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This summer, we're starting a new monthly series with travel tips to popular cities across the world! We've asked several shops in these cities for hidden jewels that are children-friendly and worth checking out. This month, Amanda from TANTRUM is taking us around San Francisco.

Where are your three favorite family friendly restaurants in SF?

Hmm...we like Emmy's Spaghetti Shack. They have illustrated unicorn menu's and a pin ball machine. Giorgio's for pizza-very kid friendly, old-school space and Little Star Pizza--the kids love playing songs on the jukebox.

Is there a local park that families often go to? 

here is a nice little playground between 9th and 10th on Fulton (in Golden Gate Park) that we go to. It's also good for climbing trees and squirrel watching. Bring a blanket and relax on the lawn while kids play around you. It's a good place to visit after The De Young or Academy of Science.

Best “hole-in-the-wall” photo spots?

Against the Rainbow Mural at Cole and Haight Street!

What are some essential accessories for children when exploring SF?

Winter jacket and sunscreen... you never know the weather over one hill to the next.

Three secret/hidden spots in the city that are great for taking children?

Fairy Gates through Sutro Forest, The Candy Store (Russsian Hill), Green Apple Books (Inner Richmond).

Best souvenir from the city?

San Francisco Fog globe--from TANTRUM, of course ;-) 

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EllieFunDay also recommends...

  • Best Arcade : Musique Mechanique. Forget digital, we're going retro. With this amazing antique arcade made out of wood and steel, your kids will be fascinated by the turn of the century games! 
  • Best Slides : Seward Slides. Pro-tip : bring cardboard to slide even faster! 
  • Best Ice Cream : Bi-rite. Best Flavors: lavender honey & salted caramel 

picture from their Facebook

  • Best Milk Tea : Boba Guys. Pro-tip: order to your sweetness desire!

picture taken from their Instagram

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Amanda is a mother of two and owner of TANTRUM. You can shop their goods here or pay them a visit when you come to San Francisco!
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Summer is a perfect time for traveling, taking your family to parks, and playing in the pool--but more than that, summer is great for introducing your children to books that you've loved as a child! Below is a list of 17 classic and modern books that children from kindergarten through fifth grade can read this summer. We've also included 3 bonus tips to encourage your child to read!

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KINDERGARTEN - 1ST GRADE

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: A caterpillar hatches from an egg and looks for food. The story chronicles his journey into a beautiful butterfly.
  • Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown: This book is a rhyming poem discussing a bunny's bedtime ritual of saying "goodnight" to objects in his room.
  • Where Is Baby's Belly Button by Karen Katz: An interactive book that teaches young children about body parts.
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney: A story of two hares, presuming between a father and son. The father asks his son how much he loves him, and the son uses larger and larger examples to answer the question.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault: A classic book about the alphabet, where each letter climbs up a tree. It is presented as a rhyme.
  • How To by Julie Morstad: A beautifully illustrated book that leads children to imagine how to do simple actions, such as how to wonder, how to see the wind, etc.
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts: This story follows a young girl’s failure and inspiration to become an engineer. It’s a great read and encouragement for girls who are interested in the sciences or math!

2ND - 3RD GRADE


  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein: A tree that gives her all for love to a little boy. The boy grows throughout the book, taking all that the tree has to offer. He continues to visit the tree until he reaches an old age, even when the tree becomes a stump. A classic story about the balance of giving and receiving.
  • The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner: Classic chapter books about four siblings who solve mysteries together after their parents die and make their home into a boxcar. There are so many titles, your child can read them for a long time! It has great tales of family and problem solving.
  • Ronald Dahl books: Dahl books are classic and live through the ages. They captivate imagination and creativity such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, and BFG.
  • Frindle by Andrew Clements: A boy decides to invent a new word, which eventually turns into a national word. This is a whimsical, realistic book that young children will enjoy.
  • Dexter the Tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix: Dexter, the school bully, is tough on the outside, but inside, he is conflicted with problems at home. Because he doesn’t know how to control his emotions, he acts out on other kids.

4TH - 5TH GRADE

  • Charlotte's Web by E. B. White: A pig named Wilbur tries to survive being slaughtered by befriending a spider named Charlotte. Charlotte is his guide and mentor throughout his life.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney: A kid going through middle school and horrible social experiences. He develops schemes to get the attention and recognition he feels he deserves--which all fail. The books follow his adventures, full of nonsense and hilarity.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis: Four siblings are sent to a country house after WWII bombings and the youngest, Lucy, finds a wardrobe that transports her into a magical world called Narnia. Soon, her siblings follow suit and they meet mystical characters. Together, they fight against evil. You will follow an amazing journey of joy, loss, challenge and triumph.
  • Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary: This book discusses a young boy’s experience with his parent’s divorce, difficulty in making friends, and emotions in his first year of middle school.
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan: A young girl experiences grief and learns how to deal with it as she recovers from the loss of her parents.
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Encourage your child to read more!

  1. Go to your local libraries -- There are plenty of programs for summer reading, including story time, reading challenges, and more.
  2. The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge -- A free online program to motivate and excite your kids about reading! You can also find summer reading suggestions that pertain to your child's grade level. 
  3. Create a reading game at home -- Put up a chart where your child will fill out what books they read and have fun rewards at milestones. For example, after reading 5 books, they get to choose their favorite restaurant to eat at.
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We love to bring in mama's to share about their personal journeys with the ups and downs of parenting. Our dear friend, Christina is currently experiencing some fun and not so fun times with her teething little. She is also an urgent care pediatrician with over 10 years of treating many different symptoms and cases. Here are her thoughts on how to ease some of the teething challenges. 

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I’ve been a pediatrician for almost 10 years and a mom for almost 10 months. While I’ve learned all the latest science, ground-breaking studies and up to date recommendations about children’s health, I see it all through a different lens having my own little one to take care of now.

During my training, I learned all the right things to say about different aspects of parenting like, “Breastfeeding is supposed to be natural, but there’s nothing natural about it!” and “It’s all about the 5 S’s!” Even though I said those things with complete sincerity, I didn’t really get them until my own little one came into the world.

Our latest new parenting experience has been teething. It seems like teething gets blamed for everything. Fussy baby? Must be teething. Woke up crying in the middle of the night? It’s teething! But really, how do you even know when your baby is teething? I know, I know - drooling and sticking everything in their mouths. But really, what baby doesn’t drool all over the place and want to stick everything in his mouth? And isn’t teething such a convenient excuse for why your precious love suddenly seems possessed? I have to be honest. There have been plenty of times I’ve seen a fussy baby in clinic, found nothing wrong with him, and said, “well, maybe he’s teething” just to give the tired and frustrated parents something to blame for their child’s behavior.

I realized my son was teething when my normally sweet, easy-going baby would suddenly burst into tears, grab the closest hard object and gnaw like his life depended on it. Unfortunately on a few occasions, that object was my husband’s finger! We were gifted a variety of teethers, but found he loved to chew on his wooden blocks the best. So when he got EllieFunDay’s wood bunny teether, he went to town on it! It’s the perfect size for his little hands. He especially loves the bunny ears – perfect for chomping on!

TOP THREE TIPS FOR TEETHING TOTS

  • EATING: We found that eating helped. Well, he’s always loved eating, teething or not, but he seemed to like something to chew on. Rice puffs or rice teething biscuits worked great in distracting him from the pain and he was happy to get extra snacks.
  • MEDICATION: There were a few days we ended up giving ibuprofen, which seemed to help provide some relief. And (putting on my pediatrician hat here), please do not use benzocaine-based teething gels. Serious side effects can occur such as decreased oxygen in the blood, excessive sleepiness and difficulty breathing.
  • MASSAGE: There are always the usual recommendations of massaging their gums and giving them a cool teething ring to gnaw on. Please do not also use teething tablets containing belladonna.

Eventually one day, like magic, two little teeth popped through and my sweet, happy baby was back. Another parenting milestone achieved. Which, along with each of my baby’s milestones, is something I’ve learned is just as much worth celebrating.

EllieFunDay Wooden Bunny Teether, $22. www.elliefunday.com

Dr. Christina   Dr. Christina with little James

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This weekend has another cause for celebration: this Saturday, May 12, is World Fair Trade Day! All of our women who embroider all EllieFunDay blankets, hats, bibs, and more, are paid a fair wage and are empowered by their work. In honor of this special day, we've gathered several common questions about fair trade and its positive impact on workers.

 


 

What exactly is fair trade?

Quality products that are environmentally, ethically, or socially conscious are considered fair trade certified. Fair trade organizations shed light to the injustices of regular trade by being transparent about the production process and employs workers who are fairly paid.

 

 

Is fair trade equivalent to outsourced jobs?

Not necessarily. Although fair trade organizations employ workers outside of the country, these workers have better trading conditions. There is a larger emphasis in the transparency of these trades between the organization and workers. Outsourced jobs often exploit workers by paying them less than minimum wages, while fair trade organizations exist to battle the cycle of poverty by providing workers better wages in less developed countries.

 

 

Why are fair trade items more expensive than non-fair trade goods?

Fair trade products aren’t always more expensive than non-fair trade products. Non-fair trade products often have many layers between the worker and the consumer, and the money that is paid to the worker is cut as the chain is longer. So even if the fair trade product costs equal to a non-fair trade product, the pay is more direct, and fair trade workers are paid more justly to ensure better living conditions.

At the same time we need to ask ourselves, are we getting too used to mass market prices where we forget to ask how much the worker is getting paid. Many companies are really transparent about their wages, i.e. Patagonia, Everlane, Krochet Kids & Sseko to name a few. 

 

 

What factors determine the wages of fair trade workers?

The wages of fair trade workers are dependent on many factors, including (but definitely not limited to) the living and minimum wages of the workers’ communities, the cost of training workers, and the intensity of the work. Also the cost of living in every country, state and town varies vastly. More often than not with the sewing units that we work with we start the discussion with them and ask if they think if what we are paying is fair. We also start roughly from this fair-wage calculator. The government in India has mandated laws stating how much every worker needs to be paid according to their region and skill-set. Whether this is reinforced or not, it's hard to say. 

To be entirely honest with you, we as a company are often struggling with the tension of paying a fair wage and making sure that we can bring a product that is market ready that will sustain us as a company. 

 

 

How much do fair trade workers really get paid?

Fair trade workers are paid enough to ensure enough income for a living, which means they are paid the minimum wage of their community, at the least. The amount that fair trade workers depends on the organization, but fair trader organizations are expected to be as transparent and non-exploitive towards their workers. 

We have built a relationship with our partner sewing unit where we go above and beyond just knowing what the ladies get paid. The non-profit that we work with also houses half of the workers on the campus which serves as a safe-place away from potential harm and past abusers. The children all attend school on a school bus that brings them daily to their respective places. Alongside of that, an onsite clinic gives them access to free medical services with a trained government doctor and nurse to address any health concerns. 

How can I support Fair Trade and be an educated consumer?

1. Educate Yourself : research the companies you love. Here are some helpful tools for you.

Project Just = scores and vetts different brands

EllieFunDay Gift Guides = our curated list of brands that promote ethical, local or fair-trade manufacturing 

Slavery Foot Print = a survey of how much slave labor is hidden in your daily consumption. 

Eco-Age = Eco-Age is a purpose-led ideas consultancy that powerfully aggregates global thought leaders and influencers to address the compelling issues and opportunities of our day by delivering solutions, through ethical and sustainable values.

 2. Calculate the cost of an actual product's cost of goods:

Common industry standard calculations: i.e.
$100. MSRP sweater divide that by 2.2 =
$45. wholesale divide again by 2.2 =
$20. Cost of Goods =  (Wage + Transport/Import Taxes+ Materials)

You can get a rough sense of what that person might have gotten paid to make this sweater. Which would be around 20-30% of the Cost of Goods = $6.

Everlane breaks it down here

These multipliers however fluctuate with other factors, including brand names, the type of goods itself alongside with the industry. Jewelry, glasses and shoes have higher mark-ups than other goods. 

3. Commit to buying one product fair-trade certified:

Start small, whether it is coffee, tea, or chocolate. Those are easy places to start. 

Look for these logos or direct trade language. This is a great guide to all of these logos. 

fair trade logos

We love to hear more about your questions and challenges with fair-trade! We are still learning in this journey and are always striving towards a better tomorrow. 

 

 

 

 

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nuit prosperity candle

We have started to really dig deep into finding small businesses to partner with that have a similar social mission as EllieFunDay - empower women, create positive change in the world, and curate quality products. We are so proud to have crossed paths with Prosperity Candle to bring you EllieFunDay’s first candle, Nuit (night). Each one is carefully hand-poured and wrapped with extra care by women refugees resettled in the US. We received our first shipment last week and they are just beautiful! Read on and learn more about how Prosperity Candle was birthed from our interview with co-founder Ted Barber.


What inspired you to start Prosperity Candle?

We were friends and colleagues working to alleviate poverty in developing countries. Over time, we had grown frustrated by the gap between building people's capacity to escape poverty and actually doing so. That gap was an absence of economic opportunity and sustainable impact. We started getting together to share ideas and spent two years developing the model for Prosperity Candle. Along the way had some profoundly bad ideas, but we knew we wanted to approach it from the private sector to force ourselves to be 100% market-based which we believed would lead to more sustainable impact. We also wanted the opportunity to be highly scalable - easy to grow - to enable people to not just survive but truly thrive. We chose to focus on women entrepreneurs because they are often the least supported yet best investment. We made the crazy decision to launch in a war zone (Baghdad in 2009) where few others were willing or able to go, which added to the complexity. Candle-making is one of the very few handmade products that fit all of our criteria: it can start in the safety of the home and it is a consumable product used in every country of the world, with both local and global markets. Most importantly, candle-making is a highly scalable business enabling an entrepreneur to prosper with low investment in equipment. That was the initial inspiration. Subsequently, we were in Northern Rwanda working with a women's cooperative. We looked around the room at the faces of women who were eager to change their lives, who wanted to reliably put food on the table and send their children to school. It was clear to us the women needed real opportunity that could enable them to thrive. That was when we decided to launch and dedicate ourselves fully to our social enterprise - Prosperity Candle. For more info, you can read our story.


Before Prosperity Candle was born, did you have previous experience with candle making?

We had zero experience whatsoever in candle-making. When we finally hit upon candles as the solution, we ran home and ordered a cheap kit from Amazon. It arrived 4 days later and started creating our first candles in the kitchen. We really saw the potential for candle-making to help women and families lift themselves out of poverty. With more molds, one could easily scale up to produce dozens, even hundreds of candles a day.

We immediately signed up for a weekend workshop and drove to Quakertown, Pennsylvania to learn the craft, then set about creating a business-in-a-box that could be shipped anywhere in the world, complete with training manual translated into Arabic. It was a commercial grade version of that first kit we purchased online.

What is your proudest moment so far? What has been your biggest challenge?

We launched our pilot project in 2009 at a time when violence was a daily occurrence in Baghdad, with 5 Iraqi women who then trained 40 more. A year later, after enduring endless naysayers and doubters, we drove a U-Haul van to Queens, NY to receive and inspect the first candles - and the only consumer product - shipped from Iraq to the U.S. There were 4,500 pillars handmade in Baghdad kitchens, each labeled with the name of the woman candle-maker. They were beautiful. That was our proudest and most emotional moment... we kept saying aloud "from their hands to ours."




What has been your biggest challenge?

Identifying our biggest challenge is not as easy given there have been so many. Raising start-up capital was impossible as no one thought Prosperity Candle was a good idea. Selling candles handmade by Iraqi women in 2010 was a marketing conundrum given feelings about the war. Perhaps the biggest challenge, though, has been resisting pressure to water down our social impact goals that prioritize positive change over everything else. When things were tough and there were resources available if you were willing to modify your values, that is when staying true to your mission is toughest. We never gave in.


How many refugee women have you hired to date? How large is the current team?

A year after we launched Prosperity Candle, one of our most enthusiastic supporters encouraged us to find a way to have a local impact as well as an international one. At first we were skeptical since our focus was on working with women in war zones. But we explored the possibilities and learned that many of the refugees in our valley had been relocated from conflict countries through UN and federal programs. This is when we decided to open a small candle studio next to our office with the idea of developing product concepts for overseas programs. Then we received a call from eBay who wanted 350 custom candles for an event at their corporate headquarters... designed, approved, produced and shipped within a week. It wasn't something we could do overseas, so we quickly reorganized the studio for production and delivered on time. That was when we recognized that we could work with women both in and from conflict regions, offering candles and gifts handmade by women refugees recently relocated to the U.S. The team in our Massachusetts studio is usually 3-6 women at a time. To date, 17 have come to work with us, and typically it is their first employment.



Can you share the story of one of the ladies currently working at Prosperity Candle?

Like all of us, they have their most and least favorite scents.... it's always fun when an order goes up on the board. Every scent generates a range of reactions, from happy smiles to crinkled noses - fragrance is such a personal thing. But it's all with banter and laughter about who likes what and why. Sai Aye joined us in 2015 after living for 11 years in a refugee camp. She's Burmese and spent the first 10 years of her life moving from village to village to escape the Myanmar military and search for food, shelter and safety. She just gave birth a few months ago to her second daughter, Rose, and hopes someday to be able to visit her parents and siblings who are still in the refugee camp. Sai loves our holiday Blue Fir & Spice scent for reasons she can't explain. You can also read the stories of some of the other women Moo Kho, Naw, and Htoo.

What is your favorite scent?

My favorite scent changes with the seasons, and every year I think our fragrances are more complex and interesting. My current favorite is Grapefruit & White Floral, which has a gentle citrus base blended with lily, peony, geranium and rose on top of notes of amber and musk. It's somehow relaxing and invigorating at the same time. In the summer I love a fresh scent like Pacific Ocean that is like a seaside breeze, and in the fall I'm always drawn to our Chai Tea with its cinnamon and clove.

 


 

You can support this mission by purchasing our NUIT candle HERE.

 

 

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essential oil recipes for cold and stress

Our dear friend, Janine Crum is a momma of 3 (all EFD models!) has so graciously concocted for us her special essential oil recipes for keeping your babies healthy and you sane. She’s struggled with postpartum depression and has seen some amazing benefits to using essential oils for her entire family. We’re also partnering with her to giveaway some of this amazing goodness along with one of our lovies. Check it out below!

 


Hi friends, Janine here! I’ve got some fun and easy tips and tricks to share with you that will help keep your whole family happy and healthy during these long winter days. A couple of years ago, we started incorporating essential oils into our daily routine and they’ve made a huge difference in our quality of life. They’re keeping our babies from catching every little bug going around, helping them calm down and sleep better at night, and they’ve also helped me and my husband stay happy and healthy, too. Basically, I think it’s safe to say we have a pretty strong obsession with them over here in our house, so I can’t wait to tell you all about what we’ve been doing, I know you’re going to love it!

A really simple way to get the happy and healthy benefits of essential oils is to make these adorable, portable, rollers.

THE COLD BUSTER & MAMA SOOTHER  :

HEALTHY MAMA + HEALTHY KIDDO ESSENTIAL OIL ROLLERS

SUPPLIES:

(Purchase Essential Oils here)

Simply add desired Essential Oils to empty glass roller bottles and top with fractionated coconut oil. Add a cute label and apply to feet morning and night for immune support.

 

Because essential oils benefit our bodies most when they’re used on a consistent basis, having rollers like these on hand helps us apply our oils quickly and easily every single day to give our bodies the support they need.

First, we have to take care of Mama so she can take care of her babies. To make my ultimate Healthy Mama roller, you simply add 10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil and 10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil to an empty roller bottle. Then simply fill up the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil, add a cute label, and you’re all set to go! I like to roll this on my feet when I wake up in the morning and before I go to bed at night to keep my body in tip top shape.

Thieves is a powerful blend of Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Rosemary, and Eucalyptus Radiata essential oils that is specifically designed to support the immune system. Since Thieves is such a powerful blend of oils, we generally don’t use it on anyone under 2 years old, but I’ve got a special recipe to share with you that is gentle enough for a baby!

Our Healthy Kiddo roller is perfect for your little ones who are under the age of 2 as it harnesses the power and versatility of two gentle giants in the essential oil world: Lavender and Frankincense. We apply this roller on our kiddos’ feet and spine before bed each night. For newborns we only put 1 drop Lavender Essential Oil and 1 drop Frankincense Essential Oil in an empty roller bottle and fill it the rest of the way with fractionated coconut oil. For 6 months and up, we do 3 drops each of Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oil and fill the roller with Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Another one of my absolute favorite, favorite ways to use essential oils to keep our baby happy is to spray her Lovie with our Lovie Spray. This spray is simple to make and Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade Lavender and Frankincense Essential Oils not only relax your sweet one (so they’ll be in a good mood and able to fall asleep easily), but smell divine and supports baby’s tiny immune system as well!

Stress Away Spray

SUPPLIES:

  • 2 oz. Glass Spray Bottle
  • 1 tsp. Organic Witch Hazel
  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Stress Away Essential Oil
  • Filtered or Distilled Water

(purchase Essential Oils here)

Simply add your essential oils to a glass spray bottle with a teaspoon of witch hazel. Fill with distilled or filtered water, swirl ingredients together, and spray! Scent will last 1-2 days on fabric with regular use.

All you do is add 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil and 10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil to a 2 ounce spray bottle for baby or 20 drops of Stress Away Essential Oil for mama, along with a teaspoon of Organic Witch Hazel. Then fill the bottle with filtered or distilled water almost to the top, gently swirling the ingredients together. Spray and enjoy! Since oil and water don’t mix well, the Witch Hazel acts as an emulsifier to help distribute the oil through the water.

I also love using this spray on our pillows before bedtime, on my Goddess Swaddle, and in the bedroom or bathroom as a room freshener as well! (The scent and therapeutic benefits will last on fabric for a day or two with regular use.)

There are endless ways to use essential oils to support our bodies. These simple ideas are just scratching the surface, and I’d love to chat with you about how to begin incorporating oils into your life! I’ll be posting more great ideas for you on my website and you can also follow me on Instagram!


Giveaway for one lucky winner! : one EllieFunDay lovie, one 5 ml Bottle of Gentle Baby Essential Oil and a Necklace Diffuser from For the Love

3 Ways to enter this giveaway:

1. Click on this link and enter in your information. You’ll also be rewarded with a little gift from each of us! (15% off EllieFunDay’s website!)

2. For extra entries follow @forthelove.oils @elliefunday on Instagram

3. Share with a friend for more entries.

Contest ends Friday, February 3rd at 8pm PST.

Please note that this promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram or Facebook.

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I love the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. Mainly because I get to eat all things delicious and not have to worry about buying presents or rushing around. (and I can commence listening to all of my favorite Christmas songs...which you can listen here!) I get to be with the people I love with all of my favorite foods. To start off the holiday season, I really love to decorate and making a wreath has always been my favorite because before anyone enters your home they already get a sense of welcome! 

This would also be a perfect housewarming gift that is easily made in less than one hour. All of the supplies can be found at your local craft store and the greenery at a your grocery store or even ordered online. 

Supplies:

14" Embroidery Hoop
Floral Sheers
Wire Cutters
Twill Tape
Floral Wire
Foliage 

 

Supplies DIY 

Foliage Wreath DIY Holiday Christmas

Eucalyptus is a common filler you can find at your local grocery store or even foraged in your neighborhood. The frosted moss, pinecones and foliage I found at my local Michaels. The Silver Brunia is a little harder to find unless you find a florist that will sell it as I learned it's indigenous to New Zealand! Some alternatives would be white tallow berries. I like heading to California Flower Shippers for the most varieties. 

Before starting you'll want to trim your foliage down to about 14" to keep them manageable. You'll trim off the excess as you add them to your wreath. 

You'll start with your Eucalyptus Gunnii branches. I like to start with laying out the branches to get an idea of the balance and shape of the overall wreath. The key to this wreath is actually it's simplicity and letting the foliage stand out alone as opposed to densely packing it. I'm going with a slightly assymmetrical look where the left side will be carrying a bit more visual weight. 

DIY Elegant and Modern Holiday Christmas Wreath

 DIY Holiday wreath simple and elegant

With your wire cutter, clip off about 10" of the floral wire and wrap your Eucalyptus branches to the embroidery hoop. Allow some of the leaves to hang loose. 

Holiday Wreath DIY

Now take your seeded eucalyptus branches and use them to fill the gaps. It doesn't take much to make it work. The key to this wreath is "less is more". 

Eucalyptus

Take a couple of your pinecones to create a visual focus. I like to match a large one with a smaller one for some variations. Cut some pieces of your floral wire and wrap them to your embroidery hoop. Then choose a nice bunch of the silver brunia (or other pale colored berries) to fill in the gaps. 

Wreath DIY simple elegant

Next take your cotton twill tape and cut off enough to hang at the right height for your door and then double it. I use a simple cow-hitch knot and thread my tape through the center gap of the embroidery hoop. 

Simple DIY wreath

DIY easy simple wreath

 And there you have it! It's as simple as can be and will also dry beautifully if you'd like to have it for the entire year! I think that adding some gold leaves or sparkle will definitely give it a nice holiday feel to them! The variations are endless. I'd love to see what you guys do to yours. Tag us @elliefunday #modernwreath

For more holiday inspiration check out my Pinterest Board. I can't wait to see what everyone makes. 

Resource Guide: 

14" Embroidery Hoop : Hobby Lobby
Floral Sheers : Fiskars
Wire Cutters : Michaels
Twill Tape : Studio Carta : Angela Liguori
Floral Wire : Hobby Lobby 
Foliage : Michaels & California Flower Shippers

 

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