Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monogram Christmas Wreath

'Tis the Season...already!? I love this time of year and Christmas is our favorite holiday. We love to decorate with a lil Bing playing in the background, a roaring fire, while sipping on Irish hot chocolates (adults only :)).  It's usually the one time of year my husband REALLY comes over to the creative side with me- the tree, mantle and wreath are big for us. But how do you get that Potterybarn look, on a Target budget?? You get crafty! :)

I've seen so many great contemporary wreath's, but seriously, who spends $100 on a wreath each year?
After seeing some Pinterest links, I thought 'Yea I'm crafty, I can do this!'. You can too!

For more of a contemporary look, I decided to make a monogram letter wreath. Luckily our last name's first initial is C, also standing for Christ, Christmas and our son's first name :)...convenient, though any letter will look stylish on your front door.

Budget suggestion: 

  • {for NEXT year} Buy supplies after Christmas on sale. Those red berries can get expensive. 
  • Large wooden letters seem impossible to find (14-18"). Online, expect to pay at least $30 for a cut wooden letter. Instead, buy thick poster board from your craft store ($5) and draw your own letter. PLUS you can draw any font or create your own!
  • Look for early season specials - Michael's had 40% off some supplies. Also check online for coupon's. 

Monogram Christmas Wreath Tutorial:


  • Red berries (3-4 stems about $6 a stem). Style and size is up to you. I went with more natural small red and black berry stems. Amount needed also depends on your letter size and chosen letter.
  • Burlap ribbon ($1.50) - gives a stylish country feel. Make sure your ribbon has some stiffness to it, to hold it's shape.
  • 1/2"-3/4" thick poster board
  • Red craft paint (I got it 'Tomato Red' on sale for $0.49) Try to get a red close to your berry color.
  • Foam brush ($0.25)
  • Glue gun ($2) and tubes of glue ($2)
  • Scissors
  • Box cutter or large Xacto knife
  • Cutting Board


1. Draw out your letter onto the poster board. Don't worry about neat lines- you're painting the letter. I made mine about 18" in height. You'll need a sharp cutting tool and steady hand to cut out the shape. Put a cutting board underneath to ensure you don't carve your initials into your counter :).
{Note}: Don't make your letter TOO THIN! It makes it difficult to cut out and you need enough width to glue on the berries

2. Paint several coats of paint on both the top and sides of your letter. This way if there is any space between berry's, horrible white board won't show through. 

3. Glue berries. Simple! I started with the clusters and then chopped off individual berries or small groupings to fill in the spaces. Variation in height is fine and adds a more natural look. I didn't bother to glue on the sides as I wanted to keep the letter edges crisp. Plus, you'll only really see the front of the wreath.
{Extra}: Try adding some of the berry leaves as well for a wreath variation.

4. Add your burlap ribbon and tie with a single or double tiered bow. Placement of your bow will vary depending on what letter you use. Hang over your door. See how the simple wreath add cheer to the greenery and berries outside! :) Merry Christmas and happy decorating! 

Friday, December 7, 2012

NO-SEW Gentleman outfit

Nothing's quite as cute as a little baby boy dressed in little manly outfits. Here's a great tutorial on how to make a cheap, no-sew onesie for your stylish lil dude, complete with bowtie and suspenders! AWWW!



  • Onsie (just grab out of you child's closet - cheap :) ).
  • Fabric Square (used for quilting, can make a dozen bowties out of one square)
  • Washable fabric glue 
  • Bias tape
  • Scissors
  • Warm Iron
  • Pins


1.  Cut a 4x3" rectangular piece from the fabric square. Fold into 1/3's length wise, using the iron to secure the edges. If you're using striped fabric, keep in mind the direction of your lines when you cut your rectangle.
2.  Fold edges of your skinny rectangle into the center, overlapping a bit. Lightly iron edges for a crisp edge or leave for a more poofy bowtie edge. Secure the overlap with a dap of glue. If you want, place a pin as well until the glue dries.

3.  Form the center piece of the bowtie: repeat step 1 and 2 but using a 2x3" rectangle of fabric.

4.  (Sorry i forgot to take a picture of this step but its pretty straight forward). 
Pinch the bow section in the middle to form a "W". While pinched, wrap the bowtie center around the middle of the "W" snuggly so that the fabric overlaps a little. Place a dab of glue over the overlapping center fabric. Push a pin through the entire center of the bowtie until the glue has set.


1.  {TIME SAVER}: Use bias tape as the fabric is wide enough and thick enough to look like suspender fabric. Its also already folded over so gives you finished edges. PLUS the glue won't bleed through, giving a clean look.

2. Start on the front side. Line up your suspenders with the tape beginning below the pant line. Use pins to hold in place. Flip onsie over and also pin on the down the back. Don't make the tape too tight over the shoulders or the onsie fold can't expand when worn. 

3. {IMPORTANT}: Make sure you don't glue the tape over the folded shoulders as the onsie needs to expand over babies head. Use WASHABLE fabric glue. Make sure you put cardboard on the inside of the onsie to prevent gluing the sides together. 

4. To make the back buckle, cut a rectangle of fabric and fold over each edge. Glue to the suspenders on the onesie's back where the suspenders would join together. 

5. Let the suspenders dry over night before removing the pins and cardboard. (your glue's instruction's may vary).

END RESULT: All smiles and a stylish explorer. Add a poor-boy hat, and the outfit is complete (getting baby to KEEP the hat on is another story :) ).
Having fun outside during the last warm days of Autumn. What a cutie! (biased of course)