Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving and DIY Wreath #2

First off, CONGRATULATIONS Natasha! Natasha is a friend from high school who got engaged this weekend! How exciting!!!!!! And her ring is just stunning.

As promised, I have a treat for you. I know it is a bit late for this Thanksgiving, but it is always a win for next year. This tradition has been in my family as long as I can remember, Turkeys. I know, everyone has turkey on Thanksgiving... but not everyone has these turkeys. Here is what you'll need:
  • Frosting (we always use vanilla, but I imagine chocolate would work too)
  • Ginger snap cookies (store bought is fine, then they're all the same size)
  • Candy corn
  • Red Hots
  • Chocolate covered cherries or something of the like. Typically you want to keep the shape pretty consistent. I know Cub Foods sells these strange candies that have vanilla, orange, cherry... filling, we've used those before too.

I don't have any pictures of the process, but it is pretty self explanatory from the final product. So here it is, folks. Turkey.

You can tell which ones my 8 year old cousin made. Essentially you are using the frosting as glue. We typically start with a dab of frosting on the chocolate and place that on the cookie just about in the middle. Next, put the two pieces of candy corn on the other cookie (again, just about in the middle). Put a dab on the back of the candy corn cookie and set the chocolate piece on the candy corn gently making sure the cookie is sitting on that last dab of frosting. Finally, place the red hot (the head) on the top middle of the piece of chocolate... VOILA!
Simple treat that doesn't usually make it past the prayer.

Now, on to decorating. It is basically a law in my family that Christmas decorating doesn't happen until after Thanksgiving. I took full advantage of that yesterday and did a bit of shopping and decorating. Unfortunately the tree pictures will have to be sometime tomorrow or Wednesday as getting a tree yesterday didn't exactly pan out. Oh well! Here is what we have (keep in mind this is our first house so more decorations will follow in years to come... this is our start):

I know it doesn't look like much, but my home smells like cinnamon and pine and even the little touches get me excited for Christmas. I have one piece I omitted to show because I will be posting about it soon. More of a sentimental piece. You'll see.

Last night after decorating, I made a wreath then Tyler's friend Scott came over to watch The Walking Dead (which just had their mid-season finale which I am completely satisfied with... it was a fantastic finale if I've ever seen one...) and play marbles. The board is kind of cool and I am begging my husband to make one. It is a lot like the game Sorry!.

The wreath was a bit simpler than the last one. Here is what I did:

You'll need:

  • Wreath frame (I used a discounted decoration-less wreath)
  • Small and large embellishments (I used red flowers and pine cones)
  • Hot glue
  • Spray glitter
  • Patience (for some of the pieces, you have to hold the darn thing while the glue dries... be patient, glue dries fast.
1. Gather your supplies

2. Glue on your large embellishments. I made the mistake of starting with the small ones and some got hidden. Not a huge deal, but this is your project, do it how you wish!
When you purchase these small pieces, make sure to separate them if necessary... otherwise they just look like little globs.
3. Glue on flowers (again, I recommend doing this first)

4. Glue on Pine cones. This is the part that requires patience. Hold the cone so it doesn't fall off and make a mess.
5. Spray with glitter. This was not fun but adds so much to the final outcome. It gets messy so I recommend doing it outside. Here is the final product!
6. For wrapping, I recommend using wreath storage. That way no damage occurs. Here is how that looks:

Merry Christmas someone!!! I understand you may be busy and DIY is not as easy as getting one... I can make you one! If you like this wreath, the one I made here, or you want one made special, just shoot me an e-mail and we can discuss style, colors, etc... my e-mail is

Have a WONDERFUL week!!




Thanks for your sweet words!!

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