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Do you start decorating your home for each season in a certain room?  Maybe you start at the front door?

That would make sense, admittedly.

I often don’t.  In fact, my front door is often down the list quite a ways.

I have a good reason.  Want to hear it?  I start each season’s decor earlier than most “normal” people, aka non-bloggers!  Because I have to start the next season so early, it seems rather absurd to have the outside of your home all decked out in the wrong season.

Christmas lights everywhere…..when it’s still barely fall temperatures! 🙂

Spring flowers bursting out….when there is snow everywhere and icicles on my nose.

So I often have most of the inside done before I venture outside.

This year for fall I actually painted my front door to make my lovely fall wreath just pop!

The trouble is, now that I’m thinking Christmas, or at least winter…..it does THIS to my winter wreath!

Not good!

Back up 50 feet and you can’t tell there is even a wreath on the door.  Okay slight exaggeration but not much.

I wasn’t really looking to make a new wreath for my door.  Or something to hang on my door.  Oh well!

Of course when I get an idea I want to execute said idea instantly.  Even when I don’t have the ability to run out and get supplies right then.

Enter necessity.  You know, the mother of invention?

I ripped apart the wreath I HAD for winter and wired on the evergreen garland that I had used on my Dollar Tree Tablescape Challenge.

Then I grabbed a can (or two) of spray snow and headed out to my garage.

Several layers later we are back on the kitchen floor.  The garage was too cold for it to dry properly.  Now if only I can keep the dogs noses out of this while it dries…..

 

Keeping in the very simple, natural vein that has appealed to me the most this winter, I simply wired on a double burlap bow that I made and stuck some branches and berries in around the bow.  

Next I layered a dark brown rug and a smaller festive one.  I added my copper painted urn with a small tree inside it and a simple wooden sign that I made with leftover pieces of shiplap and some wooden letters from Hobby Lobby which I painted.  I added a pinecone garland and a few large ball ornaments and called it good.  

I’m so happy y’all stopped by!  I hope you’ll come again soon.  

Enjoy and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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5 On Friday: The 5 DIY’s Of Christmas

So Emily from LeCultivateur and I were chatting last night.  I know!  Last night!  She said wouldn’t it be so fun to do a special blog post showing 5 DIY’s for Christmas.  

I said yes!  O what fun it is to…..oops wrong song.  

Then I was putting the kids to bed and the bright idea came to me that I should do a theme to my DIY’s.  It’s not hard enough to come up with 5 Christmas DIY’s in about 12 hours.  Let’s make it tricky.  

So I did.  

Did you know I have a thing for books?  I’ve been reading about since I could talk and I adore books.  

I have my grandfather to thank for that.  I don’t recall seeing him sitting down without a book in his hands.  He would read to me by the hour too.  

Oh sorry!  You wanted to see the DIY’s?  Okay…..

So I decided to try to do 5 DIY’s for winter/christmas, all using book pages.  

First I grabbed this framed little mirror.  

I took the frame and mirror apart.

Next I took 2 book pages and angled them  to overlap each other and marked the outline of the piece of mirror with a pencil.  Once I had cut the pages along the lines, I took some tape and taped the paper to the piece of mirror.

Then I taped the other piece on as well.  You can see that I barely let the tape go along the very edge of the paper where it will be covered by the frame later on and most of the tape is on the back of the mirror piece.

I had seen this little tree ornament at Dollar Tree and immediately knew what I wanted to do with it!

I removed the tree from the truck and set it aside.

Using hot glue, I glued the truck and its little sign to my book page backing.  Then I glued the little tree into the back of the truck again.

I took the black frame and gave it two coats of Rustoleum spray paint in a Satin finish Heirloom White.  Then I took some 220 grit sandpaper and lightly distressed it once the paint was dry.

Here it is with the frame on the picture.  Isn’t it cute?  I’m loving it!

I’m definitely going to be making more like this soon.  What a great gift this would be too!

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me…..ooops wrong song again!

For the 2nd DIY I took some book pages… 

…and rolled them along the long edge.  I made sure the edge that was torn from the book was going to show, therefore I started rolling from the opposite, factory edge.

I tied the little rolled pages with a piece of twine and stuck them in one of my blue vintage glass jars.  I embellished the top of the jar by wrapping some twine around it a few times and tying a bow.

I left mine sticking out above the top of my jar but you could easily cut them to fit down inside or use a taller canning jar if you don’t want them sticking out.

Voila!  

Onward!

For the next DIY you will need to choose a word or a couple of words for the banner we are about to make.  Anything will do.  Perhaps “Noel” or “O Holy Night”, or what about “Believe”?  I chose the word “Winter” because I want to leave this up all winter long so I didn’t want something Christmas specific.  You will need 1 page per letter and 2 extra pages for either end.  Also, if you have multiple words, allow 1 extra page for each space.

I made a template out of a piece of card stock and traced with a pencil on each page.

Then I cut them out.

Next I took each page and folded the top down about 1″.

I printed a simple tree pattern and used it to cut 2 trees from some scrapbook paper for either end of the banner.  

I used stick glue to stick the trees to 2 of the book pages.

One the other pages I used burlap letters that I purchased from Walmart to spell out my word.  These letters came with adhesive already on them.  You could make your letters out of colored paper or more scrapbook paper too, or you could write them on each book page with a marker.

Then I took some twine and ran it along under the flap I had created earlier on the book pages, taping them down.  You could also use glue if you wish but I didn’t want glue to make the pages wrinkle so I chose to use tape.  It was quick and easy too!

I tied a loop in each end of the twine to assist with hanging the banner and left several inches between each page along the twine.  The pages can be moved along the twine as desired to display.

This is what I ended up with!  I chose to hang it over my dining room window.

For DIY #4 you will need some book pages, a ruler, a pencil and some scissors.  Take the ruler and pencil and mark off lines about every 1/2″ along the short side of the paper.  Cut the pages into strips along the lines.

Easy peasy, right?

Take a pencil and roll the strips, one at a time, around the pencil tightly.  Slide them off the pencil….

Next grab a fairly large CLEAR glass or plastic ornament an remove the top.

“Fill ‘er up with regular” (or paper strips) and replace the top.

I added some lace and twine in a bow to the top of the ornament to jazz it up a little.

And there you have DIY #4!

Last one!  Can you believe it?  5 of them, all using book pages?  This was so much fun!

Okay ready?  Set?

GO!

For this one I used music pages.  Along the TOP of the music I tore the paper so it had a torn, rough edge.  

 

Next I took a clear glass cylinder vase and measured so the the top torn edge was just above the glass vase a little.  I cut the bottom to the correct length.  

Using some Mod Podge and a small paintbrush, I covered the vase in the glue and then carefully rolled it onto the music pages keeping the bottom of the cylinder flush with the cut edge of the music.  The pages will overlap.  Just use some more Mod Podge and glue it all down.  I did not put Mod Podge over the outside of the paper.  Just underneath it and along the edges to make sure they were sealed.

Finally I embellished it with some burlap ribbon and some twine and jingle bells.  I put a candle inside the cylinder.  The best thing for this purpose would be one of those battery operated pillar candles with the realistic flickering.  Then you would not have to worry about the paper ever, no matter how long you wanted the candle on.

And there you have DIY #5!  

I hope you have enjoyed these quick and easy Christmas or winter DIY’s all using book pages.  Any one of them would make a fabulous gift or certainly look wonderful around your own home.  

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Now for an added treat let’s hop on over to Emily’s and see what she came up with!

Emily from LeCultivateur

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How Thrifty Of Me

Recently a couple blogging buddies and I challenged ourselves to create an entire tablescape made as much as possible from Dollar Tree items only.  It was surprising how different we each made our tablescapes in spite of using some of the very same items.  If you missed those, you can see them all HERE.

We had so much fun doing that one that we decided to try it again but this time we would try to make some sort of Christmas/winter vignette using ONLY thrift store items.  We can change the items color or revamp them into a different use but the items had to come originally from the thrift store.  

Could you do that?

Can I?

Hmmmm…..

Y’all might recall that I recently finished a makeover on my fireplace wall.  Having that finished meant that for the first time since I’ve lived in this house, I could properly decorate my mantle!  How exciting! 

Several weeks ago I had gone to my favorite local thrift store (I only have 2) and had found a lovely evergreen garland with pinecones for $6. 

The day I had decided I would use my mantle as the area to style for this challenge, I went back to the same thrift store to see what other treasures I might find.  Now while we do not have a set budget for this challenge, we do try to keep it as cost effective as possible.  I was lucky enough to find these red wooden beads for $1.99 and a package of white wooden snowflakes of varying patterns for $.99.  I added these to the garland to add some interest and color.

At either end of the mantle I put a stocking holder and one of the kids stockings.  I chose not to string all of them across the mantle because our gas fireplace heats up a lot when we have it on (which is every day in the winter) and I didn’t want to have any sort of fire hazard!

For some reason this year little trees have really been appealing to me.  Mostly evergreen trees or bottle brush trees but even the odd wood or metal one like this…..originally it was a bright gold color with all the little beads on it in reds and greens and silvers.  I lightly sprayed it with Rustoleum copper spray paint so that the main tree is all copper and the beads are mostly copper with just touches of the original colors showing through faintly.

I also found this tree at the same thrift store, on the same visit!  How lucky was I?  I did the same thing with this tree by spraying it very lightly with copper spray paint from Rustoleum.

Next I found these wooden trees in 2 heights for $2.99.  I had thought of painting them white with some distressing and I’m pretty sure I still will do that at some point but since my garland is natural this year (one of a few things I didn’t hit with spray snow) I felt like the natural wood and dark green might play off that nicely and show a nice contrast against the white shiplap.  

I saved the best for last, y’all!  On a trip to this thrift store several months ago, I got 2 brass candle holders.  The shortest one is one of those.  On this particular trip I found the taller brass candlestick and the copper bud vase! If you have read any of my previous blog posts, you already know I am somewhat copper obsessed!  That made this find even more exciting for me!  I can’t wait to put the first peony of the season in this vase next year!

And there you have it!  My entire mantle decorated with items from a thrift store.  The same thrift store in fact.  

The wreaths hanging on the wall above the fireplace are ones I made and showed a tutorial on HERE.  This is the view I look at every evening only usually The MR is in that chair and one of the tiny fur babies is in that little bed, as close as they can get to the fire.

Now are you as excited as I am to see the other ladies challenge results?  What are we waiting for?  Let’s go!

Emily from LeCultivateur

Terrie from Decorate And More With Tip

Cecilia from My Thrift Store Addiction

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