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DIY Christmas Evergreen Garland

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We are SO excited to share our DIY evergreen garland with you today! We LOVE fresh garland, who doesn’t? But we both needed A LOT of it for our christmas decor this year, and knew we could figure out a way to make it for less than the tree lots charged. So we stopped by our local Lowe’s and picked up a box of their tree lot scraps, looked up a couple tutorials and got to work!

Supplies:

-Tree scraps, cut into 6″ sprigs. (You can add in juniper if you have some, on Rylen’s we added in some branches with green leaves from her front yard)

-Heavy 28 rafia wrapped green floral wire (Michael’s)

-Thin 8 gauge you want it to be thin enough to coil easily, but strong enough to not break (Michael’s)

-Wire cutters & Pruners

-Gloves (optional…but we totally got a couple blisters not using them)

Here is a great tutorial that we read before we began. DIY live garland DIY live garland DIY live garland

We realized after making Rylen’s (she was the guinea pig) that smaller bunches worked out a little better because these end up ginorm if you don’t. On Jenna’s the bunches we used were much smaller and it ended up sitting a little better once hung.

It went pretty fast once we got it down. Each took a couple hours, but Rylen’s was about 12 feet, and Jenna’s 14 feet long. The best part is with coupons we  only spent about $5 in supplies for both.

This is Jenna’s Garland made with thinner 6″ bunches.
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We are thrilled with how they turned out! It’s always fun to DIY things you’ve never tried before.

Rylen’s Christmas Home Tour

Merry Christmas! This holiday season always seems like a whirlwind to me, but I am really trying to enjoy every moment of it this year.  It has been especially fun as my boys are getting older and starting to enjoy all our family traditions.

There is just something about a home decorated for Christmas that is so cozy and inviting. Like Jenna, one of the things I love most about having a neutral home is being able to add some fun colors around the holidays but not have to be married to them.This year I really went back and forth on decorating themes. I originally wanted a totally neutral Christmas but couldn’t help adding some red. So here is my neutral, with pops of red, Christmas home!Christmas Home 1Christmas Tour 2I tried really hard to do a neutral tree this year but it just wasn’t jiving. Then when i got my box of ornaments out I couln’t help but put them up. Growing up, my mom gave each of us kids an ornament every year. When we got married or left the house she gave us each all of our ornaments. I’ve since started the same tradition with my boys. I love that each year our tree is sentimental even though it may be simple.

I love having a fresh tree each year (even though it then sits in my backyard till the next fall haha!). The smell is amazing and it is so much fun to go as a family and pick it out together. Christmas Tour 3I made these fun little felt trees last year. They are so easy. I think they add a little whimsy to the space. The sign is one we made at our Collected House Christmas craft night. My husband asked me if the lines on the deer were supposed to be there….yes, yes they are! Christmas Tour 4

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Christmas tour 7I added a few pops of red and green to the hallway and strung up a paper doilee garland. I figured they felt a little snowflake-esque? Christmas tour 11

This little 4 foot tree is from IKEA priced at a whopping $25!! I think its so adorable. I set it on top of my spool table to give it a little more height and gave her some neutral ornaments. Christmas Tour 14I really wanted to incorporate some natural elements into my Christmas decor. They emit such a simple elegance.  I was leaving my moms house a few weeks ago and as I drove by her cute little orchard I knew I needed to do something with some oranges! I dried some and placed them throughout my family room. Christmas Tour 15Christmas Tour 12These stockings and garland are one of my favorite decor additions this year. I love the decor steals ones I snagged and I’m loving the grain- sack inspired stockings I made. They feel very nostalgic to me, which is just the vibe I was hoping for. The garland was also a fun and super inexpesive project. I just couldn’t swallow spending $3-4 a foot on garland that was going to die and I knew we could DIY it! Christmas home 3Christmas home 2Here’s a little Christmas in the kitchen! Christmas home 5Hope you were able to gather some inspiration from my holiday home, thank you so much for stopping by! Christmas home 4

Jenna’s Christmas Home Tour.

Hey guys! I am so excited to share my simple holiday home with you all today. I love a neutral home, my house is probably the epitome of a blank slate. Around the holidays I like to add pops of red in, along with some cozy texture. I also really love the added greenery at every turn too.

My entry way wall is one of my favorite projects, and ever since we added the board and batten detail, I have been dreaming of it adorned with evergreen garland.

You won’t even believe that Rylen + I made the garland out of tree scraps from the Lowe’s tree lot this year. It was SUPER simple and about as inexpensive as it gets, we will share more on it later. For now, I’ll just show you the pretty end product. Because do people even read the text that goes with a home tour post? I hardly do.. haha.
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Our front playroom/sitting room is finally taking shape. I added an Ektorp sectional, jute rug, and rearranged the room. The slipcover is still REALLY wrinkled from the packaging, I keep telling myself to steam it… but the other half of me believes the wrinkles will eventually fall out on their own. We shall see how it goes.CHRISTMAS - 1 (1)

Simple is an understatement when it comes to our tree this year, I have a curious 2 year old, and instead of fighting him about ornaments I just decided to go sans ornaments this year. I don’t hate it.

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And here is our family room area all decked out for the holiday.

Starting of course with my favorite corner, I have a new rug ordered but it seems to have gotten eaten by UPS, so don’t mind the rug-less room. I’m sure it bothers me more than it bothers anyone else. I just like my rooms grounded with rugs if given an option.

I love the little pom pom garland we made at our recent craft night.

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Thanks for stopping by my holiday house! 

DIY Grainsack Inspired Stockings

grainsack stockings 1A few weeks ago I bought some awesome Christmas stockings off of Decor Steals. They are huge and amazing! Trying to be frugal, I only bought two for my kiddos. Of course a few days after the deal ended I had this fun idea to hang our stockings from my Giant chalkboard, but I needed four……dun, dun, dun. Bummer. So I decided get creative and make some coordinating stockings. I really love how they turned out! So here is the tutorial for my DIY, grainsack inspired, dropcloth stockings. They were SUPER easy. Not even kidding. Anyone can make these. They were also very inexpensive, you may even have everything on hand already!grainsack stockings8

Supplies:

-A dropcloth. I already had a dropcloth from another project, but if you dont have one already you can buy one in the paint section of your local hardware store. Mine is from Home Depot.

-A stocking you like the shape of or a pattern of a stocking you like. I’ve seen some free patterns on pinterest.

-Paint. I mixed some blue acrylic I had with some sample dark gray latex paint to get the color i wanted. Pretty much any paint will suffice.

-A foam brush. I used foam because that’s what i found first but i’m sure any brush will work.

– Painters tape

-Tea bags, if you decide to tea stain them.

-Sewing machine, or you could hand sew them or use that seam tape stuff if that’s easier for you.

Directions

  1. Wash and dry your dropcloth so it won’t shrink later
  2. After it’s dry lay it out and trace your stocking pattern. I wanted mine the same size as the decor steals stockings I bought so I used those for a pattern.
  3. Cut out your pieces. You will need a front and back so two pieces per stocking.
  4. Decide where you want your stripes and tape them with painters tapegrainsack stockings3
  5. Dump some paint on a plate and get a teeny tiny bit on your brush. You can dab your brush back off with a paper towel too. You just want it very dry to give it the worn affect. grainsack stockings5
  6. Lightly brush your paint on the stripes you have taped off. You can do more or less depending on how worn you want it to look. Then pull the tape off.
  7. At this point you would move onto the sewing portion. However, I realized my dropcloth was quite a bit lighter than my other stockings so I decided to tea stain them. If you don’t want to tea stain, skip to step 11.
  8. Brew some very strong tea. I used three tea bags and filled my pot of water up about 1/4 of the way. Once the tea boiled a while and got really dark, I filled my pot up the rest of the way with water and took it off the heat. Get your stockings pieces (fabric) wet. This helps the fabric take the stain. Make sure the whole thing is wet, wring the water out then put it in your tea mixture.
  9. I let mine sit for about an hour. Turning the fabric occasionally. You can let is sit longer or less time depending on how dark you want it. Keep in mind it will lighten slightly once you rinse it out.image1
  10. When the fabric is the color you want it, take it out and rinse it. Then throw it in the dryer.
  11. Now you are ready to sew! Place your front and back piece together, right sides together. So your stripes will be on the inside, you won’t see them.
  12. Sew around your stocking, leaving the top open. grainsack stockings6
  13. Now you’ll hem the top of your stocking. I folded mine over once, then again so you don’t see the fraying ends aka a rolled hem
  14. If you want to hang them you can add a tab to the side. I made a little tab out of drop cloth, you could also use ribbon. Make a long string and bring the two ends together and sew to the inside of the stocking.grainsack stockings2
  15. Turn right side out, trim any extra strings, iron if its wrinkled and you’re done!grainsack stockings 10I added a few dried orange slices and evergreen sprigs and love how it all came together! DSC_0429