Poinsettia Christmas Wreath

Mini vent: I have been trying to complete this post for OVER a week. I actually did this project and wrote the post the weekend before last but have been having issues uploading photos for the past week. Thankfully, I seem to have figured out the problem with the photo up-loader! Yay!

We had a very busy weekend at our house (the weekend before last). It started off with the AC going out in the middle of our ridiculous 80 degree heat, followed by a call to the landlord and having to wait till Saturday for a technician (apparently this was happening to a lot of people). Thank the Lord it was a quick fix. Then Christopher had a bad stomach bug that wrecked a good portion of our Saturday and made for a little guy who was just not quite himself.

On the bright side, all of the time at home meant that I had lots of time for projects and Christmas Decorating!! I escaped to the craft store during one of Christopher’s long naps and came back with lots of goodies. Although it is had to get into the Christmas spirit while wearing shorts… we Houstonians do what we can!

My goal for the craft store was to get supplies for a Christmas wreath. Lets just say that I accomplished that goal and may or may not have surpassed it… Who doesn’t get a little carried away in the craft store from time to time?  🙂

As I mentioned in my previous post, I like to look around at inspiration before starting on a project. Then I either put my own spin on an inspiration photo or do something totally my own. This project was the latter.

I started off with a simple grape vine wreath. Then I wrapped it sparingly with burlap ribbon.

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Next, I added a translucent pearl strand around the center of the burlap ribbon. I made sure to tack pearl strand with hot glue at the back and front of the wreath so that it would stay at the center of the burlap ribbon.

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Then I added gold poinsettias to the top and bottom areas. Somehow I missed taking a photo with just the poinsettias…

I also found a cute set of assorted metallic and glittered jingle bells while at the craft store. I love hearing jingle bells when a door opens during the holidays so I decided to add them sporadically around the wreath.

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I added a little more of the translucent pearl strand to the back of the wreath to hang it from.

Then I added the final touch with this wood cut W. At first, I considered painting it a gold or silver. In the end, I liked it with the natural wood.

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And here is the finished product!

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Have you made any Holiday Decor for your home this year?

I have done a lot more of holiday decorating this year and will show you everything so far in a few days… The good news is that I will be attempting to post a Mid-Week Makeover tomorrow!!!

That is… if I do not have further photo issues (fingers crossed)

Christmas Wreath Round-Up

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful week thus far!

I am in a crafty mood today and was surfing Pinterest for some ideas to make a Christmas wreath for our front door. As you may have seen, I made this Monogram Wreath for our front door a few months ago, but really want to do a wreath for the Christmas season. There are tons of great ideas out there and yet… I have still not decided what I am going to do.

Generally, I prefer to look at photos for ideas and inspiration. Then I usually get to the craft store and either put my own spin on someone else’s idea or just do something totally different. I guess we just have to wait and see…

In the mean time, here are some of the beautiful wreaths that I spotted on my photo-finding-Pinterest-mission:

This cute wreath was done with a few ornaments and Styrofoam balls wrapped with yarn over at Notes from the Republic (a fellow Houstonian).

via Notes from the Republic

This burlap wreath done by Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous is just darling.

via Craftaholics Anonymous

Cute Candy Cane Wreath

Jo-Ann’s Fabrics has a great online tutorial for this felt wreath

via Jo-Ann’s Fabrics

Brooke at All Things Thrifty made this adorable burlap wreath

via All Things Thrifty

Jen at Tatertots and Jello did this whimsical yet retro Striped Straw Wreath

via Tatertots and Jello

Although this wreath is made from birch cuttings, I love the idea of using the trunk of this year’s Christmas tree for this rustic wreath by Lu Bird Baby

via Lu Bird Baby

I also like this “not so traditional” wreath at The 36th Avenue

via The 36th Avenue

Then there is this Christmas Ornament wreath from Living Artfully

via Living Artfully

And I am really digging this Gold Holiday Wreath from Canadian Family Magazine.

What is it made of you ask? A foam wreath form and THUMB TACKS! I know… brilliant!

via Canadian Family

Which wreath is your favorite?