Evergreen Wreath D.I.Y.

WreathintroThis morning my husband woke up to “Christmas with the Rat Pack” playing at full blast and our kitchen table covered in fir boughs, holly and other forest gleanings. Was this some sort of mad holiday bacchanalia?

Naw, it was just me finishing up our new wreath for the front door. While he gave me his sleepy thoughts on twig placement over morning coffee, I reflected that making evergreen wreaths is probably one of my favorite random skills I’ve picked up over the years.

All it takes is a frame from the craft store (which only costs a few dollars) and some evergreen boughs (easily gathered after a winter storm).
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What You’ll Need:

  • Wire Wreath Frame
  • Evergreen Boughs
  • Pruners
  • Pliers
  • Wire
  • Wirecutters
  • Decor: Ribbons, bows, twigs, berries etc.

To Start:

Make a small bouquet of evergreen sprigs. I use about four or five. You can trim them now for more uniformity or leave them long for a wild, woodsy look.

IMG_20141203_120838023Now lay your bouquet between two spikes, then fold them over with the pliers. Try to get them fairly tight, but don’t hurt yourself. You’re going to overlap all your succeeding bouquets of greens and by the time you’re finished, you’ll find that it’s quite sturdy.

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It comes together pretty quickly. And once you’ve laid your base, you can begin to wire on fun things like bits of holly and twig.

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Before long you’ll have your own homemade wreath to hang on the front door, over the mantel or wherever you choose to show off your mad crafting skills.

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This wreath was primarily based on found woodland bits and bobs, but remember you can go so many directions….sparkly ornaments, gingerbread people, robots….basically a wreath can reflect whatever your current interests might be.

Have fun with it. Happy holidays guys!

One Tiny Corner: Dresser Rescue

Here’s a little project I worked on yesterday. Since moving into our new space, I’ve been slow to decorate. (Probably because I’m overwhelmed by the idea of ‘decorating’) But yesterday I tackled my dresser/nightstand. The dresser itself was a gift from my dad who built it for me years ago, and I’ve always loved it.

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My inspiration for this space came from traffic noise. When we first moved in, my husband and I joked about the “ocean” outside our bedroom window. We both love the peaceful sound of waves at the beach and I wanted to capture some of that feeling.

The first step was clearing off and dusting my poor dresser. I should have taken a before picture, but believe me when I tell you there was a veritable mountain of clothes, books and random junk on top of it.

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Dresser (handmade) Lamp (thrifted) Black frame (Target) Hanging frame (thrifted) Glass terrarium and Air Plant (Garden Spot Nursery)

My dad took the photo in the black frame on the left. It’s from a backpacking trip we did along the coast of Spain last spring. You can’t see it, but there’s a medieval pirate fort perched on the cliffs, yarrrr! The photos on the wall, were taken by my hubby at Cama Beach on Camano Island. We have a lot of special memories with both our families there.

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I’m pretty excited about my recently acquired air plant (Tillandsia ionantha). I’m doing more ‘gardening’ indoors with our relatively urban space, and if nothing else I know our cat appreciates it. The beach glass and shells around the terrarium are part of a collection I’ve been adding to for years. They’ve been picked up in a range of places from Dungeness Beach, to Cape Alava to Prince Edward Island to Scotland.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with how this project turned out. I feel a sense of serenity and happiness when I walk into our bedroom now. Are you doing any decorating around your home? What gets you motivated/inspired?

 

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