11.23.2012

Fresh Christmas Wreath: DIY

It's Friday, so I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner Show Us Your life Favorite Etsy shops, Shop Small Weekend!
I can't choose just one shop, so I decided to focus on one product: Wooden Monograms!!
I love mine and the best part about them is that you can use them a thousand ways: on the front door, with a wreath, on the wall, for showers and parties, as wedding and baby gifts, and you can change the color of them any time you want by painting them with either a brush or with spray paint.
I am so in love with ours, and I hope you'll visit Etsy and find the perfect one for you depending on your needs and budget!
As a small business owner, I urge you to support small business by shopping at them for the holidays!
How to make a Christmas Wreath out of fresh evergreen clippings:
We have 2 "Christmas" trees in front of our house, one on each side of the porch steps.
They needed some major pruning, so I waited as long as I could (ie until the holidays) to tackle it. 
I just piled up all of the trimmings as I went.
My mama said that the best thing to do to optimize the lifespan of the greenery is to soak them in a bucket of water overnight.
The best part about this project is that it is SUPER inexpensive. 
I spent less than $10 total, on the wreath and the magnolia stems.
I picked the cotton.
I used a basic twig wreath from Hobby Lobby and began to arrange the greenery into the wreath, making sure I kept the pieces facing the same direction. 
**I recommend using gloves when working with fresh greenery. I did not and I tore my hands up!**
Anyway, I started on the outside of the wreath and worked my way around then in.
It took three rows of greenery to fill in the entire wreath.
Now, there are a hundred directions you can take the wreath in from there.
You could attach ornaments, ribbons, poinsettias, or other floral and feathers.
Of course, being Southern, I chose to adorn mine with magnolia leaves and cotton bolls.
I attached my large monogram on top of the wreath. 
I haven't decided if I'm going to leave it as is, or add some more to it, or spray paint the monogram a different color.
As you can see I still haven't done anything about my front door.
To all of you who left suggestions on my post-thank you, thank you!!
You were a huge help!
I'm leaning toward a really dark stain to match the decorative trusses on our house.
Happy Wreath Making!!

10 comments:

  1. You did a great job girlie on the wreath! Sorry that in the process you tore your hands into pieces :( I am sure that part of it was no fun! Hope you & Brandon had a great Thanksgiving :)

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    1. Thank you, Ashleigh!! It's okay, it was totally worth it, lol!! We did-spending time with family! In fact, my sister and my cousin and I stayed up until almost 5 this morning talking and laughing after Black Friday shopping. Needless to say, I just got out of bed a little while ago, lol! I hope you had a very blessed and Happy Thanksgiving, too!! xoxo

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  2. We drove through S. GA Wednesday and today, and all I wanted to do was roll in the cotton fields. This is my favorite time of year down there, and they are so beautiful!

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    1. Awww! Yay! South Georgia is God's country! :) Cotton fields are one of the most beautiful things in God's creation! xoxo

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  3. I do love the monograms and really must get one of our own! You are so right...I can think of a gazillion ways to use it. Your wreath is gorgeous!!! Here's to a wonderful Christmas season!!!!

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, you need one for sure! Agree-to a wonderful Christmas season!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your beautiful family! xoxo

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  4. Your site inspired me to start my own blog. I LOVE your site. Where did you get your monogram? It looks like it's made of metal. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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    1. That is SO sweet, Michelle! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart! The monogram is made of wood! Have a blessed day! xoxo

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