DIY Natural Lace & Berry Wreath

I have a really fun collab for you today. Madison from The Wetherills Say I Do Blog and I decided we needed to do some serious Christmas crafting this year. So we put our heads together, sort of, and challenged each other to make some Christmas decor with lace!

Madison got all crafty and made these gorgeous ornaments from the lace on her wedding dress! What a keepsake, right?! I went down my normal route and realized I didn’t have an outdoor Christmas wreath to hang! Seeing as it’s already December 11th, it’s time to get some outdoor decor happening over here!

My wreath is super simple, which is my favorite kind. Here’s all you need:

+ Evergreen wreath
+ Fake berries
+ Extra Lace

Unwrap the berries (if yours come in packaging like mine do!) and string around the wreath. If your berries come in more stick-like form, try twisting them around, or grouping them in bunches (like THIS wreath!).

Once you secure the berries around the wreath, you can start playing with the lace! I did not glue the berries to the wreath, but depending on how you bought them, it might be helpful to use some hot glue to secure them.

I have a weird thing for simple, mostly natural-looking wreaths, so I’m kind of an easy wreath craft gal. And that means we are almost done, y’all. The final piece is tying the lace onto the top. I unrolled the entire roll of lace, then doubled it over so it was folded evenly in half.

So the loop is at the top, I pulled the lace through the middle of the wreath, behind the top and around the front. Then I slipped the ends through the loop to pull it all the way through. It’s hard to both explain and take pictures of this part, so just bear with me.


If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Madison’s post on her DIY Wedding Dress Lace Ornament.

Other wreath tutorials you may enjoy:
+ Fabric Flower Wreath
+ DIY Springy Wreath
+ The Easiest DIY You’ve Ever Seen (Now challenged by this one I’d say…)
+ Christmas Ornament Wreath

Happy crafting!

Owl Themed Baby Shower

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Remember when I said I was up at 5am on Saturday? Well, this is why: I was throwing an owl themed baby shower for my friend who is also named Lauren, pictured above :). She and her husband are waiting to find out the sex of their baby, so I went with a gender-neutral themed shower… and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

After all the hard work, brainstorming and craft days that went into this, it was so fun to see it all come together that day! We had the shower at 2pm, so for snacks I made delicious cupcakes (if I do say so myself! ;)) and popcorn. I found the idea for the owl popcorn bags here.

For most of the decorations, I just snagged things from my house. All of the baskets, chalkboards, frames, jars and flowers, etc. were borrowed from my apartment for the day. I made the tasseled garland over a few craft nights while watching movies with Jacob and I made the “Advice for the new Mama,” “Advice for Baby,” and “Doody Print” (idea here) to match the invitations (you can see those here!).

The cupcakes were probably my favorite. I wanted them to be fresh for the day, so I started baking by 6am. I had tried out the recipe I used a few weeks prior, but I added a few things this time to make it a little better. I’ll be sharing that recipe with you next week! The mama-to-be is a fellow Oreo lover, so I topped the buttercream icing with crumbled Oreos and a mini Oreo. So cute!

While I definitely breathed a sigh of relief as I drove home from the shower Saturday, I had such a blast putting everything together for our friends. I couldn’t help but realize that the way I felt in preparation for the shower – putting a lot of time in without seeing immediate results – is a lot like our spiritual lives! We have to show up to the daily grind. We need to get in Scripture, spend time in prayer, sit and quietly listen to God… but we may not see the results immediately. In fact, we rarely see them immediately. It’s much further down the road when we realize we are where we are now because of what we did then.

Even in preparing this shower – when I was much more focused on making cute things and yummy treats – God was with me and taught me a lot about myself through it. I need tangible examples like this, of enduring nights when the last thing I wanted to do was make tassel garland, but seeing how perfectly that work came together weeks later for the shower, to remind me I need to show up with God even when I don’t feel like it. It is always worth it. He is always worth it.

Happy Wednesday friends. Show up to the daily grind today, and remember, it counts!

5 Steps to a gorgeous fall centerpiece

If I’m really honest, the only time I’m typically a seasonal decorator is for Christmas. At this point in my life, that’s mostly because I just don’t have the storage space for all of those off-season decorations!

But this year, I’ve caught the bug. The fall decor bug. And I just can’t get enough of it. This weekend I revamped my kitchen table centerpiece to bring some of those gorgeous fall colors inside, and I’m sharing 5 steps to a perfect fall centerpiece.

1. Deep colors. There’s nothing that says “fall” more than deep reds, oranges, browns and yellows. I love the explosion of colors that come with fall – bring that inside!

2. Candles. Fall brings cool nights and the darkness comes earlier. Since we can’t have a fireplace inside, the next best thing for me is cozying up in a blanket with the heat on, sweats, and some pretty candles.

3. Budding sprigs or flowers that bloom in the fall. I really wanted a spriggy, twig look for my centerpiece, but I couldn’t find exactly what I had pictured in the store. The buddy twigs pictured above are the closest I could find, but I think it really works. The last thing you want in your fall centerpiece is a very summery looking flower.

4. Pumpkins! I really want to get some small pumpkins to put inside (probably fake), and maybe even paint them. I’ve seen a lot of cute white pumpkins that have awesome designs painted on them – a cluster of those would make a great centerpiece.

5. Something that can be redecorated for the next season. The box in the pictures above usually looks like this. It’s nice to have a “standard” that I can change up slightly each season, because it keeps me from storing gobs of decor all year long!

What would you add to the list? Have you done any fall decorating?

DIY Fall Fabric Flower Wreath

Well, if a new wreath doesn’t say, “It’s fall,” I don’t know what will! One of my favorite easy crafts to do is a quick wreath for our doors. I think a wreath goes a long way to make the home a happy place, and it’s just so darn easy! For you crafty girls, it’s a fun way to relax. And for you non-crafty girls, it’s an easy project to make you look craftier than you are 😉

All you need:

– Grapevine wreath
– hot glue gun & glue sticks 
– fabric scissors
– felt (scraps would work here)
– fabric swatches – at least 8 inches wide and 21 inches long
Oh, and a nice treat makes it pretty fun, too ;).
Lay out your fabric and decide how you’d like to start making your flowers. Unfold the fabric, cut a small slit about 2-3″ from the edge, and rip fabric to the end. You want your fabric to be long, so cut along the short edge and rip length-wise. You will do this for each flower.

Tie a knot at the end of the fabric, then begin twisting and rolling the fabric around the knot to form the fabric flower.

This is where the felt comes in. Cut small circles out of the felt, to serve as backing for your flower. The felt circles will help your flower hold its shape, as well as attach to the wreath easier.

After rolling your flower, use the hot-glue gun to attach a felt circle to the backside of the flower. Then get to work! I got into a nice rhythm of cutting circles, rolling a flower, gluing it to a circle, and repeating. Continue until you’ve made all the flowers you desire! I did four of each color.

Arrange your fabric flowers as you see fit onto your wreath, then glue, hang, and enjoy!

Have any questions? Leave a comment and I’ll help you out!

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The Easiest DIY You’ve Ever Seen

You guys, I’m a big fan of DIY…. but I’m an especially big fan when it’s the easiest DIY imaginable. That’s what I’m talking about.

Here’s the number one reason it’s the easiest DIY you’ll ever find: the only skill requirement is the knowledge of how to use a hot glue gun. I can see you smiling, so keep reading.

Supplies:
– Wreath
– Flowers of choice
– Hot glue gun
– Scissors

I tend to swing toward simple decor, so I love the look of whimsical, homey wreaths. I love this wooded look with the flowers dispersed throughout. PLUS, simple usually means EASY when it comes to DIY – added bonus!

Whenever I’m ready to make a new wreath, I always check the sale aisles at Michael’s. These suckers were 40% off and I only used two bundles. This wreath cost less than $12.

Step 1: Cut all branches off of the original long stems. 

Step 2: Lay out the branches on the wreath – place as you see fit.

Step 3: Get to gluing!

Step 4: Hang and enjoy!

Looking or more wreath tutorials? Check out my DIY spring wreath.

Happy crafting!

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No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt DIY

Looking for a little Christmas DIY? I made this ruffled tree skirt last year and thought it would be good to resurface this gem now for those of you who may be on the hunt for a pretty new tree skirt!

This is one of my favorite DIY’s because it looks beautiful, but is totally easy.

-An old, cheap tree skirt (I got mine for less than $4 at Walmart)
-Fabric, cut into 4-5 inch wide strips (I had leftover burlap and bought 2 yards of the red)
-Fabric scissors
-Hot glue gun

That’s it!!

1. Lay the tree skirt out on the floor, somewhere you will have plenty of room to work.

2. Cut the fabric strips while your glue gun heats up. I had roughly two yards of burlap and the red cottony fabric, so I cut 4-5 inch wide strips the whole length of the fabric.

3. Start gluing the fabric on the outer edge of the tree skirt, right next to the slit. It’s important you start and end each row at the slit in the skirt, so you can get the skirt around your tree when it’s time!

4. Glue about two to three inches of fabric at a time, fold it over, glue more and repeat to create the ruffled look all the way around the skirt! I only glued along the top of the fabric line, that way you couldn’t see the glue seeping through on the red fabric. The part of the fabric I glued ended up covered by the row above it, so you couldn’t see any glue marks! Alternate fabric for each row until you get to the top, then enjoy!

This project did take me several hours to finish because of the size of the skirt, but I absolutely love it! Even after being folded up and packed away for a year, it still looks great!! It helps that it’s already ruffled… the wrinkles hardly even show up!

Enjoy and happy crafting!

P.S. Don’t forget to link up your posts tomorrow with THE GIRL BETWEEN THE LINES LINKUP! I’m so excited to read your posts and get to know you!!