Anna decided to replicate the wreathes her sister had made.
She purchased three straw, eight inch wreathes,
and some 3-inch wide wired satan ribbon.
In the same room, delicate white porcelain blossoms sit on a twig-based side table complete with hanging gold filigree ornaments.
In her home, Rachel created a number of low-budget, easy-to-make, yet visually-powerful crafts. Take a look at the pyramid of stacked thick candy canes and the peppermint covered Styrofoam ball she made for her dining room.
A huge tree full of ornaments can be very expensive. So, Rachel purchased a couple of bags of silver and gold potpourri, glued some together, and hung them with half-inch wide ribbon. It's the ribbon that gives this tree punch!
In fact, Rachel used ribbon throughout her home to make it festive. Here is her entrance-way bookcase decked with different widths of ribbon.
She even tied ribbons around the necks of her silver pheasants on her table.
And a last winning idea was tying her packages with Christmas balls.
My girls inspired me! After they left, I made my own pilgrimage to the craft stores for supplies. I decided to make one large, square wreathe, because a door knocker sits in the center of my door. So,
I purchased a 12 x 12 inch shadow box and had my husband remove the back panel, leaving me a bottomless box.
Then I purchased about forty packages of small red balls--some shiny, some mat--the kind which are twisted together like grapes. (They were on a very good sale, reduced well below the lowest price marked!)
To affix the clusters to the shadow box, I drilled holes in the top and the sides of the frame about two inches apart. Then, I sprayed the frame red.
Next, I poked the cluster of stems into the holes on the top of the shadow box frame--filling every hole except two on the corners for my bow.
Then I moved to the outside of the frame. Here I left every other hole empty. Then I moved to the inside of the frame and filled the remaining holes with clusters. Finally, I attached my bow using the two empty corner holes.
I also made a companion decoration for our inset doorway. Using the wire basket which had graced my patio table in the summer and was filled with gourds and pumpkins in the fall, I purchased about thirty heavy, white porcelain, tree ornaments which were on sale at Michaels for a dollar each. I sprayed them with foam snow, topping the basket with bow. Now it looks like we have enough snow balls for a real battle.
One last money saving tip...I took the plant I had used for Thanksgiving.
It still looked fresh, so rather than toss it, I bought some spray paint from a florist and transformed the orange blossoms to red!
All three of us had a jolly time coming up with some new Christmas decorations. Christ's birthday is certainly worth celebrating!