Friday, December 8, 2017

How to make easy, large DIY Christmas bows

So I searched for "easy Christmas DIY bows" the other day and tried at least three versions (that seemed incredibly easy). Each time I ended up with a mess of ribbon that looked NOTHING like what they showed. 

I may or may not have cursed a few times. 😂

I finally found a bow that ended up looking pretty cute. It was much easier than any of the others I found as well. I guess this is a common bow method but I've just never taken the time to make my own. 

You only need two things -- a (TON) of wired ribbon (I think I had 30 yards) and wire of some kind. You can use wire, floral wire, pipe cleaners...anything like that will work. 

First up, cut one length of the ribbon at around five feet (I ended up making them a bit longer, around 65 inches) and one at two feet. Then place the long one on a surface like so:
How to make easy Christmas bows

I had to study it as I did this because I kept doing it backwards. You just lay it flat and then pull one side over, then the other. You may want to widen that part at the top as you go, that will be the back part of the bow.

Then, take the smaller section of ribbon and overlap the ends a bit like so: 
How to make an easy bow with two items

Grab that piece and flip it over so the solid side is in the front. Lay it on top of the longer piece: 
Easy DIY bow method

I didn't show it well here, but you want that piece to be a little less wide than the one already on the ground. 

Then you just kind of scrunch all of it up into one part -- grab the two from the bottom in the middle all the way up to the top piece. Don't worry about making it perfect: 
How to make DIY traditional Christmas bows

Take some wire and wrap it around to secure the parts together. You can adjust the bows as you do this if needed:
How to make simple Christmas bows

Your bow is just about complete! Time to hide the wire. 

You can hot glue something on if you want -- you could decorate these however you want! I had leftover ribbon from decorating the tree so I just cut small pieces of it and wrapped it around the wire in the middle. Then I used the wire I already had on there to secure that part on the back too: 
How to make easy Christmas bows

Hot glue would work too! But this method keeps the number of necessary "tools" down. ;) 

When you're done you can dress up the ends of the ribbon by folding them in half and then cutting like so:
How to make DIY Christmas bows

This gives them that upside down "V" at the ends. 

Fluff as needed and then you can use the leftover wire in the back to hang your bows: 
Greenery and DIY bows on stair railing

If you missed our Christmas stairs, you can check them out here!

I think they are such a pretty, traditional touch. Of course you can dress them all kinds of ways -- using two different ribbons for the bows would be fun! Or cover the wire with something fun in the middle. Easy and simple -- you just need to make sure you have plenty of ribbon!

Have you made these bows or do you have a different way of doing it? Have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Our Christmas staircase!

Hey there! I'm back with another space in our new house and today you get two for one -- it's decorated for Christmas and we are totally in love. ;)

Our staircase is one of those things that I could totally see in my head even when the house was just studs:
open concept staircase

I loved that it was open to the great room and had a landing like our old stairs. I also prefer to have stairs in the back of the house instead of when you walk in the door -- it's just a personal preference for me. I think both are beautiful but I've always like that.

One of the only big upgrades we did in the house were the wood steps and risers. If you remember, we were lucky to have pretty treads under our old stairs, so I ripped up the carpet and finished them myself. That began my love affair with wood steps! We did carpet down to the basement (again like before), but this staircase is such a focal point, I love my contrast.

I thought about finishing them myself for a hot minute...and I'm SO glad I didn't decide to do that. Goodness. I would have been pulling my hair out doing that along with moving in and getting unpacked. No thank you!!

They stained the steps to match our floors and I still need to ask about the stain color. I have a feeling it's a mix of colors but I'll be sure to update this when I find out. I could have gone with iron spindles but figured basic wood ones would stand the test of time.

At first we planned on staining the balusters to match the railing and steps, but then I did some research and found I loved the look of white balusters instead. I'm SO glad I made that change!:
wood stairs with white spindles

I think all of these choices are classic and will stand the test of time!

I knew all along we'd have garlands all over them for the holidays. I used cup hooks underneath the railings to secure the garland from underneath. I've wrapped it around before and I get nervous about not being about to use the handrails.

I started to add some ribbon to it as well, but again simplicity called out to me and I ended up just adding some DIY ribbons and a couple bundles of ornaments. Here's the result:
Simple greenery red ribbon stairs

I also had the garland swagging a bit but preferred having it secured right up against the handrail. LOVE IT!!

I always put a little something on the steps and these little lanterns were from IKEA years ago. Not sure if they still carry the red or not:
Stained treads and white risers on stairs

I was going to fill the other stairs with different lanterns, but again...I'm craving a simpler look in this house. Letting it breathe a little, even with Christmas decor everywhere!

I made those bows and they were super easy! I think I'll share the tutorial with you later this week. I searched for an easy DIY and failed twice before I found this version. So easy: 
Greenery attached under stair railing

I just lay the lights throughout -- I don't even wrap those around. Makes them super easy to remove after the holidays. 

Here's a quick tip for any of you building a house! Think of where you'll need outlets for holiday decor. I'm kicking myself that I didn't add a few strategically placed plugs for lights. We've made it work just fine, but I can't believe I didn't think of that. Try to imagine where you'll need them, like on stairs: 
Open staircase with Christmas greenery
I added so many outlets, I'm surprised I forgot about that aspect. :) 

I really don't think I could love the stairs more. I just freaking love how open it is:
Open staircase with landing at Christmas

Here's a before and after for you, Christmas-style!: 
Open staircase with white spindles and balusters

White spindles, risers and balusters on stairs

So lovely! I bought the ribbon this year but we had everything else. This is the garland I used to use around our front door. :) 

Hope you enjoyed the "tour" of the stairs! It's hands down one of my favorite parts of the house. I absolutely adore them, especially all dressed up:
Simple, classic Christmas stairs

Do you dress up your stairs for the holidays? Do you go all out with greenery? I've seen some stunning railings in blogland this year!