Wednesday, November 27, 2013

12 days of Christmas Bloghop- day 3

Is it day 3 already?!  Seriously?  It is going so fast for me at least.  

So, what did I cook up for today's project?  SO glad you asked!  I made a wreath.  Now this I put around a vase to dress it up.  This vase (yes!  it has a candle in it, ok?!) I got at a Christmas store about 4 years ago and never did anything with it.  It was waiting for this, apparently.  

Isn't that pretty?  Would you believe it's all paper?  It is!  and had I planned it instead of having immediate inspiration late in the day on the 26th, I would have gotten it done sooner, and made it even better, but what can you do when creativity hits last minute?

What you'll need:
2 VERY CLOSE colors of olive green papers- about 5 of each of 12x12 (more or less...)
a dollar store green foam wreath (craft aisle.)
gold ribbon- dollar tree
Martha Steward pine branch punch (Amazon)
elmers glue.

btw, While I give credit to Martha for her AMAZEBALLS punch, I kind of want to punch her in the face for making such an awesome product that gave me a horrific hand cramp.  Why you ask?  Oh, because you only need a squagillion (technical mathematical term) and two of those frigging little pine branches.    That's ok, because it looks like you put the work into it, and if you plan it, you can cut them out while doing something mind-numbing like watching reruns of supernatural.  Don't judge me.

So, how do you do it?  Well, in my genius, I totally forgot to take pictures of the process, BUT if you're familiar with cutting and pasting from kindergarten, you'll have no problem with this!   Basically, apply the glue, and put on the little pine branches.  Only the "bottom" part, you want it to be slightly fluffy and not flat.  If you do that, it'll look a LOT more realistic.

Elmers rocks for this, 1- you have plenty of time to work with it, 2- it dries clear.

Ok, and my question- favorite Christmas drink?  Hello Eggnog for me (and my kids- the hubster won't touch it!).  I found a recipe for eggless eggnog too- french vanilla pudding and milk and rum extract (for those of us who are consistently pregnant and "shouldn't" drink.) and nutmeg.  I'm trying it this year, but here's that recipe- and iwth a 4 out of 5 star rating, I'm pretty sure it'll be good!

So, where are you, where are you going:
6. Miranda -
8. Scrappin Toxic Midge-
20. Heather~     <------- YOU ARE HERE!

Have fun hopping and I'll see you lovelies tomorrow with another project!


  1. I was stunned that the wreath is paper! Great job. LOVE IT!

  2. What an amazing wreath! Not sure if I would have the patience!

  3. Wow this is so AMAZING...I know how much work that had to be to punch each pine branch out...I have that punch and after 30 of those mine hand starts cramping...WAY TO GO. You must of also had some patience to do this. I really love how it turned out.

  4. Great wreath - hard to believe it's paper - looks so real.
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  5. First, let me fast forward onto that recipe you shared. Thank you sooooo much! Seeing as we can only have eggnog a certain time of year (which is a GOOD thing!), now one can have it anytime they dang well want!!! :-o Gotta try that for sure! :-)

    Now, your project. OMG, I had nooooo idea that was a paper wreath. When did you start??? Last year, same time??? LOL It's gorgeous, BTW!!! :-)

    1. I know, I haven't tried the recipe but I'm also going to try it with some chai spice too (because I'm fearless that way.)

      And as for my wreath- I got the inspiration last night and it seriously only took me like 3 hours! Like I said, you can punch the little branches out of paper while sitting there watching tv, and have them fall into a bowl to use for later! It rocked for me, I'm glad you like it!

  6. very cool. I am that way too, lol looks very cool

  7. Nice job on the wreath. Thank you for sharing the eggless egg nog recipe. I enjoy drinking a real apple cider or wassail during this time of year.


  8. I love a homemade punch... and your wreath is :)

  9. wow! it is wonderful! really beautiful! I usually have at least one glass of eggnog sometime around Christmas! My new favorite is a Rum Chata drink called hot chocolate with andes mints, it is delicious!

  10. Your candle wreath is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  11. Holy amazeballs is right!! I would get more than a hand cramp!! LOL wahoo!!! what a great project!! this for sure took alot of time! love love love it!! Loves Scrappin Madge

  12. I love your beautiful wreath!! You did an amazing job on it!!

  13. It's awesome to think this was all paper - wow - I've had issues with MS punches too - don't like the hand cramping! TFS your wreath!

  14. Wow - that is a lot of punching!!!! Your wreath looks great!!!

  15. WOW, now this must have taken some time! Beautiful!

  16. words!!! this is a lot of work!!!!

  17. That must've been a ton of work!!!! And I love it! Am with you on egg nog!

  18. AWESOME!!!! My mouth fell open when I saw it! Seriously!! Great job!

    I don't really have a favorite holiday drink. Oh, except sparkling apple cider. That is yummy!