The 10 Minute Wreath

If you’ve been following this blog then you know that I haven’t posted anything in months. Why you ask? My husband and I have been purchasing our first home. We moved the Saturday after Thanksgiving and still have boxes aplenty, but we’re in so that’s what counts. Don’t worry, there’s lots of home shopping/buying/moving/diy blogs to come, but for now let’s focus on something I like to call “The 10 Minute Wreath.” Why a 10 minute wreath? Because I’m living out of boxes and can’t find half my craft supplies, but still have to decorate for Christmas.

The 10 Minute Wreath

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Supplies:

Silk poinsettias (You’ll need at least six blooms, depending on the size of your wreath. I found them three blooms to a stem for $3 each at Walmart.)

A wreath (I found a plain, evergreen wreath for $2.97 at Walmart.)

Battery-powered lights (I used Phillips twinkling lights from Target.)

Ribbon (At first, I purchased a silky ribbon from Walmart, but it was too soft to make a bow. Be sure to choose a ribbon that is a little stiffer or has wire.)

Wire cutters

Steps:

Start off by putting batteries in the lights. You do not want to get those suckers on your wreath only to find out that don’t work. You’ll end up slinging the whole thing across the kitchen.

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When you have working lights, wrap your wreath in them. I like to start with the end that has the battery pack on it and wrap from there, using the cord to wrap around the battery pack and secure it to the wreath.

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Now,┬ácut the blooms off the main poinsettia stems. Be sure to leave a little of the thinner stem on each of them to tuck them into the wreath. You’ll definitely need wire cutters for this step, because scissors won’t cut through the stems. They’re usually some type of wire that’s wrapped in green plastic.

With the poinsettias cut, stick them into the wreath, leaving as much space between each as you desire. I left a decent amount of space to show off the lights, but you could really cover the entire thing with the blooms if you wanted.

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Next, cut a sizeable amount of ribbon and tie it around an empty space on the wreath making a bow.

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Viola! You’re done! Hello Christmas wreath! Hang it on the door and enjoy!

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Santa came today. Ignore the camera since I ordered that in conjunction with Black Friday/Cyber Monday. I haven’t loaded the software yet, so I just tucked it under the tree to get it off the table. Ron, Buddy and I had a nice holiday, visiting with my parents and his family. Santa Paws came to Buddy and left his with pig ears and toys. My parents also gave him a sock monkey and another toy, which he loves. My parents gave me a Soda Stream, which I’m super excited about. I’ve been looking at them for quite a while, but couldn’t pull the trigger and buy one. I tend to visit things in stores over and over without buying. Call it a quirk. I can’t wait to start making my own soda. I’d say Ron’s favorite present was probably from his parents–a tub filled with fancy, off-the-wall beers. I hope everyone else had a great holiday and everyone also remembers that Christmas isn’t about presents, but about Christ and kindness and giving. The presents are a nice bonus, but its really all about spending time with loved ones and sharing kindness. Merry Christmas!

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For about an hour or two this morning there was a white Christmas. I was at work and the snow was coming down, the first of the season. It was my kind of snow too. It looked pretty, but it didn’t stick and cause any problems.

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I bought these a while ago for my desk at work. They light up through a USB connection so I thought they’d be great for my desk. Now I just have to remember to actually take them with me when I leave for work, especially since I bought them last month.

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After a long day of driving, we’re back at home. Now the holidays will really get underway, with tons of holiday-themed events right up until Christmas. I’m glad we got a chance to fit in a vacation before everything really picks up and Ron starts his busy season and budget season starts at work. And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss Charleston, because I love it so much, but it’s nice to b home and see my family and have Buddy back at home.

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I can’t wait to stick this on my car. My parents picked it up for me. Buddy says Happy Holidays. Too bad it’ll have to wait until after I get my car back from the shop. Poor Equi is a little ill. The service airbag light just randomly came on so I have to drop it off in the morning for service. Hopefully it’s something simple because I need it back Thursday so Ron and I can go to Charleston. It’s always something, but I know it could be much, much worse.

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Ron and I have finished shopping for our Angel Tree children. We picked up most of the items at great prices as part of Black Friday sales. I also ordered some stuff online. Each child got a variety of toys or other items (one is 14), a book, an outfit and a fleece pullover. I hope it’ll make their Christmas a little brighter. And I hope it all gets to where it’s supposed to go. Everything is labeled and we’ll drop it off at the collection site tomorrow so hopefully there won’t be any problems. I always worry that something will get lost along the way.

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Christmas has arrived! Today Ron and I put up our tree and decorated for Christmas. We have a pretty cool Hallmark ornament this year. It’s called “Deck the House” and it lights up and goes crazy, playing music and flashing. We also added a few new ornaments this year from our trips we took. We always pick up an ornament everywhere we go so we have some new ones from Mexico, Honduras, Belize, Beaufort, Charleston and Skyline Drive. Our tree is kind of like a scrapbook in tree-form.

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Today, Ron and I participated in the local Window Wonderland contest. Various shops post holiday-related riddles in their windows. This year’s theme is Christmas movies so each riddle is a clue about a movie. You have to determine the title and answer the questions. There’s about 50, probably more. If you get them all right you’re entered to win $1,000 cash. If you get at least 15, you’re entered to win $500. It was pretty fun and definitely some good exercise. I guess we’ll see how we do.