I can’t believe Thanksgiving is just over a week away. How are you preparing? When I’m creating flower arrangements in the fall, I really enjoy incorporating the beauty of the rich golds and browns and the crispy textures of dried foliage and florals in my designs. I used to balk at dried botanicals as I mentally categorized them with bowls of potpourri and lace doilies (all of which have great potential in the right context). But now, each autumn I’m more and more inspired by the beauty they exhibit and I think they can actually be used to create a very modern Thanksgiving centerpiece!
BTW, I’ll be hosting a wreath workshop on December 3rd at OOLA Distillery in Capitol Hill. If you live in the Seattle area, we’d love for you to join us. We’ll be making wreaths from blue spruce, cypress and juniper to create a unique, fragrant beauty to adorn your home for the holidays, all while sipping on hand crafted hot toddies featuring OOLA spirits. Click here for more details and tickets.
I know Joanna is ready and willing to start adding some cozy holiday touches to her tiny bungalow, and I’m not very far behind her. I’m already dreaming of trimming the tree and unpacking my Nutcracker collection (yes, really). But until we go full Christmas up in here, we thought it’d be nice to ease our way into the season with these super simple, beautiful juniper berry candles festooned with dried juniper berries and fresh cedar fronds. It’s a quick and easy way to make something festive — and it’s perfect for upcycling old glass vessels!
In my book, nothing beats handmade holiday decorations. Not only is it often more budget-friendly, but you can customize it to be any color and material you want. Over the years, we’ve shared so many holiday DIYs and craft tutorials here on the blog, so I wanted to round up some of my favorites. This list of 12 handmade decorations is only the tip of the iceberg — you can always find even more craft projects here!
Tell me: do you decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving or after? It’s a question Joanna posed on her Instagram and I’m dying to know what you think here on the blog. This year, we’re sharing holiday posts early to help inspire you, no matter when you decorate. Like this oversized peace sign wreath! On it’s own, it’s a very cool way to decorate. But, with the help of some carefully chosen faux flowers, we made this store-brought wreath feel special and modern. Keep reading to learn how to upgrade this oversized peace sign wreath (it can work for any wreath, too!) — it’s perfect to hang outside your home now through the New Year!
p.s. Notice a new name?? Hello, my name is Melissa and I’m the new team member at Jojotastic. We’re still figuring out my official title, but for now, I’m working on a few different things behind-the-scenes. Stay tuned for more!
Are you ready for Halloween this week?? We’re still very much getting ready for it… better late than never. Which leads us to today’s DIY, this modern take on a traditional cork husk wreath! Sometimes you just need to revisit classic, easy techniques, but in a new way. We all know Joanna loves a dip dye moment (remember these dip-dyed pouches and this really cool take on stationery?). This fall, as we were brainstorming ideas for DIY projects for the holiday season, she suggested a new take on a classic fall wreath — this time with dip-dyed corn husks. Even if you haven’t started decorating yet, this corn husk wreath DIY is super-easy and fast — and can work for Thanksgiving, too!
It’s been a while since Joanna and I collaborated on a floral tutorial here on the blog, mostly because of how hectic her life has been this year! So when she shared with me the concept of sharing a hanging floral installation, I was 100% on board and so excited to execute it. Usually my day-to-day floral work involves artisanal bouquets for a subscription service (more on that here!), so stepping outside of the box is a treat.
Personally, I feel like there is a lot of stigma around the idea of ‘potpourri.’ I am immediately reminded of dusty bowls of weird dried things that smell like really bad perfume. No, thank you. Recently, I stumbled upon the idea of a stovetop potpourri (thanks, Pinterest) and was intrigued. I love the idea of using fresh, natural ingredients from my pantry to make my home smell amazing. Plus, it’s yet another excuse to use our freshly renovated kitchen! I experimented a bit and came up with 3 go-to stovetop potpourri recipes that are perfect for fall and the holiday season — especially with the potential for houseguests.