Some little squirrel got into my attic this year and chewed on my Christmas wreath. :-/
Oh well, good reason for an update!
While I’m definitely not crafty, nor do I relish the thought of getting crafty, I AM all about custom. I like to customize everything and tweak things to be just the way I want. I do that with my projects and I love to do it with my Christmas decor too.
I also really like this holiday decorating concept.
“simple but significant”
I lived in Norway 3 years. In Norway, they don’t do outdoor Christmas decorating to the degree we do here in the U.S. Well, no country in the world really does holiday decorating like the U.S. It was kind of nice to experience, I have to say, dialing it back, when I lived there. They basically used these lit stars, about the size of a large dinner plate and hung them in their windows. They might do one window or several, but it was spare, festive, simple, and felt peaceful. You can bet it was easy too.
We have a park here in The Woodlands by a little lake and a major thoroughfare passes over the lake at that park. There is one evergreen tree that sits out alone by itself. Every year the township lights it at Christmas, with tiny white lights. It stands alone out in the park, lit, on view for everyone that goes over the bridge. It’s just the right amount of Christmas.
This year, I want to keep the Christmas decor simple but significant, by customizing my own wreath and not spending a fortune getting a look that is just the perfect reflection of what I love. Most wreaths you see have a standard size, but I wanted something fuller and bigger….more significant.
I wanted my wreath to look natural, although in Texas, everything dries out so fast, natural is sooo hard to keep looking good for any period of time. Since I live in The Woodlands, I wanted to have it relate to our woodsy setting and not go to overboard with glitz and sparkle.
I went shopping at my local At Home store for the supplies to DIY my own custom wreath.
I bought a nice, realistic-looking, simple wreath and a garland to add to it to make it fuller. I collected some of their rustic, gray washed ornaments, the snowflakes and pinecones to incorporate into the wreath. Then, I shopped the faux floral section for a few picks that had some nice berries and branches that would work. I found these cool greenery wire ties so I could put the whole thing together easier and wouldn’t have to pull out the hot glue gun. :-)
I ended up not using the ribbon, it just made the wreath too red and didn't quite work for the woodland, natural vibe I was going for.
Jitka, here in my studio, loves crafting and agreed to help me out. We assembled it during lunch one day. Really easy. The whole thing was very well priced and done within no time.
At Home has a vast selection of Christmas decor, ornaments, trees, lights, you name it. I’m so glad I got over to At Home, selected these items for the look I wanted to create, and assembled my own wreath so I can be ready for the Christmas season, before Thanksgiving is even here. (That's a first for me!) One bit of custom, woodland-look, simple but significant decor, done and ready for the holidays!