Welcome back to my world and to my final blog post of the year.
It’s ok! Don’t cry! 2016 has been a blast, but I reckon you’ve heard quite enough from me this year and frankly, I am completely crackered so I’m taking going into hibernation until 2017.
Before I hang the Gone Fishing sign on the door, I’d like to take a moment to THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all your support this year.
Thank you for sticking with me and putting up with the changes I’ve made to the site.
Thank you for welcoming me into your inbox and allowing me to share my passion for crafting a stylish home through the seasons.
You guys flipping rock!
OK, that’s quite enough of that. Before I start welling up, let’s crack on with the last seasonal craft of the year, shall we? Today, we’re talking wreaths.
Everyone loves a wreath at Christmas and that bauble wreath is still getting an awful lot of love. I’m thrilled, but what if bling ain’t your thing? What if you’re more of a traditional type?
Well, you could go all-out and make a wreath with fresh flowers, berries, holly and ivy. You could even top it with a bird house! Something like this one from a wreath-making workshop I attended a couple of Christmases ago.
It’s not the greatest photo.
But I didn’t half enjoy myself!
And I don’t just mean because of the delicious post-workshop girlie pub lunch.
We were very good students and all the wreaths turned out beautifully, but mine was entirely wrong for our old front door. Did I bin it? Did I heck! I popped it on the kitchen windowsill, where it was easy to water and it came in very handy as a festive backdrop.
If fresh isn’t your bag either, there’s a myriad of DIY faux wreath options. You could grab a wreath form (polystyrene, grapevine, wire, or even a coat hanger or piece of foam tubing) and start from scratch OR, you could do it the lazy girl’s way and buy something ready-made.
All you need is to add your own embellishments. Perfect if you haven’t had time to decorate and need something quick. And let’s face it, sometimes life is just too short for all that faffing around.
I’ve had my wreath for EVER. It started life as a run-of-the-mill, bog-standardd, shop-bought fir wreath, which I think I got in Hobbycraft. To make it my own, I added traditional touches from my Yule decorating stash like apples, pine cones, berries, a pretty red bow, and a detachable red ribbon with which to hang it.
In recent years, I’ve added a set of battery-operated fairy lights. Hiding the battery-pack is easy – simply attach it to the back with an elastic band.
Like many of the decorations I make, this baby gets dragged out year after year and still looks great. I credit Beloved’s most excellent storing capabilities.
So, if you don’t fancy going to too much effort but still want a stylish festive wreath, you know what to do.
Fake it, ‘til you make it!
As always, I hope you like this post. Feel free to drop some love below to let me know, or come on over to the dark side and join in the chat. I might be taking a break from blogging, but you’ll still find me on Facebook and Instagram, where I’m likely to still be sharing all manner of classy stuff like this…
I hope you and yours have the most wonderful festive break.
Make sure you enjoy plenty of down time and I’ll see you raring to go in January.
A hui hou,