Monday, December 13, 2010

2010 Christmas Doorway Decorations

The conversation went something like this: (copied and pasted from our gmail chat)

Nelly: I'm gonna try to do something similar to this on our front door for Christmas: link to pic of Thrifty Decor Chick's Christmas decorated doorway
Hubby: Cool!
Nelly: would you think i was crazy if i painted our door a different color for christmas?
Nelly: but if i do a red wreath it won't show up on a RED door which is why i need a BLACK door temporarily or at least for christmas
Hubby: hahah, we'll need to put black facade on door somehow

Lucky for him I came to my senses and decided to work with our red front door.  In searching for inexpensive Christmas decor ideas I came across Thrifty Decor Chick and was totally inspired by her Christmas Doorway and was determined to recreate it - on a budget of course!

How I did it and a few details:
I first purchased 4 artificial garlands thinking I would only need two BUT just in case bought 4. Thank goodness I did because when I saw how puny one garlandwas  I knew 1 would not work. I wrapped two around themselves, then attached them into one long string with floral wire.  I then strung the garland with a string of lights leftover from last year.  The wire was white but in the name of the budget I did not care. :-P
I then loosely wrapped wired ribbon around the entire strand of garland.  Wired ribbon is awesome because you can shape it anyway you want and don't have to worry about it slipping etc.  I love the detail on the ribbon was so pretty and at $1/roll the price could not be beat!

The Christmas ornaments at Walmart this year are GORGEOUS! I initially purchased 2 ponsiettas but then decided that I wanted them scattered around the garland.  I could have CRIED when all the red ones were sold out at my store. Luckily the store next to Miss J's pediatrician's office had a few but still not enough for what I envisioned.

To make up for it I purchased two dragonfly ornaments to fill in a few spots.  Hopefully, I'll be able to pick up a few extras next year.  Note to self - shop for Christmas Decor EARLY! I'm amazed how the shelves were empty and it was only December 7!

Thankfully I had the potted artificial trees from last year otherwise I have a feeling purchasing those would have been a budget breaker. Taking a cue from Thrifty Decor Chick I stuffed the bottom with red shatterproof ornaments.

$5 for a box of 24! :-)

I lamented over what to use as a wreath over the door. I first thought of purchasing stems of white ponsiettas and creating a wreath much like Thrifty Decor Chick's.  A red wreath was out because it would blend into the door. (hence wanting to temporarily paint my front door black. :-P )  I then saw a tutorial for creating ponsiettas out of felt and thought that would look cute.  Both were great ideas but TIME CONSUMING and I was simultaneously working on stuff for Miss J's 2nd birthday party.
The coffee filter wreath (visit nesting place for tutorial) had been sitting on my mantle waiting to be hung up when one day a lightbulb went off and I found my solution!

I layered it in front of my existing wreath using a cable tie and it worked perfectly!

See the cable tie?

I love the ruffles!

What I love even more is it only cost me an hour of time and $3.50 for the wreath form! (the coffee filters had been sitting in my pantry for YEARS)

Doorway in the daylight:

Budget Breakdown:
(all items from Walmart except Wreath form which is from Hobby Lobby)
Garland $8
Glitter Ornaments $7
Ribbon $2.50
Wreath Form $3.50
Tree Ornaments $2.50
Coffee Filters $0
Lights $0
Trees $0
Green Wreath $0

Total: $23.50


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