Preserved Evergreen Wreath

I’m not a huge fan of faux flowers and greenery, unless they look super close to the real thing. I know that at Christmastime, making wreaths from pine branches and other evergreens is popular, but over time they turn brown. After a bit of searching, I found out that there’s an extra step you can take to preserve virtually any kind of leaves and branches so they keep their colors and texture indefinitely. It’s done with the maaagic of glycerin (*sparkle sparkle*).

Ready for this super easy trick?

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One-Hour Shoe Rack DIY

After we created our DIY wood hall tree, I really wanted a place for my husband to put his shoes. We previously had a little shelf system that actually belongs in a closet; it’s something that we put in the mud room when we moved in, and it never left. But now that I have this pretty hall tree for storage, I wanted some thing that matched it.

I had some scraps from the hall tree project, so I decided to take small pieces of 2 x 4 and use them as legs for a short shoe rack DIY. For the top I used a piece of scrap two-inch trim left over from my wood wall art project. So, if you’re keeping a tally, this project cost me nothing. What’s more, cutting and assembling the shoe rack took only a few minutes, as did filling the holes, sanding, and staining. Leaving it alone to dry was the most time-consuming part of the project! Here’s what I did.

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