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Monday
Dec062010

{DIY on the Cheap} Holiday Front Door Decor

It's beginning to look a lot like...a holiday that I'm totally unprepared for!

At least The Candyman and I put up our tree this weekend! We also had a dinner party for the partners in his law firm (more to come on that) and I did a little Christmas DIY - the point of this post! If anyone can tell me where I got this idea, that'd be great. Totally not my own idea, just to make sure there are no questions about that. I haven't had an original idea since.....well, ever. I'm just really good at taking other people's ideas and making them my own. Honestly, I think I saw this in O Magazine. Or maybe on-line over at The Martha. If you've seen it, please tell me where so I can give proper cred.

I used things I already had around the house and so should you. I spent ZERO dollars on this and I bet you can too. What are we making today? A fun door wreath thingy that's not really a wreath. Let's just call it Holiday Front Door Decor. OK? OK. Let's get started.

I used some extra branches we trimmed off the bottom of our Christmas tree as well as stalks from the rosemary bush we have outside. The rosemary is tall with it's blooms still in tact. It winters well so anyone with a bush or plant is probably still in luck! I bet you can do this with just your tree branches and/or any other sorts of stalky branch things you might have in your yard. I already had all the supplies on hand. If you don't have floral wire, you could probably tie it together with some other kind of wire. String might work, but will be pain in the ass to deal with and might not hold as well. But in a pinch...do what you gotta do.

Step 1: Start by gathering the branches of the greens and rosemary together and wrapping them with floral wire. Wrap it around and do some figure 8's to make sure it's nice and tight. Wrap in one branch at a time to make sure it's really tightly bound.

Step 2: Keep adding and wrapping with wire until you've got a nice big bunch. Wrap the wire around it several times to secure when you're done. While you're adding branches and wrapping, start to look at how the branches are falling together in regards to length and such. You're creating an upside down bouquet of sorts. AH! And until this very second, I never even thought of what a CUTE winter bouquet this would make!

Step 3: (Optional) Wrap your floral tape over the wire. Leave some of the ends of your branches sticking out just a little.

Step 4: Wrap your ribbon around your wire/floral tape and tie a pretty bow. My bow isn't so pretty because I effing suck at tying bows. Hate doing it too. I think it might have something to do with being left-handed. All I know is that I suck at them. Let's move on.

Once you've got the ribbon all done, all you need to do is hang it on your door hook that you would generally hang a wreath on. Just tuck the hook up somewhere inside your upside-down bouquet and you'll be good to go. Now here is where you might have to make some adjustments. If you're upside-down bouquet looks a little lopsided on your door, take some of the extra greens (small pieces) and start sticking them up into the arrangement (under the ribbon, natch) as needed. That way any big holes and length issues can be easily solved. It's why I wanted you to wrap everything really tightly - so you can add to it without having to unwrap, re-wrap, whatever-wrap. I probably added in 4-5 small branches to balance it all out.

Here's what it can look like when you're all done!

I'm loving the fact that I spent zero dollars on this. I was this close to getting a wreath when we bought our tree, but it was totally freakin' cold out yesterday and the wind was whipping through my sweater just a little too much. So we grabbed our tree and ran for the warmth of the car. Besides, The Candyman has little patience when it comes to me and my selection process of anything. I swear to God, it used to take me 30 minutes just to pick out a freakin' toothbrush. Small, medium or large head? Soft bristles or hard? Angled head or straight? Handle grip or no handle grip? Color? Oh my God. Fo real, it's making me crazy just thinking about it. Several years ago I got an OralB electric toothbrush and I swear, I think I gained like 5 years back into my schedule. For reals.

But I digress.

So we have our Holiday Front Door Decor. We have our tree up. Now, perhaps I should consider buying some gifts to go under said tree? Perhaps. Normally, I am so on top of this Christmas business. I'm the girl that sends out her Christmas cards like, in the first week of December. I'm generally done shopping way early and I can just chillax in December. Not so much this year. It's leaving me slightly frantic, but not too TOO frantic. I mean, I could be way behind and employed. That would be kind of a bitch right now right? To have a job? An inconvenience at best, right? Lucky me.

I also want to share my favorite ornaments with you since the tree was up and my camera was out. This first one was made by my brother many years ago. I do so love creativity and my brother has way more than his share. Asshole (said in a sarcastic, sisterly way, of course).

And I wish I knew where this came from, but I've lost the source of this one way somewhere in my hippocampus. But come ON! How cute is this? A puffy, naked angel? It just makes me smile.

So, what do you think of my little DIY Holiday Front Door Decor? Have I inspired you or your front door? What's YOUR fave ornament? Do tell.

Reader Comments (6)

The puffy naked angel is awesome. We made puffy granny face ornaments like these when I was a kid. You use old pantyhose/stockings, stuff them, and then hand sew the features. I'll take a photo of my granny face and post it tomorrow.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Louise, I saw one almost exactly like yours in Southern Living. Maybe you saw it there? Lovely. I need to do the same. I save up my rosemary pruning so I can use some of it on the mantle, etc. The kids worked on our tree twice. Now I have to finish.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFlo

@Flo - I think you're right! I think I saw the article in Southern Living at my mom's house over Thanksgiving! Whew. Props to SL!

December 6, 2010 | Registered CommenterLouise

My favorite ornament is the "1984" mailbox that is made from yarn and that white plastic grid stuff (no idea what it's called). The door of the mailbox opens and closes and I used to stick notes or Hershey's kisses inside it from year to year. My grandmother used to send out neat little things every Christmas with her Christmas cards, so I'm sure this was the gift from 1984.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

Ooh great variation in length and the ribbon is a chic touch!

Your brother's ornament = awesome!

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChic 'n Cheap Living

Silly... it's called a swag (well it is around here anyway). And the one you made would go for around $30 around here. We were thinking of getting evergreen roping this year to put around the front door. But they wanted $45 for 11feet. No shot!!

December 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDancy

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