Skip to content

Posts tagged ‘DIY’

Bonita Rose: Holiday Tinsel Wreath DIY

I made this gorgeous wreath this morning, and it only took me about 15 minutes.

You can do this. You can! And what’s really important to mention? You can find most of what you need at your local thrift store! Ready? Here we go!

What you need:

  • an old wooden embroidery hoop, 12 inches (I used the 12 inch size, but you can use whatever you have on hand — bigger or smaller, up to you!)
  • a package of vintage holiday tinsel (my tinsel was gold, silver and white, use whatever you can find!)
  • white paper wire-stemmed roses
  • glass glittered star
  • silver ornament hook

How to make your wreath!

  1. sit comfortably.
  2. open up your embroidery hoop and slide one end of the holiday tinsel between the two wood hoops, then screw tight, with the tinsel end attached.
  3. loop around your tinsel through and over your hoop until the entire hoop is covered in tinsel. (as you are working, you can smoosh or spread out the tinsel as you see fit, to get the look you want!)
  4. when you are nearing the end of your tinsel strand, tuck in the last part of tinsel, and voila!
  5. place star on ornament hook and hang from top of wreath.
  6. use wire-stemmed white roses and wrap around wreath in bunches of three. No need for glue!


You can loop a white ribbon at the top of your wreath for hanging, or you can do as I did. I didn’t attach a ribbon.

My plans are to lean this beauty against a pretty white wall.

The part about this wreath that I LOVE is that you can remove the flowers so easily, just unwrap the wire stems. You can remove the hook and the star and change it up if you like. Nothing is permanent. I love that.

So so easy! I honestly love how easy this was and how sparkly and pretty this turned out!

So next time you are thrifting, be on the lookout for embroidery hoops and tinsel garland.

What do you think? Don’t you just love it?

Make a holiday tinsel wreath in no time at all!

Happy Holidays!


Bonita Rose

Film: Handmade Nation

hmn2Have you heard the buzz about Handmade Nation? The film, released in 2009, was created by Faythe Levine, a filmmaker, author, independent curator, and creative director. From the film’s website:

Handmade Nation documents a movement of artists, crafters and designers that recognize the marriage between historical techniques, punk and DIY (do it yourself) ethos while being influenced by traditional handiwork, modern aesthetics, politics, feminism and art. Fueled by the common thread of creating, Handmade Nation explores a burgeoning art community that is based on creativity, determination and networking.

In 2006 first-time director Faythe Levine traveled to 15 cities, interviewing 80 individuals. Levine captured the virtually tight-knit community that exists through websites, blogs and online stores and connects to the greater public through independent boutiques, galleries and craft fairs. Interviews were also conducted in artist studios and homes of the featured makers.

Here’s the trailer:

A companion book is available (image at top of this post). You can also visit the film’s Facebook page.

What do you think? Inspiring, no? (Thanks for the tip, Kathryn Virello!)

%d bloggers like this: