Thursday, December 5, 2013

Holiday Glam Series: simple Nativity wreath.

Hello, beautiful person!

Being on maternity leave (sigh, until February), this is the earliest I've been prepared for the holidays; all the presents are all bought, wrapped, and sitting under the decorated tree... and have been before December even rolled around. 

It's been really nice having everything done, and being able to reflect & enjoy the season with my little guy. Rather than fill our house with images of the man in the red suit (although we did visit him at the mall recently;), I want to be intentional about teaching my son the real reason for the season. Which brings me to this:

I thought this would be a lovely reminder of what makes this time of year so special, more than the wrapped gifts and lit up tree...
And it's extremely easy to make!

I started with a foam wreath (everything used was bought from Michaels):

and painted it with white paint.

While it dried, I got a small house ornament,

and gave it a paint over with a light brown paint (it had some rough glittery finish, which helped for my stable to look even more rustic).

Then using a darker brown, I added a bit of shading on the edges...

Then, using some super soft velvet yarn,

I glued it to the wreath, 

and wrapped it around (for what seemed like ages... it helped that Christmas music was playing ;)

I also got this really pretty star ornament from Michaels, and snipped out the string & tag,

and replaced it with white string.

I chose to use a really bright, kelly green grosgrain ribbon to hang my wreath with, and to make the star look like it was hanging from the centre, I poked a couple of holes into the ribbon with a nail,

and fished my string through.

Then I tied it tight around the wreath.

For the stable, after it dried, I hot glued it underneath the star (using a pen to mark the centre point).

And now it sits prettily on our mirror. :)

I love how the star seems so glorious compared to the humble stable... it was definitely announcing something worth all the pomp!

I absolutely love the texture it brings...

I have to admit that I love it. 

simple. to the point.

I hope you're happy & well, wherever you are. :)
(p.s. visit back tomorrow for the link-up!) 


  1. Hi! Visiting from bloom designs linky ;) I HEART Simple! Lovely wreath.
    come visit me ;)
    Ursula @

  2. Jane...this is beautiful! And I love that you can use it as a teachable moment for your son too.

  3. Hi I love this wreath you made and I so want to make one like this. TFS and I pinned it! I saw at Domesblissity and congrats on the feature!
    Julie at Julie's Lifestyle

  4. :-) LOVE this!! Thank you for sharing!! I'm stopping by from Monday Funday and I'm a new follower.

  5. Just came over from Show Me What Ya Got. I saw this before at another party and loved (and pinned it). Don't think I commented then. Beautiful.Simple.Meaningful. Just what the world needs now. I got my star today.

  6. This is just simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing at Monday Funday! Pinning! ;) Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs

  7. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.
    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

  8. You always do such lovely things! This is no exception. Beautiful wreath!

  9. Beautiful! I love the textures.



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