DIY Ornament Wreath

I’m posting after the fact, but after having the idea pinned for a year or two, this year I finally made an ornament wreath.

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I used the coat hanger method, which ended up working pretty well. Tutorial found here: http://www.shelterness.com/diy-christmas-wreath-from-round-tree-ornaments/

I was skeptical at first because the ornaments didn’t seam to lie in any particular/orderly fashion as I strung them, but you really have to pack them on tight and then it gets that nice layered look. I found what worked for me was to string them in alternating groups (i.e.: matte, shiny, glitter; shiny, matte, glitter; glitter, matte, shiny). When I initially did it and strung them in the same pattern (matte, shiny, glitter; repeat) I ended up with all the same finish up front and in the back and the wreath didn’t have the same depth. I bought the ornaments from Lowe’s and spent around $20-24 for almost 100 ornaments. Tip: Lowe’s/Home Depot is a great spot to look for ornaments. I bought all the ornaments for our tree there years ago. They have a decent selection (variety of colors/finishes) and the box sets are reasonably priced. In the end I used about 3/4 of the ornaments. The dollar store is also a good option for ornaments. You’ll certainly spend less there, but you will also have to hot glue all the caps on the ornaments as they come off easily. The caps on the ornaments I bought from Lowe’s were pretty secure so I skipped the hot glue step. As I strung them on and the wreath filled out, one or two caps popped off but I was able to easily pop the ornament back on. To close off the wreath I had my husband create a hook and latch closure with the coat hanger. I hung the ribbon from the hook, instead of tying it around the actual wreath like most of my inspiration photos.

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Pottery Barn Advent Calendar Knock-Off

I’ve never really been one for advent calendars, but when I stumbled across this image, I couldn’t wait to create my own Pottery Barn-lookalike advent calendar with ornaments.

It’s a simple concept to execute, but as I wasn’t willing to shell out the big bucks for Pottery Barn’s linen board, the challenge was going to be finding/creating one of my own. I lucked out and found linen on clearance at Joann’s, but I was pretty stumped on what to do for the board since a standard size bulletin board was much too small. Finally, I came up with the idea to use cork squares, which ended up being the perfect solution. I hot glued the four cork squares together, then hot glued them to a 2 x 2 square of plywood (around $6 at Lowe’s). I then wrapped my fabric around the  board and hot glued it in the back. I bought the gift tags at Staple’s (Martha Stewart line), then printed out numbers and used a push pin to attach them to the gift tags. The ornaments hung perfectly off the push pins, and I’m very pleased with the final result!

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Now that Christmas is over, I plan on relocating the board from the living room to the makeshift office/craft room and using it as an inspiration board.

Before and After: TV Console

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When Joey and I got married, we definitely had to discuss what stayed and what went (furniture, junk, etc.) We kept this cabinet out of necessity, but I always knew it was going to go out the door once we found something better (especially since Joey got it for free -dumpster diving, in essence- during his college days). I did eventually find a replacement TV console at Goodwill (which we made a few tweaks to; that’ll be another post), but instead of tossing this cabinet we decided to give it a paint job and use it for storage. We also switched out the knobs, which made a huge difference, and I have to say this simple piece of furniture is currently one of my favorites in our space.

I don’t have a true “before” picture, but you can see it in this photo from back when Joey & I first got married, and tried to mesh our furniture together in our townhouse (and yes, that is *a lot* of brown… a design choice that I have been trying to compensate for over the last few years!):

Here it is, after a coat of paint and new knobs (purchased off of ebay) in our apartment that we just moved into:

It feels like a brand new piece of furniture, and is great for storing our collection of $1 Goodwill VHS tapes (yes, we still own and use VHS!) and for providing some extra storage/display space on top. I still want to do something to it, though, to really finish it off and give it some *oomph*. I haven’t figured it yet, but I’m thinking one of two things:

(1) finishing it off with nailhead trim, either working alongside the grooves of the console, or doing some sort of design on the cabinet faces, similar to this:

or (2) using paint to create a two-tone effect, similar to this dresser:

Thoughts?

West Elm Pillow Knock Off

Pulling from my completed project files, this is a project that I did just shy of a year ago. A couple years ago, I sewed some basic pillow covers using blue microfiber fabric purchased on the cheap from Joann’s Fabrics. Eventually I decided I wanted to dress them up, but it took a while to land on the right idea. This West Elm felted origami pillow was the perfect solution.

It took a bit of time, but was very easy to make. From looking at the pillow, I realized that each little piece of the pattern was created by using squares and then folding in the corners. I liked the scale of the pattern on the West Elm pillow, so I measured the length of my pillow and divided by 6 to figure out how long to make each side of the squares. I then cut 36 squares, ironed them in half on the diagonal, and used a glue gun to put a dab of glue in the middle of each square and fold in the two opposite corners on the diagonal.

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I then arranged all of the pieces on the pillow cover, pinned them in place and hot glued each one on. I’m very pleased with how it came out, and especially so because it was a free update. 🙂 The felted grey wool definitely speaks to me, but I was trying to work with what I had. If I ever were to do another one, I would definitely go for the felted wool.  I wouldn’t recommend the microfiber because I do get a bit of fraying (nothing that a quick snip of the scissors can’t fix, though).

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Pretty darn close to the real thing, right? 🙂