Ornament Garland DIY

Hello hello and happy Monday!

I’m all tuckered out from the MANY holiday parties we went to over the weekend, but despite the back-to-back party schedule, I still managed to fit in a little DIY project that I’ve been dying to try!

Kate of Centsational Girl created a beautiful, blingy garland for her holiday mantle that I just had to have!  Using her tutorial, and these photos for inspiration, I set out to make one of my own.

Trust me when I say that this project could not be easier!

I bought one large multipack of silver ornaments from target, along with three smaller sized packs to vary the size and shape of the ornament clusters.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find floral wire, fishing wire, or even a thin rope at the store, but they did have wired garlands with stars all over it, so I figured that was close enough to get the job done.

I laid everything out first into a little assembly line, and got to work threading varying ornaments onto the wire garland.

And the final result??

A really pretty (really easy to make) holiday garland for our hallway!  I’d originally been thinking of doing this garland in golds and bronze colors, but I think the cool colors of the silver and gunmetal look really pretty with the blue table.

I’m still working on styling the table, since the two potted red amaryllis plants that were there earlier this week didn’t look right with the wintery looking garland. In my dream world, I’d have two mini evergreen trees here, but alas, it’s all a bit too much for our teeny hallway.

In the end, this garland ended up being around 4 feet long, which is perfect for it to serpentine around the top of the table, and the best part is, that if I ever want to add to it, I can tie more wire onto the existing garland, and thread on more ornaments.

Ornament garland… SUCCESS!

Weekend Recap

The holidays have arrived at our house – at least partially!

I had grand plans to get all of our holiday decor up over the weekend, but that changed as soon as the stormy weather hit.  Like a spell, all I wanted to do was hibernate under a blanket with my new US Magazine (Jessica Simpson is pregnant again?!) and a marathon of Honey BooBoo.  It was amazing.

Despite the fact that I stayed in sweats for the vast majority of the weekend, I did manage to get SOME of the Christmas decorations put up.

Case in point – my pretty boxwood wreath!

Isn’t it just lovely??

I got some pretty gold ribbon, and hung the wreath from the curtain rod to avoid putting more holes in the wall.  As a side note, wouldn’t it be lovely if our dining room had beautiful double windows like this? Alas, it’s just a reflection from our floor to ceiling mirror.

While most of my ornaments are still in storage, I had a few new ones from my mama, that have made their way into a few small bowls in the living room.  And if you look REAL close, you can see the reflection of me… in my sweats.  Shocking, eh?

My honey came home on Friday with some red roses, that looked very Christmas-y next to the ornaments and some greenery.  The greenery is actually from a tree on our street that blew down in the storm – it was REALLY windy, to say the least.

And our tree – we managed to get out of the house after the storm passed. We get our tree from the school around the corner from our house, and walk it back home like true city dwellers.

Now, I’m not sure if the Noble Fir weighs significantly more than the Douglas Fir that we normally get, or if this tree was completely waterlogged after three days of rain, but it was HEAVY.  No joke – this thing is probably close to 100 lbs.  Luckily we got it home, up the stairs, and into our apartment without killing each other, and after a few tries, finally got it straight in the stand.  Fingers crossed I don’t come home tonight to find it toppled over like last year.

I am happy that the rain has passed, and that our house is starting to look (and feel) like Christmas!

Happy Monday!

Frugal Finds – Live Boxwood Wreath

On the note of Christmas decor, look what I found today at Trader Joes…

A beautiful live boxwood wreath!!

And guess how much this cost??  Ten bucks!  Can you believe it??  They were selling live boxwood wreaths at the Christmas Tree lot near my house, and they were going for $50.  I think I’ll go back tomorrow and grab a few more before they are all gone!

The photo above is the inspiration for how I plan to hang the wreath… perhaps it will hang inside our dining room window, or against the large mirror in the living room…. I am so excited to find some pretty velvet ribbon and hang this bad boy up!!

Hurry, go snatch up all the $10 boxwood wreaths you can find!