Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Let the Holidays begin...

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas!

I can't believe it is already this time of  year again...I mean, wasn't it just July last week?  I swear the older I get the faster time flies by!  Does anyone else suffer from this?  My kids talk about how bored they get and constantly complain that they have "nothing to do".  I wish I suffered from boredom for just one day.  Wouldn't that be nice...I solid day of nothing-ness?  I wouldn't want it to last forever mind you.  Don't tell Mr. AKM but I secretly LOVE my little corner of chaos.  Actually, I kinda thrive on it.  I'm afraid if I didn't have something to do with my time I might go crazy...like straight jacket in a padded room kind of crazy.  Not cool!  Then I'd be forced to figure out how to decorate my padded room with all kinds of soft cushy things with just the use of my toes.  Over-the-top crazy!

Oh...sorry, I tend to go off on tangents as I'm sure you figured out by now...back to the wreath.  My sis was in need of a new Christmas Wreath this year to grace the front door of her new home.  All she gave me to work with is "I like snowmen" and "my colors are red and green".  Hmmm...I can do this!  So off I went in search of all these things.  Hobby Lobby was having a 50% off sale on Christmas ribbon so I scored me three rolls of some red and green!  I decided to go for a fun shade of green instead of the traditional.  I prefer to work with plastic balls on my wreaths.  I'm a little on the clumsy side and drop things so this helps to save them from breaking.  Target was the place for these! I love the ornaments this year!  So many fun pops of color!  After I got all my supplies it was time to put the wreath together!

First came the ribbon and bow making.

I make four loops of each ribbon (holding them between by fingers) and then tie them together with another piece of ribbon.  I hope that makes since...I'm not the best at explaining this.  I just make them :) 

Then it is time to start assembling the wreath.  I use tie wraps for most everything I put on my wreaths.  Its easier to work with than wire and holds better than glue. 

This is what it looks like with the tie wraps in action.  Not the best of shots but you get the picture.
See it hidden in there?  After I'm done I will cut the ends off and hide it in the branches.  Easy peesy lemon squeezy!

Before I tie wrap the ornaments on I will hot glue the tops on to make sure they don't fall off!  I speak from experience thus the concern with glass balls. 

Then I just start randomly putting things on until I achieve the look I want...no rhyme or reason to it...

I love how all the elements came together don't you!  It is so fun an festive!  All the little pops of color just make me happy when I look at them. 

Have you started your Christmas decorations yet?  

I'm linking this post up to the following places...Lets get this party started!


  1. Gorgeous! I'll be making a wreath for the first time ever this year (imagine!). I have all the natural ingredients outside but the one thing I wasn't sure of was how to make a full bow - thanks to you I now know.

  2. Oh, my goodness...what a cutie!
    I am going to use your box tutorial, too!
    Thank you for sharing!

  3. Beautiful! I love your bows, the mixed ribbon is perfect. And I love the polkdots and snowmen! This whole thing makes me want to sing Christmas carols.

    New Follower from Whippperberry


  4. Wow. Beautiful job. Makes me want to decorate too.

  5. This is really great! I am sharing it on facebook today! Thanks for linking up!

  6. Darling Darling Snowmen! Where did you find those cute things?

  7. This is such a great post!! I've never made a wreath before, but you make it look so easy!! And this one is sooo pretty and the snowmen are soo cute!!

    I'd love for you to link up this post and any other Christmas-related projects to the 26-Day Christmas Craft Marathon Linky Party!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Lisa's Craft Blog

  8. I already commented o this but I had to come back! I'm passing on the Versatile Blogger Award to you! Please accept and pass it on!


  9. Congrats you made in the "SSTS" over at COM. WA-HOO! Thanks for all your talent. winks, jen

  10. This is adorable!! Using the zipties is such a great idea!!! Love it!! I'm a new follower, your blog is so cute!!

  11. Beautiful wreath -- thanks for sharing and linking up!


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