It is about a 12 hour drive from our house to Seattle and the kids were amazingly good the whole time. Unfortunately the kids got some kind of stomach bug in Seattle (I blame it on eating lunch on cement tables outside at Pikes Market, it is fun, but not really very sanitary). Anyway I lost count of the number of times I had to turn around to catch throw up in a plastic grocery sack. I think it was around 18 during the long drive home.
Even with the less than fun drive home the trip was still totally worth it. Sadly, I came home to a street full of Christmas lights aglow and my house still had fall leaves and pumpkins all over the porch. You should have heard Emma, who is 7, freaking out about what loosers we were and how we needed to get our Christmas stuff up right away.
Suddenly I feel SO behind. I spent the day unpacking, doing tons of laundry, and buying Christmas presents on-line. I only have a few more gifts to buy. Wish me luck. I am hoping to find a few more really good deals without having to wait in any long lines.
So, today I want to share with you my winter wonderland wreath. It is one of the few Christmas decorations I have up.
Do you want to know how to make one of your own?
You are going to need:
A STYROFOAM wreath (I used an 18" wreath because I wanted it big, but that size was a beast, so you may want to use a 12" wreath, it goes a lot faster.)
A pack of white card stock (about 50 sheets)
A 3" scalloped circle paper punch
Cut out paper snowflakes (I used my silhouette to cut them out)
A small strand of white Christmas lights
2 packs of dollar store snow flakes
little pine cones
glitter blast diamond dust spray paint
glue gun and glue
Wrap your Christmas lights around the wreath. Easy enough so far. You may notice the computer in the back ground. Yes, this is a "watch a move while you do it" kind of project. Also, you will see I pressed the plugie-ine end of the lights into the wreath so it is all nice a tucked away. If you are planning on hanging this somewhere where it will not be easy to plug it in you may want to get those battery powered lights.
Before the wreath is too covered in paper, tie a ribbon or whatever you are planning to hang it with on the top.
Next, I attached the snowflakes to the lights. I cut them down the middle and them glued the two open sides together so it kinda makes a cone shape. Oh and I would like to point out that you do not need to worry about the lights catching the paper on fire. Paper burns at 451 degrees and little Christmas lights will not get anywhere near that hot.
Next I glitter blasted the pine cones and glued them on around the wreath. Sorry I forgot to take pictures of this part, but I have faith that you guys can do it with out them.
Next make your cones.
keep going until the whole thing is covered.
And you are done. YAY!
Hang it on the door.
I am still trying to decide where I am going to hang it. I love it as part of this Christmas vignette.