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It’s been a while since I’ve created a wreath, so I wanted to whip up something for the holiday season. Here’s the catch: I really didn’t feel like spending hours wrapping something with yarn or gluing on peppermints. Basically, I wanted little to no work at all. Bit of a dilemma, huh?

Well, I’m pleased to let you know I made a festive ‘wreath’ in about 20 minutes and it didn’t cost me a thing!

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First, you need to collect your sticks. You’ll need two that are approximately the same length (the sides of the ‘tree’), one that’s a bit shorter (the bottom of the ‘tree’), and one small one to act as the tree trunk. I tried to choose relatively straight sticks with little-to-no side branches.

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Next, I used a dab of hot glue at all the joints where two sticks met.

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Then I wrapped each joint with some lime green yarn I already had on hand.

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Once all the joints were wrapped, I randomly wrapped some more sections on the sides and bottom. And dat’s it, ladies and gents! Hang it on your door and go!

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What I love about this (besides that it was fast and free), is that it’s not too precious. Does that make sense? I feel like it can really hold up to being outside in winter weather and no matter how much it snows/rains/wind blows, it will be fine!

Oh, Christmas Tree (Wreath) | Lemon Drop Life

 

Have a good weekend, everyone!

The holiday season is in full swing and I have about a thousand projects swirling around in my head! Today, I’m sharing the first one I completed this past weekend: a simple metallic triangle garland for your tree!

For our tree this year, I want to keep a very classic black/white/metallic palette, but I also don’t want to drop a hundred bucks on a bunch of new ornaments. So I’m trying to use mostly things that I already have, which equals getting a little creative (wahoo!). I have expressed many times before my love for foil tape, so it should come as no surprise that I would find a way to incorporate it into our tree! I decided to try a modern-geometric type garland. And, good news, it’s SO easy (and cheap!) to make.

DIY Triangle Garland

All you need is some string/ribbon/twine (I used twine), foil tape, and scissors. Then pop in a good ole’ Christmas movie (I happened to be watching The Story of Santa Claus) and get ready for some mindless work!

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I started by cutting a bunch of strips of the foil tape. I didn’t measure or anything, just pulled a small section and cut.

DIY Triangle Garland | Lemon Drop Life

Then I peeled the backing off of the first strip and attached it to the twine, such that you could fold it in half.

DIY Triangle Garland | Lemon Drop Life

I did a transverse fold, but if you wanted to do it longitudinally (or a hot dog fold..does anyone else know what I’m talking about when I say that?), you could.

DIY Triangle Garland | Lemon Drop Life

Then you snip the sides diagonally so that you’re left with a nice little triangle.

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I found that doing things in groups of five (i.e. attach 5 strips to the twine and then snip those 5 into triangles) seemed to be a nice rhythm for me. I also didn’t measure out how far apart I spaced them..just kind of eyeballed it. Measuring takes all the fun out projects.

I cut about 85 strips which was good for our tree, which is 7.5’ tall. Use more or less depending on your tree size.

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You can catch a glimpse of a couple other ornaments I used, also in the spirit of not spending a ton of money: I added a piece of twine to some jingle bells I already had and made some pipe cleaner snowflakes! I’m hoping to finish up a few more things for the tree and share the full monty with you later this week!

And just for funsies, here’s a recap of all the cool ways I’ve used foil tape in the past!

Fun Ways to Use Foil Tapefoil tape wall/wrapping paper/polka dot accent wall/embellished curtains

So how you are guys decorating your trees this year?

Monday. Woof.

We had some beastly storms yesterday (picture JP, Roarke and myself piled into the bathtub), so I hope all you fellow Midwesterners stayed safe!

Today I just wanted to share a little welcoming touch I added recently to our evolving guest room. You can see my plan for the room here.

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I love the rustic wood slice chalkboards I’ve seen popping up here and there, so I picked up a wood slice at Hobby Lobby (with a 40% off coupon) and added some chalkboard paint.

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My chalkboard handwriting is far from pleasing, but I’m going to say that’s part of the ‘charm.’ ;)

Next on my list for that room is to find the perfect shade of gray-lavender for the walls, which is proving far more difficult that I thought!

 

…it can make almost anything better.

When I bought my desk chair at IKEA, I also bought a chair cushion to go with it with the intentions of recovering it with some different fabric. So, I picked up some fabric a few days ago and got to it.

I planned to just use my staple gun to secure the fabric, but the cushion was just foam so there really wasn’t anything for the staples to bite into. So what’s a crafter to do? Use hot glue of course!

And I give you my new and improved chair cushion!

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And how’s this for a happy accident?

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My planner (that I already owned) and the cushion totally coordinate! Guess I’m more drawn to this color palette than I realized!

 

The master bedroom makeover continues today with our nightstands! A couple weeks ago, I showed you guys that our bedroom was sporting a new, more dramatic color. Well, that really kick-started my mojo for this room, and I’m primed and ready to keep rolling!

Our nightstands were begging me for a makeover.

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Blah, black boxes. They even have mismatched knobs. Poor things.

I was kind of dragging my feet on getting started, but when a friend of mine asked me to review her homemade chalk paint, I was like “Psh, yeah!” And I knew these nightstands were the perfect makeover candidates.

I’ve wanted to try chalk paint for months, mainly because of two little words: no prep. That’s right, most chalk paint retailers boast that no preparations are needed..you can just grab your brush and get to work. And since ‘taping’ and ‘priming’ are basically curse words to me, that fact is music to my ears.

So as soon as the chalk paint arrived, I dragged the nightstands to the garage, removed the drawers and hardware, and slapped on the first coat of paint. No primer, baby. Oh yeah, it’s getting wild up in here.

His And Hers | Lemon Drop LifeThe paint comes all packaged in an adorable mason jar, how cute is that?!

The chalk paint dried pretty quickly. By the time I finished painting both nightstands and all the drawers, the parts I painted first were dry and ready for the second coat. Since these dressers started out basically black, I was a little worried about the paint being able to cover without primer. But to my surprise, I had pretty good coverage after the second coat. If you like a more rustic look, you could probably stop after the second coat. But I didn’t want any of the old finish showing through, so I went ahead and did a third coat.

But let me back up for a second. I wanted to add a little fun to these nightstands, and I loved the idea of emphasizing the his/hers aspect. So, I thought about stenciling ‘his’ and ‘hers’ down the drawers, but alas, both nightstands have three drawers and ‘hers’ has four letters. And then it hit me: ‘guy’ and ‘gal’! And I already had vinyl letters I could use!! Gotta love using what you have :) So before I painted, I added some vinyl letters and then peeled them off after coat number three.

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You like? I’d like to get some new knobs for JP’s dresser (or at least hit these up with some Rub n Buff), but I’m totally digging the look!

And the best part? I’ve got a 4 oz. jar of Liquid Vintage chalk paint in Pure White to giveaway to one of you! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!! You can also check out their Etsy shop here!

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