Friday, November 27, 2020

DIY easy garland wreath

 Hello hello!

It's wreath making time and this one is super simple and cute if I do say so myself!


I bought the wire hoop at the Dollar Store but I also found a similar one here. 
For reference mine is 14"

Then I bought this garland and cut it into two 20" pieces. Using a pre made garland takes the guesswork out of getting each piece perfectly placed.




Using twine {or floral wire} attach the garland halves to the wreath form so that they hang down. The will overlap a bit at the bottom of the wreath. 

Fill in any gaps with your hot glue gun and pieces you can remove from your leftover strand. 

If there is any pieces of greenery looking like they are going a weird direction, simply secure them with hot glue. I would also recommend a low temp glue gun for this project so you don't burn your fingers.



Finally knot a piece of ribbon in the bottom center and let it trail down.


Get my free countdown to Christmas printable here.



You can shop the fur pillow here and the plaid one here. Logs are from here!

Would you like more holiday wreath ideas? Click on the images below for more tutorials!

16 Unique DIY Christmas Wreaths

Colorful Embroidery Hoop Ornament Wreath // Tatertots & Jello

Vintage Christmas Lights DIY Holiday Wreath // The Happy Housie

DIY Winter Wreath Ideas Roundup // Happy Happy Nester

Boxwood Christmas Wreath // Jennifer Maune

Full & Gorgeous Christmas Wreath Hack // The DIY Mommy

DIY Christmas Wreath // My 100 Year Old Home

Natural Holiday Wreaths // Finding Lovely 

Colonial Christmas Wreath // A Blue Nest

Minimalist Christmas Wreath // Modern Glam

DIY Holiday Wreath Multi-Greenery with Bells // Zevy Joy

Dollar Store Wreath Makeover // Craftberry Bush

DIY Easy Garland Wreath // My Sweet Savannah

Make an Easy Embroidery Hoop Wreath // Jennifer Rizzo

Winter Split Wood Bead Wreath // Lolly Jane

DIY Paper Bag Wreath for the Holidays // Twelve On Main

Dried Orange Wreath // Hallstrom Home

xoxo, Melaine

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

FREE printable gift tags for you

 No need to spend money on gift tags this year!

 My friends and I have you covered! We have a bunch of cute FREE printable gifts tags for you today!

Print as many out as you'd like, there's something for every style. 

I went with a bit of a fun flourish and calligraphy vibe. If you choose to, you can print them out onto colored paper for a whole new look!


Click here to print out your sheet of gift tags. You will be able to print 6 to a sheet. I printed mine onto card stock for a richer feel. Cut each one to 2" x 3.5" with a paper cutter, and punch a hole to tie a ribbon from.






Let's take a look at some other fabulous FREE printables right here!

Pin this for future reference!



Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags with Avery Sticker Labels at The Happy Housie

Candy Cane Printable Christmas Tags at Tatertots and Jello

Kraft Paper Christmas Gift Tags at Clean & Scentsible

Free Rustic Printable Christmas Gift Tags at Cherished Bliss

Monogramed Bookmark Gift Toppers at The Handmade Home

Winter Woodland Free Printable Gift Tags at Satori Design for Living

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags from Santa Claus at Lolly Jane

Free Printable Pink Christmas Gift Tag at Life is a Party

Holiday Gift Tag Printables at Place of My Taste

Simmer Pot Gift Idea with Free Printable Gift Tags at The DIY Mommy

Free Printable Gift Tags for Christmas at Fynes Designs

Free Holiday Printables Bundle at The Tattered Pew

Watercolour Pine Tree Free Printable Gift Tags at Finding Silver Pennies

Printable Christmas Gift Tags at Love Create Celebrate

Modern Free Printable Gift Tags at Rambling Renovators

Free Printable Gift Tags at My Sweet Savannah

Simple Printable Christmas Gift Tags at Zevy Joy

Rustic Printable Christmas Gift Tags at Taryn Whiteaker Designs

Modern Hand Lettered Free Printable Gift Tags at Lemon Thistle

xoxo, Melaine 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

how to make the cutest advent calendar

Hello and welcome!

Today I am going to show you how to make the cutest advent calendar in one afternoon.

I love a good DIY advent, but this year especially I love the idea of giving the kids something {else} to look forward to everyday in December. 


Are you ready to get started?

Great! First things first. You will need a board. Mine is 12" wide by 44" long and it fit my little bags perfectly. 

Paint your piece of wood, add a stencil or other pattern, totally optional, then let dry. After it is dry, lightly distress it by scuffing it up with a piece of sandpaper.


Next you will need to pre-drill for your cups hooks that will be going in to hold the goodie bags. 
Map this out first with a pencil and tape measure, marking exactly where your holes will go.
Do not drill all the way through. You are basically just making a tiny hole, not too deep as to where you can get started screwing in the cup hooks. If by chance you drilled too far, a little super glue will be your best friend.


Time to add your 25 cup hooks. Simply hand screw them in until they are in place. 


Here are the bags I used. The perfect size for a little gift. At the bottom of this post I will share some gift ideas to put in these bags, so be sure to read this in its entirety.

Fill the bags, then hang them on each hook.





The next thing will be to add numbers to each bag, 1 through 25. 
Get creative with this. 
You can use paper hang tags with hand written numbers, or you can use number stickers.

I used some little wooden squares I bought at Ikea a while back. I believe they are pieces to hang on your hangers in your closet to keep moths away. I added number stickers to them, then hung them from each hook on top of the bags.


Finally, you are ready to hang it, or prop it up against a wall and enjoy all of December!

I used this garland draped over the top and put some fake presents all around for a festive look.






Now, let's talk about some fun gifts to fill these little bags with. 25 gifts adds up fast so I'd suggest hitting the Dollar Tree or the dollar spot at Target. However, every now and then a gift card would be fun. Teens I'm sure would love good old money!

Here's a list of 25 things appropriate for these little bags. You can click on each one to take you to the product page. This is a wide variety suitable for boys and girls, hopefully you'll  find something fun!




4. Construction vehicle pack {think multiple bags filled with this one purchase!}


6. Mini Play-doh packages {again, think multiple bags!}


8. Cell phone stand {3 pack}


10. Light up Christmas bulb necklace {3 pack, different day, different color!}









19. Beauty blender {pack of 4}

20. Tic Tacs {12 count!}

21. King Leo peppermint sticks {22  individually wrapped sticks!}







Merry Christmas!

xoxo, Melaine 



Monday, November 23, 2020

how to set a festive table using only thrift store finds

 Setting fancy tables, ones that really wow, doesn't have to cost a fortune. 


You don't need to go out and buy all new wine glasses, china, and expensive florals.

I am going to show you how I set our holiday table for under $50.00. That's right, under $50.00, and I can use everything over and over again throughout the years.

First things first. 

Think of a color scheme you'd like your table to have. Sometimes what you find in the thrift stores will dictate what your color scheme might be.

For me, I am a neutral girl through and through, and being the seasoned thrifter that I am, I knew I'd have no issues finding what I needed to make my table sparkle.

Take inventory of what you already have. Then make a list of things you'd like to add too.

For example. I knew I'd be using my everyday white plates, but thought it would be fun to top them with some vintage finds.

I also already had vintage silver-plate silverware, so I didn't need that. 

What I did need was some crystal candle holders, a glass dome, and anything else that would catch my eye.

I set out with my list and luckily only had to go to 1 thrift shop to get everything I needed.

I found, among other things, a 6 pack of silver glass ornaments. 

Vintage ornaments are beautiful grouped together in a bowl on a coffee table or kitchen counter. At the time I didn't know what I would do with them, but they were beautiful and at $1.99 I knew they had to come home with me. 

I found some great crystal salt and pepper shakers that weren't on my list, but had to have.

I also found a great assortment of crystal candle holders, and some beautiful glasses.

I walked out of there spending under $50.00 and came home to create my table setting.

You'll want to wash everything thoroughly and soak those pesky sticker price tags off. 

Here's some videos I took while I was at The Goodwill.





You'll have to play around with the table setting, moving things around here and there. You might even need to head back to the store to fill in any gaps.

Instead of an expensive centerpiece, think about using branches from your yard. It's an inexpensive way to make a big statement.

Let's take a closer look at my table and talk about some of the elements.


Remember how I didn't know what I was going to do with the silver ornaments?
Well I am so glad I bought them because they ended up being the perfect thing to hang a name tag on for a cute place card holder!
I printed out each name vertically onto card stock and then punched a hole in the top. A little black ribbon tied to the top of the ornament and voila!

I placed each one in or on some of my thrifted glass pieces.




I fell in love with this little black etched votive holder and used it instead for matching candy canes and picks, also from the Goodwill in their "NEW" section by the cash registers. 




This crystal star might possibly my favorite find of the day!
I believe it's a candle holder, but I turned it upside down and am just using it as a decorative accent.


I love a good bar setup, and in order to fill in some gaps on the table, I mocked one up using a Target tray I found at Goodwill. Did you know that The Goodwill get's a good percentage of Targets items after they have been discounted and not sold? 


Vintage stirrers are in a glass vase that was 99 cents.


How cute are these little deer glass markers? At least, I think that is what they are.
They are so sweet hanging off the sides of the glasses. There was only 2, but I couldn't pass them by!

I also like to put out a mixture of different glasses. If a glass isn't marked with a price tag at Goodwill, it is 69 cents. All the glasses here fell into that category.





This glass dome was $5.99 and the plastic sunburst mirror was 99 cents. I repurposed both of them, filling the dome with extra thrifted ornaments, placing the mirror upside down on top, and flipping the whole thing over. 

Even though it's plastic, the glass dome and sparkly glass ornaments elevate it and take it to a whole other level of chicness. 


So what do you think? Have I inspired you to go out and find some goodies to reuse? 

Even if a shopping trip isn't in your near future, look around your home and see what items you could reuse to create an amazing tablescape.

Enjoy this final look at our holiday table in the video below.


xoxo, Melaine 











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