So this past weekend we were “officially” introduced to our local community at an event hosted by our friends from a really cool local home & garden boutique – the bird and the bee. We really had a great time…and are so appreciative to the bird and the bee and everyone who stopped by. Not only was it great to meet so many new fellow ground redeemers, but it also pushed us to get some things done that we’d been meaning to do for some time…like getting RYG t-shirts made…stay tuned for that! It also allowed us to showcase some of our holiday related posts we’ve done this past year. So…with the holidays quickly approaching, I thought it would be helpful to showcase some of those same holiday crafts and décor projects with you…here, all in one place.
Homemade Mulling Spices
Soon after we’ve had our first cold snap, Britt starts simmering some of her mulling spice goodness on the stove…and she’ll continue spreading that aromatic holiday cheer right up until winter turns to spring. There are few things that say family, home, and holidays more to me than this sweet winter smell wafting through the air. Check out this post to get Britt’s oh-so-simple recipe for mulling spices and start making some of your own this week.
Britt’s post on how to make a burlap wreath has been one of our most popular. But the truth is…our burlap wreath actually graces our backdoor throughout a good part of the year…not just during the holidays. So as seasons change…Britt simply changes out whatever embellishment or decoration she has on it. For instance: pinecones in the fall; berries and/or magnolia leaves in the winter; rosettes or small painted Easter eggs in the spring. So if you’re interested in making one of your own, check out this post where Britt shares step-by-step instructions that are super easy to follow. She’s also provided links for all the supplies you’ll need…so you can go ahead and order everything right now.
We are blessed with a ton of birds in our yard. And one of Britt’s and our girls’ favorite things to do…particularly when they are on school break, is to make birdseed ornaments. Like the burlap wreath, this craft doesn’t have to be done just during the winter holidays…our birds enjoy a treat no matter when it is. All you have to do is change out the ribbon color and the shape of the ornament to reflect whatever season you’re in. During the winter, my lovely ladies use red or green ribbon and Christmas-themed shapes…like stars, wreaths, Christmas trees, and gingerbread men. This is another super easy activity you can do with your kids…one that they’ll really enjoy, particularly if they’ve been cooped up inside for far too long. So start planning for your kid’s next break by checking out this post.
A lot of people limit what they bring inside from their yard to brighten things up to flower cuttings…and if you’re one of those people, you’re really missing out. Cuttings from evergreen shrubs and trees really bring a great deal of life inside…both literally and figuratively. So check out this post to see some of our favorite evergreen cuttings…and better yet, this post…where Britt’s mom, Brenda (the queen of lopping off a branch and throwing it in a vase…quite beautifully I might add) shares her favorites.
Ribbon & Pallet Board Star
Last Christmas I was scrambling on Christmas Eve day to come up with a DIY gift to bring to Britt’s family’s Christmas party. Uninspired or stressed from the time crunch, I went to Pinterest for inspiration (yea, I’m man enough to admit it). Anyway, I found this red ribbon & pallet board star. Not only was it very easy to make…it was so popular, it the first gift to be “frozen” during our exchange that night. Check out this post where you’ll find printable step-by-step instructions to make your own.
I know that we just posted this one a week or so ago, but it got perhaps the most comments during our event this past weekend…so I thought I’d share it again. It’s ridunkulously easy to do…seriously, so easy. So cheap…particularly if you have your own pinecones. And something that adds a very cool layer of texture when hung on your mantel. Again, Britt has provided some really easy to follow instructions here…on this post.
Lighted Chicken Wire Balls
This one is actually a teaser…because we haven’t done a post on it yet. But we will soon…so stay tuned. It’s another incredibly easy project…that is, once you’ve wrangled the chicken wire into submission…and one that has a huge impact wherever you hang it…inside or out.
By the way, we’re actually conducting a workshop at the bird and the bee on Saturday, November 15th. So if you’re in the Atlanta area and would like to attend, please reach out to us on a comment to this post or by clicking on Contact RYG on the right-hand navbar above.
Alright…there you have it – 6 holiday crafts for you and your family to enjoy. Hopefully you’ve been inspired in a way that will get you outside and connect more with friends and family outside this year.