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Who doesn’t love a good wreath, especially this time of year? Traditionally, holiday wreaths are full and round, but lately I am seeing a trend towards minimalism. I am loving this modern take on a classic Christmas symbol. It highlights beautiful greens, fresh shapes, and fluidity with other blended species. Who knew creating different shapes and compositions could look so good on a wreath?

How many times have you passed up embroidery hoops for mere pennies at a yard sale? Too many times to count! There are so many things you can make with them, including a wreath. Take a look at these swoonworthy modern wreaths using a simple embroidery hoop:

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The fun part about a modern wreath is there is a great deal of creative freedom. You can use eucalyptus, rosemary, boxwood, pine, juniper, and even a mix of your favorite seasonal flowers. Creating a wreath that circles an embroidery hoop is an option, as is an asymmetrical display, or just line the bottom edge with evergreens.

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Using a hanger for a wreath: what a fabulous idea! The one below is a DIY in copper; I love how it doesn’t complete the circle and that it combines eucalyptus, cotton, and baby’s-breath.

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A wire circle can also become a wreath. Combining the textures of leather, metal, and simple-seeded eucalyptus along the bottom creates an aesthetically pleasing look.

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Layering an assortment of greenery asymmetrically just works, doesn’t it?

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If you don’t have an embroidery hoop or a metal circle, how about just plain rope? These mini eucalyptus wreaths were made with jute. I love the minimal look of these gift-card holders; so clever!

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Let’s get really basic. If you don’t have any of these items in your home, use sticks or branches. And why not try a different shape, say a triangle?

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When in doubt, you can always start with a twig wreath base and layer your fresh clippings along the bottom or to one side.

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I hope this post inspired you to think outside of the box when it comes to holiday wreaths.

Have a beautiful day!

Jen-City Farmhouse


As much as I love Halloween for the dress-up and candy, I’m always on the lookout for fun, kid-friendly and creative ways to decorate for fall. Pumpkins, gourds, jack-o-lanterns — I love them all! But I’m all about pushing it to the next level of clever and cheeky. With my youngest only 20 months, I’m more about fun and less about fright at this stage in our lives. Here are my five favorite creative decor ideas for Halloween.

1. NO-CARVE PUMPKINS

Don’t want to mess with all the time it takes to carve a pumpkin (not to mention the gooky pumpkin guts)? There are so many fun ways to decorate pumpkins that don’t involve a knife.

Use pushpins or thumbtacks with some yarn to create these numeric pumpkins. These would be great for an October birthday party or for your house number. Print out your favorite font and create the outlines and secure the yarn in the bottom corner.

No-carve pumpkins: use yarn and pins to create numbers or monograms www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Equally easy are these pumpkins that could spell anything from your last name to “BOO!”. These are created with cloves, I believe, but you could recreate it with tacks or nails.

No-carve pumpkins: use yarn and pins to create numbers or monograms www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

At our house this year, we created copper leaf pumpkins with individual sheets of metallic leaf. Super easy and kind of fun to learn how to leaf. Definitely try it on the larger, smoother pumpkins as the baby ones were pretty tricky (too many nooks and crannies).

Copper foiled pumpkins - DIY - pumpkin crafts - decorating with pumpkins - warm metallics - fall color trends - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

2. GET CREATIVE WITH SIMPLE PAPER DECOR

Looking for a low-cost and low-commitment way to decorate? I adore these whimsical paper silhouettes for a little Halloween fun and fright. Black cats, mice, owls, bats — there are so many ways to play this up.

Decorate with paper silhouettes www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

This large paper tree would be so fun for a party. And the bold graphic stripe on the white pumpkins helps to tie it all together.

Decorate with paper silhouettes www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

3. WHIMSICAL OUTDOOR DECORATING

Find unexpected ways to decorate outdoors without going the inflatable route. Black birds can lend an eerie mood to your garden gate in a nod to Hitchcock. Black urns and white pumpkins give it all a dramatic flair.

Decorate for Halloween with birds on a gate and contrast with white pumpkins www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

These little plywood planks leaning up against the porch steps bring so much personality to this front porch thanks to a spooky typeface and a clever twist on words.

Fun fall porch decor www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

A happy front porch feels festive for Halloween with simple paper lanterns and hanging black bats. The drapes are pulled back with seasonally appropriate orange ribbons and plenty of black spiders on the pillows.

Fun fall porch decor www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

4. FRESH IDEAS FOR CARVING PUMPKINS

If you love sharpening your knife skills, then you will love these pumpkin carving ideas. My current favorite is this faux “bonfire.” So clever!

A bonfire of jackolanterns - pumpkin carving ideas - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Silly simple faces carved into these pumpkins will bring a smile to the trick or treaters who come by your door.

A happy stack of silly jackolanterns www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

And you’ll definitely get a laugh from everybody with these emoji-inspired pumpkins. The hardest part would be picking your favorite one.

Carve emojis into your pumpkins www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

5. FIREPLACES AREN’T JUST FOR SANTA

Finally, bring the decor inside with some quirky fireplace decor. Pull out an old pair of shoes and create a witch with a pair of striped stockings. Naturally you’ll need a broom nearby too.

A witch in the fireplace! www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

In our house last year, I envisioned an exploding display of all kinds of pumpkins, so I stuffed our fireplace in shapes and sizes. It brought a smile to everyone who came by.

No carve pumpkin decorating ideas - whimsical creative Halloween decorations - nonscary decor ideas for Halloween - www.pencilshavingsstudio.com

Happy fall decorating, friends! I’d love to hear your favorite way to get in the spirit of the season. Let me know in the comments.


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