It’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of the year. Maybe it’s just me, but 2014 kind of whizzed by. Since we’re not quite in lets-talk-about-resolutions territory yet, I’ve been trying to add festive touches around the house for the holidays. Matt and I celebrate Christmas with his family and I’ve never decorated for the holidays in my life, so it’s been kind of fun being in entirely new territory.
The first thing I did was make a wreath, mainly because our roommate asked for one, and well, they’re just so pretty. I decided to make a burlap wreath that I might just keep on our door year round, switching up the accessories for the seasons. I found various tutorials online, but my favorite one was over at Try On A Homemade Life. It’s really detailed and has step-by-step photos (which, by the way, I tried to do for my own project but the sheer amount of glitter I was shaking off the burlap put a stop to that really quickly).
If you notice, I also used two kinds of burlap, one with a tighter weave. I picked up the two kinds on a whim and my instincts definitely paid off – I love the variation in texture and slight change in color.
So far that’s been the most obviously holiday-themed project I’ve done. I used a leftover scrap of burlap to line the top of the bookcase, since we don’t exactly have a mantel, and put my trusty Crate & Barrel LED string lights in a red vase for an easy update. I also have approximately eleventy billion pine cones from when I went shopping for fall decor, so those are scattered around too.
There’s definitely more to come (like a tree!) and possibly an overhaul of our current living room arrangement. The holidays are definitely a time for crafting and I’ll post more in the next couple of weeks with projects and updates.
Also really quickly – if any of you dear readers bought my Etched Holiday Votives kit over at Darby Smart, a big thank you! The kit is now sold out, and if you guys like it but didn’t get a chance to pick one up, you can vote it back! Here’s what the votives look like:
For now, hope everyone’s warm and cozy – and those in the Bay Area getting walloped by rain, stay safe!