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Make A Beautiful DIY Christmas Door Topper Plus 5 Simple Rustic Porch Ideas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And creating a welcoming, cozy Christmas home-for-the-holidays vibe is one of the most fun jobs of the year, and it all starts with the front door! This year, I went with the classic Christmas greens and created a nostalgic vintage feel for our little front porch.

The big six foot swag sets the tone for this year’s decor, and it was a fun DIY project made from Christmas tree trimmings and other greens from the yard. I also completed some other super simple DIY projects for the porch which I will get to a little later.

First, the door topper!

Supplies:

Pine branches

Other greens (holly, boxwood)

Glittered branches

Wire

Shatterproof Christmas balls

Wired ribbon or a pre-tied outdoor ribbon

Step 1: Decide how long you want your topper to be and measure that out on the floor. I worked on the garage floor on a tarp for my project to make cleanup a little easier.

Step 2: Cut some pine boughs to some workable sizes. I used some branches from the bottom of our Christmas tree, but any evergreens are perfect. I also trimmed some branches from some other bushes in our yard, such as holly, boxwood, and other pines to add some variety. I added white glittered branches at the center as well.

Step 3: Starting at one end and working toward the center, lay out your branches so that they overlap and the swag looks full, without any bare sticks. Put smaller pieces over top to hide any thin areas.

Step 4: Starting at the opposite end and working toward the middle, repeat the previous step working in the opposite direction. At the center, place a glittered branch on each side, and make the swag look symmetrical.

Step 5: Carefully wire all of the branches together. Each bough must be tightly connected to the next, or the swag won’t be stable. Mine had a few loose spots and had to be fixed before it could be lifted above the door in one piece.

securely wire the branches together

attach shatterproof ornaments

Step 6: Make a large bow out of wired ribbon. Securely attach the bow to the center (where the branches meet) with wire.

Step 7: Add shatterproof Christmas ornaments. You could add smaller ornaments, vary sizes, or add more than I did depending on your preferences and your own creativity. I attached the ornaments with wire bag ties.

Step 8: Twist some wire to make a solid hanger for your topper at the center and each end. We put cuphooks in our doorframe to enable us to easily attach the swag from the hangers.

You’re done!

Here’s the front door at night. We put an outdoor spotlight on the door so the decor is lit up at night!

I also created some simple rustic vintage style decor for my porch this year.

Here are some fun ideas for a rustic vintage Christmas porch!

  1. Galvanized bucket arrangements. I placed floral foam in the bottom along with some fresh greens and artificial berries. The great thing about the stick on chalkboards is you can write whatever you want for the day. My messages are “peace on earth” and goodwill toward men.”

2. Use logs as decor

We had some pretty birch logs from part of a tree that had to come down this summer, so I used those to create varying heights on the porch and also in other arrangements.

3. Repurpose garden shed finds

I used a large galvanized bucket to display some decor, and a big wooden crate to hold birch logs and greens.

4. Keep some of the fall ornamentals.

I had some flowering kale that’s still looking really nice, so I combined that with pine, holly, and Christmas ornaments in arrangements. It’s definitely unique and suits the rustic look! I also used dried red ornamental peppers as decorative sprigs in some of the arrangements.

5. Make votive holders from birch logs. The full post is coming up later this week, but this is another easy DIY project.

The beautiful wreath is Valerie Madelyn from Amazon.

Have a beautiful week, and have fun decorating for the holidays! 🙂

Gifts

16 Global Influence Free Trade Gifts For the Holidays: Gifts That Give Back

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the official shopping season, 2020 version! What’s better than giving everyone on your shopping list beautiful and thoughtful gifts? How about gifts that give back by helping individuals around the world earn a living producing products such as jewelry, housewares, accessories, and even toys? Your shopping budget can be a reason for someone else to give thanks!

Unbeknowst to most shoppers, many of the products we buy every day support forced labor. In contrast, products labeled “fair trade” support an honest wage for honest work. As I was researching including fair trade items on my shopping list this year, I realized there is an amazing variety of affordable products available now as consumers become more in tune with this issue. Some companies enable women to do skilled labor such as handcrafting to support their families. Others use funding to help support impoverished communities. Take a look at these amazing and unique gift ideas from around the world!

NOVICA Black Onyx .925 Sterling Silver Floral Dangle Earrings ‘Dreamy Forest’

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA artisan handcrafted fair trade product.
  • Includes an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.
  • NOVICA works with Rupadana to craft this item
  • $47.99

Ten Thousand Villages Phoenician Glass Candle Holder ‘Desert Sands Candleholder’

  • Phoenecian Glass, Sand
  • tealight candle included
  • 3Dx4H inches
  • Made in West Bank

$38.14

Large Yikene Ghanaian Wing U-Shopper – Ghana Bolga Basket Fair Trade – 16″-19″ Across (Orange/Earth Tone) 

HANDMADE: We keep alive a beautiful tradition of handwoven belly baskets, passed down from generations of Artisans in Ghana. Made of 100% sustainable natural organic elephant grass with goat leather handle. Supports impoverished farmers in the Bogatanga region of Ghana, West Africa

$55.00

NOVICA White Cultured Mabe Pearl .925 Silver Cuff Bracelet, Moonlight Vines

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA artisan handcrafted fair trade product.
  • Includes an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.
  • NOVICA works with Komang Suastra to craft this item.

$114.99

Ten Thousand Villages Hand-Carved Wooden Nativity

  • Albesia wood handcrafted in Indonesia

$108.99

Fair Seas Supply Co. Turkish Towel, Peshtemal Towel – 100% Organic Turkish Cotton 

  • ABSORBENT, QUICK DRY, LIGHTWEIGHT – Large 39 inch x 71 inch throw is perfect to dry off with after a shower or a swim. All of our premium towels are made from the finest eco-friendly organic turkish cotton, grown near the Aegean Sea in Turkey.

$44.00

Ten Thousand Villages Paisley Cotton Robe

  • Authentic Fair Trade Product. Ethically sourced and 100% handmade.
  • Block-printed cotton

$65.39

Bridge for Africa Fair Trade Zulu Telephone Wire 8-inch Round Pedestal Bowl, African Rainbow

  • Handmade in South Africa, providing work for more than 500 Zulu families

$58.95

Tibetan Socks Hand Knit Wool Fleece Lined Long Slipper Socks

COZY & COMPASSIONATE: Made in Himalayan villages by local housewives, this generations-old handicraft allows mothers to stay home with their children and earn supplemental income.  

$39.95

NOVICA Lapis Lazuli .925 Sterling Silver Oval Cocktail Ring ‘Pool of Memories’

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA artisan handcrafted fair trade product.
  • Includes an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.
  • NOVICA works with Alok Jain to craft this item

$59.99

Ten Thousand Villages Coffee Scented Exfoliating Soap ‘Coffee Ground Exfoliating Soap’

  • Authentic Fair Trade Product. Ethically sourced and 100% handmade.
  • Hand-screen-printed card with detachable gamhar wood ornament
  • Coffee-scented vegetable oil soap with coffee grounds in paper box
  • 3.2 ounce bar, measuring 3Lx2Wx1H inches
  • Handmade in India

$6.53

Prices are current as of writing. Descriptions of products are from Amazon. Contains affiliate links.

Have a beautiful day, and do something to help someone else! 🙂

christmas decor · Cozy at Home · Home Decor

10 Ideas For A Winter Wonderland Christmas Plus 27 Gorgeous Amazon Finds

Winter Wonderland Decor Ideas

Isn’t there something magical about a Christmas interior full of sparkle: glittery snowflakes, glistening tinsel, and shimmering candles and crystal? Quite an elegant take on the holidays, this look transports us to a winter wonderland full of peace and tranquility.

For my own home, I always have a bit of icy monochromatic winter decor in at least part of the house. I really love it. If you are planning a winter wonderland, here are 10 ideas to try.

  1. Add some flocked greenery garlands or trees, or lightly spray some with faux snow for a frosty look.
  2. Use textures in a monochromatic color scheme of white, cream, and light taupe.
  3. Add shiny glass in the form of crystal icicles, mercury glass ornaments, votives, and dishes, and leaded, beveled glass.
  4. Glittered ornaments like snowflakes and even branches add to the magical feel.
  5. For textiles, look for beading and subtle sequins to reflect light and add to the holiday glow.
  6. Bring some white birch twigs or logs indoors for a woodsy effect.
  7. Along with whites, mix in some metallics for contrast and even more shine.
  8. Switch out your usual throw blankets for some in soft, snowy white.
  9. Crystals from an old chandelier make terrific ornaments hung from birch branches or on the Christmas tree.
  10. Create a soft glittering glow in the room by turning down your main lights and adding in flickering candles and whitewashed or weathered lanterns.

I haven’t started decorating yet. I really need to get started this week! And I will be looking forward to creating my own little winter wonderland!

Here are 27 amazing finds all available from Amazon, delivered straight to you!

Have a beautiful day! 🙂

christmas decor · Cozy at Home · Home Decor

Nordic Farmhouse Christmas Decor Offers A Warm, Welcoming Glow

Add some cozy Nordic charm to your Christmas this year! If you love this traditional look, there are definitely some can’t miss elements. Old World ornaments and Father Christmas are at the top of the wish list, along with traditional red and white textiles. Natural and white-washed wood lightens up the look. Add a wooden Christmas village and other carved and wooden ornaments such as dala horses and snowflakes. DIY projects including simple pine and twig wreaths and homemade gingerbread houses complement your magical farmhouse look.

Check out these beautiful Christmas decor ideas from Amazon.

Have a beautiful day, and enjoy creating your cozy winter cottage! 🙂

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