Great Gar­lands & Wreaths

Her­ald the sea­son with freshly cut ev­er­green boughs, strings of pinecones and ber­ries, and crafty cre­ations that show­case your sig­na­ture style.

Country Sampler - Christmas Decorating - - INSIDE - DE­SIGNED AND PHO­TOGRAPHED BY TARA CHAP­MAN OF PENNIESFROMHEAVENHOME.COM.

Her­ald the sea­son with freshly cut ev­er­green boughs, strings of pinecones and ber­ries, and crafty cre­ations that show­case your sig­na­ture style.

Vil­lage in the Woods

This charm­ing wreath of­fers plenty of bang for your buck. Tara Chap­man at Pen­nies From Heaven Home was in­spired by an elab­o­rate vil­lage wreath and de­cided to make a sim­pler ver­sion of her own. Start with a lightly flocked ar­ti­fi­cial wreath, and hang it up in your work area. Pur­chase about five plain white house or­na­ments from a crafts store. Brush red acrylic paint onto the house fronts and sides, but leave each base and roof white for a snowy look. When dry, hang the houses on the wreath, spac­ing them evenly. Gather bot­tle-brush trees in var­i­ous col­ors and sizes. Start­ing with the largest trees, push the bris­tles into the wreath branches to se­cure. Wire the tree bases to the wreath, if nec­es­sary. Add the smaller trees in clus­ters around the larger ones, al­ter­nat­ing col­ors.

Lay­ers of Pat­tern

Com­bine your fa­vorite pat­terned fab­rics and rib­bons to make a fun door dec­o­ra­tion like this one from Christy Lit­tle at Our South­ern Home. First, find an ar­ti­fi­cial teardrop swag and two grad­u­ated sizes of wood em­broi­dery hoops. On the fab­ric for the smaller hoop, trans­fer a printed hol­i­day greet­ing with car­bon trac­ing pa­per. Stitch over the traced let­ters with black em­broi­dery floss. Place the fab­ric in the smaller hoop and add an­other fab­ric to your larger hoop. Use pat­terned rib­bons to hang the hoops on the swag. Knot jin­gle bells to lengths of rib­bon and hang at var­i­ous heights around the hoops. Also sus­pend a white wood reindeer sil­hou­ette so it’s back­dropped by the fab­ric in the larger hoop. SUP­PLY TIP

Be sure the card stock you choose is thin enough to fold eas­ily.

Stars on a String

Fold your own origami star gar­land like this one from Caro­line Ed­wards at Girl About Town­house. Choose 10 sheets of 8" x 8" card stock in var­i­ous hol­i­day pat­terns. Fol­low along with Caro­line’s video at GirlAboutTownhouse.com to fold 10 five-pointed stars. Then, us­ing a craft knife, make a small cut in the fold of the point of each star. Thread a length of string through each cut and then spread out the stars evenly. Hang your fin­ished gar­land across a door­way or man­tel, or wher­ever you like.

Striped Star­burst

Turn your fa­vorite wrap­ping pa­per into an easy but amaz­ing wreath like this one from Kate Ri­ley at Cent­sa­tional Style. You’ll need about 6' of thick wrap­ping pa­per that has a fun re­peat­ing pat­tern and a 12" foam wreath form to start. Tie a length of rib­bon around the wreath form; you’ll use this later as a hanger. Cut one long 8" strip from the wrap­ping pa­per and then cut into 2" strips. Wrap each strip into a tube and se­cure with in­vis­i­ble tape. Hot glue the tubes near the out­side edge of the wreath form. Cre­ate a sec­ond layer with 7" tubes and ad­here to the form, and then fin­ish with a layer of 6" tubes. When your wreath is com­plete, tie your rib­bon hanger into a bow, and sus­pend your cre­ation in any spot that needs some hol­i­day cheer.

CRE­ATE A RE­AL­IS­TIC SCENE Be sure to use trees in var­i­ous col­ors and sizes, as forests com­prise a mul­ti­tude of tree types and ages.

MA­TE­RIAL HINTYou don’t have to stick to the crafts store for pur­chas­ing fab­ric— the plaid pat­tern shown here is cut from an in­ex­pen­sive table­cloth.

DIS­PLAY IDEASwap your every­day chi­nacab­i­net decor for bright Christ­mas ac­cents, and hang your wreath front and cen­ter.

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