Easy COLLEGE WREATH and Back to School Gift Basket

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It’s hard to believe summer is over and the kiddos are headed back to school, especially college kids who seem to go back earlier each year. I have a niece who is headed to her freshman year at Mizzou (University of Missouri) and I thought I would make her a little goodbye gift basket and wreath for her dorm room door. Yep, I’m just that nice.

mizzou wreath and gift basketSince I didn’t want to spend too much money, I decided to go with one of my favorite inexpensive wreath designs using plastic tablecloths. Seriously this wreath only took me about 1 hour to complete and that included all of the prep time.

college football wreath

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Straw wreath form (still in the plastic)
  • (4) plastic tablecloths – I used 2 black and 2 yellow
  • Greenery pins
  • License plate cover (from Dollar General)
  • Ribbon

Start by cutting the plastic tablecloths into about 4 inch wide strips. I actually keep the tablecloth folded out of the bag and trim it like that. Very time consuming! Just make sure you cut off the sides where the edges are folded. Then take your strips and tie them around the straw wreath form. I just knotted. Nothing special.

easy college football wreathUse a pattern as you go (mine was just black and yellow). You can see when you’ve filled in all of the spaces the back will have a pretty striped effect. If you need to fix a part where the tablecloth strips might be a little loose, use a greenery pin to take it into place. Just remember the front side is what you’re actually going to use… and it’s not so pretty at this point.

plastic tablecloth wreathBut you can easily fix that. Just take a pair of scissors and trim down the mess. The reason I do this rather than work with shorter pieces is because it’s sometimes hard to knot when the plastic is shorter. Plus if you’re pulling for a tighter knot, the plastic can stretch on the ends. You want a nice clean edge so trimming works best. Trust me!

plastic tablecloth wreathNext you can see my progress. We’re getting there…

easy plastic tablecloth wreathAnd finally the completed base of the wreath. Woot!

plastic tablecloth college wreathTo add a little pizzazz I added a Mizzou license plate that I got from Dollar General. It’s the perfect amount of bling for the center of the wreath, plus it already has the four corner holes where the bolts would normally go on your car. Super easy to just use a bit of ribbon and tie it around the wreath form. Don’t worry… the plastic tablecloth pieces will mostly hide the ribbon.

mizzou wreathPretty darn cute, right?
And completely weatherproof so it’s perfect for a front door too!

While I was at Dollar General I grabbed a bunch of other Mizzou items for a gift basket. Journal, coffee mug, tumblers, wallet with ID holder, tissues, magnetic to-do list and more. Umm… completely amazed at the selection of items!

mizzou football gift basketI found a black basket and yellow tissue paper from Dollar General to pull the look together. I think my niece will be quite pleased with her present! mizzou wreath and gift basketI mean, what Freshman wouldn’t love a gift basket from their favorite aunt filled with tons of goodies?

college back to school gift basketAlthough the wreath might not make it to her. It’s going to be super hard to part with, especially with football season around the corner and my front door looking a little bare these days…

college wreath using plastic tablecloths

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Getting our Paint On

Aaaah, it’s finally happening. We are getting our house interior painted this week after 8 months of living in our new home.

I kept pushing it off for a couple reasons:

  1. I couldn’t decide on a color.
  2. I knew I wanted to hire out because of the high ceilings and my lack of free time.
  3. My last painter went off the grid and finding new a new guy stinks.
  4. I really didn’t want to fork up the money.
  5. Refer back to #1.

But I finally landed on a paint color last week, Inspire Awe from Clark+Kensington BUT we are color matching it to the Sherwin Williams brand. The color is a light neutral tone that’s not too warm or too cool.

inspire awe paintThe painter will take about 4 days to complete the project. To be included in this major interior paint renovation:

  • Family room
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast room
  • Back hall near garage
  • Foyer entry
  • Stairwell to second floor
  • Second floor hallway

I’m pretty stoked to see how my white cabinets will pop against a bit of color. Plus I’ve been waiting to make my final backsplash selection until I had paint on the walls.

kitchenAnd my metallic white kitchen landing table will finally shine.

white foyer table makeoverAnd my fabric-lined butler’s pantry will hopefully blend wonderfully with the new Inspire Awe paint color.

fabric lined butlers pantrySo do I feel bad about hiring a painter when I love to DIY? Heck no. Considering it will take this guy 4 days to do it himself… mama ain’t got time for that. Sometimes it’s just easier to hire a pro. Plus getting his discount on Sherwin Williams paints is pretty sweet.

Well the work should be completed by Friday and I’ll snap some photos to show you some before and afters next week. Stay tuned!