‘Tis the season to be jolly!
Christmas is my favourite time of the year, and my family has already put up our tree and all our decorations. I’m especially excited about it because we didn’t decorate last year – we were renovating the house, so we were squeezing with my grandma, and there was barely room to swing a cat, nevermind put up a tree.
This year, I decided to add my own touch to the household Christmas decor. There are lots of tutorials out there on making your own wreaths from dollar store items, so I wanted to give it a try.
We don’t really have dollar stores in Singapore, but we do have a two-dollar store – Daiso. So I popped in and helped myself to their impressive Christmas selection – they’ve got everything from ornaments to wrapping paper to toddler Santa outfits, so I picked out five items.
Everything except the green wreath was from the Christmas section – I found the green wreath in the gardening zone, and plucked out the little white flowers to make it look less spring-like. Then, armed with a sharp pair of scissors, I deconstructed everything else into its components:
There’s no real rhyme or reason to what I did next – I moved pieces around and tried to figure out what worked with what. I wound up not using the gift tags at all, which is just well – I’ll use them for presents this year 😀
Using superglue (UHU is my friend), I then glued all the different pieces together in the arrangement I thought was best.
The green wreath I stuck on some snowy leaves, a fake pinecone, a sprig of plastic mistletoe, and a red flower to make it more Christmas-sy. It’d work as a nice centerpiece on the coffee table, or you could hang it up on the door as a wreath.
It would probably be the perfect size as holder for a scented candle, like one of those from Bath & Body Works or Yankee Candle. I don’t have any candles at home, so here’s a glass to illustrate:
Edit: my mom found an old, battered candle lying around, so here’s an example of how it could look:
For the white wreath, which is significantly more wintry, I added a sprig of faux mistletoe and a pine cone, and tied the metal Christmas tree ornament to it so that it dangles from the centre. You could also hang it up on your wall or on a door, but I decided to just hook it to a drawer.
I also did an additional random DIY – using some of the leftover scraps, I made a little festive banner/wand for our little polar bear. I know, he’s not a traditional Christmas character, but he’s here.
I had a lot of fun working on this project, and I think my crafts actually turned out pretty nice! Let me know what you guys think, and feel free to share your own Christmas craft projects – sharing is caring!
It’s, after all, the most wonderful time of the year 😀