Berry Merry Monogramed Letter

I thought I’d share a really simple DIY project that I found on Pinterest. The reason I like it so much is because it’s subtle/classic holiday decor. I’m kinda over the giant plastic lawn ornaments and reindeer sleighs. This tutorial is so easy I don’t even have step-by-step photos.

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden letter (or you could get fancy and cut one out of cardboard)
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Red berry garland (I got mine from Michael’s)
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon

Basically, all you have to do is cut off sections of the berries (because most are stuck together) and glue them on top of your letter. Then use individual berries to fill in the gaps. Once I was done, I tied a bow out of gold ribbon and hung it on my front door. Yep, that’s it. I’m telling you it’s that easy. I do have some tips that may help:

  • Start with creating a berry base and then go back and fill in the spaces.
  • You could paint your letter a similar color to the berries so you don’t see the background as easily.
  • If you don’t want to see your letter form at all then choose a very flat letter. You may even cut a letter out of cardboard.

I hope you enjoy this simple craft as much as I did! Merry decorating!

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Snowball Christmas Wreath – The Tutorial

You may have seen an amazing yarn wreath in the Christmas post and wondered how I made it. You were weren’t you? Well, put your crafty pants on because we’re makin’ stuff! I found this image on Pinterest. If you don’t have an account with them…you need to. It is seriously the best place for inspiration on the internet. Don’t believe me? Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.  Anywho, when I saw this wreath I thought to myself, “I can totally make that.” And yes, I talk to myself in teenage girl mode and I don’t know why. So, I went over to Michaels to get the supplies that I needed.

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks (I used a lot)
  • Wreath shape (I used a vine wreath)
  • 5 different colors of yarn
  • Styrofoam balls (small, medium, large)
  • Filler objects (seeds,  jewels)

Here’s the final product. I thought I’d grab your attention early and hopefully convince you that this tutorial is gunna be awesome. Just look how pretty, modern and fun this wreath is. You too can make one and here’s how. (Check out the gallery to see the step-by-step image instructions.)

  • Pick up one of the Styrofoam balls and pin down the end of the yarn with your thumb.

  • Start wrapping the yarn in circles. You can go all one direction to make it really neat. Or you can change directions and make it look more “natural.” I chose the natural look because it was easier than the one direction method.

  • Keep wrapping until you can no longer see the white Styrofoam anymore. For each color I wrapped: 1 large, 2 medium and 2 small. I did this because that’s how many balls came in a pack. But you can do whatever combo of small, medium and large that you want. NOTE: you could paint the balls before you start wrapping. This would make it easier to cover and use less yarn.

  • Once you’ve completely wrapped your Styrofoam in yarn you can cut the yarn. Grab the glue gun and put a pea size amount of glue on the ball and gently lay the cut end of the string into the molten glue. NOTE: I burned my fingers a few times before I realized I could cut the string long and then cut it short later after the glue dried.

  • Once the end of the yarn is secure we’re going to add another layer of glue on top of the cut string. This is just for extra hold. I made an “X” over the cut string with the glue gun.

  • Set that little guy aside while it dries and start on another one. Don’t worry! the string wont pop off because you let the origianl glue dry first.

  • Once you’re done wrapping all the Styrofoam balls it’s time to start assembling the wreath. As a side note, Reese loved lying in my pile of yarn balls while I worked.  I should have gotten a photo of that!

  • Deciding where to glue the yarn balls took me forever. But after a while I figured out a plan. Glue the 5 largest yarn balls evenly around the wreath.

  • Glue the 10 medium sized yarn balls around the 5 large ones. Then glue the 10 small sized yarn balls around wherever there’s a space that needs to be filled. NOTE: I made sure that the same colors weren’t too close together.

  • You’ll notice that there will be smaller spaces that are too small for a yarn ball but too big to be left alone. This is where I added my “filler object.” I chose gum tree seeds (those spiky balls that fall in the winter). But you could use anything like: broaches, smaller yarn balls, Christmas ornaments, snowflake paper cutouts… be creative.

Add some extra yarn loops at the top to hang it from your wreath door hanger. And viola! You’re done. You’ve got yourself a bonafide classy wreath that your neighbors will wonder where you got it. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.