We are officially into Christmas season! And that means I get to share my decorating with you. Let's start things off with my upcycled Christmas picture frames with wreaths the lazy way.
Today I'm going to show you just how sneaky I can be. I had this lovely set of Ikea picture frames over the sofa. For the past year they had housed Georgia O' Keefe, but when I had the Halloween party I wanted to add something frightful in them and so I opened them up and that is when this happened. I broke the glass in one of them.
Well you know me, I wasn't going to do anything about it. Too busy, too lazy, too cheap, you pick my excuse. The truth is I was in a rush to decorate and I wanted to stretch myself a bit and not do what I had done last year, which was add two vintagy looking Christmas cards in the frames.
I am working on toning down the red for this year's Christmas theme and I really liked this plaid fabric. It had once been a pair of shorts but no one ever wore them so.... I cut it into rectangles fitting over the frames, and using some sticky tape, taped the fabric over the glass. This was a new idea for me because usually I add paper or cards to frames but I had never added fabric in this way before. It is a simple and temporary solution. I promise to get the glass changed, but after the holidays!
On the edges and in the middle.
I then cut out a donut shaped cardboard. I used two bowls of varying sizes to get the shape. Scientific percision and all!
I also had this long piece of chiffon-like fabric. This was a piece left over from a curtain I had made years ago.
I was able to reuse the fabric by cutting it in two and wrapped it around each donut. I then secured it in the back with a stapler.
Using a pretty green ribbon I was able to hang the donut shapes, or wreaths because that is what they've been turned into, from the back of the frames.
But as pretty as that was, it was too bare. I added three felt stars to each of the wreaths with some glue. This was a direct contradiction to my plan of eliminating red!
These are my Christmas picture frames with wreaths.
I think it is just enough color since I am not going to go crazy this year. Just a small pop of red...well, except for Santa. But he can't help it. He gets lots of red, because he's Santa! No changing that!!
Here they are on the wall. I was able to use what I had at home and only ended up buying the red stars - the one thing I said I would not be using. I guess my decorating plans are going out the window! Haha !!
And next to the tree. I'm not done with it yet. But I will show it soon.
Do you think I'm being lazy? Well, maybe I am but this crack in the glass certainly made me think outside the box and come up with this new idea for me, to hide the glass with the fabric. I like this new subdued look to my walls.
Do you ever stumble upon new ideas out of sheer laziness? I hope my Christmas picture frames with wreaths inspires you to think outside your comfort zone and try new things. And remember to try and reuse what you have at home.
And now for the big question which I've been obsessing over. In my quest to eliminate the red I ended up adding 3 red stars to the wreaths. This was not the plan at all but they look pretty good. Should I remove them and just leave the wreaths all white or do you like the red stars?
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I'm Mary and I live in beautiful Greece where I like to repurpose and upcycle anything that is old or looks like junk. Join me as we use our creativity to spark some life into old things. And do it frugally! You will also see lots of photography of my Greece.