Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Decking the Halls or All I Want for Christmas are My Thumbprints

It started with this photo on Pinterest.image

(image from Pinterest)

I have a feeling lots of stories are going to begin like that.

I loved the simplicity of the mantle and knew I had to find a easy, cheap way to copy it.

Of course, if the budget here at the ‘house allowed, red silk carnations would be perfect for creating these wreaths.

The budget did not allow, so I went with crumpled balls of red crepe paper.

Trial, error, and glue gun burns marked the first wreath.

I was not feeling the Christmas cheer.

By the next one, I’d gotten my mojo and a different, low-temp glue gun and even sang along to a few carols.

For each wreath you need:

a Styrofoam wreath form

a roll of red crepe paper

hot glue

Critical first step: wrap each wreath form in crepe paper.  Do not skip to the wadded-up paper stage.  Your fingerprints will thank you.


At this point, I was on a roll, so I totally forgot pictures.  Bad blogger.

Now, cut the crepe paper into 2-3 inch pieces and scrunch them up.  You need a blue-million of these, so just keep scrunching!

Start gluing, and gluing, and gluing—until you have a nice fluffy wreath.




(Excuse the weird lighting; it’s gloomy and rainy today.)

The green ornaments were Dollar-Tree discoveries from last year, and the white pottery pieces are thrifty finds.

Another Pinteresting project checked off!

Be blessed,


Linking this up at Biblical Homemaking!


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  1. Ginger, VERY PRETTY! I might try that. I have stayed away from pininterest for this very reason... to many pretty projects and not enough time.

    I have been reading your blog, but was blocked from commenting for a long time - then I figured out that I was signed in under my son's account (he started a blog a while ago).

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! I pray this is a good one for you!

  2. I'm pretty sure I pinned the same image - I would say you got it just right! Your mantel looks so much like the original. Did you cut or tear your crepe paper?

  3. These are so pretty! Who would have thought you could be so creative with crepe paper!? (I'm saying that with awe, not sarcasm! LOL) I love the bright Christmas red you chose too.

  4. I never thought about using crepe paper! That's so cool!! I LOVE your mantel. It's gorgeous! And the white and the beadboard- it's all so pretty! The red looks amazing!

  5. It look great!!! Beautiful job Ginger!

  6. I LOVE your scarf and wreath posts ~ so much more to explore! I'm your newest follower and would LOVE to have you follow me, too on your next visit!

    XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing!

    PS I'm having my first linky party on Tuesday, 12/13. It will be "Christmas Scape" themed, tablescape ~ landscape or anywhere else in you home that you've added a touch of Christmas! I'd LOVE for you to link up! My blog is