DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you’ll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up kindly facilitated by my friends at Oriental Trading®. As always, all ideas, opinions, and photos are entirely my own.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

Y’all! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It’s getting colder outside (for the record, not really cold enough for the fireplace to be lit here, but still, it’s pretty and we can turn the AC on too), Christmas is coming, and I am so beyond excited for my favorite decorating season and holiday in general.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

All the magic, all the lights, all the music, all the elves, all the snowmen, all the feathers! Wait. What? Yes, this year while decorating my hearth, I wanted something a little unique, still beachy, and full of fun, so I got some inspiration from Fun 365, and I made a boa wreath the center of my Christmas mantel set up.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up

DIY Beachy Mantel + Wreath

Making the wreath was relatively simple. If you know me, you know nothing I do is just plain simple because I tend to overthink things, but this was a quick DIY once I really sat down to do it.

I got one large white foam wreath ring, one large blue feather boa, two smaller white feather boas, and my handy-dandy hot glue gun (and this time I didn’t even burn my fingerprints off!). I simply glued one end of the blue boa to the back of the foam ring and started wrapping it all the way around, leaving even-ish amounts of foam exposed so I could weave the white in between later. Once I was satisfied with the way I had the blue laid out, I glued the other end. I then tied the white boas together, glued one end in the back, weaved that in a double row in between the blue, then glued the end in place where it left off.

Fit like a glove (yea, I was surprised too!). I love the beachy, bright color combo and it set the mood for the rest of the mantel so I got to work on that!

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

Some green garland at the back of the mantel adds a little bit of a traditional touch and ties in nicely with the greens I already have throughout the house. Some festive snowflake lights, a few sparkly trees, ornaments, and mason jars with blue marbles in them added so much festivity without a whole lot of money.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

Shells, ornaments, and sparkly reindeer…OH MY! It’s the simple things, some you already have in those bins in the attic, that really perk up a mantel when you pair them up just right.

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

This year, I bought some new stockings because our mismatched leftovers just didn’t seem right. I mean, if you’re going to hang them by the chimney with care, you ought to love them, right? A little embellishment is always a good thing, so I found sparkle letters for all of us to add a little more glitter to the mix. You really can’t have enough sparkle during the holidays, can you?

If you love all things beachy and want your passion for Christmas to match your home decor, you'll love this economical DIY Beachy Christmas Mantel + Wreath set up.

Now, your hearth can’t stand alone as the only decorated part of your house. You need a tree, surrounding decor, all that jazz. You can find just about everything you need at Oriental Trading®, so start there first. But when you realize something is missing, that perhaps your tiki bar isn’t dressed up enough, head to your local dollar store to fill in the blanks, stay on budget, and still make your house a happy and sparkly holiday home!

A couple of decorating tips before I go, and these are important:

  1. You can NOT decorate for Christmas without Christmas music. The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.
  2. Do watch the Hallmark Channel as often as you can.
  3. You aren’t really celebrating the season, or living life to its fullest, unless you watch Elf at least five times during December.

From my house to yours, I hope you enjoy the season of magic every chance you get. Whether you live on an island, or in a super cold climate (I’m sorry), be sure to deck the halls with all things sparkly so that everyone who enters feels all of the love and magic of the season. I still believe, do you?

Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor

Decorating for Halloween doesn’t have to be expensive. You can have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor with Oriental Trading® and these tips!

Decorating for Halloween doesn't have to be expensive. You can have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor with Oriental Trading® and these tips!

I’m a little obsessed with Halloween. Not quite as obsessed as I am with Christmas, but obsessed just the same. Other than the coming of fall and cooler weather, I look forward to it all year long. Although I always say that I’ll wait until October 1st to start decorating, I really never do. This year was no exception. I started on September 23rd this year and began the process of building my Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home!

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

What was a little different this year from the past years is that little budget word I had to toss in there. See, if you’ve been following along at all (especially on Facebook), you already know that our family grew recently and we have two extra mouths to feed for awhile. All good! It’s a happy chaos and I’ve done this budget thing before; I got this! If you’re looking to turn your home into a haunted house on a budget this year, here are some tips that may help you out!

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor

Tip 1: Know where to shop! You don’t have to go to one of those big fancy-pants Halloween stores (although, they are super fun) to build your Halloween home decor arsenal. Each year, I set a budget and see what’s new on Oriental Trading’s Halloween Headquarters. Greta here was last year’s big ticket item and she’s pretty darned creepy standing on our front porch with her glowing red eyes and blood smeared everywhere. Isn’t she PERFECT?! This brings me to my next tip.

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 2: Build your arsenal up over time. Don’t think you have to go all out the first year or two. Buy a little each year (dollar stores are your friends here too), and within a few years, you’ll be amazed at how much stuff you’ve accumulated!

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 3: Do buy an assortment of noisy stuff! The more spooky noises coming from your walkway, yard, and house…the better. All of those spooky noises coming from everywhere actually up the fear factor quite a bit (don’t expect the toddlers to be overly thrilled though!). This year, I added this fantastically frightening Gargoyle Door Knocker to “welcome” our guests into our home. Doorbells are so overrated, dontchathink?

  Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 4: Always make your trick or treaters feel welcome! Come on in, my pretties, let’s take a look at the inside now, shall we?

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 5: You can never have too many gargoyles during the Halloween season.

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 6: Backdrops are your friends. They’re cheap, they’re easy to put up, they make for great decorations, and they’re prefect for pictures at all of your parties. Everyone loves standing in front of a great scene and taking a selfie. Provide the perfect corner for your party guests!

You can have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home Decor with these tips!

Tip 7: More is more. Look, I’m all about the less is more concept. I apply it with my makeup, my hairspray (except for in the 80s because…BIG HAIR), spices in my recipes…but that concept doesn’t apply here. Ever walked into a haunted house that just had a little stuff scattered here and there? No, you say? Of course not! Make sure to drape spooky cloth wherever you can. It adds to the ambiance and it’s SO cheap. It’s seriously your best friend!

DIY Budget Halloween House Decor

Tip 8: Don’t feel the need to remove your normal decor from the equation. It’s YOUR house. Make it your own, but creepier. Leave the beachy touches as they were and dress them up for the occasion!

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 9: Little DIY projects from last year’s leftover party favors are your friends. I had some skeletons left over. I strung those boney guys up on some fishing line…insta garland for the tiki bar. FOR FREE.

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

Tip 10: Leave surprises throughout your home. See that guy up there? He’s kind of hidden out and it’s super funny in fact. Once you get past the yard, the entrance, the living room fright fest, you turn the corner, and he starts screaming away. It’s priceless to scare your guests over and over again. That’s what Halloween is all about, right?

Have the scariest house in the neighborhood without breaking the bank when you build your own Spooktacular Budget Halloween Home decor with these tips!

This last one isn’t a tip, just a fact actually. You want to use all of the cool lighting that you possibly can…inside and out…but you need to know that said cool lighting (especially strobe lights) will not photograph well so be prepared for that. However you choose to decorate for Halloween this year, or any other holiday in fact (and you should totally decorate for ALL of them because…FUN), be sure to be kind to your wallet. Visit Oriental Trading® today, build up your spooky arsenal, and just have fun. The world is so full of stress these days. Kick back, relax, and make people scream (in a good way) for a change. There’s so much fun to be had. Who’s with me? Happy Halloween, y’all!

From Being Mom’s Favorite to a Mom Myself

From being an only child and mom’s favorite, to being a big sister, to being the oldest of six kids, somehow I got lost along the way. But now that I’m going to be a mom myself, I’m ready to share my journey.

From being an only child and mom's favorite, to being a big sister, to being the oldest of six kids, somehow I got lost along the way. But now that I'm going to be a mom myself, I'm ready to share my journey.

Oh hi.. Bryana Gregory here. New to Galveston Island (Atlanta, GA to here…can you say culture shock?) with one on the way (I’M GONNA BE A MOMMY)!! 28 years old and the oldest of 6, definitely the rebel child of the group. I mean some of us just really never wanna grow up; can I get an amen?! I’m addicted to coffee, elephants, rain boots, Hot Cheetos, tanning, fishing, the color black, and my ever-growing baby bump. He’s already my greatest adventure and we still have one week until we actually meet face to face! Life as I know it is about to change ANDDD I truly couldn’t be more ecstatic!!

From Being Mom’s Favorite to a Mom Myself

From being an only child and mom's favorite, to being a big sister, to being the oldest of six kids, somehow I got lost along the way. But now that I'm going to be a mom myself, I'm ready to share my journey.

So let’s back up a little bit…growing up (refer to rebel child), I didn’t always exceed people’s expectations, especially when it came to school or really sticking with anything. Live for the day (carpe diem) and not for the future type of person! For instance, I made a 9 in my freshman Lit class (yes, you read that correctly, a 9). As in, out of 100%, I got 9% of those.

How is that possible, you ask? Well, you write your name on the paper, answer a few questions (more than likely wrong), turn it in, and BAM…a 9! So boom, there went cheerleading that I had loved so much, and a repeat of my freshman year. The next year I would do better, take 2! I decided to sharpen up a bit, but NOPE!

Dropped out my junior year (which should have been my senior year because…see above), took my GED (passed first time, I really wasn’t dumb at all, just didn’t care, dammit), and headed off to college for two years.

AGAIN…drop out. It was kind of a skill of mine. I had gotten really good at this…I’m all in…oh wait…I failed, kind of thing.

From big girl jobs to my most loyal career…bartending! Life has always been one day at a time! Now pregnant…very pregnant…I think back and wish I would have done things a little differently. But why? I really wouldn’t be the person that I am today…correct?!

So here we are DAY ONE…the first day of my journey of chronicling my new-found life as a mom, a millennial who thought the world was about ME – and then in an instant, I realized there was so much more. This chaotic rollercoaster of a life? Stay tuned. I’m gonna get my shit together. Watch me!