Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Day 529's project

I have been feeling super-crafty this holiday season. It's probably because I want the house to be all festive and decked out, but we really don't need to spend a ton (or any, really) on decorations (and I don't really do knick-knacks, anyway). Our moms took care of the ornaments for us, but just a pretty tree isn't quite enough, you know? Enter, my formerly-suppressed crafty side.

See that wreath and garland up there? I totally made those! The first time I saw this, I thought "I could so make that," so I did.

I bought an 18-inch straw wreath form and two packages of preserved sheet moss at Michael's. Martha says to use floral pins, but I already had some 20-gauge floral wire and some wire cutters, so I saved my pennies. I just started with the big pieces, and worked my way around. It was kind of no-brainer. Then I used my last hot glue stick to reinforce some place that seemed loose.

Two yards of wide double-faced satin ribbon and tack nail later and we have Christmas above the television cabinet (you may know it as my "mantle").

Stay tuned to hear about the garland!


No.35style said...

I am going to have to really try to make one of those moss wreaths next year. So not in the Christmas mood this year. I want to do a square one. Thanks for the instructions. Love that you hung yours with that really wide ribbon!

Laura said...

So pretty! I've been wanting to make a moss wreath for awhile and keep putting it off. Love your blog-have been enjoying it for awhile. Can't wait to see more on your garland. Happy Holidays and War Eagle!

Mary Beth said...

That is such a perfect bow you tied! Great job on your decorations!!

Lauren said...

You did it & it looks beautiful!!! (I LOVE moss- For my wedding, I had moss balls everywhere!) So pretty & can't wait to see more pics of your house!!

Unknown said...

What a fantastic wreath! You did an excelent job. By the way, my name is Beth and I've really enjoyed reading your blog.

And P.S., as a New Orleans girl, I commend you for using moss. It can be a finicky decorating item. Again, beautiful wreath.

megan @ a life's design said...

fabulous! fabulous! fabulous!