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Create & Share Challenge: Holiday Wreath Display

The holidays are almost upon us! Can you believe how fast 2016 went? Me neither. For my last attempt at holiday decor (I’ve shared my Christmas tree and entryway decor) I wanted to share this holiday wreath display that is currently hanging in our dining area.

This post is brought to you by Elizabeth Joan Designs in collaboration with Cutting Edge Stencils. Although I did receive a product from Cutting Edge Stencils, all opinions are my own. Click here to view my full disclosure.

Holiday Wreath Display

This month, I’m joining up for my second Create & Share Challenge, hosted by Casa Watkins and Pocketful of Posies!  Thanks, Ladies! There are 9 other amazing projects, so make sure to check them out at the bottom of this post! (View my first Create & Share Challenge project.)

So wait… what is this challenge? Well, participants are tasked with using their personal decor style to create a project centering around one main item. And this month, we are working with holiday stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils! For this project, I made a fun and neutral holiday wreath display and it was so easy to create!

Stenciled Wreath Display

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To make this holiday wreath display, you will need:

  • Holiday Cheer Christmas Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils
  • Painter’s Tape
  • 48″ X 26.5″ Plywood
  • Trim Pieces cut to 26.5″ and 45″
  • Wood Stain
  • Old Rag
  • Paint Brush
  • 2 Paint Colors (I used Waverly Chalk Acrylic Paint in White and Silver Lining.)
  • Small Paint Roller
  • Screwdriver and Screws
  • Hammer and Nails

To start, I used an old rag to apply Minwax stain (Early American) to the trim pieces.

Wood Stain Rustoleum Early American

While the trim pieces were drying, I painted one side of the plywood with white paint.

Waverly Chalk White Paint Brush

When the white paint was dry, it was time to stencil!  I don’t think I’ve ever used a larger stencil like this before and I could not believe how simple the process was.  I simply used painter’s tape to attach the stencil to the middle of my board and used a smaller paint roller to apply the gray paint.  Once I was finished with one section, I carefully pulled up the stencil and repositioned it in a new spot with part of it overlaying a previously painted section.

Holiday Stencil Gray Paint

Next, I assembled the trim pieces to make a frame.  I used screws to attach the ends together. (Oops, I forgot to get a photo of that!)

Then, I laid the plywood on top of the frame and nailed around the back edges.

Hammer and Nail Wreath Display

You can see below that the corners of the trim were not mitered. I just put the straight edges together with the shorter pieces on the outside.

Easy peasy!

Holiday Wreath Display Stencil Detail

If you want to hang your creation, you can attach sawtooth picture hangers or D-rings to the back. Didn’t this turn out lovely?

Gray and White Stenciled Wall Hanging

To finish, add your favorite wreath! I chose a pretty boxwood wreath and attached it with a ribbon and thumb tack at the top. This holiday wreath display is currently hanging in our dining area and we love how it looks! You may have noticed that the dining area is starting to look a bit different. (See the before photos in our Country House Tour.)  We’ve been working on it bit by bit and I will have a full update of the entire space after the holidays!

Stenciled Holiday Wreath Display

One of my favorite things about this holiday wreath display is that is can be used well beyond the holiday season and into the new year!

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit Elizabeth Joan Designs and don’t forget to check out the other awesome stenciled holiday creations below!

  1. Kim Six Fix – Stenciled Spray Snow Flakes
  2. Green With Decor – How to Stencil A Pillow For Christmas
  3. Vintage Romance Style – The True Meaning of Noel Sign
  4. Southern Couture – Wooden Reindeer Stencil
  5. One Mile Homestyle – Stenciled Holiday Coloring Page Place Mats
  6. DIY Beautify – Stenciled Wall Hanging Christmas Decor
  7. Elizabeth Joan Designs – Stenciled Wall Hanging
  8. Farmhouse 40 – DIY Reindeer Antlers Bulletin Board
  9. Iris Nacole – Stenciled Christmas Tree Stand Box
  10. Pocketful of Posies – The Easiest Christmas Cookie Decorating Hack Ever

Holiday Entryway Decor

This year, our holiday decor is pretty minimal. Since we moved into the Country House just about a half of a year ago, our garage has been a disaster of boxes and furniture and trash and recycling. So, most of our holiday decor has stayed in the mess in the garage. We’ve put up our tree (see our Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree) and a few wreaths outside, but today I wanted to share our holiday entryway decor.

Neutral Holiday Entryway Decor

Our entryway is really just the 4th wall of our living room with a small coat closet. (Click here to see the before tour of our Country House.)

You may remember the stocking holder that I made a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, our past couple of homes have not had a fireplace with a mantle. So, we were in need of a place to hang our Christmas stockings. This DIY hanger has been awesome and perfectly holds all of our stockings, even when they are filled with goodies on Christmas morning.

Stocking Hanger Holder

I also add some painted chipboard letters to each stocking so Santa knows where to put his loot. Yes, I know that there are two E’s, but if you look closely, you will be able to see that one of those stockings is a little different from the others. We had actually purchased the 3 matching stockings before our son was born and needed another creamy cable knit one to go with the rest when he joined the fam. I could not find that same pattern, so I settled for similar.

Stocking Monogram

Underneath the stockings is a console table with a couple of storage ottomans below that. The ottomans are great for storing our kid’s shoes and work as extra seating in a pinch.

On top of the console table is a couple of vintage items that each belonged to one of my grandmas. The white, milk glass double bowl with a lid belonged to my paternal grandmother and the old typewriter was my maternal grandmothers. I love having keepsakes like these!

Vintage Typewriter Black Console

I also added an appropriately typed Christmas poem/story to the typewriter for the season.

Vintage Typeface

This little space is lovely to walk into when we get home. Even though we don’t have a ton of decor up this year, there is just enough to make it feel merry and bright!

Christmas Entryway Decor

What do you think of our holiday entryway decor? Leave a comment to let us know!

My Home Style Blog Hop: Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree

Welcome to the 2nd annual My Home Style Blog Hop: Christmas Tree Edition hosted by Casa Watkins. I’m so happy to be participating again this year and to be sharing my Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree for Christmas with you. (Check out my Christmas tree decor style from last year.)

If you are heading over Lovely Etc., WELCOME to Elizabeth Joan Designs! My name is Erin and I blog about  all things DIY, decor, etc. Isn’t Carrie’s tree and style amazing?! I just love her glam winter wonderland tree. If I were brave enough, I would have flocked my own tree this year.  However, I opted not to because I have yet to research all of the details. (Is the flocking permanent? Can you unflock a tree?  Does it shed?)

This Year…

How To Photograph Christmas Tree

Anyway, my Christmas tree style for this year is similar to last year’s tree, in that I’ve used several of the same ornaments. However, I’ve really changed a few things up to give it a new, fresh look! Our tree is a lot brighter, thanks to some white batting (from a torn apart old pillow) that I added to give a freshly snowed upon look. I wanted to lighten things up and this was a great way to achieve that effect.

My Home Style Christmas Tree Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree

One of the new items that we wanted for our tree this year was a new tree topper! (In the past, we’ve used a star and a monogrammed C; our last name initial.) When my hubby and I saw this cute white, glittered reindeer head, we knew it would be the perfect addition to our tree. Isn’t he cute?  I think we need to name him. *wink* And, for $6.98, I don’t really think I could have passed him up!

Reideer Head Tree Topper

The Ornaments

We opted to keep our ornaments simple and went with a few tried and true favorites, along with a new find.  I DIYed  the feather ornaments and silhouettes of our kids. The rest were purchased on the cheap! Monogram C from Walmart.

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Christmas Ornaments 2016

Feather Ornament | Monogram | Silhouette | Snowflake | Glitter Feather

We’ve also added a bazillion new lights to the tree.  (OK, maybe that is a bit of an overstatement.) There are bigger bulb type lights mixed with traditional warm white lights. I love how glowy it looks in the evening!

Neutral Modern Farmhouse Christmas Tree

You may not be able to tell from the photos, but tons of lights = tons of cords.  And I have yet to figure out how to hide all of these.  Seriously, when the Christmas lights are not on, it looks like I must have just thrown the bundles of lights at the tree and called it a day.  It truly is a mess. I guess that is something to try to figure out how to improve on for next year!

Christmas Tree Glow Ornaments

Previously, I have described our home style as Neutral Modern Farmhouse and our Christmas tree definitely falls into the same category, even in this new house. I love to keep things simple with clean neutrals, but also have a comfortable and collected look. Kind of classic meets contemporary.

Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out the My Home Style Blog Hop: Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree! To see more, browse the project gallery or follow me on Instagram or Facebook for fun sneak peeks!

Eager for more Christmas Tree styles? Head on over to Roots North and South next! Then, check out the other Christmas Tree stylings by these amazing bloggers.

Christmas tree styling for any home style!

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Casa Watkins Living
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Polished Habitat
Southern State Of Mind
Up To Date Interiors
Lovely Etc.

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Elizabeth Joan Designs {You are here!}
Roots North and South
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The Striped House
Pocketful Of Posies
The Gathered Home

Wednesday

Boxy Colonial
Ciburbanity
PMQ For Two
Farmhouse 40
Monica Wants It

Thursday

The Happy Housie
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This Is Our Bliss
Iris Nacole

Friday

Fresh Crush
Domicile 37
Cassie Bustamante
Flourish and Knot
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Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources

You guys! I must apologize. In the final reveal post, I said that I would share all of the Tween Bedroom Makeover Details and Sources with you last week. Oops! Over a week has passed and I’m just now getting around to finishing up this post. Part of it was probably laziness and the other part was burn out. I hear that completely overhauling a room in just 6 weeks can do that to a person. *wink* However, I’m ready to jump back in and tell you all about it.

One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

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To see all of the before photos, mood board, and all of the final photos of this space, click here!

As I already mentioned, this room was completely renovated. After some major gutting of the old carpets, we added new floors (peel and stick faux wood) and painted the walls (Benjamin Moore Gray Owl in Satin @ 50% ), trim, and doors (Behr Pure White in Semigloss).

Tween Bedroom White Door Hanger

Over Door Hooks | Door Handle | Thermostat

We also replaced all of the electrical outlets, switches/plates, and the ugly almond thermostat.

Aren’t these printable art pieces perfect?  Guess what!?  They were all free!

Tween Bedroom Printable Gold Pink Art

Have Courage Be Kind | Glitter Initial | Don’t Quit Your Daydream | Frame

Since this room was craving some storage, we added large white boxes in the closet to help corral clutter and collections.

Tween Bedroom Closet Organization

White Storage Boxes

This pretty dress form is now a display area for new and vintage necklaces. Our creative girl also likes fashion and design, so her fabrics and sewing machine are just behind the doors of the closet. When inspiration hits, she can remove the necklaces and pin up a new outfit .

Tween Bedroom Neutral Dressform

Dress Form | Blinds

Finding a tufted headboard that our daughter liked and also fit our budget was a bit of a challenge. It seemed that every place we looked was out of stock of this particular one. However, after a little waiting, we were able to score this puppy and it looks so beautiful in this space.

Tween Bedroom Twin Bed and Nightstand

Headboard

Aren’t these Morrocan mirrors cute? We snagged them for just $16 from Marshalls. The scale is a little off for my liking, but my daughter loved the shape and they just happened to go with the room.

Tween Bedroom Bed

The nightstand was a last minute idea. My hubby built this one from scratch, using building plans from Anna White. A drawer and a few pretty boxes below add more storage to this small room.

Tween Bedroom Nightstand and Storage

Drawer Knob | Pink Storage Box | Floral Storage Box 

The gray and white clover pattern bedding was our first purchase for the room and one that we are so happy with. The duvet cover is reversible (gray on white) and adds some nice pattern in here.

Tween Bedroom Beige Gray White Pink

Duvet & Sham | Pink Pillow

By looking at this room, you probably wouldn’t guess that our daughter’s favorite color is purple. What? That’s right. The girl loves all things lavender. However, when looking for inspiration, she kept coming back to rooms that featured touches of pink and ultimately decided she liked the warmth and softness of a light pink color vs. purple.

Tween Bedroom Nightstand Acessories

Lamp – Passed On From Family | Pink Flameless Candle | Notepad

One item I haven’t talked about yet is this plush, cream, shag carpet we picked out. Since the new floors are pretty dark, we wanted to brighten the area with a soft rug. This fluffy option is perfect for stepping onto right out of bed in the morning. Or practicing splits and stretches.  Whatever you may fancy.

Tween Bedroom Cream Shag Carpet

Area Rug

And if you’ve been following along, you may remember chandelier-gate 2016. (OK, it wasn’t really a scandal.) This pretty little number gave us a few installation problems, but luckily we worked them out.

Tween Bedroom Chandelier Crystals

Chandelier | Ceiling Medallion

I already shared the details of how we built this “dresker” using two small chests of drawers. It is such a functional piece of furniture in this room since it doubles as both a dresser and a desk.

Tween Bedroom Desk/Dresser

3 Drawer Chest | Drawer Pulls | Chair | Faux Sheepskin | Waste Can

The swivel chair and faux sheepskin were a few last minute requests from our daughter…

Tween Bedroom Pink White Acessories

Pink Frame | Deer Print | Lamp | Plant & Pot

Along with some of these pretty accessories.

Tween Bedroom Desk Accessories

Jewelry Tree | Flowers | Pencil Holder

We wanted a place for the little miss to display photos and important reminders, so I whipped up this easy pinboard with an old corkboard, some dropcloth, baker’s twine, and upholstery tacks.

Tween Bedroom Dresker

White Chromebook | Pom Pom Stickers

Wowza! I think that covers all of the tween bedroom makeover details and sources. We are so happy with how this room turned out and it is currently our favorite space in the house. Now we need to get working on some other rooms! Hmmm… I wonder which one will be next?