Anthropologie Dupe Wreath

Anthropologie Dupe Wreath

An Anthropologie dupe wreath with an evergreen base, miniature wooden houses, and small bottle brush trees made to look like the original snowy village wreath, but at a fraction of the cost.

Anthropologie Dupe Wreath

I am not a person to normally jump on a trend but every so often there is one that tickles my fancy and one I just can’t resist jumping on! The Anthropologie snowy village wreath became somewhat of an internet sensation, and I understand why. A wreath with miniature wooden houses, small bottle brush trees, along with a little fake snow…SOLD!

Anthropologie Snow Village Wreath
The OG Anthropologie Snowy Village Wreath

However, when I saw the price tag of the OG Anthropologie wreath (um hello….$198!) I knew that was well outside my Christmas décor budget. So, when I saw Liz Marie Blog’s version of the Anthropologie dupe wreath, I knew I had (not want, had) to make one too!

Anthropologie Dupe Wreath
Photo Credit: Liz Marie Blog

This wreath is incredibly easy and affordable to create in your own home with only 5 supplies needed. This wreath cost me less than $30 to make…well below the $198 price tag of the original!

So…are you going to jump on the Anthropologie dupe wreath bandwagon and make one of your own? I really hope you will join me! This is one of my most favorite DIY’s to date and quite possible my favorite piece of Christmas décor this season.

Anthropologie Dupe Wreath

Anthropologie Dupe Wreath Supplies

  • Artificial Evergreen Wreath: If you have an old evergreen wreath just sitting in your closet (like I did), use that for the base of the wreath. Remove any embellishments on your old wreath to start your new wreath with a clean slate. If you don’t have any old evergreen wreaths lying around, this one from Michael’s is exactly what you will for the base of the wreath.
  • Spray Paint: This is used to create a faux flocked look on the wreath. We used this chalk spray paint for a thicker, slightly off white, matte look. You can use regular white spray paint as well (I do suggest using a matte finish though as opposed to shiny).
  • Miniature Wooden Houses: The houses used in my wreath came from the Target Dollar Spot. These houses have become very hard to find (because of the popularity of this dupe), so I will link some other house options further down.
  • Bottle Brush Trees: Small to medium sized neutral bottle brush trees are ideal for this wreath. I used ones that we’ve had for years. You can find bottle brush trees at your local craft store, antique store, as well as Target.
  • Floral Wire: I used 24 gauge green floral wire to attach the houses to the wreath.
  • Hot Glue
Anthro Dupe Wreath

How to Make the Anthropologie Dupe Wreath

Spray paint your faux evergreen wreath in a well ventilated area. The amount of spray paint you use will depend on how white or flocked you want your wreath to look. We added about 2 coats of spray paint to achieve the look I wanted. This allowed some of the green of the evergreen to still poke through, giving it a flocked look.

Allow the wreath to fully dry (I let our wreath dry for about 24 hours).

Once the wreath is fully dry, place the houses around the wreath to see exactly where you want them. This will give you a good idea on placement before securing.

Take about a 12″ long piece of floral wire and thread that through the back windows of your houses. Pull the wire tight. Thread the wire through the front of the wreath and to the back (making sure floral wire is between the wire base of the wreath). Take both ends of the wire, and tie the wire tightly at the back of the wreath, so that the house is secure.

You could use hot glue to secure the houses to the wreath. I personally liked how I could manipulate the position of the houses a little easier with the wire.

With the houses in place, use hot glue to glue the bottle brush trees around the wreath.

That’s it! Hang your Anthropologie dupe wreath from a hook or above a mantle and enjoy all Christmas long!

Anthropologie Dupe Wreath

House Options for the Wreath

The little wooden houses on our wreath have been extremely hard to come by. So, if you do not see them at your local Target Dollar Spot, don’t be discouraged! Here are some other little house options that you could easily paint (or not!) and use to create this wreath.

Anthro Dupe Wreath

Can I hang my Anthropologie Dupe Wreath outside?

I do not suggest hanging your wreath outside unless under a covered porch. The houses and bottle brush trees will deteriorate in the elements. Keeping the wreath indoors will keep your wreath looking it’s best and you will have it for years to come.

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Hot Cocoa Station

Hot Cocoa Station

Tis the season for hot cocoa! Warm up and embrace the Christmas season by creating a customizable hot cocoa station in your home with a decadent slow cooker hot cocoa recipe.

Hot Cocoa

What are the holidays without a cup of rich, decadent hot cocoa?! It’s a beverage synonymous with Christmas, and perfect for those cold snowy days of winter. One sip, warms the soul and makes you feel instantly cozy inside.

As much as I love a cup of hot cocoa, it may be the hot cocoa toppings that are the best part of this winter drink.

Hot Cocoa Toppings

So, I thought I would share with you how to create a hot cocoa station that includes not just the delicious hot cocoa, but all the toppings too! It’s a fun way to serve hot cocoa for family movie night, a Christmas party, children’s birthday party, or even an adult holiday gathering. I promise you, adults will love this just as much as the kids!

Cocoa Station

Christmas Entertaining Blog Hop

Welcome to the first Fabulous Friday Link Party Blog Hop!

The Fabulous Friday Link Party is a place for bloggers to link their best posts every Friday and potentially get featured the following week. The Link Party has now extended its presence to some bloggers who link up regularly. Today the 6 hosts and 6 talented bloggers are launching their 1st Fabulous Friday Blog Hop. Follow along to see all of the amazing Christmas entertaining inspiration.

All the links to the hosts and their featured blogger friends are at the end of the blog.

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How to Set Up a Hot Cocoa Station

The Hot Cocoa Station Base

I began creating our hot cocoa station, by starting with a base. I placed a plaid red & white table runner down on the counter, and then placed an old vintage wooden sled on top of that. The sled helped to add height to our station, and added cute Christmas nostalgia to the hot cocoa station as well!

Hot Cocoa Station

Pro Tip: After bringing the sled out of storage, I did make sure to clean the wooden sled with hot soapy water a couple of times, since food was being placed on and around it.

Hot Cocoa

Cups for Drinking Hot Cocoa

For your hot cocoa station, you can choose to use disposable hot paper cups, regular coffee mugs, or maybe a combination of both. I have disposable hot paper cups next to our hot cocoa but I also have coffee mugs on the shelf above it.

Hot Cocoa Station

Disposable paper cups are convenient because guests can easily throw them away when done, and most importantly…you won’t have to wash a bunch of dishes after the party. There are really cute disposable Christmas hot paper cups available. I found our disposable hot cocoa cups at the Target dollar spot for only $3.

Cups for Hot Cocoa

These disposable hot paper cups would be a cute addition to a hot cocoa station as well.

Hot Cocoa Station

The Hot Cocoa

The most important part of a hot cocoa station, the hot cocoa!

Now, you could have instant hot cocoa at your station with hot water available to guests to make their own, instant hot chocolate. However, I have the easiest and most delicious hot cocoa recipe that literally takes minutes to mix together, cooks for a few hours in the crock pot, and tastes absolutely incredible.

Hot Chocolate

You and your guests will love this decadent hot cocoa recipe. Recipe included at the end of this blog post!

Hot Cocoa

I placed our crockpot full of hot cocoa on one side of the sled, next to the cups for serving. Guests can easily fill their cups with a soup ladle placed in the hot chocolate filled crockpot.

Hot Chocolate Bar

Hot Cocoa Toppings

The most fun part of any hot cocoa station is the toppings! The hot cocoa toppings you serve are completely customizable to what you and your guests love to add on top of the hot cocoa.

Hot Cocoa Toppings

Topping Ideas for Hot Cocoa Station

  • Marshmallows
  • Peppermint Sticks
  • Whipped Cream
  • Peanut Butter Cups
  • Chocolate Wafers
  • Mint Bits
  • Toffee Bits
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Truffles
  • Meringues
  • Sprinkles
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Sno-caps
  • Course Sea Salt
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Chocolate Sauce
Hot Chocolate Toppings

Supplies Needed for Displaying Hot Cocoa Toppings

Hot Cocoa Printable Tags

How to Display Hot Cocoa Toppings

Tie red & white baker’s twine around the top of each jar. I circled the twine around each jar about 4 times, to ensure a full red & white affect. Pull the twine taut and tie a knot. Make sure to leave long ends to be able to tie a tag to the jar.

Download and print your free hot cocoa topping tags here!

Hot Cocoa Printables

Cut out printable tags, and then punch a hole in each tag to thread twine through. Place a tag on each jar, tying a bow around the tag with the twine for a whimsical touch. Trim twine ends for a finished look.

Hot Cocoa Station

Add toppings to corresponding jars.

Pro Tip: Use the tall canning jars for taller toppings, and the shorter jars for smaller topping pieces.

Arrange the topping filled jars on and around the sled, keeping shorter jars at closer reach for little hands.

Hot Cocoa Bar

Add scoops or spoons to the jars for scooping or place them off to the side for people to easily grab and scoop toppings.

Hot Cocoa Station

You can even add some fun holiday Christmas lights to your station for an even more fun and whimsical touch! The little Christmas tree lights added such a festive glow, and I loved the little pop of green they provided! Here’s a similar strand of lights you could use at your hot chocolate station.

Hot Cocoa Station

Hot Cocoa Station Sign or Banner

A hot cocoa station is not complete without a sign or banner!

Cocoa Banner

I found this adorable “Cocoa” banner at Target which I hung from peg hooks above our hot cocoa station.

Here are some other super cute banners that would be the perfect addition to your hot cocoa station.

Hot Cocoa in the Kitchen

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Christmas Décor

There is even more Christmas inspiration at the end of this post from my blogging friends. Be sure to check out their amazing Christmas entertaining ideas!

Hot Cocoa Mugs

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Crockpot Hot Cocoa

Course: BeverageCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

10

cups
Prep Time

5

minutes
Cooking Time

6

hours 
Calories

485

kcal
Total time

6

hours 

5

minutes

Rich & decadent hot cocoa made with only 6 ingredients and slow cooked to perfection in the crockpot.

Ingredients

  • 6 cups 1% Milk

  • 2 cups Heavy cream

  • 1/2 cup Granulated sugar

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

  • 1/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 teaspoons Pure vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a bowl, whisk together milk, heavy cream, sugar, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour milk mixture into crockpot.
  • Add chopped chocolate to crockpot.
  • Turn crockpot to low, and set for 5-6 hours.
  • Stir hot cocoa about every hour to ensure chocolate does not stick to the bottom of crockpot and burn.
  • Once hot cocoa is done turn crockpot to the warm setting to keep warm for drinking.
  • Use ladle to pour hot cocoa into cups. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Whole or 2% milk can be substituted for 1% milk.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate can be used in place of dark chocolate.
  • Add fun toppings to the top for even more delicious cup of hot cocoa!

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Christmas Essentials for a Cozy Holiday

Create a cozy holiday aesthetic in your home this season with these Christmas essentials.

Christmas Essentials

These next few weeks are truly the coziest time of the year. The chilly temperatures, the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree, and the roaring fire in the fireplace invite us to snuggle up with a cup of hot cocoa with a classic Christmas movie on the tv.

Cozy Christmas

As cozy and magical Christmas can be, it can also be a busy and stressful time. There is so much to do during the holidays; from buying gifts, to parties to host & attend, to family gatherings, and so much more. We can get caught up in all we have to do, and forget to stop and really enjoy the season.

Christmas Essentials

So, this holiday, add some or all of these Christmas essentials to your home to create a cozy holiday aesthetic. Take a break from the hustle & bustle to relax and enjoy all that this season has to offer. Who wouldn’t love spending a cold December day in Christmas jammies eating sugar cookies by the fire?!

Christmas Essentials

Christmas Blog Hop

As we enter the most wonderful time of the year, I am joining 6 other bloggers to bring you Christmas ideas to inspire you for the holidays! Continue reading to the end of this blog post for links to each of the inspirational Christmas blog posts. Thank you to my friend Rebecca at Rouse in the House for hosting this blog hop.

Bloggers' Christmas Inspiration

If this is your first time stopping by Eleanor Rose Home, welcome! I am so glad you are here! You can learn more about me, my family, and Eleanor Rose Home here.

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10 Christmas Essentials You Need for a Cozy Holiday

Twinkling Lights

Christmas Tree

The twinkling lights of the Christmas tree make the shorter days of winter a little more bearable. I love the festive glow and ambiance the lights of the Christmas tree add to our home at the holidays.

The soft white lights add warmth and coziness, just what is needed to fight the winter blues.

Christmas Essentials

You can shop our pre-lit Christmas tree here. I also like to add these battery operated candles for even more cozy glow on the tree.

Christmas Tree

Create a Hot Cocoa Station

Christmas Essentials

Tis the season…to create a hot cocoa station!

There is nothing more cozy and soul warming than a warm cup of hot cocoa on a cold winters day.

Hot Cocoa Station

Creating a hot cocoa station is a Christmas essential for a family get together, adult Christmas gathering, kid’s birthday party, or just for a night watching Christmas movies by the fire.

Hot Cocoa Station

Check out the details on how to create a hot cocoa station in your home, along with free printable tags for the hot cocoa toppings, here.

Christmas Essentials

Turn on Christmas Music

A cozy home embraces all five senses, so don’t forget about the sense of hearing.

While you’re busy working around the house, turn on some good old fashioned Christmas music! I love classic Christmas music, but turn on any tunes that will get you into the festive holiday spirit.

Christmas Living Room

Christmas is the only time of year with it’s own music, enjoy it!

Bake Sugar Cookies

Christmas Essentials

In our home, Christmas just isn’t Christmas without homemade cookies! Specifically, homemade sugar cookies cut out into fun Christmas shapes.

Sugar Cookies

This cookie baking tradition started with my mom when I was a child. I fondly remember her baking these sugar cookies, and my father, sister, and I frosting them. Once bite of these cookies brings me right back to my childhood. I love continuing this tradition in my home, with my family.

Homemade Sugar Cookies

Find my sugar cookie roll out recipe, here. The secret to these delicious cookies? Store bought vanilla frosting!

Light Candles

Christmas Candles

Christmas scented candles are my favorite candles, and quite frankly I could burn them all year long. The scents of pine, cedar, citrus, cinnamon, and clove are my favorite holiday scents and remind of Christmas each time I light one. What does Christmas smell like to you?

We always have an Antique Candle Co. candles burning in our home. They are beautiful candles, and the scents are heavenly!

Christmas Essential

My favorite Christmas candles from Antique Candle Co. are:

Christmas Candle

Watch Christmas Movies

One of my favorite Christmas past times is snuggling on the couch with a Christmas movie on tv. It’s cozy and as with Christmas music, we only get one time of year to enjoy them.

Christmas Living Room

Some of our families favorite Christmas movies include:

  • White Christmas
  • Home Alone
  • Polar Express
  • Elf
  • The Santa Clause
  • The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • A Christmas Carol

Simmer Stovetop Potpourri

Stovetop Potpourri

This is one of my favorite ways to infuse our home with the smells of Christmas. Add water, seasonal ingredients, and spices to a pot, then simmer on the stove.

Here’s how to make Christmas stovetop potpourri:

Stovetop Potpourri

In a Dutch oven, combine orange & apple slices, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, cloves, star anise, and pine boughs. Cover with water and bring to a simmer over low heat. Continue to simmer, uncovered for up to 2 hours. Replenish water as needed. Can be used for multiple days (keep pot covered when not simmering), as long as water is replenished.

Stovetop potpourri can also be given as a homemade Christmas gift. Find out how, here.

Cuddle With Throw Blankets

Christmas essentials must include throw blankets! Even Eleanor cannot resist a good snuggle on the couch with a cozy throw blanket.

Winter Blankets

I like to update the throw blankets in our living room according to the seasons. For winter, I place thicker textured blankets on our couch to keep us warm. Wool, fleece, velvet, and cotton are all get fabrics to look for in winter blankets.

Add a Christmas Tree to the Bedroom

Christmas Essentials

This was the first year we added a Christmas tree to our bedroom. And let me tell you, it won’t be the last!

The Christmas tree has added the perfect amount of coziness and ambiance to our bedroom for the holiday season. It does makes staying in bed all day that much easier.

Our bedroom Christmas tree remains undecorated and I am kind of loving it! Don’t be afraid to leave a tree bare, sometimes it’s more beautiful without all the added décor.

Christmas Essentials

Bring Nature In

One of the most budget friendly and coziest ways to decorate for the holidays is by bringing the outdoors in.

In this corner of our home, I added natural décor to a seagrass basket and filled with birch logs, greenery, and pinecones.

Christmas Essentials
Winter Basket

Star anise is another Christmas essential. Not only do I use this licoricey spice in stovetop potpourri, I have incorporated star anise into our home décor as well!

Christmas Wreath

Last year, I added natural pine boughs to our entryway by simply styling them in a linen shopping bag.

Christmas Essentials

Dried orange slices are a great option for natural décor. Hung as ornaments or as a garland they resemble mini stained glass window!

Dried Orange Ornaments

More Christmas Essentials

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Christmas Tree

There is even more Christmas inspiration at the end of this post from my blogging friends. Be sure to check out their amazing Christmas decorating ideas!

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Bloggers’ Christmas Inspiration

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Neutral Christmas Décor

Neutral Christmas Décor & A Vintage Dresser

Simple neutral Christmas décor ideas for your home that will create a cozy space for the holidays with seasonal pieces and natural elements.

Neutral Christmas Décor

On a recent trip to Target, as I was perusing the long aisles of Christmas décor (this is in my top 5 of favorite things to do fyi), I came across this beautifully, cozy noel wall hanging. It was love at first sight between it’s rough wooly texture, adorable green pom-pom border, neutral colors, and the sweet embroidered wreath surrounding the word, “Noel”. And so, this wall hanging became the inspiration for the neutral Christmas décor in this cozy corner of our home.

Knowing I wanted to hang the noel wall hanging above our vintage living room dresser, made picking the other pieces I styled here fairly easy. I knew I wanted to incorporate greenery to mimic the greenery embroidered in the wreath and I also wanted to utilize pieces with neutral colors to match the colors of the wall hanging.

Neutral Christmas Décor

The great thing about decorating with neutral Christmas décor is that it will easily work with the décor you already have in your home and your other Christmas décor pieces.

I always like to remind myself and others that the term “neutral” doesn’t necessarily mean light, white or cream colors. It’s more about the combination of colors than individual ones. The neutral colors in this cozy space are creams, taupes, tans, and greens. The key to any color palette is always balance and cohesion.

Christmas Décor

Neutral Christmas Décor: Noel Wall Hanging

The noel wall hanging that inspired this space was a little to small to hang on it’s own behind our vintage dresser. So, I simply hung the wall hanging on top of the mirror that was already above the dresser. I love this layered look for the holidays!

Neutral Christmas Décor

To hang the wall hanging on top of the mirror, I placed a suction cup with wreath hook to the top center of the mirror. I then hung the Noel wall hanging from that (making sure the suction cup was secure to the mirror). You could also use ribbon to hang the wall hanging from the top of the mirror.

Velvet ribbon is huge in our home’s Christmas décor this year. So, I tied a simple bow on the wreath hook with a thin green velvet ribbon to add charm and a little extra coziness. The pop of the green ribbon looks so pretty with the shades of green within the wreath on the wall hanging!

Neutral Christmas Décor

Neutral Christmas Décor: Greenery

With the Noel wall hanging up, I then began to add greenery to the top of the dresser.

I love to use fresh flowers and greenery throughout the year, however I prefer to use faux greenery for the holidays. Our home is extremely dry during the winter months so utilizing faux greens in our Christmas décor is much more cost effective (and saves me sanity from not having to constantly pick up a ton of pine needles).

Neutral Christmas Décor

I started by adding a faux pine garland to the top of the dresser. Remember, just because it’s faux doesn’t mean it has to look that way! Fluff and style your faux greenery to resemble how it would look naturally.

Once the pine garland was fluffed, I then incorporated a faux seeded eucalyptus garland into that. I weaved the eucalyptus garland in and around the pine garland, so they appear as one. Continue fluffing and styling the garlands until they are full, realistic, and nautral looking.

Christmas Garland

I styled the garlands so they flowed over one side of our dresser, however you could style the garlands to flow over both sides.

Then, I sprinkled small white wired baubles throughout the garlands. I liked how they resembled holly berries, but kept with the neutral Christmas décor theme. My baubles were purchased from Anthropologie a couple of years ago and are no longer available. These white ornaments could be used instead or these picks would be a great option as well.

Christmas Decorations

The garlands I used to style this space are no longer available. Here are some other great garland options for neutral Christmas décor.

Pine & Eucalyptus Garlands

Neutral Christmas Décor: Candles

Candles are a must all year in my book. With the days extremely short in the northeast during the winter months, they are essential for creating ambiance and coziness in our home.

Neutral Christmas Décor

Brass candlestick holders are one of my favorite things to shop for when antiquing and utilize in our neutral Christmas décor. They are an easy piece to style and add the perfect amount of warmth to any space.

I placed our brass candlestick holders throughout the garlands making sure to mix the varying heights & styles of the candlestick holders on top of the dresser.

Neutral Christmas Décor

I added these candles to the candlestick holders. These beeswax candles are all natural, and I love their tan color which I think looks so pretty in this space.

Neutral Christmas Décor: Ribbon

I would hang a ribbon from everything at Christmastime if I could! It adds such a beautiful, magical touch.

Christmas Ribbon

As I said previously, velvet ribbon is all throughout our Christmas décor this year. This space is no exception! I added the green velvet ribbon to the wall hanging, but I also added more velvet ribbon to one of the dresser knobs.

I actually did this in the fall with a satin ribbon (check that out here) and I loved it so much, I decided to add ribbon here again. On the knob, I tied another simple bow with this khaki velvet ribbon.

Neutral Christmas Décor

Neutral Christmas Décor: Winter Basket

To finish this cozy space, I placed a handled seagrass basket filled with birch logs and greenery next to the dresser.

Winter Basket

Here is how you can create a similar winter basket.

Winter Basket Supplies

Amount of supplies you will need will depend on the size of your basket. The basket I used is 14” high x 18” wide x 10” deep.

Winter Basket

How to Put Together a Winter Basket

Place the blanket on one side of the basket. Style the blanket so it is flowing out of the basket.

On the other side of the basket, stack the birch logs (so they stick out of the basket). I added 6 birch logs about 2′ long and 2.5″ in diameter.

Between the blanket and birch logs, fill in the basket with greenery (I used faux pine & cedar stems). Continue adding stems until the basket appears full, making sure to have some of the greenery flowing over the sides of the basket. This helps faux stems appear real!

Finally, I placed two large pinecones to the center of the basket.

This could also be something you use for outdoor winter décor, however I would use a weather proof vessel and I would not include the blanket. For outdoor décor, you could use real pine stems instead of faux!

Neutral Christmas Décor

More Neutral Christmas Décor Inspiration

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Dried Orange Ornaments

Dried Orange Ornaments

These easy to make dried orange ornaments are a simple & inexpensive, and will add charm and natural beauty to your Christmas décor.

Dried Orange Ornaments

It’s that time of the year here when our home becomes an orange slice drying & ornament making factory! For years, I have been incorporating dried orange slices into our Christmas décor. I love the beautiful, natural simplicity dried orange slices add to our home for the holidays.

Last year, I made dried orange slices and turned them into a Christmas garland above our kitchen window. This year, I decided to to make dried orange ornaments! They add a beautiful layer of texture to our Christmas tree and look like mini stained glass ornaments!

Dried Orange Ornaments

What I love most about dried orange ornaments is that they are budget friendly. You guys know I love anything that is simple and doesn’t break the bank! Making my own dried oranges and using them as ornaments saves us money…one less box of big bulb ornaments I have to purchase to decorate the tree (which I guess means dried orange ornaments saves us room in storage too!).

Dried Orange Ornaments

Dried orange ornaments are extremely easy to make. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced DIY’er or just a beginner, anyone can make these! This would also be a fun craft that the kids can help with once the orange slices are dried and cooled.

Christmas Ornaments

What You Will Need to Make Dried Orange Ornaments

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Mandolin
  • Navel oranges (or other citrus fruit)
  • Twine, ribbon, or ornament hooks
Dried Oranges

How do you make dried orange ornaments?

  1. Thinly slice the oranges using the mandolin.
  2. Place orange slices on parchment lined baking sheets.
  3. Bake in a preheated 200 degree oven for 3-4 hours (flipping oranges every hour or so to ensure even drying).
  4. Remove the oranges from oven when all moisture has been removed and the pulp resembles a stained glass window.
  5. Place twine, ribbon, or hook into the orange slice once fully dried and hang on tree!

For more detailed instructions on how to dry oranges in the oven, check out this oven dried orange slices blog post.

Christmas Tree

How should I hang my dried orange ornaments?

I like to hang our ornaments with either twine or ribbon, but you could also use just a regular old ornament hook. Personally, I think twine or ribbon adds a little something special to the ornaments.

This is the ribbon I used to hang the ornaments on our Christmas tree, but I also used this twine to hang the dried orange ornaments on a small tree in our kitchen.

Christmas Decorations

Here are some twine and ribbon options I like to use to hang dried orange ornaments.

Dried Orange Ornaments

How long do dried orange ornaments last?

Dried orange ornaments can last for many years if there is no moisture left in the orange slices. When oven drying your orange slices ensure you are baking them until no moisture remains.

For details on how to store dried orange slices, click here.

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Are there other types of fruit I can use for dried ornaments?

Yes! You could use any dried fruit to create unique ornaments.

These fruits dry easily and could be hung as beautiful Christmas ornaments.

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Blood oranges
  • Grapefruit
Dried Orange Ornaments

Other Dried Orange Ideas

Dried orange slices can be used in multiple ways during the holiday season. Here are a few of my favorites!

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DIY Hoop Wreath for the Holidays With Star Anise

A DIY hoop wreath with star anise is a simple & inexpensive craft that will add natural beauty to your holiday décor this Christmas season.

DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

I love to incorporate nature into our home décor all year long, but there is something special about adding natural elements to holiday décor. It makes a home feel fresh, peaceful, and cozy. One of the best aspects of utilizing natural elements in décor, is that they are relatively inexpensive! Which means I am not spending a fortune adding to and updating our holiday décor each and every year.

DIY Hoop Wreath

This year, as I was imagining ways in which I could utilize natural elements in our holiday décor, some of my old favorites came to mind. I’ll definitely be using dried orange slices, pine boughs, and pine cones again. However, this year I wanted to add a few new natural elements, and one of the things that came to mind…star anise.

Star Anise

I typically always have whole star anise on hand for stovetop potpourri. As I was adding it to a pot of potpourri recently, I thought to myself, “How I can utilize this beautiful star shaped spice in our holiday décor this year?”

The answer…a DIY hoop wreath with star anise! Not only is this the easiest DIY wreath ever (it’s almost silly!), it is inexpensive too. (This entire wreath cost less than $10 to make.) This DIY hoop wreath with star anise is simply beautiful and will fill your home with delicious, warm, licoricey aromas. Perfect for the holidays!

DIY Hoop Wreath

What is star anise?

If you’re not familiar with star anise, it’s the seed pod from the fruit of an evergreen shrub native to southwest China. The pod is shaped like a star and has an average of eight points. Each point contains a single pea-sized seed. The star anise pod is picked before it ripens. Then dried in the sun, which turns it a deep brown color. Both the seeds and the pods are used in cooking and contain the sweet, strong anise flavor.

Star anise can be purchased whole and ground. For our DIY hoop wreath, we will be using whole star anise.

DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

Supplies for DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

Hoop Note: You can use any sized hoop for this wreath ( will just need more or less star anise). You can also make the wreath with a silver hoop, embroidery hoop, or even a wire hanger shaped into a circle.

Holiday Ribbon Note: Use any holiday ribbon you prefer or have on hand. I love velvet ribbon around the holidays, so that is the ribbon I picked!

DIY Hoop Wreath

How to Make a DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

To start your DIY hoop wreath, go through the bag of star anise and pull out around 37 of the best looking star anise. Pick various sized star anise to mix large and small pieces throughout the wreath. As you find the best shaped star anise, put them off to the side.

Unfortunately, you will find quite a few broken pieces (But don’t worry, the broken ones are fine for stovetop potpourri!).

Star Anise

Place the hoop on a flat surface.

Tip: You may want to line the surface with paper or cardboard to avoid getting hot glue on your countertops. I did not do this and had to scrape hot glue off our counters….shh let’s keep that a secret from Dave!

Star Anise Hoop Wreath

Now, you can begin hot gluing the star anise to the hoop. Place a dab of glue to the back of the star anise, see above photo (the side of the star anise with pods should face forward). Attach the star anise to the hoop. Hold the star anise in place for about a second or so to ensure it adheres to the hoop.

Star Anise on Hoop Wreath

Hot glue the star anise all the way around the hoop, alternating between the small, medium, and large star anise. This will make the wreath look natural and organic. As you hot glue the star anise to the hoop, try to fit them as closely together as possible (similar to piecing a puzzle together).

Star Anise Wreath

I liked the look of the stem on some of the star anise, so I left that on a few of the pieces.

Star Anise
Star Anise

You may need to use small star anise or break the star anise to get the final piece(s) in place to finish the wreath.

It’s ok if some of the hoop is showing, which is exactly why I picked a gold hoop!

Star Anise Wreath

Your finished DIY hoop wreath with star anise should look something like this. So simple & easy to make but so naturally beautiful too!

Ribbon for DIY Hoop Wreath

Once all of the star anise have been glued to the hoop, you can add a simple bow with holiday ribbon.

DIY Hoop Wreath With Star Anise

I added this thin velvet ribbon, but here some other ribbon options I am loving for the holidays.

DIY Hoop Wreath

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How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen for Thanksgiving & Christmas

Simple tips on how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas using rich textures, neutral colors, and cozy elements.

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Tis the season for all things holiday. Well…almost! We are coming up on the most magical time of the year but also the busiest, right?! There is so much to do for the holidays from shopping & baking to parties & festivities. It can get overwhelming at times with everything we have on our list of things to do.

But, what if I could help you check one thing off your list by sharing how to style shelves in the kitchen for not one, but two upcoming holidays?!

How to Style Shelves

Last week, during one of our many rainy days lately, I challenged myself to style the shelf in our kitchen with décor that could easily be used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I wanted to create a look that was neutral, natural, cozy, and collected that could be used for multiple holidays. Surprisingly, I think I may have achieved that by using items we already had in our home!

Holiday Kitchen Shelf

Let’s take a look at how to style shelves in the kitchen with décor that can take you from Thanksgiving all the way through the new year. Leaving you with more time for your other holiday activities!

How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The Basics of How to Style Shelves

There are a few basic tips to remember when styling a shelf for any season or holiday. Use these simple tips as a guide when beginning to pull objects together to place on a shelf.

  • Stick to a color palette.
  • Use a combination of old & new objects.
  • Include natural elements.
  • Use items of varying heights.
  • Add layers to create depth.
Kitchen Shelf Décor

Choose a Color Palette When Styling Shelves

This might be the most important step when deciding to style shelves with décor for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I decided to stick to a neutral color palette utilizing shades of white, cream, green, and tan. Each of these colors together are warm & cozy, and could easily be used for one or both holidays.

Kitchen Shelf Décor

How to Style Shelves Using Old & New Objects

One of the things I love to do when decorating is to shop our home! As I said before, almost all of the objects I used on our kitchen shelf were pieces we already had in our home. The white plates, bowls, and mugs were stored away in our pantry, so I brought those out and stacked them on the shelf to add layers and create depth.

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How to Style Shelves in the Kitchen

The white ceramic houses were a gift from Dave a few Christmas’s ago. I use them in our Christmas décor each year. Not only do they have special meaning to me, but