Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips, it’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here with you today!! We are having a blast bringing you these fun tips every week – and we are in full holiday prep mode around here so you’ll be getting tons of great holiday tips and tricks over the next few weeks!

I am nowhere near done with my shopping but I am absolutely committed to not leaving the wrapping until the last minute. I am all for cutting down on the craziness of the week before Christmas. I don’t have a huge budget though so I’m putting together ideas for money-saving wrapping. I thought I’d share them with you today!

Fabulous and Inexpensive Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

I’ve broken them down into some different categories – let’s take a look!

Brown Kraft Paper ideas – you can really dress up simple Kraft paper with some fun things! I buy my Kraft paper rolls at Walmart – they are super inexpensive.

Winter Scene Wrapping

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Paper Straw Snowflake

Dress up gifts with ribbon and gold writing

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Pom Poms!! – I strongly feel that pom poms make everything better – especially presents!

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Creative Gift Toppers – You don’t need plain ole bows to top off your gifts – get creative with idees like rosemary or dollar store ornaments!

Pretty Paper and Herb Wrapping Paper

Inexpensive Ornaments and Ribbons

DIY Ornament Clusters | Oh Happy Day!

Candy Wrappers – tasty and pretty all at once!

Streamline gift-giving by wrapping all your presents in the same pristine white paper brightened with bold color. It's elegant, economical, and easy to customize with tree cuttings, tags, and tempting candies.

Burlap and Pinecone Wrapping

Wrapping with Creative materials – you can have a lot of fun wrapping up gifts with different things!

Christmas Chalkboard Wrapping

Wrap Presents with Fabric (source)

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Sheet Music Wrapping – these look pretty dressed up with a little greenery!

Simple and beautiful ways to dress up your Christmas gifts. Love these gift wrapping ideas!:

Grain Sack Gift Bags – these are so simple and pretty!

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Check back next week for more tips!

Your hostesses,
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Christmas Organization Hacks

Hey, friends! Michele from The Scrap Shoppe here kicking off a new month of our Must Have Craft Tips & More series!

Must Have Craft Tips and More
This month we are focusing on the upcoming holidays. And more specifically today, some great Christmas organization hacks and ideas!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
The holidays don’t have to be stressful. There are lots of tips and tricks to make everything from holiday decor to gift buying less overwhelming. I’ve gathered up a few of my favorites to share with you today.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Printable Christmas Planner from Becoming Martha
Planning ahead and keeping track as you go is a great way to stay organized during the holidays. A printable Christmas planner may seem overkill, but can actually be extremely helpful!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Ornament Organization at Smart School House
Who says you need to buy an expensive ornament organizer? I’m loving this idea for gluing plastic cups to cardboard to protect and layer ornaments for storage.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Hot Beverage Organizer from Useful Beautiful Home via Eleven Magnolia Lane
Not only does this hot beverage tower take up less surface space than spread out on a table, but it looks super cute to boot!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
25 Gift Wrap Organization Ideas from The Scrap Shoppe
Keeping your gift wrap items in order can immensely help when it comes time to wrap all of those presents. This collection of 25 gift wrap stations is sure to inspire!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
How to Store Christmas Lights from A Real-Life Housewife
If you’re like me, you are so over messing with Christmas lights be January that you just toss them in a container to deal with for next year. Then next year doesn’t go so well untangling them, right? I really need to try this organization technique! It’s SO simple and doesn’t cost a dime.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Easiest Way to Organize Wreaths from Ask Anna
Wreaths are fun to hang (I won’t even tell you how many I have up at any given time) but storing them can be a bear. I love this idea to hang them on a long hook!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Christmas Dinner Checklist Printable from Kirkland’s
Hosting Christmas dinner this year? Don’t stress over it! This free printable will help you keep organized and probably give you a few pieces of advice you’d never thought to ask about.

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Wrap Christmas Tree with a Belt from Grunge Zombie
This. Is. Genius. An old belt is a great way to rein in those faux Christmas tree branches will definitely aid in getting it back into the box… something every tree tries NOT to do once it’s out!

Christmas Orgnazation Hacks that will rock your holiday-loving world!
Christmas Photo Checklist from Simple as That
And, finally, if you’re still feeling the holiday burn you can at least keep up with which photos you want to remember to take with this printable photo checklist. You don’t need them all, just mark the ones you want to be sure to get.

Must Have Craft Tips & More!
I hope these Christmas organization hacks help to alleviate some holiday stress! Planning well and packing well always make for a better “next year” at Christmas so get a jump start now to make all those future Christmas more relaxing!

 

 

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A Christmas Carol Tablescape

Every year growing up my Aunt and Uncle would host a Christmas Caroling Party. I remember looking forward to this party every year. We would gather at their house along with other family and friends, sip hot coco and cider, and then embark on a mile long walk in which we would stop at every house and sing a Christmas carol. So.Much.Fun.

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Included on our caroling walk was a book of Christmas carol sheet music for our reference, which is the inspiration and theme of A Christmas Carol Tablescape. The focal point of the table is the sheet music table runner. I found printable sheet music on Pinterest and simply printed several copies on my home computer. To give them a more vintage look, I tea stained and distressed them. You could easily use real sheet music if you had it, or found it at a second hand store as well.

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I used a simple vintage green linen tablecloth and layered the DIY music table runner. Gold chargers with crisp white dishes are always a holiday classic, and I topped the dishes with trendy plaid holiday napkins wrapped in a DIY sheet music napkin ring.

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Any holiday I can, I try to use my grandmother’s vintage cut crystal glassware, and also the gorgeous mother of pearl flatware from my mother in law, which just gives the whole table that vintage feel.

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I hung some festive ornaments from my chandelier for some dimension. And lastly, I added a few floral arrangements. A larger arrangement in the center of the table placed on a stack of vintage books, and two smaller arrangements with cranberries in the water for some extra color.

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So there you have it, a Christmas carol music themed table for your celebrations this holiday season.

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Sheet Music Table Runner

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Materials
Sheet Music (as many as needed to fit the length of your table)
Tea Bags (4 – 6)
Mod Podge

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Step 1
Boil 6 cups of water and seep tea bags for at least 15 minutes. While you are waiting for the tea to finish, gently crumple the music sheets into a loose ball. This will give the pages a more distressed/vintage look.

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Step 2
Once your tea is done, pour into a large pan. Un-crumple your music sheets and submerge 2 or 3 in your pan of tea at a time. Leave the sheets in the tea for about 2 – 3 minutes. Then remove and lay flat to dry.

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Step 3
When your sheet music is dry, lay them out on your table to give yourself an idea of the length and width you want your table runner to be. Once you decide what you want it to look like, flip the sheets on to their backs and use a dab of Mod Podge to adhere the sheets together. The reason I do this from the back is I wanted a really loose look for the runner. . . I wanted ends of the paper to kind of roll up and look natural. You could also Mod Podge over the entire top of the runner if you wanted a more shellacked look. Let the adhesive dry, and you are ready to set your table!

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Party On,

Mindy

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Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway

Hello there bakers and makers!

We love the holiday season and we love our readers so much that we wanted to have a fun Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway! We also love to encourage you to get in the kitchen with your kids and what better way to do so than with a Kitchenaid! This stainless steel 4.5 quart kitchen tool is what every kitchen needs and is perfect for all of your baking needs. One lucky winner has the chance to put this beauty right on their counter top, all you need to do is enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open to all US residents who are 18 years or older. The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 19th and the winner will be announced on Sunday, December 20th. Thank you so much for reading our blogs! We appreciate you.

 

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Giveaway sponsored by:
  • Children’s Culinary Institute
  • Mine for the Making
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 Giveaway is CLOSED! Thank you to all who participated!

Easy and Personal Holiday Gift Ideas

Hello makers! I’m blogging at you from beautiful, sunny California and I couldn’t be more thankful. Our family recently sold our home, down sized, and we are now RV living while we buy land and build our next home. Needless to say, the past couple of months have been a whirlwind and I have BIG TIME slacked on making and shopping for gifts this year. Usually I’m finished back in October, but life got super busy this year. Do you know the feeling? Well, I’m here with a few Easy and Personal Holiday Gifts Ideas that won’t break your bank and won’t take up too much of your time to create.

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Staples Copy and Print makes it easy for consumers to do more for less this holiday season with personalized gifts at great prices. Plus, they offer a variety of designs in personalized holiday cards and photo gifts. Photos are my favorite and incorporating them into gifts is such a great way to personalize gifts.

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Items like ornaments, mouse pads, pillows, calendars, cell phone cases, coffee mugs, t-shirts… they can all be personalized with your favorite photos from throughout the year and sent to someone special!

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It only takes a few minutes with Staples Copy & Print services. You design, order, and pay for your gifts online right from the comfort of your own home or even at work on your lunch break! Staples ships most of the items right to you!

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Wouldn’t it be fun to surprise a friend or family member with an ornament that has photos on it of something fun they did that year? Or maybe a cell phone case! Just hop over to their Facebook or Instagram pages to grab a few of their photos from throughout the year! Save them to your computer and upload them to Staples Copy and Print website.

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The Staples Copy and Print site is very user-friendly and it took me all of 30 minutes to create 2 personalized gifts and my annual family Christmas cards. The two gifts arrived on my door step several days later and my Christmas cards were ready for me to pick up in less than 24 hours at my local Staples store! Talk about convenient. Busy mamas love convenience.

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I really love the way our Christmas cards and gifts turned out! Now all I need to do is get them addressed and sent out!

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Are you ready to create some easy and personal gifts? Click HERE for holiday cards, invitations, and calendars. Save 20% off all orders placed before December 26th with code HOLIDAY20. Click HERE for custom photo gifts. Save 20% off all orders placed before December 26th with code JOLLY20.

So tell me, what are you going to make first on the Staples Copy and Print site?! Tell us in the comments or tweet at us @mineforthemakin!

Want to receive our Christmas card this year? Shoot me an email with your address!

 

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Easy Cookies for Santa Plate

Hi friends! I wanted to drop by to share an easy and quick Christmas project that I made last year. *GASP* I know, better late than never! On the 5th day before Christmas my true love gave to me… this Easy Cookies for Santa Plate!

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I love the black against the gold…and of course I added a deer head to the design. #deerobsession 

Do you want to make on really quick? Let’s do it!

To make your own you will need:

-large plastic charger (Walmart and Dollar Tree have these)

-vinyl

-transfer paper

Silhouette or similar cutting machine

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Directions:

1. I wiped down the charger so that it was clean and dry.

2. I measured the space where I wanted my vinyl on the charger and adjusted the measurements appropriately in my cutting machine program.

3. Then I designed the image on the Silhouette program and cut it out on black vinyl.

4. I weeded the vinyl and applied the transfer paper on top, then transfered the vinyl to the charger carefully. 

5. Load the plate up with cookies on Christmas Eve and leave them for the big man in the red coat. Don’t forget the milk!

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Enjoy your weekend friends… be sure to take it all in, for this is the only Christmas of 2014! 

Food-a-licious Friday: Brownies in a Jar

Hello there and Happy Friday! Are you ready for Christmas? I have a few more presents to wrap and I am done with gifts. I still have plenty of baking to do, so I am so glad Erin, our recipe contributor, is here to share a yummy holiday treat with us today! It also make the PERFECT gift to give during this holiday season. Check out this recipe for Brownies in a Jar. 

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Christmas is quickly approaching! I know I am far from ready. I have been making these Brownies in a Jar as Christmas gifts for the better part of 15 years. They are perfect for coworkers, neighbors, and friends. This way they can enjoy them after the holidays are over and the plethora of Christmas cookies have gone away. This brownie recipe is the best I have ever had. I have a weakness for brownies and make a couple batches this time of year. Mostly to make my house smell heavenly.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup flour

 ½ tsp salt

12 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, divided

1 ½ cups granulated sugar, divided

½ cup packed brown sugar

½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

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DIRECTIONS

1. Mix flour and salt. Spoon mixture into a 1 quart mason jar.

2. Add the following, tapping jar to settle ingredients: 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, ¾ cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, ¾ cup more granulated sugar, then 6 tablespoons more cocoa.

3. Top with chocolate chips. Close lid.

4. Tie baking instructions tag to jar.

If you are going to make these for yourself, you will need ½ cup melted butter, 3 eggs, and ½ teaspoon of vanilla. Put all of the ingredients that were to go into the jar into a bowl. Stir in the butter, eggs, and vanilla. Follow the baking instructions below.

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To bake (this is what needs to go on the tag) : Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 inch square pan. Whisk brownie mix in a bowl. Stir in ½ cup melted butter, 3 eggs, beaten, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Spread into pan. Bake until toothpick inserted in center has a few crumbs, about 35 minutes. Cool. Makes 12.

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I just love how the ingredients look layered in the mason jar. Be sure to include a tag with the baking instructions if you will be giving as a gift. I just LOVE handwritten recipe cards. You can use these cute, free Snowman recipe card print outs I found to attach to the jar too! This would make the perfect gift for teachers, coaches, co-workers, neighbors, grandparents, etc! 

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I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Erin (Crafty Auntie)

Arizona Melted Snowman Ornament

Hi friends!! I have been slacking on sharing cute Christmas crafts this holiday season. I have been spending lots of time getting sign orders out and any extra time I have after that I have been spending with my family making memories. Thank goodness Siri, our home decor contributor, is here to share this adorable Arizona Melted Snowman Ornament craft with us today!
 
 
Hello again and Happy Holidays everyone! It’s Siri again, from Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings, here to share a little holiday home decor craft for the month!
When the holidays arrive, decorating our Christmas tree is usually one of my favorite activities! It’s so much fun to look at all the ornaments that have been made and sought out in years past.  They remind me of wonderful memories with my loved ones! One of my favorite ornaments is one that I made growing up and it has become one of my signature holiday gifts for friends as well.
 
It’s quite simple to make, even for children, and always brings a smile to everyone’s faces! I present “The Arizona Snowman” ornament! Get it? He’s melted! I know, I know. It’s fantastic. :)
To make your own you’ll need:
  • Ribbon
  • Clear microbeads
  • Small black beads
  • A sheet of orange felt
  • Clear ball ornaments
  • Scissors
Here’s how to do it:
 
1. Take the top silver part off of your clear ball ornaments and pour in half a vial (mine are from the bead section at Michael’s and they come in small vials as pictured below) of the clear microbeads.
2. Add two small black beads for your snowman’s eyes. 
 
3. Cut out a tiny triangle from the felt for your snowman’s nose and put it in. 
4. Put the silver top back on your ornament. 
5. Add some red ribbon to hang the ornament and be sure to make a secure knot so it can’t fall. 
6. TA DA! Your Arizona Snowman is done! He will be the perfect touch to bring smiles and laughter to your home this holiday season!
 
Hope you enjoyed my post and have a fun new craft to do this season with your family! Stop by my blog for other DIY holiday ideas and more! Thanks for reading, and thanks for having me Kara!
 
Siri
 

 

Mommy Tell All Monday: Teaching Your Kids to Give

Christmas is only 10 days away friends! Can you believe it? Sara, our parenting and motherhood contributor, is here today to share her thoughts on Teaching Your Kids to Give. This is something that is near and dear to my heart, and I love that Sara has so many great tips and resources for us in today’s post!

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A few months ago we learned that one of our neighbors was in need of a bed. They have three children, two boys and one girl. The girl being the baby of the family was able to sleep on one bed but the two large boys that are over the age of ten shared the other twin size bed. Here’s the thing, we had a bed that wasn’t being used. It’s the bed that our 14 year old used to sleep on before she moved out. We have sleepovers with her but not often enough where we would need a bed instead of an air mattress.

Before taking the bed to our neighbor’s house we had the conversation with our 16 year old that her sister’s bed was needed elsewhere. This was a hard thing to talk about, fragile that her sister was no longer living with her and also that she hasn’t “owned” much in her life, giving something away was a hard concept. After our discussion, whether she understood why we needed to give a bed to someone who needed it more than us or not, we logically walked it over to our neighbor’s house.

Considering the time she has spent in foster care and various things that she has experienced in life, I did not expect our daughter to grasp the idea that someone might be more in need than she was. But it opened my eyes to the fact that I had to start teaching my children to understand the meaning of giving if I wanted them to become givers. I personally know adults who would give the shirts off their back to people on the street. Even my grandmother once took my dad’s only pair of shoes because a homeless man was barefoot; she knew my dad could afford to buy another pair! I admire the people who have giving hearts, who so naturally consider others’ needs before their own.

I recently found myself walking down the aisles of Target trying to explain to my three and four year old that we are picking out a toy for another child. My son gets whiny and likes to become a noodle that falls to the ground when he’s mad and my daughter just cries out of sadness that the shopping trip isn’t for her. It would be so very easy to just not include them while I’m purchasing a gift for a child in need but I’ve decided it’s a battle I’ll choose. Even at their young and naturally selfish age I want my kids to see what giving looks like. I want them to see that mom can provide for someone else’s tangible needs. I don’t want everything to be about whether you celebrate Christmas or not, blessing someone can happen all year long. Fortunately this time of year provides you with many opportunities to give as organizations are trying to keep people warm and fed. My kids are still very young, especially my one and two year olds, but if our family “adopts” a family each year to bless it will become a tradition to shop for another family. And year after year as my kids practice giving, my prayer is that their desire to give flows over into the rest of the year. Thinking of other’s needs before your own is countercultural, so I know that it’s my responsibility to teach my children to be givers.

Are you thinking about giving something a little extra this season? Maybe you are looking for ways to include your children in a service project? Contact some local homeless shelters or group homes to see how you can serve or what they are in need of this season. Find some churches around you; they are often doing projects that serve people in their community. Talk to the principal of your children’s school to see if there is a family in need that you could be a “Secret Santa” for.

And if you need some other ideas, here are some organizations that do huge Christmas operations:

Food for the hungry

Compassion International

Operation Christmas Child

The Angel Tree for Prison Fellowship

The Salvation Army

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Do you live in Phoenix?

Phoenix Rescue Mission

Phoenix Dream Center

Andre House of Hospitality

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If you’re a Momma like I am I’m sure that putting someone else’s needs before your own is what you do all day every day. You’re already modeling that for your kids, but don’t forget to talk about it as well. We are raising up the next generation, which is kind of a big deal right?!? Let’s turn our little humans into loving, responsible and compassionate adults.

Sara (A Mom’s Battle of the Selfie)

 

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Woodland Plaid Winter Wreath

There’s just something so peaceful and so magical about the forest, don’t you think? No matter what time of year it is, but especially in winter. The sweet forest animals that leave their tracks in the snow, the glistening slow flakes on pine needles, white pinecones… there’s just something so neat about it. I’ve always loved the forest. Maybe it’s because I am a desert native and our winters look very different. This year I decided my holiday wreath would reflect a cozy, forest winter. Check out my Woodland Plaid Winter Wreath… 

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Thanks so much to Floracraft for providing me with a wreath form for this project…I love how big it is! 

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Here’s a list of supplies you will need if you want to create one for your front door or mantle:

  • wreath form
  • plaid fabric
  • bottle brush tree
  • plastic deer
  • gold dots
  • gold glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge brush
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun + sticks
  • burlap & gold ribbon

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The first thing you want to do is rip your fabric in 2 inch wide strips and wrap your wreath form, securing with hot glue at the back of the wreath. Once you cover the wreath, hot glue the gold dots sporadically on the tree. 

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Then using Mod Podge and your sponge brush, paint the deer’s antlers and sprinkle with gold glitter. Hot glue the tree and deer to the wreath.

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Use the burlap and gold flecked ribbon to make a bow and hot glue it to the top of your wreath.

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If you have any extra gold dots, you can hot glue those on the wreath as well. I just LOVE the way it turned out! What do you think?

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Thanks so much for checking out my Woodland Plaid Winter Wreath today! 

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