a colorful winter wreath for under $30

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I've mentioned before that I just can't believe how expensive wreaths are. It's crazy to me! I simply cannot justify $100 or more on something so pretty but will become quickly battered by the weather.

So if I can't find a crazy deal on one...I just make my own.

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A few weeks ago as I was starting to brainstorm our Let's Party Like Girls night, I came across this Design Love Fest photo on Instagram.

Isn't this wreath GORGEOUS?!

I love it's silhouette and thought I'd attempt to make my own version!

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But guess what...I made mine solely with items found at Michael's and Walmart. (yep, I said Walmart. I know, crazy)

While in Walmart, I first headed to the Floral Section where I found the grapevine wreath, several of the faux flowers, and greenery. Then deciding maybe I could find more winter looking items in the Christmas area, I loaded my basket full of branches of faux pine, silver frosted pinecones, and greenery with sparkly silver balls. Perfect!

Michael's provided the rest of the faux flowers.

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Ok I did grab a few branches from the backyard, too.

Starting toward the bottom, I bent the evergreen branch around the grapevine wreath, tying it in several places and allowing the sprigs to cascade off the side.

I used zip ties, but if you have thin wire or even twist ties from your breadbox, you could use those instead.

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Cutting the faux branches shorter with a wire cutter, I arranged the greenery and pinecones first.

Then stuck them into place with my hot glue gun.

Some branch stems I left long and sort of wove through the grapevine to hold them into place.

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Once I had all the greenery where I thought I wanted it, I hung the partially-finished wreath up on the door to see how it looked and got an idea of where I wanted the flowers to spread out out on top.

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Now my favorite part: adding all the color!

I cut the stems down short and affixed the faux flowers with the hot glue.

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Though it was becoming really pretty, I felt our wreath was missing something so I decided to grab some black and white striped ribbon (also from Michael's) from another wreath I was no longer using.

Folding the ribbon upon itself a few times, I tied it in the middle with another zip tie, turning it into a quick little bow.

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Leaving the end long, I simply stuck the plastic zip tie into the branches of the wreath (you can also just hot glue it in).

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Once the wreath was hung, I stuck the last few flowers in any "holes" or spots that seemed to need more fullness.

wreath 9 Don't tell Bri over at Design Love Fest...but I secretly like mine better.

'Course I'm a sucker for color....so how could I not??

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Think you might try making your own? 

If you do, tag me on your pics...I'd love to see!!

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polar express hot chocolate {recipe}

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Have you watched the Polar Express yet this year? It's one of our absolute favorites.

Since it's been so ridiculously cold {and snowy} these past few mornings, I thought it'd be fun for the kids to wake up to a hot, steaming cup of cocoa as they pad around in their jammies getting ready for school.

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It was unreal. UNREAL how good it was! Rich, creamy, and ridiculously good.

insanely decadent

{I'm sure there were about a million calories in each cup, but so completely worth it!!}

snowflake marshmallows

I added snowflake marshmallows from William Sonoma and let them melt a little {I see they're sold out online. these also would be fantastic}, though I sure would love to try making some homemade ones soon.

Anyone have a good marshmallow recipe?? Do share!

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yum!!!

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