Snowflakes and shimmer

If you’re outside and become blinded by something reflecting in the distance, it might be me. I finished decorating our house for Christmas yesterday and have a feeling that I may never completely rid myself of the glitter that adorns our home. Not that I’m complaining. I like glitter.  It’s so Christmas-y.   Anyways, the areas of that I decorated were our front porch (will be in another post), dining table, and windows. And I’m so excited about the result!

I wanted our dining table to incorporate shimmery, but elegant features. I found this wide mesh ribbon at Walmart for around 8 bucks and thought it would make a great table runner.


I picked up a few large snowflakes for $3 a piece and a spool of red wire ribbon for around $4. Then, I headed to Hobby Lobby (or Lobby Lobby according to Lucas). Where I considered buying this….


…but only because it dwarfed my head (not that that would take much… My head is tiny. Sunglasses and hats that fit are rare cats.). I totally snuck a few selfies with this power flower between idly standing and looking bored whenever another customer walked into view. I hope they don’t have surveillance cameras. Or maybe I hope they do. I’m sure those good people could use a little work-time entertainment. In the end, I passed on the flower. I did pick up these goods though….


A few berry picks and ornaments (Sorry for the tiny pics… these were taken with my cell). When I got home I set up our dining table….

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The mesh ribbon was perfect. I simply cut it down to size and set it on there. And I have a ton left too. Bonus!! I simply added a red bamboo bowl filled with silver ornaments, a few Ikea candlesticks and the bottom of a glass/woven urn that I got on clearance from Marshalls filled with my new glittery berry picks.

Next, the windows. My original plan was to do something like this pin but with different ornaments and only one ornament per window.   I’d planned to create them with 3D cardboard stars. When Lobby Lobby disappointed me with their lack of selection of cardboard shapes (so weird, they had a much bigger section last time I looked for them), I decided to go with the already bedazzled snowflakes that I found at Walmart. I simply cut a few long strips of red wire ribbon, looped it over our curtain rods and tied a bow.


Then, I added a wire hook to the snowflake and hung it from the bow.


I adorned the two windows in the living room and one in the breakfast nook.

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Not too shabby for 13 bucks (give or take). I wish I could’ve gotten a good shot of the living room with the window snowflakes, but they all came out so dark.  Maybe another time.

All I can say is I’m loving my little sparkly friends. The first time I stood back to look at all three hung, I automatically started singing A Winter Wonderland out loud. It just felt right. So, I went for it.

So, that’s the rest of our indoor decorations this year.  Tomorrow I’ll show you the porch.  🙂

“I feel prettyyyy!” – Our Front Door

So, I mentioned in this post that I wanted to DIY a wreath for our front door. And this weekend it actually happened (insert pat on back with fist pump).  During the brainstorming stage, I decided that my wreath of choice must fulfill three criteria:

1. It must be versatile so we can utilize it for multiple holidays
2. It must be cheap
3. It must be easy

I also wanted something a little different than a traditional wreath. I’d seen different types of frame wreaths on Pinterest and was intrigued by this prospect. So, throughout my various thrifting trips I kept an eye out for chunky frames with a somewhat streamlined design.

This weekend, we did a few thrift store drive-bys in search of a dresser. Literally, drive-bys. Joey pulled the truck up to multiple thrift stores, I jumped out, ran in with the promise of texting him to join me if I found The One, took a quick gander for dressers, and hopped back in the car if it was a no-go.  All within a period of two minutes. So, you should’ve seen his face when I climbed back into the truck after a quick peek at Thrift Town and broke the news that we’d become the proud new owners of this beaut…


He was $3.99 and worth every penny. The frame style and size immediately grabbed my attention as I walked past. It was chunky, streamlined and cheap. Bingo.

For the actual wreath making process, I didn’t follow a tutorial per se. I just mainly used things I already had and figured it out as I went.  First, I de-wildlifed the frame by removing the staples on back with a pair of needle-nosed pliers…

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I thoroughly cleaned the grime off the frame with a water/vinegar spray. And believe me, this guy was grimey. Then, I used this spray paint in Ivy Leaf which is a nice sagey green color to spray-paint the frame….


I allowed the frame to dry overnight, then the next morning I assembled my materials….


Some twine and burlap ribbon. I purchased the burlap ribbon a while back for a different project at Walmart for around five bucks if I’m remembering correctly.   The twine, (I kid you not) I’ve had since college. Almost 10 years ago. And I didn’t even buy it. It was given to me by my roommate.  And I’ve kept it all these years.  Crazytown.

So anyways, I wanted to create that puffy, loopy burlap look around one corner of the frame only. I started by looping the burlap under at my desired starting point and wrapping the twine around the frame and burlap tightly to secure it .  Then, I knotted it….

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I continued to form loops of burlap and secured them by wrapping the twine around the cinched part of the burlap. The twine went around both the frame and burlap.  It’s hard to tell from the pic, but I literally just spiraled the twine around and around the frame.  It’s all just one long piece.


I worked my way down and around the corner until I reached my desired stopping point on the bottom of the frame. I formed one last loop of burlap and tucked it under.  Then, I wrapped the twine around the cinched part tightly and knotted it behind the frame (just like I did at the beginning).  I trimmed the excess and played with the loops a bit until they laid how I wanted them to.  Then, I called it done. Super easy. This part seriously took 10 minutes once I figured out how to do it.

I added these felt pads to the back of the frame so it wouldn’t scratch our door…..


Now, for hanging. I saw this tip on Pinterest once and thought it was an awesome idea. I don’t even think I pinned it, actually. It was one of those, “Oh what a great idea!” and then I got distracted moments. So, to whoever came up with this idea, kudos!

Anyways, I used this command hook…


And mounted it upside-down on the back of our front door. I waited the recommended hour for the Command hook to set, then I grabbed Joey because this part was a two-man job. I looped some thick cream-colored ribbon that I had on hand around the top of the frame. Joey, held both ends of the ribbon flush, looped it over the top of our door and held the ends of the ribbon while standing inside the house (I’m sorry, I don’t have pics of this part, but it’ll be more clear once I show the final pics) . I stood outside and had him lower and/or raise it until it looked good. Then, once the placement was right, I grabbed the ribbon from him and tied it around the command hook. It looked like this when it was done and trimmed….

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And the final product….




I couldn’t be more happy with this wreath. It’s simple and versatile. And I know exactly how I’m gonna jazz it up for Christmas, too. Gosh, I love Christmas. Anyways, this wreath ended up costing me around $17. Four bucks for the frame, four bucks for the spray paint and around $9 for the Command hook (although, I have half a can of spray paint left and can reuse the hook). I splurged on the nicer hook because it matched our door but I’m sure you could get a cheaper one if desired. I already had the burlap ribbon, twine, cream ribbon and felt pads, but my guess is you could probably add another $15 if you had to purchase those things, less if you struck with a 50% off coupon at Michaels or Joann.

And one more pic, just for fun…