DIY THURSDAY: SEASONAL WREATH & A BOXWOOD FIND.

‘Tis the season. I am slowly packing up my Fall décor and transitioning over to Christmas – I’ve given myself until Dec. 1 to get in gear! And while I have yet to unpack the boxes brimming with Christmas spirit, I have found a moment to get my holiday craft on.

Before diving into my DIY, however, I must divulge to you a most amazing deal! I mentioned in a previous post that Trader Joes was selling boxwood wreaths, but at the time I wasn’t quite sure of cost or size. Well, I happened to swing by Trader Joes yesterday and to my disbelief, these adorable and perfectly sized wreaths were only $9.99! Needless to say, I left with an armful (and a dazzling smile). At such a fabulous price, I highly recommend grabbing a few for yourself before they are all out!

Boxwood Doubled

I then headed to Michael’s and left with an armful of supplies…

My first task was to hang up my newly purchased boxwood wreaths. Two of them were perfect as is for my dining room French doors – I simply wrapped a ribbon around each and pinned them to the door. For my third boxwood, I wanted to add a little zest, so I wove in a few berries, added a couple of doves, a few pinecones, and again, hung with ribbon:

Boxwood Styled

Now full of holiday spirit, I moved on to my next project:

Twig Wreath Unfinished

I picked up this guy while at Michael’s, as well as this:

Materials

So with the Krylon in hand, I lightly sprayed the wreath to give it that frosted look, allowed the paint to dry, and then sprayed the snow in areas where snow would typically gather…

Twig Wreath Sprayed

I then wove in a few red berries and added a couple of cardinals for that pop of color (unfortunately, the Charlottesville Michael’s was out of a lot of supplies so I only managed to snag two of them, but as soon as a new shipment comes in, I’ll be adding more!).

Here is what it looks like in the meantime, simple and sweet:

Twig Wreath

Finally, since I didn’t quite complete the above wreath and my hands were itching for another project, I decided to fashion another, smaller, sheet music wreath for my living room mantle:

Sheet Music Wreath

(yeah, that’s an a/c vent you see there, right in the center of my living room wall! Not sure why the renovator decided to place it there…but it is the bane of my existence. I try to hide it as much as possible!)

You can find the tutorial here.

After this little bit of crafting, I’m now feel like I’m on a roll. Next: the mantles. Time to break out my big box of Christmas!

GIVEAWAY WINNER AND HURRICANE PREPARATION!

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend! I was in DC for the Marine Corp Marathon (not to run, I’m not quite as crazy as that!) to cheer on some friends – I’ll be sure to share pictures with you later. Incredibly, the weather actually held through the entirety of the marathon, but we are now bracing for the hurricane to hit. Luckily, Charlottesville is slightly on the outskirts of the worst of it, but even here, schools are shut down and public transit stalled. And just recently, we received a blizzard alert through 2PM tomorrow!

My husband and I have been running around finishing up a few errands before the potential loss of power, hence the delayed post today, but I know a few of you are anxious to hear the winner of the vintage sheet music giveaway!

Music Wreath Complete

Sheet music craft idea!

So, without further ado…the winners are (drumroll please…)

Beverly Meng

and

Laurie from House of 34.

(Ladies, please email me your home address and I will get your sheet music sent to you ASAP!)

Thank you all so much for participating! I will have another giveaway coming soon so please keep your eyes peeled.

And remember, I do have vintage sheet music and booklets available for purchase in my Etsy shop

11X14 Vintage Sheet Music - Collection of 35 Sheets

The Musical Quarterly (Set of 5: 1934 - 1942) & The Music Review Volume II (1941)

Antique Etude Magazines: 1908 - 1909 (Collection of 5) / Antique Sheet Music

Home Circle Music Series Set of 4 - No. 3, No. 24 (Vol. I), No. 25 (Vol. II), No. 39

DIY THURSDAY: SHEET MUSIC WREATH & A GIVEAWAY!

Don’t you just love Thursdays? With the holiday season quickly approaching (I can’t believe it’s already the end of October!), I thought I’d share with you a quick and easy project that just may help with your holiday décor…

I’m sure many of you have seen Miss Mustard Seed’s sheet music wreath:

When I first set my eyes on this adorable wreath, I fell a little bit in love, so I set out to make my own.

First, I loaded up my makeshift work station (aka my living room floor) with all the items I needed:

  1. A stack of vintage sheet  music (which I happen to have BOXES of…)
  2. A glue gun and glue
  3. Ribbon
  4. Scissors
  5. Pine cone (optional)

Really, that’s all it takes! Now, some of you may be wondering where in the world am I going to find vintage sheet music? To help you along with this little problem, I will be giving away TWO large stacks of vintage sheet music for TWO lucky readers! The how and the when is revealed at the end of this post, so read on my friends!

After I had all my supplies on hand, I began by folding and carefully ripping a few sheets into eighths (you’re welcome to use scissors, but I happen to like the distressed affect ripping gives). With a few more sheets I then did the same with fourths and then with halves.

Stages of Music Wreath

Once I had enough pages torn, I folded each set of eighths, fourths, halves, as well as full pages into cones, using the glue gun as needed.

Music Wreath Progress

I continued to fold these miscellaneous sized pages into cones until I had enough to my liking, and then the fun really began!

*Please note: if you happen to be doing this project on a surface you do not want to get glue all over, make sure you lay down a mat, newspaper, scrap piece of paper, what have you, BEFORE you get glue gun happy in order to protect said surface!

Per Miss Mustard Seed’s wreath, she may have begun by gluing her largest set of cones together into a circular shape to create a solid foundation, and then proceeded to layer each varying size set of cones over that to get the final product you see above. I, on the other hand, wanted to go for a slightly more disheveled look, and so began with the smallest set of cones, using a cut out circle as my backbone…

Music Wreath Progress 2

This is the backside of the wreath in progress (and I was actually working on newspaper, but moved the wreath to the carpet for picture purposes only!)

I then began vaguely layering each varying size of cones into the gaps, using plenty of glue in the process, until the wreath was to my liking. Once all the cones were in place, I glued a small pine cone into the center just for that little extra oomph, and glued ribbon onto the backside to hang. And the final product….

Music Wreath Complete

Viola!

I just love how it turned out! Of course, this wreath could stand on its own anytime of year, but with a little added garland, it would make the perfect holiday décor. You could also consider making miniature versions of this wreath as Christmas tree decorations, or to use as a bow for those special presents.

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Now on to the important part!

TWO lucky winners will receive a large stack of vintage sheet music for your crafting pleasure. All you have to do is follow me via Facebook, Twitter, or email (or all of the above), and leave a comment below each time you do so. I will select two winners at random.

This giveaway will close on 10/28/12 at 11:59 EST. Winners will be announced on Monday!

If the wreath wasn’t inspiration enough, here are just a few more things you can do with sheet music…

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If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can purchase stacks of sheet music from my shop Smile

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