DIY Fresh Pine & Seeded Eucalyptus Christmas GarlandΒ 

So this was my first attempt at making a garland with fresh greenery. I will tell you that using pine is sticky, but to me it is so worth the extra scrub when washing your hands.
I initially was going to buy a garland, but the sites I visited sell them for $40 all the way up to $200. 😳 To me that’s a lot of money when it only lasts about a month if you have it inside your house. It would last a couple weeks longer outside where there is more moisture, but that’s it.

The total cost of the garland was $18. I purchased the pine and seeded eucalyptus at a local florist. The pine was $7 and the seeded eucalyptus was $11. I had all the other materials on hand. If you have access to pine or eucalyptus trees then you could make this for free. I’ll say it again, FREE!! Heck yeah! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ Even if you have to purchase the clippings, you’re still saving a ton of money if you were to buy one. 😁

Note, This makes a 16 foot long thin garland. I draped my garland and had 5 feet in total of it hanging down the posts. 30 inches on each post. Since I made the garland thin, it only required 1 bunch of pine & seeded eucalyptus. If you want more volume you might need more. It all depends on how long you want it.

Now let’s talk materials.

Garland Materials:

  • 1 – bunch of pine clippings
  • 1 – bunch of seeded eucalyptus clippings
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Optional: 5lb command strips and hooks

If you plan on hanging your garland I would recommend using 5 lb. Command strips & hooks so it’s easy cleanup when you take the garland down and you won’t have to put nails or staples into your wall or staircase banister. I hung the garland up our banister.

Doesn’t it look pretty? 😍

Now that you have all your materials gathered it’s time to make the garland.

Step 1: Cut all your pine & seeded eucalyptus into 6 to 8 inch long clippings. I left 2-3 inches of the branch to connect them.


Step 2: Take one clipping and overlap a second clipping about half way up the first clipping.

Tip: Cut all the wire strips first. So you can keep going. This saved me a ton of time. My wire clippings were about 4-5 inches long.


Step 3: Wrap the wire around the clippings where you overlapped them and pull it tight as you are wrapping the wire. I did cut all the wire first. The picture below is for demonstration purposes only.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 until you achieve your desired garland length.

Note: If you are not hanging the garland you can skip step 5.

Step 5: Hang the garland using the Command strips and hooks. I used the bow to cover the hook. Clever huh?! ☺️

Step 6: wedge the seeded eucalyptus in between the clippings where the wire is. You can also attach the seeded eucalyptus with wire, but wedging it in saves time.

If you want to add a bow check out my DIY burlap bow tutorial. I posted the it a few weeks ago. Click here for the instructions.

Now sit back and admire your garland. 😊

This project took me about 35 minutes total. So all you moms out there could have a beautiful garland completed before nap time is even over. Score!

Well friends, thats it for this post. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and feel inspired to make your own Christmas garland. You can’t go wrong with an $18 fresh garland.

Happy Holidays to you and yours.πŸŽ…πŸ» Until next time friends. Xoxo

DIY Simple Cedar Wreath

One of my favorite things about Christmas is the scents. Cranberry, pine, cinnamon, and cedar. I relate all those scents to Christmas, like I’m sure that most of you do.
I grew up on a farm where pine trees were everywhere. I remember I would go out in our front yard and pick up the fallen pine cones for my mom, who would then use them for crafting. I miss those days. Living in the city has its drawbacks.

There are no pine or cedar trees in our yard, so I had to purchase cedar clippings from a local florist. The scent of cedar took over my car and I was instantly taken back to my childhood home picking up pine cones in my front yard and betting my brother who could climb the highest this time. Even though it’s not the same as getting the clippings from my front yard, it was a nice trip down memory lane and good to know I can purchase cedar and pine clippings from my local florist for $7 a bunch.

When I purchased the clippings I knew I wanted to attempt a wreath without using a wire support. My goal was a simply flimsy natural wreath. Well, I can happily say I successfully completely my wreath and it is exactly what I wanted. It’s simple and elegant. Just how I envisioned it. The best part is it took me 20 Minutes to complete!

Now you want to make one don’t you? Of course you do!

Below are the step-by-step directions, but first you need to gather all the materials.

Materials:
1 – bunch of cedar clippings
Wire
Scissors
Pliers
7/8 inch ribbon (optional)

Step 1: Cut all your clippings around the same length. I cut mine into 8 inches, roughly. I didn’t use a ruler. I simply eyed it.

Step 2: Take one clipping and overlap a second clipping about half way up the first clipping.

Step 3: Wrap the wire around three time (pull tight) where the clippings overlap.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2-3 until you achieve your desired size.

Step 5: Connect the two ends by wrapping wire around them. Wrap the the wire at least three times and make sure the wire is tight.

Step 6: This step is optional. Tie a bow on the bottom of the wreath with ribbon. I used white ribbon.

That’s it! This project took me less than 20 minutes to put the wreath together. I wish I could it took the same or less time to decide where I want to hang it. πŸ˜‚

Well that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and feel inspired to make your own. You can’t go wrong with a $7 wreath that is simple and elegant. If you have access to cedar trees then this wreath would be essentially free. πŸ‘πŸΌ

Until next time. Xo

Holiday Inspired Burlap Bow Tutorial

I learned a lot from my mom when I was growing up. She encouraged me to be creative and be myself in everything I do. She gave me the confidence to turn my vision into something tangible. Because of her I am a maker, a creator, an experimenter. With that said, I know what I am good at and I know what I am not so good at. Well folks, bow making is one of those things I’m not so good at. I have tried. Lord knows I have tried, but to no avail I always end up angry with no bow.

How do you do it mom?!?! Tell me! I swear she is a magician! Well, I’m not a magician, so I had to get creative. If you feel the same way about bow making, but still love them, then I am about to make your day!

See this bow? Or should I say faux bow? Yeah I made this. Bonus, there was no looping, knotting, or cursing taking place while doing it. 😬

Now it’s your turn!

Materials:

  • 1.75 yards of 2.5 inch thick wired burlap ribbon 
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun & glue sticks
  • 2 – Rubber bands or hair ties

Tip: I would recommend purchasing a spool of ribbon. I purchased a 25 ft spool for $5.50 at Joann Fabrics. You don’t have to purchase the entire spool, but I would highly recommend Buying ribbon that has wired edges. Wired edges will make it so much easier to reshape the bow after it’s been packed away for a few months. I made this bow three years ago and it has held up beautifully.

Step 1: Cut the burlap into the desired lengths. I made my bow for a 26 inch wreath so I decided on these lengths.

  • 4 – 10 inch
  • 2 – 8 inch
  • 1 – 5 inch

    Step 2: Take two of the 10 inch pieces and fold them in half then overlap the two folded pieces. There should only be about 1 inch of overlap. Note, only do this for 2 of the 4 10-inch pieces. The other two 10 inch pieces are for the tail of the bow.Step 3: Using a rubber band or in my case a hair tie and wrap the band around the center where the pieces are overlapping until you can not wrap the bands anymore.

    Tip: I didn’t have rubber bands on hand so I improvised. I would recommend using rubber bands though. Only because the nude color blends in better with burlap.

    Step 4: Repeat steps 2 & 3 for the 8 inch pieces.

    Step 5: Place the 10 inch banded piece on the table upright, apply glue on the band, then set the smaller banded piece on top of it to secure them together. The bands should be touching each other (centered).Step 6: Take the 5 inch piece and fold the edges down (this is the center of the bow and will hide the rubber bands). Attach one of the ends to the back side of the bow with glue.

    Step 7: Wrap the 5 inch piece around the center. Make sure to wrap it somewhat tight, but not too tight. Once you are happy with the placement, glue the back. Cut off any excess of the 5 inch piece.Step 8: Take one of the two remaining 10 inch pieces and fold one of the ends. While holding the end together, take the scissors (starting at the end with the two edges) and make a diagonal cut upwards. Do this for the last 10 inch piece as well. These two make up the tail of the bow.Step 9: Lay the tail down with the back side facing up. Take the other end of the tail and fold both sides in making a triangle. Glue it down. Repeat this for the the other tail piece.

    Step 10: With the right side facing up, apply a small amount of glue to the peak of the triangle end of the tail and attach the center of the back side of the bow. Repeat this for the second tail piece.Step 11: Let the glue dry, and shape your bow as desired. You’re done!I glued my bow to my DIY wreath, but you could do so many things with this bow such as use it as a Christmas tree topper, for a table settings, or attach to a lantern to give it that holiday touch. The possibilities are endless!        I would have to say this is one of the easiest DIY projects I have ever done. It took me about 15 minutes to complete and the clean up was easy!

    Well that’s it for this tutorial. I really hope you enjoyed it and leave here inspired to create. Happy Holidaying friends! Until next time. Xoxo

    Holiday Hospitality

     I don’t know about you, but hosting & accommodating people are some of my favorite things to do. I like to make people feel important. When I have guests stay over I don’t ever want them to feel as an inconvenience. So this year I decided to go the extra mile. πŸ˜„

    If you have guests staying with you, they will probably need to shower at some point. Well, at least let’s hope so! When that time comes you don’t want to make your guests feel like they are inconveniencing you when they ask what shampoo, conditioner they can use, or if you have extra floss or toiletries. Well if you want to be extra hospitable this holiday season I have a few tips & tricks and the best part it can be free! Well, it was free for me because I had everything on hand. If you are an avid “crafter” then it will probably be free for you too! Yay!

    So you know when you go to the dentist and they give you a free toothbrush and floss? Yeah, you’ll need to go dig that out of your junk drawer because you’re going to need them. Also, dig out any free toiletries or samples (shampoo, conditioner, face wash) that you have acquired over this past year. I use to be a Birch Box member, so I have a ton of samples on hand that I have not used yet.

    After I gathered all my samples, I dug out some average size mason jars, took the lids off and applied the wire handle. I was planning on doing something else with them, which is why I had them on hand, but thought this was a better idea. If you don’t already have these you can buy a set of three at Target for $3.99. They are with all the canning supplies and jars. You could also get creative and use twine or ribbon.

    I pulled these blank tags and gift toppers from our Christmas supply bin. Then I used paper rope to tie them onto the jars. I opted to write “Help yourself” on the blank tags with a Sharpie marker, but you can skip this step if you don’t have the tags. You could also write “for our guest”, “be our guest”or any other thing that tickles your fancy.

    Tip: I scored the toppers last year after Christmas for $1.50 at Target. I always buy my Christmas supplies after the holiday. Everything is at least 50% off if not more afterwards. Crazy good deal!

    After I tied the tag and topper on, I put my samples: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, and floss in each jar and hung on a hook in our guest bathroom. I added the wreaths for the holiday season. You can get them at Hobby Lobby for $2 each. I got them for 50% off last year. Another savings win!

    Tip: Try to use gender neutral samples if you are having men and women staying with you.

    I already had the hooks in the guest bathroom, which is why I opted for the wire handle, but if you do not have hooks, simply keep the lid, apply the twine, tag, and gift topper and set them on the sink. It is the thought that counts! Not only does it say hospitable, it also makes your guests feel important. 😊

    On a separate shelf I had other accommodating items that guests normally forget about grabbing. Soap, q-tips, cotton balls, bath bombs, and sponges. However, the sponges are for display only so I’ll make sure to set out a wash cloth with the hand towel, and bath towel.

    Tip: Set two towels out for each guest, just in case they like to use one for their hair and one for their body. If you have a robe, set that out too.

    Doesn’t this look so inviting? I hope my guests feel the same way. We shall see!

    Well, I really hope you enjoyed my post and you leave here inspired by my tips and tricks to make your home guest ready for the upcoming holidays. Until next time friends. Xoxo