DIY Sugarplum Garland

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DIY Sugarplum Garland

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, can I please tell you how excited I am to share this post with you today? Keeping in mind how early holiday season prep begins for we blogger types, I’ve been wanting to spill the beans on this one for weeks now. My latest DIY collaboration with Air Wick (designed to bring you six inspiring homemade holiday projects), today we’re making a sugarplum garland! Inspired by the sweet, zesty notes of Air Wick’s Honey Sugarplum fragrance, I simply could not keep visions of sugarplums from dancing in my head when sketching out ideas for this project. And then I started hearing the Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy from The Nutcracker and before long it was all purple and glitter and glitz. Which is how we got here today, folks.

DIY Sugarplum Garland

Inspired by the fruity honey-drizzled fragrance of Air Wick’s Honey Sugarplum fragrance and the look of traditional cranberry garlands, this garland is all about bringing that touch of sweetness to your holiday decor. Made from wooden beads that are painted and glittered to resemble sugarplums, the end result is sparkly, glitzy and crazy pretty! Bonus – this is also a super simple project to tackle, albeit one that can take a bit of time depending on the desired length of your garland. I made mine 4′ long which is perfect for a small tree or decking out a holiday wreath with a bit of bling, but I would suggest going much longer or making multiples if you want to use it on a standard size tree. So let’s get on to the sugarplum fun, shall we?

DIY Sugarplum Garland Air Wick Honey Sugarplum

DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Sugarplum Garland

  • 1/2″ diameter wooden beads (I used 96 for my 4′ garland)
  • Purple spray paint
  • Purple glitter (mine is Sugar Plum by Martha Stewart Crafts)
  • Small paint brush
  • ModPodge
  • Fishing line

DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Sugarplum Garland DIY Sugarplum Garland

Begin by giving your beads a quick coat of purple spray paint. This coat doesn’t need to be perfect as it will eventually be covered up with glitter, but it will make the glittering process a touch simpler because the wood finish won’t show through if your glitter coat is a little less than perfect. Allow the beads to dry completely before moving forward to the next step.

DIY Sugarplum Garland DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Sugarplum Garland

And now we’re onto glitter! This is a bit of a time consuming process, I will be honest, but it’s super simple to do. Just turn on your favorite holiday movie and have it! First up, coat a bead in a layer of ModPodge. Then shake your glitter all over it like crazy, rotating it to be sure every side is covered. Then set it aside to dry and move onto the next bead. I found it easiest to do groups of 25 at a time and then take a little break and then tackle the next bunch. And yes, I was watching The Holiday. Once all of your beads are done let them dry completely. And then let them dry a little longer. Overnight is best! Once dry, give them a quick coat of a spray sealant to lock the glitter in place and allow that to dry, too.

DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Sugarplum Garland DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Sugarplum Garland

The final step is stringing your sugarplum beads onto fishing line! Pay some attention to the thickness of the fishing line you’re using as the beads can get a little heavy once they’re all strung together. (Tip: I used 8lb test, but I happen to have some 50lb test laying around that would have worked well, too. Use what you’ve got!) Once you have the beads strung onto your fishing line and your garland has reached it’s desired length, tie it off on either end and snip the ends. You can add a bead of hot glue to the knot to keep it extra secure if you’d like.

DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Sugarplum Garland

DIY Sugarplum Garland

And there you have it, friends! The prettiest, glitteriest sugarplum garland you ever did see. (Why, yes, glitteriest is actually a word. At least in my world.) I really love how this garland looks. It has all the sparkle and magic that I think of when I think of sugarplums…or the Sugarplum Fairy, as the case may be.

[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]

Sources -
Wooden beads, spray paint and glitter from Michaels
Dress from Target
Boots by Nicole
Blazer from J.Crew
Bracelets from Forever21
Nail polish is Sunset Kiss by JulieG
Honey Sugarplum fragrance by Air Wick

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Hola from Mexico!

Hola from Mexico

Hola, friends, and happy weekend to you! Early this week I mentioned that I was going to be traveling for business starting on Wednesday and now the cat is out of the bag. For the last couple of days Ami and I have been in Mexico at the amazing El Dorado Casitas Royale. We’re here through today and we travel back home tomorrow so it has been a very quick trip, but one full of amazing food and new friends. I’ll be sharing all the details from our trip in the next week or two, but in the meantime I just wanted to check in and wish you all a fabulous weekend. I’ve been doing my best to be a good little blogger and share little snippets here and there over on Instagram, so be sure to follow along! Today we’re off to do a little swimming with dolphins, which is something I’ve never done and I’m so excited. I hope you all had an amazing week – see you here on Monday! xoxo

[Photo by Cyd Converse on Instagram.]

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Three Ways: Leather for Fall

There’s no denying that leather is a huge trend in fashion this fall. (Or faux leather if you want to keep it animal-friendly!) I find myself loving the way a cool leather jacket can edge up an outfit, without putting off that biker vibe I know known of us are after. Pair it with a really feminine dress and a pair of boots and the look is just so fun. Or top tailored leather pants with a bright colorblock sweater or a cozy sweatshirt. Either way, I’m looking the look and loving leather for fall. I definitely think I need to invest in a great leather jacket this season!

Three Ways to Wear Leather for Fall

[Leather fashion | 1: Glamour | 2: Kendi Everyday | 3: Wendy's Lookbook.]

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Celebrating Friendsgiving

You guys should know by now that I’m big fan of the growing Friendsgiving trend. A couple of years ago I shared my own Friendsgiving dinner and last year it was this Friendsgiving spread that had us all feeling inspired to show our friends a little love. Well this year we’re keeping the tradition rolling with this warm and inviting outdoor Friendsgiving celebration shared by Bottle Pop Party Company. Planned as a beautiful yet casual gathering of friends, this Friendsgiving dinner pulls everything together with beautiful flowers and sweet little details like take out containers for bringing home leftovers, a chalkboard menu and shots shared in little mason jar glasses.

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

A Beautiful and Rustic Friendsgiving Dinner

Designed to celebrate all the best parts of the Thanksgiving season (namely friends, food and fire pits) this Friendsgiving celebration is gorgeous but it was also created with keeping costs down. The Bottle Pop Party Company team painted a piece of inexpensive barn wood to create a big, rustic table that fits a crowd. Lots of fresh produce, like artichokes, kale and brussels sprouts made for inexpensive seasonal decor. Finally, a big batch of apple cider sangria was the perfect drink while everyone warmed up by the fire. Yum! It looks like so much fun, doesn’t it? I think we should all try to make a point to get together with our friends this holiday season. Even if you don’t have time to pull together a full blown dinner, I think cocktails and a chilly evening spent by a campfire will do the trick nicely.

Sources -
Mason jar shot glasses from Paper Source
I’m Thankful For cards from Paper Source
Cutlery pockets from Cutlery Couture

Vendors -
Event design + styling by Bottle Pop Party Company | Photography by Mergliano Photography | Florals by Fresh Designs Florist

[Photos by Mergliano Photography.]

 

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DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

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DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

Guys, I am literally clap-my-hands excited to share this DIY project with you today! (Yup, clap-my-hands excited is a real level of excitement in my world.) Dreamed up as a part of my holiday collaboration with Air Wick (designed to bring you six amazing homemade holiday projects), this DIY wooden candle centerpiece was completely inspired by Air Wick’s Baked Apple Strudel Candle. As soon as I started brainstorming ideas, I had a vision for an awesome centerpiece featuring distressed lumber that would serve as the ultimate tabletop focal point. Inspired by the candle’s notes of cinnamon and apples, I kept thinking of warm and cozy holiday gatherings with something yummy baking in the oven and loads of flickering candlelight. Because in my world, that’s what the holiday months are all about!

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

With the fragrance and rich red color of the Baked Apple Strudel candle in mind, I set off to create the prettiest DIY wooden candle centerpiece. I have to say, while it took a little bit of time and occasionally I found having B’s extra set of hands very helpful, it was overall a very simple project that came together just as I had envisioned. It’s a really fun and special piece that will instantly jazz up your holiday home decor and, dare I say, I think it’d make an amazing homemade holiday gift for the candle lover in your life, too!

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

supplies

  • Reclaimed lumber or untreated wooden fence post
  • Square
  • Pencil
  • Drill with self-feed drill bit
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Stain + staining cloths
  • Latex gloves

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

I will share with you that my initial vision for this project utilized a piece of reclaimed lumber, but after sorting through my father’s heap of old lumber and boards I came up empty handed. (Namely because I had a pretty specific size and scale in mind for this piece!) So it was off to Home Depot, where I purchased a 4×4 untreated fence post and requested that it be cut into 3′ lengths. (Tip: Most home improvement stores will cut wood to length for free – just ask! Also, be sure your fence post is untreated as the pressure treated kind has a funky color that will be hard to work with when you get to staining later.)  For the size of my table, I wanted my candle centerpiece to end up 3′ long, but you can adjust the length to fit your home.

Next up, determine where you want your candles to start along the centerpiece. I used a tape measure, square and pencil to mark the placement of each candle, leaving 3″ on either end of the candleholder. To determine the placement and spacing, I lined up a row of candles along the top and decided that seven candles was going to be the perfect number of candles for my 3′ length of lumber.

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

Make a mark along your lumber where the center of each candle will rest. Then it’s time to start drilling! I used a self-feed drill bit with a 2-1/2″ diameter (this one although I found it locally for quite a bit cheaper) because the bottom of the candle measures just over 2″ across. Yes, we’re using power tools for this, but, no, it’s not hard to do! Use your self-feed drill bit to cut a hole where each candle will rest along the centerpiece. You don’t have to cut very much, just go deep enough for the candle to have a little divot to sit in. It’s ok if the holes are a little rough around the edges as it lends to the distressed look we’re going for with this project. Of course, when using power tools be sure you’re taking the proper safety precautions! Safety first, friends.

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

Next up, it’s time to talk about distressing the lumber! This is ridiculously simple. You’ve probably seen it before, but I’ve never done it, so I kind of feared it might not be as easy as people make it sound. No worries – it really is that easy! Just take your hammer and begin knocking small dents into the wood, being sure to cover all three sides that will be visible when the centerpiece is in use. You can really use whatever you want to to achieve the desired look, just have fun and don’t over think the distressing process.

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

Now we’re onto stain! I used Minwax in Dark Walnut, but you can use whatever you have if you happen to have some left from another project. Just one coat, applied liberally with a lint-free cloth will get the job done! Be sure to wear gloves because stain will definitely do a number on your manicure if you get it on your hands. Rub the stain with a pretty heavy hand into the wood and then allow it to dry completely. I found one coat did the trick and I skipped any kind of sealer or poly coat because I wanted it to have an older, time worn look without any sheen.

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

And there you have it! A really awesome (even if I do say so myself) wooden candle centerpiece that will be the star of all your holiday celebrations this year. I love the idea of using it on your dining room table or lighting it up along your coffee table and serving dessert and coffee from a comfy seat instead of at the formal table. The best part is, this piece will look amazing all holiday season long and well afterward, so you can enjoy it for a long time to come. Mine has a permanent home on our dining room table and I doubt it’s going anywhere anytime soon – I seriously love how it turned out!

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

DIY Wooden Candle Centerpiece

[Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.]

Sources -
4×4 wooden fence post from Home Depot
Dessert plates by Heath Ceramics
Flatware is vintage
Napkins from Christmas Tree Shops
Berry basket from Garnish
Nail polish is Sunset Kiss by JulieG
Baked Apple Strudel candles by Air Wick

This post is a collaboration with Air Wick. For more homemade holiday ideas, follow along on Facebook! Read more about our editorial policies.

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