December is here! I am so excited for all the crafts, food, lights, and decorations that come with this month. It is truly a beautiful time of year. We have decked our halls and are ready for the season.
In all our preparation, I am aiming to keep the “stuff” simpler this year. It is easy to get stressed and overwhelmed, and I don’t want that to take over the joy and peace that should come with Christmas. I didn’t put out half of our decor, and the stuff is simpler and sweet. In this quest to stay rooted in being about less this year, I made a simple Christmas wreath for our front door.
One of my sisters lives in Arkansas and has horses, chickens, goats, and cows. It’s the real deal country living. She gave me a few old chicken feeders (when they were cleaning out their barn), and I have been waiting for a way to use them.
I used a chicken feeder as the base of my wreath. I love the rustic, recycled simplicity that this wreath helped create. I bet you could use this same idea with a wire wreath frame.
I took a bunch of Christmas tree trimmings that I gathered when we cut down our tree, and broke off branches so there were smaller, thinner pieces ready to be easily bended in my chicken feeder.
I simply weaved the branches in and out of my frame. When one branch ended, I pushed that branch down towards the base of the chicken feeder and weaved another one on top. I didn’t use any twist-ties, glue, or pins to hold the branches in place. They simply stayed by tucking them behind the metal or previous branches.
Once I had branches all the way to the top of my feeder, I checked to see if there were any bare spots that I needed to tuck in some smaller branches. I then used my clippers to trim my wreath to have a more uniform shape by cutting off some longer pieces.
I didn’t want my wreath to scratch up my front door from the rough metal prongs hitting the door, so I used duck tape to cover the ends on the back. My wreath was then done, and I hung it up!
I love the simplicity of this wreath, but you could easily add some red twig berries or a bow to spice it up and add a bit of color.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving (if you live in the states) with your family and friends!
We had a great “Thanksmas” with my family and I am excited to share with you more about it tomorrow.
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