How to Create a DIY Holiday Wreath in 7 Easy Steps

I try to take inspiration from everywhere for new craft ideas, and this one came from my darling mother-in-law! She found a festive and easy way to create a fall wreath on Pinterest, which made me want one too! So after work the other day I stopped by Michaels and picked up the minimal essentials for my holiday wreath. And the beauty of it is that I can repurpose this wreath for every holiday, namely Christmas, Easter, 4th of July, etc. There is only one permanent aspect to the entire piece, so everything else can be switched out, saved and reassembled through each passing season. And let’s just say I am loving it – so nice to come home to a cheery door!

The Essentials

  1. Wreath: $4.99 from Michaels
  2. Wreath hanger: $2.99 from Michaels
  3. Bow: FREE, left over from my wedding
  4. Wooden initial: $2.99 from Michaels
  5. Decorative leaves: $1.99 from Michaels
  6. Spray paint: $1.97 with 40% off coupon from Michaels
  7. Hot glue gun: $3.99 with 50% off coupon from Michaels

All Your Materials

7 Easy Steps

Tie the Ribbon

First I tied the ribbon on. It has a wire twist-tie on the back that can be readjusted or removed. I’ll leave it on for the Christmas wreath though!

Spray Paint the Letter

Then I spray painted the initial. I wanted to allow ample time for it to dry, so I did this first and then came back to it after the next 2 steps.

Tuck in the Leaves

I then proceeded to tuck in all the leaves. I didn’t want them permanently in place, so utilizing all the twigs and crevices seemed my best bet. It worked well and gave me the flexibility I wanted for finding the right spots for each leaf.

LeavesandRibbon

After putting on all the leaves I tucked in a small gold piece of ribbon, also left over from my wedding. There wasn’t enough to go all the way around though, so it covers the left side – I quite like the asymmetry.

Apply the Hot Glue to the Letter

By this point the letter was dry, so I brought it back in from the patio and hot glued the back…all down the left side. (I love the gold color of the H because it fits every season!)

Attach the Letter with a Glue Gun

Then, no-brainer, I attached the letter to the wreath after positioning it in the perfect spot. This is now a permanent feature, which I love.

The Finished Look

And voila! The wreath is complete and now handing gorgeously on my door. And I’m already brainstorming an elaborate idea for Christmas…this first edition was more mellow, as a test run. Next year I may dress it up with pumpkins and who knows what else! If you love this idea, and would like to see other crafty posts, visit my DIY Projects page.

Advertisements

How to Add Flair to Your Dresser with Knobs

I am known for my massive wardrobe and obscene amount of clothing, so going into our first month of marriage, my husband and I realized that one dresser was simply not enough. So thankfully, Aaron’s parents generously gave us a dresser that they no longer needed. I absolutely love the color of the wood, but thought it may be fun to spruce it up with new chrome knobs. I had to borrow a few tools from my dad and make a trip to my local Target store, but this was probably one of the fastest and most satisfying projects I’ve accomplished in a while.

The Quick & Easy Process

1. First, I compiled all my supplies:

  • My dad let me borrow his drill and bits
  • The knobs came from Target for $9.99
  • Measuring tape and a pencil
  • Screwdriver

The Tools            Measuring Items

2. Then, I began measuring where the holes for the knobs would go. I decided on a standard width from the outside end of each side of the drawer and then measured that far in and made a mark. After that, I took the height of the drawer, divided it in half, and measured that amount in from the top and made a mark. The final result was a cross, with the center of both lines indicating where exactly to drill each hole, as seen below. [Note: I did this on both sides of each drawer, for a total of 10 knobs. And after making each mark I checked that the centers aligned for all the drawers.]

Measuring Process            Marking the Holes

3. After making the marks, I checked the back of the knob box to see if there was a suggested size for the drill bit, and thankfully there was, so I used the suggested size bit, put it in the drill, and mentally prepared myself for drilling. Sometimes I find myself being a tad girly! So after mustering up my confidence, I drilled away, one hole at a time. Easy as pie.

Knob Instructions

Drilling the Holes

4. Once the holes were drilled, I took the knobs and screws from their packaging, placed each screw into a hole and then used a screwdriver to tighten the knob in place.

Adding the Knob            Screwing in the Knob

The Finished LookAnd that’s it! Once you tighten all the knobs into place you’re finished. Like I said, this was a really quick and simple project, but the result makes such an impact. You should really consider this if you want to add a little flair and personality to your dresser. Oh, and dresser pulls or fancier knobs can also really make a statement – I just chose the simpler style to complement our other dresser’s knobs. See that project here.

Fireplace Candle Holders and Wall Decor Flowers

Candle HoldersThis weekend my hubby and I went to our local Goodwill for the first time. There was a sad selection…with the exception of a super rad set of candle holders. I spotted them on a shelf and knew I had to have them. And…it was only $10 for the pair, plus an applied discount from my rewards card. A clear win if I do say so myself! They’ve made their home in front of our fireplace. Now all we need are some candles to go with them.

The second fabulous find this weekend was actually a surprise from my husband. He knew I wanted this set of 25 wall flowers from Silver and the City. I may have mentioned it to him a few times (or seven) in the past few months. So, after church we drove to Mass Ave and walked into the store determined to find this lovely little set of wall decor. However, my heart almost broke because we couldn’t find them – they had been on sale for a few months. But, by shear fate, and Aaron’s searching skills, we found the last box of black flowers on a shelf, hidden at the back. I was thrilled, and even more enthused when we rung up at the cash register and the set was only $12.50. I put them up in our bedroom this afternoon and they look wonderful!

Wall Flower Collage