The countdown has started and Christmas is fast approaching. My shopping is finished but now I need to start wrapping the gifts. There is a little bit of Christmas in every room and I’d like to share with you the decorations I made this year with my inspiration coming from Pinterest.
The first item I made came from the inspiration of 2 things I saw on Pinterest. The first I found at Page Maps and the second I found at Expressions Vinyl . What I ended up with is this:
I found two frames at a thrift shop for a total of $3 and I spray painted them using antiqued brass paint. Any color would work depending on what you want. I bought some sheet music scrapbook paper for the background in the frames and scanned the design into my computer for making the “O”. I ran a strip of burgundy and gold ribbon down the middle of the 2 backgrounds and put them into the frame.
I bought the J and Y at Michael’s and used Mod Podge to add gold glitter. I hot glued them onto the center of the glass of the frames so the frames have more dimension and texture.
I found inspiration for the “O” at Art is Beauty . I printed the design I needed on both sides of the paper and cut each sheet into 4 equal parts. You could use old sheet music. I bought an old music book at a thrift shop and scanned a page into the computer also, but I liked the colors on the other better. It may work for you though.
I rolled and stapled each piece and laid it out onto an old cd as shown at the above link. I bought a laser cut snowflake at Michael’s and covered it with gold glitter. After I made the sheet music wreath I thought I needed something more substantial to hold the snowflake and the gold lid of a small Bath & body Works candle glued in the middle of the wreath did the trick. I glued the glittered snowflake onto the lid. I glued a strip of ribbon onto the back of the wreath leaving a few inches on each end. I hot glued the ribbon exactly where the ribbon in the frames ends so it looks like one continuous ribbon. I also used a staple gun on the ribbon on the back of the frame just to make sure it would all stay together.
I added bells and a bow at the bottom, and a picture hanger at the top. It is new and different, and I love it. I hope this help you when making your own version of this idea.
Poly Deco Mesh Wreaths
Have you used Poly Deco Mesh yet? After seeing the beautiful wreaths on Pinterest I had to give it a try. This site has all kinds has all kinds of Deco Mesh along with instructions for making many wonderful creations, so check it out: Mardi Gras Outlet . I bought my 21” Deco Mesh rolls at Hobby Lobby using a 40% off coupon each time, although once all their ribbon was 50% off so that was even better. The selection is pretty limited this time of year but it can be found in Hobby Lobby’s Christmas ribbon section, the bridal floral section, and on a display in the middle of nowhere for no reason. The first roll I bought was a white iridescent and this is how the wreath turned out:
I also used white iridescent ribbon, silver ribbon, and a green and white wavy stripe ribbon. The stocking is an old metal stocking I used to hang on my front porch. It seems to work well with this wreath.
I felt I needed to make my mother a wreath to hang on her lamp post in front of her home. She enjoys when I decorate the outside of her home too because people are always starting conversations about the decorations. This is how hers turned out:
I used the red Deco Mesh, gold ribbon, plaid ribbon, and large bells in the middle. I’m pleased to say my mother loves it.
Then I wanted to give my boss a gift. She owns a B&B so I know her home is beautifully decorated so I thought a nice gold wreath might go with her other decorations. I came up with this:
I used the metallic gold Deco Mesh, a very wide white and gold ribbon, a light green and gold ribbon, and a matching light green snowflake in the middle. This time I paid attention to the cost and it ran me about $25 to make it with all the ribbon 50% off at Hobby Lobby. The regular colors are about $10 a roll and the metallic is $13 a roll. I used one roll per wreath and used the whole roll. The one thing I would do differently with this one is to buy one of the larger laser cut snowflakes at Michael’s and use a light green or gold glitter so the snowflake stands out more.
The base of each wreath is a plain artificial pine wreath on a wire base like this one, probably 24” across, because the finished size of the wreath is approximately 30”:
A pre-lit wreath would be a great idea to try too. I straightened out the branches so I knew which one originated from the outside wire ring and the inside wire ring. I attached the end of the roll by gathering it, twisting (3 times) two branches together over it, and tucking the end through to the back of the wreath. I later trimmed it from the back close to the wreath.
I measured 12” – 14” of the roll, gathered it at that point, twisted (3 times) two branches together over it about 6” from the last gather. I repeated this all along the outside circle of artificial pine wreath then crossed over to the inside circle when I completed the circle. I tried to alternate the gathering points of the inside circle to be in the center of the “puff” of the outside circle. When I completed the inside circle I finished the roll as I had started it, tucking the end through to the backside.
I took a wide ribbon and started filling in where the pine was showing through the most. I did different ways and each way was successful in the overall look of the wreath so there is no right or wrong way. I took the smaller ribbon (about 1” wide) and cut it into pieces 15” long, put 2 pieces together face up, gathered it in the middle, twisted a piece of florist wire around the gathered middle, and tied it to the frame. You can see how I “tucked & tied” it in this close-up:
I cut the ends of the ribbon, and since I was using ribbon with wired edges I was able to shape the ribbon easily. I filled all the empty spots with this ribbon technique and it was finished. I added something to the center of each one and it was ready to hang.
People have asked me if I sell these, and maybe someone younger could crank them out easily, but I am content making a few as gifts. The fun isn’t in making them; it is in seeing the look on the person’s face when I give it to them as a gift.
Lucky me! I have my own personal Santa! My husband, Mickey, has played Santa for many years and still does. I get to sit on Santa's lap all year round.