Crafty Crafty: Ribbon Wreath

Last year, we threw out our old wreath when we moved from an apartment to our current house. It was falling apart, and quite frankly, too huge to fit anywhere on our new house. We would hang it on our balcony at the apartment, and being on the second floor made everything look smaller. This year, I needed inspiration for a new wreath, and so when I saw this re-posted from The Long Thread on The Nest, I knew it would be a great idea.

When searching for materials (because I hardly ever follow directions, haha), I decided to make a substitution – I used a double-set wire ring instead of a single foam ring. At the time, it was purely based on cost, but it ended up being neat! I used a lot less ribbon and was able to choose multiple colors to layer. This 12″ ring from Joann’s is only $1.49.

I picked out three different types of ribbon: red 1.5 inch grosgrain, sage 1 inch with eyelets, and ivory .5 inch with gold embossing.

And check out these cute little floral picks that I matched the ribbon to. Two little picks at $1 each equal instant bling that is gentle on my wallet.

The construction? A piece of cake! All I had to do was tie the ribbons on. The only issue I found was that the ribbons tend to fray on the ends, which means that they either need to be melted or treated with fray-check, that is unless you like that kind of look.

Isn’t it sooo pretty??? What kind of decorations have you come up with this holiday season?


Inspiration: Bower Power = Awesome Centerpieces

There aren’t too many blogs that I read religiously (read: every single day if possible), but one I’ve recently begun coveting is All Bower Power. My love of YHL has introduced me to Katie and Jeremy Bower, who tackle all kinds of projects related to decorating and remodeling their home.

ABP recently ran a post about their old and new Christmas decorations, and I had to admit that I’ve never thought about using ornament anywhere but on the tree! Here are some inspiration pics that I loved:

And thus, a centerpiece was born! I had some oversized cognac vases left from the wedding that I wanted to use for a holiday centerpiece, but wasn’t sure how to incorporate. After seeing Katie’s post, I ran out to my local Hobby Lobby (well, I was already going for another project that will be posted shortly) and bought some foam vase filler in champagne and some sparkly shatterproof ornaments. So for less than $7, I was able to create a pretty centerpiece for all my holiday entertaining this year!

What kind of interesting centerpieces have you created for your holiday gatherings?

(NOTE: Foam vase filler is extremely flammable and the manufacturer recommends that all candles placed near/in the filler be in votive cups or jars, hence the jar candle in the middle instead of a pillar candle.)