Can you believe it’s November? I’m breaking away from the bathroom for a bit (the remodel has taken over my life) to start thinking about this years seasonal decor.
Every year, we enjoy displaying our Christmas favorites, but at the same time we like to introduce new elements & of course, make some fun festive creations (like last years pallet Christmas Countdown). Even though we typically start the process of unpacking the holiday boxes before Thanksgiving arrives, we certainly don’t overlook the beautiful Holiday of giving. For that tricky time when we’re transitioning from one holiday to the next I have created this pretty & nature-inspired Chalkboard Wood Garland.
As the Holiday prep begins, I wanted to make something that would give our family a little reminder to slow down (especially this time of year) & to truly enjoy the moment when everything around us is hustling & bustling.
For now, I thought the word blessings really sums up how we should be feeling and to be thankful for all we have – this time of year and always! This is why the best part of the creation was the chalkboard layer – anything can be added and just as easily erased.
How To Make Wood Garland
To make this wood disc garland, I headed straight to my backyard to grab a big ole’ log. I actually first sent the mister on the hunt and he returned with a fallen branch about 1″ round. That wasn’t going to do, so I threw on my boots and headed for the woods. I returned with a log about 3.5 – 4″ round. He was skeptical we could cut it, but I put our circular saw to the test and it cut like butter.
We created 10 discs about 1″ thick. More or less discs can be cut depending on the word(s) you want to spell out. I thought 10 would be ideal and if one or more discs aren’t used for letters, a pretty picture can be added instead.
After they dried, which took about 2 hours, I drilled 2 holes about 1″ apart on the wood section of the disc. These holes are for the twine to thread through in the next step.
Then I threaded the twine through. Twine seemed like the right material since it’s a natural feeling and looks rugged like the wood. Though any type of string or ribbon could be used, it just depends on the look you want to achieve.
Since the drilled holes were kind of small, I attached an unfolded paperclip to the end of the twine and wrapped it with duct tape (superman duct tape to be exact, lol. But any tape will do the trick).
I added my letters for the word blessings. I didn’t use any fancy fonts, just what came to mind…
And voila… a beautiful festive garland was created.
Perfect for the mantel, the door, or any wall in the home, this new wood garland can really be used all year round.
I also tried it on the front door along with a pretty red wreath…
Something unique, right?!
This creation has been such a great break away from the bathroom renovation. Even though I love diving into a big DIY project, sometimes simple + quick is much more gratifying. Now I feel inspired & ready for the Holidays.
Have you started thinking about your seasonal & holiday decor?
When do you start decorating?
To gather even more unique, fun, and creative ideas for your indoor and outdoor Winter spaces, I would definitely suggest downloading the Lowe’s Creative Ideas app on your iphone and/or ipad. I’m always checking out the FREE app for great seasonal + do-it-yourself inspiration.
Disclosure: I am part of the Lowe’s Creative Team and was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to purchase items for my project. I was also compensated for my time to use the products. No one told me what to create, what to buy, how to use the product, or what to write. All opinions are 100% mine!