Every year, Mary hosts a Wreath-Making Brunch. She invites friends over for a fun morning of chatting, eating, and wreath-making. For a lot of us, this day has come to signify the start of the holiday season. After all, once you make your wreath you have to hang it up…let the decorating begin! Our wreath of choice is the boxwood wreath, as our yards are full of the plentiful greenery. For as much as you see these wreaths sold for, you would think that they are difficult to make. Not true! Even a novice can tackle this project, and the product looks amazing!
- straw wreath (any size, but we like 18-20 inches for the front door)
- plenty of boxwood branches (simply break off full clusters from existing boxwood bushes you or a friend may have in your yard)
- greening pins (u-shaped wire floral pins)
- magnolia leaves,
- heavy-duty scissors or snips
- decorative ribbon
First, be sure to leave the plastic wrapping on your straw wreath form. This will make it much easier to work with. Make a loop with your chenille and secure it to your wreath with a greening pin or two. This will be your wreath hanger. Using your greening pins, secure magnolia leaves to the same side that your hanger is on. This will be the back of your wreath. Work backwards so that you are covering up the pins as you go. The magnolia leaves will protect your door and make a pretty backside if you are hanging the wreath on a glass door or window.Now turn your wreath over. Begin affixing the bunches of boxwood to the wreath with the greening pins. Again, you will want to work backwards to cover the pins as you go. Cover the entire front of your wreath and then you can use the same method for the inside and outside surfaces until you don’t see any of the straw. Fill in as needed.You may need to give your wreath a “haircut” to tame any stray sprigs of boxwood. Once you have evened things out, you are ready to add a bow and display your beautiful project.
This cute fall wreath was a cinch to make and can be adapted for any décor or occasion. I was lucky enough to hit the bargain bin and score tons of ribbon for $1 or $2 per spool. I spent $40 total on 2 wreath forms, a premade burlap flower embellishment, and enough ribbon to make at least 2 wreaths. Wreaths like these are selling on Etsy for upwards of $65 dollars each!
- wire wreath form (mine was 14.5 inches)
- approximately 26 yards of assorted ribbon (depending on ribbon and wreath width)
I cut my assorted ribbon into 12 inch lengths. I used 76 12-inch strips to cover my wreath. I simply tied the ribbon around the wreath form, alternating colors, widths, etc. I affixed the premade burlap flower and used additional ribbon to hang the wreath. It really was that easy! And it took no more than 1 hour.
We know that like us, you have recipes of all shapes and sizes floating around your kitchen. And, like us, you sometimes have trouble finding a certain recipe when you want it. Here is an easy and inexpensive way to organize your favorites so they will always be right at your fingertips.
- 3-ring binder (preferably with a clear plastic sleeve on the front)
- clear page protectors
- a pretty piece of scrapbooking paper
- some pretty adhesive letters First, decide on the sections that you want to have in your cookbook. We think “Appetizers”, “Side Dishes”, “Main Courses”, “Desserts”, and “Miscellaneous” are all pretty mainstream. But you may also want to add “Breakfast”, “Cocktails”, “Casseroles”, or a host of other options, depending on what kind of recipes you have. Sort your recipes into the desired categories.
The recipes that are full page are easy to slip in. For your recipes on smaller cards, you can put 3-4 in a sleeve. Now for the fun part. Cut your scrapbook paper to fit into the clear sleeve on the front of your binder. Apply the adhesive letters to the paper for your title. “Good Eats”, “Family Faves”, and “The Cook’s Book” are some cute ideas. Of course, “Recipes” also does the trick! Get creative or go classic, as long as your recipes are now safely stored in one place.
This is the perfect time of year to deck out your table in a nautical theme. These rope vases were a cinch to make and turned out great. I originally made them for a nautical-themed bridal shower, and now I can use them for my own home.
- cans of various sizes (rinsed with labels removed)
- rope (I picked mine up at the local hardware store)
- hot glue gun
- sharp scissors
I started gluing at the top of the can. I simply squirted some glue and attached the rope until the entire can was wrapped. Yup, it’s that easy!
I was helping out with a nautical-themed bridal shower and wanted the perfect thing to hang on the door to set the mood. Voila! The buoy wreath was born.Supplies:
- Styrofoam wreath (I used the flat kind)
- crisp white and navy blue fabric
- wooden letter
- paint brush or foam brush
- paint of your choice
- paste waxDirections:
To give this wreath a shabby touch, I tore the fabric into inch wide strips instead of cutting it.Then I wrapped the wreath in the fabric to get the desired buoy effect, using pins to secure. For the wooden letter, I painted it in this fun raspberry (in keeping with the color scheme of the bridal shower). When it was dry, I used the sandpaper to distress the edges. When I was happy with the antiquing effect, I applied paste wax then buffed it off. See other projects done with this technique here and here.
After planting all we could in my standard pots (I always have two on my front porch and 3 on the back patio) I found myself with a few scraggly plants leftover. Not wanting to throw them out, the kids and I went fishing around the back of the shed. Emily spotted a few old pots looking more like candidates for the recycling bin than vessels suitable for a centerpiece. TOTAL COST OF THE PROJECT – $0.00!!I grabbed the bowl-shaped one and using some old spray paint that I had in the basement, I breathed at least one more year of life into an old planter. And, I didn’t let any flowers go to waste.First I cleaned the pot with soap and water and let in dry in the sun. Then, I sprayed 3 very light coats of spray paint onto the pot. Once the paint was dry, I filled it with some potting soil and the last remaining plants I had and voila!Let nothing go to waste if you can give it a little TLC!
Check out the frame I sprayed a couple of years ago with the same can of spray paint, turning it from drab to fab!
Okay, this is “sew” easy. If you have an old t-shirt, a pair of scissors and can stitch a straight line, you can make this!!
Step 1 – Select a t-shirt you want to convert into a bag. I used a few that the moths had helped themselves to.
Step 2 – Cut along the front of the collar’s edge. Then cut along each arm hole on the inside (the shirt side) of the original seam.
Step 3 – Turn the tee inside out and run a straight hem across the bottom leaving about an inch or so. If you need to trim along the bottom of the shirt before sewing the bottom of the bag you can do so.
Step 4 – Turn right side out and embellish as desired. You could really go all out at this stage of the project. I made these for my girls. I added an asymmetric foam flower to Emily’s and a contrasting bow using grosgrain ribbon to add a little pizazz to one of the handles of Elaina’s t-shirt tote.
My kiddos gave these cute giant clothespins to their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day, but they would make a great gift for anyone any time of the year. Depending on how you decorate them, they can be used as recipe card holders, picture holders, note holders, etc. My kids’ held thank-notes for their teachers.
- giant clothespins (found at a craft store)
- decorative paper
- embellishments (buttons, scrapbooking supplies, ribbon, etc.)
- paper cutter or scissors
- hot glue gun
I cut paper to fit the flat side of the clothespin. I did the same paper on each side, but you could switch it up. I then hot glued the paper to the clothespin. Decorate with embellishments, and voila! Ready to gift!
I found these great lanterns on sale at the end of the summer season. I paid around $50 for the trio. I liked the looks of them, but the colors weren’t really my style. Don’t get me wrong, they would have looked perfect on some fun and funky front porch. However, my house is not really fun and funky…more like very traditional. But with a can of spray paint, I got what I wanted!