Felt Christmas Tree

After many Christmas seasons of decorating the top half of a tree I finally got a little creative and made the kids their own tree. This simple DIY has been such a fun addition to our holiday decorating and the kids love it. And I love it because I can have a fully decorated tree and don't have to worry so much about tiny digits destroying all the ornaments.

And it only requires felt, some sharp scissors and a little bit of time. EASY and CHEAP!!!!!!

Swing by your local fabric store and pick up a yard of dark green felt from a bolt. This is the only large piece you will need. The rest of the felt can just be those cheap little 8x10 pieces in various colors. 

Here's the list that I used:

1 yard dark green - this is the tree
3 8x10 sheets yellow
2 8x10 sheets dark blue, light blue, green, dark purple, light purple, orange, pink, red and white

From there I cut out a few circles of various sizes by tracing canned goods from our pantry, some bulb shapes and finally candy canes from the white fabric. I used the leftover scraps of felt to make the candy cane stripes and fun details for a few of the ornaments. Then glued everything together using a hot glue gun. Just don't go crazy with the glue or it will soak through the felt. Think less is more here. And don't forget a beautiful star for the top!

I hang the tree directly on the wall using double stick tape. And that's it! Kids can decorate and redecorate all season long!!!!!!!

Once Christmas is over I just gently fold the tree up and store in a gallon size Ziplock bag with all the ornaments until next year.

Happy projecting and let me know if you have any questions!

DIY Christmas Wreath for Thrifty People

In our home, the day after Thanksgiving is where we open the floodgates and allow Christmas to finally explode its festivities all over our house!!! And just like my bangs in the 80s... I like to go BIG. Music, cookies, cocoa, garland, trees, stockings, wreaths. You name it. I'm dragging it out of a dusty box in my attic. Sorry, I’m pointing to the attic and explaining to my husband where the box is because… you know. Spiders.

Most of my collection consists of little tchotchkes I've collected over the years...tree included. But I insist on having live garland and wreaths. There's just no beating that delicious evergreen smell. And while I love me some doTERRA Holiday Joy pumping in my diffuser...it's just not the same as the real deal.


I'm head long into a barrel of pre-made wreaths at our local hardware boxstore when, much to my dismay, I see that inflation has apparently skyrocketed in the evergreen business. $50 for a pre-made wreath?!?!?!?! Gasp. An internal war is waging between my desire for a deliciously scented seasonal home and my incessant cheap thrifty heart. As is typical of life, the heart wins out. I grew up in a trailer park, I know the difference between a want and a need and $50 bucks for some glorified dead sticks is just ridiculous.

But like my momma always said, "There's more than one way to skin a cat." *

So I grabbed a few fistfuls from the "free clippings" bin and headed home to get my DIY on.

*Side note: that is a terrifying saying and must beg the question, "Why are you skinning a cat AT ALL?!?!?!” How about, “There’s more than one way to skin a potato!” or, “There’s more than one way to (insert literally anything here that is NOT skinning a cat.)"

Grab an old wreath back or something similar, some gardening shears and floral wire. I used the gardening shears and trimmed the big branches down into smaller twig-like branches. Think kindling size.

Anchor your floral wire to the wreath back by twisting it around itself a few times. No need to get fancy with your knots. This ain’t Boy Scouts of America or the Official Knot Makers Club.

Start with a few twigs and loop the wire around the bottom two inches of the sticks, securing it to the wreath frame.

Lay a new twig on top of the previous one making sure to overlap the ends to hide the wire. Continue the process working your way around the wreath frame until you get back to the start.

Anchor the wire by twisting it back onto itself like you did in the first step.

Add a ribbon and finished!!!!! Now inhale deeply through your nose-holes. Does it still look pretty and smell like heaven? Yep!!!! Did it cost less than $50 bucks? You bet. Cost almost nothing but a little time and some nimble fingers.

Happy projecting!

Dining Room Built-In Reveal

The built-ins were a major selling point for me on this beautiful little craftsman home! I love love love the charming history of a good built-in! But sadly they were a big dark spot in the already teeny tiny dining room. Really made the space feel much darker and even smaller. I knew a delicious fresh coat of white would really brighten the space and open it up.

Not going to lie, I did hedge on the sin of painting original wood but ultimately decided that this is our house now and we need to make it ours. The future owners can curse us when we're dead.

Also wanted to swap out the hardware to restore a bit more of the 1920 character.

We used Valspar Cabinet Enamel paint in white and ended up doing about four coats to really get complete coverage over that dark wood.

Hardware pulls and handles both came from Amazon.

We're thrilled with how this DIY turned out and are even more thrilled that it only cost $55.

Happy projecting!!!!!