JOYful Christmas Door Hanger

Previously posted on All Things Thrifty

It’s hard to believe it, but Halloween has come and gone, Thanksgiving is upon us, the temperatures are dipping and I’ve already seen a whole slew of Christmas commercials. I’m starting to feel the Holiday spirit! I don’t like to skip Thanksgiving by any means, but I do like to start working on a few Christmas related projects in November so they’re ready to go come December! I get so excited for the Holiday season and love planning out my Christmas decor and crafts. It’s truly the most wonderful time of the year! 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things Thrifty

Along with our Christmas tree and mantel, my favorite spot to decorate is our front door area. I usually use a fresh greenery wreath for our front door at Christmas, but I wanted to try something new this year. Thus, my Joyful Christmas Door Hanger was born!

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things Thrifty This door hanger/banner was very simple to make and didn’t take too long at all. To make your own you will need:

  • 2 extra wide ribbons in different widths and colors/patterns
  • Paper mache letters to spell out word of your choice
  • Metallic spray paint
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue sticks

To begin, give your paper mache letters a coat or two of metallic spray paint in the color of your choice. I used a silver hammered metal paint. I chose this particular paint to add texture and give a more vintagey rustic feel. 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyWhile your letters are drying, you can start working on the banner part of the door hanger. Lay out your two ribbons and decide on the length of your cuts. I found a great burlap ribbon to serve as my base, and a festive, sweater like ribbon at Hobby Lobby. Your local craft store should have a variety of options to choose from. 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyOnce you have your ribbons cut and positioned, you’re ready to attach them together. Apply a line of hot glue every 5 or 6 inches. Make sure you are keeping the ribbons straight as you go. 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyWhen the paint on your letters has dried and the banner is ready to go, you can play around with the placement of the letters. Once that is settled, use a good amount of hot glue to adhere the letters to the banner. I also made a bow with some of the leftover ribbon {using the opposite side of my double-sided ribbon} to place at the top of the banner. 

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyI also folded over the top of the banner and hot glued it down to create a pocket for hanging. I used a piece of twine and a dowel in this pocket to hang the banner on my front door.

JOYful Christmas Door Hanger -- Like a Saturday for All Things ThriftyI’m anxiously waiting for December to get here so I can hang this on my door without looking like a crazy person! ;) I think it will look beautiful with some fresh garland hanging around the door frame and a few twinkle lights, too!  

Have you started planning your Christmas decor, yet?

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For more Christmas inspiration, check out these posts:

Vintage Inspired Christmas Mantel via Like a Saturday{Vintage Inspired Christmas Mantel}

"A Thrill of Hope" - Christmas Porch{“A Thrill of Hope” Christmas Porch}

Easy Ornament Frame{Easy Ornament Frame}




Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}

Hi y’all! It’s been, um…a while. Blogging has mostly been put on the back burner these days. Not because there isn’t anything to share, but because I’d rather be playing with my sweet baby girl {who is keeping me busy these days by being}, and when I do have down time…sleep is just really awesome. #momlife.

#SWAP4 Logo FINALI was super excited for another round of Swap it Like it’s Hot because 1)It is so much fun and 2) an actual deadline means something went onto my to-do list…so blogging is actually happening! Which is great, because I do love and miss it a little bit. We got our “surprise baby call” during the last round of Swap {7 months ago!}, so I feel like I’ve come full circle. :)

swap itemsEmily from Two Purple Couches sent me this assortment of thrifted finds. I was stumped with what to do for most of it, but I knew exactly what I wanted to do with the white and cream trim and lace as soon as I laid eyes on it! I had a beautiful, textured wreath in my mind that would be perfect for this fall. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}I grabbed the other items needed to make this happen from the craft store : a straw wreath form, burlap ribbon, and some fabric flower embellishments that coordinate perfectly with the lace and trim. This wreath was fairly simply to make and I was able to complete it during one very sad Texas football game {get a grip, Longhorns!}. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}To begin, I secured one end of the ribbon to the wreath form {still wrapped in plastic — don’t remove that or you’ll have a straw mess all over your house} with straight pins. I continued to wrap the entire spool of ribbon around the wreath form until it was completely covered. i discreetly secured the end with more straight pins. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}Once the wreath was fully wrapped in ribbon, it was time to start layering the lace and trim. I started with the bottom layer and worked my way up. I attached each piece with just a little bit of hot glue. To achieve a ruffled look, I pleated the lace as I attached it to the wreath. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}After a few layers of lace and eyelet, I capped it off with a bit of the textured trim and 3 fabric flowers. 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}I used a bit of the leftover lace and eyelet to hang the wreath on the front door. The warm textures look awesome with our other fall front porch decor. I’ll have to come back next week and show you how we’ve fall-ified the house this season! 

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}

Textured Wreath for Fall {#swapitlikeitshot}


Hop on over to Finding Silver Pennies to see what Danielle did with my thrift store finds! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the swap girls’ posts. There have been some seriously amazing projects! 


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Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}

Ok – this is take 2 of this post {as those of you who subscribe may have noticed}. I started a draft while baby girl was napping, but didn’t get very far before she woke up. I came back to save what little I had written and Lucy girl decided it was good enough and hit publish. ha! ;) 

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Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I have another nursery project for you today! Now, this one is not earth shattering or new…but I love it! As a former preschool teacher, I’m a little bit obsessed with children’s books and instilling the love of reading in our kids. Studies show that having books in the home is directly linked to academic achievement. I use all of those statistics as my excuse for endless amounts of books. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}Now, if you’re going to create your own little Einstein by having all of the books, you have to find some creative ways to store them and have them easily accessible. We have a cube bookcase that holds a majority of the books and toys, but why not have some of those beautiful books double as wall art? 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}When I started dreaming up ideas for decorating a nursery, I was always drawn to the look of book ledges. Children’s book covers are bright, beautiful and meant to be seen. I love the idea of having them on display not only to look pretty, but as a visual reminder to enjoy a good book. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I bought 5 of the Ikea Ribba shelves in white. They are just under 22 inches, which  the perfect size for the space we have. They are really easy to install, you just need to measure carefully so that the spacing is right and the edges are even. The ledges should be screwed directly into the studs or supported by wall anchors to be sure that they are secure. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I used the higher shelves to hold special books that we want to keep safe from being damaged. The lower shelves are great for books that you want your little ones to be able to easily grab. 

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}

Ikea Book Ledges {and some of our favorite books}I love it, and I have to say that Lucy seems to love it as well! There has been lots of smiling and reaching towards her favorite books. :) 

There are so many children’s books out there, it’s hard to know which ones are great! Here are some of our favorites for toddlers and preschoolers:

Baby Lit Books {We have several Little Miss Austen books *cough cough, early brainwashing*, The Jungle Book, and The Secret Garden. These are great board book primers, plus the illustrations are lovely!}.

Sandra Boynton Books {We especially love Doggies}

Eric Carl (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see?

Anything Dr. Seuss

The Jesus Storybook Bible

The Beginner’s Bible

Skippy Jon Jones

Maisy Books

Llama Llama Red Pajamas

Pete the Cat

What are some of your favorite children’s books? 

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