One quick trip to Micheal’s, a 50% off price tag during a Thanksgiving sale and voila a wreath is born! No extra materials needed other than the berry stems themselves. The stems are made of flexible wire so you just wrap them around each other forming a circle and there you have it. Really, it was that easy. I guess simplicity was the theme for this year. A 3 month old baby and 3 year old toddler will definitely make you rethink your time table.
My motto: always start your shopping at the bargain stores then splurge a little on things you couldn’t find there with the money you’ve saved. This display is another part of my Gold and White Christmas theme and my absolute favorite. It is funny how I have always fought using colors beyond the traditional green and red, but last year with my friend’s White Christmas decor I was inspired. It has a more whimsical feel and also adds a bit of sophistication to the holiday…well as sophisticated as one can be with two boys taking over your home. This would have been something I would have loved to put on a fireplace mantle but the 3 inch space we have would not allot for that type of decor. It worked out, though since it is a wonderful welcoming vision as you enter our home. After a few days of admiring the decorating, I realized that it would be an awesome center piece at a table for a glammed up holiday party. Depending on the length of the table, you could double or triple the pieces along the length of the table. The gift boxes could be at each place setting and have a little treat inside. I always go with edible since, in my book, it is the cheapest most valuable gift you can give. Now that may also be just because I surround myself with people who love to eat.
The cost of this display was approximately $15. The glitter cones were $0.99 each at the 99 Cents Only Store. The presents, which I confess are empty, were $0.99 each at The Dollar Tree. The white “candle holders” and bases for my pomanders (the balls of paper roses) were from Goodwill and Salvation Army (my other go to stores). The pomanders took quite some time to make and I plan to make a tutorial video on how to make the paper roses. The burlap runner was leftover from my baby shower. I tied the ends with leftover raffia. The candles are from Michael’s and were a splurge. Aside from the pomanders, I literally just threw everything on the table and called it a display (ha ha).
If there were ever a time where I made the most out of old things I had lying around, this is the ultimate. I was rummaging through one of my unorganized boxes of leftover ribbon from various events and I found a spool of gold and white rope-like string. Despite the fact that I had absolutely no idea how I would use it, I was overjoyed as it was in the color scheme of my Christmas decor. In one of my Micheal’s binges, I purchased two circular bases that are probably for floral arrangements with the intent on making wreaths. I sat and sat and just stared at my supplies and then I had an idea and so I began wrapping. It was the silliest simple idea and it has to be one of my favorite pieces of this Christmas.
Although this technique would work on anything that could be wrapped, the flat shape of this particular base made it easy to work with and prevented me from running out of string.
Take any spool of string, yarn, or even ribbon and well, just begin wrapping. Please make sure you have enough because this can take quite a while depending on the diameter of your base and it would be terrible to get close to the end and run out (I was praying the whole time I was wrapping). The string should be taut as you pull and wrap around. Make sure that there is no open space between the layers for full coverage and voila, a wreath that appears to be covered in fabric!