I’ve got a DIY to share with you today that even a toddler could do. Probably. Maybe a really gifted toddler, but definitely the “craft challenged” adult.
Remember my “epic craft fail” I talked about last week? This DIY feather wreath is the antithesis of that. You guys, it took me less than 15 minutes to make and only cost $20.
WHY DON’T I TRY THE EASY ONES FIRST?!?
I’ve got the instructions you can try below, but I also wanted to show you my holiday mantel this year. I
tend to always change things up from year to year. Here’s my Scandinavian mantel from last year, the green and gold mantel the year before, and the “Merry & Bright” mantel from the year before that.
EMERALD & GOLD MANTEL
The theme for this year was “emerald and gold”. I used a couple of my favorite items, like my grandmother’s jade color candy dish and votive holder I scored for $1 at a thrift store.
A gold bamboo frame worked perfect for my friend Lindsay’s “Meet me under the mistletoe” print. (PS-Order by Dec. 10th to get it by the 25th!) I grabbed some books from my stash that matched the theme, and used the white pom-pom trim from last year’s tree to wrap around faux garland and add a little whimsy.
The only thing I ended up buying was ornaments. To add a little interest, I mixed emerald green with dark teal. Can we talk about those gold mini disc ball ornaments? My favorite dollar store find of the year. I wish I could have bought 100 of them. They speak to me.
The hurricanes were another dollar store find, and I laid one on top of a clear candle holder to add height. If you need some last minute holiday decor for a mantel, buffet, or console you can’t beat this.
Hurricanes + cheapo ornaments = instant Christmas decor
DIY FEATHER WREATH
OK, now for the easiest wreath ever. You’ll be finished so fast, you might as well plan to make some fudge or Buckeyes in the same block of time. No kidding.
1. Attach one end of the feather boa to the frame by wrapping through wire frame and pulling into a knot. (The boa I used actually had a small piece of thread that I could use to do this, but you do it with just the boa itself if needed.)
2. Continue wrapping and spread evenly to cover half of the wreath. Secure end in the same fashion as you did to start. Add second boa.
3. String gold thread through ornament and pull through the bottom wire of the frame. (This is the trickiest part because the feathers are everywhere.) Once you find the thread, pull and tie a knot closing the loop of thread. You’ll want to stagger the lengths that the ornaments hang.
4. Hang and enjoy the rest of the afternoon because you picked a super easy DIY. Aren’t you smart?
PLAID SCARF DECOR
It’s a little crazy, but I have to share a new little trick I discovered. I bought this scarf for $12 from Forever 21 on girls weekend trip a couple weeks ago. (I love all the plaid I’m seeing this season, both in fashion and home decor.)
I decided to store my scarf on the side of a chair to look like a throw. Friends, it looks better on the chair than it does on my neck. It adds a little bit of warmth and pattern in front of the mantel. It’s funny how this wasn’t planned and is one of my favorite holiday items of the season.
So from this post, you can deduce that I am basically cheap when it comes too holiday decorating. Dollar store ornaments, $20 wreath, using a scarf as decorations…yeah, this is a really fancy blog, huh?
Q: Do you have any thrifty decorating suggestions to share?