Thursday, November 15, 2012

DIY Christmas Wreath

I admit I have a little bit of time on my hands being unemployed, but I can't help sharing this Christmas DIY project I did yesterday because I am very proud of it.

I just love Christmas and although I curse the cold most of the time, there is nothing like a white Christmas. I can't explain it, but it just feels right. It feels so nice being warm and cosy inside, with candles flickering, lights shining on the tree and snow falling outside. It is truly beautiful.

I also love decorating, but there has been one thing missing from my Christmas collection and that is a wreath to hand on the door. I know I could just go out and buy one, but I could never find one that I really liked, so I did a bit of Googling and got some inspiration.

And the picture above is the finish product...not bad if I say so myself.

Altogether it took about 2.5 hours to make and below are the steps to show you how I did it if you would like to give it a go yourself.

I bought a wreath from my local hobby store. Ideally, buy a styrofoam wreath but there weren't any big enough at my store. So mine is made out of hay, which I then wrapped in masking tape to make sure it was all contained and then red ribbon so it would look nice from all angles. This is also the time to glue on your hanging ribbon.

You can also see above all the baubles I used. I decided on a red and silver colour scheme but you can choose whatever your heart desires. Just make sure you have a lot of baubles in 2-3 different sizes. I used about 90 in total.

Using a hot glue gun, glue the largest baubles around the outside and inside of your wreath. To do this, cut off the loop with a pair of pliers so the top is nice and flat.

Then keep adding baubles filling in the gaps. I did another layer of larger baubles and then squeezed smaller baubles in the gaps.

VoilĂ !

Thursday, November 1, 2012

It's the most wonderful time for a beer

In Denmark the first friday of November marks a huge day of celebration. No, it is not a religious day, a memorial day, labor day or a royal's birthday, it's not even a public holiday. But it is a day the Danes anxiously await all year...

It is the day Christmas Beer is released!

The day is known as "J-day" and it is celebrated by brewery employees driving around the bars and cafes, handing out free beer to get the festive season started. And needless to say it turns into a huge night for beer lovers and those who just like to celebrate the fact that Christmas is almost here.

Although I am not a huge fan of beer, I don't mind a bottle or two of the Christmas beer. It is filled with spices and warmth unlike normal beer and you just can't help get into the spirit of Christmas (not that I really have much trouble with that).

So cheers to J Day and Christmas beer!