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Rylen’s Christmas Home

Well there is less than a week before Christmas and I’m just barely getting my home pictures up. Better late than never? This little surprise baby had rocked my world! We find out soon what we are having and I am SO nervous! I love being a “boy mom” more than I ever imagined  I would but I can’t help but think about the things I would miss out on never having a girl. I am trying to convince myself it will be okay either way! I’m glad that I have had Christmas to keep my mind off of it! 

I saw this adorable set of bells from McGee and Co. only to realize they had sold out! So I searched high and low and they were sold out everywhere! So I decided to make my own. I bought the bells from a cute etsy shop then tied them up with some twine. The wreath is from target.

We have bought a real tree every year since we’ve been married but this year we decided to buy a fake one I had been eyeing from Grandin Road. I loved that it looked not so perfect like most fake trees do. I really do love it. I didn’t think I missed the real tree very much until I walked into my mother-in-laws home and was hit with the glorious smell of her fresh tree. You just can not replicate that. 

I found this cute bucket for $20 at Junk in the Trunk this year. It was the only thing I ended up buying and now I’m going to have to find a place to store it after Christmas, but I think it’s worth it. 

I love the coziness this time of year brings. It makes me never want to leave my house! Hope you enjoyed my holiday home and have a very Merry Christmas!

 

DIY Christmas Evergreen Garland

DIY live garland

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.
DIY live garlandCHRISTMAS - 15 And Rylen’s made with larger 12″ bunches.Christmas home 3 DIY live garland

We are thrilled with how they turned out! It’s always fun to DIY things you’ve never tried before.