a few more outside lights and enjoying the season :)  After that is is back to finishing the house, like maybe adding curtains to those poor bare windows around the fireplace.

Holiday decorating and festive mantel

Check out more awesome holiday mantels at the Holiday Cheer Link party with Our Fifth House & Ten June and the Holiday Party at Thrifty Decor Chick.


Our Holiday “Mantel”

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This year I had big plans for the holidays.  From making a handmade tree skirt and decorating the house and tree, to making stockings and baking.  Not all my plans are coming through as time keeps slipping by.  One item I decided skip was making stockings, so instead I went by Target and found some cute ones to upgrade our old dollar tree stockings.  Once i had them in hand it was time to decorate our bookshelf…er…mantel :)

Holiday ornament garland Tutorial

The grey stocking is for Alex, the red one is mine and the green one is for Wezley.  While I was at it I bought a bunch of their plastic ornaments to make a ornament swag to help spruce up our faux mantel.  It is amazing how many ball ornaments one of these ornament garlands take. Another cheap way to get lots of ornaments is to buy them on Amazon, like these 96ct Silver Splendor Shatterproof 4-Finish Christmas Ball Ornaments 1.5″ (40mm).

Tutorial on how to make a holiday ornament garland

I bought 5 of the five dollar ball ornament packages in an assortment of silvers, reds and greens.  To make this garland all you will need are ball ornament, wire (I used floral wire), and clippers or scissors. Continue reading »