Crafty (& Handy) Holidays

Christmas Wreath

Brandon bought a wreath from a boy scout that came to our door last month. Isn’t that sweet? When it arrived though, I could see it needed a little help. It came with a smooshed plastic red bow and two pine cones.

Christmas Wreath (Before)

I ordered a set of vintage silver bells after Laura posted them on the SCOOP, and I figured they would do nicely in the center of the wreath.

Christmas Wreath (After)

I added a silver bow and the two pine cones back in and hung it from a silver ribbon. The whole thing could have used a little more fussing, but I fixed it up and had it hanging within fifteen minutes. I had to work quickly!

Christmas Wreath

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  • Sarah
    December 2, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Love it!

  • Kristin Wolter
    December 2, 2009 at 9:58 am

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see the rest of your decorations. And that pink tree!

  • amyks
    December 2, 2009 at 10:03 am


  • Jen P.
    December 2, 2009 at 10:07 am

    haha, the “before” version is really something! I think it looks great with the bells.

  • Bridget B.
    December 2, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Love Eleanor’s little hands grabbing at the wreath. Bet that was why you had to work fast. :)

  • Jessica
    December 2, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Love the photo of baby E chasing the cat and your shoes peeking out. Great composition!

  • Rebekah Coleman-Brahler
    December 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Soooooo pretty! We do two big lighted wreaths in the peak of our house and garage with huge vintage-y silver bells hung on them, so I totally dig this upgrade! ;)

  • Melissa
    December 2, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Very pretty and a HUGE improvement. Bonus that you supported the Boy Scouts at the same time. I am a sucker as well when they come door to door. Bet your house looks gorgeous at Xmas!

  • Danielle
    December 2, 2009 at 10:58 am

    WOW! This is awesome! What a cool look!

  • Sandra
    December 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Sometimes the sentiment (supporting the boy scouts) is more important than perfection. :)

  • cassandra @ coco+kelley
    December 2, 2009 at 11:26 am

    what a difference a bell (or three) makes! i was just eyeing some of the HUGE oversized ones they have at target this year in red… thinking they’d be fun hanging from the mantle!

  • Lyndsey
    December 2, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Wow! What a difference…it definitely benefited from finding a home with you!

  • Krystina
    December 2, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Absolutely wonderful! I myself want a wreath I just haven’t found the right one yet…this has totally inspired me though :-)

  • In Honor Of Design
    December 2, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    ahh beautiful. the perfect touch!

  • Nikki
    December 2, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    What Jessica said! The Eleanor-reaching-for-cat-tail element is the crowning touch!

  • Renee
    December 2, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    LOVE it. I’ve been giving some thought to my own wreath, but nothing really inspired has come to me yet. xoxo

  • Audrie
    December 2, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Those bells are just perfect against the wreath.

  • Susan
    December 2, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    You’ve improved it beyond belief! I love it!

  • Charity
    December 2, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you for purchasing and posting on those cool bells. We are so thrilled they have made it to a sassy stylish home. If you are ever visiting Cleveland, OH we would welcome you to our store, or take you on a vintage shopping day. Thanks for the link! Warm wishes, stash style

  • Karen Lee
    December 2, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you for supporting the boy scouts!
    I love the way you spruced it up!

  • stephanie
    December 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    such a great idea with those bells! it looks much better than what you had to start with! good job :)

  • Amanda
    December 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    What an improvement!

  • Paula
    December 3, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Oh, I wish I could think of that! Gorgeous!!!

  • Miss B
    December 3, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    You are magic! You make everything look like a million bucks!

  • caitriona
    December 3, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    aha, i see baba has a ‘sophie la giraffe’ – excellent choice ;) even if she does favour the cat’s tail!

  • Valentina
    December 3, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    *BEAUTIFUL*.. and yes, your husband is really sweet!

  • Melissa
    December 3, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Love it! My seven-year old son sold Christmas wreaths for his cub scout den this year too. Although I’m not as crafty as you. Ours is hanging on our front with the red plastic bow and two pine cones. Yours is so so much fancier!

  • Kalee
    December 4, 2009 at 11:50 am

    How beautiful!

  • Alana
    December 4, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I love the action shot of the baby chasing the cat! So cute.

  • down pillow
    December 4, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    Very cute – definitely an upgrade from the red bow :)

  • condo blues
    December 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    I have a green front door that works great except during Christmas. It’s hard to find a wreath that doesn’t have greenery that melts into the door color. This year I finally found the perfect wreath – red feathers and glitter. woo!

  • Christine
    December 10, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I love homemade wreaths at Christmas time. My family used to have a magnificent grapevine, and we’d collect the branches at the end of the season and fashion them into a circle. They make the perfect backdrop for evergreens, red berries and a shiny jingle bell.

  • Emily A. Clark
    December 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Hi, this is the first time I’ve visited your blog and it’s great! Love what you did with the wreath and that pink tree!! My question is actually about the giraffe teether in the floor. I’ve considered ordering this for my 9 month old but the thought of paying $20 for something we’re sure to lose makes me cringe ;) Do you think it’s worth the money? Does she love it??