Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Copycat Challenge!

Hey guys! Debbie over at Debbiedoo's Blogging and Blabbing is hosting another one of her fantastic copycat challenges. This one is a holiday themed challenge. Now, I know I said in my last post that I don't have much Christmas spirit this year, and while that is still true, I just love these copycat challenges and I wanted to play too.

I found this image in the December 2011 edition of Woman's Day magazine and used it as my inspiration:

The only things I had to purchase for this project were two spools of red ribbon at Wal Mart for $1.97 each and a foam wreath form I got at JoAnn's for $4.99. Which would have been cheaper had I remembered to bring my 40% off coupon but I forgot it so I paid full price. Oh, well. All I did to create the wreath was to cut my ribbon into 6 inch strips and then tied a knot in the middle of each strip. Then I hot glued them to the front of my wreath. Easy peasy. I did change my copycat up a little bit in that I used a pre-lit garland I had in my Christmas stash to which I added some of that awesome mesh ribbon that is all the rage right now. Then I had two little nutcracker figurines I picked up at the Dollar Tree a while back and I used them in my hurricane vases (also created from Dollar Tree items). I added epsom salt to the vases so it looks like my nutcrackers are standing in snow. Then I placed some Dollar Tree ornaments on a glass pedestal like they did in the inspiration photo and I also randomly placed them along my garland. I will warn you, it's been cloudy and yucky outside all day here today so these pics are not the greatest and don't really show how great my copycat turned out. Plus, I just plain suck at taking pictures, so please, don't judge me too harshly!

A close up of my wreath:

My ornaments on their glass stand:

And the whole thing:

I wish I could have gotten a good photo up close that shows everything better. I really need a new camera. But we work with what we've got, right? The garland was lit when I took these pictures but it doesn't really show that well.

Debbie hosts these copycat parties once a month now, I believe, and they are so much fun! It's a great opportunity to use your imagination and see what you can do without spending much money. Please click on this button to visit Debbie's party and get ready to be inspired by all the awesome copycat talent out there in blogland:

Until next time. . .


  1. O'Donna that looks great and I'm glad to see that you're getting into the spirit a little!

    Blessings my friend,

  2. Hi Donna, I think your display looks better than the book!!! Love that red ribbon intertwined in the background.

  3. You did a great job Donna! Hope this put you in the spirit a little bit anyhow:) Thanks for joining in. Have fun.