Botanical Ornament

Time: 2 minutes
Materials: clear ornament, dried plants, ribbon

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

That’s right, this project only takes 2 minutes!  I used dried cedar and berries from my previous wreath DIY, but you can forage your plants from outside or even take some clippings from your tree.

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

Just add your plants to a clear ornament, arrange with tweezers if necessary. Much less hassle than the ornament terrariums I made last year, but the same impact!

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

If you follow me on Instagram, you might remember the ornament making craft day I had with some lovely bloggers (Mere, Lauren, Melissa, Emily, Camille). I thought I’d share some photos of the event to help get you in the DIY ornament spirit!

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

Melissa from Serving Seconds made the world’s best egg nog. Find the recipe here!

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

Lauren, our gracious host, made this beauty by filling a clear ornament with paint and glittering the outside, because what is Christmas without a little glitter?!

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

DIY Botanical Ornament | The Crafted Life

I’d love to hear about the ornaments on your tree! Are any of them handmade?

8 Easy Wreath DIYS

8 Easy Wreath DIYS | The Crafted Life

Earlier this week I mentioned a new blogger project I’m part of called the Quarterly Collab. Each person had such a different and beautiful take on the same concept that I thought it was only fitting to share all of our projects as this week’s inspiration post!

8 Easy Wreath DIYS | The Crafted Life

1. Scandinavian Christmas Wreath by Hello Lidy

8 Easy Wreath DIYS | The Crafted Life

2. Joyful Magnolia Wreath by Not Merely Living

8 Easy Wreath DIYS | The Crafted Life

3. Mushroom Wreath by Lemon Jitters

8 Easy Wreath DIYS | The Crafted Life

4. Pinata Christmas Wreath by Love from Ginger

8 Easy Wreath DIYS | The Crafted Life

5. Simple Triangular Wreath by Almost Makes Perfect

8 Easy Wreath DIYS | The Crafted Life

6. Golf Leaf Wreath by Crafted

8 Easy Wreath DIYS | The Crafted Life

7. Carved Styrofoam Holly Wreath by Hands Occupied

8 Easy Wreath DIYS | The Crafted Life

8. Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath by The Crafted Life

Happy wreath making!

Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath

Time: 15-25 minutes
Materials: wreath frame, greenery, dried flowers & berries, floral wire, pruning sheers

DIY Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath | The Crafted Life

Today is an EXCITING day! Not only do I get to share this non-traditional holiday wreath DIY with you, but it’s also the first post in a new project recently started called the Quarterly Collab. The QC is a group of bloggers from around the world who love to create and make. Each season of the year we work on a project with a common theme and share all the steps to 8 beautiful, unique DIYS you can do at home too.

Our first project: wreaths!

DIY Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath | The Crafted Life

I love the idea of incorporating non-traditional colors into my holiday decor. Pops of pink and yellow are certainly unexpected for Christmas, but they make a much needed slash in the sea of red and green.

DIY Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath | The Crafted Life

Start by making bundles of your chosen greenery and dried flowers. Rearrange and play around with the positioning until you achieve the right shape and feel. If you have a large bundle, you may want to secure the positioning with floral wire before attaching to the wreath frame.

DIY Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath | The Crafted Life

Wrap wire around your bundle as tightly as you can. You won’t clip the floral wire until the very end!

DIY Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath | The Crafted Life

Continue adding bundles around your frame and make sure they’re facing the same direction. Once you’re all the way around, clip the floral wire and twist tightly into the frame.

DIY Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath | The Crafted Life

Hang & enjoy! Depending on the dried flowers you choose, you may want to display your wreath indoors. The Craspedia I chose tend to mold if in contact with moisture.

DIY Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath | The Crafted Life

DIY Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath | The Crafted Life

DIY Non-Traditional Holiday Wreath | The Crafted Life

 

So that’s it! It’s just as painless as the 20-Minute Holiday Wreath I made for Henry Happened a bit back. To see the other seven projects (trust me, you’re going to want to see these beauties!), visit quarterlycollab.com!

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15 Holiday Decor DIYS

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

Decorating for the holidays is by far one of my favorite traditions of the season. This year especially I’ve noticed that bloggers are really stepping it up and making some unique projects that I never would have dreamed of. Although it’s already the 13th, there’s still time to incorporate any of these 15 holiday decor diys into your already fabulously decorated homes.

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

1. Bottle Brush Snow Globes by Brit + Co

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

2. Colorful Pom Pom Trees by Target

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

3. Happy Holiday Marquee Sign by The Clever Bunny for Jade and Fern

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

4. Gold Leaf and Rosemary Votives by The Crafted Life

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

5. Washi Tape Snowflakes by Knot Magazine

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

6. Colorful Forest by Inspired by Charm

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

7. Giant Ornament Ballons by Studio DIY

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

8. Woolen Trees by Poppy Haus

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

9. Golden Nutcracker Mantle by The Sweetest Occasion

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

10. Dip Dyed Bottle Brush Trees by Vitamini Handmade

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

11. Clay Letter Garland by A Pair of Pears

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

12. Hanging Wall Ornaments by Hello Lidy

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

13. Custom Holiday Wall Art by Brittni Mehlhoff for Curbly

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

14. Paper Mantel by Etsy Blog

15 Holiday Decor DIYS | The Crafted Life

15. Modern Wooden Christmas Tree Set by Curbly

How are you decorating for the holidays this year?