Monday, December 5, 2011

Our Outdoor Christmas Decor

When my husband made me these window boxes this summer, I was already getting excited about decorating them for Christmas.  I knew I wanted to use fresh evergreen boughs and some Christmas lights to add some festive touches to the front of our home.  We bought the evergreen boughs at a local florist shop.  The "dogwood sticks" are just some sticks from our yard that I spray painted "Colonial Red."  We did want to buy real dogwood sticks but they were over eight dollars for a small bunch.  DIYing them ourselves saved us a bundle!

What do you do to decorate the front of your home for Christmas?  Leave a comment and a link if you like so we can all visit!  Happy Monday!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Our Front Door Winter Wreath

Welcome, December!  I'm so glad you are finally here and at the same time, I know you'll go to fast and be so busy.  You'll be filled with snow, shopping, baking, wrapping, more snow, more shopping, parties, concerts, and the list goes on and on...  I think I just gave myself a headache.  Actually, I'm probably coming down with the boys' cold.  They just got over being sick and seemed to have caught another cold over Thanksgiving.  Oy!  I think I'll end this grinchy paragraph before you think I'm not excited about Christmas.  I am.  I mean, I AM!  To prove how excited I am, I'll share with you our wreath for our front door.

I began with a grapevine wreath.  I hot glued and wired various sizes of pine cones to the front.

I then headed outside and lightly spray painted the pinecones white.  After I was done, this is what I was left with.

I hung the wreath on our front door with a gray satin ribbon.

To give the wreath a little Christmas sparkle, I added some glittered sticks I bought from Michaels.  The best thing about this wreath is that I don't have to take it down with all of the other Christmas decor.  It looks like winter to me and can stay up long past Christmas.

On another note, tonight we will be doing our first Advent devotion and our first activity from our Advent calendar.  Henry and Oliver will be getting a new Christmas coloring book.  Also, Jason and the boys bought me an Elf on the Shelf as an early birthday present!!!  We'll be reading the book tonight and then Jason and I will have fun posing our little elf tonight after the boys go to bed.  I'm pretty excited!  Have a great day!

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