I love Christmas – I really do. But I also think that Thanksgiving deserves to be celebrated and not forgotten (thankfulness and all that, plus, hello – stuffing and green bean casserole!!). So we had a wonderful and gluttonous Thanksgiving day that we were fortunate enough to celebrate with both sides of our family.
And just like that, the Christmas season began the next day. I don’t do Black Friday (way too lazy for that – Cyber Monday is more my style), but we had a great long weekend. A really great long weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed spending a lazy couple of days at home with my family. I even managed to find time to complete a Christmas craft and put up the first Christmas decoration of the season!
I’ve always put a wreath on our front door for Christmas, but since our front door is dark green, the standard green wreath gets lost and you can barely see it. I thought a red/silver wreath would stand out better so I saw this tutorial and pinned it. I deviated from the instructions a little as follows:
- I used a flat wreath form instead of a rounded styrofoam one because I was worried about how much space I had between the door and the storm door, but mine turned out very flat and I could have gotten away with using a rounded form.
- I probably used about 20 yards of ribbon instead of the 40 yards the instructions said. Mine was a little sparse, but I had run out of ribbon so I filled in as best I could by raiding my ribbon stash at home.
- Instead of using straight pins, I stapled some of the larger loops together and hot glued everything to the wreath form. Hot glue is HOT, just fyi, but I did make it through this project without burning myself which is more than I can say for my last (still unfinished) project involving hot glue!
- I embellished the wreath (aka filled in some spots) with some glitter-covered styrofoam balls.
I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. It’s definitely much more visible. It looked kind of stupid next to the pumpkins we still had on the front step, but those will be gone today and once I put up the other outside decorations, it should fit right in 🙂