When it comes to holiday decorating less is more for me. There are two reasons for this. 1) I am lazy. I don’t want to lug a ton of decorations out of the attic and then have to put them away after the holidays. 2) My children mess with and often break the holiday decorations that I do put out. Here is a holiday decoration that is not breakable and can be thrown away when the holidays are over…a wreath on a mirror.
I love this decoration because it is simple, contains nature and is beautiful. It’s also inexpensive if you have a Trader Joe’s near you. They sell a 22″ fresh boxwood wreath for $9.99. $9.99 people! That’s less than a bouquet of fresh flowers and I usually keep these wreaths up all winter.
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How to make a wreath on a mirror:
First, weave a string of battery operated fairly lights through the wreath. These lights are great because they do not need to be plugged in and they are easy to switch on and off. Use one, two or three strands, depending on how much light you want. I bought this pack of three LED moon lights for $6.99.
Attach the battery pack / power switch to the back and simply weave the lights through the wreath. Make sure the battery pack is at the bottom of the wreath so it will be easy to switch on and off once it’s attached to the mirror. I used two sets of lights on this wreath.
Next, find a nice piece of ribbon. This is not hard for me because I am a ribbon hoarder and have drawers filled with both rolls and little bits of ribbon. Weave the ribbon through the wreath and tie or staple it together at the end. Make sure to measure it so it falls on, or close to, the center of the mirror once hung.
Attach the wreath either directly to the back of the mirror with strong tape or to the wire the mirror is hung with. Whatever works.
This is what I’ve done in the past. The problem is, it didn’t work this time. This is a new mirror and it is way too large and too heavy to get behind to attach the ribbon. So, here’s the new plan. Stick some detachable wire hooks on the mirror and hang the wreath on those. Stuff the ribbon behind the mirror so it still looks like the wreath is hanging from the ribbon.
The result is a very pretty and inexpensive holiday decoration that can last the whole season. Don’t stop with one mirror. Hang them everywhere!
Let me know in the comments how it worked out for you!