I love Easter! I mean, I REALLY love Easter! I love sunrise services, Easter dresses, Easter baskets, the Easter ham, our annual (though slightly unorthodox) Easter egg hunt, and given my well documented affinity for bunnies, you know I love Easter decor!
With so many transitions underway here at our cottage by the creek (read about it here), the picture below says it all. This is where I found myself at the beginning of last week! Yep! With Easter just around the corner, there I was with my house halfway put together and a table full of rabbits in every shape and size along with a couple of lambs and some sweet little chicks all waiting to find a home. My dining room table looked like the staging area for “Easter Bunnies on Parade”.
Those of you who have been following me for any length of time know that I love a good DIY project! Especially if it involves vintage or flea market components that produce unique results no matter how many times you make the same item! Today I wanted to take a look back at this year’s DIY favorites! So without further ado I present, for your DIYing pleasure, the countdown of the top 5 most popular Designing Wilder DIY projects of 2016.
I love pom pom decorative items for this time of year! While they add fluffy fun to your Christmas decor, they can be left in place after Christmas to brighten your home all the way through the winter season. And if items made from smaller pom poms are so good, then why wouldn’t giant pom poms be GREAT!
Oh, my! Yes they are!!!
You see them in magazines a drool over the drippy beauty of real Christmas greens adorning doorways and windows. But does trying to achieve that same look leave you frustrated and Grinchy? I hear you!!!!
When I finally gave in and bought a faux Christmas tree (not an easy leap for a girl raised on a Christmas tree farm), I decided that I would switch out my faux greenery for the real thing in order to enjoy the natural aroma in the house for the holidays. The problem is that real Christmas greens are a bit more challenging to work with because they do not have the stiff structure of their fake counterparts.
I am not sure why it took so long to make a connection between my retail display training and adjusting those same techniques for use on a smaller scale in my home. I actually call on those skills quite often when I am putting together vignettes or hanging non traditional items for decorative purposes, but I had never applied this skill set to hanging Christmas greenery.
The secret that display artists know is that if they build physical structure into their displays, it makes hanging decorative items a breeze. So in the spirit of the season, I am going to share a scaled down method of adding structure to the job of hanging your greenery! So break out the Christmas music and grab a cup of hot chocolate! This is going to be fun!
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