In 2008 I decided to try my hand at making a UGA wreath for our house. After Christmas in 2007, I had purchased the faux ‘frosted’ evergreen wreath and red berry picks on clearance at JoAnns. The letters were also from the craft store, painted with red craft paint. I found the Georgia ornaments at the beginning of the season in 2008 at Garden Ridge I believe.
The weather was not kind to my wreath, so I had to replace some of the berry picks in 2009. I also added the Hairy Dawg ornament that I received from a friend. I ended up liking the revised version better!
In 2014, we moved into our forever home which has a covered front porch that protects my wreaths from the weather. I replaced the bow with one made from black and white chevron/red velvet ribbon that I found on Trendy Tree.
In 2015, I added wreaths to each window on the front of our house. I will make red velvet bows for each wreath for 2016. My mom and sister made and purchased cheery pillows for the red chairs on my front porch.
Christmas Card Display
I had been trying to brainstorm a solution for displaying our Christmas cards for a few years and tried to explain what was in my head to Bradley. He said ‘Hold on’ and ran upstairs. He came back with a bag containing heavy wire cable and clips. I totally didn’t remember buying these, but vaguely remember an idea we hatched (but never implemented) in the apartment to hang art on the wall above our couch. It was supposed to function similarly to this:
(BTW, these lime green cords from CB2 would work really well at Christmas. Also, I’m sure it wouldn’t be all that expensive to use their version if you didn’t want to DIY it.) An industrial look for casually hanging pictures/art/etc. to cover a large expanse of wall. Perfect!
I used four pieces of the pre-cut cable and secured the loops at the top. I hung them from picture hooks that I installed directly below the moulding that runs around the top of the dining room. To make the cables hang straight, I attached a heavy beaded snowflake ornament to the bottom of each one. Bradley suggested alligator clamps (like the ones used to attach the bib around your neck at the dentist’s office) to hold the cards to the cable. A quick search landed me at Radio Shack where they sell these type of mini clips in sets of 12.
It works perfectly, and now we will be able to see all of our cards throughout the season. An added bonus is that it fills up a large wall in the dining room, adding a little Christmas cheer to that room since we no longer put the tree in there. Win-win.
Starting in 2015, I put the card holder in the foyer. I added a faux berry garland to the top for cohesiveness.
This card holder I got at Hallmark in 2006. It worked in the apartment, but was dwarfed in our house. Not to mention the fact that it didn’t hold all of the cards we receive each year. A problem I am blessed and happy to have.