Was Christmas amazing?

Are you resting?

Or returning?

Or digging out from under wrapping paper?

Or already taking down your Christmas decorations?

 

My Christmas decorations leave slowly.

It’s hard to let them go.  The house always looks so festive and fun and full of joy at Christmastime.

Like a party waiting to happen.

And then…..when the decorations come down…..it feels so empty.

And sad and generally unfestive.

 

So I try to console myself with winter projects.

Like this.

A winter twig wreath.

I was crossing my fingers and all 10  toes that it would chase away the unfestiveness from every corner.

 

And it did.

And I love it.

And I am so hoping that you will pick up a few sticks from the yard and a little hot glue…..and make this to hang on your wall.

 

 

Twig Wreath

Supplies:

twigs

hot glue

flat circle wreath form

tiny pine cones from craft store

ribbon

 

Wood Circle

 

Step 1:  Spray paint circle

I found this wreath form at Hobby Lobby that measures 14″ across.

Actually….it started out as a peace symbol.

The inside lines were cut out….leaving  the circle.

I also saw several other options for wood circles in the wood department of Hobby Lobby.

You could also purchase foam core and cut out a circle.

I spray painted the circle white.

Branches

Step 2:  Cut branches

I found these branches in my back yard.

I cut them (or in most cases just broke them because they were so dry) into 8″-10″ sections.

Step 3:  Add first layer of branches 

 

It was almost like a giant puzzle.

I found the pieces that were already curved and started laying them clockwise around the inner circle to form the first layer.

Then I hot glued them to the wood form.

 

Step 4: Add next layer
Repeat step 3.

 

Step 5:  Continue adding layers

Repeat step 3 again.

Hot glue each stick in a clock-wise pattern.

Continue until the wreath take the shape you want.

 

 

 Step 6:  Add pine cones

After you have finished gluing sticks add pine cones to completed wreath.

 

 

Step 7:  Spray paint wreath

After you have the added the layers of sticks and pine cones your wreath should look like this.

You could leave it plain wood.

Or….if you have an entire house of white and gray Christmas decorating….you could spray paint it.

Spray paint it white.

Add a couple of layers of spray paint to cover the wood.

 

 

I hung mine from a ribbon and added a white bird from the dollar store.

This project is so easy and fun and cheap (because after Christmas my pockets are empty).

It will warm your heart and make you smile from ear to ear.

So may all your days of winter decorating be merry and bright.

 

Happy New Year. 🙂

 

PS  Sharing over at Between Naps On a Porch.

Comments

  1. Image for Traci Traci

    Love that! I might have to try it! After this nasty cold goes away! Had a lovely holiday! Hope you and your family did too. I will probably drag my feet on taking down the decorations til after New Years. The house always looks kinda sad after you take them down. But I have a dining room project I'm itching to try so that will keep me busy! Traci

  2. Image for Linda Linda

    I'm with you. My decorations come down slowly. They stay us till after New years. I had a VERY BUSY DAY!! Christmas started at 6am and by 8pm I was famished..... So now I'm up early and started preparing for 15 more today starting with brunch at 11 and carrying on till dinner at 5..... I'll be looking for something to do come the weekend...This project is cute!! Happy Holidays!!

  3. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Good morning, my sweet friend. My boys spent the night here last night. They were so excited last night to watch their much anticipated Dr. Who Christmas Special. My son and grandson love Dr. Who. Me? I don't really get it, but they had so much fun. They made Rice Krispy Treats after they got here yesterday, and that was the treat for the evening. I had Red Velvet Cheesecake, but good ole RKTs were the popular choice. We had a wonderful Christmas. Everything was perfect. Our Christmas dinner is always lasagna at my son's request, and it was delicious. The house is looking good this morning. Everyone helped me last night which made clean up a snap. All I need to do is put up the silver flatware that I hand-washed and put on a towel to dry. Now the issue will be what's for breakfast. It has been pouring down rain for hours here, and it is still completely dark outside. I am working from home today. Only four more days to work. I'm sure you can guess that I am very excited. No thoughts of "undecorating" yet. I want to enjoy it all even more.

  4. Image for Judy Judy

    I'm a take-everything-down-on-the-26th kind of girl...although I'm getting a cold and it might not happen today! The good thing about not putting out much is it doesn't take too long to get it all put up. But you are so right, the house feels kinda "nekid" and just waiting for a new project or two....love your wreath and since I'm keeping the twins this week I think they would love picking up sticks and/or twigs for Mimi! We didn't go to the beach after all...we had severe weather predictions and truthfully, I just didn't want to be gone from home during the holidays...the beach will be there in the spring/summer which is when I'd rather go. Hope your Christmas was fabulous...just like you!

  5. Image for Lynn @thevintagenest Lynn @thevintagenest

    was up early this a.m. and actually took some Christmas stuff down. I love to put it up but love to get it down and get the house back to "normal" again. My indoor wreaths and "tree" were pretty dried out so they came down. I take all the red off the front porch but leave the sleds and greens and add snow covered pinecones for a Nordic kind of look thru January and February along with my white snowmen. :) I feel the need to go finish that last piece of pecan pie for breakfast this morning so talk to you later. Enjoy the rest of Christmas week Karianne. xoxoxo

  6. Image for Sarah@20 State Sarah@20 State

    I'm slow to put them up and slow to pull them down! I like to think I meet Christmas in the middle. Happy New to you and yours and I hope you had an amazing, relaxing, snowy Christmas. Currently splurging on the online Boxing Day sales...like I havn't spent enough already... who knew shoes could talk and know my name...:)

  7. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    After spending months decorating...the days after Christmas when things slow down are the days I truly enjoy my decorations......Hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!!...Now I know what I am going to do with the Krylon paint I won...love the twig wreath!!!...

  8. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Isn't that so true...our pockets are empty, but, our hearts are full! I had a great Christmas, quiet and almost relaxing. I made the dinner ahead of time, so all I had to do was reheat. And, watched lots of Christmas movies as a family...so fun! My decorations can stay up for awhile...but the tree will come down in a few days. I'll have to wait for the snow to melt...can't find the twigs! But as soon as I do, I'm going to make this..it's perfect for those in between times....hope you enjoyed your Christmas! ;)

  9. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Merry Day After Christmas KariAnne, I love the wreath too. However you forgot to add white spray paint to the list I think. We keep out decorations up until at least Jan. 2 and sometimes we wait until after Epiphany. Enjoy! Hugs, Linda

  10. Image for Jill Flory Jill Flory

    It's lovely Karianne! I have a gallon ziplock bag full of broken twigs that are already painted white. I had another project pinned to do with them but this one just might win out. We shall see if I have time for any crafting when I get home from Kansas!

  11. Image for Diane J./Ohio Diane J./Ohio

    Love the wreath! So simple & beautiful! Would love to make one but the chance of me getting branches in my yard today will be slim. The snow is coming down with projections of up to 12 inches+ before it's all over. Will have to find another project to keep me busy as I watch the snow pile up. Definitely will put this wreath idea on my to do list after the snow melts.

  12. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    I'm in! I won't be undecorating until after New Year's, but this is pinned for those empty spots that will inevitably depress me. :) Hope you had a very Merry Christmas, sweet friend! You've been such a blessing to me this year... xo Heidi

  13. Image for Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls

    That's lovely, Karianne! I have been known to start taking the decorations down as soon as everybody goes home on Christmas Day. My youngest daughter and her husband stayed late, so I didn't take any down last night, but will get them all down and packed away today. Christmas was lovely, but I am always anxious to get things back to normal. When it is done, I don't feel the house is bare, but that I suddenly have extra space! It is bitterly cold, the snow missed us, but the sky is dark and dreary. Hurry, Spring!!!

  14. Image for Regina Merrick Regina Merrick

    Love the wreath! I have a dilemma this year . . . My youngest daughter's 18th birthday is Jan. 13, and she's requested that we still have the tree up. Hmmmmm. I may have to de-Christmas, otherwise! The twig wreath might just be the in-between answer! Enjoy the SNOW!

  15. Image for Zolane Zolane

    Right up my alley, KariAnne! Thank you!!! It's starting to snow here, so I'm off to collect branches for this perfect resting, relaxing, crafting kind of day :) I hope you and your family had a blessed and joy-filled Christmas and that this coming year will be filled with the same. You are a blessing. Hugs, Zolane

  16. Image for Deena Deena

    Love that twig wreath and as soon as this cold wind stops blowing I am going to walk out my door into the woods and get some twigs and make one. We are surrounded by National Forest land.

  17. Image for Teresa Teresa

    The holidays were especially hard this year, I lost my husband of 33 years to cancer just before his 53 birthday in October. All at once I was faced with hurdles... first birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas...without him. Now there were days when I thought, "Oy vey...If I don't do something, anything...I'm going to go crazy!" ...and there was your blog. In October. In November and now, In December. I had a pretty Autumn door and mantel, a pretty Christmas door and mantel and I now, I will have a pretty Winter door. Thank you KariAnne. For keeping my mind focused and my fingers nimble, thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You have been a gift from God!

  18. Image for Amy@ The Avery House Amy@ The Avery House

    I love that twig wreath andI have plenty of twigs to make my very own! I begin to take down Christmas decorations before New Year's Eve. I leave only my Nativity sets out until the day after January 6 as we celebrate the Epiphany when it is thought that the Three Kings visited the Christ Child. I like to take my decor down for some reason. It makes me feel peaceful to have it taken down although I love it when it is up too. It is always hard for me to get the ball rolling though. I hope that your final week of 2012 is filled with lots of fun and happy times for you and your family!

  19. Image for Kelli Kelli

    I love that! Decorating for winter seems to help me transition out of the Christmas "party-ness" also. Just this a.m. I was thinking to myself "Hmmmm....could I leave all of that epsom salt in those apothecary jars...and just add a twig of evergreen?" We shall see. ;) ~k.

  20. Image for Linda @ A La Carte Linda @ A La Carte

    That wreath is really pretty! I don't take down Christmas until New Year's Day! Then I switch to 'winter' decorations, snowmen, cardinals and the like. I can't go cold turkey with no decorations! hugs, Linda

  21. Image for Michele Michele

    I absolutely LOVE this project. Well done, Karianne! So glad you had a wonderful holiday. I completely understand what you mean about taking things down. I always have ours down by Jan 3rd - but I am told we aren't supposed to until Epiphany, which is the day the Wise Men came to Jesus. My mother in law is quite adament about that. So, anyway, my rustic colourful upstairs tree goes first and I take the very Christmasey things second - and leave a few wintry bits around for a while..................slowly, too.................I hate when Christmas is over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy New Year, doll. Hugs.

  22. Image for Wendy Wendy

    Yay! I LOVE this wreath. It goes right from Christmas into the winter days. Keep those winter projects comin'! :)

  23. Image for tiffini tiffini

    I feel the same way about decorations. A big part of me wants it all gone now..but the tree. I LOVE the tree with the lights. I love them in the wee morning hours with my coffee. BUt yes..the house does seem empty when they are gone. I am thinking about my mantle and what I want to tweak about it for the rest of winter. Love your wreath:) happy almost 2013! I still have to answer your email . I haven't forgotten:) love ya tiff

  24. Image for susan@avintagefarmwife susan@avintagefarmwife

    Oh my goodness! You are already creating new decorations-how do you do it, girl? I love the wreath by the way and I plan to copy your idea as soon as the blizzard around us ends. Thank you for sharing your creativity with the rest of us. You are a doll!

  25. Image for Jane Jane

    I think I have just taken my first deep breath, sat down and looked at my tree and decorations! Whew! What a month! This is when I enjoy everything the most, most of all the memories! I love your wreath! We are having a lot of blustery weather here in the upper Midwest so I'm sure I'll finds lots of twigs tomorrow and then I'll have a go at it! Thanks so much! XO, Jane

  26. Image for maryJean maryJean

    fun! I like the simpleness of this. (simpleness?) I love to bring winter decorating in after christmas. ~maryJean

  27. Image for Pendra Pendra

    Beautiful! Love that it's something you can go pick up in your own back yard. I think it would be so cute to add a little birds nest as well, love all the texture to it! Thanks for the inspiration! Christmas decor is actually starting to get to me...but like you I take down kind of slowly! I have withdrawal's from all the beautiful lights. Hugs, Pendra

  28. Image for Jennifer Jennifer

    What a cute idea! Great for keeping a little festiveness around after the Christmas decor has come down..... something I have been working on all day today. Hope you had a very merry Christmas!

  29. Image for Jo-Anne Jo-Anne

    That twig wreath is awesome I love how talented you are and the wonderful things you create.....................I love Christmas but even I am glad that it is over........................good thing it only comes once a year

  30. Image for KATHYSUE KATHYSUE

    I am so pooped I won't be doing anything constructive for a few days. I did take the wreath off my porch, but other than that, I am resting, pinning, blog hopping and napping. KATHYSUE

  31. Image for Debbie Debbie

    It's so simple and beautiful. I love it! And I will be searching our property to see what treasures I can use to create a winter wreath...great idea for when the Christmas wreaths come down. Debbie :)

  32. Image for Heather Heather

    Love your simple yet stylish wreath Karianne! I love how you reinvented this peace sign into a wreath form! You have a real knack of envisioning your projects and repurposing!! I love using twigs too! Peace out Karianne and have a wonderful weekend ;)

  33. Image for Karen Karen

    Hi Karianne, Thanks for visiting Elderberry Street. Now I just need to get off my b**t and take some of my own pictures. But, other's seem to do it so well. It's funny that I had just yesterday pinned your twig wreath instructions. It's nice meeting you. Your blog is wonderful and I wish I had a creative brother like yours. ;-) Happy New Year, Karen

  34. Image for Deborah Deborah

    I feel the same way when the Christmas decorations come down. Your wreath turned out really pretty! I love that you can use it all winter too. Thanks for sharing :) Deborah

  35. Image for Christy Christy

    I love this!! I have been wanting to make something wintery for my front door and just haven't come across the perfect thing yet. This is it!! The weather is supposed to be nice today...I need to put the kids to work collecting sticks:)

  36. Image for Debbie Debbie

    Hi kariannne I'm posting about my winter wreath I made after seeing this post and being inspired. I've included the links to your blog and this post to give credit where credit is deserved! Thanks for the inspiration. Debbie :)

  37. Image for Lilly Lilly

    I'm now just being introduced to your blog. Loved the Winter Twig Wreath. No one knows how long a winter can be than us Alaskans! Thanks for your ideas and detailed instructions. Blessings!

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