As much as I love the season, there is so much waste surrounding Christmas. I love counteracting this in a small way by wrapping my gifts out of recycled materials. Using old Trader Joes bags (or any old shopping paper bags for that matter) (from all of those times where I forget my reusable bags), and tape I wrapped all my gifts. I then tied on some glittery twine, and decorated with extra Eucalyptus and Dried Flowers from the wall in my room and clippings from my Christmas Tree. So easy and so much more beautiful than cheesy wrapping paper and a great way to use all of your extra bags!
Sunday, December 25, 2016
I love Christmas, it is seriously my favorite time of year (okay, I feel like I say that about EVERY season, but hear me out); it is a time for family, generosity, snow, treats, an excuse for me to give handmade gifts, laughter, food, everyone seems more friendly, PLUS I love decorations. Read on for the DIY's and details of my tree.
Birch Bark Star Tree Topper DIY
-I found some birch bark on the ground in the woods on a run last fall, and of course scooped it up. But you can also totally find it online. I made a stencil on and then cut it into the five sections. I then cut the birch bark in the five shapes. I hot glued the five shapes to card stock and cut the card stock out. I had a piece of birch bark that curled around so I used that as a base, but you could use part of a paper towel roll!
Birch Bark Ornaments DIY
-I cut birch bark into circles, glued them to cardstock and glued a piece of wire (to use as a hook) in between the layers.
Mercury Glass Ornaments DIY
-I used plastic for the ones pictured, but honestly I suggest glass. I made glass ones later and they look so much better. Remove the top of the ornament, and set aside. You want to spray the outside of the ornament, so you want to be able to spray it without touching it. I put a straw in it and then placed the straw in a cup filled with potting soil. Anything like this works, maybe you could use an egg carton. Just something to prop it up. Fill a spray bottle with 50/50 water and white vinegar. Lightly spritz the ornament so beads of water appear. Using Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint (yes it HAS TO be this specific paint), lightly mist. Let dry for a few seconds and then blot with a paper towel. This will take off the paint where the water/vinegar mixture was. Repeat until your desired effect is reached. Let dry, put the top back on, and hang!
Jingle Bell Garland DIY
-SO simple. I strung some simple jingle bells on dark green thread, and tied each one off, to make jingle bell garland
Feather Filled Ornaments DIY
-Simply stuff clear glass or plastic ornaments with white feathers. Pop the top back on hang!
Faux Fur Skirt DIY
-Cut a circle out of faux fur. Cut a line to the center, and cut out a smaller circle, just larger than the diameter of your tree trunk in the center. So easy- and it doesn't need to be perfect!
Owl Ornaments; 1 Anthro, 1 Pier One Imports, 3 & 4 West Elm
Faux Taxidermy Ornament; Michaels
Porcupine and Deer; Pier 1 Imports
Llama, Fawn and Swan; Antropologie
Bunny Family; Erika Barratt for West Elm
Arctic Explorer on Narwhal and Snow Leopard; Anthropologie
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Clara made a video chronicling our late summer vacation, from our time in Boston, to NYFW in New York, to the mountains of Maine. Missing her already and dreaming of our next trip...
In case you missed any of the posts from our trip;
Monday, December 12, 2016
(outfit details; dress, For Love & Lemons. jacket, Vintage Levi's. shoes, Urban Outfitters. hat, Free People. choker, Jaelle. watch, Daniel Wellington.)
Meet Hank and Zack, my boys. Zack the black lab and Hank the plott hound. My favorite part of heading home to the mountains of Maine.
Photos by Clara Gigling.
(outfit details; dress, Free People. choker, Jaelle. sunnies, Moorea Seal. sneakers, Converse.)
Post NYFW Clara and I jetted back to our roots... in the mountains of Maine! Ice Cream and Fields. Classic.