December Carnival: Christmas decor and delights, Easy x’mas wreath tutorial

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath

My Christmas holidays are always spent with family back in Mangalore. However, this is our first December in our new home, and I thought it appropriate to bring Christmas in a bit early. At least this way, our home won’t feel too left out when we leave for Mangalore later in the month. Then when we come back soon after New Year, we can still enjoy the decor until the 6th, when the decor officially changes back to normal.

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath
Colored hairbands add some zing to plain glass tlight holders.

I am infusing a bit of red, green and gold into my usual orange decor.

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath
X’mas baubles in a gold bowl

This year I was keen on trying out the ever-popular orange and clove idea, and it works brilliantly!

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath
Orange-clove decor

I didn’t want my decor to be entirely Western so I used these diyas on my dining table, and did it up with a lotus candle holder (that I just received in the mail from a dear friend), with the experimented orange-clove idea on top. I will probably try piling on more clove-pricked oranges later.

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath
Indo-western xmas decor

Easy Xmas Wreath Tutorial

I found the wreaths way too expensive in the stores, so I decided to make my own. It will hang on my front door in a few days.

I used:
1 length of green fir trimming
1 cereal box
a piece of red ribbon
and a few store-bought Xmas motifs
Needle and thread

Open out the cereal box. Then trace 2 concentric circles on the cereal box.

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath

Then cut them out in a doughnut shape.

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath

Now start wrapping the green fir trimming around it until the cardboard is fully covered. Staple the ends so that it stays on.

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath

Now thread your needle, and carefully stitch your motifs to the box, trying to avoid trapping the fir. Leave the top of the wreath free, because that’s where your red ribbon will go. Tie a bow to the top, and your wreath is done. Now attach a pretty ribbon and hang it up!

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath

What have you planned for your Xmas decor? What delights are you dishing out in your kitchen? Whether your interest lies in food or decor, the December Blog Carnival is a great opportunity to show us your flavor of this season. What colors are you decorating with?

Tutorial on how to make Christmas wreath
Another view of the orange diya centrepiece

Keep posting your ideas, goodies and decor through this month. You are not restricted to one post, so link up as often as you have something new at your place! I look forward to all your posts!

Here’s how you join in the year-end fun!

1. Do a “Christmas decor and delights” post on your blog. The post can be just about anything related to December 2010 festivities. Please use an original photograph clicked during this month. Please do not use images from other sources.
2. Then link back to this post as follows:
– Copy the ‘permalink’ from your post (in other words the URL of your post, not the URL of your blog).
– Add your ‘permalink’ to the ‘inlinkz’ at the bottom of this post.
3. Inspire and get inspired by leaving a comment on the participating blogs.. after all it’s a party! 🙂

4. You can link in as many posts as you wish, the more the merrier.
5. If you don’t have a blog, you can always email your pictures to me at [email protected] and I will post them here, as well as link back from the party page.

I am linking this post to Weekend Wrap up on Pat’s blog, Southern Hospitality and to Emreen’s Itz Festival Time



  1. nice theme will sure join the link party,..;-)

  2. beautiful ideas…love the wreath.

  3. Just awesomeness posted here…. WOW!!!! Simple yet elegant….. Would love to try one…. The arrangements are all mind boggling…. Hugs))))

    Happy Celebrations!!!!


  4. wow…what can be better than to welcome christmas right away…i am patiently waiting for my painting job to be over so that I can just about manage xmas & new years! The oranges look really pretty!

  5. Beautiful wreath Sharon!…though am leaving for India this weekend..would try to join your party ASAP 🙂

    Happy Holidays to KeyBunch Girls !!:)

  6. and here I am…added my first post on Christmas!..May I add more than one post Sharon???…!!!

  7. Your wreath is so beautiful. Keep those posts coming. Will give it a shot making it.

  8. How timely–I'll be joining in for sure–waiting for a sunny day so I can take some photographs–the skies have been really dismal lately!

    PS: Sharon, I really love your table (and decor in the background. Home tour?)

  9. I luv the wreath Sharon ….. the clicks are lovely and so are your ideas.


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  11. Sharon, I have added my second link here..hope youare not fed up with me !!????…

  12. That's an easy to make wreath and simply lovely! I'll join in for sure 🙂

  13. love your decor!! your banner is cool too!Lovely idea for the linky!! It's fun to be part of your party!! Thanks for hosting!!

  14. forgot to mention.. Your DIY wreath is super!! Looks so pretty !!

  15. I'm coming to link in soon… What is this orange and clove idea… I've never heard of it..

  16. The wreath tutorial is super cool… I made something similar last year but in a different method… Will share that soon…. And will definitely join the party…!!

    Luv the banner…. !!

  17. I like your wreath tutorial.. I have one coming up as well.. for kids.. 🙂 (wreath for the kids room)…

    I've linked in.. but no.7 doesnt show an image.. Is that just me?? Should I link in again.. let me know.

  18. Hi Girls,
    Thanks for having me over … 🙂

  19. Hey Sharon, thanks for hosting this carnival..:) How does it feel celebrating X'mas in your new home??

  20. Hi Sharon,
    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Great blog. I have added my link. Keep in touch.

  21. Hello

    This is such a good idea to exchange ideas! I've posted my link also.

  22. Linked up girls! Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  23. Added my link 🙂 Thank you

  24. Added my link 🙂 Thank you

  25. Added my link once again… 😉 !!

  26. Very beautiful decor, thanks for linking it too The Christmas Party!!

  27. Thanks for stopping by Mom Endeavors and inviting me to join the party! Fun stuff here!

    Merry Christmas!!

  28. Thank you for inviting me over! I linked up my Reindeer Table Decor.

  29. Thank you for the invite! I love the festive color of your centerpiece. That is perfect with your table and chairs. Love that. Thank you so much for stopping by and for your kind comments. Happy Holidays!

  30. Thanks for the reminder 🙂 Here I am!