I’m Baaack! DIY $10 Christmas Wreath

Hi there, friends! I do apologize for my absence the last few months. Summer brought about a LOT of traveling and events, and also gave us some exciting news: we are expecting a little boy due to arrive sometime mid-February! Needless to say, I’ve been doing a lot of napping, and not so much blogging. BUT! I am hopeful that the next few months will be a little more successful in terms of blog posts (at least until the little man arrives).

To start off, I am going to share a super easy DIY with you all. And the best part about this DIY is that it is also cheap!

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This Christmas/winter wreath cost me a total of $9.23. Granted, I did use a coupon or two, and I found the supplies on sale, but it was all from Jo-Ann’s, so more than likely you can score the exact same wreath supplies for an equivalent cost.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A grapevine wreath
  • One “leafy” faux branch
  • Two “twiggy” faux branches
  • Two pinecone “branches”
  • One faux needle branch with red berries

First off, find a section of the grapevine wreath that has a horizontal vine or two; you’ll need this to hold the “branches” in. Take your “leafy” branch and slip it in snugly.

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Stick the branch with the berries in slightly below the leafy branch, making sure that the leafy branch is still visible.

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Your next step is to add in the twiggy branches. I really like these because they have little bells in them, so every time you open the door (in theory) it’ll jingle. How’s that for festive? Layer them on top of the leafy branch, but make sure they stay behind the berry branch.

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The final step is to stick those pinecones in. I ended up putting one on the bottom next to the berries, and the other tucked in behind the leafy branch, but do whatever makes the wreath feel balanced.

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And that’s it! Easy-peasy. You could also add a ribbon if you want to dress up the wreath more, but for myself I like the bareness of the vines. I think it feels more wintery that way.

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Enjoy!

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Make a Seasonal Scrapbook Frame in 3 Easy Steps

Yay! Spring is finally here! Well, ok, technically it’s not for another few days, but here in the PNW, you need only look outside to know that it has arrived. Daffodils and cherry blossoms are EVERYWHERE (and that’s an awfully good thing).

To celebrate this momentous occasion (that happens every year, but hey, it’s still exciting!), I am going to share a fun little project with you, just in time for the weekend (again, I’m celebrating a bit early).

These scrapbook pages are the result of several years, mostly because I didn’t have always have time at the beginning of a season to put on together. The actual creation of one of these pages really only takes 5-10 min, but somehow, Spring was the last one that got made (Spring cleaning, anyone?).

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • A 12×12 picture frame
  • 12×12 Cardstock/scrapbook paper
  • Clippings of fun photos or illustrations
  • Double-sided tape (a glue stick works fine too)

A few words of advice on picking your cardstock and photo clippings: you can pick a patterned backdrop or one without for your cardstock, but if you choose a patterned one, try and pick one that will “frame” your work, like the one I picked. A patterned one will create movement and add color and life to your overall composition, but with the movement comes busyness. Keep that in mind when you’re picking out your photo clippings too; you don’t want your backdrop to clash with the images that are supposed to be the main event. As for the clippings themselves, pick photos or illustrations that speak to the season you’re going with (for example: fireworks are a perfect choice for Summer, but not so much for Winter. Unless you celebrate Chinese New Year).

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Your first step is to figure out which photo/illustration you want to have in the center. It should be one of the biggest ones that you have, to maintain a balanced look over all. Go ahead and adhere it to the paper.

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Next, arrange the remaining cuttings around the big one (but don’t adhere them yet – you may want to rearrange them). Play around with the layout until it looks balanced and feels right. Go ahead and layer your clippings on top of each other, but remember to only overlap slightly; you want to be able to still see the majority of the image.

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Once you’re happy with the layout, go ahead and adhere the remaining cuttings to the cardstock.

And you’re done! Stick that paper into the frame, and hang her up!

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Just for fun, I’ll share some of my other seasons with you:

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I really can’t decide which one is my favorite… it might be Summer. But I’ll have to wait a little longer for that one.