Friday, December 3, 2010

12 DIYs of Christmas : : 2

Okay... confession time. I've had my Christmas decor up for about 3 weeks now. Lights on the house, Christmas tree, interior decor, the whole she-bang. EXCEPT, I haven't done any of my exterior decorating. In fact... *GASP*... my fall decor is still out on my front porch. I know. I am so ashamed. BUT, this will all be amended this weekend. The small red ribbons are going out on Bruce (our blue spruce in the front yard), the large red ribbons (that I have to buy new every year because those things don't survive a season) will go on the trees that line the street AND, my wreath will go up. Well... a wreath will go up. Because after finding this DIY, I can't decide which wreath I want up now. I have a gorgeous bright red holly berry wreath that I LOVE. But check this one out:

Again, I pulled this DIY from Good Housekeeping. I'm SUCH a fan of GH. I've been a subscriber for a few years now and I think I'm going to be a "lifer". :) I usually can't wait till I get a new magazine in and I read everything and look at everything, turning down corners for things I want to come back to. Sorry... I digress. Haha...

Pretty wreath right? It's so easy it's ridiculous! Here are the instructions:

*At your crafts or floral supply store, purchase an 18-inch grapevine wreath.
*At the floral supply area of the craft store, look for natural pods in a variety of shapes, pinecones, and seasonal nuts from an assorted-mix package to add texture and variety to the wreath.
*Using a hot glue gun, add these dried decorations to the wreath.
*To make stick stars, use sticks from outdoors broken into 3- to 4-inch lengths or use cinnamon sticks.
*Glue them on top of each other to form the star shape and add them to the wreath.
*When all the pieces have been added, place wreath on newspaper or another surface you don't mind getting messy, and spray-paint the entire thing white.
*Allow to dry.
*Loop with wire in back to hang.

That's it! Simple huh!?!? And just think, if you're a traditionalist like me you can tie it off with a big red bow. OOOOORRRRR if you like flair like me (what can I say, I'm a traditionalist with a side of flair) you can tie it off with a big silver, gold, purple, pink, OR WHATEVER color you want. AMAZING, I know. So now I have to decide if I'm going with my usual wreath, or if I'm going to jazz up my front porch with a brand new wreath... oh the decisions!!!!