Two Super Simple Dollar Tree Christmas Wreaths

I know y’all already have your beautiful Christmas wreaths hanging on your front door, but if you’re like me and you decided to wait until the week before Christmas to make one, then this post is for you! :]

Here are two super simple wreaths that you can make from items found at Dollar Tree.

The first super simple wreath is the sock wreath. I got two pairs of “knee high” Christmas socks and a small foam wreath form for $3 at Dollar Tree. I just cut my wreath form in half on one side, cut the toes off my socks, and slipped the socks over the wreath form. (My wreath form actually completely snapped in half while I was putting the socks on, so I just used my hot glue gun to put it back together once I had the socks on.) Something I would suggest doing (in hindsight, of course) is making sure your socks are going in one direction. That way you can scrunch the elastic side over the (now loose) toe side. This might show better in the picture…

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See the red and white striped sections (12:00 and 3:00)? That’s the elastic part of the sock pulled over the toe end of the other sock. See where the green stripes end and the red starts (about 8:00)? That is toe to toe, not elastic to toe. I don’t know if that makes any sense so I’ll just stop now. Isn’t it pretty?!

The second wreath I want to share is my tinsel wreath – you need a wreath form and about four garlands of tinsel. I actually used a wreath I already had at home (my American Flag one) and just wrapped my tinsel right over it! So, this wreath cost me $4.

I’m just keepin it real here… this is the only picture I have of my wreath. It was taken with my iPhone and in the dark… so it pretty much sucks. I’d tell myself that I’d go home tonight and take a better picture, but I know that really means I’ll post this sometime next week. And posting this next week (the week OF Christmas) is so not helpful at all… The week before Christmas? Semi-helpful. The week OF Christmas – not helpful at all.

So, here’s my wreath. (Don’t judge me.)

twosupersimpledollartreechristmaswreathsAnd here are some ideas of better looking tinsel wreaths. You know, how I pictured my wreath turning out in my head. :] By the way, you could totally do a blue tinsel wreath and make it more of a Winter wreath if you don’t want a red/green Christmas-y one.

So there you go – two easy, inexpensive wreaths!

On another note, we had our new windows installed yesterday. Yay! :]

DIY Ornament Wreath

Ornament WreathI know, I know. Ornament wreaths are EVERYWHERE in blogland. Maybe that’s why I wanted to make one so bad. They’re so pretty!

I won’t go into a full tutorial because there are already a million out there, but just for the record – I used this one.

I (obviously) went with a gold, silver, and red color theme. Honestly, this took me FOREVER. Mainly because I got tired and ache-y (thanks pregnancy) and worked on it over several days weeks. I love how it turned out though! Here’s my quick step by step – and what I would do differently next time.

Gather your supplies. I already had the wreath form on hand but you can get the kind I used at Walmart for around $3. (And feel free to use any other kind of wreath form too. My wreath form was pretty thick and I think I ended up having to use a lot more ornaments than “normal”, which brought up the over all cost of my wreath.) I got all of my ornaments at the dollar store. I probably used around 150.

Ornament Wreath SuppliesTake all the tops off the ornaments. (I laid my ornaments down on a pillow case to try to catch all the glitter.)

Ornaments for wreathI didn’t do this next part but I would HIGHLY recommend it. BEFORE YOU GO ON TO THE NEXT STEP, wrap the wreath form in fabric, ribbon, spray paint in the color scheme you’re using, SOMETHING. I didn’t do anything to mine and am a tiny bit bummed that you can see some of the plain wreath form through the ornaments. Simply covering the wreath form in something similar to your colors/theme will avoid this mishap in the end.

ALSO, I didn’t add anything to hang my wreath with so I ended up having to fish some twine through my ornaments and around the wreath form, which was a pain. Save yourself the trouble and go ahead and add your “hanger” ahead of time.

Okay. moving on.

Start gluing your ornaments around the inside and outside areas (tops up).

Beginning the ornament wreathThen flip it over and start filling in your gaps!

Ornament WreathEventually… TA-DA!

Ornament WreathDid you make an ornament wreath this year? =]

No Spend Christmas Decor

 I came across this blog post yesterday and it totally hit home for me.
IT’S OKAY TO USE THE SAME CHRISTMAS DECOR EVERY YEAR.
Sure, it might be a little fun to change things up and go with different themes and colors and whatever, but aren’t the holidays more about traditions and family and memories? They are to me. To me, the best decorations are the ones you bring out every year and they remind you of something. They bring back a memory that makes you reminisce. Sure, add to your decor little by little every year – add a new memory, add a handmade ornament, add something you found that you loved and couldn’t pass up, add other decoration items you’ve handmade and/or up-cycle something you already have.

There are so many blogs out there that showcase a new theme of their Christmas decor and yes, that could be fun, I admit. But that doesn’t mean we all have to do that too.

Christmas TreeThis year I did up-cycle last years ornaments by covering them in fabric. But it’s not a permanent change (I could easily remove the ribbon and fabric and be back to my old ornaments in seconds), it cost me about $11 to do 36 ornaments and it took me about an hour altogether.

Everything else has either been given to me/Hubs or are from last year’s Dollar Tree Christmas Decoration post.

Christmas DecorThe moose is actually a wine bottle holder, but he looks nice on my mantle.
The wooden Santa is actually a gift I got for Hubs a few years ago – and he actually stays out all year.
The poinsettia arrangement is from last year as well (thanks Dollar Tree). (The vase was from a rummage sale and was pretty crusty looking until I painted it matte white.)
The stockings will most likely never change. =] (But there may be an additional one this year depending on when our little guy comes into the world!)
That snowman holding the snowball (candy dish) was something from my mom, the train ornament is my one and only ornament from Crate and Barrel (that I got the one and only time I’ve been to Crate and Barrel).
The three firemen snowmen were a gift to Hubs from his mom when he was pursuing a career as a firefighter.
The Santa, Teddy, and Snowman garland is something I purchased a couple of years ago from Avon (and it was on my tree last year).

Here is our first Christmas tree as a married couple – December 2011.

2011 TreeThe ornaments are the same and the “tree skirt” is actually just a flannel blanket. It has since been taken over by the dogs. (Oh, and we didn’t have a topper then. We do now thanks to $6 spent at Big Lots. =])

DogsOur second tree – December 2012.

2012 TreeAnd there’s the garland I was talking about (that’s sitting on my TV stand this year). We also got the topper last year and that tree skirt is just a felt one from the dollar store.

It may seem boring to always have the same decorations and yada yada yada, but again – it’s about the memories. Don’t feel pressured to always have something new JUST BECAUSE everyone seems to be doing it.

Let’s see this years tree again – it may be our last tree together as a family of two!

We got our Christmas tree!

Christmas TreeOh, the new thing this year is that tree skirt! I wanted to make one SO bad, but I found this one for $15 and it’s really plushy and looks great. Hubs loves it so that’s a plus too. =]

What are your thoughts on new decor every year?

DIY Fabric Wrapped Ornaments (On a Budget)

Fabric Wrapped OrnamentsThe year before Hubs and I got married I thought I would be clever and get some Christmas decor while it was on clearance for 75% off after the holidays. I didn’t want to/couldn’t spend a lot of money, so 75% off sounded great to me! I scored some glittery green and red ball ornaments for about $1.25 a pack.

Two and a half years later and I still like the ornaments, but I don’t love them. So what did I do? I scoured Pinterest and Google to see if I could find a way to up-cycle the ones I already have, rather than going out and buying new ones. I knew I wanted a rustic-y feel and I didn’t want to permanently change the ornaments (in case I up-cycled them and didn’t like it). So, spray painting them was out of the question (even though they have some really cute ideas that way!). I came across a “pin” that had fabric wrapped ornaments and I thought, “BINGO!” that’s it. (I basically followed this tutorial over at Shanty-2-Chic.)

Now, yes, it’s two years later, but I’m still on a budget… who isn’t these days? I looked everywhere for rustic-y or classic Christmas print fabric but man, fabric isn’t cheap! I knew I really wanted to do one set of ornaments in a red and green plaid. I looked at Joann’s Fabrics, Walmart, fabric.com, etc. I knew I needed about a 12 inch square to do one ornament, so one yard of fabric would allow me to do about six ornaments (and my pack had 18) and at $4+ a yard, I knew that was going to add up quick.

Then I thought, what about using a tablecloth like what I did with my sidelight curtains? Another BINGO. I found a fabric (52 inch x 70inch) red and green plaid tablecloth at Marshall’s for $7.99!

On to the fun stuff!
You will need your fabric, ornaments, small rubber bands, and any ribbon you want to decorate with.

1I started by cutting my tablecloth into 12 inch squares (my ornaments were a bit smaller than “standard” so try one ornament and see how it works out for you). The lines don’t have to be straight and your measurements don’t have to be exact. You’ll see why in a minute.

Place your ornament in the center of your square.

2Then bring up all the sides so they are covering your ornaments.

3Take your small rubber band and loop it around the fabric to hold it all in place. (Loop it around the fabric, around the part where you hang your hook.) I used these rubber bands from the dollar store. I’m pretty sure they’re actually for your hair…

45Then you want to cut your fabric to make it nice and “floofy” (yes, that’s a word) at the top. Start long and keep cutting according to how you want it to look. (And this is why your cuts don’t have to be straight or perfectly even.)

6Then fish out the part where you insert your hook.

7Insert your hook and TA-DA!

8You could leave them like that and call it a day, OR add some twine… (I just tied it around once, no double knot or anything – my twine was pretty thick so it stayed in place well.)

910I took another step and tied a bow and just hot glued it on top of the twine.

FinalRed OrnamentI LOVE how they came out, don’t you? =]

I had another set of red ornaments to do as well, but couldn’t find another tablecloth that I liked, so I went to browse Walmart and guess what I found? A plaid twin flat bed sheet for $4.97. DONE.

Red afterRed after with treeNow I have two brand new (to me) sets of ornaments!

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You could use any fabric you want and totally make this your own! =]