How to Make an Easy Popsicle Snowflake Wreath. Grab your kids and make giant snowflakes. It’s so easy and the perfect way to decorate for Winter!
6 Inspiring Winter Wreath Ideas
I am sharing my popsicle stick snowflake wreath, but be sure to check out the other 5 winter wreath ideas! We all created winter wreaths and I am amazed at how different and creative all of the wreaths turned out! I have included links to each winter wreath at the bottom of my tutorial. Be sure to check out all of the winter wreath ideas!!
Make an Easy Popsicle Stick Snowflake Wreath
Snowflakes are the perfect way to transition from Christmas to Winter decorating! I’ve loved decorating with snowflakes in years past. I made some Snowflake Plaques as well as a snowflake mantel!
This year I decided to make giant snowflakes out of popsicle sticks. I love how graphic and modern they are. Plus, you can create different snowflake patterns. It’s the perfect winter craft to make with your kids! Here’s the easy DIY:
Popsicle Stick Snowflake Wreath Supplies
Round Wooden Disks
Hot Glue Gun and Sticks
Spray Paint (optional)
Popsicle Stick Snowflake Wreath Tutorial
Decide on a Snowflake Pattern
Draw or print out a copy of a snowflake pattern. I found some snowflake patterns online and printed it out.
Lay out Popsicle Sticks
- Lay the three long lines in the snowflake.
- Then lay out the star in the center.
- Cut 6 popsicle sticks in half to add the small pieces at the ends.
Glue the Popsicle Sticks Together
Start at the center of the snowflake. Overlap the sticks at the center and glue well. Then glue the rest of the sticks together as you have it laid out.
Add the Circles at the Intersections
I added circles at where the popsicle sticks overlapped and at the ends of the snowflake edges.
Spray Paint the Snowflake
This is optional. You can also stain it!
Add a Ribbon and Hang it Up!
I tied a ribbon around the top of one of the snowflake sides and tied a bow at the other end to hang on my wall.
I added a couple of Snowflake Pillows and hung my Popsicle Stick Snowflake Wreath on my front porch. I love it!
Here are 5 amazing Winter Wreaths!
Quick and Easy Arm Knitted Wreath | Happy Happy Nester
Isn’t this knitted wreath that Janine made amazing?? I love the big yarn, the texture and those flowers. So pretty! I can’t wait to make one.
How to Make a Chenille Wreath | My 100 Year Old Home
This Chenille wreath from Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home is perfect for Winter. The texture of the chenille is so pretty.
Tissue Paper Floral Wreath | Hallstrom Home
The pretty pastel colors and paper banner are so sweet and fresh for the new year. Be sure to check out Rhonda’s Tissue Paper Floral Wreath.
Winter Grapevine Wreath | Tauni Everett
Tauni’s Take Me to the Mountains Wreath is perfect with the little skis! So cute and I love that pennant in the middle!
Winter Pom Pom Wreath DIY | Modern Glam Home
My sister Ashley’s pom pom wreath is whimsical and pretty! I love those fluffy pom poms!!
Be sure to check out those amazing tutorials and follow these talented bloggers. They have beautiful ideas! I am so blessed to know them!
Do you decorate for Winter?
Share YOUR ideas in the comments!!
Have a Beautiful Day!
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When considering art, many people immediately think about paintings, drawings and other things to hang on the wall. How about a sculpture? It’s an art form that adds so many dimensions to a room that it can be hard to quantify. Also, a sculpture can be a provocative or conversation-generating piece. At the very least, it will get visitors to your home talking about it. We’ve rounded up ten awesome examples to fuel your imagination and inspire your thoughts about what kinds of sculptures could work in your home.
Colorful and funky
Many artists have turned to creating intriguing new artworks from discarded materials, whether they are found in industrial yards, the ocean or suburban trash heaps. A number have fashioned sculptures from the small, mass-produced toys that children receive for free or for next to nothing. These are very quickly discarded, adding to the world’s trash problem. The brightly colored works are deceptively lighthearted and first glance until you consider the societal theme. Regardless, this is a sculpture that will add a huge dose of color to an entryway or living room.
Graphic elements can also be amazing sculptures and there is no better example than the pieces by artist Robert Indiana. His iconic pop art LOVE print and statue is here rendered in Spanish. Colorful sculptures like this one are ideal for minimalist spaces where you want a shot of color but want to maintain clean lines and a vibe that’s not fussy.
Of course, there’s always a place for a sculpture that adds whimsy to a room. The current dessert craze for French macarons makes this a trendy piece that renders the colorful sweet in giant, oversized form. The array of bright, primary colors makes it ideal for any space, especially one that has a lot of white. It’s a massive pop of color that no one will be able to ignore.
Ceramics are more often associated with vases and other vessels, but the late American artist Viola Frey transformed this malleable material into striking and complex sculptural works. The barrage of colors plays up the intertwined shapes and figures, creating a vibrant conversation piece. The size is more modest than the previous few works and would work well in a smaller space where you want to include a brighter sculpture. The eclectic style also means that it will work with a variety of interior decor types.
Self-taught Colombian artist William Barbosa creates large, minimalist sculptures from metal and later plexiglass. This untitled modular work is a representative example that shows the vibrancy of the color and interplay of the angles. This is a standout piece to use as a focal point in a large, open space such as an entryway or living room. Although it is abstract, it could easily be incorporated into rooms of various styles.
Fashioning works from scrap metal, car parts and industrial waste, artist John Chamberlain creates pieces that focus on the material as well as the finish. Although he works in photography and paintings as well, he is best known for these types of sculptures. The finished works are rough, jagged and have a brutal feeling. The industrial look of this type of sculpture is good for spaces that are eclectic, modern or, of course, industrial. angles, shadows and the depths of the spaces between the elements come together in a dramatic piece that evokes multilayered emotions.
Also made with metallic industrial materials, this sculpture by Josh Garben has a totally different look. Inspired by cells, Garber uses metal objects that have been commercially produced — nails, screws, nuts, and bolts — to create these types of pieces that have an undulating form. The way he turns these rigid materials into a piece that has a flowing form is amazing. This type of sculpture would be a conversation piece in any space and its unique multidimensional metallic look makes it perfect for any decor scheme.
At first glance, it’s hard to imagine that this twisted and curling tube sculpture is actually crafted from bamboo. Japanese artist Watanabe Chiaki studied the form and art of manipulating the bamboo into expressive curving shapes, some of which includes colors. The neutral look, unique material and moderate size make this a sculpture that is easy to add to any space where you want to feature a stunning work. It can be displayed on a table or on an art pedestal, whichever makes the most sense and impact in your space.
Folded and Refined
Metallic doesn’t have to mean industrial or rigged. This fanned and folded sculpture is refined in its elegance and the application of the metallic dots. A shiny black finish only serves to highlight the golden spots, which are concentrated at the middle of the piece where the direction of the splayed ends shifts. A sculpture like this one is perfect for a more luxe environment where gilded elements are more common and where the shiny black is an ideal aspect that draws attention.
Similarly, Bulgarian-born artist Rado Kirov uses mirrored stainless steel to achieve the highly reflective and seductive finish on his sculptures. Kirov manipulates the steel sheet by hand into the reflective 3D surface that he calls the Mercury Effect. Whatever you call it, the shine enhances the sculpture and will reflect the elements and colors you have in your space, making it unique wherever you place it. A work like this is complementary to any style of decor and will be the focal point of any room.
As we already mentioned, ceramic is more commonly used for vases and vessels, but here they take on a new twist, quite literally. Artist Michael Boroniec takes the standard thrown form and deconstructs it in a way that expands the vessel and opens the interior to view. Their neutral color puts the focus squarely on the form and not any ornamentation. These ceramic sculptures will add interest to any space in the home and are quite engaging to examine and contemplate. We would add them to a living room or library, where we could stare at them for longer periods of time.
These ten awesome sculptures are just a few ideas of all the different types of sculpture art ideas for your home. As with any type of art, it’s important that it appeals to you. Art is something that you want to look at on a daily basis and be transported to another place or intrigued on some level. Explore what’s out there on line and at art fairs in your area. You might be surprised at what you can find!
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It’s difficult to decide whether a particular type of decor is better suited for boys or for girls. At the end of the day, it’s all mostly just based on cliches but, even so, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in all the so-called boys’ room designs and ideas you can find online. That being said, we have our own suggestions of how such a space could look like. Some of the design ideas are actually quite versatile so you could easily adapt them to suit other types of environments as well.
Colors and furniture
Some colors such as green, yellow or even purple are actually quite neutral in the sense that they could suit a boy’s room just as well as they would a girl’s room. To make the decor look just a bit more masculine you can add some grey. Check out this lovely green and grey combo and how well the two colors complement each other. The interior design is not boring but not too busy either. It’s just right.
Other colors such as red or orange can look just as cool when paired with neutrals like grey, white or black. The combo is even better when there’s also a theme so that the accent color actually makes sense.
A specific piece of furniture that you could add to a boy’s room to sort of mix cuteness with practically is this adorable cork stool called Bob. It’s incredibly versatile and also plenty comfortable. Those two little holes look like eyes and that makes the stool like an adorable little creature, one that you can sit on.
Themed bedrooms are always an option too. There are some pretty cool themes and ideas you can use. For example, how about a pirate-themed room? The bed could look like a ship and you can add custom matching bedding and all sorts of other cool things.
Planes can be a good source of inspiration as well. There are some great furniture collections that are inspired exactly by that. This is one of them. The themed rug is a nice touch too and so is the mural.
You don’t have to be a kid to be a Spider-man fan. Still, a Spider-man-themed bed makes more sense in a boy’s room than in an adult’s home. There are also matching cabinets and other things to add to the space plus you might also be able to find themed wallpaper.
An interior design theme doesn’t necessarily have to be very specific. Something more general such a nautical-themed decor can look super cool too. Once again, the bed can be shaped like a ship and you can add all sorts of cool details to really make it work.
This airplane-themed bed is not just fun but also very well designed, with all sorts of practical features such as built-in nightstands that look wile plane wings, built-in lighting and a storage compartment for luggage above the headboard.
Simple and stylish
If you’re not really a fan of themed room decors and you’d rather prefer something simple and more neutral, there are plenty of boys’ room design ideas in this category too. For example, try a simple and compact design with sliding bed frames, built-in cabinets and an L-shaped desk. It’s a perfect combo for a shared bedroom.
Bunk beds are always cool and fun and practical and there are all sorts of interesting variations you can try so pick a type that suits the layout of the room and go with it.
Another option is to keep the main furniture pieces simple and neutral and to make the space look funky and interesting through accent pieces such as a colorful desk chair, an eye-catching wall shelf, etc.
Apart from all the usual things any bedroom includes such as the bed and the closet, in boys’ rooms you can also expect to almost always find a desk. A cool idea would be to have a compact, expandable desk which can be hidden when not used.
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Q: I’ve been looking over my garden and wonder what I should be doing this time of year. Do you have suggestions?
A: Now is a great time to catch up on your weeding. There are dandelions all over my yard so I am sure they are in everyone else’s yard also. This morning I noticed that my asparagus has not been cut back yet as it should have been after it froze. Cut yours back and then apply mulch. Have you planted your flowering bulbs? Do so now. Also there is still plenty of winter left to enjoy our cool-season annuals such as calendula, cyclamen, dianthus, Johnny-jump-ups, ornamental kale, pansies, snapdragons, stock and violas. Add compost to the soil before planting. If you can find bluebonnet transplants, plant them now. My wild ones in the yard are already the size of a transplant.
All of your beds need compost and mulch. If we don’t get more rain, water if the ground is dry. If a dead-looking landscape doesn’t bother you, refrain from pruning your freeze damaged plant material. Remember that this dead material provides some insulation for healthy plant tissue, according to Doug Welsh in his Texas Garden Almanac. I always leave my pruning for late February or March. Remove plant debris (dead leaves, flowers, and twigs) from your planting beds, particularly under rose bushes. The debris can harbor pests and diseases. This sounds opposite to mulching, however I am referring to debris from the plant that had leaf spot or wilt, or dead tomato plants (possibly with nematodes).
Now is also the time to transplant those shrubs and trees that you prepared for transplanting a couple of months ago. New trees can also be planted. Bare root roses should be planted now. Is your living Christmas tree still in the house? Move it outside to a shady location. After it acclimates for a week, plant it into the landscape.
Mow your lawn to get rid of those winter weeds (ryegrass, dandelions, clover, henbit, etc.) as well as to cut up the fallen leaves and turn them into mulch. The vegetable gardener has plenty to do. You can sow seed of beets, carrots, English peas, greens, lettuce, radishes, sugar snap and snow peas, and turnips. Cool season transplants can go in, such as asparagus, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, greens, kohlrabi, onions, and Swiss chard. Cold tolerant herbs can be planted including chives, cilantro (mine has already sprouted), dill, fennel, garlic, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme.
This is a good time of year to look around town and see which plants hold up to a freeze so that you can plan for your future landscaping. My satsuma came through like a champ. It had only a few frozen leaves yet it was uncovered and in the middle of the lawn.
Don’t forget our feathered friends and resident wildlife (squirrels, raccoons, possums, foxes). Provide water with birdbaths and ground level containers. Change the water frequently to keep out mosquito larvae.
Clara Mae Marcotte is a Texas Master Gardener with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. If you have a question to be answered, call the Master Gardeners at 830-379-1972 or leave a message to be answered. The website is guadalupecountymastergardeners.org. The Master Gardener research library is open Mondays from 8:30 to noon, at 210 East Live Oak Street in Seguin.
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