DIY Cedar Chandelier

I was blown away with the response I got on my DIY cedar chandeliers I made as part of our Christmas decor this year so I decided to write up a tutorial. It was super quick! Like 15 minutes quick. Bonus, your home will smell like fresh cedar. 😍 We have three pine trees in our sitting room and with all the fresh cedar in our dining room, (the rooms are connected) our downstairs literally smells like a forest.🌲

Now the details. I made a total of four cedar Chandeliers to hang above our dining room table. Two 8” and two 12”. In this tutorial I am show my you how to make an 8” chandelier, but the instructions below applies to all sizes. You’ll just need more cedar branches and a longer piece of floral wire for the bigger size.

Materials

Embroidery hoop
Floral wire
Scissors
Twine
Clip on candle holders
Christmas tree candles
Staple gun (to hang from the ceiling)

Step 1: Clip all your greenery. I used full branches of cedar about 14” long and clipped a few single pieces for fillers. For the 8” hoop you’ll need 2-3 branches and for the bigger hoop you’ll need 4-5 branches.

Step 2: Cut one piece of floral wire about 6’ long for the small hoop or 8’ long for the bigger hoop.

Step 3: Lay the hoop on a flat surface and place one of the branches along the hoop.

Tip: Cedar can easily be bent, but you have to be gentle while bending so it doesn’t snap the branch.

Step 4: Wrap the wire around the end of the branch, making a circle, then twist the wire to secure the end of the branch to the hoop. Similar to twisting a bread tie. See below.

Step 5: Continue to wrap the wire up the branch, weaving the wire in between the cedar while adding more cedar as you continue to wrap the floral wire.

Tip: Weaving the wire between the cedar will minimize the appearance of the floral wire as well as give you the draping look.

Step 6: When you have all the cedar secured to the hoop cut any excess wire and tuck the end of the floral wire under the cedar.

Step 7: Cut three pieces of twine to the desired length. I cut different lengths for each chandelier.

Step 8: Space the three pieces of twine making a triangle shape, then double knot the twine.

Step 9: Lifting the chandelier, make sure it is level. Once you have the chandelier level, tie the three pieces of twine together then cut any excess twine.

Step 10: Clip the candle holders to the chandelier, add a candle to each holder and hang the chandelier using a staple gun. You can also use a hook. CLICK HERE for details on the candle holders and CLICK HERE for details on the candles.

Aren’t they pretty? I am so in love with them.

Well friends, that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I would love to know what you think. Please tag me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns if you decide to make this. I would love to know! If you have any questions, please comment below or DM me on Instagram.

Until next time. Xo

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments

My sweet friend Kristy @creepingfigcottage (on Instagram) made these homemade ornaments and when I saw them I gasped! They were simple yet beautiful. So with her permission I asked if I could put her recipe on my blog for all of you.

If you have been following along on my Instagram then you probably know that I have talked about having a simple Christmas and these ornaments are simply perfect. Don’t you agree? 😍

So if you are looking for a fun and inexpensive holiday activity for the family then this is it my friends! I literally had everything on hand which means I spent zero dollars! 😱

Items Needed

1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of cornstarch
3/4 cup of water

Step 1: Add all the ingredients to a medium sized sauce pan and turn the burner to medium heat.

Step 2: Stir for a few minutes until you have a mashed potato like consistency. It took mine about 4 minutes to thicken.

Step 3: Pour the mix into a mixing bowl and cover with Sarah wrap or aluminum foil. Allow the mixture to cool completely. It took mine about 15-20 minutes to coo

Step 4: sprinkle some cornstarch on a cutting board and on the rolling pin you plan to use, then roll out the mix.

Tip: I sprinkled a little cornstarch on top of the mix as well because the dough was a little sticky.

Step 5: Cut out the ornaments using cookie cutters of your choice. I used a few different types. Then puncture a hole near the top. I used a shish kabob, like Kristy has suggested.

Step 6: Lay the ornaments on a cookie sheet and bake them for 1 hour at 175 degrees. Allow the ornaments to cool then use string or baking twine to hang.

That’s it! Definitely a simple and fun activity for the family.

I hope you enjoyed this post! A big thank you to Kristy @creepingfigcottage for sharing her recipe so I could share it with all of you.

Until next time. Xo

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Simple Holiday Decor – Deck the Halls Blog Hop

I would be lying if I told you I love winter. In fact, I feel the opposite. However, I do love the holidays, the extra time I get to spend with family, ALL THE FOOD, baking, and the first snow fall. ONLY the first one though. 😂

This year I decided to take a more simple approach with our holiday decor. I used a lot of items we already had on hand which made the hubby happy. That’s a win, win my friends! Honestly, I wanted to make this year and really every year moving forward about giving back. I want my children to know that Christmas is not about getting gifts, but about giving back.

Enough with the talk, right? Right!

Entryway

The Sitting Room

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Dining Room

After photographing the dining room I decided to add napkins, then decided no. 😂 But I did get the cutest shot of baby K trying to blow out the candles as he said, “oh, no!”

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Kitchen

Do you see that light fixture? 👆🏼We just had that put in and I am loving it! Way better than the old outdated ceiling fan for sure. 🙌🏼

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Well friends, that’s a wrap! I hope you found my post inspiring to start decorating for the holidays. Make sure to check out the other talented bloggers I teamed up with below. Click on any one of the pictures below to be directly taken to that bloggers site.

 

 

DIY Holiday Embroidery Hoop Wreaths

Wreath making is one of my favorite DIY projects to do. They are an easy way to decorate a space. Don’t you agree? Last winter is when I attempted my first embroidery hoop wreath and it was crazy easy! CLICK HERE for the details on that wreath. So I decided to attempt some holiday inspired embroidery hoops for the upcoming season.

For this post I made three simple designs using cedar clippings, and honestly I love them all. 😍 Bonus, I made all three in less than 30 minutes! Crazy fast, right?

I have made several wreaths using various types of greenery, but the greenery that has stood the test of time is cedar. The cedar wreaths I made last year lasted about a month before drying out. That’s a long time when your house has no moisture in the air. However, my florist told me to spray the cedar with a water bottle and that should prolong the life of the wreath. I hope that works!

Last year I made a flimsy cedar wreath (shown below) that I absolutely loved and I definitely intend to make one again, but for this post I used embroidery hoops as my base. If you want the details on the wreath I made last year CLICK HERE.

Below are the three designs I will cover in this post. 🌲

First things first, gather the materials. Please note, for the small wreath I used a 7″ embroidery hoop and for the large wreaths I used a 12″ hoop, but honestly you can use whatever size you want.

Large Hoop Wreath Materials

6 – 8″ cedar clippings
Floral wire
Scissors
Pliers
1 – 12″ embroidery hoop

Small Hoop Wreath Materials

2 – 8″ cedar clippings
Floral wire
Scissors
Pliers
1 – 7″ embroidery hoop

Accessories

Christmas tree candles
Clip on candle holders
Twine
Cow Bells

Once you have all your supplies gathered follow the below instructions. Please note, the instructions apply to both wreath sizes.

Step 1: Cut the cedar clippings.

Tip: If you don’t have easy access to any cedar trees, try calling your local florist. That’s how I get mine. 😊

Step 2: Take one of the cedar clippings and place it on the inside of the hoop.

Step 3: Secure the cedar clipping to the inside of the hoop with the floral wire.

For the small wreath, wrap a piece of wire, starting the wire in the center of the cedar clipping.

For the large wreath, wrap a piece of wire starting the wire about an inch from the end of the cedar clipping (shown below).

Tip: I recommend wrapping the wire at least 3 times around and pulling the wire while wrapping to make sure the wire is tight.

Step 4: Take a second cedar clipping and place it alongside the first one. Then repeat step 3.

If you are making the small wreath, you’re done! Just attach the clip on candle holder to the hoop and secure the candle to the candle holder. Then hang your new wreath!

I purchased the candle clips and candles from Amazon a few weeks ago, as I plan to clip them to our Christmas tree this year. 🌲Aren’t they cute?

 CLICK HERE for details on the Christmas tree candles and CLICK HERE for details on the clip on candle holders.

If you are making the large hoop wreath continue with the following instructions. 

Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 on the opposite side of the hoop, but do not let the ends of the cedar clippings touch. You’ll need about an inch of room for the candle clip or cow bell. The clip on candle holder will not clip to the hoop correctly if not. The space left for the candle clip/cow bell becomes the center of the wreath.

Step 6: To hide the wire I added a cedar clipping to each side on the outside of the hoop. For extra security I wrapped the floral wire on both ends of the outside cedar clipping.

Step 7: “Fluff” the cedar clippings after all pieces are secured to the hoop to make the pieces lay as desired.

Step 8: Add the accessories and hang your wreath!

For the candle wreath, clip the clip-on candle holder in the center of the hoop.

For the cow bell wreath, tie the cow bell to the center of the hoop using a piece of twine. My inspiration for this wreath came from Chip & Joanna’s new Hearth & Hand line at Target. 😍 Once I saw that wreath I knew I wanted to recreate it.

The cow bells were actually part of a door hanger I found at Michaels last year for $5.  I couldn’t find the exact same door hanger, but it looked something like this.

 

I cut the bells off the door hanger and voila!

And that’s a wrap! I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you have any questions or need clarification please comment below or message me on Instagram @acarriedaffairdesigns

Until next time. Xo