Lovely Holiday Wreath

Whether carolers are calling, neighbors are knocking, or family is coming to visit, it's always nice to have a cheerful, festive front door during the holidays. One of my favorite things to make for door decor is yarn wreaths. Inspired by the color palette of Jolly Good, and even using papers and stickers from the line, I created this wreath for my front door:

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath

To make your own, you will need:

- a wreath form (I used a 14" straw wreath wrapped in plastic)

- yarn in coordinating colors (you'll use about half a skein of the main colors if you follow my pattern)

- felt flowers and leaves (patterned paper - #JG14OS09)

- twig picks

- Jolly Good stickers (#JG14EB01)

- a large toothpick

- cardstock

1. Get comfortable with a Netflix marathon or your favorite DVR'd shows and wrap your wreath form with yarn. I alternated green and red, then went back with lime green and pink to stripe the sections. Make all of your knots on the back and be sure not to let any of your wreath form peek through.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath directions

2. Make your felt flowers and leaves. To make the leaves, cut large leaves from felt and smaller leaves from Jolly Good patterned paper. Glue the paper leaves to the felt leaves.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath flowers

3. Back your stickers with cardstock. Gather your twig picks. I painted mine silver to match the gray in the Jolly Good line.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath supplies

4. To make the deer sticker stand, you'll need to make him into a pick. To do so, gather spare cardstock, a large toothpick, hot glue, a hot glue gun and the sticker. Stick the deer to the toothpick. Flip it over and apply a good amount of hot glue. Attach that to the cardstock. Allow the glue to cool, then cut the deer shape out of the cardstock.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath directions 2

5. Arrange the flowers, leaves, stickers and picks on the wreath until you're happy with their placement. Then, using a hot glue gun, secure each piece to the wreath.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath close-up

6. Depending on what kind of hanger you have for your front door, you could wrap ribbon or tulle around your wreath and hang the wreath from a bow.

Tessa Buys Chickaniddy Crafts Holiday Wreath 2

This kind of wreath is best suited for a porch that is protected from the elements. If your front door gets full sun or the full force of the weather, you might consider hanging your wreath indoors. Wherever you hang it, it's sure to make everyone who sees it feel "jolly good"!

My favorite holiday treat always makes me feel good, especially since it brings back such happy memories of my grandmother and visiting California for Christmas. She made these delicious Persimmon Bars with Lemon Glazed Icing, and I couldn't get enough of them! This photo and recipe is from Saveur (and pretty close to grandma's):

Tessa Buys Holiday Recipe

Ingredients:

Unsalted butter, for greasing pan
1¾ cup flour, plus more for pan
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground cloves
1 cup pureed persimmon pulp
2 tbsp. plus 1½ tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. baking soda
1 cup sugar
1 cup finely chopped dates
½ cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted



Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 10" x 15" x 1" jelly roll pan; set aside. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and cloves in a bowl; set aside. Whisk together persimmon pulp, 1½ tsp. lemon juice, and baking soda in another bowl; set aside. Whisk together sugar, dates, oil, and egg in a large bowl; add dry ingredients and persimmon mixture, and stir until just combined. Pour into prepared pan, and smooth top with a rubber spatula; bake until lightly browned, about 25 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make a glaze by whisking together remaining lemon juice and confectioners' sugar in a bowl until smooth. Let cookie sheet cool for 5 minutes and then pour glaze over warm cookie sheet, spreading it evenly over the top with a rubber spatula. Let cool to harden glaze, and then cut into finger-sized bars.

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