The easiest way to make fresh garland

One of the many great things about the country and being surrounded by trees is that you get to make your own fresh Christmas garland.  And goodness me, I clip and pluck and cut and prune to my hearts content.  I put live clippings everywhere!  Today though, I thought I’d share with you the easiest way to make fresh garland.  Even though I made it for our front gate, you can do this for a mantel, to hang over the door, or even above the kitchen cabinets if you’d like.  But for this post, it’s for our 16 foot front gate.

Easiest Way To Make Fresh Garland

Easiest way to make fresh garland by countyroad407.com

Items needed:

  • 2 – 6 foot faux Christmas garlands from any craft store (get the cheapest you can find).  I got mine from Hobby Lobby.  They are used to secure the real clippings and won’t really be seen.
  • 2 – 6 foot decorative Christmas garlands (optional).  We had these left over from last year so I threw them in but they aren’t necessary.  Use whatever faux garland you like.
  • Floral wire
  • Pruning Shears
  • Real clippings (some home improvement stores or tree lots will often times give them to you free of charge)

 

The easiest way to make fresh garland for a front gate by Countyroad407.com

I put the dogs in the laundry basket that’s strapped onto the 4-wheeler and we head out to gather the limbs.  I think they love it as much as I do.  They sit and sniff and I snip and stack.  It’s therapeutic really.  I can see why people love gardening but my brown thumb and I just don’t have that kind of patience.

Dogs helping gather live clippings for the garland on CountyRoad407.com

cedar and pine clippins for fresh garland

 

Easiest Way To Make Fresh Garland

Step 1:  Wrap the gate with the cheap garland securing it with floral wire.  If your stems are long enough, you can twist those around the gate and it will work just fine.  If you’re not doing a gate, just lay the fake garland out on a table and find the middle.  This is where I added the left over garland that had a few flocked leaves with pinecones but it isn’t needed at all.  It actually makes it look less real.

Easy DIY fresh garland from Countyroad407.com

Step 2:  Start adding the live clippings.  The longer the clippings are, the less you have to add and the fuller it will look.  I use pieces about 20 inches long.  Work your way out from the middle when placing the clippings on top of the fake garland.  When you are pleased with the look, twist the fake garland stems around the real clippings to secure it.  If the stems aren’t long enough, use the floral wire to secure each clipping to the fake stem.

DIY Easy fresh garland by Countyroad407.com

Step 3:  Step back and take a look.  If I have a bald spot or a place where one stem is standing higher than another, I simply secure another piece of the live clippings until I’m satisfied.



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Fresh garland DIY and wreath on front gate from Countyroad407.com

 

That’s it, you’re done!  I also hung a fake wreath but added live clippings to that as well.  Top it off with a bow then pat yourself on the back.  You just accomplished the easiest way to make fresh garland in 3 short steps!

I also added these lights.  They are battery operated and on a timer so we don’t have to run down to the gate and turn them off and on.  Adding a bow was the last step!  We love how it makes this old rusty gate look good!

Ooh, it would also look even more festive if it were flocked.  If you want to see an easy DIY for that, click here.  Although if it rains and snows where you’re at, the flocking will just fall off if it gets wet so beware!

I hope you’ve enjoyed Christmas decorating so far.  Join me next week for a farmhouse tour with several of my friends!  It’s going to be fantabulous!

Merry Christmas

 

As y’all know I am a huge Fan O’ Fall.  Well today I’m going to be a Fall Ambassador!  This is a gigantic step for me as a new blogger; sort of blazing a trail of fall inspiration just for you guys.  It’s a Falltober Celebration!  You are able to click on the links below and find a plethora of fall insight.  It’s like shopping at a Fall Mega Mall!  Let me know how you like it.  I can do more of these in the future if you find it helpful.  One quick note – as the “Link Party” progresses, other bloggers will be submitting their ideas so check back in a couple of days to see more fall fab!

 

Welcome to a Falltober Celebration –

hosted by Barb Garrett and The Everyday Home. 

A Blog Hop showcasing both Fall and Halloween projects! 

Please make sure you visit each of these sites below. 




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My visit with THE KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms

If you don’t know who KariAnne Wood is from the blog Thistlewood Farms, you’re missing out.  She’s kind, smart, sweet as pie and the cutest thing since the color pink.  I love her!  Her blog is about her life, her family, her beautiful farmhouse in Kentucky and her DIY projects.

Carol who blogs over at BlueSkyatHome.com invited her and a few others over for a book signing.  Yes you read correctly, KariAnne wrote a book!  It’s called So Close To Amazing.

I’ve been excited for days and even wondered what people wear to a “private” book signing.  Should I wear something casual like oh-she’s-my-bestie-and-we’re-just-hangin-out (we met in person in July)  or maybe wow-she’s-the-queen-of-farmhouse-decor-and-I-should-kiss-her-feet-so-don’t-wear-heels-because-it’s-going-to-be-awkward-when-I-can’t-get-up?  I went with casual to keep us all safe.

 

KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms and Cindy Richter from CountyRoad407.com at the So Close To Amazing book signing

She has inspired me so many times through her blog and given me such great advice that I truly believe you’ll love her book.  I remember to this day the first time she ever commented on one of my blog posts.  I was so new and thought it was a mistake.  But nope, she’s just that sweet!

So Close To Amazing is about her move to Kentucky from the Dallas area and how the Lord laid out her path.  It’s about how she has questioned the Lord just like me and about DIY projects gone wrong just like so many of our own.  But what I love the most about the book is how she learned to rejoice in the small things, embrace the imperfect and celebrate the mistakes.



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The book So Close To Amazing by KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farms

During our time together we watched her smile and lift her hands in excitement, listened to her giggle and speak in “total asides”.  That alone kept me on my toes trying to keep up.  She’s genuine and sassy and crazy funny and sincere and rambunctious.  She’s a motivator, a mentor and my new forever friend.

If you’d like to order the book, click on this link.  

If you’d like to check out her blog, click on this link

And let me know when you get the book.  We’ll get together and do a project from the book then celebrate how amazing we are!  🙂

KariAnne's book So Close To Amazing with Cindy at Countyroad407

 

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If you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen my fall pictures or if you’ve seen a couple of previous posts like here and here, you’ve heard me say – I love me some fall.  Well I do because it’s all fantabulous!  I’ve also mentioned that it looks like Hobby Lobby vomited all over my house during the fall season too.  Well, one of those decor items is my wonderful woodland autumn tree.  It’s so adorable and festive and rustic and fun and glitzy and woodsy and shiny all at the same time.  Aaaaahhhhh – I love it!

Here’s how you can make one too!

Use a Christmas Tree and turn it into a wonderful woodland autumn tree

Start off with a Christmas tree.  I know this one isn’t much to look at.  It even has a broken leg on the stand.  But about 3 years ago it was marked so cheap that it hopped right into my basket.  Hello and thank ya very much.

I’d always wanted an Autumn Tree.  Just like the one you see as you enter Hobby Lobby at Easter time (just kidding it’s more like July 4th – LOL).

Step 2 for decorating an Autumn Tree

 

Next is to wrap it with leaf garland.  This 4 foot tree took two strands.

Now tuck or hang the woodland creatures.   Some people would add the decor picks right after the garland but I want some of the little cuties to look like they are peeking out of the branches.

 

Hegehog in Woodland Autumn Tree by County Road 407

Large owl with picks in an Autumn Tree by County Road 407

 

I also use a mix of rustic and glam together for added interest.  So add things that shine and sparkle to rough and natural.  Besides the animals, my stems are pumpkins, sunflowers, berries, etc.  All different in texture and color.

 

Glitzy bird in a woodland autumn tree by Countyroad407.com

Animals in woodland tree by countyroad407.com

 

Who doesn’t love little raccoons, birds, hedgehogs, squirrels, owls and a fox or two?  Okay, if you don’t, don’t tell me.  🙁

 

Fox in woodland autumn tree by countyroad407.com



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Last is the crazy hair I put on top.  It’s not really hair but it looks almost like a Rooster tail.  Actually, now that I see it in a picture, it kinda looks like fire.  Oh well, you can add whatever you want.  At the “end of season” sales, I’ll pick up things to add to it next year.  It makes me look forward to fighting with the small attic door and dragging it out again next year!

 

Wonderful Woodland Creature Autumn Tree by Countyroad407.com

There you go.  Simple as that.  My Wonderful Woodland Autumn Tree!

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It’s still super hot here in Texas but I can’t wait until September 22 (first official day of fall) to start transforming my decor.  Fall is my FAVORITE time of year.  Did you notice the emphasis there?  I’m telling you my house looks like Hobby Lobby threw up all over it during the fall months.  I can’t help it.  It’s the cooler weather, the leaves, the clothes, the not sweating just after you get out of the shower, and of course, the decor!  So in honor of fall being on it’s way, I’m sharing how a store bought pumpkin gets a vintage vibe!

I want this pumpkin to be unique and different so I can’t just leave it in its original orange.  That doesn’t say decorator/blogger/fall goddess.  And it certainly doesn’t say vintage farmhouse fabulousness.  So here is a list of what you’ll need to achieve this unique vintage look.

Supplies:

Store bought plastic pumpkin
Fabric Doily
Knob or drawer pull
Paint of choice (I used American DecoArt in a chalky finish)
Sponge paint brushes
Fabric Glue (Crafter’s Pick was my choice)
Hot glue gun and glue stick

Supplies needed for a vintage inspired pumpkin

Directions:

You’ll want to first remove the stem.  Each pumpkin is different but with this one all I had to do was untwist it.  Now you can start the fun part of painting it.  A vintage pumpkin doesn’t have to be white.  It can be cream, gray, pale blue, green, pink or even yellow.  I want white so it took about 4 coats of paint.  I could’ve purchased white pumpkins but they were double in price and since I am painting anyway, I went the cheaper route.

Paint a store bought pumpkin white for a vintage look

After you are happy with how the paint looks and it’s fully dry, it’s time to glue on the doily.  Put fabric glue in the most solid areas of the doily and on the edges too.  I dabbed a little all over the entire piece but had a solid line of glue on the top, in the middle, and on the edges of the doily.  Try not to overdo the amount of glue.



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When you lay the doily on the pumpkin, line up the center hole from the doily with the hole where the stem use to be.  Don’t forget to gently push the doily in the creases of the pumpkin.

Glue on a fabric doily or a vintage looking pumpkin

The finishing touch is to add the knob.  You can simply insert the knob or hot glue it in if you want it to be permanent.  Isn’t it fantabulous?!  It has the vintage vibe I was striving for and a softness even with the added texture!

Vintage inspired pumpkin wiht a doily and knob

Below is another video for my new library!  I wanted to name it “Look Ma, no man hands!” because you don’t see my man hands like in the first video.  But I chickened out.  I feel it isn’t very professional and someone might come across it one day and think it’s about a girl who replaced her hands with doll hands or hooks or something.  Not about a vintage inspired pumpkin.  Anyway, let me know what you think and don’t forget to like and share it.  You know – since I’m vying for Internet Sensation!  😉

Here’s the Video!

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