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Happy Thanksgiving | Fall Wreath DIY

Fixing up a house is expensive and we try to save money wherever we can. One thing I love about having a house is the ability to have a different wreath for every season/holiday/event. Being the crafty person that I am, I decided not to buy any supplies, but instead work with what I had lying around.

So, here is my Dirt Cheap Fall Wreath DIY Tutorial:

Step 1: Build the wreath framework. I did this using newspaper and masking tape. Start by making a rough circle at the size you want your final wreath. Next, fold up additional newspaper pages into strips and coil those around the circle, taping the ends as you go so they stay in place, until you end up with a nice thick circular wreath frame.

This is the hardest part of the whole project. You want to squeeze and form the frame as you go until you get the shape you’re looking for, but make sure that you add enough layers to make it sturdy…otherwise it will droop over time and you’ll end up with an oval. I ended up using about 3 or 4 of the free pennysaver mini newspapers that come regularly in the mail.

Step 2: Wrap your wreath framework with something pretty. I had a long strip of fabric already cut, leftover from the edging for the quilt I did a few months ago, so I wrapped that around the wreath and taped it off at the end with more masking tape. I kept the exposed masking tape in one area so I could easily cover it up with my decorative elements.

Step 3: Add decorative elements. I had a container of bowl filler that I bought from Target a while back and some random pine cones. I didn’t have enough to completely fill the entire wreath, so I arranged them nicely along the bottom. I finished it off with some paper flowers I folded and never turned into earrings and some dried flowers from a Fall flower arrangement I bought last year. Each element I adhered in place with hot glue.

Step 4: Hang and enjoy!


TOTAL TIME: About 2 hours

Note: Due to the fact that the framework is made from newspaper I wouldn’t hang the wreath in a place where it will be directly exposed to the elements. Hang it on a porch with a roof or inside a storm door. Or…because it cost nothing you can always just let it do its thing and take it apart to reuse for something else afterwards.


Notebooks Now Available

Spiral bound notebooks are now available on my Zazzle shop. The above designs and more are currently ready and waiting.

See notebooks. See full shop.

Have an idea of a design you’d like to see? Contact me and I’ll make it happen.

My Workspace

I always love seeing other people’s workspace and studios. So, I thought I’d show you where I spend the good majority of my day.

My desk is usually not this tidy. I took a picture right after I was done cleaning it so I wouldn’t be totally embarrassed to show it off…

However, I didn’t clean off my crafting table before this shot, so enjoy some of my organized chaos.

Here are a few links to interesting design spaces:

Featured Handmade Item

My handmade eco friendly magazine remnant ornaments were featured on the Green Gourd Creations blog. Check out the post here.

“I think this is a great piece.
Whitney has many beautiful pieces made from paper and fabric.
From garland to earrings.”

Thanks again for the feature Debbie!

Local | Enjoy the Soy Candle Shop

Enjoy the Soy, located in Baldwinsville, NY, produces all natural soy candles. They come in a variety of scents and are made in “found” containers. So, they are all one of a kind and eco friendly too!

Enjoy the Soy will even fill any container you bring to them or refill a container you’ve purchased from them and used up. Definitely a great buy for all the candle lovers on your holiday list.

The image above shows one of the candles I purchased, which came in a ceramic bowl and smells like pine trees!

Handmade Holidays | Paper Flower Ornaments

These kusudama hand folded origami paper flower ornaments are light weight, eco friendly, and will be a wonderful addition to any holiday tree or just for decor around your home.

Listing: Set of 4

Material: Upcycled magazine pages from Domino Magazine – Featuring images of patterned home interiors and wallpaper.

Size: 3″ wide, petal point to petal point

Hangs: White Ribbon 4″ length loop

Each set is one of a kind – OOAK

Get a set now over on my Etsy Shop.

Local | CarrieDee Handcrafted – Ornaments

These are the super cute felt ornaments currently hanging on my tree, handmade by my friend Carrie, from CarrieDee Handcrafted and Ink and Dot Studio.

  1. Felt birds
  2. Felt balls
  3. Felt wreaths

The birds and balls feature cut out fabric windows (the ones shown use vintage fabrics) and hand embroidered details. The wreaths feature handmade and found (eco friendly) wool. All ornaments are finished with twine for easy hanging and come in a variety of colors.

Check out the selection over on her Etsy shop!

Handmade Holidays | Paper Bead Star Garlands

Each garland is eco friendly, light weight, and a super cute home decor piece for the holidays or everyday.

These handmade garlands measure a little over 6 feet in length and include 100 Lucky Star hand folded paper beads from magazine pages, making each garland one of a kind. The ends are finished with loops for easy hanging.

Check out the available garlands or order a custom color over on my Etsy shop.

Handmade Holidays | Magazine Remnant Eco Friendly Ornaments

These eco friendly ornaments are sure to brighten up any holiday tree.

Made with magazine remnant rolls enclosed in a clear plastic ornament. So, no need to worry about this one falling off the tree and breaking. Each ornament is finished with a white bow and metal ornament hook.

Size: 2.75″ Diameter

Listing: 1 Ornament

Color: Please note your color choice in the comments box during check out.

Each ornament is Made To Order in any of the following colors:
• Blue
• Green
• Red
• White
• Yellow
• Pink
• Purple
• Green
• Black and White Text

**Or mix and match any of the above colors for your own custom look.

Note: Actual colors may vary as all of our items are one of a kind (OOAK) and created from recycled paper. This item is Made To Order. Please allow 5 – 7 days for creation + delivery time.

Head over to my Etsy shop to purchase your handmade eco friendly ornaments or browse all the available items!

Handmade Holidays | Blue Paper Flower Ornament Set

These kusudama hand folded origami paper flower ornaments are light weight, eco friendly, and will be a wonderful addition to any holiday tree or just for decor around your home.

Listing: Set of 4

Material: Upcycled magazine pages – Each set is one of a kind

Size: 3″ wide, petal point to petal point

Hangs: White Ribbon 4″ length loop

Get your paper flower ornaments over on my Etsy shop!