Coronet de PaperIn the spirit of the holidays, I decided to try a few DIY decorations based on ideas that caught my eye from around the web. Nothing original, but I’ve added my own touch.

Let’s start with the candleholder made from a clay pot and saucer.  I bought a couple of pots and saucers, acrylic paints, and a stencil. Don’t tell my Annie Sloan stockist, because this paint came from Michael’s. After sealing the pots and saucers with Mod Podge, I smooshed and smoothed Artisan Enhancements VP Antico through the stencil for a raised design.

My first pot replicated the black and gold Tuscan Candleholder of my inspiration photo, but my husband and son weren’t thrilled with the result. I liked it, but added another coat of gold paint for good measure. Better. More Mod Podge to seal the paint, then I glued the saucer to the pot with E6000 contact adhesive. I painted the second pot with a navy blue acrylic paint and brushed gold onto the raised design. The men liked this one. I placed 3 votive candles on each saucer. Christmas Decorations Candleholder These candleholders are intended to be a Grab-N-Go Gift item at our booth at Avonlea Antique Mall. We’ve all needed a quick gift, right? I added ribbon and a clip-on poinsettia and printed a sign to remind customers that if they need a gift right that minute, they’ve found it. Here is a hurried photo before we headed to the shop. DIY Christmas Decoration Candleholder Next up: an Autumn Banner provided by Andrea at The Cottage Market. I downloaded her letters and leaves, printed, and cut them out. My contribution was outlining the borders with gold glitter and stringing oyster-colored baby rick rack through the cards. Here’s how it looks on my front door. DIY Paper Cone Wreath and Autumn Banner The Autumn Banner and Christmas wreath look a bit excessive together, but stores jumble their holidays all the time. I am astonished, however, that my front door is the color of yellowed book pages.

Anyway,  I’ve made two wreaths and am grateful to Rebecca Robeson of Robeson Studio for her terrific video. The front door wreath came from a 1928 adventure book I bought for $2 at an estate sale. It’s big — 32″ in diameter. The process really isn’t hard, just labor intensive. And no one volunteered to help roll 120 cones per wreath.

You’ve already seen my second wreath at the top of this post. It’s a bit smaller and comes from a French – English Dictionary. While rolling my cones I learned that I can call this cone wreath Coronet de Papier, reaffirming that learning occurs anytime. After I rolled the cones I brushed Mod Podge on the tips and sprinkled gold glitter on them. Again, no volunteers. For the center, I added small Christmas balls and finished up with a Mardi Gras necklace that I brought back from The Big Easy. I cut the string over a large baking pan but still managed to have pearls rolling around the floor. And our kitties rejoiced. Paper Cone Wreath Before I leave, I want to show you a Pirate’s Play Table that I wrote about earlier. I’m just  putting it in our Booth now, but I’ve added ribbon, a pirate hat, and a Grab-N-Go Gift sign. I believe there’s a little pirate in town who can use this for his or her adventures. And I hope there’s a parent who will see this gift and snatch it up. Pirate Play Table Ann Marie and David

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9 Comments on DIY Holiday Decorations

  1. Sherry
    November 26, 2014 at 4:41 pm (7 years ago)

    I love the gold tips on your wreath! Thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • irisabbey
      November 28, 2014 at 4:53 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks for noticing those gold tips. They certainly took a while but are worth it.

  2. Rosemary
    November 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm (7 years ago)

    Good Morning Ann Marie
    So lovely to meet you! Incredible blog my dear.
    I’m so clay pot crazy I just love your finishing touch on your pots. I’d love to tackle a wreath like that but I’m all thumbs… lol


    • irisabbey
      November 28, 2014 at 4:51 pm (7 years ago)

      Thanks for your comment, Rosemary. It really means a lot to me. I’ve just become a follower of your website because I am so impressed by your staging techniques and beautiful photographs. I hope I can learn something from you. Have a great weekend! Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  3. Poppy
    November 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi Ann Marie,

    What cheer! Your wreath, with its golden sparkly edges is fun and festive. Such lovely crafts for the upcoming Christmas season.

    Thanks for your lovely comment over at Poppy View. Hope you’ll drop by again, soon.

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend!


    • irisabbey
      November 30, 2014 at 12:48 am (7 years ago)

      Thanks for your kind words about the gold tips. I love that wreath, but I’ve put it in the shop. So, we’ll see what happens. Enjoy the coming week!

  4. Hetty
    November 29, 2014 at 8:07 pm (7 years ago)

    Hello Ann Marie: the wreaths are gorgeous! I am sure it was very labor intensive, but so worth it. Thanks for sharing.

    • irisabbey
      November 30, 2014 at 12:49 am (7 years ago)

      Hi, Hetty. It’s true that the wreaths took time, but nothing about their creation is difficult. And they are stunning. Hope you will stop by again.


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