Easy Eclectic and Funky DIY Christmas Tree Decor

While scrolling Pinterest this year I came across an Eclectic Home Tour featured on Kelly Elko and fell in love! In the post, she shares Aunt Peaches’ home, and I got so inspired to recreate an element of the Christmas tree she created. I had so much fun putting my own twist on these funky and whimsical tree branches. They are perfect to use as filler in any Christmas tree! I love the uniqueness.

This is a super easy DIY project, so much so I questioned if it was too redundant or “elementary” to post. But I did decide to share because with almost any do it yourself project (especially when I’m not following a tutorial), I learned a few things and wanted to share them with you guys. That way you don’t have to make the same mistakes I did.

I decided to put my own little spin on the look by mixing store-bought pom poms with handmade ones for the added texture. I found this helped me achieve more of the whimsical look that I was going for. It’s definitely not a traditional style Christmas tree, but I’m not a traditional kind of gal either. This tree fits the bohemian and eclectic vibe I’m going for in my home.

My husband says the tree reminds him of Dr. Suess. I have to agree, and I kind of love it. Anyone doing a Dr. Seuss themed tree this year? That would be so fun!

Don’t worry this do-it-yourself project won’t be breaking the bank. You’ll either have these craft supplies lying around the house or you can find them for super cheap at a dollar store or even a thrift shop. Yay for affordable DIY projects!!

Tools:

foraged tree branches

white acrylic paint (and/or) white spray paint

yarn

scissors

store-bought fuzzy pom poms

hot glue gun

glue sticks

foam paintbrush

comb

How to:

Step 1:

Collect various sizes of sticks from your yard or a nearby forest. Look specifically for ones that have multiple connections off of the original branch. (Example stick in the next photo).

Step 2:

Easy Eclectic and Funky DIY Christmas Tree Decor- The Galista

Paint the stick with a white acrylic paint. I strongly recommend using white acrylic paint and stippling it on with a foam brush. Hand painting is much quicker than spray painting.

Though you could use spray paint or a combination of both. Just know you’ll probably have to do several coats of spray paint if you decide to go that route. I originally spray painted the branches first, but ended up using an entire can just to partially cover 6-7 sticks. 

Of course if you choose to use spray paint make sure to spray in a well-ventilated area. 

Step 3:

While the sticks are drying create your preferred size of pom poms using your favorite method. The method I use is the finger method simply because I don’t have a pom pom maker, and I was trying to keep this DIY really low cost. You can go ahead to step four if you are using a different method or already know how to create pom poms.

Pom Pom How To (Hand Method):

Easy Eclectic and Funky DIY Christmas Tree Decor- The Galista
  • Start by wrapping the string around your pointer, middle, and ring fingers. Don’t wrap the yarn too tightly around your fingers (or you won’t be able to slide it off later).
  • How many times you want to wrap your yarn around and how many fingers you use to wrap the yarn determines how big the pom poms become. My medium sized poms ended up being 2 inches, and I wrapped the yarn around about 30 times. This part is really about experimenting a few times to get your desired pom-pom size. If you want a different size, just make a few small adjustments! When you’re finished wrapping cut the string a little above where my left hand is (see Step 2 photo).
  • Carefully slide the bunch of yarn off your fingers. Cut a small piece of yarn and simply lay it under the bundle.
  • Tie it firmly around the entire middle of the bunch. Warning: Make sure to tie it tight enough to secure it, but careful of pulling it so hard you snap the yarn.
  • Now that you’ve created two separate sections, snip all the loops in half all the way around.
  • Trim the ends to a similar length. This doesn’t have to be perfect as you’ll probably need to give it a little haircut at the very end!

Step 4:

Now that you’ve trimmed down all the pom poms, I’m going to let you in on a little secret to getting the perfect pom. No matter what method you’re using to create them, the key to really elevating the look is to brush out the yarn with a comb. 

Just be careful not to go too crazy. I just held the center of the pom pom where I tied the strand, and then brushed it out (center to ends) all the way around.

I mean, the before and after photo speaks for itself! Pom goals!!

Don’t skip this step. It can be time consuming if you’re making a bunch of them, but it’s totally worth it! I’ve made this mistake in a previous DIY, and the result isn’t the true fluffy pom pom’s I’m sure you’re looking for. In my opinion, without this step, the poms just look like tiny skeins of yarn. Unless that’s your end goal, then do you boo!

Step 5:

Finally, plug in your hot glue gun and glue on a mixture of your homemade and store-bought pom poms. I chose to add these fuzzy ones that I picked up from a local thrift store. If you don’t already own some, you could easily find these at the dollar tree in various sizes. I also think these felt ones from the craft store would be really fun.

I loved mixing the different sizes and textures of the homemade and store bought poms to create that eclectic and whimsical look.

The Final Look: 

Here is what the finished product looks like!

I ended up making a total of 8 of these bad guys!! They were so easy to create, and I love the personalized look they give to my tree!

Our home is definitely not a “Pinterest home”, by any means, my husband and I just live in base housing. But I still like to make our space feel homey and fun!

My Inspiration:

Home Tour via Kelly Elko

Creator 

Original Post

My Christmas Pinterest Board 

I hope this gave you some Christmas inspiration! My blog is all about achieving style on a budget and decorating a Christmas tree is no exception. You can totally create a fun and magical Christmas on a budget!! I’ve gotten so many compliments on our funky little Christmas tree.

I also had so much fun creating these and think this would be so fun to do with kids. When I was a little kid, every Christmas my mom and I would make several ornaments for the tree (and to give as gifts to family). She even has most of them to this day! Creating ornaments for our tree is one of my favorite Christmas memories from my childhood.

As I’m sure you can tell, the joy of DIYing for Christmas still hasn’t left me. My husband got a whole kick out of how much fun I was just hot gluing all the poms to the branches.

Even though the DIY I shared was really easy, I hope you still have fun if you recreate it!! If you do, please tag me on Instagram: @thegalista. I’d love to see your magical Christmas trees and decor regardless! Please feel welcome to share VIA posting a blog comment or messaging me on Facebook or Instagram!

Other posts you might enjoy: 

25 Gifts Under $25 For Her: Beauty, Accessories, and Fashion Edition

25 Gifts Under $25 For Her: Home and Lifestyle Edition

One Day $1 Fuzzy Socks

Don’t miss it! Today’s the day to score a pair of fuzzy socks from Old Navy for only $1!! (Originally $6). 

First off, these made it in my 25 Gifts Under $25 this year! I told you guys I’d keep you updated when any of those products went on an awesome sale, so here we are! If you were interested then and didn’t pick up a pair… don’t hesitate now! 

The fuzzy socks from Old Navy are my favorite because they stay fuzzy after washing. I still have my pairs from last year, and they are just as soft as when I bought them. Why have fuzzy socks that aren’t going to stay buttery soft? Life’s too short to have unfuzzy fuzzy socks, am I right?!

If you’re willing to bear the crowds ($1 in-store only deal), definitely stock up! If you can’t make it to the store, they are only $3 online, which is still half off retail. Check them out here!

Not to mention these make an amazing stocking stuffer! They have several different styles. Including adult and kids sizes, so you can stock up for the entire family! My favorite designs are the unicorn, pug, and girl power pair. 

Limit 10 per customer. 

Other Sale Alerts You Might Like: 

HOT Gift Idea: FREE Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette 

For even more deals be sure to follow me on my Facebook page or on Instagram: @thegalista. 

If you’re sick of the shopping posts, don’t worry I have a Christmas DIY coming at you next!

HOT Gift Idea: Free Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

Gals! Run fast this is a super amazing deal I’ve spotted. All you have to cover is shipping!

THIS DEAL EXPIRES DECEMBER 9TH, 2018.

ALERT: This deal is only valid for NEW TopCashback members, so if you are already a Top Cashback member this deal will not work for you. Multiple accounts will result in accounts being deleted.

In order to get this deal follow these steps carefully:

  1. Create a new TopCashback account.
  2. After entering email and passcode, click the “Join TopCashBack” button.
  3. Now, login to your email and confirm the account.
  4. Click on the “Get $10 Cashback” button back on the signup page. Link here if you cannot find.
  5. TopCashback will reroute you to the Ulta page. Stay on this page to place your order.
  6. Put items in your cart that total at least $10 before shipping and handling. For $5 off $15, use the code 618883.
  7. Pay for your order plus shipping.

You’ll get your cash back from TopCashback within 14 days. Once you receive it on your TopCashBack account you can then transfer your $10 back to your PayPal or card.

 

Example Deal BREAKDOWN:

HOT Gift Idea: Free Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette- The Galista

 

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Ring The Alarm Palette:

Originally $15 – $5 = $10+ Shipping – $10 CASHBACK= JUST PAY SHIPPING COSTS

My shipping only came out to $5.95!

Note you can get free shipping with an order over $50!

 

This palette made it in my first edition of gift guide for her under $25, this year! $15 is an awesome price for one of the hottest palettes of the year… but $5.95 is even better!!!! SCORE!

 

So many fun things you can score from Ulta! What will you be picking up?

Other Holiday Posts You Might Enjoy: 

25 Gift Ideas For Her Under $25 Accessories, Beauty, and Fashion 

25 Gift Ideas For Her Under $25 Home and Lifestyle

Black Friday Weekend Review 2018

Like everyone else it is one of my favorite times of year to shop, Black Friday weekend is here! With that, I’ve decided to review all of my favorite retailers Black Friday sales and share my favorite deals with you.

Don’t get me wrong shopping full price while on a budget is still attainable, but if you really want to get the most for your money you have to shop deals. Which mean you have to shop the big sales. A lot of these items will not be offered at this low of a price again (until next year), so if you have gifts to buy now is the time to maximize those savings!

Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for everybody on your Christmas list, get your cards ready. There are so many amazing deals going on right now that you won’t want to miss out on! A lot of places are also competing with Amazon, so you will see free shipping on most sites this weekend. Target, for example, is offering FREE TWO-DAY SHIPPING with no minimum purchase through December 22nd.

If you aren’t the type to enjoy Black Friday madness, don’t worry most of these deals are available in-store and online. There is also still Cyber Monday sales included to look forward to. Though, truthfully it feels like most retailers have combined the two into a weekend-long sale starting Thanksgiving Day. You might as well join in now because a lot of the sales will remain the same the entire weekend and things will start to sell out.

Without further ado, let’s get into the best Black Friday deals and my recommendations from each sale!!

 

Clothing/ Accessory Deals

 

American Eagle

40% off and Free Shipping:
Offered in stores, and online. LIVE NOW. There are some exclusions (like the American Eagle Men’s Boxers). Now would be a great time to stock up on jeans that any friends or family members need.

$25 All Flannels:
AE’s flannels normally retail for $49.95. This is an awesome deal! Stay tuned, though, I have an even better deal on flannels to share with you later in this post.

Hobo 

20% off their website+ FREE SHIPPING :
I’ve shared Hobo Wallet deals before, but I’ve never shared a sale directly from their site. I love their “The Lauren” double clutch wallet, and I still stand by the fact that I will never own another wallet. These make AMAZING gifts! If you are trying to splurge on a special gal in your life, do it on one of these!

Target

Women’s Tees and Tanks starting at $4/ Long sleeves $8:
I recommend stocking up on the Universal Thread basic pocket tees that I mentioned in my gift guide. These are half off during the sale. So versatile!

Women’s Boots $15-$20:
I haven’t heard specifics on which boots are $15 and which are $20, but Target has so many cute pairs of boots. I’m hoping my favorite, Wenda Cutout Booties, are going to be on sale. I want to snag a backup pair.

$15 Wrangler/ Universal Thread Denim:
I love the Universal Thread brand of jeans. I first experienced the denim when I picked up a pair from the clearance section during the summer. These stand up to the quality of my AE jeans, but they are so much more comfortable (and affordable). At $15 a pop, I imagine sizes are going to sell out quickly. Definitely, don’t wait till later in the day to take advantage of this deal. Target is going to be one of my husband and I’s first stops.

Men’s $8 Graphic Tees:
Pick up some tees as a gift for your man or even shop the men’s tees. They have some really cool graphics that you can turn into crop tops or even tuck into a pair of jeans.

Men’s $7 Flannels: I mean $7 for a flannel is practically a thrift store price. If your man is in the market for some flannels, stock up for Christmas now.

Urban Outfitters

BOGO 50% off:
I am so impressed by UO’s Black Friday sale this year. If you’re a fan of Urban you know that they don’t offer sales very often. Especially big ones like a BOGO on regular merchandise. Plus, you can mix and match any items!

World Market

Save 30% off all Clothing, Accessories, and Jewelry:
I have never purchased any of World Market’s clothing or accessories, but I am a huge fan of their jewelry. If you enjoy bohemian style jewelry or know someone who does, RUN!

 

Beauty Deals

 

ColourPop

Special collections (not including Kathleen Lights x ColourPop) are not included in the sales.

30% off all Lip Products:
LIVE NOW, through Black Friday.

20% off Eyeshadow Palettes:
Thanksgiving day at 1 p.m. EST., through Black Friday. I’m tempted to take advantage of this deal and get either the Dream Street or Zodiac palette by Kathleen Lights, though I might just try my luck at their Cyber Monday deal.

30% off Sitewide:
ColourPop is finishing off the weekend deals with a BANG on this Cyber Monday Exclusive deal. They already have amazing prices, so 30% off is pretty sweet!

Too Faced

30% off sitewide:
Use promo code “PINK30”. For all my dry skin girls I recommend checking out their Hangover RX Primer. It makes my skin feel so hydrated! I LOVE it.

Tarte

25% off sitewide:
Live now with the promo code “VIP25”. Tarte is best known for their Shape Tape Concelar, originally $27, and their holiday sets.

Ulta

$10 Select High-End Mascara:
Mascaras from Tarte, Urban Decay, It Cosmetics Smashbox, and more!

Big Sexy Hair Line $8.99:
The Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play is the only hairspray I’ve used for at least 8 years now. Another great product by them is their Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder.

BOGO Batiste Dry Shampoo:
This is another must-have hair product for me, pick up one for you and one for a friend. I love their Hint of Color line.

Fragrance Faves For Him/ Her $14.99 each:
As I mentioned in this year’s gift guide, a sample perfume set would make such a great present. Help him/her find their new signature scent!

 

Tech Deals

I’m only sharing one tech deal because this is definitely not my area of expertise, but I found an amazing gift idea I have to share with you.

Target

Free $15 Target gift card with purchase FujiFilm Instax Mini 9 Camera:
These pastel FujiFilm cameras originally retail for $69.99 on sale but are now on sale $59.99, and you get a free $15 gift card with the purchase. SCORE!! Would make a great gift for teens and beyond.

 

Lifestyle/ Miscellaneous

 

Cheesecake Factory

2 Free Cheesecake Slices with $25 Gift Card Purchase:
Okay, it probably seems a little random to include a food deal. BUT I love the Cheesecake Factory, and I love this deal.

Score two free vouchers for a cheesecake slice with any $25 Gift card purchase. Offer available from 11/23-11/26 online and in store. Get them hereThe free cheesecake slices can be redeemed January 1st through March 31st 2019. Only one slice per customer per visit. 

Target

$5 pop sockets:
I mentioned these in part two of this year’s gift guide. Such a great stocking stuffer, and they are half off! Originally $9.99, so you save $4.99 each.

$5- $10 Target movies:
I always love checking out the discounted movies at Target every year. It’s such a “small” deal in comparison to the electronic savings people score, but I can’t help it. The movie section near checkout holds a special place in my heart.

$18 All Sizes Threshold Fuzzy Blankets:
My holy grail fuzzy blanket is finally on sale! I have an undying obsession for these. This is a MUST to check out. They regularly retail up to $39.99. ANY SIZE. They go fast in stores. Pick one up for a friend and one for yourself!

World Market 

Buy 1 get 1 free or 50% off online All Mugs:
I love their Zodiac mug, but they have so many cute styles. Stuff these with a biscotti and a hot cocoa/ instant coffee mix for an easy gift for everyone in the family or in the office.

 

I hope you guys are just as excited about these awesome deals as I am!

Are you planning on braving the crowds this year or are you sticking to online shopping? If so, please stay safe!! Let me know if you find any amazing deals, so we can all take advantage!

Most importantly, I hope you take the time this weekend for family. Appreciate all that you have in your life, AND shop the deals. Because you can do both.

25 Gifts For Her Under $25: Home and Lifestyle Edition

It’s HERE! As promised today I am sharing 25 more affordable Christmas gift ideas for her! Just like Part 1, all the ideas I’ve shared are under $25! But this time around instead of sharing fashion, beauty, and accessory gift ideas all the ones I’ve shared are centered around lifestyle gifts and gifts for a home.

I’m positive there is something fun any girl would absolutely love within these 50 ideas I’ve shared! If you can’t find the idea you are looking for in this portion (or maybe you just want to browse more options) go ahead and check out my first edition!

I want to make a side note that all these items (at the time I’m posting this) are all within budget at full price. However, most of these items will go on sale sometime over this holiday season. I know how important it is to stay in budget, while still wanting to get your friend or mom an awesome gift. If you guys need help brainstorming when these items will go on sale, leave me a comment and I’ll do anything I can to help you out!

Happy shopping, everyone!

 

1. Cute Coffee Mug: Ahh! I am just absolutely in love with these zodiac watercolor mugs from World Market. Coffee cups make the perfect gift because they’re useful and cute. Pair a mug with a cute biscotti, instant coffee or cocoa pack to give out as little office gifts or even to the whole family!

These are my favorite biscotti. You could even order a bulk pack of these to fill multiple coffee cups.

More cute mugs:

2. Pillow: Speaking of Anthropologie dupes I promise I’ll be done after this, but if this pillow doesn’t scream “I bought this at Anthropologie”, I don’t know what does. There is a reason why there is a stereotype around women and throw pillows. Can you ever truly have too many? I know I can’t.

3.Planter Magnets: Who said you can’t bring a little life to a fridge? These would make a perfect present for any plant lover. Fridges can be cute too!

4. A good book With a new year approaching, your girl needs new things to read. If she has a list of books to read, definitely pick one of those up. I think the “Girl Wash Your Face”, self-help workbook (which is also a New York Times bestseller), is an awesome option!

5. Zodiac Catch-All Tray: This zodiac tray would make such a cute stocking stuffer, and it’s only $8! Sidenote: make sure to pay attention to the dimensions of the product. A lot of reviewers say they weren’t expecting it to be so small.

If you think you’re girlfriend may want to use this for anything other than dainty earrings or ring check out this one out instead. It’s also a zodiac catch-all dish but is larger and size, and comes with a lid perfect for keeping jewelry from getting dusty.

6. Candle: Some of you probably have thought of this idea already, but it’s one of my favorite go-to gifts. I couldn’t bring myself to leave it out. Bath and Body Works has amazing three wick candles that originally retail for $24.50.

However, just in case you aren’t familiar with Bath and Body Works they have several half off sales on the three wick candles. I definitely don’t recommend buying them full price unless you are really in a time crunch. My favorite scent is their “Pumpkin Pecan Waffles”.

7. Pop Socket: If you’re familiar with my gift guides from last year, you’ll probably notice that I’m recommending gifting a Pop Socket again. I think the fact that this simple phone grip and a stand is still super relevant a year later shows just how much everyone loves them.

8. Selfie Light: This is a mini ring light that just slips over the top of your phone which provides three different lighting settings. Sometimes the flash just is a little too harsh.  Perfect for any girl who wants to up their selfie game a little bit (I mean who doesn’t?)

If you have a hard time getting your hands on the Elf one check out this one by Impressions Vanity. It doesn’t fit into our $25 budget at full price. However, every time I’ve checked on the price it’s always been on sale. It is currently listed for $14.99.

9. Hydroflask: My Hydroflask easily makes it into my top 5 lifestyle products. A Hydroflask is basically a stainless steel double insulated water bottle that is capable of keeping cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks steaming hot for up to 6 hours. And let me tell you, it truly sticks up to that reputation. I love my Hydroflask for keeping the ice in my ice water for hours.

10. Planner: It’s the perfect time of year to replace your friend’s daily or monthly planner, she’ll be set for a year of success!

11. Rainbow Privacy Film: This is such a fun gift to give. Not only is it practical, but when the light hits it reflects magical little rainbows all over the room.

12. Fuzzy Blanket: You could find a fuzzy blanket from any retailer right now. But the blankets from Target’s Threshold brand are my absolute favorite. I’m half ashamed to admit how many of these I own (I own four). I don’t care how many cozy blankets your girl has, she could always use another.

Deal alert: The past two years Target has offered an awesome Black Friday deal on these so you can get an even bigger size for cheaper.

13. Phone charger: Here to ask, can anyone ever truly have too many phone chargers? Skip the cheap ones and opt for this quality 6ft braided USB cable from Target. I’ve found when it comes to phone chargers you truly get what you pay for. This one from heyday comes in 6 gorgeous colors and is only $19.99!

14. Tealight Holder: Perfect for any lady in your life looking to jazz up her space. This blush lotus tealight holder is too cute for words!

15. Mini Speaker: Throw this pink portable mini speaker in a stocking or wrap it up! It connects to any smartphone VIA Bluetooth.

16. Passport Holder: This cute “I’m Outta Here” passport cover is perfect for any girl who loves to travel. Along with the spot for a passport, it also has 7 spots for any ID’s or cards she would need.

17. Agate Coaster: This agate coaster would make the perfect addition to any table. The Etsy listing is only for a single coaster, so if you’re looking for multiple you could get a pair of them for under $25. Perfect for bedside tables, or even just a mod podge of already existing coasters.

18. Frame: Add a cute photo of the two of you to a super stylish frame for sentimental value. I know a lot of girls who can agree with the sentiment that thoughtful presents are so much more meaningful than monetary gifts.

19.Macrame: You may recognize this macrame piece from a previous post, it’s under $20 and ships Amazon Prime! Perfect for the bohemian babe in your life.

20. Kate Spade Tumblr: Another awesome drinkware option is a really cute tumblr. Most aren’t insulated like the Hydroflasks, but for someone who is just looking for a basic to-go cup, this is a great gift idea.  I love this floral Kate Spade option for only $18.00!

21.Ultimate Werewolf: Pick up a fun new strategy game for the hostess on your list! Ultimate Werewolf is one of my husband and I’s favorite games to play when we host game night. Specifically, because it comes with an app that basically walks you through how to play the game so anyone can easily jump in and play. You can play with anywhere from 5 to 75 different people!

22. Female Form Bud Vase: This bud vase is truly such a unique and beautiful piece of art. I love it even more with flowers sprouting out from the top. Check out Urban Outfitter’s stock photos to see just how magical this piece would look in your best friend’s new apartment!

23. Essential Oil Diffuser: Last year my husband and I gifted a diffuser to my mother in law, and she absolutely loved it! Such a great option for someone who has expressed interest in getting into essentials oils. Or even if you purchased a second one for someone who already owns one, so they can have them in different areas of their home.

24. Cookbook: Who doesn’t love finding a tasty new recipe? This cookbook by Tasty, a popular food blog, has over 80 of their most popular recipes.

If you’re okay with a “saucier” version check out the “What the F*@# Should I Make For Dinner?” cookbook that offers humor and 50 yummy recipes. This would be such a fun option for a White Elephant or Secret Santa gift exchange.

25. Personalized cutting board: Yes, you did read that right! You can totally get personalized gifts for just $25. I love the idea of gifting this to a family member or friend, and that every time she pulls it out she will think of you.

This would also make a great gift for a couple (like in-laws).

 

 

Thanks for checking out part two of my 25 Gift Ideas For Her Under $25, if you missed the first 25 ideas featuring beauty accessory and fashion ideas don’t forget to check it out here.

I hope this little series was helpful for you! I loved rounding up all these gift ideas all into one compact space. If you have any suggestions for other readers I’d love it if you left them for all of us in the comments below.

 

 

 

25 Gifts Under $25 For Her: Beauty, Accessories, and Fashion

 

It’s that time of year to start crossing names off your Christmas list! To help you out I’ve shared 25 of my favorite gift ideas for her in today’s post. All these products are under $25 (not even considering sale prices), can you believe that?!

I originally created this gift guide with the average girl in mind. But whether you’re shopping for a girlfriend, sister, or a grandma there is truly something that every one of those special gals in your life will love! These gifts would make great stocking stuffers too!

I’ve included ideas from retailers like Target, Sephora, Amazon, and more. I wanted to include a variety of different stores, so I could share the absolute best affordable Christmas presents! I also think it’s so important to not feel limited to only a few basic stores just because you only have $25 to spend.

As you can tell by the title for today’s post I’ve decided to focus on beauty, accessories, and fashion! No worries if none of these ideas work for you, I have 25 more gift ideas coming. Next time I’ll be focusing on the home and lifestyle category. Once I have that posted I’ll have it linked here.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

 

1. Sugar Lip: While $24 for a lip treatment may seem like a little much for someone who has never tried this product before, let me just tell you how amazing this product feels on the lips. This is one of my favorite secrets to keeping soft unchapped lips.

2. Sunglasses: Every girl needs a good pair of tortoise sunglasses. Did I mention they are an Amazon dupe for a pair by Karen Walker that retail for $205.94?! Save your money by opting to gift the more affordable pair. I mean these are under $10 and ship Amazon Prime. Not only will your girl still love these, but you may be able to give her more gifts because of it.

3. C.C. messy bun beanie: I’ve shared this messy bun beanie with you before, but I wanted to mention it again because it’s just so unique. You can have the warmth of a regular beanie without having to give up showing off your cute hairstyle because it has a hole at the top for buns/ ponytails.

This boutique also offers them in a size for littles too! Gifting a hat to a mom and daughter would be so adorable.

4. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream Set 13: This trio of neutral lip creams is to die for! The soft matte lip creams are hands down my favorite cream lipstick formulas on the market. I don’t expect this particular set to stay in stock for long, but definitely check out their other sets as well as the individual soft matte lip creams.

5. Mini Emegerceny Kit by Pinch: This is a super thoughtful gift that is sure to save your girl in a “pinch”. It comes with 17 different beauty, personal care and style essentials like stain remover, floss, and even a safety pin! I would never think to buy something practical like this for myself, which makes it one of the best gifts to give.

6. Leather cuff bracelet: This bracelet by Haiti Design Co is honestly the perfect accessory. It is such a simple way to add a little something extra to any outfit. Best of all, each piece by this brand is handcrafted by Haitian artisans so you’re giving back to their community by supporting their products. Yay!

7. Jade roller: This is an anti-aging face roller that has taken the beauty industry by storm this year. If you aren’t sure of the purpose it’s basically a new skincare tool that when you roll it onto your face has a whole list of benefits for your skin.

8. Makeup bag: A perfect solution to keeping makeup organized whether it’s for travel or home storage. Also, can it get any better than this gorgeous floral print? I think not.

9. Sephora Face Mask: Help your girl out by gifting this super affordable self-care product. These masks have a 4.3 out of 5 stars, which is pretty awesome for a $6 face mask. There are nine different masks that cater to all different skin issues, so you’re sure to find one for that lovely lady on your holiday shopping list.

10. 18 Pairs earrings from Target: With this pack, she’ll never have to worry about not having earrings for an outfit because this set comes with 18 different colorful studs that won’t disappoint.

11. Soap and Glory The Scrub of Your Life: Appropriately named this is the only body scrub a girl could ever need. Not only does it leave my skin feeling amazing, but it also smells so good! My husband always compliments me after I get out of the shower when I’ve used this exfoliator.

12. Fuzzy socks from Old Navy: These are cozy, festive, and extremely soft. What’s not to love? Plus, what stands out about the fuzzy socks from Old Navy is they don’t lose their fuzziness when washed. With other brands, I have had such an issue maintaining the fuzziness even though I don’t dry them. I still have my Old Navy pairs from when I stocked up last year. They are great!

13. Sweet Christmas Set from Lush: This duo comes with a candy cane reusable bubble bar and a cherry Christmas bath bomb. Gifting this set is equivalent to gifting a couple relaxing baths. If a product allows you to gift an experience just. do. it.

14. Nail Polish Set: Any nail polish set would make such a great Christmas gift. But my recommendation is specifically for this set by the Morgan Taylor brand. It is so underrated, and I truly think it’s just due to getting lost amongst all the well-known brands. What I love is that their nail polishes is that they don’t require a bunch of coats to be wearable. I just don’t have the time to paint my nails a bunch of coats (I’m sure any fellow ladies reading this can relate). Two coats is the max I’ve ever had to do with this brand.

15. Flex Dry Wet Brush: I shared the Wet Brush in last year’s gift guide. Let me tell you: I didn’t think it could get any better until they released the flex dry paddle. It’s even more gentle on the scalp, while somehow getting even more of the tangles out. This is such an amazing gift idea for any gal, but especially someone with a sensitive scalp (like little kids).

16. Morphe Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette: If you’re not familiar with the Youtube beauty community, let me just give you a quick rundown. Jaclyn Hill, one of the most well-known beauty gurus has collaborated with the brand Morphe multiple times over the past few years. Her most recent makeup collaboration was on a series called “The Vault” which consists of 4 different palettes of colors she wasn’t able to fit in her last collab.

These palettes have taken over the internet this past year. Each palette retails for only $15.00 and comes with ten different shades. At that price point, this palette definitely earns a spot in this year’s gift guide. Of the four I  recommend picking up the warm-toned palette “Ring The Alarm” as warm-toned eyeshadows have been really on trend this year.

17. Sugar Lip Scrub: This mint lip scrub from Lush has amazing reviews online (and is another personal favorite of mine). Lip care is essential, and your friend will surely thank you for helping her lips survive the harsh winter air.

18. Zodiac necklace: This dainty engraved necklace is perfect for any gal that loves astrology! It’s totally customizable, but essentially you just pick the zodiac constellation you want to be engraved. Plus you’re supporting a small Etsy business, score!!

19. Real Techniques Enhanced Eye Makeup Brush Set: In my opinion, you can never have too many makeup brushes, but this set would also be great for a beginner! It comes with five different brushes, and a storage cup to keep them all organized on a vanity.

20. Cents of Style blanket scarf: This is another awesome versatile accessory, and there are 23 different prints to choose from. Pick one up for your sister and your mom!

21. Batiste dry shampoo: Dry shampoo is essential in my day to day life. Now while that probably sounds really dramatic and over the top, this product is a game changer! I like to use it to extend the time in between hair washes and also for volume in freshly washed hair.

22. Real Techniques Makeup Sponge: At just under $5 this sponge is absolutely fantastic! I will note that the original beauty blender is still in the $25 shopping budget, but to be honest I actually find myself reaching for the Real Techniques sponge over the original beauty blender. Why spend more if you don’t have to?

23. Rollerball Perfume: Another great gift would be a rollerball of your girl’s favorite perfume. I’ve gifted my mom her favorite perfume many times in the past, and she’s always loved it. These rollerballs are perfect for throwing in the purse and touching up throughout the day. If you know her favorite perfume, definitely hook her up!

Sidenote: If you aren’t sure what kind of scents she likes, I recommend checking out this amazing deal from Sephora. It’s a perfume travel size sampler for only $25. This way she can try seven really popular perfumes and maybe even find her signature scent.

24. Universal Thread Basic Pocket tee: These are an absolute wardrobe essential. I just couldn’t create a gift guide and not include these. I know they are just basic tees, but for $8 each these are so great to stock up on! Roll up the tee and tie a fun ribbon around it and you’re set.

I found myself just picturing the Oprah “and you get a” because that is so “me” with these tees! Maybe just buy a T-shirt launcher for your holiday party while you’re at it.

25. Graphic Tee: Any graphic tee would be a super fun gift to give, but I especially love this polaroid graphic from the Junior’s department at Target. It’s also super relevant as the original Polaroid camera is officially back.

Target has so many pop culture graphic tees to choose from.

Check out a few more she’ll love!

 

Thanks for tuning in to this year’s first gift guide! I really enjoyed curating this list of affordable Christmas present ideas for her. If you are someone who doesn’t like shopping or maybe you just don’t know what to get someone on your list, I hope this post helped you out!

Be on the lookout for my next gift guide featuring 25 more ideas under $25 home and lifestyle edition!

Are there any other gift guides you’d like to see from me? Leave me an idea in the comment section.

Last Day of Savings Roundup

One of my favorite things about a holiday weekend is all the sales that come with it! Unfortunately for us, it all comes to an end too quickly. For a lot of the deals, today is the last day to save and I didn’t want you guys to miss out.

Here are my four favorite deals going on right now from my favorite retailers!

Target: 20% off clothing, shoes, and accessories

If you know anything about me you know that if I could shop at one store for the rest of my life it would without a doubt be Target.

If I could recommend picking anything up from the sale it would be a pair of Wenda cutout booties by Universal Thread. I’ve raved about these before in several of my blog posts. Not to mention the one where I share they are a dupe of a $198 shoe! You might be sick of me talking about them, but they are hands down my favorite pair of shoes I’ve ever owned. I just can’t stop recommending these. Throwing these on with jeans and a simple top instantly makes me feel put together. They originally retail for $32.99, so adding the extra 20% savings definitely sweetens the already awesome deal!

 

A new discovery for me is this AMAZING faux leather jacket from the new Wild Fable line at Target. This is not the last time you will be hearing me talk about this piece. It can be hard to find a good quality faux leather jacket on a budget, but look no further! For anyone who is iffy about the hanging belt just know that it is actually removable as seen in the try on photo. I’m not a fan of it my self and will likely remove it permanently. I’m wearing a small in the photo, but I ended up sizing down to an extra small because I wanted it a little more fitted in the arms.

World Market: 30% Almost Everything Friends and Family Sale

I’ll never have a hard time finding anything at World Market. Whether you’re looking for a cute new fall accessory or decor piece for your home you really just can’t go wrong saving 30% off your purchase. Just use the code: FAMFRIENDS30 at checkout.

American Eagle: 30-60% Off Everything (Including Jeans)

Aside from Target’s Universal Thread line, American Eagle is one of the only stores I can actually buy jeans that I enjoy. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about stocking up on Christmas gifts too! If someone you know always puts jeans on their Christmas list, take advantage of this sale and get a head start on your Christmas shopping! Check out the awesome deals here!

Urban Outfitters: Flash 50% Off Product Sale

Urban Outfitters is my one my favorite stores, but it’s actually one I don’t shop at too often simply because of the price point. So whenever there is a sale (especially 50% off one), it’s time to get the wallet ready!

This top-rated macrame piece really stood out to me! Originally $39.00, just $19.50 after the deal.

 

Are you planning on taking advantage of any of the holiday sales? Let us know if I missed any good ones.

10 Memorial Day Sales You Don’t Want to Miss

Gals! The Memorial Day sales are here, and I’ve rounded up my favorite sales to share with you.

Sale time is the perfect time to treat yourself or even to stock up on basics you need to get through this Spring and Summer. I thrive on sales and try to only shop when I know I can get a good deal. Even better than getting a good deal, is sharing one!  Not only am I sharing my top 10 deals, you already know I had to pick some of my favorite things from each sale too!

 

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American Eagle40% off Summer Must-Haves!

My rule of thumb is to never buy anything from American Eagle full price. If you’ve been eyeing one of their summer pieces, it doesn’t get much better than 40% off.

 

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ExpressUp to 50% off!

Stripes are EVERYWHERE this spring. Which is why you should try out the trend while saving some cash!

 

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Forever 21Extra 30% off sale with promo code “extra30” and Free Shipping on all orders over $21!

Additional savings on top of already low prices? Double win!

 

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Free People Take an additional 25% off sale (discount applied at checkout)!

Free People has beautiful quality pieces, but they are a little spendy. Snag a piece now and rock it all summer!

 

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Nordstrom Rack Extra 20% off Clearance. Total savings up to 75% off!

Nordstrom Rack is already amazing for their deals on name brand items, so whenever they do additional markdowns on their clearance you know you are getting an amazing deal.

 

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Old Navy50% off All Tanks, Tees, Dresses, Shorts & Swim OR 20% off online no code necessary!

This is the sale that my husband took advantage of. He loves their basic white tees to wear under button-ups. We got 5 items shipped for under $50, and on top of that, we also get $20 Old Navy cash.

Every item we ordered up was either 50% or 20% off.

 

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TargetSave up to 30% on home and patio and/or Save 20% on clothing, shoes, and more with the promo code “MEMORIAL”!

If you’re like the rest of the universe you probably don’t have any trouble finding things to buy at Target, but if you are a fan of recommendations the shoe section (specifically anything by Universal Thread) is worth checking out.

I recently featured two pairs of Universal Thread shoes in my Spring Free People Dupes, so I was so excited to see they are included in the sale! Extra savings, woot-woot!!

The Wenda Cutout Booties were finally back in stock in my size, so I snagged those real quick.

 

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UltaIndividual sale items 20-50% off and BOGO deals!

I love the Urban Decay Basics palette and the Real Techniques sponge, they are some of my all-time favorite beauty products.

While you’re taking advantage of the individual product sales, you should know that Ulta always has brand deals going on. My favorite brand deal right now is all NYX cosmetics products are buy one get one free! Now is the perfect time to check out the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. For months the color “London” has been my go-to lip product. I cannot recommend it enough.

 

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Urban Outfitters30% off all Sale Items!

Whenever it’s a “retail holiday” you can probably count on UO offering an additional discount on their sale items. Don’t sleep on these deals!

 

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World Market– Members Sale In Stores and Online Save 20% off plus Free Shipping $65+ with promo code “FLAGWME”, Non-Member Sale Save 15% off + Free Shipping on $65+ with promo code “STARS15”!

I love a good total percent off purchase! Retail sales aren’t just about the clothes; your home needs updates too (like the macrame basket). Ahhhh! Swoon.

 

Did I miss any awesome sales? Leave a comment below for us! Help a gal out.

Happy shopping!!

-The Galista

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Romantics at Heart

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Love is in the air, guys and gals! I have gathered a list of seven affordable gift ideas for all the romantics at heart.

Whether you are a gentleman trying to treat your lady or maybe you are a wife looking for a gift for your spouse, the special one in your life will be feeling all the love after receiving one of these gifts. (Links to products mentioned are provided throughout the post, so you can maximize your cuddle time this month.)

 

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1. Body Paint Kit

Want home decor unique to you and your love? Love is Art is a body paint kit you and your significant other use to create art while making love to each other. (Sorry, mom.)

There are currently 24 different sets you can purchase on their website. A signature set comes with a plastic tarp, treated canvas, 4 oz bottle of paint, disposable slippers, and a body scrubber. The kits range in price from $60- $1,000. (Don’t worry guys the $1,000 price tag is only for the gallery edition).

After you have created your masterpiece you can pay to have it stretched locally or they sell the stretching kit on their site, and you can do it yourself. Hang it up and enjoy sharing how you created this piece of art with all your guests.

 

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2. Scentbird

I have suggested Scentbird in a previous gift guide; however, I just think it makes such a great gift I couldn’t help but feature it again. If you aren’t familiar a Scentbird subscription comes with a 30 day supply of a designer fragrance for just $14.95. They offer over 450 different fragrances to choose from.

This is such a great deal considering rollerballs with less product go for more money through any other retailer. For example, Macy’s sells Dolce&Gabbana’s Light Blue 0.25 oz rollerball for $29. With a subscription through Scentbird, you can get the same perfume in a 0.27 oz spray for the $14.95.

 

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3. Personalized handwriting jewelry or roman numerals

Jewelry for Valentine’s day is a common gift idea, but why not take your gifting game a step higher with a personalized jewelry?  This rose gold Roman numeral necklace by Gold Crush Jewelry starts at $69. Add the date of your first date or your anniversary and wow your girl.

 

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4. Bouqs

This is a classic gift idea, but there is a reason flowers are a go-to. They are timeless. Bouqs specifically has absolutely gorgeous arrangements. If you girl isn’t a rose girl don’t worry, Bouqs has so many arrangements to choose from.

Bouquets typically start around $40-$60.

 

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5. Star Home Decor

The Night Sky, my personal favorite option on this gift guide, is a customizable star map. There are many like this out on the internet, but after doing some research I have come to the conclusion this is the most credible and well reviewed.

The process of customizing your own star map is super easy. Choose the location and date then customize the message and other design elements. Add your anniversary date or even the day of a child’s birth and bring your spouse to tears.

For a 18″x24″ high-quality print you can expect to pay $60. As a side note, you are purchasing only the print it does not come framed. It may seem like a steep price, but when you take into account how many years your love will cherish this gift I believe it is well worth it.

 

6. Boudoir photos

Truly a gift for the both of you! Treat yourself to some pretty lingerie, and book a boudoir session with a local boudoir photographer. Not only will your significant other love the photos but having sexy photos taken of yourself can be a great confidence boost!

You could even create a book of your boudoir photos and gift it. So many options!

 

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7. Scratch off Map

If you and your significant other are the adventurous type, gift this awesome scratch off map so you can document all your travels together!

If you’re too uncomfortable with #1, this is another great way to personalize your home with your SO. The standard size retails for $32 and the large for $48.

 

 

How are you guys celebrating Valentines Day this year? Will it be a steak dinner at a fancy restaurant or do you like to avoid the crowd and enjoy a cozy movie night in?

 

– The Galista

Affordable DIY Foraged Wreath with a Fun Twist

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Hey, gals! Welcome back!

It is time for my first ever do-it-yourself blog post. I am going to be walking you through how I created this natural bohemian inspired winter wreath using only foraged and affordable materials.

I am super excited for this one because not only is it an easy craft the finished product is just super cute.  There are so many DIY wreaths out there but what I love about this one is that it has the boho feel to it.

Wreaths are unbelievably expensive. An artificial wreath can easily run you $30-$40 just for the base alone. That is in the low price range for wreaths that are in stores this season. The super fancy ones from Front Gate and Neman& Marcus sell for hundreds.

DIY’s do not have to be expensive guys. Total supplies cost me under $10 (I’m including a full spool of yarn in the total price. However, I did not even use close to half a spool of yarn).

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Supplies:

Wire wreath form (Found mine at the Dollar Tree)

Yarn

Floral Wire (can be purchased at Dollar Tree)

Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)

Scissors

Pruning Shears ( Mine were $3.88 at Walmart)

Foraged Branches (not pictured)

Step 1: Gather materials

First, you need to make sure you have all the essential materials. Most of these materials you probably own already (ie: scissors and a hot glue gun). The supplies that you do not already have on hand should be easy to find and super affordable.

Since we are going to make this wreath out of natural branches you can gather those now. I took a walk right behind my house and found these long needle branches and started clipping away with the pruning shears.

Whatever evergreens you have available would work perfectly pick what you’re drawn to.

Step 2: Organize Foraged Materials by size

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(Side note: I’m going to apologize once for my horrendous base housing floors. They are my least favorite thing about our house. Please ignore them.)

Here you should make two separate piles of your foraged branches. One pile for your smaller pieces and one for your larger. By doing so it will make it easy to find the piece you need so creating the wreath will be much simpler.

Step 3: Attach first large piece along outer rim with Floral Wire

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You are going to lay your branch around your wire form and attach it to the outer wire ring with floral wire simply by wrapping the floral wire around the base. I attached once towards the needles and another time further down about 3 inches from the end of the branch.

I didn’t buy floral wire trimmers because the pruner works just fine. No need to purchase unnecessary tools. After all, we are trying to do boho on a budget here!

Step 4: Repeat with another large branch.

You will be repeating step #3 with the large branches all the way around the wire form.

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The circled spots show where I’ve attached the floral wire.

The further along you get the fuller the wreath will become and you will be attaching the branches to not only the outer rings of the form, but also the center rings.

You’ll want to lay the needles or leaves you are attaching so that they cover the bottom part of the branch. You will be attaching all of the branches over the one before. They should all be facing the same direction like so:

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When you have made your way almost all the way around the form and you are placing your last large branch you will simply lift up the needles from the very first branch you placed to hide the bottom stick of your last branch.

Step 5: Adjust

Make adjustments till you are happy with the finished product. It is really all about playing around to see what you like best.

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Notice: Pug supervision is optional but strongly encouraged.

Below I filled in with the smaller branches where I thought it needed it.

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Before filling in VS. After filling in

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Also, this is the perfect time to flip over the wreath and cut off the excess pieces. You don’t need to over-trim the branches just remove any excess branches that are sticking out too far.

Step 6: Decorate the base/ Create Pom Poms

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Now that we have the foraged base complete you can really decorate however you’d like from here. You can even leave it natural. Adding more foraged greenery and berries or pinecones would look awesome. Great option if you’re going for a super natural look!

However, since I am going for a bohemian feel I thought what better way to achieve the look than to create some pom poms. Pom Poms are just so stinking cute, even the phrase itself is so fun to say. This is personally my favorite step of this do-it-yourself tutorial.

There are so many ways to create pom poms. This was my first time creating them (but certainly not the last). I’m going to share with you my favorite way to make pom poms that I’ve tried so far. AWESOME NEWS GUYS: You only need your scissors, yarn, and your hands. Yay!

For these mini pom poms:

First cut off a piece of yarn about 6 1/2″ and set it aside.

 

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Then simply wrap the yarn around your index and middle finger like so about 25 times.

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Now, slide the wrapped yarn gently off your finger. You can now carefully snip off the connection to the spool of yarn.

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All you have to do now is tie your piece of yarn around the center of the cluster you created. Tie it as tight as possible without breaking the yarn. Do a double knot to ensure it is all secured.

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Snip away the loops with your scissors making sure not to cut the middle string or hurt yourself.

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At this point, this (left photo) is what your pom pom will look like. You’ll need to give it a little haircut to make sure it’s all uniform (like the photo on the right).

Lastly, put your fingers on the pom pom and run your fingers over the strings like you’re giving the pom a massage. This is what will make it look super fluffy.

Tada! You have your mini Pom’s. Now repeat with as many colors as you’d like then arrange your poms around your wreath.

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Once you’ve decided where you want each pom to go, hot glue them on with a dot of glue.

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I gave my wreath a mini trim so you could see that last pom and that was it.

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Thanks for checking out my first DIY post today. I am super happy with the finished product and hope you enjoyed it too. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, and I’ll do my best to help you along.

If you recreate this foraged wreath please share a photo with me. I would LOVE to see your recreation!

-The Galista