Holiday Decor

DIY to Try: Holiday Edition

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Hey all! I confess I’m in full Christmas mode this week – I love all the crafting and decorating ideas being shared around the blogosphere and on Pinterest right now, so much creativity! Whenever the catalogs start arriving in late October and early November I like to pile them up and then sit down with a cup of coffee to browse what’s on the pages. I always spy a few things I think could be recreated and a bunch of inspiring ideas jumped out at me, so I had to share!

A version of this felted wool wreath at Viva Terra could be recreated with leaves cut from inexpensive pieces of felt glued to a wire or foam wreath.

felt wreath viva terra

 

Antlers are still hot right now – here’s an idea from Horchow to create a series of them using wood plaques and decoupage medium (patterned paper or fabric). For faux antlers, look to these DIYers: Cassie used clay, Shannon used leather, wire, and a shell, Jennifer used driftwood branches, Aimee used branches and clay.

faux antler plaques

 

A template, a jigsaw, some plywood and paint, and you could make your own whitewashed reindeer like this one at Home Decorators to display year after year.

whitewashed reindeer

 

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DIY Wrapping Paper Wreath

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Welcome to another week everyone and wishing you all a Happy Veteran’s Day – our town hosts a parade that honors our local veterans, then we’re off to celebrate Matt’s grandmother’s 104th birthday (!) today, bringing lunch and a cake to her home.

Today I’m featuring a project I showed a glimpse of in the Holiday Lookbook, a focal point wreath crafted with wrapping paper. The process to make it is similar to a bookpage wreath but this version is created with layered tubes of gift wrap!

diy wrapping paper wreath

To recreate, here’s what you’ll need: 12” foam wreath; 6 feet of sturdy wrapping paper (thicker is better); hot glue & glue gun; invisible tape, ribbon for hanging.

gift wrap wreath

The first thing to do is to tie a ribbon around one section since you’ll be layering tubes of paper on top.

tie ribbon around wreath

 

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Thankful Trees

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

We started a new tradition this month, reflecting on what we’re grateful for and writing it down every day. Not a new concept of course, but since expressions of gratitude are the focus of the next holiday we’re about to celebrate here in the USA, we thought why not make our own thankful tree.

We all have things in our lives we wish were different. For me, the one thing I get sad about this time of year is the fact that (except for my little brother who lives in San Francisco with his lady and son) we no longer have extended family members that live close to us in the Bay Area. 

Most have moved out of California given the opportunity for a new job and a reduced cost of living, to Austin, to Savannah, to Las Vegas, to Salt Lake City, to Boise, to Denver, to Phoenix, etc. Five years ago it was easy to get a big group of us together, now with the expense of travel, it’s nearly impossible. But instead of focusing on that hardship, we’re grateful for our many blessings. Now a daily sentiment keep us focused on all that we have instead of what we don’t.

thankful tree in entry

 

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