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Christmas Crafting 2018

The time really flies when the Christmas season hits, doesn’t it? Maybe it’s because the new year is getting here sooner than expected. Maybe it’s because students like me are suddenly swamped with end-of-the-year projects and finals. Or maybe it’s because we realize our lives really are only a tiny little speck in the universe.

Either way, the time quickly gets filled and flies right by.

This season has been no different for me. Fortunately, though, I’m done with finals. Well, technically I’m not done. I have one more exam on Monday before I’m officially done. But, the hard exams are out of the way, and I don’t have much preparation left for Monday’s exam. So in my mind, I’m finally on Christmas break.

Christmas “break” doesn’t actually mean things slow down, though. It just means I get to do all the things I put off during the semester! You know, like blogging more, planning next year’s videos, buying Christmas gifts, finalizing holiday traveling plans, decorating gingerbread houses, caroling, decorating, and of course, more Christmas DIYs.

I filmed a video a few weeks back that I planned to post, but life got in the way (read: studying for finals got in the way). So, by time I was ready to post it, it was Monday evening. And since TuTu’s come out on Tuesdays, I figured I would wait to post it.

But today, I finally had the time to get it uploaded. So, check it out!

The week before Thanksgiving, I went to Hobby Lobby for a number of items. (Keep an eye on my channel to find out what I bought and why!) While shopping the sales, I some wreaths. Now, these wreaths needed to look polished and refined (you’ll find out why when I post that video 😉), so they needed to be full and realistic. Unfortunately, my options were a bit… extreme.

There were some pre-made wreaths that were in the affordable price range, but they either looked sparse or were the wrong style. Then, there were the pre-made wreaths that looked GORGEOUS! They were full, had realistic greenery, and were quite elegant. But, the one that fit the style I wanted was $75! Yikes!

Granted, I shop Hobby Lobby like I shop Kohl’s: only buy things on sale and use coupons. I don’t think it’s any secret that they purposely mark items higher so when things go on sale it looks like a great deal. But the sad thing is, it kinda works on me. Even though I know it’s a sales ploy, if something is on sale I instantly want to buy. But hey, as long as you use self-control, you can get some really good deals on some great items at both places.

Enough about my shopping habits. Let’s get back to the Hobby Lobby wreaths.

So there I was, staring at the racks of wreaths trying to decide what to do. While the $75 wreath was half off, $35+ was still more than I wanted to pay. Never fear though! DIY to the rescue!

After analyzing prices, combining a dozen items in a thousand different ways, and grabbing a couple extra shopping carts for other purchases, I finally settled on an affordable option.

I purchased two $5 wreaths and loaded up on little items to spruce them up. I brought the goodies home and put together a video just for you showing how I assembled them.

I’m really happy with how they turned out! What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

-Amanda

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