Spring & Easter Décor

Although it doesn't feel like spring in Richmond, the flowers blooming in our front yard are reminding me that warmer weather is not far behind. daffodil & snow

I love springtime and all of the colors that come with it.  There are so many ways to chase away the winter blues and brighten up the spaces within your home.  I've gathered a few ideas that I hope will give you some inspiration.

I often think about decorating our dining room chandelier around Christmastime, but what about for Easter?  You could use ribbon, greenery, Easter eggs, or whatever else you have on hand to dress up your chandelier.

spring Easter egg chandelier

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If you want to keep your décor on the table try combining pastels and bright colors.  Using a mix of flowers, patterns, and colors will make your table feel fresh and inviting.  Also, don’t forget to add details to other pieces in the room – did you notice the purple ribbon on these chairs?

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I also really like the look of using a monochromatic color scheme when setting a tablescape.  This assortment of yellow tulips and daffodils is simple and sweet, but the tiered arrangement in small containers keeps it interesting.

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Instead of buying new flowers from the store every week, try using what is blooming in your yard.  Forsythia, dogwood, and cherry blossom branches are great to bring inside and use in tall vases.  They also make perfect Easter trees!

Easter egg tree

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Another option is to take branches without any blooms and spray paint them a fun color, or colors.  Place them in a pretty vase and add spring-themed adornments, or leave them as is for an understated accessory.

butterfly tree

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If you want something that will last throughout the season, and can even be reused for years to come, try these adorable ribbon topiaries.  Mix and match the colors you want to coordinate perfectly with your décor.

ribbon topiaries

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Spring is the perfect time to refresh your mantel.  I found two ideas for using a picket fence as a focal point on the mantel.  Here, the fence is kept in its wood tone for a natural look.  The paper wreath keeps the natural feel while the flowers add a little bit of color.

spring mantel
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The bright and fun mix of colors on this mantel would carry these decorations into summertime as well.  I love the “Hello, Sunshine!” message too.  How could that not put a smile on your face?

spring mantel

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Another great place to add a touch of spring décor is your front door.  I love this rustic wreath, tied with an oversized burlap bow.

rustic spring wreath
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If you want a colorful wreath, I always love the yarn wreaths.  They can be adorned with flowers, branches, birds, or other ribbon, and the color choices and combinations are endless.

spring yarn wreath

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º What spring decorations are you putting up in your home?

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Fabric Christmas Tree & Other Decorations

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With Christmas only a few days away, I wanted to share the one Christmas craft I created this year. fabric Christmas tree on mantel

Last year, I created three wreaths and used a red and silver color scheme to decorate our mantel.

merry mantel polariod

This year, I wanted to switch this up, and the idea started with creating a fabric Christmas tree.

For the project, I started with these supplies:

fabric Christmas tree supplies

- a 28” x 22” canvas (spray painted silver) - 6 different green fabrics (I purchased ½ yard of each, but would have been fine with ¼ yard) - a silver star - silver ribbon - red pom pom ribbon

After spray painting the canvas and waiting for it to dry, the first step was to cut strips of the fabric that would form the layers of the Christmas tree.  I cut 4” strips of each of the fabrics.

fabric Christmas tree strips

Once the strips were cut, I was ready to glue them on the canvas.  I left room at the bottom to add the tree ‘trunk’.  I allowed for a 1” overlap of each layer, meaning that you would see 3” of each strip.  I also left room at the top to add the star.  To keep my line of hot glue straight, I measured and marked a straight line with a pencil.

fabric Christmas tree pencil line

I worked in 3”-4” wide sections at a time (so the glue wouldn't dry) and just tried  to scrunch and press the fabric to the glue.  I wanted it to create a sort of ruffle-y, skirt-like feel.

fabric Christmas tree glue step

As I worked my way up the tree, I had to trim some of the excess fabric off of the end of the strips.  I waited until I had glued it down though to make sure I had enough fabric.

trimming fabric

Once all of the layers were glued on to the canvas, I was ready to add a few embellishments.  I used the red and silver ribbon and attached them to the canvas with festive pearlized straight pins I found in my scrapbooking supplies.

fabric Christmas tree embellishments

Before attaching the star to the top of the tree, I decided it needed a darker background (instead of the silver canvas) so that it would stand out.  I cut a small section of one of the fabrics and scrunched and glued that to the top of the tree.  I then added the star (with hot glue) to complete the tree.

fabric Christmas tree star

The last step was to add the ‘trunk’.  I found a piece of brown wood-grain scrapbook paper and cut it to fit under the tree.  The fabric Christmas tree was ready for our mantel!

fabric Christmas tree

Christmas mantelTo complement the tree I added a few decorations we already had and purchased a few new ones to complete the space.  I started with our silver lantern and a green vase.  In the lantern, I changed out our normal green candle and added the red and silver one.  Into the green vase went silver twisty branches.  I also added a sparkly silver tree ornament and a clay nativity scene that my mom gave us a few years ago (from Ten Thousand Villages).  The two new decorations on this side of the mantel are two ornaments I found at Target - the sparkly Santa-gnome and his sparkly polar bear.

Christmas mantel detail

Christmas nativity

On the other side of the mantel I added height with the mountain-man nutcracker (one of Andrew’s favorites!) and the clear vase with red and silver tinsel and more sparkly branches and embellishments.  I then layered in the reindeer, silver pine cones, another sparkly tree ornament, and a small wind-up snowman (a gift from my dad, I’m sure ;) ).  The only new item on this side of the mantel is the silver and white penguin - sparkly, of course!

Christmas mantel detail

The only things I did keep the same as last year are the red pom pom garland and our stockings.

Christmas stockings

Christmas mantel

I love the collected and colorful feel our mantel has this year.  And I’m happy with how the fabric Christmas tree creates a nice focal point.

Fabric Christmas Tree on a mantel

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Christmas tray

I love the plate the nesting Santas are sitting on.  It has four snowmen dressed in different ethic outfits and around the rim of the plate is “Merry Christmas” in different languages.  My mom picked it out for me a few years ago when I was still teaching Spanish.

nesting santas

For next Christmas, two things I would like to add to our decorations are a new bow, or other tree topper, and a new wreath for our front door.

I want to wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday season.  We’ll be enjoying time with friends and family and holding everyone extra close this year.  May your Christmas and 2013 be filled with many blessings!

° What is your favorite holiday tradition?

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Easy Holiday Decorating

Do you tend to decorate for the holidays throughout the season, or do you prefer to put everything out in one day?  Whatever your preference, here are a few easy holiday decorating tips to help jump start your holiday décor. Christmas family room

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Pillows

Pillows are a fun way to add color or sparkle to a room.  Swap out your everyday pillows in the family room, living room, or bedrooms with fun, holiday pillows.  Choose traditional red pillows:

Holiday pillows

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Neutral pillows:

neutral holiday pillows

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Or a modern pattern with a little added sparkle:

snowflake pillow

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Candles

Candles are another easy thing to switch out around the house for the holidays.  Whether you have tapers in the dining room or pillars on the mantel, replacing your everyday candles with more festive ones is a small detail that will make a big impact.

Follow this tutorial for wrapping candles to create a custom look in your space.

christmas candles

Try mixing things up and using candles with non-traditional shapes to coordinate with your decorations.

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I love all things that glitter and sparkle.  To make your own glittery candles, check out this tutorial.

glitter candles

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Trays

If you have a tray that you normally keep out, it doesn't necessarily have to be put away for the holidays.  Dress it up with pretty ornaments and vases for a beautiful coffee table display.

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Color-coordinate a tray to your accessories and use it on a bar or sideboard while entertaining.

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If you don’t know how to style a tray or if you don’t think you have anything to decorate it with, check out this tray makeover from Fern Creek Cottage.

rustic tray

Andrew and I did buy and decorate our Christmas tree this weekend.  Other than that though, we haven’t done much decorating.  I’m more of a ‘decorate throughout the holidays’ kind of gal.  I do have a few craft projects that I’m planning, so I’ll be sure to share as they are completed.

º What decorations have you started with this year?

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Thankful

With Thanksgiving upon us and the hustle and bustle that comes with the holiday season, I wanted to take a few moments today and reflect on a few things that I am thankful for. My Family

I feel so blessed to have a loving and caring family.  They have all been so supportive of my career change, and I am thankful for their love and encouragement.  From my immediate family, to the in-laws, to the extended family, to those near and far, it is such a comfort to know that we have loved ones to share the holidays, and ‘everydays’, with.  I am especially thankful for the little ones – our niece and nephews – who, with their giggles, smiles, and ‘darndest things’ that they say, are constant reminders of the important things in life.

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niece & nephew

My Friends

Old and new, I am thankful to have a circle of friends that are kind, caring, and fun.  There are so many important things to do and be in life, but I truly believe that being a good friend is one of the top things on that list. There is nothing like reminiscing about old memories and making new ones with great friends.  To all of my wonderful friends: thank you for being such a special part of my life!

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Colors

Yes, I love color.  I get to work with color on a daily basis and I love helping others bring color into their lives.  Color can affect mood, and the right combinations of color can be stunningly beautiful.  I am thankful to live in a world full of lovely colors!

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Facebook

It sounds silly, I know, but, I am thankful for Facebook.  Facebook has allowed me to reconnect with old friends, teammates, and classmates.  It lets me see pictures of friends’ families and babies, it also allows me to support local businesses and join causes I’m passionate about, and it provides breaking news faster than Usain Bolt can run 100 meters.  From friends that live five minutes away to those that are halfway around the world, Facebook provides a vehicle to stay connected with those we care about.  Besides, where else could I post pictures like this ;)?

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Dessert

Hello, my name is Cathy, and I’m a dessert-a-holic.  It’s true.  I don’t try to hide it.  To me, desserts are certainly something to be thankful for.  They really do make each day a little sweeter!

shyndigz cake

Shyndigz cake

Lastly, I am thankful for you – my readers!  You have been so supportive and encouraging and I am thankful for every reader, comment, email, and Facebook like!

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving – be sure to enjoy the dessert :) !

º What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

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Blogoversary

Today marks the one year anniversary of the Cathy Green Interiors blog! birthday cake

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Over the past year, I have shared ideas, inspiration, crafts, DIY projects, and much more.  To celebrate the blogoversary, I wanted to recap my 10 favorite posts from the past year.

1.  My first post ~ Sweet Frog Mood Board

Dessert was the inspiration for my first blog post!  I created a mood board for a welcoming blue and yellow foyer.  With a giveaway to Sweet Frog, I hoped to bribe readers into following my blog ;)!

2.  Merry Mantel

I participated in my first link party with our red and silver mantel.  Leading up to this post, I also gave tutorials for the three wreaths (here, here, and here) and for the Pom Pom Christmas Tree.

3.  Cous Cous Inspired Bedroom

Another mood board and another giveaway!  I had so much fun searching for all of the Moroccan themed items for this bedroom.

cous cous inspired bedroom4.  Fabulous Side Chair Facelift

My sister, Beth, and I worked hard to reupholster her antique store find.  I have received numerous comments on this post asking me about her fabric and where to find it (we purchased at Williams & Sherrill); we must have made a good choice!

reupholstered chair

5. My First Guest Post ~ for Saffron Marigold

I was excited to write a guest post for another blog!  Saffron Marigold has so many beautiful hand printed linens, and their Chasing Butterflies bedspread was the jumping off point for this bohemian girl’s chic bedroom.

Bohemian Butteflies Bedroom mood board6.  Dining Room Reveal

Andrew and I spent about 12 hours stenciling our dining room.  Even though it was a lot of hard work, we love how it turned out!

Blue stenciled dining room7.  Style Trend ~ Neon

Neon isn’t just for the 1980s!  It is back in fashion and in home décor.  From pillows and lighting to artwork and accessories, there are so many ways to bring a fun pop of color into your home.

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8.  Filing Cabinet Makeover

I made organizing fun by turning a regular filing cabinet into an attractive accent piece of furniture.  This project was also featured on the blog Mod Podge Rocks!

Mod Podged filing cabinet

9.  Color Trend ~ Gray

Gray is the new beige, and it is a wonderfully versatile neutral.  It was fun to search for pictures of gray rooms paired with mint green, purple, coral, and yellow.

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10.  Chippenham Playroom Project ~ Voting & Dedication Ceremony

Working with A Small Comfort to redo the children’s playroom at Chippenham Medical Center was an honor.   There were so many dedicated people that helped make the room transform into a special place for the children and their families.

playroom art wall

Thank you to everyone who has read, and continues to read my blog.  My transition from teaching high school into the design world has been exciting and I am thankful for all of the support that I have received along the way.

Here’s to another great year!

º  Which was your favorite post? º  Any requests for year two of the blog?

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Patchwork Welcome Sign

This week, I decided that it was time to put away our spring/summer ‘Welcome’ sign and make a new one for the fall.  I planned to make a patchwork ‘Welcome’ sign this time, and here are the supplies that I started with for the project: mod podge patchwork supplies

Clockwise, starting at the top:

-craft paint -Mod Podge -ribbon -8”x8” canvas -letter stickers -paint brushes -8 coordinating sheets of scrapbook paper

For the first step, I tackled the sides of the canvas.  I thought it would be tricky to wrap and Mod Podge the paper around the edges of the canvas.  Instead, I decided paint the edges and picked a color (Folk Art Basil Green) that complimented the papers.

painted sides

Step two was to cut out two 2” x 2” squares for each of the eight pieces of scrapbook paper.

patchwork paper squares

Once they were all cut out, I played with the arrangement and found a pattern that I liked.

patchwork paper squares template

Next, I taped together four squares at a time to form strips of the paper.  I then taped the four strips together to connect all of the ‘patches’.

taping the patchwork squares

With the papers taped together, I was ready to Mod Podge!  I find that giving the paper (or fabric) a top coat of Mod Podge before adhering it to a surface makes the paper easier to work with.  It does not take long to apply the Mod Podge – a few minutes – but always be sure to allow for ample drying time – about 1 hour.  Adding coats of Mod Podge to a surface that is not completely dry can lead to a finished product that feels sticky.

mod podge prep layer

Once my top coat was dry, I was ready to adhere the paper to the canvas.  I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the canvas and a layer to the back of the paper.

mod podge bottom layers

For the next step, it is important to work quickly.  I placed the paper on the canvas and worked to smooth out the paper.  I used my hands and a drug store rewards card I had on hand to smooth any bubbles and wrinkles out of the paper.

mod podge smoothed out

After smoothing out the wrinkles, the sign was ready for a top coat of Mod Podge.

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When the first top coat was completely dry, I put the stickers in place and then added two more coats of Mod Podge (allowing each coat to fully dry).  The last step was to staple the ribbon to the back of the canvas, tie it in a bow, and hang it on the door!

stapled ribbon

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I also added a little owl that I picked up at Michael’s for $1.99. (Funny – if you buy the fall décor items when it’s actually fall, they’re on sale!)

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patchwork welcome sign

What fall projects have you been working on?

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Spring Décor & Crafts

With Easter just a few days away I’ve been feeling encouraged to do a spring craft project.  While searching for inspiration, I found so many cute ideas. A mantel decorated with pastel colors, shimmery thread, and flowers is elegant and classy.

easter mantel

Martha Stewart

Here is a mantel that uses natural elements and bright colors to create a shabby / chic feel.

easter mantel

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If you need a simple project, one that could be done with your children, check out this Easter egg garland made from paint chips.  Any patterned or colorful paper would work for this project.

easter egg garland

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If you’re looking for a unique centerpiece idea, use this tutorial to design your own custom vases.  Mix and match colors and flowers to create the feel you desire.

DIY spring flowers and vases

A Little Lavish

For my spring décor project, I decided we needed a door decoration for our front door.  Since I made so many wreaths at Christmas time (here, here, & here), I went in search of other ways to embellish the front door.

The first one I found was this umbrella overflowing with tulips and Easter eggs.

umbrella door decor

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Next, I found this adorable watering can that is also overflowing with tulips and Easter eggs.  (Can you tell what I’m drawn to?)

watering can door decor

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While I loved both of these, I was worried about how wide they would be.  We have a glass door in front of our main door, and I was not sure that something like one these would fit.

I decided to make a trip to Michael’s to see what I could find.

Combined with a few things I already had and a few items I found at Michael’s, here are the supplies I started with for the project:

Mod Podge door plaque supplies

Clockwise, starting with the stickers and circling in:

Alphabet stickers Paint brush ‘Tangerine’ craft paint Mod Podge Colorful paper Ribbon Wooden bird Sponge brushes Wooden plaque

My plan was to create a ‘Welcome’ plaque for the front door.  I have wanted to try Mod Podge, so I figured this was the perfect project to give it a shot.

Mod Podge is a glue, sealer, and finish all in one product that allows you to create and decoupage crafty projects.  Mod Podge can be used with paper, wood, fabric, furniture, and many other items.  They even make a glow-in-the-dark Mod Podge! Check out Mod Podge Rocks for more details and inspiration.

My first step was to paint the outer edge of the wood plaque.  I did not want to try to wrap the paper over the lip of the plaque, so I decided to paint it a coordinating color.

Mod Podge door plaque step1

From there, I followed these instructions from An Altered Obsession for Mod Podging.  Jenna is very thorough in her explanation, and she gives detailed step-by-step instructions and some very helpful tips.

After the last layer was dry, I glued on the bird (which I also Mod Podged), threaded the ribbon through 2 holes that Andrew drilled for me, and tied it to the front door:

Mod Podge door plaque

I love how it turned out and look forward to being ‘welcomed’ every time I come home!

Mod Podge door plaque

I've decided that Mod Podge is my new favorite crafting item, and I cannot believe that I’ve waited this long to discover it!  I will certainly be using it for future projects.

º What spring / Easter craft items have you created this year? º Have you Mod Podged?

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DIY Canvas Art

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I want to share with you one of my favorite presents to give this year.  From making my Christmas wreaths and other holiday decorations, I was in the crafting mood, so I decided to paint canvases for a few family members.

Here is the finished product of the first one I completed:

DIY canvas art

For the projects, I used:

• Various sizes of canvases • Craft paint • Paint brushes • Stickers • Painter’s tape

First, I painted the canvas the ‘base color’ – the color I wanted to show through as the letters.  For this canvas the base color was ‘purple yam’ - satin finish - from the Martha Stewart line of acrylic craft paint.

(After I took the picture, I decided to paint the sides of the canvas the same color as well.)

Once the base color was dry, I placed the stickers on the canvas.  I also used painter’s tape to cover the sides.

Once I was happy with the placement of the stickers, I applied the top coat.  For the top coat, I used Martha Stewart brand, ‘mother of pearl’ - pearl finish.  (It is showing up a little silvery in the pictures, but it is really more of a true pearl color.)  Here is the canvas with one coat of ‘mother of pearl’.

I painted three coats of the ‘mother of pearl’ in order to have the complete coverage that I wanted.

Once the last coat was dry, I was ready to remove the stickers.  This was the exciting part!  I realized however, that some of the ‘mother of pearl’ had bled underneath the stickers onto the ‘purple yam’ :(.

I was able to easily touch it up with a small paint brush and a steady hand.  (For the next canvas though, I decided to add a step:  Once the stickers were in place, I applied one more coat of the base layer over the stickers.  This ensured that any bleed through was that of the base color and not the top color.)

Here is the first canvas all touched up:

DIY canvas art

The ‘passion’ canvas was for my sister.  She is starting to re-do their downstairs bathroom and this will coordinate perfectly with the new color scheme.

Here is another canvas that I used the same ‘sticker method’ to create.  This one was for my sister-in-law.  Her favorite color is pink and her nickname is ‘Sparkle’ (well deserved), so I knew she would love it!

DIY canvas art

I also painted two other canvases using a more free-hand method.  I found images and clip art online to help guide me.  I also used a pencil to sketch it out first, as I was not quite confident enough to dive in with the paint brush right away!

The first one was for my mom.  It says: “Faith, Hope, Love”.  She is very interested in both the Chinese and Irish cultures, so I used the Chinese symbol for ‘Hope’ and the Gaelic word for ‘Love’.

DIY canvas art, faith hope love

The last canvas I painted was a pictogram.  Can you guess who I gave it to?  (I’ve blacked out the part at the bottom that would give it away.)  I had to be a little creative to come up with this one, but I really like how it turned out!

DIY canvas art, pictogram

I love to give personalized gifts, and these canvases were fun to make and fairly easy to create.  The hardest part was just waiting for each coat to dry in between layers!

º Who do you think I gave the pictogram to? º Did you give or receive any DIY gifts this year?

We Three Wreaths ~ #3

To complete the holiday wreath tutorials, here are the directions for the third and final wreath ~ the feather wreath.

(ribbon wreath tutorial here; yarn wreath tutorial here)

The feather wreath was the easiest of them all, but followed similar steps as the other two.

These are the supplies I used (all purchased at Michael's):

• 6” Styrofoam wreath • 6’ white feather boa • 1 ½” wide silver glitter ribbon • Sparkly red bird clip-on embellishments

The first step was the wrap the Styrofoam with the silver ribbon.  I stapled the ribbon to the back of the wreath.  Then, I wrapped the ribbon, and stapled it again once it was completely wrapped.  I chose to do this step so that little glimpses of silver would show through the feathers.

I then did the same thing with the feather boa (staple, wrap, staple).

Once the boa was wrapped around the wreath, I found the perfect spot for the bird.  He was easy to attach because he has a little clip on the bottom.  I used a piece of silver yarn to hang the wreath from the window pane and voilà, it was complete!

feather wreath

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It was super easy, and I love the softness it adds to the mantel.  By simply changing out the embellishment, I will also be able to use this wreath for other holidays.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

º What gift are you most excited about giving this year?

We Three Wreaths ~ #2

From my trio of wreaths, today I’ll be talking about the center wreath.

Here are the supplies I started with for this wreath:

• 12” Styrofoam wreath (it was curved on the front and flat on the back) • 1 ½” wide wired red ribbon with silver trim • silver sparkly ornament • stapler & staples

To start, I stapled the ribbon to the back of the wreath.

Then, I wrapped the ribbon around the wreath.  I overlapped each strip about half-way.  Here is a picture of the wreath partially wrapped.

And here it is wrapped, but before I added the ornament embellishment.

To add the ornament, I cut a piece of the ribbon so that I could attach the ornament to the smaller piece of ribbon and then add that whole piece to the wreath.  I decided to sew the ornament to the piece of ribbon.

Once the ornament was secure on the ribbon, I stapled the smaller ribbon strip to the wreath.

That’s it!  It was really simple, and it looks cuter than I hoped.  To hang it from the window pane, I used a strand of silver yarn, but you could also use the same ribbon or a coordinating color ribbon.

red & silver ribbon wreath

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Different ribbon – patterns, plain, stripes, etc. – would give this type of wreath many different effects.  One piece of advice too: the Styrofoam sheds, a lot, so be sure to do this project before you vacuum!

º What ribbon would you use for this wreath?

On a side note: º Has anyone seen any fun Christmas lights yet?