Getting into the spirit

Sunday, November 28, 2010 |
I wanted something new for our front door this Christmas season. This year I want to keep it simple and classic.While shopping over the weekend I picked up a few goodies. This afternoon I laid them all out on the dinning room table to create a wreath for my front door, swag for the mantel and accent pieces for on top of the entertainment center.

When all was done and said, I was very pleased with the outcome.


This is my sad attempt at a tutorial {you've been warned} ...

Begin with a basis plain evergreen wreath.

Add a wreath that has potential but looks a little sad all by its lonesome.

Secure it to the evergreen wreath with wire. Whatever you have on hand will do just fine.


Select a few holiday picks. This was one that I turned into three individual holly. I used wire cutters to separate the flowers.


I thought a little more dressing up for the big day was in order.

These picks remind me of tiny ice crystals and sparkle rather nicely when the light hits them. They are really silver and clear but the flash added the additional colors.


I love it when a project turns out even better than envisioned. I can't wait to hang it from our front door to welcome our guest during the holiday season.


The mantel swag is waiting for the paint to dry. In the process of selecting colors and a designing my holiday sway, I decided that the mantel was due for a fresh coat and new color of paint. Much to my husband's chagrin, I dedicated a portion of my afternoon to painting. I love the new color and can't wait to dress it up for the holidays!

Are you getting in the spirit?

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Lisa said...

Well I would say it's a definite winner! I think that simple little wreath must be pretty happy right now.
Don't you just love to toss a project in with another project, especially during the holidays?
xoxo Lisa

Karena said...

Hi Jo,

Oh yes, and it will be fun to see the results!!

Enter my giveaway from Fifi Flowers as well!


Art by Karena

Suburban Princess said...

Wow that is awesome! You did a great job!!!

Did you realise the link to comment is at the top of your posts now?

A New England Girl said...

Beautiful! You've inspired me to get out and grab some goodies of my own this afternoon; our front door wreath is a little outdated and could use a pick-me-up. It will be a fun project to see if I can create something that is even half as beautiful as the one you made. :)

French said...

I'm just starting to get around to the holiday decor; must just get through this week first....I love the wreath and that you have used what is on hand...and can't wait to see the mantel and the swag! Have an excellent week, Jo!

Tessa said...

I'm eating Xmas M&Ms, does that count?? Your wreath looks beautiful!! Deck the halls!!

JMW said...

What a pretty wreath and a great DIY project!

Kathy said...

Well done! It really did turn out nice. Yes, I know all about one project leading to another. :) Can't wait to see the mantle transformation.

I'm going to try to get a call off to you tomorrow afternoon.

Have a good day!

Dee Stephens said...

I've got some of those ice looking picks and plan on using them on my dining table. More to come! I need to get busy this week!

bevy said...

You should be pretty proud of yourself! It's perfect!

We just decorated our tree this evening. I think I'll get the rest done in stages throughout the week. Whew!

Kate (Southern-Belle-Simple) said...

it's gorgeous! i love how you put everything together to look like something truly beautiful. thanks for sharing this lovely wreath with us! xoxo

Draffin Bears said...

Happy December Jo.
I love your wreath and so much more fun when you can do it yourself.
I am getting into the Christmas spirit and will get out the tree in the weekend and start decorating.

Enjoy your weekend

Casey said...

What a great organization!! Beautiful basket!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the helpful post! I would not have gotten this otherwise!

Anonymous said...

Great post. Can’t wait to read the next ones :).

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