Rustic Stick Snowflake Wreath {& other Christmas Photos to Melt Your Heart}

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

Christmas has been pretty low-key around these parts.  I mean, I’m sure Evelyn is singing Jingle Bells at the top of her fetal lungs, but we have been so busy and wrapped up with getting ready.  This project was so fast, so easy, and most importantly FREE.

I walked around my back yard and gathered an armful of sticks, like a crafting  pioneer woman.  Except those poor ladies didn’t have hot glue.  How terribly unfortunate for them.  Nor did they have Netflix.  2 of the things I needed for this short little craft.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My good buddy Reggie suggested that I watch a documentary called Children Underground.  Sounded great.  Here’s the description:
“…a profoundly intimate and heart-wrenching drama about homeless children struggling for survival on the streets and in the subways of Bucharest, Romania”

A very eye-opening film, however, might I suggest not watching something that will make you cry whilst hot-gluing.  Because you will forget you have hot glue on your fingers… and you will wipe your eyes.  And then you will cry more, because HOT DANG, it burns.  But as suggested by Reggie: follow it up with this on Netflix to feel better.

Back to the wreath.  It was easy.  I drew out a snowflake on a piece of paper and laid out the sticks accordingly.  Some of them I broke or bent to make the shape.  Then I hot glued it, and wrapped the middle with some twine to hold it together extra good.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

When I finished gluing the stick snowflake wreath together, I actually thought it looked REALLY dumb.  Kinda like an elementary school Christmas craft.  It was uneven and just kind of janky looking.  It didn’t look AS bad when I hung it from the light to take pictures, but on the front door I was like “K, this CANNOT stay.  GET OUT!”  But newsflash: It stayed.  And it has grown on me.  And when people come over, they like it.  So I guess it doesn’t suck as much as I thought.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

I think one of the things throwing me off about the door, is that the wreath is right over the window.  I dunno, it just is “off.”

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My very un-festive and small front porch.  One of these times I’ll paint the door, and put up a garland on the railing.  But not this time.  We’re just lucky to have a snowflake on the door this year.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

I finished it just in time to match the weather.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

And since I’m so behind on blogging, I’m going to dump all our other Christmas photos into this post.  I don’t go crazy with holiday decor.  We put up a Christmas tree, a garland, and stockings.  But it’s enough to feel our home with Christmas cheer and warmth.

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

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  • http://www.decorandthedog.net/ Michelle {decorandthedog}

    Very cute! Your house looks so cozy!

    Great tip on the tears and hot glue. Pinning. :)

    • Kenz

      haha, Tears & hot glue! They must be kept separate. Thanks for pinning, my friend!

  • Stephanie, Sandpaper and Glue

    I like the couch facing that new direction… I think it sort of acts like a low room divider.

    And those pups. I LOVES THEM.

    • Kenz

      It’s fun to rearrange the furniture. I don’t know if we’ll keep it like that though. Only time will tell!

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    I love your stick wreath. At first I was thinking: How in the world did you get branches with side branches so uniformly. So smart gluing them on. I love how that creates a whole other star in the center. So pretty. I love the glow of your Christmas tree on these pictures. Especially the ones that are doubling as dog portraits :) So adorable!!

    • Kenz

      Ohhh I LOVE the “dog portraits” too. I take so many pictures of them. I’m sure it will only triple when we have our baby here. haha. And I’m a firm believer in hot glue! It can do so so much!

  • http://www.desertdomicile.com/ Caitlin @ Desert Domicile

    Your home looks so cozy! I really like your snowflake wreath! I think the unevenness gives it a lot of character :)

    • Kenz

      Thanks Caitlin! It’s about as festive as I can manage this year :)

  • kelly @ view along the way

    That last photo of your living room by christmas lights is crazy good. I’m also pretty crazy about that snowflake. I kinda REALLY love it. Andy often catches me watching heart-wrenching documentaries and silently sobbing to myself. Very ridiculous scene that is.

    • Kenz

      We have so much in common. I LOVE documentaries. And I’m always found crying. Usually by myself. And it’s ALWAYS an ugly cry, haha

  • Cassie Bustamante

    that is amazing!!!! love it so much! your tree is beautiful and i love the photos of the pups!

    • Kenz

      Thank you! I’m obsessed with how much Indy & Buster love the Christmas tree. I often find Buster curled up on the tree skirt. It really does melt my heart.

  • http://boxycolonial.com/ Gretchen@BoxyColonial

    Love the wreath! It really looks like a snowflake and everything….I was trying to draw snowflakes for our Christmas Pictionary game last night, and it was a miserable failure. So I’m impressed. To be fair, you probably see a lot more snowflakes in real life than I do ;)

    • Kenz

      haha, well I’ll definitely share with you! I’m a little sick of snowflakes at the moment. It’s going to be a long 4 more months…

  • girlwithgreenbanana

    Awww. What a perfect Christmas house :]

    • Kenz

      Please come over and drink the hot chocolate with me. And bring Luna too.

      • girlwithgreenbanana

        yes. When? Text me

  • http://newlywoodwards.com/ Kim@NewlyWoodwards

    I love the stick snowflake. It’s perfect on your door – and bigger than I expected. (That’s what she said.)

    Glad Evelyn is getting int he spirit. I’ve heard that fetal caroling is important for development. And I think that cozy Christmas house has to get anyone in the spirit.

    • Kenz

      Bahahaha. Kim. I can’t handle living so far away. I just want to make jokes all the time. It’s definitely big ;)
      Fetal caroling is the very most important. I mean, what kind of baby would she be without festivity?!

  • Julia @cuckoo4design

    Love the stick snowflake and your cozy home! And your pups are adorable.

    (love watching documentaries. You should watch “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains” on youtube…strange…)

    • Kenz

      Ohhhh, that sounds so interesting!!! I’m going to watch it and then get back to you on it! I love documentaries so much.

  • http://www.nalleshouse.com/ Anu

    Love the wreath and that the middle looks like a star within the snowflake. Lovely photos of your home too.

    • Kenz

      Thanks Anu! It was a pretty easy craft to do while I was bored :)

  • Amber @ Wills Casa

    That wreath is too cute. Love the picture of your tree all lit up! Yea Christmas!

    • Kenz

      Thanks! I really wasn’t even going to set it up until Aaron begged and begged. :)

  • Maggie Rust

    Your tree is so pretty and the boys look so cute! I love Christmas time :)

    • Kenz

      Thanks Maggie! I sure do love those pups. Christmas time is the best!

      • Maggie Rust

        I have had a vision of the future. Christmas 2014: Two dogs and a baby. At some point you’re going to run out of home reno projects, and in my version of the future you turn to sewing and make your three babes matching outfits. Just putting that out there.

        • Kenz

          hahaha Maggie! Can you imagine?! I’m sure it would be the most ridiculous 3 matching outfits anyone has ever seen, too. I dig this vision ;)