5 Ways to Decorate with Mini Wreaths during the Holidays

5 Ways to Decorate with Mini Wreaths

For this week’s 5 Way Wednesday, I am sharing 5 different ways to style a mini wreath during the holidays. I love to decorate with mini wreaths during this time of year.  Greenery is the simplest way to add a seasonal touch and nature to your home… even when it is faux.

My favorite place to buy these are Hobby Lobby, because I can always catch them for half off!!! Plus, when a product is this versatile and on sale, I grab 6-8 . Then, figure out a way to use all of them!

Here’s how I decorate with Mini Wreaths!!

1. Use a mini wreath as a candle ring.

Place a mini wreath around a candle as a floral candle ring. This looks great when it is styled on a cake stand or decorative pedestal. Specifically, the greenery adds a natural element and texture.

 

2. Hang wreaths on the back of dining room chairs.

This is a festive way to add a seasonal touch to your dining room. There are several ways to hang the wreaths. For example, I have tied wreaths on chairs with ribbon as pictured below.  I have used the small, clear 3m hooks on the back of chairs without any ribbon.

 

Lastly, I wrapped the wreath in ribbon, pulling the ribbon from the back to front of chair, and hot gluing the tip of the ribbon under the joint of the front of the chair.  I have not had this remove paint or stain, but test your chairs in an inconspicuous place, beforehand.  This is how I did it below.

mini wreaths tied to the back of dining chairs

3. Hang mini wreaths on decorative hooks.

Whether you have decorative hooks on the side of the kitchen island or perhaps in the breakfast room, hang a wreath among cutting boards, tea towels and bells for Christmas.

4. Hang mini wreaths on kitchen cabinets.

Again, there are several easy ways to hang wreaths on the inside of kitchen cabinets.  For example, you can tie ribbon around the wreath and push pin the end of ribbon on the inside of the door. Or, you can adhere a 3m hook upside down on the inside of the door to tie the ribbon onto. In addition, you can hang wreaths on windows, mirrors or window shutters. Wherever you want to add a festive touch!

 

5.  Layer mini wreaths to create a new wreath.

I love to repurpose old items into something new.  For this wreath, I layered a cedar wreath over several wooden rings from a discarded basket. Next, I tied the pieces together with a ribbon.  Lastly, I attached the 3m hook to the door to hang.  By doing so, it creates a larger scale which is a more appropriate size to hang on a larger surface like a door.

What old items do you have that could be repurposed to create a whole new looking wreath?  Picture frames? Rusty wine barrel rings?? Embroidery hoops???

 

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12 DIYs of Christmas: Snow Globe Lamp

12 DIYs of Christmas: Snow Globe Lamp

I love snow globes, y’all! There is something magical about looking into a snow filled scene!  If you love them too, check out last year’s DIY Snow Globe blog post.  I created snow globes with everything from ornaments to lanterns. This year, I am creating snow globes in lamps!

What you need for DIY Snow Globe Lamp:

Fillable glass lamp, hot glue gun, glue sticks

Faux Snow

There are so many different types of faux snow available online like Amazon.com and at craft stores, like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.  For example, there is fluffy  ‘buffalo snow,’ styrofoam bead snow, and glitter faux snow.  Any of these work!

Figurines

Bottle brush trees are my favorite.  However, deer, Santa, and snowmen figurines are cute, too.  Group items in three, like two trees and a Santa.

Directions:

  1. First, remove the lamp shade from the base.
  2. After choosing an arrangement for the figurines and trees, hot glue the bottom of the figurines to the inside base of the lamp.  Often, the lamp bases are curved upward. so this will secure them in place.  If the base is flat, there is no need to glue.
  3. Add any kind of faux snow to cover the bottom of the lamp base.
  4. Lastly, replace the lamp shade.  Enjoy your snowy scene during the holidays.

So easy, right??? Before long, you will want to make every glass container into a DIY snow globe.

Be sure to follow along all month as I share the 12 DIYs of Christmas! Plus, more decorating ideas and holiday tours of my home decorated for Christmas on the blog this December.

12 DIYs of Christmas

Day 1 – Beaded Napkin Rings for $1

Day 2 – Advent Calendar Banner

Day 3 – DIY Snow Globe Lamp

 

12 DIYs of Christmas: Count Down Calendar

12 DIYs of Christmas: Count Down Calendar

With a few minutes and a few dollars in craft supplies, you can put together this easy DIY Christmas count down calendar or advent calendar!  It’s a fun tradition, especially for kids!

I hope you enjoy this 2nd holiday inspired DIY in the 12 DIY’s of Christmas. If you missed the first day of the 12 DIYs of Christmas, you can see how I made a set of berry garland napkin rings for $1, here.

Last year’s DIY Christmas calendar was featured in Reclaim, UK magazine, in the December 2019 edition titled “Styling Advent Calendars.” It was made with a picture frame, and the same numerical paper tags and paper bags.  Here is a page from the magazine! So exciting to see my work in print!

This year, I used a similar technique, but found some super cute numbered clothespins from Hobby Lobby!  In addition, I hung the Christmas count down calendar across a large chalkboard in my dining room.

Christmas countdown calendar using paper tags, bags and clothespins hung across chalkboard.

 

Supplies for a Christmas Count Down Calendar

  • Clothespins – numerical wood slice pins from Hobby Lobby
  • Numbered paper tags – these are gift tags from Michael’s (can print or write your own on cardstock)
  • Paper bags – these are from Hobby Lobby but any small paper bags will do
  • Ribbon or jute string – length of picture frame, or chalk board
  • Push pins
  • Notes of activates or scripture, treats for bags…

Instructions for a Christmas Count Down Calendar

  1. First, find a large, empty chalkboard, memo board, or picture frame to use as the base. Then, cut ribbon a foot longer than the frame.  Pin the ribbon with push pins near the top of the frame.  For a narrower frame, you may have to hang several rows.
  2. Layer the bags, numbered paper tags and or clothespins on the table. You can fill with scripture, small treats or candies, or family friendly activities.
  3. Start by placing the bags with numbers 1, and 24 on either side of the ribbon.  Next, find the center to hang bag 14.  Lastly, hang the remainder of the bags on the ribbon.

This is a great DIY whether you use it as an advent calendar or a fun Christmas count down calendar with winter activities with the family.  For example, here are some of my family’s favorite activities for December.

  • Decorate cookies with grandparents.
  • Set up a hot cocoa bar in the breakfast room.
  • Take hot cocoa in a thermos and drive around to look at Christmas lights.
  • Put on Christmas pajamas and take selfies.
  • Have a Christmas  movie marathon with our favorite popcorn treat.
  • Bake cookies for family and friends.
  • Play Christmas music all day.
  • Let older kids shop for other family members.
  • Volunteer to bake treats and feed the homeless.
  • Decorate gingerbread houses.
  • Donate gently used towels and blankets to an animal shelter.
  • Have a family game night around the fireplace.
  • Make homemade snow globes with the kids.
  • Make our own homemade peppermint candles.
  • Shop or make gifts for teachers.
  • Read ‘Twas the night before Christmas on Christmas Eve.

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Christmas countdown calendar on large chalk board.

The Best Hot Chocolate Bars Blog Hop

The Best Hot Chocolate Bar Blog Hop featuring our Family’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate bars have been trending the last few years as a fun tradition to incorporate into your Christmas decorating. Specifically, if you host a gathering this holiday season, the hot chocolate bar is a favorite for kids of all ages.  Today, I am sharing my hot chocolate bar and our family’s hot chocolate recipe.

Join our Hot Cocoa Bar blog hop with fifteen of my home decor blogger friends. The blog hop is hosted by Cindy at County Road 407 blog who chooses a Pinterest inspired challenge each month.  For November, we are sharing hot chocolate bars.

If you are coming from Julie’s blog at My Wee Abode, welcome y’all!  Check out all the bloggers at the end of this post, then head to Everyday Edits blog with Laura.

 

Vintage Santa Mug Set

My grandmother in law had the cutest set of vintage Santa face mugs and a serving bowl for hot chocolate.  It was set up near her famous fruit cake and green jello mold salad every Christmas. A few years ago, I found a similar set while antique shopping with my mother in law, Martha. She was kind enough to gift me the set.  I am glad to say that I have carried on the family tradition of serving hot chocolate in the cutest vintage Santa face mugs.

 

Display your family’s holiday mugs!

Whether you use a mug rack or wooden cubbies, display your holiday mugs with a few seasonal finds.  For example, I like to include holiday tea towels, mini signs, and a jolly cookie jar near the hot chocolate bar.  You can set up a hot chocolate bar, big or small, on your buffet table, kitchen island or the dessert table.

 

 Include a variety of toppings in Christmas dishes!

I display an assortment of candies in my collection of holiday dishes. For example, I include marshmallows, peppermint sticks, red hot candy, whipped cream, and holiday sprinkles on my hot chocolate bar.

I like to add a red hot to the top of my whipped cream swirl when hot cocoa is served in my Santa mugs!

The Best Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 cups  milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla or peppermint oil
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips

Hot Chocolate Recipe Directions

  1. Pour all ingredients except chocolate in a large pot on the stove top on medium heat.
  2. Keep stirring for 2-3 minutes until mixture is well blended.  Turn heat to low.
  3. Add chocolate chips and stir occasionally until melted.
  4. Serve immediately or place in a serving bowl or crock pot on ‘
  5. Garnish as desired with an assortment of whipped cream, marshmallows or candies.

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Blue Christmas Decor

Blue Christmas decor has made its way into my bedroom. It is actually the first place that I decorated this holiday season, because I love the warm glow of Christmas lights all day and night.  It’s just so cozy!

 

From my favorite decor trends to how I decorate my Christmas tree, here are a few easy ways to add holiday cheer into your home.

 

2019 Christmas Decor Trends That I Love

  • Bottle brush trees (or any mini trees)
  • Flocked Christmas trees
  • Vintage inspired Christmas decor
  • Blue Christmas decor
  • Christmas in every room
  • Hanging bells, garlands, banners

The traditional red and green colors of Christmas will always be a classic choice.  As will Santas, sparkly finishes, and natural elements like pinecones and fresh greenery… Therefore, don’t put too much thought into trends.  Everything comes back around… all of my blue ornaments are from 2007, so do what you love!  For instance, see how many things from today were trendy last year… 

 

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

There are so many ways to decorate a Christmas tree, but here’s what I did:

  1. Place a star and 3+ styles of tree picks (sparkly, natural, colorful) on top of the tree
  2. Tuck 3-5 feet of ribbon in every foot, leave tapered tail hanging; work in diagonals across tree
  3. Add a few sparkly picks into tree; use diamond pattern to place accordingly
  4. Hang large ornaments (variety of blue ornaments & glass balls) at diagonals
  5. Hang small ornaments (silver bells, mirrored stars, blue icicle, plastic matte balls) to fill in
  6. Place decorative boxes, wrapped gifts, lanterns or large reindeer under tree

More Christmas Decor Ideas in the Bedroom

  • Hang wreaths on mirrors or architectural pieces
  • Place a seasonal vignette on tables or nightstands
  • Hang banners across the headboard
  • Add seasonal pillows, throws or bedding
  • Place 2-4 foot trees in crates, baskets or buckets
  • Burn a seasonal candle

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… I hope you enjoy my blue Christmas decor as much as I do.  If not, just replace the blue with your favorite color! Either way, here are some amazing gift wrap ideas that were originally featured in Modern Texas Living magazine last year.

 

Y’all, I am just getting started on the Christmas inspiration, so be sure to subscribe to the blog, here! It is my favorite time of the year… I love all the twinkle lights, the holiday decorations, and fun family traditions.

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DIY Gifts for Christmas: Napkin Rings

12 DIYs of Christmas: Napkin Rings

DIY Gifts for Christmas

This is day one of my 12 DIYs of Christmas! For the next few weeks, I am sharing 12 EASY, AFFORDABLE DIYs that you can do to decorate your home for the holidays or use as DIY gifts for Christmas.

Today, I am showing you how to make berry garland napkin rings for $1!  Then, I will share where to buy this berry garland and how to fold napkins with a napkin ring.

The reason I love DIY’s is because I love to create personalized decor that not everyone has. In addition, I think that decorating your home, especially for the holidays, should be fun and affordable.  With a little creativity, you can make anything!

How to fold napkins with napkin rings using a trifold to make the napkin look like a bow.

How to Make Berry Garland Napkin Rings

Prep: First, unwind the garland and cut into six 18 inch segments or four 27 inch segments. The longer the garland, the  more beads will be on the ring.  Specifically, I used 27 inches of garland.

Step 1.  You can use 3-4 fingers or a metal/ceramic napkin ring as a guide.  Wrap the beaded garland completely around your fingers or a napkin ring. This should make 4+ loops.

Step 2.  Then, slide the garland off the ring/fingers.  Next, push the ends of the garland through the middle of ring.

Step 3. Lastly, wrap the ends of the garland several times around the ring. If you feel the need, you can dab some hot glue on the ends, but I didn’t find this necessary.

Where to buy berry garland?

The 9 foot berry garland is currently available at Dollar Tree.  It is available with pearly white, red or gold berries. In addition, you can find similar garlands at craft stores like Hobby Lobby or Joann.

Y’all, this DIY project only cost me $1 to make 4 napkin rings. However, I found similar berry garland napkin rings online for $3-$5 each.

The berry garland pictured is wrapped wire which works great to make napkin rings.

How to fold napkins with a napkin ring?

  • Open napkin and lay flat. Then, pull one set of opposite corners together. In center of triangle, pinch and pull the napkin through the ring.
  • Fold napkin in half; then fold into thirds.  This will make a rectangle that can be pulled through the napkin ring to look like a bow. Fluff accordingly.
  • Lay napkin flat; then accordion fold using both hands on either end. Next, fold the folded napkin in half to pull through the napkin ring. Lastly, fan the napkin out.
  • Lay napkin flat; roll half of the napkin inward. Then, roll the other half until it meets in the middle. Fold the rolled napkin in half to pull through the ring.

 

Now, save this to your Pinterest Christmas DIY board!  This allows more crafty creative people to see it, and visit my blog, which keeps me motivated to share more content with y’all!  And y’all know I love everything cute, crafty and Christmasy!

These berry garland napkin rings make the perfect DIY gifts for Christmas.

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Thank you for stopping by the Cuter Tudor Blog!  If you love this project, check out my DIY Christmas wall decor using architectural salvage, mini Christmas trees and garland, too.

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