Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas DIY - part 2

Ohhh sorry, I can't resist... a have to share a couple more Christmas ideas today :)

First up - my new DIY Christmas wreath!

I decorated a large rustic wreath I bought from Cote Provence in Carlton North. They're also available in a smaller sizes. If you're not in the North I've seen similar ones all over town in good florists and also a few upmarket gift-type shops.

The decorations are super-simple - some paper bark I stripped from a tree in Carlton(!), some peppercorn branches and leaves, and some succulent stems, cut and clustered in small recycled glass bottles filled with water. Everything is just tied on with string and wire. Too easy!

I used some of those tiny bottles from Industria in Fitzroy (mentioned here), as well as some little glass juice bottles from the Mediterranean Wholesaler in Brunswick. You could also use small glass jars...

The great thing about this wreath is that it is 100% sustainable! All components are either natural or recycled... the succulents are all in water, which means they'll stay alive and grow roots for replanting later. And the wreath will be recycled every year!

Gorgeous Christmas DIY find number 2 was discovered by my lovely friend Jess... a 'cardboard holiday village' complete with flickering LED lights! This sweet project is the creation of Stephanie who has a great little blog called Even Cleveland. Love it!


  1. I love your wreath! you are the cleverest. plus anthropologie plus i got a blog mention, woah what an exciting morning this is already! x

  2. Ohhh the Lesk! Thanks for your sweet comment. :)

    Ohhh Anthropologie. They really know about good styling. Why oh WHY do Australian retailers not see the value is such gorgeous visual merchandising?


  3. The wreath is gorgeous!!! You say it's simple, but that looks like some fancy twisting to me ;-)

  4. Ha oh thanks Natalie! No, no, it really was simple! Bit of twisting I guess... but nothing fancy!

    I did make a big mess with the bark on the floor though :)