Good morning! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. Today we wanted to share a few pictures of our entryway and a wreath that I made for it. After Thanksgiving I will also add a fresh cedar garland to the staircase but I am holding off on that because it usually only last about 3 to 4 weeks so I like waiting until the weekend after Thanksgiving to put up my fresh garland.
I made this wreath entirely using items I already had on hand so it didn’t cost me a penny and I love the how large it is! Because I used all fresh greenery I probably will have two undo it and replace the greenery in a few weeks if I want it to last all the way through Christmas but I don’t mind having to do that because it only took about 15 minutes to put together and it was really easy!
You can see the tree we made garland for earlier this week over in the corner of this picture:
So here is how we made it. First, I had this floral wire from other floral projects in the past so pulled it back out. I got mine at Hobby Lobby but you can also find it here.
Then I started with this 23″ quilting hoop. I got mine over a year ago and used it for a wreath I made for my sister’s bridal shower and then held onto it figuring I could make another wreath out of it again at some point. I paid around $10 last year for it but looks like the prize on Amazon has doubled. They are on sale in Joann’s right now for $6.99 for this size and I think Hobby Lobby sells them for around $8.99 and with a 40% off coupon that marks it down to a little over $5!
Then I went out to our yard and clipped a bunch of cedar branches and used the wire to attach the first layer of them:
Then I attached a second layer:
I had some seeded eucalyptus from Trader Joe’s left over from another project I had worked on earlier in the week so I added a bundle of that to each side. I was going for an overall asymmetrical look.
I then used the same floral wire to attach some bundles of cinnamon sticks. I think I got these at Hobby Lobby? They were in my stash but I am pretty sure that’s where I originally got them.
Next up was finding a ribbon to make a bow from. I really wanted to stick with a soft green. I’ve had this ribbon since before I had children – haha! Seriously! I got it when I was pregnant with Lillie. I think it was from Ballard Designs. It was the color I wanted but it’s a little wrinkly after all these years but my goal was to more of less do this project for free with stuff I already had so I went with it:
Once I hung it I felt like it needed a bit more texture so I added these pods. I bought them at Trader Joe’s earlier this year and used them in most of my fall arrangements. I am excited to add them to my collection of dried items that I pull out every year to accent my fall and winter arrangements. They can add such texture to an arrangement of fresh clippings. I don’t know if Trader Joe’s sells them this time of year but you can find something similar here (although they are much more expensive online – the Trader Joe ones were $2.99 for a pack of three I think?)
Well that’s it for today! Tomorrow we will be back with a Candle Lit Tour!
Wall Color – Frosty White by Sherwin Williams (we didn’t chose any of the finishes in the house, but I have to say I really really love it and would use it again!)
Wall Color in Office (the dark color in a couple of the photos) – Inkwell by Sherwin Williams
Trim Color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams
Floors – Existing and don’t have info on them, NEVER would have chosen dark with a golden retriever – haha!
Christmas Tree – The Home Depot
Basket – World Market
Felt Pom Pom Garland – I made it – you can find the post about it here
Yarn Pom Pom Garland – I made it – you can find the post about it here
Dog Bed – World Market (similar here, here and here)
Dresser – Walmart
Mirror – Soft Surroundings (no longer available)
Lamp – Serena and Lily
Candles – Vintage – similar can be found here and here
Wreath – I made it
Books – Vintage/Gifts
Beads – were from Soft Surroundings years ago – similar can be found here
Garland – have had for years – then some clippings from the yard are added to it
Monkey – World Market
Artwork on back wall – Walmart
Oil Painting in Gold Frame – Gift from a family member/vintage
Frames Photos – Framebridge – Richmond Frames – (they are custom done to the size of your photos and my finished frames were roughly 16 by 20)
Sconce – Serena and Lily
Have a wonderful Saturday!