joy to the world {simple Christmas wreath}

This time of year really is the best, isn’t it?!?!

The holiday spirit is in the air, holiday decor is strewn about and holiday cheer is abundant.  :)  I practically hear carolers singing “Joy to the World” right now.

I love that first delve into the Christmas decor and crafting.  I like to see what we’ve got from year’s past that still inspires me and try to come up with a few new ideas at the same time.  All while I watch my husband roll his eyes at me as I pace to and fro between him and his football, or futball, or whatever sport he’s watching at the time. ;)

Hey, this decor thing takes time.  You gotta step back, look at it from all angles, scootch it around a bit and then step back for another look … am I right!?!

On my decor day we even had the island equivalent of what could be considered a winter storm.  Brrrrr!

Just kidding ;) I think it did get down to 79 degrees though … which is close to a record low.  And the perfect day for dilly dallying around with some Christmas decor I say.
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So I made a few new driftwood Christmas trees and gave our fall leaf wreath a winter makeover.

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And as I was sifting through our one bin of Christmas decor, yep … just one (what’s the opposite of hoarder?), I noticed I was pulling out everything metallic.

It started with the advent tree plant pot … looking festive with a fresh coat of gold metallic paint.
countdown to christmasAnd then when I pulled out these cool, old brass stencils it was on.  :)
joy to the worldI am seriously in love with these stencils.  I love that they’re tarnished and used.  I inherited them from my mom this year … and remember using them as a kid.  I love that, too. :)

Hung by a thick gold ribbon straight from my wrapping stash … and I think we’ve got just the right amount of bling for our fall leaf wreath turned winter Christmas wreath.
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I could break out in song myself right now. “Joyyyy to the world …”

But I won’t.

It would hurt the dogs’ ears, I’m sure. :)

To make your very own, find the leaf wreath tutorial here.  And to add the stencils I just hot glued them directly to the leaf wreath, they slide together so I only had to hot glue at the top and bottom of the J and the Y.

And the gold ribbon is hot glued to the back of the round mirror.  Gotta love a super easy project that didn’t cost a penny since I had the white spray paint, ribbon and stencils on hand.  :)
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And check out a bunch of signs I’ve made with the brass stencils here.

AND … if you’re getting crafty for Christmas, share your creations with the world here during our link party starting on December 10th!  Check out my FAB co-hosts … those ladies rock!
And tell me, are you into tarnished metallic stencils?  Or leaf wreaths?  Or Christmas carolers?

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About Karah

I'm Karah and I'm so glad you're here! I'm a small town girl from the North East who finds myself moving around with my husband and pups every few years and constantly on a journey to make the most of every space we find ourselves in. That little space between what has been and what will be. It'd be so cool if you'd like to join us for the ride.
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30 Responses to joy to the world {simple Christmas wreath}

  1. Those stencils are amazing – and even better in their well worn state. Lucky you that your mom parted with them. Pinning this then will be hunting for my own set of cool stencils!

  2. Megan says:

    That is so beautiful!

  3. Love the painted leaf wreath with the stencils.
    Audrey Z.

  4. Kristy says:

    Love love love it!!! Didn’t haave to dig out thewinter coat did ya? !!

  5. I’m into holidays in general now that I’ve got my tree up and the fall stuff put away. Ready to get all my Christmas goodies in place to enjoy for the next few weeks.
    Awesome do-over on the wreath, Karah!
    xo Heidi

  6. I am in love with the metal stencil…just love the wreath…it is gorgeous…and those driftwood trees…only you could come up with such an awesome idea like that…they are too darn cute!!!…perfect for the 76 degree Christmas!…

  7. Thiatle says:

    What a pretty wreath! I love the white with the stencils! You are so lucky!


  8. Love the wreath! And projects where you already have everything on hand and can just set to as soon as the inspiration strikes are the best. :-)

  9. cassie says:

    love this, karah! i love the rustic simplicity!

  10. This is my favorite “stage” of this wreath! I do indeed love the stencils. Perfect.

    • Karah says:

      I think this stage is my fave, too!! And I was just telling my bff about your fab cork wreath last night … she made a super cool letter R with corks … and I still have so many I need to get crafty with!

  11. OMG, those stencils are amaaaazing. I need them for my mantle, please. I’ll send you my shpping address. :)

  12. So cute! I love that you reused your fall wreath too, it’s so pretty! Jesse rolls his eyes at me too, but he doesn’t mind the decorating too much because he knows that I have to clean the whole house before, during and after decorating, so it looks perfect when I’m trying something new. I’m slightly OCD haha

  13. Anne says:

    Those drift wood trees are so cool! LOVE your painted wreath too! Perfection!

  14. Malia says:

    Simply amazing as usual Karah! I especially love the trees! Genius.

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  16. Amy@BR says:

    That is SO pretty!

  17. I love this! It is so so so pretty!

  18. Sarah says:

    LOVE those stencils & the special memories you have of them make it even better!

  19. Cool stencils :) I need to give stenciling a try :)

  20. Gorgeous Karah!!! Love the added stencils!!

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