This year, I had grand visions of decorating my front door for Christmas. Once you spend a few
minutes hours on Pinterest, you tend to get a little ambitious. Honestly, I was tired of the same old thing and wanted to do something different than the traditional red bows on green garland. I decided to use teal as the primary color with gold, silver, white, and mossy green accent. I added other elements as I went along. I made a sheet music (old hymnal pages) tree using a tutorial on Pinterest, so I picked out some music note ribbon for the project as well. I found teal glittery magnolias, which acted as a nod to my Louisiana roots.
To create the garland for the door, I used:
-three strands of wired garland (while it required extra work to twist the three strands together, I already had this garland on hand)
-mossy green burlap table runner (used for our wedding in April, bought from save-on-crafts)
-4″ gold deco mesh
-2″ music note wired ribbon
I began by measuring my door. Because we have a screen door, I had to measure far enough outside the screen door so that the door would not hit the garland when opening and closing. I measured about 25′ and used this as my guide. The garland ended up laying on the ground about a foot on each side, but I like that look, so it all worked out.
I laid out my supplies running down our hallway.
I first gathered and twisted the three small strands of wired garland together, simply pinching the wiring together. I measured out the center of the garland and began attaching the burlap so it would make a nice header. To attach the burlap, I would fold it back and forth and then run a piece of floral wire through the holes, wrap the wire around the garland and twist to secure. I made sure to gather the burlap and wire at the corners so it would fall nicely and frame the door. It is important to leave some poof in the burlap to get desired effect. I then crisscrossed the deco mesh over the burlap puffs attaching with floral wire.
It looked like this…
The hard part at this point was deciding what and how much to add. I tend to stick to simple, so I really had to push myself on the embellishments to get the look I desired (aka, the one in my head). I decided to add the 2″ music note ribbon which lightened up the green and added some dimension. After both ribbons were on, Jason and I hung it outside using coat hanger wire. Because we have a brick house, we hung the wire from the soffit. We secured the sides with command hooks to give it more stability.
I added glittered teal magnolias, ornament clusters and glittered teal pine cone clusters- attaching them with floral wire and gold ribbon.
Our front porch greyhound also got a fancy magnolia collar with gold ribbon.
I also made a wreath out of the burlap, 4″ music note ribbon and deco mesh. I used a wire wreath form as the base and bunched and wired the burlap to the frame. I made a simple bow and added it. Only small problem with this wreath- is is so big that it barely fits between our door and screen door.
I planned to decorate our mantle as well. The teal went well with our blue heron print above the fireplace as well as my vase from Willow House. I bought this faux icy garland last year at Michael’s. I attached it below the mantle this year with command hooks. In these pictures you can also see my sheet music tree, and filled vases with ornaments.
This cross with an angel in the center was a wedding gift. It is paper mache’ and the distressed quality worked perfectly with the look I was going for and it fit our giant new tree.
I was really happy with how everything turned out in the end.