With Christmas Comes the Busy-ness
With Christmas comes the unfortunate overload of stress that we all have come to know too well. You’re busy – crazy busy. You have shopping to do, presents to wrap, cards to send, meals to plan, cookies to bake, and an elf to move around each evening (or maybe that last one is just some of you). Regardless, your Christmas holiday is so taken up by the onslaught of busy-ness that you often forget to simply rest, relax, and spend time enjoying the company of your friends and family.
The worst part is? It’s a common occurrence. Most people no longer celebrate Christmas for its true meaning because of its commercialization. In fact, we probably all do it to some extent. The focus turns to who can keep themselves the busiest instead of who can find joy in what they have.
Cherish the Special People in Your Life
This Christmas season, I encourage you to take time to appreciate what you have and let your friends and family know that you appreciate them. There is no gift more special than that of your engaged presence in their lives. Your time is valuable, show your loved ones that they are worth more to you than a material item. Spend time with them: conversing, eating, drinking, watching Christmas movies, reading books, playing games, enjoying the snow-y weather, or crafting.
Brighten up the Mood With Crafts
Since we mentioned it: we have a wonderful craft for you and your loved ones to try. A DIY Christmas wreath is sure to brighten up your space, liven the mood, and give you a great way to relax and have fun this holiday season with your friends and family.
Not only that, but it has been psychologically proven that the presence of live greens in your home can help to brighten your mood and void off symptoms of depression. Plus, the smell is wonderful. So get what you need to create your DIY Christmas wreath.
DIY Christmas Wreath
Creating a DIY Christmas wreath is a fun way to spend time with your loved ones this holiday season. Here’s how to do it:
What You’ll Need to Create your DIY Christmas Wreath
- Vines or Twigs
- Keep in mind that these must be pliable (able to bend without breaking).
- Thin Green or Brown Wire
- Make sure it is easily twisted by hand.
- Wire Cutters
- Search your yard and neighborhood for any vibrant pine you can utilize. Find multiple different types for an even more exciting decorating experience!
- Pinecones, Berries, Grasses, etc.
- Any types of natural items that can be used to decorate your wreath after the pine is attached.
- Any color – wire ribbed is best for bending.
- Work Gloves
- Wear these to avoid injuries.
How to Make a DIY Christmas Wreath
1) Making the Base
Take your pliable vines or twigs and bend them together to form a ring in whatever size you would like to start the process for your DIY Christmas Wreath. This will become the base of your wreath. It can be quite tricky to bend these, but be patient.
When it forms a circle, grab a piece of wire and wrap it around to hold it together.
2) Adding the Pine
Take small pieces of pine and add them to the base of your DIY Christmas wreath. The best way to go about this is to place two pieces of pine on the front of your wreath and one on the back – then simply wrap the wire around the entirety of the wreath and twist it shut. Continue placing pine on your DIY Christmas wreath in this fashion until the wreath base is sufficiently covered.
For best results, ensure that all of the pine needles are facing the same direction.
3) Decorating the DIY Christmas Wreath
Using the natural items you selected and your wire, attach decorations as you see fit. Your wreath can be as basic or as busy as you like! The best part is: It’s a great time to spend some time in nature – finding the items that you think will look best.
Keep adding wire until pieces are firmly in place to ensure they will stick around through the holiday season.
4) Adding the Bow
One of my favorite parts of a DIY Christmas wreath are the bows. They can be large and beautiful or small and dainty, but in either case, they say so much about the personality of the wreath.
Decide how you want your bow to look and tie it to the wreath with a piece of wire.
5) Hang Up Your DIY Christmas Wreath
Once your decorations and bow are attached, you’re ready to hang up your wreath! You can hang them with a store-bought wreath hanger, a nail or hook, or by attaching wire to your base for hanging purposes.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed making your wreath and will continue to enjoy spending quality time with your family and friends this holiday season.
* Remember: the Christmas season is about love – show your family and friends how much you care by gifting them with your presence rather than presents.
A special thank you to Cassie for writing this amazing post. We loved having you at The Wardrobe Stylist
Cassie Jahn is the author of a DIY blog devoted to living life to the fullest on a frugal budget. DIY Jahn began to help Cassie to stick to her plan to aggressively pay off her student loans, in hopes to inspire others to do the same. Find tips on saving money, paying off debt, earning money online, yummy recipes, and DIY projects like this one at www.diyjahn.com.