I am not planning to go all out with the Christmas decorating this year. I mean, I love it with a passion, but something has to give.
I just don’t have the energy to rearrange the furniture, put out a tree, dig all of the decorations from the storage building and hang lights everywhere. I’ll do a few festive things and make sure the kids feel the Christmas cheer, but nothing crazy.
My lack of decorations does not reflect my feeling about Christmas. It reflects my level of exhaustion.
I decided to make a simple wreath to hang over the couch in the living room. I may move it to the front door after the fall wreath comes down. But probably not. Tired, remember?
It was so easy. It took me about an hour to make it and I like the playfulness of it.
I got the chipboard pieces at Hobby Lobby. I figured out what I needed by finding a corner in the store and spreading pieces all over the floor and playing with them until I found a design I liked. Sure I was in people’s way. But a cute wreath at 50% off waits for no man.
The twine is my favorite, favorite twine. I use it for all kinds of stuff. Besides crafts I love to wrap gifts with it, tie things together, I even used it for some wedding flowers that I did for a friend. It’s wonderful. I get it from Online Fabrics. That’s also where I got all of the fabric for the new cushions I put on my pool deck last summer. Great folks over there.
Once I got home I made my brain try to remember how I laid out the pieces in the store. My brain doesn’t work as well as it used to, so that took up about 1/4 of my time.
After I figured it all out, I held the pieces, 2 at a time, together and drilled hoes through them so I could tie it all together with the twine.
I lightly spray painted the separate pieces. I didn’t want full covereage so I kind of just dusted them.
I also hot glued it together. I am no dummy. I know you have to attach crafts together with as many methods as you possibly can.
Here’s a tip for you….to get the twine through all of the holes, dab a teeny line of hot glue on the end of the twine and roll it through your fingers (after it cools off for a few seconds!) to make a stiff end and it will slide right through the holes in the chipboard. You’re welcome.
After attaching them all together it was a little wobbly, so I glued pieces of cardboard to the in the back for extra support.
Once it was all assembled I added some twine and washi tape in a few spots. And of course, a burlap bow. Because burlap makes everything better.
Hang it up and enjoy for the season.
And some of my bloggy friends have made Christmas wreaths too….lots of ideas and inspiration to get you ready for the holidays.
(After reading this over it looks like this wreath is small, but it’s actually pretty big. I’ll post more pics on Facebook during the week.)
Below you will find the links to each of the brand new 2014 Christmas Wreaths. To appreciate all the lovely details of each wreath, click on each of the links.
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