this time of year the days just seem to fly by and this week was a total blur! next week ac and i are heading down to virginia for the holidays but i’ll be posting through next tuesday so please tune in next week for some fantastic end of the year sneak peeks, the last d*s video of 2008 (holiday crafting and cooking!) and some more diy projects to do while you’re home with family. in the meantime, i’m off to my bedroom to start packing and wrapping gifts for next week. also, i have so many holiday diy projects to post i don’t know where to start so i wanted to end this week with a great project from amanda at vintage glam. she used a common found material (wire hangers and plastic bags from the laundromat) and created a beautiful holiday wreath in only a few steps. amanda was kind enough to share her full steps with d*s so just click here (or click “read more” below) for the full project. thanks to amanda for sharing. see you monday!
- must-read post of the week: ikat trend roundup
- new sneak peeks: hello lucky (with interview), dvider, baked bakery- charleston, lynn of satsuma press, jill of studio olivine, brie harrison,
- new diy projects: erin’s holiday placecard/favor, kate’s recycled painting noteboard, hand printed fleece scarves, glitter ornaments, holiday garlands
- new before and afters: megan’s ikea stools, emily’s chair, piper’s chair
- podcasts + videos: mike perry, the arm letterpress studio, design by the book- episode two
- artwork: lisa jones uk prints, hyperakt + moontree obama prints
- 2009 calendars: helen ige, stephanie meurer, hammerpress
- misc: hello handmade holiday banners, hk living furniture and accessories, veekee silk scarf agendas, ninainvorm ceramics
- in the kitchen with: kristine sitko’s balsamic chocolate truffles with cherries recipe
Amanda’s Holiday Wreath
-wire hangers (the type you get with your dry cleaning at the laundromat)
-plastic bags (the type that you get with your dry cleaning at the laundromat)
It’s very simple to make the wreath:
Step 1: Using a wire hanger, make a circle shape with the help of pliers).
Step 2: Cut the plastic bags in 1/2″ wide strips. You will be left with tons of plastic bag “rings”. Cut both ends of these rings.
Step 3: Fold strips in half. Cut the folded end. Fold the strips in half again. Cut the end. Repeat until you have strips that are 5-6″ long.
Step 4: Tie strips onto the wire. Tie the strips tightly together next to each other until you no longer see the wire.
To make the floating word ornament:
Step 1: If you have an old glass ornament and wants to recycle it, take the cap off and fill up with bleach and salt. This will remove the old paint, leaving the ornament in clear glass. Skip this step if you already have a clear glass ornament.
Step 2: To make the hanging JOY inside the ornament, I used leftover alphabet stickers and carefully placed each letter on top of the edge of each other. I did the same thing on both sides so one can read from any angle. With the help with a safety pin, I poked a hole in the middle of the word.
Step 3: I threaded the word with a thin fishing line, tied a tiny knot on one side and then threaded again through the ornament cap. Tied a knot from underneath the cap and tad-dah! Floating word ornament is done!
To add some color, I tied a red ribbon around the ornament.
Tah-dah! Wreath cost: $0
By: Amanda of Vintage Glam