Semi Homemade: Magnolia Welcome Wreath

I have wanted to make a magnolia wreath and garland for at least a year now.  Maybe it’s the Southern in me, or the magnolia trees on my grandparents’ yard (that my Granddad hated), but I just love them.  I’ve tried to find some fake magnolia sprigs that I could use, but they’re always so expensive, so I was thrilled when I found a wreath for practically nothing last week.

Semi Homemade Magnolia Welcome Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Magnolia wreath
  • Wooden phrase sign
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors

magnolia-wreath-02Like I mentioned, I found this magnolia wreath at Hobby Lobby for $30 (using a 40% off coupon).  When I added up how much the multiple sprigs of magnolia leaves would be, it was a no brainer to just buy the wreath and save my time & money.magnolia-wreath-01During the same trip I found the magnolia leaf wreath, I decided to look for maybe a lil sign to hang on top of it.  I found a wooden “hi” sign that fit the bill AND had little hooks on the back to make it easy to attach to my wreath.

Okay, ready for the simple, semi-homemade part?

Cut 2 longer pieces of floral wire, and thread them through the hooks on the back of the wooden sign.

Place the wooden sign on the wreath where you like it, fasten the floral wire to the wreath, and twist it to secure it.magnolia-wreath-05

Boom. You’re done. And you’ve maybe spent 15 minutes on the whole thing, including shopping.magnolia-wreath-04

Hang the wreath on your door, and stand back to admire your $28 wreath that Joanna Gaines would be proud of.  It wasn’t as hands on or DIY as I anticipated, but I’ll take savings anytime  😉

magnolia-wreath-07 magnolia-wreath-08 magnolia-wreath-06Now about that magnolia leaf garland….



Mini Oyster Shell Wreath

It’s been almost 2 years since I made my first oyster shell wreath, and I decided to make a mini version for Christmas!  Really, I saw the cute mini boxwood wreaths with striped ribbon on Pinterest and wanted to do a coastal version of my own – surprising huh?

Mini Oyster Shell Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Oyster shells!
  • 6″ floral & craft ring
  • Goop liquid cement
  • Clear acrylic gloss spray
  • Ribbon

I used smaller & flatter oyster shells, and found that it took about 7-8 for a mini wreath.  Everything else can be found at your local craft shop!shell-wreath-01

First, arrange the shells on your craft

Then use the liquid cement to attach them to the craft ring.  I did this in 2 iterations: First to attach them, then the next day I went around and added some more Goop where I thought it might be

I wasn’t sure if I wanted my shells to be facing up or down, so I ended up making 2 different versions.  This is what they looked like when they were attached to the craft, spray the tops of the shells with the clear sealer to seal the shells in and add some shine.  You could probably do this before you attach the shells

Finally use the  ribbon and hang your new mini oyster shell wreaths!


I might end up hanging mine on the mirror by the entry when I pull the rest of our Christmas stuff out.   When is it acceptable to do that? Because we all know I’m waiting…


Fall Craft Ideas

It’s officially fall, and the temperature is finally below 90!  To celebrate, I’m sharing some of my favorite fall crafts that I’ve made over the years.  Click the name to link to that DIY project and make your own!

Cotton Boll Wreath

This cotton boll wreath is my favorite wreath I’ve ever made.  With a total cost of less than $35, it’s no wonder why it’s my most shared DIY project on Pinterest!

DIY cotton boll wreath

Wine Cork Pumpkin

With wine corks always laying around, it’s easy to put a wine cork pumpkin together and you can paint the pumpkin whatever color you want to match your decor!  The more natural look fits right in with our home decor.

DIY wine cork pumpkin

Candy Corn Mason Jars

The candy corn mason jars were one of the first projects I blogged about, and they still come out as decor.  I still think they look cute years later and they’re great kids Halloween decor.

painted candy corn mason jars

Color Block Pumpkins

The color block pumpkins were the first time I had played with craft pumpkins before, and I was really into making non orange & brown fall decorations.  Again, you can customize these how you want to match your home & decor!


Mummy Mason Jars

These were a quick project from last year, and one that would be great to make with kids.  They only take a few minutes to make and look adorable during the day, or lit up with a tea light at night!

DIY mummy mason jars for Halloween

Decoupaged Map Pumpkin

Last year I went through a big decoupage kick and wanted to put maps on everything.  The cutest map project was my pumpkin, that’s back out and on the mantle this year.

DIY decoupaged map pumpkin

What are your favorite crafts or decor that you’ve made for fall?


4th of July DIY Inspiration

Hosting a party for the 4th of July (or Olympics Opening Ceremony) and looking for some easy ways to decorate with red, white, and blue?  I’ve got you covered.  Each project links back to a post with instructions on what to do 🙂

Starfish American Flag

If you live by the coast, this is the perfect project.  Grab a canvas, some paint, a starfish and you’ve got a beachy American flag to display!

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Ribbon & Throw Pillows

I love this idea from On Sutton Place — just put some white and green blooms out in natural jars, tie some red, white and blue ribbon around the top and your table will look effortlessly patriotic. Throw pillows are the easiest way to change the look of a space, so bring out some with fun, American colors and it’s an instant upgrade.

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American Flag Mason Jars

If you have mason jars, small American flags, crushed up shells or sand, and some tea lights around your house then you’re ready to throw this together for a simple centerpiece.

flag jar 01 USA Burlap Wreath

Just like throw pillows instantly update seating, a wreath can update your front door!  This burlap wreath has a summery & coastal vibe without being too overwhelming.

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Painted Mason Jars

This might be my favorite mason jar paint job.  There’s something about mason jars that are so American and the way Maison De Pax just added a plate underneath and white flowers in the jars is literally simply perfect.

usa flag jars

If all else fails, just put out your American flag, crack open one of the new Bud / Bud light branded cans and raise one up for America’s birthday!


Mixed Greenery Wreath

Another season, another wreath!  I feel like I haven’t posted a craft in forever, and this was on my list of projects to do before May.  I finally found time to knock it out in-between busy weekends, and it didn’t take long (1.5 hours, aka 2 Law & Order SVU episodes).

Mixed Greenery Wreath

What you’ll need:

  • Monogram wreath form
  • Silver spray paint
  • Greenery of your choice
  • Wire cutters
  • Wreath wire

I saw these wreath forms at Michael’s a few months ago, and thought they’d be great to build a wreath on (and show off my new last initial). Spoiler alert: This wreath will be hung at our wedding in a few weeks.

I learned my lesson from other projects, and remembered to paint the wreath form before I built the wreath out.  I grabbed some basic silver paint and painted the W part, but left the rest natural since it’d get covered with greenery.

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While that was drying, I headed to Hobby Lobby to see what greenery options they had.  I ended up buying 3 different varieties.  One was more grassy, and it would be the foundation, so I bought more of it.  I got some faux eucalyptus, and a sprig of another fun greenery to add to the grass for some character.

Use the wire cutters and cut the greenery off the sprig or bunch so they are individual pieces that are easy to attach to the wreath.
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Cleo was really digging the eucalyptus, and sat on it or chewed it every time I sat down to work on the wreath.  At least she’s cute, because she’s not a great assistant.wedding_wreath 02

Okay – time to build the wreath!  Using the wire cutters, cut some wreath wire, ~5″ long.  Attach the grassy pieces to the wreath using the wreath wire, wrapping it around, then twisting close on the back.  Each piece of the grassy greenery took 2-3 pieces of wreath wire to attach it securely to the wreath form.

Slowly work your way around the wreath, then go back around again and fill in the bare places until the wreath feels full. The picture below is just one time around, I did ~ 2 more until it looked “right.”

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Once the grassy pieces are attached, layer the faux eucalyptus on top.  You don’t want to completely cover the grassy pieces, but instead leave it so you can see both, and it’s mixed in well.
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After one layer of light eucalyptus, I was ready for the last part: Adding the smallest pieces of greenery.  These looks like small green berries (?) and were another shade of green, so it added some pops of bright green in.

I added 5 pieces of this greenery on top, attached with wreath wire, and spaced out even more so it wasn’t everywhere.  Voila — you have a faux mixed greenery wreath with your monogram in the middle!

wedding_wreath 08 The wine cork wreath stayed on our front door until after the wedding when my last time officially started with a W!  Here’s what the wreath looked like on the front door of the Island House at the wedding.

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