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Hi, there. I'm Megan Davis, the gal behind Toast & Laurel. My paper goods & design studio is based in Houston, Texas, and I am so lucky to work with incredible clients both locally and across the country. This blog is a bit of a hodgepodge - recipes, family updates, sneak peaks of my projects, and other daily inspirations! Thanks for stopping by.

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    kraft, stripes & sparkles

    You all have been so sweet to email with questions/comments about my last post - the kraft paper wreaths, the striped backdrop, and my sparkly skirt! It makes me so happy to know that there are at least of few of you :) out there reading . . . 

    First off, the kraft paper wreaths. I made a real magnolia wreath last year and decided that for my Christmas booth I wanted an all paper version of the classic southern accent. With the help of my friend April (and a few others I conned into cutting leaves), I made three wreaths: two small wreaths on pre-made wire wreath forms and one HUGE wreath I constructed from the base up. The small wreaths were pretty simple - bought a pre-made wire wreath form, wrapped the form in strips of kraft paper, cut leaves, attached leaves with a double-sided tape gun.

     While I am on the subject, here is a picture of my trusty double-sided tape gun:

    I use it for everything - making kraft paper wreaths, packaging boxes & gifts, hanging display signs, and doing many other random things around the studio. Several of my clients have attached separate photographs to letterpress birth announcements and holiday cards . . . and each one has purchased this. It really is a time and money save in the long run. You can buy the tape guns and tape (get the 1/2") on amazon. Loading it can be a bit tricky. There are a few websites & videos that show you how.

    Making the large wreath was slightly more involved. I needed it to be VERY lightweight and didn't want to spend a fortune on materials. In the end, I decided to tape together 6 sheets of foam board to make the wreath form. Here are a few pictures - 

    I used the old string-tied-to-the-end-of-a-pencil technique (hold the other end of the string in the middle of the foam board) to draw two nearly perfect circles. The large circle was about 50" in diameter, the smaller about 46". 

    With a big sheet of cardboard under the foam to protect the floor, I cut the foam board with an exacto knife. Pretty easy!

    Here is a glimpse of the back of the frame after I wrapped it in kraft paper strips. Probably an unnecessary step, but it made the back look a lot more finished.


    I don't really have a how-to for the backdrop. It definitely took more time than I expected. April and I used a 9'x12' canvas drop cloth, ironed it ,laid it out (with a plastic drop cloth underneath to protect the garage floor from paint), measured what we thought were pretty accurate stripes, and painted on some white paint leftover from another project. Since the drop cloth was not perfectly square, we couldn't use its edges as a guide for the stripes. Two paper bags (used as a guide for the width of the stripes), twine & painters tape were our solution. I'm not even sure that I could explain now how we did it if I tried! Luckily the stripes came out looking pretty darn good. It took A LOT of paint to get a solid coat.


    Last but not least: the sequin skirt. I am a bit blurry in the picture, but at least it gives view of the front of the skirt! It is from JCrew last year. They had a similar one (slightly different color) on their website this season. It is sold out online, but it might be worth checking in store if you have a JCrew close by.

    I do love a little sparkle around the holidays!


    Since I have done so many large craft projects for work lately, I am not planning to make anything big for Christmas decor. Do you have any good, easy ideas for Christmas projects or decorations? Email me a picture if you do! Maybe we can post a little last minute craft round-up.

    Tomorrow I will share some holiday cards (including my own) . . .


    Also, I shared a quick post on my facebook page this morning about The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research. Our friend, James Broach, was diagnosed with brain cancer last year and, together with his wife, Jamie, recently started the foundation to raise funding and awareness for brain cancer research. I am so happy to be able to help out with the logo and branding and, most importantly, spread the word and support the Broach family.



    Check out the foundation's face book page for more info. I hope to write a full blog post about the foundation and its upcoming event soon!



    Reader Comments (3)

    Megan, I recently found your blog and I'm in love with your style! I am putting that wreath on my to-do list for next year. I adore kraft paper anything! Merry Christmas to you.

    December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarianne {Style For Living}

    I'm thinking I might need a little sparkly skirt in my life once I get out of these maternity clothes. So over them.

    Seeing the foam board, exacto knife, etc. spread out on the floor made me flash back to my design classes in college!

    Love the wreath. Such a great idea! Merry Christmas.

    December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke @ Blueprint Bliss

    great idea with the wreath! i'm so pinning that!! and possibly linking up on facebook if you don't mind. you rock that skirt....i would feel like i was trying to hard or something if i wore it, but i'm so intrigued that i have been searching for one. i found this one....it's very affordable too! what kind of shoes, tights did you wear with it?
    http://www.stylebymarina.com/bottom/spangle-band-skirt.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.stylebymarina.com/bottom/spangle-band-skirt.html

    December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterelizabeth

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