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Contemporary Holiday Design on a Dime: DIY White Tissue Paper Flower Christmas Wreath

I was recently inspired to update my Christmas mantel décor this year (see all the details in this post).  I really loved the look of this white Snowball Wreath from CB2, and I also saw a similar Pom Pom Wreath at JoAnn.  Unfortunately, I did not love the price tag.  However, in looking at it, I figured this was something I could try to make myself to save some money on the designer look I wanted!
I had experience making the Martha Stewart tissue paper pom poms and flowers before, and I thought that I could make the same effect for this wreath using the same type of tissue paper flowers. 

Since I was making smaller flowers (and not large hanging pom poms), I cut sheets of white tissue paper into eighths (each sheet creating eight rectangular sheets). 

Using eight sheets (one full sheet of tissue paper) and a piece of wire, I followed these instructions to fold the sheets into accordion folds, tie with wire, and trim the edges into a rounded curve.

After securing with wire and trimming the edges, carefully separate and fluff each sheet of tissue paper to create individual flowers.

I purchased an 18" wooden wreath form at a craft store.  Using the wire from the flowers, I attached the flowers to the wreath form at a two-flower width.  I used approximately 32 flowers to cover the 18" wreath form this way.

I am really happy with the results!  You can see the DIY wreath styled with the rest of my chic holiday mantel décor in this post.

Don't forget to pin this one for later, and tag @fabeverydayblog on social media to show me your fabulous home DIYs!


Chic Holiday Mantel - Fab Everyday

While I loved my mixed metallic gold, silver, and white Christmas mantel last year, I was inspired to do something different for my holiday mantel décor this year. 
I ended up with a simple, but chic look that can be recreated easily with some online purchases and some DIY.  Here are the details!

Why hang your wreath on a nail when you can hang it on a black stag?  I got this Clarke the Wall Hanging Black Stag from cb2. 
The wreath, which was inspired by more expensive versions like this, was DIY.  Stay tuned to Fab Everyday later this week for details on the DIY flower wreath. 
I hung a few misc. ornaments from the stag's antlers for a little added accessorization. 

I laid some faux pine foliage with snow detail from At Home on the mantel.  On either side of the stag, I placed three modern pillar Christmas trees in different sizes.  Some were white pillars (which are sold out on CB2 where I purchased them, unfortunately), and some were these silver Disco Trees from CB2.


I was able to reuse my silver simple stocking holders from Pottery Barn and these plush white stockings from Macy's to complete the look.

I hope this inspires your mantel décor this year!  Don't forget to pin and share with others!


A gift suitable for the stylish (or the style-challenged) guy in your life!

Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for review purposes.  The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.  I was not financially compensated for this post.

I just found the perfect gift for the guy in your life: King & Stone.  Why is it perfect?  It's perfect because it works for both the stylish and style-challenged guy.  It offers stylish men's shoe options, but without the guesswork!

OK, at this point you are probably wondering "what the heck is King & Stone, and why is it such a great gift?"  Well, let me tell you. 

King & Stone is a men's shoes subscription service, offering subscribers a selection of on-trend designs to choose from each quarter (one pair per season) for a monthly subscription cost of $25.  When you subscribe to King & Stone, you receive your first pair of shoes right away.  Then every season (Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter) you choose one new pair from a highly-curated selection of styles.  You can skip or cancel at any time. 

Per the co-founder King & Stone's mission is to make it easy and affordable for men to look great all year long without the hassle.  So, now do you see why this is such a good gift?  Whether your man is a stylish, but busy guy who wants to refresh his look every few months without the fuss, or is a guy who could use a little help with his fashion, King & Stone works for either!

The style seen here is Cáelbad (Malachite) from the Fall collection.  You can browse the new customer styles and recent seasonal collections here to see the examples of what King & Stone have to offer. 

Now, the hubs is actually a pretty stylish guy.  But with King & Stone, for $25 a month he never has to worry about new shoes again!  He'll get a pair of his choice from the designer-curated seasonal collection every few months for as long as he is subscribed, then can skip or cancel at any time.

OK, so I've waxed on long enough about the concept.  But in case you are wondering about the quality of the shoes themselves, here is my husband's review: He was first attracted to Cáelbad  because he loved the chukka style, and was pleased with the on-trend olive green color.  Upon receiving them and wearing them, he found them to be incredibly comfortable and stylish in person.  The quality seems very well-made (they do not look or feel cheap).  My husband's verdict: He feels that $75 is very affordable for the style and quality of the first pair of shoes he has received, and he is proud to wear them.  It's also a major bonus that King & Stone takes the guess work out of choosing new shoes that are on-trend. 

Do you work with any other subscription services that you love?  Let me know your favorites in the comments!


Easy (and Cute) Kid's Ornament Crafts

I've got a way for you to keep those little hands busy, while also creating some pretty Christmas ornaments!  When you are done, they make great, thrifty gifts, or you can use them on your own tree (they are cute enough!).
I was inspired by this BHG article on 20 Ways to Dress Up Plain Christmas Ornaments, and decided to try a few with the boys for a festive Christmas craft activity.  We also made up a few of our own in the same theme.  The boys really enjoyed this activity, and since it is a pretty fool-proof craft, none of us got frustrated at any point.  Here's what we did, and how we did it. 
What you need:
  • Clear plastic ornaments (glass would work too, but plastic is a safer route for little kids)
  • Glittery craft pom pons (holiday or winter tones)
  • Tinsel
  • Holiday colored shredded paper or confetti
  • Glittery chenille pipe cleaners (holiday or winter tones)
  • Sequins (holiday or winter tones)
  • Spray paint (holiday or winter tones)
  • Carefully remove the tips from the ornaments so that you can put them back on later
  • One at a time, have the children fill each ornament with a different filler (see instructions for each type of ornament with the photos below)
  • Pom pon ornaments: Fill the plastic ornament with different sizes and colors of glitter pom pons.  Complementary color combinations: silver/gold/white, green/red/white, blue/teal/white/silver.  Fill the ornament all the way, or partially.  Either will have a lovely effect.
  • Tinsel ornaments: Snip a 2-inch piece of tinsel (silver, gold, red, or green) and stuff inside the plastic ornament.  Once it's stuffed inside, it spreads itself out.
  • Confetti ornament: Fill a plastic ornament with shredded filler paper or confetti.
  • Sequin ornaments: Fill a plastic ornament with different sizes and colors of sequins.  Complementary color combinations: blue/silver, blue/white, red/green, red/white, green/silver, green/gold, gold/white.
  • Pipe cleaner ornaments: Stuff coiled or folded chenille pipe cleaners inside a plastic ornament.  You can mix and match colors and textures, but I recommend including some glittery chenille pipe cleaners.
  • Spray painted ornaments (adults should help with this one): Spray 1-2 quick sprays of one color of spray paint into the inside of the plastic ornament, then roll around so the paint coats part of the inside.  Repeat with 1-2 quick sprays of a second color on the inside.  As long as you don't have a lot of excess paint dripping inside, the kids can twist and roll the ornament around to spread the colors.  If there is a lot of paint on the inside, then you may wish to pour some out so that the kids don't make a mess.

For more easy kid's crafts like this, follow my Holiday Children's Crafts board on Pinterest.